Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

A whimsical haven in an historic harbour

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West Cork

A quaint and deceptively roomy 19th century cottage, Castlehaven Lodge has been completely modernised and re-furbished. Surrounded by acres of rambling gardens, dazzling views of the Atlantic, it enjoys a private walk through an historic glen to a secluded west Cork cove.

 

A modest lodge with an eastern twist

Built mid 19th century as an annex to the expansive parsonage with which it shares this 20 acre coastal property, the cottage makes a perfect base for walkers and watermen alike.

An open log-burning fireplace is punched into the rustic stone wall, a feature of one end of the open living space. The dining area occupies the opposing end.

For larger groups, Castlehaven House which sleeps 10 may be used in conjunction with the Lodge. More here …

Hardwood marine decking floors unite the rooms throughout.

From here one of three doors open onto every bodies favourite dining area, the alfresco terrace with views out towards the bay, and the tang of the ocean.

There is an alternative dining table in the solid wood all electric kitchen.

The bedrooms are given a Japanese twist with dramatic Shoji sliding doors, concealing contemporary ensuite shower rooms clad in mottled grey marble.

Outside

The extensive grounds are shared with Castlehaven house, which features elsewhere on this website, and include a picturesque private walk along a woodland fern glade pathway leading down to the pebble beach and pier.

There is an historic, if very small, holy well known as Saint Barrahane’s Well, within the grounds. The saint appears in a stained glass window in Castletownsend.

Restrictions

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

Facilities

The lodge is Wheelchair friendly, and is fitted out to a high standard with Wi-Fi, Dishwasher, Clothes dryer etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

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

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

All Year €1,100 per week Weekend €800 Mid-week €700

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Reviews

 

Please tell the house owners of Castlehaven Lodge that we had the most special holiday in their house.

Noel was absolutely brilliant, really looked after us. The house was perfect, a total sanctuary from a wonderful, but very busy West Cork. The house was beautiful inside and so well equipped, we just loved how generous the bedrooms and bathrooms were. The glen was the perfect family hang out for swimming and supping. We absolutely loved it and hope to go back again next year. Thanks so much

Aoife & Dave Porter, August 2020

We felt relaxed as soon as we went in the door…

the lodge is comfortable and light filled, surrounded by nature, perfect for reading, dinner/ socialising or taking it easy. The layout is well designed and the kitchen is well equipped.
The walk to Castlehaven old church and Harbour through the woods is fun, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the bay. Good base for exploring the area eg Lough Hine, Castletownshend, Baltimore, Lis Ard, toe head, loads to do if you have some nice weather. Look forward to going back soon!

P&G Wall, June 2019

We had a lovely stay in Castlehaven Lodge…

We’ll definitely be going back next year, hoping we can go for longer next time. Noel was very accommodating and a really nice guy.
Thank you for making our holiday so smooth and very enjoyable.

Lorraine, September 2017

We were warmly greeted by our host and he made every effort to make sure our holiday was enjoyable and comfortable. Whether it was chopping wood for a fire or giving advice on the local area, he made himself available without intrusion. The Lodge was home away from home, that is if your home has a little forest walk at the bottom of the garden leading down to a secluded beach cove.
Our accommodation had comfortable beds and lots of white fluffy towels in a spotlessly clean bedroom. Plenty of hot water and great shower pressure in the spacious bathrooms. The kitchen was well equipped and our host very kindly supplied fresh provisions on arrival.
The surrounding area of West Cork is spectacular even at the time of year we chose to visit. We went to Mizen Head to see the light house on the day storm Doris broke and the breaking waves were particularly powerful along the coast that day. Inchydoney beach and Owenahincha beach are beautiful but Barleycove was our favourite, and as you can imagine, completely deserted in February.
Castlefreke woodland walk and the history of the area is captivating but make sure to stop at Union Hall on the way back and pick up some fish for supper.

David and Fiona, February 2017

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Out & About

 

Castlehaven Lodge is ideally situated for exploring all that’s great about West Cork. Enjoy great scenery, lively events and festivals, a warm welcome and some great days out and about.
…there really is too much choice and not enough room.

photo Robert Wilcox

Other interesting local attractions include:
St. Barrahane’s Feast Day, December 3 (in Castletownshend)
Baltimore Seafood Festival and Baltimore Wooden Boats Festival in May
Baltimore Regatta August 1st
Concerts at St. Barrahane’s Church in Castletownshend (festival of music) late July to Mid August

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week

The Locality

 
The deep sheltered waters of Castlehaven Bay was the scene of the sinking of a small Spanish Armada in 1602 that subsequently led to a game-changing event in Irish history known as the Flight of the Earls.

