Hostel • Bar • Achill Island County Mayo Ireland

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Valley House Achill

Hostel Information

Welcome! The Valley House is a house full of character, atmosphere and history - a place where you can completely relax and take a break from the world. Take a walk in our grounds - through the woods or down to the lakeside. Or head out to the beautiful Golden Strand beach 10 minutes walk away. Visit our Woodland Faerie Trail (June-early September) or cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill or one of the many cycle trails around Achill Island. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Blacksod Bay to the north and the Nephin Mountain range to the east. Achill Island can provide you with many outdoor Activities or you can just take it easy - it's your choice! Either way, come back to a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation at The Valley House. Have a drink by the fire in our own fully-licensed bar. Play a game of pool and join in a music session - everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part.

Self-catering kitchen facilities

Large dining room

Sitting Room

Central heating; cosy turf fires

Private/Family rooms available

We welcome groups and individuals

Open all Year

Group rates available - see our Groups page

Magnificent location and scenery, close to Blue Flag Beaches

Activities on Achill Island: hillwalking, cycling, golf, boat trips, fishing, kitesurfing, SUP, windsurfing, diving...and much more.


Hostel FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the methods of payment?

When making a reservation a credit or debit card is required to guarantee the booking.

1. You can use the online booking system to check availability and reserve your place at The Valley House:

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Book direct with us to save up to 15% on other booking channel rates. You don't need to pay a deposit, just book online and you can pay by cash or card on arrival.

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. For late cancellations or no-shows we reserve the right to charge for the first night of the booking.

2. You can telephone us with your credit card details and we will enter the booking for you (Mastercard and Visa, credit and debit cards). Your details are held in a secure encrypted location with Frontdesk, our booking engine software. There are no booking charges and your card will not be charged before your arrival. You can pay the full amount by cash or credit card when you arrive.

3. Other Payment methods (all payments must be made in euro):

Bank Transfer to:
The Valley House
Allied Irish Bank, Shop St. Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
IBAN: IE96AIBK93716912322210

International Money Order/Bank Draft (made payable to "The Valley House")

Is breakfast included in the price?
Yes, continental breakfast is included from 8am-10am. We provide Orange/Apple Juice, Tea/Coffee, Hot Porridge or Overnight Oats, Cereals, Fruit, Toast, Butter and Jam. Gluten and Dairy Free items are available. You can also bring your own food with you and you can use our guest kitchen facilities and dining room to prepare and eat your meals.

Is bed linen provided?
Bed sheets, pillows and duvets are provided.

Do you provide towels and shampoo and soap?
You should bring your own toiletries (e.g. shampoo, shower gel). Towels are provided as standard in the private rooms. Dormitory room guests can request a towel at check-in if required.

What are the check in and check out times?
Check-in: From 3pm
Check-out: By 11am

Can I leave my luggage and valuables in a safe place?
Ask a member of staff and they will put your luggage away safely. If you have valuable items or cash that you want put away in a safe, we can do that for you. The Valley House is not responsible for loss, damage or theft of any personal property or cash on the premises or in the grounds.

Are the bedrooms ensuite?
We have some rooms ensuite and some with shared bathroom facilities. See Room Types & Prices in the right hand panel of this web page.

Please note that due to the layout of our Victorian house, our Twin rooms and one of our two Family rooms have their own private shower/WC located across the hall (rather than inside the rooms). The shower/WC room has a pin access lock and is for private use of the room occupants, it is not shared with other rooms.

What is the difference between a Twin and Double room?
A Twin room contains two single beds. A Double room has one King (or American Queen) size bed. Both sleep up to 2 guests.

Can I bring my children?
Children and family groups are very welcome at The Valley House. However, please note that children are not allowed in dormitories with other guests so family groups either need to book private rooms or need to reserve a whole dormitory for their group. Private rooms and smaller dorms have limited availability so book early! Please contact us directly for discounted family rates when booking an entire dormitory room. Contact us also if you are not sure what room to book or need assistance.

Can I bring my dog or other pets?
Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs and other pets inside the hostel. But if you want to bring your dog or pet and they can sleep outside in your car or van, that is ok with us.

Do I have to be a member of a hostel organisation?
No. The Valley House is an independent hostel and there are no membership fees or cards involved.

Is smoking allowed in the hostel?
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the hostel or in the Bar. But you can smoke just outside the Bar, and anywhere else outside and in the courtyard. Please use the ashtrays provided.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
Your reservation will be held until 6pm on date of arrival (if you are arriving later in the evening, please phone or email to let us know - late night arrivals are no problem!). If you need to cancel the booking, please do so no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. If less than 48 hours notice of cancellation is given, we reserve the right to charge your credit card for the first nights stay. In the event of a "no-show", your credit card will be charged for the first night of your booking. For minimum length of stay reservations (e.g. bank holiday weekends) you will be charged for the entire reserved stay in the event of a no-show or if you check out prior to the reserved departure date.

Is parking included?
You can park for free outside the hostel or in an extended car park adjacent to the hostel.

Is there free WiFi?
Yes, but please bear in mind that we are in a rural area and while the broadband service is reasonably good, it will not be as fast as in a town/city with a fibre broadband service. Also The Valley House is a Victorian building with 3-foot thick walls in places, so you may have to find a good spot to go online! But most rooms in the house are ok for connecting.

Do you accept Group Bookings?
We are very happy to accept group bookings of 10 or more people and have many years of experience in dealing with groups of all sizes and ages. For more information on Group bookings please see our Groups page.

Group Bookings Cancellation Policy:
Please see our Groups page.

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Room Types and Prices

Rates include light breakfast, free parking & free wifi.

Twin Room, Private Bathroom
Private room with 2 single beds. Private shower/wc across the hall for use of this room only (not inside the room).

Family Room Ensuite
Private ensuite family room with 1 large Double bed and 1 bunk bed. Sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. Ensuite Shower/WC.

Double Ensuite
Private Double room with 1 large Double bed, sleeps 2 sharing. Ensuite Shower/WC.

Family Room, Private Bathroom
Private family room with 1 Large Double Bed and 1 bunk bed. Sleeps up to 4 adults/children. Private shower/wc across the hall for use of this room only (not inside the room).

10-Bed Dorm, Courtyard Ensuite
10-Bed Mixed Dormitory in our Courtyard Building, Bunk Beds, 2 x Ensuite shower rooms.

6-Bed Mixed Dorm, Courtyard Ensuite

6-bed Mixed Dorm in our Courtyard Building, Bunk Beds, Ensuite shower room.

Sorry, we can no longer accommodate camping or camper vans at The Valley House.

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Self-Service Light Breakfast
included in your rate:

Orange/Apple Juice, Tea/Coffee,
Porridge, Cereals, Fruit, Toast, Butter & Jam, Gluten & Dairy Free options available

Prices include showers & all bed linen.
Please bring your own toiletries (e.g. shampoo, shower gel)
Towels are provided as standard in the private rooms.
Dormitory room guests can request a towel at check-in if required.

If you want to cook your own meals in our guest kitchen, there is a good supermarket as you drive onto the island at Achill Sound and a smaller shop about 6km from us. Our kitchen has everything you need for cooking.

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