Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Whitewash and Walking in Wicklow

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County Wicklow

Rooted in the idyllic countryside of the Wicklow Mountains, surrounded by sheep fields, trees and birdsong, this romantic rural haven is the perfect base for exploring a hillwalking itinerary.
With restless Dublin City just an hour away, the prospects for adventure are doubled.

 

An eclectic collection

Ha Ha cottage, is a sensitive and astute conversion of a couple of entirely separate 18th century farm buildings that share a common courtyard.

The country character and charm of the original is retained in the black and white of the exterior, whilst the interior expresses a quirky and somewhat bohemian renovation, making this altogether a uniquely fascinating and relaxing billet.

Warmed by a wood burning stove at centre stage in this cozy cottage, the aggregate living room and contemporary kitchenette demonstrate a stylish blend of function, comfort and curiosity.

This cottage won the 2018 Home of the Year Award on the national television RTE production.

Every room here is furnished and filled with an eclectic mix of curios and collectables – all with a story to tell.

The two double bedrooms are distributed at either end of this ribbon cottage.

The master bedroom has a king size bed, with Balinese headboard. A pair of French doors dramatically open directly onto the adjoining paddock, and a second onto the courtyard in the opposite wall.

Each has an ensuite bathroom classically tiled in modern muted birch tones, with heavy rustic sliding doors and a rainfall shower. There is also a bath in the master one – indispensable after a long days hiking…

The guitar double bedroom makes good use of the original stable divider. It too has a door onto the yard.

Water comes from the cottages own well and is the most delicious mountain beverage, straight from the tap!

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker
• with 4 rings hotplate
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King size bed
• 1 Double bed
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• Smart Flatscreen TV
• Netflix

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Herb garden
• Barbecue Fire Pit
• Fresh water Well
emergency laundry can be organised

Lorem

Outside

All guests are free to make maximum use of the rose courtyard. There is a table for al fresco dining amidst the half barrels, terracotta pots and upcycled artefacts, and an open barbecue fire pit with loads of fire wood available for chilly evenings.

The owners occupy the second home and an artist’s studio – a separate building to the rear of the garden. They are more than happy to share a wealth of knowledge about the area and local insights.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible
The pond in the courtyard makes it unsuitable for children under 12.
Also note that the property keeps honey bees which left alone are not aggressive.

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Weekly Mid week
2 nights
Weekend
3 nights
€1,200 €410 €590

 

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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.

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

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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Out & About

 

Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland is at the heart of the Ancient East, and aside from its proximity to Dublin, sandy beaches and golf courses, it has an awesome range of mountains which are irresistible to hillwalkers.

Here are some of our favourites…

In the cottage there is a comprehensive guest manual.

 

The Locality

 

 

Ha Ha Cottage lies about an hour south of Dublin city in the Wicklow Mountains – half way between the villages of Laragh and Rathdrum 4km away.
This is on the edge of The Wicklow National Park, which covers an area of 200 square kilometres – much of upland Wicklow – and includes multiple mountain trails.

Click here for a link to hiking trails…

The distinctive Wicklow landscape is the result of glacial erosion, during the last ice age some 11,700 years ago, glaciers formed corries and carved deep valleys, leaving a legacy of glacial lakes, huge granite boulders and rocky debris throughout the mountains.

Walking and trekking is the predominant visitor activity in this neck of the woods, and The Wicklow Way, snaking from the suburbs of Dublin and into County Carlow, is the oldest and busiest long-distance walking trail in Ireland. It is 127 km long, and typically takes between 5 and 7 days to complete – most hikers just do a section.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

Nearly as popular as hill walking is cycling, and one of the most popular routes is across the Sally Gap – the highest point along what is known as the Military Road. Originally constructed by the British army at the start of the 19th century, the road affords spectacular views of upland blanket bog, and is the backdrop to many a movie.

