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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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.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

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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Loughcrew Lodge

Loughcrew Lodge

Loughcrew Lodge

Classic Symmetry in an Ancient Landscape

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County Meath

If you like your gate lodges with a touch of classic Greek revival then this tiny building may well be it. Tastefully furnished with collectables from an earlier epoch, there is a romantic charm to this historic home.
Sited in amongst some of Europe’s most ancient passage tombs and still just an hour from Dublin, Loughcrew in the Boyne Valley is at once a place of enchantment and mystery.

 

Lilliputian Luxury from 1826 Aristocracy

This Regency limestone lodge is the only surviving building in Ireland designed by Charles Cockerell, and was originally part of Loughcrew Estate which it faces onto.

A dramatic four column portico is the façade that is adjacent to the road, but a circuitous passage leads around to the rear where a sunken courtyard admits the real entrance. Welcome to Loughcrew Lodge.

At the heart of this unique dwelling is the main living room, an elegant triumph that never fails to ambush visitors.

High ceilings, rich fabrics and antique furnishings afford the interior its dignified ambience.

Stepping down into the cosy kitchen augments the spirit of yesteryear. Like a scullery from a more genteel era, painted board paneling, floors flagged in vintage tiles, and a Belfast sink are elements salvaged from the past.

The master bedroom occupies the front half of the building. Another room-full of classical trappings. Here a romantic canopy dressed bed contemplates the peaceful Loughcrew estate through Southerly French doors.

The second spacious double bedroom has its own open fireplace, albeit the central heating is more than adequate.

The bathroom adjoins the kitchen with continued theme of vintage detailing, although the slipper bath benefits from an electric shower.

Outside

The Lodge features a large sheltered BBQ patio with a raised wraparound lawn all overlooked by the ancient and mystical Cairns of Loughcrew. Across the road, the property faces the rolling Drumlin landscape of Loughcrew Estate, where there is much to do for the adventurous, and a great coffee shop.

Facilities

The mahogany drop leaf table in the living room seats four comfortably. A washing machine and dryer are kept in the utility room off this space. Mobile telephone coverage can be patchy, and Wi-Fi is available in the house, but not at the high speed levels you may be accustomed to.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets – no, sorry.

Provisional Booking Form

Please check with us prices for Public Holidays.

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

  Monday to Thursday
per night
Friday to Saturday
per night
Sunday
October to May €150 €250 €150
June to September €150 €300 €200

 

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Out & About

 
Just an hour from Dublin City and 2 hours from Belfast, this is the heartland of Irelands Ancient East with Castles, Tombs Megaliths and Battlefields to keep you busy.

Event Links

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Meath and the Boyne Valley are home to the mother lode of megalithic tombs and prehistoric art in Western Europe. The Neolithic monuments at Newgrange predate the great pyramids of Egypt and continue to bewilder the hundreds of thousands of visitors they attract – especially at the equinoxes.

photo Rob Hurson

Much nearer to the Lodge, Loughcrew Cairns are equally intriguing. Originally constructed some 400 years before Newgrange, they form largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. Sited on the highest points in the county, they can only be reached by foot.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

The Lodge is situated opposite Loughcrew Estate, which is open to the public. The original house built in 1826 was destroyed by fire on more than one occasion, but the Napper family are still in residence. The estate hosts many activities both cultural and adventurous. They also have a great café and gardens.

Oldcastle is a 10 minute walk away. Here you will find a Bank, pubs and grocery stores. The town was home to an internment camp during WW1, and a workhouse for the destitute prior to that.

The local community was devastated during the Potato Famine of the 1840’s, losing nearly 40% of the population.

Lough Lene 10 mins away is renowned for having gin clear waters, and is used by locals in the summer months for swimming, wind surfing and the like.

The larger town of Kells, with its wonderful round tower and hefty Celtic crosses, is about 20 mins away. Kells is renowned of course for the extravagantly illuminated Gospel manuscript eponymously known as The Book of Kells. It is believed to have been created around 800 AD on Iona, an island off Scotland, by meticulous monks who toiled for years to create the illustrations on vellum. The original is currently housed in Trinity College, Dublin, but an exact copy can be seen in the Town Hall.

photo William Murphy

The medieval town of Trim lies 40 minutes to the south, and is home to Ireland’s largest Norman castle dating from the 12th century.

photo Scott Neeson

The castle was used in the filming of Braveheart in 1996.

One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Shannon or Belfast airports.
Dublin Airport – just over an hour from house
Belfast Airport – approx 2.2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over an hour from house
Rosslare Port is just over 3 hours from house

 

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Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Come in from the garden, Maude...

