Thomond House

Thomond House

Thomond House

Where Nobility meets Adventure

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County Clare

Explore your indulgent side in this large classic country manor at the heart of the rambling Dromoland Estate. Steeped in history but enjoying every contemporary convenience, Thomond is the perfect sojourn for a gathering of the clan.
If you love your golf, and your surname is O’Brien, this is where you belong…

 

Easy elegant interiors

Sturdy double doors, classically framed by sidelights and pilasters, contrive a Georgian style Welcome.

Not many homes these days can boast a large central foyer. In Thomond house it is overlooked by a circular doughnut gallery and drop light from the floor above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €5,400 for a long weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms & One twin & One single
    All have ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Library, Study & Dining room
    Kitchen / living room
    Utility room & Laundry room
    Cloakroom
  • Features
    Baby Grand Piano
    Large garden
    Terrace
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Excellent Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Across the parquet flooring, and through more mahogany double doors, the classical drawing room is substantial, with a bay of tall windows energetically dressed in coral jaspé drapes, surveying the formal gardens.

An antique baby grand piano and plethora of guilt framed portraits compete to catch your eye, but the focus is the warmth from an unpretentious marble fireplace.

The adjoining library, slightly more intimate, is home to a prodigious collection of books tightly packed into Augustan shelves that screen every burnt orange wall.

A forest green dining room occupies one corner of the ground floor. It can easily cater for twelve, and is furnished in mahogany with an extravagance of classic dining chairs and another fine fireplace.

For more casual fare, adjacent to the dining room, the kitchen includes a circular table for four, and in a quirky shift in style, a curved breakfast bar attended by six chrome trumpet-based stools.

Ebony granite counters and ivory painted presses, provide the palette for a comprehensive array of premium appliances from Aga to wine cooler.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range
• 5 ring gas hob
• Electric Oven
• 2 Fridges with water dispenser
• 2 Freezers
• 2 Dishwashers
• Wine cooler
• 2 juicers
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility / Laundry Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four Super King size beds, One double bed, two Zip & Link singles
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 4 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Child’s cot
• Baby Grand Piano
• Gas Barbecue

Upstairs

A broad archway separates the foyer from a dramatic cantilevered stairway that spirals up to the first floor, where sleeping accommodation radiates from the circular gallery.

Here again, each sumptuous bedroom is elegantly unique and enjoys dazzling rural views through the lofty Georgian windows. The ensuite bathrooms are sympathetically styled to match.

Outside

The house sits on elevated private grounds at the end of a tree lined driveway, in the heart of the 450 acre Dromoland Estate, and just 440 metres from Dromoland Castle.
The castle was rebuilt in high-Gothic style between 1800¬–1836, and opened as a luxury hotel in 1962.

Pathways criss-cross the rolling parkland, meandering through woodlands, around the lake and beyond the fairways of the estate’s 18 hole championship golf course. A walking map of the estate is available at the Castle reception.

Restrictions

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

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 Saturday to Saturday

Christmas from the 23rd December to the 28th December – €13,500
New Year from the 29th December to the 2nd January 2021 – €13,500.

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

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There is a €40/day house keeping and cleaning charge during your stay.  Per Week Weekend Mid-week
1st May to 13th September €14,000 €7,950 €7,950
Other Periods €11,950 €6,950 €6950

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Out & About

 

Although Clare is one of those magical counties packed with completely unique experiences, without moving off the estate you can enjoy an 18 hole Golf Course, Tennis, Spa, Clay shoot, Swimming pool, and amazing restaurants…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thomond is seat of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond and direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. Dromoland Castle and estate was bought from the 16th Baron Inchiquin in 1962, and has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The 450 acre estate incorporates a stunning golf course, a lake and much to explore and enjoy as detailed above.
The castle has received many famous guests over the years including two American presidents. George W. Bush spent a night in 2004 whilst attending the EU-US Summit which was hosted here. Thomond House was honoured to host The First Lady, Laura Bush for lunch during their historic visit. Approximately 7,000 police, military and private security forces were assigned to his protection for his 16-hour visit.

In the woodlands to the East of the house is the Mooghaun Hillfort, dating from about 500 BC. Not a lot to look at now, it is believed to be most extensive hill-fort in Ireland.

The largest hoard of Bronze Age gold objects ever found in Western Europe known as the Mooghaun Hoard was randomly discovered near here by a group of rail workers in 1854.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Less than ten minutes away, Newmarket on Fergus is the nearest town with a small supermarket.