Glendalough just 10 km down the valley has a deep and stunning glacial lake. The location is famous for its 30m high Rapunzel round tower and the 6th century remains of a monastery founded by St Kevin.
Unsurprisingly, there are many walking trails around Glendalough, colour-coded for difficulty.

photo Bokken

About 8 km away Glemalure is the perfect start for a trip up Lugnaquilla. At 925m, it is the highest mountain in Ireland outside of County Kerry. With no signposted route up this mountain and weather that can change in minutes, appropriate clothing, efficient map-reading skills and ability to navigate with a compass are essential.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin airport.
Dublin Airport – just over an hour from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Liverpool or Holyhead to Dublin or Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is just under 2 hours from the house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is – just over an hour from house.

 

A day trip to Powerscourt Demesne in Enniskerry is worthwhile. The house was transformed from a medieval castle into a 68 room mansion by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt in 1741. It has magnificent gardens, a golf course and even a luxury hotel and spa on the grounds. The estate is also home to Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121m. with separate gates some 6km from the main house.

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The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

Romantic regency escape for two

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County Kilkenny

This is a quaint and cosy traditional gate lodge, custodian to the exclusive Coolmore estate, where a bleached white exterior and tastefully renovated interior preserve its unique style.
Surrounded by 250 acres of rolling parkland in the picturesque Nore valley, the cottage lies within easy reach of Dublin, Waterford, and perhaps the best golfing Ireland has to offer.

 

A compact and intimate home

In smaller homes, utilities require clever stowage, and so it is that you unknowingly pass the well concealed laundry facility when you step through the entrance lobby and enter the living room.

Under-floor heating guarantees wall to wall warmth.

A high stool dining bar informally separates the snug seating area, complete with wood burning stove, from the compact oak kitchen.

The double bedroom is as sumptuous as it is simple. A wall of convenient wardrobe space spans the short lobby leading to the pearly white shower room.

Outside

The Gate Lodge is situated at the start of a tree lined avenue that introduces the Coolmore Estate. The immediate garden is lawned and defined by low box hedges. Internal roadways on the estate are mostly roller skate smooth asphalt, but there are some 4kms of beautifully brick-paved walks which are ideal for jogging and cycling.

Otters, badgers, Irish hares and red squirrels, foxes, river birds are among the native wildlife to be spotted along the tranquil valley. Fishing rights extend to a mile of the Nore, single bank, with eight pools noted for salmon, though these are subject to licensing requirements and by arrangement.

Elsewhere you will pass a Stonehenge folly of more recent construction, adjacent to the brick paved heli-pad of the same era.

Dining arrangements include an expansive rear patio along the western flank which is easily accessed from the kitchen – Barbecue Shangri-La.

Facilities

The Lodge has a Weber barbecue, smart TV, excellent mobile coverage, and internet. By arrangement there is use of the tennis court and a mile of fishing rights.

Note that there is a separate Cottage on the demesne that sleeps four, and is listed elsewhere on this Unique Irish Homes website.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

The main house has a magnificent 3 acre walled garden which the gardener may give you a tour of. There is also an Astroturf tennis court which is available by arrangement.

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

Christmas, New Year and public holidays are high season  – please apply for rates.

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

All Year €795 per week Weekends and Mid-Week stays €475

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Reviews

 

We had a lovely time away…

so relaxing in such beautiful surroundings. The Gate lodge was gorgeous, Charlie enjoyed the garden & lovely walks. The weather wasn’t bad & Hugh was able to barbeque! It was really just what we both needed. Fiona was so helpful. Thank you both so much for all your input.

Mad, July 2020

10 out of 10!!

From beginning to end you have been wonderful to deal with, and when we unfortunately had to change our dates you were so helpful and accommodating. The staff at the Lodge were brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. We were greeted with a wonderful Welcome Pack – which was much appreciated at 8pm on a rainy Sunday night!!
The sun then shone on us and we had a great week in Kilkenny. We also visited Bassetts in Thomastown for dinner (which was recommended) and had a fabulous evening there too!
One tiny bit of feedback re the Lodge – there was no mirror in the bedroom – which would have helped when needing to dry my hair – but honestly it was no trouble doing it in the Living room!!!
We have told our family and friends how wonderful our trip was, and my parents are seriously thinking of booking the same for next year. Thank you so much.

 

Emma, Jonny & Frankie-Dog, UK, June 2019

What a unique way to ring in the new year!

I just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in the Gate Lodge, Coolmore. The cottage is beautifully appointed and cosy. There was a luxurious welcome basket also.

