The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

The Gate Lodge at Woodhouse

Enter a Completely Different Domain

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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 June to August, 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.

There is a refundable breakages deposit of €250 payable with the rent that will be refunded to you in 7 days from your departure date, if all is in order.

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €550.
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023– €550.
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €1,100
New Years’  29th December 2023 to the 3rd January 2024  -€1,100

 

June to August €1,100 per week N/A N/A
May and 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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Reviews

 

Without question it has been one of the most unique and wonderful experiences I’ve had in a holiday…

Ireland has left a profound impression on me which I won’t ever forget. A big part in the positive impact was definitely the excellent location I was able to stay at.
The interior was very beautifully decorated and one could very much see the amount of work and detail that was put into every corner of the house. During the entire stay I can note that I haven’t missed a single amenity, as everything was very well thought through and planned out.
The estate is beautifully located on the countryside close to the village of Stradbally. With only five minutes of walking distance to the sea and Stradbally Cove, morning walks were spectacular. The fireplace during cold days and Sky TV in the evening certainly made the stay very comfortable.
The caretakers were very friendly and gave us all the information and things we needed during our holiday. As this was my first time in Ireland I wasn’t sure what to expect, but from the fantastic estate to the warm-hearted people who live in the area, I can truly say that staying at here was absolutely wonderful.
The location and places to see in the area were very memorable and your kind service for the stay was amazing. It really felt like a second home and we’ll be sad to leave for now. I do hope to come back again, as Ireland has left a very unique and positive impression on me. I’ll miss this place.

Damian Claus, March 2017

An excellent experience was had at the Gate Lodge. Elegance without arrogance, excellence without excess.
Keep up the good work and I will be in touch, when I next get the chance to visit.

 

Scott Sutherland, February 2017

Very pleasant, will stay there again

Host was very nice, nice touch giving eggs & bacon. Also very generous supply of coffee capsules. Location was nice, near sea, nice estate and near Dungarvin. The house quality was also of a nice standard.
Only negative; Was the weather, but what can u do !!
We are looking forward to staying with you again in sept this time Donegal
& I have been recommending your site to some friends & colleagues.

Kieran, July 2020

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Out & About

 

This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The tranquil village of Stradbally – Gold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns 2019 awards – is a short walk out of the estate, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan is a 15 minute drive along the coast and is your best bet.

photo Paul O’Farrell

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Clonea Strand is much closer; one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

photo Peter Taylor

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous hike thereafter, so don’t miss it.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a sometimes stormy coast that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along bendy roads from Fenor to Annestown.

In Dungarvan, King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification (1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

They’re mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down.

There is a great annual Viking marathon in Waterford in June.

About half an hour away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork Airport, Waterford or Dublin.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Waterford Airport – approx 1 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 1.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 hours from house

 

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Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Picture-perfect coastal escape

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County Donegal

This dazzling designer holiday cottage, notched into the southern slopes of the rugged Loughros Peninsula, boasts spectacular views across tidal sands and oyster farms to Assaranca waterfall and Slievetooey Mountain beyond.

The garden is six acres of moorland, indigenous wild flowers and grasses, on a rocky slope that is separated from the tidal shoreline by a narrow yet populous fenced road and a stretch of boggy pasture.
Here you are never far from fine food, fine sand and the cries of wheeling seabirds.

 

Comfortable in its surroundings

A generous double height atrium at the central core of this contemporary cottage, serves as open plan living and dining area.
Here, an eclectic mix of leather and antique sofas, invite cosy evenings of family games, or just lapping up the idyllic panoramas across Loughros Beg Bay through French doors that hinge out onto the front terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 9 guests
    From €1,540 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms
    All ensuite with Shower
    One with Multi-Access Guest Bathroom
    One Twin Bedroom
    Ensuite with Shower
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining Area

    Sitting Room
    Kitchen

  • Contempo
    Parking For Five
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To the other side of this large room a substantial oak table surrounded by classic Cassina Cab leather chairs, can comfortably seat eight to ten for dinner.

A black granite worktop spanning the rear wall accommodates a stainless steel sink, with built in dishwasher and drinks fridge beneath.

A tidy galley kitchen adjoins the dining area, housing a complete range of choice electric appliances and utilities inside solid oak presses.

Light and warmth flooding through the huge skylight that crowns the apex above our heads, bounces off white walls and is finally absorbed by the black slate floor during the day, to be radiated back at night.