Limerick, the nation’s 3rd largest city is just half an hour away at the head of the Shannon estuary. There’s way too much to say about this historic and vibrant city in this short section, so visit here https://www.limerick.ie/ to discover more.

The market town of Ennis which is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County – is about 15km North. It is often regarded as the home of Irish Traditional music:

“As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact it’s one of the best reasons to stay here”

Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012)

County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…

photo Ludwig Bickel

About an hour’s drive away, the rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking. It is also possible to take a sea cruise below them, weather permitting!

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 20 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx. two hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about two and a half an hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about three and a half an hours from the house.

 

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Ridge House

Ridge House

Ridge House

Picture Perfect Panoramas

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County Kerry

Slotted into a stunning landscape on the Ring of Kerry, this chic stone home enjoys world class views of Derrynane bay, and the Atlantic. With ample space both inside and Al Fresco, and bundles of local activities to try, here is great all round family escape.

 

Enchanting and eclectic design

Mostly, you’ll enter through one of two large sliding doors that span the front terrace. Inside is a long, lofty living space; ringside seats to what must be on of Ireland’s most spectacular panoramas.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite shower room
    & walk-in wardrobe
    One family bedroom with double bed and 2 singles
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
    Bathroom with shower
    Living room, guest wc, utility room
  • Features
    Furnished barbecue patio
    Sunken stone seating pit
    Elevated viewing area
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    integrated sound system, underfloor heating
    Good Cell phone reception

A walk-around contemporary fireplace floats in the centre, partitioning the living from the dining area.

Gleaming white, with a rhythm of exposed natural timber beams, an oak floor, and the trappings of a well-loved family home.

The kitchen area marries in seamlessly via a heavy pink granite preparation island. A pair of breakfast bar stools brings a splash of orange that echoes in small decorative touches. Elegant Scandinavian dining chairs feature here and out on the stone patio.

Aga cooking is a nod to the country cottage; it is supplemented by ceramic hob and other premium appliances.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Aga range with 2 ovens and 2 plates
• Ceramic four ring hob
• American Fridge-freezer with ice / water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Twin sinks

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Ground floor master with King-size bed.

• First floor two double bedrooms

• Family room with double and two singles
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky TV with Sky sports
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books
• Underfloor heating
• Two open fires

Beyond the kitchen, the house is on two levels. To the front, a cosy corner study with dual aspect picture windows, an open fireplace and TV with all the bits.

To the rear, there is a tastefully rustic utility room, and a guest bathroom with walk-in shower.

The master bedroom at the ground floor gable end, is superbly located. It has an ensuite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe.

A fabulous French door opens onto its own sunrise side patio – a really nice touch.

Up open tread stairs, angled attic ceilings and distinctive rustic grade flooring unite three bedrooms that open off the sky-lit landing.

Choose from China blue or contemporary canopy double beds; or a delightful and generous family room, featuring two single cast iron beds and a double. They all share a vaguely translucent family shower room.

Outside

Notched into a steep incline, the house faces south, with stunning views of Scariff and Deenish islands, and the Beara Peninsula in the distance. Aside from the previously mentioned terrace, there is a clever sunken seating area sculpted into the stone at the eastern corner.

To the rear, a Jacob’s ladder of heavy timbers climbs to a splendid viewing area above the house.
There is additional parking tucked away into the bank beside the main gates – “the sheep’s dip”.

Provisional Booking Form

Note: This Home is has a minmum booking of 7 nights, May to August.

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.

May, June, July and August €3,000 per week N/A N/A
September to April €3,000 per week Weekend €1,500 Mid-week €1,500

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Out & About

 

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed destinations. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
we just can’t list everything…

Visit https://www.theringofkerry.com/ for more…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is off a narrow road just below the Coomakista Pass – itself the highlight of any tour of the Ring of Kerry – roughly halfway between Caherdaniel and Waterville; each about 10 mins drive. The road twists its way down to Derrynane Harbour, once busy with fishermen, now a jump off for ever-popular tours to the Skellig Islands. There is a small sandy beach there.

It is also the start of the 6 km Mass Path – a furtive footpath used by parishioners in 17th Century secretly attending open air services at the Mass Rock – that leads to Derrynane strand.

The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great Blue Flag strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the great 19th century, lawyer, politician, statesman and abolitionist. It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands, the house displays relics of O’Connell’s life and career.