West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays – the last point of land visible to travellers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America.

photo Whale Watch West Cork

The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. Semi-tropical plants and palm trees are common in this region. Fuchsia abound and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Baltimore is perhaps Irelands most southern town. A 30 minute drive away, it is the terminal for ferries to Clear and Sherkin Islands. The town has a long tradition of wooden boat building.
Between 1880 and 1926 Baltimore was the largest fishing port in the country and 78 fishing vessels were registered locally.br By 1907, after the North Pier had been built, the fleet was so numerous that you could, it was said, walk to Sherkin across the decks of the boats! At one stage there were seven trains every day out of Baltimore, all carrying fish for the American market.

The Fastnet rock lies 19km to the south of Baltimore. Its lighthouse flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.

In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring about 157 feet (48 m) in height.

Cape Clear island is Ireland’s most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The islands remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland’s only manned observatory. Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year – dolphins constantly.

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

 

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

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Cottage 51

Cottage 51

Cottage 51

Romantic Lakeside Cottage

Upper Lough Erne
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County Fermanagh

Step inside this magical, wee cottage with a slightly bohemian air; you enter a different world where new surprises lurk around every corner.
A delightful world of natural and recycled materials and honky-tonk pianos, nestled in a rural landscape of lakes, rivers and stone wall bridges.

A magical home that radiates eccentric char, almost from another era…

The small entrance lobby leads through to the airy double storey kitchen, which is the hub of the house. Terracotta floor, Belfast sink, and wood-burning stove make you feel instantly at home.
Put the kettle on..

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests including Annex
    From €1,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    Shower room
    Separate Annex
    Double bedroom – ensuite
    & Single bedroom
  • Other Rooms
    Living room, Kitchen, Dining room
    Entrance lobby
    Separate utility room
  • Features
    Central heating, isolation
  • Contempo
    TV, Hi-Fi
    No Wi-Fi in property
  • Availability
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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All rooms lead off the kitchen:

We call the sitting room the Piano room, for obvious reasons. A large comfy sofa, armchair and TV if you need it, share this eclectic space with antique wood burning stove in an oak fireplace, books and Victorian memorabilia.
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric ceramic hob
• Electric oven
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in external utility
• Iron
• Central heating

Bedrooms

• Three double beds and one single

Tech & Entertainment

• Stereo Hi-Fi
• TV
• DVD player in living room
No Wi-Fi in House

Other

• Good selection of books
• Piano
• 2 wood-burning stoves

At the opposite side of the kitchen is the master bedroom – A romantic boudoir in cool cucumber colours with billowing taffeta curtains and a large Louis xvi double bed.

Luxury 200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather down duvets and pillows, complete the story. French doors open out onto a patio and fabulous views of Lough Scalban.

You can soak away your blues in a classic Victorian free-standing roll-top bath before bed.
The panelled dining room, shrouded in a riot of roses, with hand-painted table, is a very special place to enjoy Chic dinners with panoramic views. Underfoot is an artwork itself, devised from reassembled gym floor boards, and the shelves are stocked with books.
Stairs leading from the kitchen, take you up to the mezzanine bedroom with antique cast iron bed and eiderdown quilt.

There is a charming bathroom with shower, toilet and magazines leading off the entrance lobby.

The Annex

In the self contained annex adjacent to the cottage, there is a single bedroom and a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

The style is rustic, vintage and eclectic, with half doors, stone walls, Belfast sink and enclosed double bed.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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

Cottage only €1,000 per week Weekend €495 Mid-week €495
Including Annex €1,150 per week Weekend €565 Mid-week €565

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Reviews

Divine atmosphere-so cosy

full of personal touches – interior design is the work of a genius! Love it. Thanks very much.
J.A.Graham, Belfast

Peaceful, charming cottage. Magical views. Magnificent tub!
McAllister Baumann Family, Boston, USA

Nice and cosy cottage, stunning view!
Maecel and Jolanda, Pen Haag, Holland

 ‘We really enjoyed our stay at Cottage 51. ‘ 

Look forward to staying in another of your unique homes in the future 🙂
-Geraldine D, 2021

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Out & About

This is an ideal touring base for exploring the Erne waterway, the Pullans, and North West Ireland.

A Mecca for anglers and country walkers alike – there is so much to see and do…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Cottage 51 is located approximately 4 km from the village of Belleek in County Fermanagh, which is one of the six counties in the province of Ulster, with Donegal to the North, and Sligo to the South.

Belleek is the western-most village in the United Kingdom and Sits on the border between the UK and the republic.

The world renowned Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who declared that any piece with the slightest flaw would be destroyed. The policy still survives today. Pieces are made in Parian porcelain which imitates marble.

The two Loughs of the Erne basin are connected by the River Erne which flows North-Westwards into the Atlantic at Ballyshannon. Lower Lough Erne is further North as it is furthest downstream. The town of Enniskillen lies on the stretch between the two lakes.

A canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, runs between the upper end of the River Shannon and the River Erne, and utilises sixteen locks. The lakes are home to a maze of Islands, the largest being Boa which is 8km long and contains notable pagan stone relics.

Lower Lough Erne is a huge expanse of water, over five miles wide at its widest point and 18 miles in length. The lough is dotted with numerous islands, rocky outcrops and reaches depths of over 200 feet in places, making it ideal habitat for Brown Trout and large numbers of coarse fish species.

Upper Lough Erne, on the other hand is a maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds and ideal habitats for Pike.

Lough Erne Yacht Club is based in Gublusk Bay and hosts the Lough Erne Regatta, Ireland’s oldest event for racing under sail, with a lineage beyond 1820.

For walkers, the Creevy Shore Walk is a purpose built coastal footpath 10 miles in length running from Rossnowlagh through Creevy to the mouth of the Erne Estuary in Ballyshannon. It is situated 1km from The Wild Atlantic Way which is a 2,500km route from Malin Head, Co Donegal to Kinsale, Co Cork.

 

​See the natural sea stacks known as the Fairy Bridges complete with their own “wishing chair” in Bundoran, the world renown surfing resort.

In 2011, for the third time in the competition’s history, the European Surfing Championships were held at this seaside town which boasts the natural amenities of world class reef and beach breaks as well as all the ancillary hospitality, catering and entertainment required for an event of this significance on the European calendar.

The guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon which is said to be the oldest town in Ireland – although there are at least two other claimants.

Enniskillen Castle, originally built in the 15th century by Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire, was used as a barracks in the 1700s and 1800s. Hugh was the younger brother of the leading chieftain at the time, King Thomas Maguire (Thomas the Great).

Some history/geography

Interestingly, Fermanagh escaped the potato blight during the Great Famine better than any other county, as the county had so many islands – the disease had difficulty travelling over water – whilst the mainland was largely starving in comparison.

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 to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.

The highest temperature in Northern Ireland recorded by the Met Office, 30.8°C, occurred at Knockarevan (near Belleek) in County Fermanagh on June 30, 1976.

How to get there – Car essential…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast, Donegal or Knock airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Belfast Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Donegal Airport – approx 1 and quarter hours from house.
Knock Airport – approx 1 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
From Liverpool to Dublin
Or twice a day from Troon in Ayshire to Larne
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has six sailings a day including a fast crossing, and is approx 3 hours drive from house

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Doogort Cottage

Doogort Cottage

Doogort Cottage

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

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County Mayo

This old cottage was completely renovated in 2015. Standing proudly along the most westerly twists of the Wild Atlantic Way, on the edge of Achill Island, it had been a family home for generations of fishermen, where the shark was in their blood.

 

The essence of simplicity

A snug living room occupies one half of the original ground floor of this cottage. It’s cosy and intimate, with two generous sofas and a fragrant turf burning stove framed by a modest fire mantle of weathered pine that looks like it could have been rescued from the ocean itself.

Painted floors slate grey, and white walls is a reoccurring theme in this home of unassuming simplicity.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 4 ring electric Hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, one King-size
• Set of Single bunk beds
• Travel cot
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good mobile phone coverage
• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• DVD player

Other

• Selection of travel & design books

The kitchen and dining room enjoy the best of the views, sharing one long room that has recently been annexed onto the rear.

French doors allow you to wander out into one of Europe’s most westerly back yards – an ocean panorama.

A double bedroom occupies the remainder of the ground floor. There is a second double bedroom upstairs, together with a third bedroom of adult size bunk beds.

The shared bathroom features a contemporary walk in shower of the rainfall variety.

Outside

It’s just a short stroll down the village to the powder white sand of Dugort beach.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

Minimum booking 3 nights for this property, except in July and August when minimum is 7 nights.

€50 cleaning fee is added to each booking.

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

November to March €168 per night Minimum booking 3 nights
April to June €186 per night Minimum booking 3 nights
July to August €1,694 per week Minimum booking 7 nights
Saturday to Saturday
September to October €195 per night Minimum booking 3 nights
Easter Period
13th – 27th April
€195 per night Minimum booking 7 nights
22nd December – 2nd January
Christmas through New Year
€242 per night Minimum booking 3 nights

 

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Out & About

 
The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.

Events

Achill International Harp Festival last week in October
Achill Marathons in July & August

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

The cottage is in a sleepy village between 2 blue flag beaches on an elevated site that enjoys panoramic views across Blacksod Bay, and the Atlantic to outlying islands.
The nearest major town is Westport at 40K but there are supermarkets at Achill Sound 15 minutes away, and in Keel – which also has a great butchers shop – Achill Mountain Lamb is renowned worldwide.

Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland. It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound. About 85% of the island is peat bog. Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.

The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.

 Wild Atlantic Way
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At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.

Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.

The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years. If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.

Basking sharks, Dolphins and Orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted, often from the back yard.

Sheep have free range on the island, easily outnumbering the permanent inhabitants.
 

The island’s current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s. A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore Mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times. The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.

photo Pat Lim

Don Allum was the first man to row to America and back, making landfall at Dooagh beach in September of 1987.

 

​How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – about 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – about 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – about 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is about 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 4 hours from house.

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The Schoolmaster’s Cottage

The Schoolmaster’s Cottage

The Schoolmaster’s Cottage

Full Marks for Fishers

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County Wicklow

This stylish and roomy open plan cottage on the edge of a busy village in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains is the consummate base for exploring the Garden County.
Relish the convenience of local cafes, bars and grocery shopping, combined with conspicuous access to mountains, beaches, lakes and culture of Ireland’s Ancient East, all just half an hour from Dublin City.

 

Open plan on two levels

As the name suggests, this cottage was originally the school master’s home, adjacent to the actual school. The recent refurbishment combines practical appeal with luxurious and relaxed charm.

A spacious living room stretches across most of the ground floor – sparkling bright and comfortably contemporary. An open hearth fireplace at one end is reflected through a substantial mirror at the other, adding an illusionary optical dimension.

A twosome of leather sofas provide the comfort and a smart flat screen above the fireplace is connected to Netflix.

With more formal dining in mind, a practical and protractible circular table with upholstered chairs snugs up to the living room sofas.

The compact kitchen, cloistered at the opposite end, has every essential convenience but still finds room for a flip-up breakfast bar for those on the run.

Stairs circle the kitchen accessing an equally expansive and awesome loft bedroom. The super King-size bed can be split into a pair of singles and is supplemented by a fold out bed masquerading in the seating nook.

An ensuite with a generous shower overlooks the village at the far gable end of this floor.

There is a smart TV Monitor and Wi-Fi so you can stream your favourite box set, and a Hi-Fi system that is linked to recessed ceiling speakers throughout the cottage.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 4 ring Gas hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in kitchen
• Iron

Bedrooms

• One Super King-size Zip & Link bed
• One fold out single bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV monitor with Netflix – no TV channels
• Central Audio with ceiling speakers

Other

• Good selection of books

Outside

The cottage is in the grounds of, though completely separate from Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy, a quirkily chic destination department store with an award winning Café – great for brunch – at the top of the village.

Provisional Booking Form

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 Friday to Friday

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

  Week Weekend Mid-Week
All Year €895 €495 €450

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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.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Our break went really well…

the owners where very helpful, the cottage was comfortable, with everything we needed. Also it was on a regular bus route, which we used several times. Shops where close by.
We found unique holidays helpful, and good to deal with. We found walks in Roundwood and Blessington that went around reservoirs very enjoyable, and would recommend highlighting them.

Tim, June 2019

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Out & About

 

Whether you’re a walker a cyclist or loath both, you will find a soul mate in Wicklow, there’s just so much to experience…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The Schoolmaster’s Cottage is at the northern end of Newtownmountkennedy – the village with the longest name in Ireland. Apart from the terrific Fishers emporium on the same site, you will find a comprehensive grocery store, pubs and the like a short stroll away.

Wicklow is one of those counties that has it all – accessible mountain scenery for walking and cycling, long stretches of powdery sand dune backed beaches at Brittas Bay (20 minutes away), and Ireland’s highest waterfall at Powerscourt Demesne.

In fact the stunning 18th century Palladian mansion of Powerscourt House in Enniskerry, (20 minutes the other way) is well worth a visit for its excellent golf, a magnificent gardens and the unique retail experience.

On your way, you might like to climb Sugarloaf Mountain, an unmistakable land mark in the area. Allow about an hour from the car park to the top – the last bit is a struggle – but the views at the summit are breath-taking.

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.

If you want to explore Dublin City, like many locals, you can catch the train (DART) from the busy village of Greystones just ten minutes away, with its marina and beaches, and abundant restaurants to return to. Plus the trip around the headlands and bays is very scenic – avoid rush hour.

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If you enjoy a good walk, there are sections of the Wicklow Way that will make a perfect outing, or you may prefer follow the spectacular trail high above the lake and medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough, with its fabulously preserved 11th century round tower.

Click here for a link to hiking trails…

photo Bokken

How to get there – Car advised, but cycling is do-able.

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Cork airports.
Dublin Airport – 3 quarters of an hour from the cottage.
Belfast Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three quarters of an hour from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is under 2 hours from the village.

 

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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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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.
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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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