 

Noreen Keane, January 2017

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Out & About

 

This region has a rich and ancient heritage of Dukes and Earls, Bishops and brewing. There’s so much to taste and see, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals

 

The Locality

 

 

The Gate Lodge was original constructed in 1850 and served as a home to the gatekeeper and his wife who was the cook in the main house

Thomastown at 5km upstream is the nearest town to Coolmore. There are two large supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and a selection of craft shops to browse.

Photo Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

At one stage there were 12 water-powered mills, for grain and cloth, working locally. Several mills can still be seen upstream from the bridge in Thomastown. 

Photo Humphrey Bolton

A replica famine ship, the Dunbrody, is now berthed on the quay in New Ross and offers visitors an insight into life as a passenger during the 19th century when emigration to America was at its peek.

Photo Suckindiesel

Dysart Castle, clearly visible around the estate, was the birth place of George Berkeley. George, the eponymous philosopher of Berkeley University California, was active in the first half of the 18th century.

The medieval city of Kilkenny – 25km distant – is often referred to as the Marble City due to its unique black marble mining. It is the smallest city in Ireland.

Photo Sabrina O’Brien

Work on Kilkenny Castle was begun in 1204 and took 9 years to complete. The Castle became the seat to the Butler family, a very powerful dynasty who lived there until 1935.
Lady Margaret Butler who was born there, was the grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England.

The highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 °C (91.9 °F), at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887.

St Canice’s Cathedral with its Round Tower were founded in the 6th century – Cill Channigh (pr. Kil-kenny) is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice. The Round Tower – one of only two that people can climb in Ireland – is the city’s oldest building, with excellent views for those brave enough to reach the top.

The extensive ruins of Jerpoint Abbey – 6km from the house – is another ecclesiastical site notable for its stone carvings. Built in 1180, it survived till Henry the VIII got hold of it during the period of the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500’s.

It was from a farm here in New Ross that President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather emigrated to America in 1848 on just such a ship.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Rosslare Port is approx 1 hour from house, with ferries to South Wales
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours from house

 

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The Creamery

The Creamery

The Creamery

Spectacular Sunsets and other Simple Pleasures

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County Kerry

This home nestles in the shelter of a spectacular rocky escarpment on 125 acres stretching between Lough Currane and the pretty Copal Lake which is part of the estate. The rugged beauty of the landscape, the fantastic lake fishing and the proximity to the renowned Ring of Kerry, guarantee an unrivalled experience for visitors along the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Classic comforts

A gravelled yard surrounds this spacious and unique cottage – a completely rebuilt slice of heaven for two.

Asymetrically Y shaped in plan, with velux roof lights, each of the three main rooms get multi aspects and abundant light.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €900 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Large ensuite bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan kitchen/living room
    Billiard room, guest WC, Utility room
  • Features
    Full billiard table, Piano
    Furnished patio with gas BBQ
    Dog friendly
  • Contempo
    WiFi internet
  • Availability
    Minimum 3 nights
All on one level, The Creamery is wheelchair friendly.

The contemporary kitchen is cleverly fitted along one side of the half panelled living-dining room.
French doors open onto a private south facing outdoor area which overlooks the pond and catches the best of breakfast sunshine.

Rooms are all of very generous proportions, inviting and sumptuously furnished. The Super-King sized bed can divide to allow a twin room.

The ample half panelled ensuite bathroom includes a shower cubicle with an extremely effective power shower!.

A full size billiard table more or less monopolises its own room, but there is still space for an expanding library, and if you’re in musical mood – there’s always the piano…

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The Creamery shares this idyllic setting with the main house which is occupied by the affable and erudite owners. The cottage is sited on 125 acres which front onto Lough Currane and the privately owned Copal Lake. This is Glenmore, one of Ireland’s finest sea-trout fishing areas, boat hire and ghillies can be arranged, so if that is your passion, please let us know.

 

The southern vista is dominated by a rocky escarpment and Eagles Hill – all good hill walking ! In fact the Kerry Way passes right by the gate.