The nearby uninhabited islands of Scarrif and Deenish are not to be confused with the towering Skellig Islands – just visible, rising steeply from the ocean about 25 km West of Derrynane. 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 features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.

Waterville in Ballinskelligs Bay is a busy little town, the nearest shopping location for most supplies, with a petrol station, some fine restaurants, and two excellent golf links.

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. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.

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A short drive east of Caherdaniel village is Staigue Fort, the largest pre-Christian, circular stone fort in Ireland is worth a visit. Over 2,000 years old, its wall is 5.5m (18ft) high and 4m (13ft) thick.

The Kerry Way walking route which passes just above the house, is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trail and also one of the most popular. The 200km trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside in the country, avoiding the country’s highest mountains. Most people will just opt to do a section.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: 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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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

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €795
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €795
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €795
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €795

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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Castlehaven House

Castlehaven House

Castlehaven House

A Rambling Rural Rectory

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West Cork

This is a spacious, charming and historical Georgian country home. Superb for family vacations, with lots to entertain, dazzling views of the Atlantic, acres of maintained exclusive gardens, and a private walk through an historic glen to the secluded seashore. Uniquely West Cork.

 

Something special for everyone

Built as a parish rectory more than 200 years ago, this substantial three storey holiday home retains all of its original charm while integrating liberal concessions to modern comforts.

The interior is simply stated – solid white walls, and authentic wooden floor boards stained black. Paneled shutters and roller blinds are all that frame the bright latticed sash windows throughout.

There are white marble open fireplaces in the two living rooms. An east facing bay in the larger one has stunning views across Castlehaven Bay through French doors that step down to a furnished terrace and stone barbeque.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 Guests
    From €3,900 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms
    &
    One Twin Bedroom
    All Ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Two Reception Rooms
    Dining Room
    Kitchen
    Billiard Room
    Study with Double Sofa Bed
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Sauna Spa
    Logs&Turf
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Piano enthusiasts will appreciate the vintage John Broadwood, the world’s first piano manufacturer.

The furniture mainly observes a wicker theme, offset by occasional vintage cabinets and chairs, as in the dining room.

A matching pair of leather wingback chairs off the reception hall are inviting to pass some time with a coffee and the papers.

The adjoining billiard room, has a dartboard, and for the less competitive, a wall full of books.

Less formal meals can be taken tepenyaki style in the kitchen on stools around the central cooking island.

Room sizes throughout this home are generous, and all the bedrooms enjoy awesome views of the landscaped gardens, ‘The Stags’ and the sheltered bay. There is ample built in wardrobe space in each.

There is also a large sauna and walk through rainfall shower tower in the basement for complete pampering.

The four fully tiled ensuite bathrooms are spacious, bright and well appointed.

Outside

A cobbled yard of beach stones and rough stone walled outbuildings, lead to a greenhouse laden with vegetables that spans its southern walls.

The garden consists of a generous 20 acres of rambling lawns, hedges, and woodland fern glade pathways, 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.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury home – from Sauna to WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, piano, billiards, darts, books, games, dvds.
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.

For larger groups, Castlehaven Lodge which sleeps 4 may be used in conjunction with the main house.
More here …

Provisional Booking Form

  This Home is only let by the week

Please Note: For Christmas and New Years 2021 the House is Available for Set Dates:

The 23rd to the 28th December 2021 -€4,950
The 28th to the 2nd January 2022- €4,950

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €4,950
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €4,950
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €4,950
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€4,950

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
There is a breakages deposit €800 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.

Please Also Note:  There is a caretaker resident on the estate.

May to June €4,500 per week
July to September €4,950 per week
October to April €3,900 per week

 

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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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Reviews

 

We had a wonderful week…

the house was very special and Noel couldn’t have been more helpful. Also thank you for referring us to Don – the cycles were there when we arrived and were well used during the week. We left the house tidy and took good care of it.

Judy, UK, June 2017

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our wonderful week at Castlehaven House 2 weeks ago. We all had the most incredible, memorable time and the house provided the perfect back drop, helping us create some truly special memories. We loved the walk down to the cove, the gardens, the spacious, beautifully thought out living areas & the surrounding area for visits. Thank you for helping us organise an exceptionally memorable week.

Siobhan & family, UK , May 2017

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Out & About

 

Castlehaven House 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.

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 Mike Searle

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
Click here to find out more…

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.

Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles. In 2013 the last boat to cross the line, a 101 year old gaff yawl, took 6 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the course. 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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