Built-in storage units and sideboard are in solid oak, setting a theme for the rest of the furniture.
A long sitting room, with more uninterrupted views of the bay and relaxing bed sofas, follows through from the main atrium, and leads to the barbeque area.

There are two wonderful double bedrooms at either end of the ground floor linking to the central area via ensuite bathroom lobbies. All showers are power assisted.

Styling throughout the house is clean, modern and minimal, with under floor heating adding a subtle cosiness.

The prevailing feature of the interior is an elevated bridge spanning the atrium.

Accessed by a stylish, skeletal open-tread stairway, the catwalk links a twin bedroom with another double bedroom in the attic.
Both have ensuite shower rooms, and multiple velux windows provide ample daylight.

Facilities

Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star family home – from travel cot to microwave, satellite TV, wi-fi broadband and DVD. There is currently no clothes dryer.

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Outside

Enjoy spectacular views from the patio, with oak garden furniture and a large charcoal barbeque.

The grounds remain purposefully natural with grass, heathers, fuschia, escallonia and wild flowers, including orchids in season.
Although not visible from the cottage, you will need to cross a narrow fenced road that services the many cottages on the peninsula and cross a stretch of boggy pasture to reach the seashore. It’s not suitable for swimming at this point, but it’s great for collecting mussels at low tide. A healthy walk across the head brings you to Trabane, the nearest swimming beach.
Cormorants, sea birds, choughs, seals and an otter can be seen from the house. Dolphins also visit the bay occasionally.

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry, sheep and lambing environment.

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.

Rates for Public Holidays 2023:
Easter Week 8th- 15th April 2023 – €2,000
Halloween  28th October- 4th November 2022 – €2,000
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,000
New Years’ 29th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,000

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

June to September €2,000 per week minimum stay
October to May €1,650 per week Weekend €1000 Mid-week €1000

 

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Reviews

 

I have rented villas…

and homes now for a few decades so always happy to revert when the feedback is positive. The aspect and comfort of cottage makes for a great stay with the spectacular view from front a real highlight.
Hard to find fault with anything. I guess the only 2 items that might be worth mentioning ( although minor in the overall scheme of things ) are :- Bathroom in Master bedroom downstairs does not seem to have any ventilation . Window there does not seem to be designed to open ?
Thanks, we didn’t realise the handle was broken – it’s all sorted now…Ed
– The outdoor slabs out front look old ( and with lots of weeds ) compared to lovely patio at side of house . Weather was cool and breezy so we did not get opportunity to sit out but if we did , a minor upgrade to this area would be well worth the investment.
We did a bit of weeding too but will look at upgrading seats at front patio as it’s definitely the best view!..Ed

Jill O’Mahony, July 2020

Imagine our delight …

in the view from the front room of this beautiful cottage. Every morning we would be amazed at the shifting sand patterns caused by tidal surges from the night before.
This home is located midway along Loughross Point, a spit of land out from the township of Ardara. It is a comfortable place to stay to explore the region. We visited Donegal, Northern Ireland including the dark hedges (aka King’s Road in Game of Thrones), Giants Causeway, the Grianan of Aileach (or Ailigh), Killybegs, and Glenveagh National Park. We covered a lot of County Donegal and it was gorgeous.
Our host, Kathy, was amazing and super friendly on the morning we woke to find we had no hot water. She came to our rescue in a flash. This was our mistake entirely as we were too hot during the night and turned off the heating only to find that the house heating the the hot water are run on the same system. Silly us. Don’t let this deter you from this wonderful place, just make sure you get the lowdown on the hot water boost system!
We’ll be back to visit soon, with a plein air painting kit and fly fishing rods!

Anne Maree Healey, June 2018

Every time I glance out of the windows, the scene has changed and I am compelled to pause and then let go as the new light and water shift and create anew the mountains and the bay.
I will miss this magical place, but have tucked in my heart many memories to return to and cherish always.”

A lovely few days –

“We swam everyday and have hardly seen another soul.
We love this house; its got everything you could possibly need (except a boat and maybe a horse)!
We came here to write and have been inspired and distracted by the landscape in equal measures.
We’re already thinking about when to come back.
Many thanks”
Harriet and Kate – June 2014 – London

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Out & About

 

Donegal is wild, mountainous and steeped in history, with the softest people and a generous helping of experiences yet un-had..
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Ardara 7 km down the road, is the nearest village for shopping, charming pubs, cafes and restaurants. The town is best known for its tweed and knitting production, but also renown for an unending chain of festivals.