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County Laois

Tyrell’s Loft is a beautifully converted old carriage-house set within the courtyard and extensive gardens of a fine 18th century vicarage. The conversion is sensitive, retaining attention to fine old detail while providing the most comfortable accommodation; ideally for two.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    For 2 Guests
    From €850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom with ensuite
    Pull-out Sofa bed in Living Area
  • Other Rooms
    Open-plan Living Space
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet, integrated sound system
    Moderate Cell phone reception
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Cosy and Carriagey

Entry is from the pebbled courtyard to the back of the Vicarage. The utility room, equipped with washer and dryer, gives access to the upstairs living space.

Inside

The open plan living area is spacious. It includes a comfortable sofa and armchairs overlooking the fine garden, a well-equipped modern kitchen, a circular dining table that seats four and a small eclectic library that lines the dividing wall between living and sleeping areas.

The tone is cosey and calming. The natural lighting gentle supporting a colour palate that is considered and harmonious. The great and subtle attention to detail reinforces the message of welcome, care and comfort.

The kitchen area is compact but nonetheless very complete provided with top quality equipment. Lighting is deliberately low but the mirror backing casts a fine light and adds mood and atmosphere

The bedroom leads off the dining area, past a small window that gives prettily onto the courtyard below. The bedroom is beautifully appointed and comfortable; the evening lamp lighting casting a warm glow.
N.b: There is a pull out bed in the living area; should it be needed.

Facilities & Ameneties
  • Four Hob Induction Stove.
  • Electric Oven
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Juicer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron and Board

The ensuite bathroom is beautifully appointed with a powerful modern shower and barber’s basin. Once again the attention to detail and choice of colours, taps, tiles and towels creates a tone of calm and comfort.

 

The bathroom can also be accessed from the open space living area so that if the sofa bed provided is required the additional guest has separate access.

Outside

To the right of the entrance a compact south facing garden is available to guests. This area of intimate calm and features fine pot plants and shrubs. A lovely feature includes a small fountain that plays from the mouth of a very protective lion.

Please Note:  The property is set within a greater garden and guests are welcome to enjoy its beauties

Provisional Booking Form

A €250 refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

A Weekend’s booking runs from 4:30 P.M on Friday to 11:00 AM on Monday
Mid-Week from after 4:30pm on Monday to 11:00 am Friday

Restrictions

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

. Weekly Rate Weekend Mid-week
All Year €800 €495 €495

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Out & About

Ballinakill is known for its beautiful wooded walks around the old Heywood Demesne and lakes, where Heywood House once stood. It also hosts the Twin Trees Festival, with an emphasis on art, architecture and history. For food lovers there is a range of eateries including Castle Durrow, The Ashbrook Arms, and Bowes Café in Durrow.  Mc Evoys, Morrissey’s, The Gallic Kitchen and Papa Nonis in Abbeyleix, which offers delicious Italian food and gluten free pizza. Kilkenny, the gastronomic city of the south east, is an easy 30 minutes drive.

The Locality

Laois is the hidden treasure of Ireland, with superb mountain walks, leafy trails, unspoiled lakes and gardens. It has excellent fresh produce, dining to suit all tastes, and one of the best sour-dough bakeries in the country (Muller O’Connell’s of Abbeyleix).

Ballinakill is a fine example of a 17th Century market-town. The ruins of Ballinakill Castle are of a late seventeenth-century castle built by the Dunnes (but never inhabited) on the site of one destroyed by Cormwellian troops under Fairfax. The towns broad main street and large central square reflect Ballinakill’s standing in the 17th century as an important centre.

The configuration of streets round the large rectangular square is eighteenth-century. The town’s entrance from Abbeyleix is marked by two trees known as Toll Trees where a toll was paid by visitors to the town. The town had important fairs, a brewery, woollen and tanning factories
A monument in the square is dedicated to the local men who died in the 1798 rebellion.

Almost directly across the road, Heywood Garden was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the War Memorial in Dublin and the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi, amongst others.

Half an hours drive will have you at Neo-Classical gem Emo Court, the largest private work of noted architect James Gandon. Originally the home of the Earl of Portarlington, the construction took seventy years to complete. The attached gardens (perfect for a picnic) can be visited year round; with the house available for tours from 2021 following renovations. 

Just 6km from Ballinakill; Abbyleix is one the oldest planned town of English Settlement. The surroundings are packed with historical buildings and sites; with fountains, an ancient stone circle and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

How to get there – Car advised..

 

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – an hour and a half from the loft.
Cork Airport – approx 2   hours from the loft.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from the loft.

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

 

 

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Foxhollow

Foxhollow

Foxhollow

Hideaway at Foxhollow Farmhouse

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County Meath

Here is a beautifully restored and charming stone farmhouse halfway between Kells and Athboy. The cottage is ideally suited for country vacations.
Surrounded by acres of picturesque county Meath pastureland, Foxhollow makes a centrally located base for exploring the prehistory of the Valley of Kings, long cycle rides on rolling hills, a fabulous 36 hole golf course, and excellent fly fishing.

