Bell House

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County Carlow

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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Casual and Curious

The entrance lobby forms a central link of the house.

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

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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.

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AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,280 per week
  • Bedrooms
    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
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
  • Small Dog Friendly – please ask
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A chequer-board of stone tiles announce a well-appointed and stylish kitchen annexed onto the opposing end of the dining room.

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Facilities & Ameneties

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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A modest kitchenette has been included in the coving making the room semi-autonomous.

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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.

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The bedroom is served by a bathroom with dual-head shower off the corridor below.

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Here too is a utility room, full of everything you will need.

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Outside

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,500

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €1,280 €700 €700
June to September €1,500 Not Available Not Available

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions:

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Pets – small dogs only – please check with us.

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Out & About

 
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Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

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:

 

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.

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Mount Leinster photo by Kevin Higgins

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

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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.

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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.

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Kilkenny Cathedral

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.

Map

Off the N80 Carlow/Wexford road and 10 minutes’ drive from the M9
Bagenalstown train station is 15 minutes away and trains take 1 hour to Dublin.

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