Wild Atlantic Way
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A 30 minute walk to Loughros Point at the end of the peninsula brings the joy of a dramatic ocean sunset or thrill of giant crashing waves.

There are many, many beaches around the ragged Donegal coast, so you are never far from sand whether walking , cycling or driving.
It’s an easy cycle ride northwards to Portnoo (13km) which not only has a huge unspoilt beach, but backs onto a wild and picturesque Atlantic golf links.

While you’re over that way, the Kilclooney dolmen is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb to be found in Europe. Over 4,000 years old, it’s well worth the short boggy trek from the road.

photo Hans-Georg Stump

photo Otmar Butz

Ardara is on the edge of the second largest Irish speaking district in Ireland. Some 30,000 Irish speakers live in the Donegal Gaeltacht, or roughly 24.5% of the total Gaeltacht population.

To the South, don’t miss a trip through the beautiful Glengesh Pass on the way to the Slieve League sea cliffs. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

Killybegs, 20km from the house, is a sheltered fishing port on Donegal Bay. It is home to Irelands largest off-shore trawler fleet, also not surprisingly, some of the best fresh fish food to be found.

For anglers seeking scenery and unspoilt fly fishing, then look no further the Owenea River which enters Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara – one of the best salmon rivers in the county.

Galway holds the limelight when it comes to oysters – but up here in Donegal we think we do better..
let us know what you think.

​How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Derry, Knock or Shannon.
Derry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Knock Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Various sailings run to Belfast or Dublin from UK
from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne or Belfast – under 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3.5 hours from house

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Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

A magical setting of Ancient Oak and Beech

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County Waterford

This elfin cottage cloistered above the woods – just one of three – on an historic Tay valley demesne, introduces unique opportunities for exploring the beaches and headlands of Ireland’s Copper Coast, hill-walking in the Comeragh Mountains, or just rambling around a magnificent estate.

Comfortable, Compact and Cherished

Most of the rooms radiate from the warm entrance lobby in this practical and cosy cottage. The sitting room is gracious and informal with built in units of alabaster shelving around an open log hearth. Contemporary patio doors encourage you out to a sheltered gravel terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1200 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    and One Twin Bedroom
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Study,
    Kitchen/Dining Room
    Utility Room
    Entrance Hall
  • Contempo
    Furnished Patio,
    Dog Friendly
    Logs
    Barbecue
    WiFi and Smart TV
  • CHECK HERE

The bright kitchen, doubling as a dining room, occupies one end of the house. Modelled in a simple rustic style with a wood burning stove – though the cottage is never cold, there’s lots of fuel available from the estate.

For occasional reading, bridge games, or Monopoly there is the green room, across the tiles of the entrance lobby.

Terracotta red cabinets and vibrant parrot blinds bring strong accents of colour to the ivory white interior.

The utility room and boot lobby are off one side of the kitchen while cottage stairs rise from the other end to a dreamy double bedroom in the loft. Understated, with traditional furniture and floral fabrics, typical of the restrained decor throughout this home.

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. An Eco friendly air source heat pump provides the central heating. If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• 4 ring electric induction Hob
• Fridge
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King Size bed (180cm)
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other stuff

• Good selection of books
• Good selection of board games
• Some DVD movies
• Bicycles available (book in advance)
• Babies High Chair

A second cobalt-coloured twin bedroom, with views beyond the rolling fields, lies opposite the bathroom to the left of the main entrance.

Outside

The house occupies an elevated site with its own entrance on the historic Woodhouse Estate which ranges for 340 acres West Stradbally village and is bisected by the meandering river Tay. 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – are waiting to be explored either by foot or on cycle tracks.

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

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates.
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 – Parts of the property may not suitable for young children, please check with us.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week June to August 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.

There is a refundable breakages deposit of €250 payable with the rent which will be refunded 7 days after your departure.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 650
Halloween Friday 27th October to Monday 30th October. € 650
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 1,300
New Year break Friday 29th December  to Wednesday 3rd January 2024 € 1,300

 

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September to May € 1,200 € 650 € 650
June to August € 1,200 Not Available Not Available

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Reviews

We have just arrived back

…from our lovely break in the south.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to you, the Thompson family and all of the team at Woodhouse Estate for such a fabulous stay.
Stewards Cottage was beautiful, exceptionally well equipped and immaculate (congratulations to your cleaning staff). The estate is fabulous (even in the rain) and playhouse was a real hit with our children!
We hope to get a chance to stay with you again soon.

