One for those taken with island life in Ireland, Green Garden Cottage is a modern haven of contemporary design within earshot of rolling waves, in Keel on Achill Island.
Grab a coffee on your way for a morning dip in Keel’s own Blue Flag beach, cook up A grade Achill Lamb in a galley kitchen with every convenience or explore the eclectic and historic tideline.
This holiday cottage was a labour of love for the owners, built with a matching twin in the seaside side of the village. Green Garden sleeps six comfortably in two ensuite double bedrooms and a twin, for younger guests.. Cool and inviting in neutral colours, ivory tiles, full length glass doors and window walls; the cottage is appealing to all and perfect for a family summer getaway.
If a week Islandside sounds a treat; the booking calendar is available here: Green Garden Calendar
If the strand in the village is too hectic, locals recommend taking a short jaunt west to the southwestern tip of the island and the hidden cove at Keem beach, a white sand beach perched on the very edge of Europe; not to be missed!
A unique space in a unique place, Pipers Cottage in Ardgroom, Co. Cork is a picture perfect cottage surrounded by the Beara Peninsula’s immense natural beauty. Located close to the characterful harbour village of Ardgroom, the house is well-served with outdoor pursuits. Hiking, biking, fishing, and every outdoor pursuit is accessible with a short jaunt.
With one double and a twin room; Pipers Cottage in Cork is the perfect base for a smaller family looking to explore Ireland at its most untamed and beautiful. With a postcard-perfect view from it’s south facing terrace; every meal possible should be taken surrounded by mature trees and gentle rolling coastal vistas
Pipers Cottage is one of a matching pair, with another beautiful and similarly appointed cottage lying closer in to the village of Drombeg.
If you’re looking for a truly unique place for a family break with the best weather this island can provide, why not consider a week on the historic Copper Coast?
This light and airy coastal bungalow on the mouth of the River Mahon, in Waterford, Riverbend is a spacious, open-plan delight.
Watch the meandering river through the picture windows that surround you; or stroll from the surrounding terraced deck to nearby Bunmahon Beach; and back for a spot of al fresco dining.
The terrace allows guests to survey the busy estuary wildlife, from which herons, foxes, squirrels, otters and all manner of fish and seabirds can be seen.
A nearby fishing platform allows those with patience the opportunity to catch their meals, for all others The Engine Room in the nearby village serves a fine menu of light bites for lunch or dinner.
The hardest part of the many walking and biking trails nearby is picking which to do first! Help is at hand with the local experts at Waterford Camino Tours offering top-rate guidance on getting the most out of your time in Waterford.
With two perfectly-appointed double rooms and two twins; Riverbend would suit an active and outdoors-y larger family. Riverbend is a perfect launching pad for exploring Waterford’s Greenway, a stretch of disused railway line linking Dungarvan and Waterford which now serves as one of the South East’s most scenic trails for hiking or biking
With Christmas on our doorstep, Unique Irish Homes has joined forces with the wonderful Bramwell Brown clocks to bring you a fun gift idea!
Family holidays are often defined by the weather! And Ireland wouldn’t be Ireland without conversations on the matter. So, what better instrument to have in a holiday home than a Bramwell Brown clock!
This wonderful partnership has come about in the same way we have built our wonderful collection of homes – around the “kitchen table”. The wonderful brother and sister team, Rob and Sarah, are friends of friends and their ethos blends organically with ours.
As a family-owned business, each clock is assembled with care and pride by their extremely skilled team at their workshop in Hampshire. The parts come from all over the world. What stood out to us and what makes them so unique is that whichever team member painstakingly assembles these parts together to create each finished clock, personally signs or stamps a certificate that goes into its box.
These wonderful clocks are designed to bring character and charm to your home and that’s exactly what they did at Cove Lodge, one of our latest additions to the UIH collection. It forecasts the weather with lovely illustrations for everything from bright sunshine to stormy downpours. Perfect for kitchen, hallway and living room alike, this clock can be the centrepiece of the wall, or the final touch to bring it all together. Available in a variety of frame colours.