No better place for a spectacular sunset, a small whiskey, and a long yarn.
Star gazers should note – this is the epicentre of Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve – we have minimal light pollution here, so bring your scope !

Facilities

The Cottage comes with everything you would expect from a quality home – from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave; in addition there is a piano, a full size billiard table, books, games, dvd’s .
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Please note that some of the local features can be hazardous for young children.

Allergy Warning! This is a Dog Friendly Home, however this is a serious sheep farming area. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

Provisional Booking Form

A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
Short breaks run for a minimum of 3 consecutive nights.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home.
If you intend bringing a dog, please advise below whether there will be more than one, and approximate size, as large dogs may need to be cleared by the owner.

There is a €250 damage deposit applicable.

    Short Breaks
minimum 3 nights
2020 €900
per week
€135 per night
Christmas
23rd December to
28thDecember
€950
5 nights
€190 per night
New Year
29th December to
3rd January 2021
€950
5 nights
€190 per night
2021 €950
per week
€140 per night

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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.

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Reviews

 

We spent an idyllic week here over the Christmas holidays…

and were sad to leave. The setting is absolutely beautiful, the cottage is cosy and very well appointed, and the hosts were both welcoming and extremely discreet. I couldn’t fault The Creamery in any way, Simon and Jane really have thought of everything. Waterville is a lovely little town, 15 minutes away, with lovely pubs and some great places to eat. There are scenic mountain walks that can be accessed directly from the cottage, and the nearby beaches are some of the most dramatic and beautiful in Ireland. Truly a slice of heaven, I can’t recommend The Creamery highly enough.
Abi, December 2019

Wanted to send you a little testimonial on our amazing stay

Here goes. We were warned that turning off the road at Waterville would take us into paradise. Somewhat doubtful, that is exactly where we ended up finding ourselves. A place of staggering beauty and quietness.
Jane and Simon made us feel extremely welcome in their homeliest cottage surrounded by hills and views that make one pinch oneself, just making sure they are real. Which indeed they are.
We never tend to give these kinds of recommendations and were somewhat apprehensive about sharing this secret place with too wide a world, wanting to keep it to ourselves. It is truly special.
Carla, June 2018
We loved staying at The Creamery and had the most brilliant time. The lakeshore and mountain setting is secluded and stunning and the cottage charming. It is spacious with antique furniture, beautiful paintings and personal touches. Every self catering need was anticipated. We loved the billiard room and piano. Our hosts were warm and thoughtful. We would love to have stayed longer and hope to return.
AH, 2017

We had a fabulous time at The Creamery.

The cottage was lovely and had EVERYTHING we needed and the setting was absolutely magical. We’re already browsing the website for our next break!
Thanks a million
Heather Loughlin, October 2018

We really enjoyed our stay. It is an idyllic retreat for those looking to stay in stunning countryside yet within easy driving distance of Waterville. Wonderfully warm hosts, who had thought of everything that we needed, even two travel cots for our babies! The cottage itself is stunning with high end finishings, beautiful antique furniture and very comfortable rooms. It nestles into the base of a mountain and overlooks a small lake. Overall I could not fault our stay there and would highly recommend The Creamery.

KP, 2017

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Out & About

 
Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants. We just can’t list them all…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Waterville on the Ring of Kerry, is a twisty ten minute drive away. There you will find a supermarket for most things; restaurants and fuel.

Wild Atlantic Way
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The town blossomed in the late 1800’s when the first undersea telephone cables were being laid between Valentia Island and Nova Scotia, and the region became a communications hub for Europe.
Prior to the laying of the Transatlantic Cable it took approximately two weeks from a message to reach North America from Europe – weather permitting – as all communications were sent via boat.

Renowned Fly Fishing for Sea Trout and Salmon, Lough Currane is the largest of several lakes on the Cummeragh River. It is 3 miles long and just under 2 miles at its widest. Ghillies are available, providing boats and engines.
Over 90% of Specimen Sea Trout (6lbs plus) in Ireland, are hooked on this famous lough.
Lough Coppal has its own river system and is around 1/2 a mile wide. Fishing is by boat and available by ticket.

photo- Richard Smith

The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland’s first by the International Dark-Sky Association – one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet, and the only such Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.
On clear nights the sky in this region of Ireland is simply stunning, with as many astronomical sights visible to the naked eye as in the desert plains of Africa. – http://kerrydarksky.com/

The waters around our coasts are remarkably warm – 7° to 8°C warmer than the average global sea temperature at these latitudes, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream drift which comes across the Atlantic from the Caribbean.