Helena and Alan, August 2020

We had an amazing time in Stradbally earlier this month.

It was our first time using the website and while it obviously all looked very high spec, we were pleasantly astounded by just how nice it was. And also, how helpful June and Ted were and were always on hand if we had any questions.
The cottage was both homely and elegant and was a pleasure to stay in and come back to after a day out and about.
We will definitely be in touch again for Steward’s cottage and others. Thank you for helping us to have such a lovely holiday.

Shane & Jenny, July 2020

We had a fabulous week in Stradbally…

Cathy gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived. The cottage was very comfortable & lovely touches like fresh flowers & freshly baked scones on the table – well what more can you ask for.
We were blown away by the whole estate, I don’t believe there is enough focus on that on the website. It was a wonderful surprise to discover the beautiful surroundings and particularly the walled garden. Stunning! The location is just second to none & we spent the week exploring all the lovely beaches & coves along the copper coast. We can’t wait to return to stay in the gatekeepers cottage next time!

Julie & Robin Brammar, August 2016

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We stayed at Steward’s cottage in Woodhouse.

We had a fabulous holiday. The Cottage was only beautiful.
We needed nothing…
Everything was provided.The Cottage was  and the care and attention to detail was exceptional.
The grounds and walled garden were spectacular.

Well done to everyone.
-Susan, 2021

We returned from Stewards Cottage last Sunday

after spending 4 nights in what can only be described as an absolutely wonderful and truly magical place to stay. June welcomed us and guided us through the cottage and the grounds. The cottage itself was excellent with everything you could possibly need but also beautifully decorated giving it a homely and welcoming feel. It is perfectly located to discover the copper coast, cycle the greenway and enjoy the culinary delights of the surrounding towns and villages.
The hidden surprise and treasure was Woodhouse and the grounds of Woodhouse. It was a privilege to be afforded to stay in such a wonderful place, roam the grounds, enjoy the walled garden, fish in the river, stroll the cove, for the kids to play in the place house and to learn of the history of Woodhouse in the museum. In this I discovered an ancestry connection with my maternal grandmother to the owners of Woodhouse in the 1700’s. Marianna kindly spent time with me going through the family history and we are going to stay in touch to delve further into the family connection.
We will definitely be returning to Woodhouse and we most certainly will be using UIH for all our staycations. I have already recommended both Woodhouse and UIH to family and friends. Thank you for all your assistance.

Caroline Long, August 2020

Out & About

This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The tranquil village of StradballyGold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns 2019 awards – is a short walk out of the estate, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan is a 15 minute drive along the coast and is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the disputes between the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous hike thereafter, so don’t miss it.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along bendy roads from Fenor to Annestown.

photo – euheritagedays

About half an hour away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.

They’re mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.
Here too you will find King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a sometimes stormy shoreline that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Clonea Strand is much closer; one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork Airport, Waterford or Dublin.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Waterford Airport – approx 1 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 1.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 hours from house

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Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Towering Waves and Warm Turf Fires

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County Donegal

This is a respectful renovation of the cottage that was home to a spirited spinster known as Lily. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric modern home that is the perfect romantic escape.
From here you can explore Donegal’s renowned Surf Coast, stunning strands and windswept cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way’s land of legends.

 

Chalky tones and contempo tweeds

In a cottage of two halves, the main entrance is now via a roomy well-lit lobby around the side of the house, that links the old to the new – classy and uncluttered.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,050 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double & One twin bedroom
    Family shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting/Dining room
    Kitchen
    Entrance Lobby
  • Features
    Rear patio with lawn
    Private parking
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

The original thatched roadside home remains the main living area with much of the traditional artisan feel of thick white plastered walls, petite windows, and a seductive stove at one end, all perfectly crafted.

A formally furnished dining area completes the other end of this charming open space.

Through the original front porch, a time-honoured split stable door frames neighbouring dunes that announce the ocean beyond.

The balance of this historic part of the cottage, is now a cosy twin bedroom.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring Electric range with twin ovens
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – one King-size and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Logs & Turf
• Central heating
• Dual head shower
• Some board games & Books

A contemporary extension, sensitively annexed a step or two up to the rear, contains the kitchen.

Grey and alabaster white in a chic shaker country style, with a wall of sliding glass onto the sunny cobbledy back patio.

At the centre, comfy upholstered stools around the marble breakfast bar reclassify this as a family room.

The main accommodation is via a short passageway off the kitchen in this cottage extension.

