A warm welcome in Cloonacool

Moy River

Well what can I say? I’m just back from a really relaxing break at the Moy River Bed and Breakfast in Cloonacool, Co. Sligo. Cloonacool in Irish means ‘the meadow at the back.’

Moy River

Regular readers will know I have a huge interest in tourism so I jumped at the chance when Pat from Moy River contacted me and asked if myself and Lucy would like the spend a night at his B&B. It’s literally a 10 minute drive from home so it was great to be so close to home yet feel like I had a complete break away from it all too. Nestled at the foot of the Ox Mountains it’s the perfect base for exploring Sligo.

Tea and a warm welcome

From the moment we arrived we were made feel completely at home. We were welcomed by Pat who showed us into a cosy living room, complete with a roaring fire, a pot of tea and some gorgeous homemade scones. Pat explained he had never planned to open a bed and breakfast, it was just the way life turned out. He loves meeting new people and I love his philosophy ‘when you run a guest house if you can’t get to see the world, the world comes to see you.’


After a great chat and a relax after our long trip 😉 we were shown our room which I have named the ‘Daniel O’Donnell Room’. Daniel and Majella O’Donnell came to stay in Cloonacool last year for a TV show which you can read about here. I was winding Lucy up saying she was sleeping in Daniel’s bed!


Rita (Pat’s wife) came in from work and after a quick chat we headed to the local pub for their weekly night of music. Brennan’s is located in the village of Cloonacool and as soon as we walked in we felt at home. There was a turf fire to greet us and a group of musicians playing for the whole night. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in with the songs so if you are a musician or a singer a warm welcome is guaranteed to their music club everything Thursday. Fiona and John gave their customers tea, sandwiches and cakes which was a lovely gesture. We left after midnight but I had a feeling the night was just beginning in Brennan’s.

Moy River

Back to our home away from home for our nights sleep. The beds were lovely and comfortable and it was so quiet, just perfect. The next morning we looked out to see the lambs in the fields surrounding the house and the chickens running all over the lawn. If you are looking for rural Ireland at it’s best this is the place.


Breakfast was just beautiful, there was so much choice. We both went for porridge which came with a variety of seeds and toppings that we could add. Rita also made us a lovely fresh fruit salad. There were some of Pat’s scones too and of course a pot of tea. Rita and Pat went above and beyond the call of duty catering for Lucy (who can’t eat dairy), there were soya yogurts and lactose free milk for her and the scones were made without dairy too.

Chickens and lambs

After a lovely leisurely breakfast we went out to talk to the chickens, well I talked to the chickens and Lucy laughed at me! Rita showed us the gorgeous little cottage that’s at the front of their garden. It’s 200 years old and on occasion they hold a ‘rambling house’ or exhibitions in it. If only the walls could talk I’d say it would have a few tales to tell.

The Cottage

All too soon it was time for us to say goodbye. I have to say this is one of the nicest breaks away that I’ve had. It was just so relaxing and I don’t think you’d find better hosts than Rita and Pat. Sincere thanks to them for all their hospitality. You can find their website here and Facebook here.



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