Waterville derives its name from the name of Butlers family home – now a hotel. The town was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. Coppal Lake was Charlie Chaplin’s favourite spot in Waterville. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.

You will not be disappointed by the dazzling views of Ballynaskelligs Bay, the Skellig Islands and Derrynane on a drive south around the head to Caherdaniel.

The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of the great 19th century politician Daniel O’Connell . It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London.

The towering Skellig Islands can clearly be seen rising steeply from the ocean about 12km off the tip of the peninsular. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement that bears testimony to the hardiness of sixth century monks.
Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are also home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.
The outcrop will feature as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 5 hours from house

 

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Cloon Cottage

Cloon Cottage

Cloon Cottage

Contemporary Comforts, Protean Panoramas

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Connemara, County Galway

Tucked peacefully away in the convoluted Connemara landscape, this adorable contemporary cottage enjoys a privileged gallery view of the Atlantic’s dynamic masquerades.
Ideally located for exploring the beaches, mountains and Islands of West Galway, this cottage is the ideal retreat for a romantic staycation.

 

An uncomplicated charm

From a sheltered breakfast patio, the entrance is via a snug sky-lit lobby – all country coats and boots.

To one side, stepping up past stable half-doors, the elongated kernel of the cottage is revealed.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedrooms, ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
    Conservatory
    External Utility room
  • Features
    Front & side patios
    Two wood-burning stoves
    A Dog is welcome
  • Contempo
    Underfloor heating
    Flat screen TV
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Mid week: Monday to Friday
Merged into one protracted living space, with a well-appointed country kitchen at one end, following through to a dazzling conservatory overlooking the lawned garden, wind whipped trees, and stunning sunset views, at the other.

Spacious yet intimate this tiled salon harmoniously accommodates a practical dining table, a wood-burning stove in the centre, and a pair of generous sofas that define the sitting room.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

Electric double oven cooker
• Electric 4 ring hob
• Fridge
• Chest freezer in external utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine & tumble-dryer in utility
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed and two singles
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Digital radio

Other

• Selection of books
• Underfloor heating

The unpretentious master bedroom in calico white opens directly off the sitting room; its windows frame the rolling Connemara landscape. It has an ensuite shower room.

Two additional rooms converge at the entrance lobby; the second delightful bedroom with individual beds, and a fully tiled family bathroom, which has a bath shower.

Outside

The property is secluded, private and rural, with a sunny lawn and ubiquitous views. If the horizon seems endless, it’s because it is. There is a large parking area just above the cottage.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday after 4.30pm PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM after 4.30pm till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season, 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.

 

June to September €1,050 per week Weekend €575 Mid-week €575
October to May €950 per week Weekend €500 Mid-week €500

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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.

A dog is welcome.

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Reviews

 

Cloon Cottage is one of those very special places one occasionally finds…

Not only is it beautifully layed out to just soak in the spectacular views across to Innishboffin & Innishshark as well as Cleggan Pier with ferries and boats coming and going, at sunset it gets even more spectacular & then at night the lights of the pier glistening in the distance announcing a safe harbour .
This holiday is so so comfortable with a fabulous kitchen running through to the lounge and then to the sunroom with the fantastic views across some of the most beautiful landscapes. With the added comfort of underfloor heating and Hotbox fire in the sunroom the cottage is always warm and a place one can just escape to and simply relax .
This is not only a summertime cottage but is fabulous at anytime. As it is right in the middle of Connemara there is so much more to do with walking and exploring this very special place with all the best connemara can offer on your doorstep.
I simply love this place and it really is a cottage with all the feeling of home.

Kieran – Dublin, July 2019

 

My favourite hideaway in the west…

My favourite hideaway in the west.. Cloon cottage is a little gem of a house with a mesmerising view of Cleggan Bay across to Inishbofin. Indeed you may find it hard to unglue yourself from the sofa in the sun-room Sleep like a baby in the comfy beds and let Cloon cottage work its magic on you.