The pristine shower room, has a luxurious walk-in twin-head rainfall shower.

Mirror-door sliding wardrobes are used to great effect in the master bedroom, concealing ample built in storage without diminishing the sense of space.

Outside

Although the cottage faces onto a main road, there is private parking behind. It is also surrounded by farmland, and adjacent to a fine equestrian centre, which you can check out here.

The dunes backing Tullan Strand can be seen across the road, but they are on government property and you will have to travel the short distance back into Bundoran to reach the beach.

Provisional Booking Form

A refundable breakages deposit 0f €350 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €1,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023 – €1,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €1,500
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €1,500

June to September €1,150 per week €165 per night
Minimum 7 nights
October to May €1,050 per week €165 per night
Minimum 3 nights
June to September 2022 €1,500 per week €215 per night
Min. 3 nights
October to May 2022 €1,295 per week €185 per night
Min. 3 nights

 

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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.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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Restrictions

Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Pets or Smoking – No, sorry

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Reviews

 

I’m pleased to report…

that I could not have been more comfortable. Claire O’Reilly was kindness itself and looked after me most generously during the two weeks of quarantine, which I observed properly. And throughout was an ideal owner, ready to assist but never intrusive.I had to return to London for various appointments, but otherwise I would have been content to stay in Donegal indefinitely. I hope and intend to return.

Ian, September 2020

We had an excellent break in Lily’s cottage

From the moment we arrived, Claire was very welcoming with the stove lit for us on a very wet day. Her daughter baked delicious cupcakes and Claire also provided us with a complimentary bottle of wine, crisps and chocolate for the kids. Milk, butter, tea and other items were also there if we needed them.
The old cottage was beautiful with old antique furniture and fabulous interior design whilst the new extension had a modern kitchen with all mod cons.
The location of the cottage was excellent right beside an equestrian centre where my daughter and I went horse riding. Fabulous beaches and scenic attractions are all short drives from the house.
I would thoroughly recommend the cottage to others and have already recommended it to friends and family and indeed unique irish homes website.
I will definitely be looking up the website for our next holiday.

Patricia, July 2020

New to Unique Irish Homes – 2021

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Out & About

 

Bundoran is not just a surfer’s paradise, it’s also a mecca for anglers, walkers and golfers; and of course a gateway to the cliffs and magical mountain remoteness that Donegal has to offer…

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals:
Rory Gallagher Festival end of May
Budoran Surf Music Festival in June

 

The Locality

 

 

The cottage lies half way between Ballyshannon and the coastal resort of Bundoran at the foot of County Donegal, on a narrow strip of the republic separating Northern Ireland from the Atlantic.

The county, and Bundoran in particular is world- renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as the Peak, Tullan Strand, Murvagh beach, and nearby Rossnowlagh, which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres, putting the Wild into Wild Atlantic Way.

There has been an 18-hole golf course in Bundoran since 1894. Located on the historic Great Northern Railway Company site, old railway sleepers encompass the par 70 course which enjoys the most breathtaking and scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The town has a number of popular cliff walks, and the one that borders the golf club passes unusual rock formations known locally as the Fairy Bridges.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.

A magnet for salmon and trout anglers, there are several high quality fisheries in the region, with the first Irish salmon of the season frequently caught locally in the Drowes River on 1st January.

Ballyshannon is regarded by some as ‘Ireland’s oldest town’ and the museum has artefacts and memorabilia stretching back from the recent past to 10,000 BC. Though reared in Cork, guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher was born here and the town centre contains a statue erected in his memory.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve League are worth a visit. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road about an hour West of Donegal town will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

photo Giuseppe Milo

Donegal town, about 25 minutes away by car, home to the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474. The town can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.
Donegal was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Just 15 minutes south in county Sligo the iconic and dramatic Benbulben mountain has an easy walk from the southern more gentle side. From the summit there are stunning views over the coastal plain. Below on Mullaghmore Head, is Classiebawn Castle, the home of Lord Louis Mountbatton until his dramatic assassination in 1979.

This is Yeats country. William Butler Yeats was a Sligo boy who, with his brother Jack, evoked the Sligo countryside with great beauty and genius in poetry and painting. As children the boys visited Lissadell House – now becoming a popular destination – for cricket matches and horse racing, and often stayed there during the years 1893-5.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Donegal airports.
Donegal Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Knock Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airport – is approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 3 hours from the cottage
The Belfast Liverpool ferry is approx 2 and half hours from house.

 

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