Ard Nahoo is a family business, run by Noeleen Tyrrell and Brendan Murphy, who live here with their sons, Daragh and Eoin. We have been open since June 2001, and have grown from a relatively small health farm to an award winning eco retreat.
The business began when Noeleen was pregnant with Daragh, and wanted to move her therapeutic business from Sligo to Ard Nahoo, where they had been living for seven years. After converting the main house from a three walled ruin (and shifting the cows that had taken residence) they moved their attention on to the barn, which is now the main building. Over the years this has grown from an old stone structure to a fantastic centre, with two treatment rooms, a green room, changing area, yoga studio and Uisce Area.
2007 saw us undertake a massive renovation. As well as extending the health farm to include a new yoga studio and indoor/outdoor wet area, we built two new Eco Cabins. The build was conducted using green principles under the guidance of a fantastic architect, Peter Cowman (www.livingarchitecture.com). We used sustainable cedar from neighbouring county Donegal, hemp insulation, limited concrete, no petro chemicals and natural paints throughout. All Eco Cabins are heated using pellet stoves, and come with an underground recycling facility. Compost bins are collected regularly and very welcome on our organic vegetable patch!
In 2008 we were used as a case study by Failte Ireland in their report ‘Review of Environmental Good Policy and Practice in the Tourism Industry’. Read the report here. Catherine Mack also included us as a case study in her excellent book ‘Ecoescapes Ireland’. Read her study here.
Location & Directions
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Directions to Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat
Ard Nahoo is located 1 mile outside of Dromahair Village. Leave the village and head towards Sligo and Parkes Castle, ensuring the post office and Abbey Manor hotel are on your left. Just outside the village boundary there are two turns to the right, one is going uphill, choose this – at the bottom of this hill there’s a sign for Ard Nahoo. Take this road and follow for one mile, where you will see another sign for Ard Nahoo on the right. Take this right, and drive for two minutes until you see our gates.
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Dromahair is a picturesque village located on the banks of the river Bonet at its entry point to Lough Gill. It has an interesting history and a walk around the village will bring you into contact with remnants of its historic past.
The site of a castle that belonged to the O’Rourke’s’ Princes of Breffni is situated here. The Old Hall (dating from 1626) stands on the site of the former Breffni Castle. An ancient church overlooks the town from a hilltop. A little to the north-west, is the picturesque hill-encircled Lough Gill. There is a particularly nice riverside walk which brings you to the ruins of Creevylea Abbey, a Franciscan Friary which was the last to be built in Ireland before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. Creevlea accidently burned down, the ruins are still visible today. The drive from Dromahair to Parkes Castle, along the shores of Lough Gill, is wonderfully scenic.
Ard Nahoo is located about 20 minutes from Sligo, with fantastic restaurants, theatres, music and beaches.
There are plenty of things to do at Ard Nahoo, whether you want to stay within our six acres of stunning countryside or venture a little further afield. Below you’ll find links to all the activities available to you during your stay.
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