Keep an eye out for Bramwell Brown clocks in our properties and follow them on Instagram to stay up on their new designs. We’re most excited about the tide clock coming next year!
There are endless amazing places to visit in Kerry, but one very special way to see this magical part of Ireland? Take the road less travelled.
Veer off the beaten track and explore County Kerry in all its rugged, untouched beauty. You’ll quickly understand why it’s one of the most beloved corners of the world.
The 5 best places to see the road less travelled in County Kerry:
Now as you likely know already, Kerry is the tourist capital of Ireland with a huge share of guests (and staycationers!) choosing to visit the rugged southwestern county.
Though when you think of ‘Irish Cliffs’, people would typically imagine the Cliffs of Moher. Very few find their way from the well-trodden ring of Kerry to the Cliffs on the Skellig Ring – so it’s the perfect hidden gem for you to check out on your next adventure around Kerry!
For a small entry fee and a 25 minute drive West of Waterville; visitors can see commanding views of Skellig Michael, Valentia and the Blasket Islands, with 100ft drops to a swirling, tempestuous coastline. The sound of the Atlantic waves breaking below is not to be missed.
An hour’s drive south around the Ring of Kerry brings you to the small village Castlecove, locally known as the ‘Black Shop’, the name of the only trading pub in the village.
Just north into the mountains is Staigue Fort, one of the island’s best preserved ring forts. Built between the third and fourth century CE, the fort is nestled high in the hills overlooking the entrance to Kenmare Bay southwards, guarding against raiders who would have come from the sea. A striking reminder of the turbulence of the time – the fort is a marvel of then-current engineering. With walls perhaps 27m around, 5m high and 4m wide; it’s- constructed entirely with undressed stone (meaning no mortar or concrete was used in it’s construction)… now it’s the perfect place to breathe. Look to the hills for the signs of bronze-age mining, and picnic on the perfect 300m2 lawn inside the walls.
Unique Irish Home nearby: Ridge House (20 minutes away)
In the Cork and Kerry Mountains lies the beautiful arboretum at Derreen. The 19th Century project of Lord Lansdowne, whose descendants still own the garden.
Dereen (lit. the little oak wood) is a botanical wonder. 400 acres of rocky coastline was intensively landscaped to support a collection of exotic flora. Plants from the Himalayas, Africa, Australasia and South America abound, flourishing under 150 years of mindful care and the warm and damp winds of the Gulf Stream.
All of this attracts plenty of local fauna, too; keep an eye out for native red squirrels and deer, along with songbirds, seabirds, seals, and otters along the coastal walk. Work up an appetite on the winding trails, and then retreat to the adjoining cafe for coffee and a scone!
On your next visit to Kerry, Glenninchaquin Park is an absolute must!
Glenninchaquin is an astounding example of a Coombe; a valley formed by glaciation carving a long narrow and steep-sided groove into the Beara coastline. It’s operated by local residents as a private park and nature reserve.
The paired lakes of Inchaquinn and Cloonee fed by smaller pools higher in the mountains abound with dozens of streams and waterfalls; All explorable by well-groomed walking trails of varying difficulty. Worth seeing is the stone circle (at the highest point, mind!) and restorations of original stone-and-thatch cottages; all replete with fantastic views of both the Beara hills and the Macgillicuddy Reeks across the bay.
Close to the hustle and bustle of Kerry’s tourism hot spot Killarney lies the ruins of Irrealagh, the Franciscan Monastery on Killarney’s storied lakes.
A place of deep history, it was recorded to have been subject to Viking raids, and eventually abandoned under the Cromwell occupation. It’s the definition of a hidden gem, with it’s majestic yew tree in the cloistered courtyard to the graves of great Irish chieftains and poets. The abbey is often quiet even on a summer’s day. A great place to avoid the crowds in the park or the Estate nearby..