"Tranquility and country house living in beautiful rural Sligo"
We have just returned from 4 nights in Coopershill. From the moment we arrived we felt ourselves relax into this beautiful family owned country house. Simon and Christina, made us feel very welcome and we settled into our room on the first floor which had windows on 2 sides looking over the garden. A large comfortable bed, chaise loungue and window seat were amongst the furnishings with plenty of space for unpacking and stowing.
The drawing room is available for guests all day long and is a large and comfortable room, beautifully furnished with lovely log fire and family pictures making it feel very homely. The dining room was equally well appointed and the food delicious each morning and each evening. A very well chosen and reasonably priced wine list added to the pleasure.
Simon is the seventh generation of his family to live in the house which has a river running through it, a large variety of deciduous trees, a working farm and a deer farm. Guests are free to walk the grounds at leisure.
Rivertstown is an attractive village in rural Sligo which is a really lovely county to spend time in. There is a 40 km cycle route around Lough Gill, there are megalithic tombs and passage graves, the magnificence of Ben Bulben, Lisadell (currently closed due to virus), Drumcliffe graveyard where the poet W B Yeats is buried along with his wife. We did not spend time in Sligo city itself on this trip but it is a bustling busy place with galleries, museums, shops and restaurants.
Summer in Ireland is always a bit risky when it comes to the weather and this week we had a large storm approach from the west. However, there is rarely a day when it rains all day and even on this week of pretty poor conditions we were able to cycle around Lough Gill and climb Knocknarea, visit Drumcliffe, all without getting wet!
A thoroughly enjoyable holiday and in these times of pandemic a great break from the stresses of the virus. Sligo currently has the second lowest numbers for the virus, Leitrim being the lowest. Sligo has had only 156 cases since the virus arrived in late February. So not only a most enjoyable holiday, we felt as safe as possible too.
Thank you Simon and Christina