Oakport Haven, nestled on the tranquil banks of Oakport Lough, in the beautiful village of Cootehall, Co Roscommon, is Ireland's first residential centre providing high quality accommodation and care provision for families of children with additional needs, in particular children with visual impairment.
Cootehall is situated in North Roscommon; the village is accessed via the L 101 off the main Boyle to Carrick-on-Shannon N4 road. The village of Cootehall is renowned for the richness of its surrounding landscape of forests and waterways. It also boasts an unrivalled reputation for recreational activities such as boating, angling, and hiking. Lough Key Forest Park is a five minute drive from Oakport Haven and has a newly opened Swedish challenge Boda Borg, Forest Canopy walk and Adventure Kingdom.
Oakport Haven is a multi-functional centre built for primary use by blind and vision impaired people and their families as a retreat location. The centre has been built by NAHVI (National Association of Housing for the Visually Impaired), a national charity for blind and vision impaired people which seeks to provide them with housing within the community, fostering independence and self reliance.
The centre has been designed and built in sympathy with the surrounding countryside, utilising locally sourced, eco-friendly materials where possible. The gently sloping roof of the dining area blends into the landscape perfectly by clever use of a grass roof. The garden area leads down to a jetty on the lake edge while the centre itself is constructed around a central courtyard area.