A €1m house of learning on Mayo’s scenic coastline

Near the shores of Clew Bay, the country residence has functioned as a language school for more than two decades, bringing generations of students to learn in Mayo

6th May, 2018
Barley Hill House in Westport, which until recently housed an English language school

After journeying along Clew Bay in Mayo for the first time in 1842, William Thackeray described the stretch of water as presenting “the most beautiful view I ever saw in the world”. Carts and horses were heading back from Westport market, and the islands beyond seemed dressed in gold and crimson as the sun began to set.

Some 125 years on, John Lennon boated across the same bay to inspect his newly-purchased island. The...

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