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County Carlow

Bell House

Price starts from €1,280 per week

Ring out the old, ring in the new

The Bell House has been fashioned from the some of the beautifully restored, cut-granite buildings that encompass the courtyard of Lumcloone House. It’s original 19th century architecture informs a rambling, delightful and idiosyncratic home.

Just over an hour from Dublin and only half from Kilkenny, this idyllic home makes a romantic rural escape in Ireland’s Ancient East.

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At a Glance

Bedrooms

Up to 4 guests
Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
1 with kitchenette & large balcony
Bathroom with shower

Other Rooms

Sitting room, Dining room
KItchen
Entrance Hall, Utility room

Features

Wood burning stove, large garden
Large furnished patio

Contempo

Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception

EV Charging

This home does not have an EV charger. Click here for more information on EV charging and locations.

Pets

Small to medium-sized dogs are accepted with an additional cost of €60.

Restrictions

Children over 12 are welcome

Property Features

Casual and Curious

The entrance lobby forms a central link of the house.

The main living spaces span one side of an L shaped arrangement, with the informal dining room occupying the central elbow.

Here beneath a lofty pitched ceiling, an archway of French doors open from the gable-end onto a south-facing gravelled terrace; brilliant for al fresco meals.

A chequer-board of stone tiles announce a well-appointed and stylish kitchen annexed onto the opposing end of the dining room.

Stepping down behind the kitchen, is a bright and spacious sitting room.

Delightful features of this room include the recessed Charnwood stove – seasoned wood supplied – and deep-set windows overlooking the beautiful cut granite courtyard of the main house.

Directly above, and accessed by a sensual sweep of cantilevered stairs, is one of two generous double bedrooms. It’s coved ceiling, and quirky little floor-level windows augment the romance.

This bedroom has a generous and chic ensuite bathroom, which boasts both a glass shower booth and bath.

The second beautiful double bedroom is also upstairs, but at the far end of the home, and includes a small study area on the landing as you enter.

The bed is a super King size Zip & Link (can be converted to twins). A modest kitchenette has been included in the coving making the room semi-autonomous.

The headliner here though is that this bedroom accesses a large and private decked balcony, with views of the wonderful Carlow countryside across the walled garden.

The bedroom is served by a bathroom with dual-head shower off the corridor below. Here too is a utility room, full of everything you will need.

Outside

The main house and associated buildings are listed and are part of an ongoing restoration project by the owners, with some restricted access.

The property consists of 12 acres with broad views of the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains – Mount Leinster in the distance – which include an expansive walled garden, currently set as pasture for rescue goats. The Bell House is approached via its own treelined driveway that snakes through a small woodland, and has its own private driveway, parking, and a magnificent sheltered patio area with cushy furniture and a firepit.

Amateur ornithologists will appreciate the mesmerizing starling murmurations in early Spring, abundance of seasonal swallows, and the rookery. Binoculars supplied.

Built in or around 1824 The Bell House originally accommodated the butler and housekeeper and subsequently housed the captain of a group of British Constabulary officers during the Irish Civil War.

Facilities

Kitchen Appliances

Neff electric oven with 4 ring hob
Tall fridge-freezer
Dishwasher
Toaster
Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

Washing machine
Spin dryer
Iron

Bedrooms

Sizes – Two King-size convertible Zip & Link
2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

Wi-Fi Internet throughout
Flat-screen TV
Pelaton spin exercise bike

Other

Selection of books
Boardgames
Gas Central heating
Charnwood Woodburning Stove
Firepit & logs
BBQ

Out and About

Meandering rivers, rolling hills and medieval discoveries are the backdrop to this fascinating County with so much to do we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites:

Things to do

Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

The Locality

The house is just a couple of minutes from the pretty village of Fenagh, with its garage, grocery shop, off licence, two very friendly pubs and a post office; but you will need to go the 20 minutes by car to Carlow town for a broader spectrum of goods.

Fenagh is on the 75 km Mount Leinster Heritage Drive which passes through the beautiful countryside of south Carlow. Notable features in the landscape Mount Leinster – it’s highest peak at 796 metres.

Carlow town was the country’s capital in the 1300’s but it’s probably best known as home of the nation’s 4th most popular Institute of Technology.

Just east of Carlow Town, Browne’s Hill Dolmen is regarded by many as one of the foremost prehistoric monuments in Ireland. Its burial chamber roof is certainly one of the heaviest in Europe at about 100 tons.

Carlow Castle is a popular 13th century attraction. An attempt by a doctor in the 1800’s to convert the stone castle into an insane asylum destroyed most of the castle, however the two remaining towers demonstrate what an impressive construction it had been.

You may also be interested in a visit to the romantic ruin of Duckett’s Grove.

Visual Arts Carlow is a stunning building in the heart of Carlow Town and home of Visual Centre for contemporary art, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for contemporary art.
George Bernard Shaw Theatre – part of the Visual Arts complex, a 320-seat theatre with a packed programme of drama, film, dance, music and comedy.

O’haras is the local beer; brewed in Bagenalstown, well worth a try.

As mentioned elsewhere, the region is spoiled for fine golf courses, and If you enjoy a spot of leisurely fly fishing, Rathcon Lake is well stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is designed so that 90% of the water is coverable from the bank. Rods and tackle are available for hire.

The River Barrow which flows through Carlow town, is the second-longest river in Ireland providing an inland link between the port of Waterford and the Grand Canal, which in turn connects Dublin to the River Shannon.

A walking trail known as The Barrow Way which follows the original towpath of the river for 114 kilometres, and would take approximately 4 days to cover on foot, though cycling is permitted. It is one of Ireland’s most scenic long-distance trails but remains largely undiscovered.

The vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a short drive, with its fine cathedral, and thirteenth-century Castle, which was principal residence of the Butler family for over 600 years, and well-known design and craft heritage. The city is renowned as an arts and crafts centre and is well served by restaurants and festivals.

How to get there (Car advised)

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 15 mins hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about an hour and 15 mins away.

Pricing Options

This home does week and weekend rentals.

Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday – 7 nights
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend bookings run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights

Christmas, New Year and Public Holidays are at the high season rate.

A refundable breakages deposit of €250 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Please Note:- This house does not accept pets, thank you.

MonthsPer WeekWeekend Midweek
October to May€1,280€700€650
June to September€1,800€850€800
Easter WeekendThurs. 28th March – Tues. 2nd April 2024€1,800
Christmas BreakSat. 21st December – Fri. 27th December 2024€1,800
New Year BreakSat. 28th December to Fri. 3rd January 2025€1,800

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027