 

Contemporary Country living…

A long avenue leads to the farmhouse. As soon as you pass through the double doors of the main entrance you intuitively relax. The decor is gentle, fresh and familiar.

The sitting room basks in the warmth from a large wood burning stove.

The walls in this house are thick, with deep window ledges and panel shutters of gleaming white.

The kitchen too is bright, with panelled doors, oak floors, and a traditional Belfast sink.

The sitting room has an open stairwell leading to the two upstairs double bedrooms.

It’s a large room with a dining area at one end, and is the family hub. Chairs are augmented with banquet seating along one side.
The fridge and other utilities are kept in the sunny walk-in pantry, just beyond the kitchen. There is also a separate laundry room.

One of these rooms has an additional single bed, and both have ensuite shower rooms. All the bedrooms have a particular charm, unique wallpaper, TV, and quality bed linen.

A third double bedroom on the ground floor has another wood-burning stove, and an additional single bed.

Facilities

The house is centrally heated and equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – from clothes dryer to barbeque, DVD and videos.
Bicycles are available too
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers and very young children
Pets – as the property is a farm, pets are not allowed.

Outside

There is an abundance of room to ramble around the property, with a patio for Barbeques and a herb garden for gourmets.

Provisional Booking Form

Short Stays – Minimum  2 Nights excluding Public Holidays.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.
For July and August the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Pricing for Bookings at Christmas, New Years and other Public Holidays on application – Please make an enquiry below to recieve rates. 

May to September €1,450 €210 per night
October to April €1,300 per week €185 per night

 

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‘I had a wonderful time at Foxhollow!

June was a fabulous host and I would love to return some day. I will definitely be using your service again.’

-Alica May,  Amsterdam, 2020

We alternate between Italy and Spain

every year for our holidays and we we asked our children which they would prefer they said Meath!!  The house was truly amazing – the quality of of the crockery, soft furnishings was very high, it was clinically clean but all the while June really made us feel so at home there with no fuss!  She definitely epitomises Irish hospitality – she is available but not at all in in your space and so kind with the provision of fabulous home baking and homemade jams.  She is truly a lady to deal with.  We loved every aspect of it and will definitely be back!

Michelle, Don and family, July 2020

We enjoyed our stay very much and the highlight was the beautiful Hideaway at Foxhollow.
The place was fantastic and in a great location to explore the countryside.

Bob Martin, Chicago, 2015

I spent a magical birthday with my family in this unbelievably beautiful and very special place. The Hideaway at Foxhollow was picture book perfect and an absolute gem!
It’s decor was to die for – a rare combination of elegant style and homely charm. The attention to detail by June was simply outstanding – this place really has to be seen to be believed as pictures do not do it justice. June was an exceptional hostess, nothing was too much trouble and the effort she invested to ensure our stay there was perfect was second to none….And perfect it was! The sun shone, the stars came out and the food, laughter and craic we had at Foxhollow made our time there unforgettable. I absolutely cannot recommend this beautiful house in it’s idyllic setting highly enough and I cannot wait to escape to this blissful little haven once again! I have no hesitation in awarding it a straight ten out of ten – and I would like to thank June for everything once again – truly, she is just a star!!

M Adare – March 2016

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Out & About

 

Whether you’re into cycling, kayaking or history, there is a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed in Meath. We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

There is a local supermarket just down the road, but for main shops Kells is 7k away, and the M3 will take you to Dublin in less than an hour.
The whole area of the Boyne Valley is steeped in ancient history and mythology, and Meath itself is known as the Royal County – the Hill of Tara was the historical seat of the High King of Ireland.
The passage tombs at Newgrange were constructed around 3,200 BC, predating the Pyramids of Egypt by 600 years, and are well worth a visit.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast.
Belfast Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 1 hour from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead/Liverpool to Dublin
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is 1 hour from house

 

River fishing for Trout and Salmon, and lake fishing for Pike attract legions of anglers to this region and there are a number of well established angling centres.

Kayaking and even white water rafting are to be had on the river Boyne, and make for a great day out.
One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down.

The house is about 18K from Tara Mines, Europe’s largest underground lead-zinc mine, and 9th in the world.

Foxhollow is very close to two protected and rare raised Bogs.
The Girley Bog Eco Walk at just 5.5K, covers varying landscape of forest and bogland and is educational and enjoyable.

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Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Whitewash and Walking in Wicklow

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County Wicklow

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

 

An eclectic collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other stuff

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

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Outside

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

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

Restrictions

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

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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.

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

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

 

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

Here are some of our favourites…

In the cottage there is a comprehensive guest manual.

 

The Locality

 

 

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

Click here for a link to hiking trails…

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

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

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

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

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

photo Bokken

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

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

 

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

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