Julia, June 2019

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Out & About

 

This is a part of the world where the whims of the Atlantic prevail. Fabulous walks and cycle routes abound with some of the best beaches to be found anywhere.
There is so much to enjoy –

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Cleggan village, is less than 2km away, down a picturesque, narrow and twisting road (boreen in local parlance) so prevalent in Connemara.
There are Pubs, Restaurants and shops in Cleggan, but for large supemarkets, you will need to go to Clifden, about 9km distant. Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies just 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan.
Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important home for traditional Irish music and song.

It is estimated that Inishbofin Island was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C.

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours, sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.
Claddaghduff is a 15 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint. On the way you will not miss Omey Island. It can be reached by crossing the broad strand between tides.
The island once had a population of over 400 souls. There are great walks here – mind the rabbit holes – and time it right, or you may become a castaway until the next ebb.

An annual horse race is held on Omey Strand in late July. The event is carefully planned around the tides, and typically attracts vast crowds for the day out.

North Western Galway is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.

 

Killary Harbour on the border with County Mayo is one of only three glacial Fjords in Ireland.
At 45 metres it is very deep, very scenic, and travels 16km inland. There are extensive Salmon, Trout and Mussel farms along its sheltered length.

The area between Clifden – the regions main town – and Roundstone to the south, contains over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes. But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language.

On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara.
Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green.
It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar.
A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.

There are many historical relics to be found on this the Aughrus penninsula, with the Court Tomb being perhaps one of the best known, predating as it does, the great pyramids in Egypt.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house.

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The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

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County Waterford

As sentinel at the East entrance to an historic Waterford demesne, this is a romantic little home full of surprises and the promise of full days of exploration both on and off the estate.
Everything is here for some sublime relaxation, creative culinary endeavours, or energetic enjoyment on Waterford’s Copper Coast.

 

Modern Romantic styling

From the road this extended little gate lodge floats like an ice berg, deftly denying the scale of the dwelling embedded beneath.

An open living area spans the entire lower floor and includes the dining table and kitchen. Stretching in a gradual amalgam of leisure and pleasure from a lattice wall of formal shelves to a porcelain bright sink.

Subtle painted tones and chalky shades of Cafe crème and pewter characterise the space, while brass hinges, crackle glaze ceramic knobs and Roman blinds of pleated fabric introduce a quality of detail that is evident throughout the home.

Two sets of glazed patio doors spill out through chunky walls onto a sunny partly-paved yard, ideal for sunset barbeques.

Barefoot warm, mottled tawny limestone flags radiate indirect cosiness from the under floor heating.

There is a generous back-from-the-beach wood burning stove and a serious basket of logs from the estate, should you yearn for an open flame.

At the crest of the carpeted stairs is the main street level entrance lobby.

The delightful double bedroom, full of luxury linen and light, nestles across one end of the upstairs. The wardrobe is behind a second door.
Noticeably lower windows and curved ceilings lend a cottage feel to this level.

The bathroom has both bath and shower and there is an adjacent spare room where a fold-out double bed can be used for additional guests.

Outside

The Gate Lodge controls the eastern gate of the historic Woodhouse Estate ranging for 340 acres West from Stradbally village.

The property is bisected by the meandering river Tay, which swirls right past the Lodge and escapes under the road bridge for a final dash to the Atlantic.
156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – await exploration either on foot or on cycle tracks.

The owners occupy the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Please enquire about fishing rights or other activities on the estate.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – There is a river, so parts of the property may not suitable for young children, please check with us.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Single oven Gas Range
• With 5 rings
• Fridge
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• King Size bed
• Fold out double bed
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Flat screen smart TV
• with Sky Sports
• DVD player

Other stuff

• Some Books
• Some DVD movies

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the Gate Lodge.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except in low season 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

Christmas 5 night Special from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 28th December. 

 -€860

New Year 5 night Specialfrom Wednesday 29th December to Monday 3rd January.
-€860

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

May to September €1,100 per week Weekend €550 Mid-week €550
October to April €1,100 per week Weekend €550 Mid-week €550

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