Drombeg Cottage

Drombeg Cottage

Drombeg Cottage

There is a Green Hill faraway...

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Drombeg, Beara, Co. Cork

Drombeg is simply one of the very best situated homes on the beautiful Beara peninnsula.

Set in its own private garden from its hill-top location Drombeg commands stunning 360 degree views taking in the Kenmare river, Caha and Kerry mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Two miles from the lovely village of Ardgroom (good shop and pub), Drombeg is on the Beara way, part of the magical Wild Atlantic Way.

A traditional Beara farm-house, Drombeg has recently been sensitively, brightly and professionally converted to offer modern, cosey accommodation for four.  The home is a snug base from which to explore the fabulous and unspoilt beauty of Beara or to simply relax with a good book and glass of whatever-you-please to enjoy the peaceful location and magical views and to simply unwind.

 

The dining and living room can be entered via the small handy hall-way or directly from the east garden.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room,
    Kitchen, Dining Room
  • Features
    Wood Burning Stove
    Central Heating
  • Gardens

    Gardens in East, West and North 
    Barbecue

  • CHECK HERE

The living area downstairs is airy, bright and spacious and has been designed with careful thought given to light so that even on dull days the light from the sky lights above the stair well ensures brightness and a welcome.
Drombeg is centrally heated throughout supplemented by a simple to use and very effective Scandinavian wood-burning stove (Yotul). So sunny and bright on those fine days and snug and warm at other times.

The fully equipped, modern kitchen leads from the dining room and includes a delightful bright breakfast area.

A wonderful place coffee in hand to ease into the day while immersed in the views north over the sea to the Kerry mountains and east over Ardgroom harbour to the Caha mountains beyond.

The upstairs bedrooms are accessed by stairs leading from the living area.

The second bedroom (to the right) provides two single beds. Lit by sky lights the snug space is bright and airey with views over the fields and hedgerows towards Ardgroom and Glenbeg lake.

The bathroom on the landing between both bedrooms offers a power-shower supplied with lashings of hot water. As with the rest of the house the bathroom is airy and spotless.

Fully modernised Drombeg offers totally comfortable modern day living while freshly painted thick stone walls and traditional furnishing hark back to its proud, traditional Beara roots.

Enjoy the lovely paintings by local artists in Beara which can be further experienced in galleries in Kenmare and by following the Beara artists trail guide which will take you right to their studios

Outside

Given its wonderful position, the gardens of Drombeg surrounding the house offer sheltered sitting areas to the east, north and west.

The terrace provides views to the east over Ardgroom harbour and the Caha mountains and north across Kenmare Bay to the Kerry mountains. The terrace is equipped with comfortable outdoor seating and large table. A portable barbeque is provided. A perfect place to watch the sun set and the moon rise, or the sun rise and the moon set depending on how you have chosen to spend your days.

To the east a private garden provides a second secluded and sheltered area.

It also features beautiful traditional farm outbuildings that have recently been finely restored.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,200
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,200
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,200

Please apply for rates for other Public Holidays.
There is a €250 damage deposit applicable.

May to September €1,200 per week N/A N/A
October to April €950 per week Weekend €595 Mid-week €595

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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.
Children – The property is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

A wonderful magic place-both this cottage and Beara. The view was incredible and our cow neighbours fun and friendly. Beara itself was beyond words: the beauty, not touristy, just a beautiful, haunting, spectacular world that we will always cherish and hopefully come back to.” (June 2019, John and Karen, Vermont, USA).

To Sheila and Jo, Thank you. All expectations came true ! This cottage, this place, the surroundings, the mountains, the view, the sky, the clouds, the rain, the sun, the waterfalls, the ocean…It all came together and we loved it. (August 2019. Erik and Aline, Holland)”.

Well, what can we say that has not been said by the many who have already stayed here? We don’t want to leave…..ever…… ( July, 2017. Angela and Angus, Rotheram, UK).

The cottage became home, the second we stepped in. We enjoyed the peace and the tranquility- the bumble bees being the noisiest sound. And on our last night we  watched the Milky Way and falling stars. We will carry all this back with us, especially the most beautiful views ever…… (August 2017, Vendulka and family, NYC, USA).

Drombeg Cottage is new to Unique Irish Homes Summer 2021.
If you should visit; and feel so moved, please tell us how it went…

 

Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air, the history, there’s so much to explore …

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. The landscape has many Neolithic monuments with the village being marked by a stone circle.

For more serious shopping, working port town Castletown-Bearhaven is just 17 minutes by car.

Beara is a landscape of rolling grasslands and jagged hills, split centrally between Cork and Kerry. Kerry’s foodie hotspot Kenmare and Cork’s mountain valley retreat, Glengarriff are nearly equidistant from Drombeg Cottage, each about 40 minutes by car.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.

photo – Nigel Cox

With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks. The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.

To cross back to Ardrgroom, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.

photo – John Gibson

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.

Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore river spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid June to late July.

How to get there – Car advised…


By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

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Pipers Cottage

Pipers Cottage

Pipers Cottage

“Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling……..”

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Ardgroom Co. Cork

 

A very special, private home set above the sheltered shores of Ardgroom harbour, Pipers Cottage is surrounded by its own 11 acres of pasture and woodland with its own shoreline and private beach.

But more than that, it’s glorious secluded location and stunning private views makes Pipers the perfect spot to simply unwind and enjoy and explore the extraordinary natural power and beauty that is here in Beara.

 

A Musical Rest..

The house is built within the grounds of the 19th century home of Canon Goodman, the ruins of which provide a magical backdrop to views over Ardgroom harbour towards the Kerry and Caha mountains.

Glorious mature stands of beech, oak and plane trees line the drive and stand proudly in the surrounding meadows. We will tell you later of the great and good Canon, but first to the home, Pipers.

To set the scene, here are just some of the views from the house, sunporch and garden: private, intimate, glorious, unchanged and special.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    One Twin Room
    Family Bathroom
    w/ Power Shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, dining room
    Kitchen, 
  • Contempo
    Wi-Fi
    Television
    BBQ
  • CHECK HERE

Pipers is a kilometre and a half from the village of Ardgroom with its excellent shop, cafe and pub (Village Inn).

The home provides modern and comfortable accommodation for up to four in two bedrooms, one a double and the other with twin beds.

The south-facing terrace overlooking the harbour is well sheltered and is an absolute sun trap. A glorious spot to spend the day with the cows grazing on the green hills beyond and wonderful and often rarely seen seabirds and wildlife hunting in the waters below (Gannets, Terns, Guillemots, Sandpipers, Great Northern Divers, Herons, Sea Otters and Hares to name but a few).

The terrace entrance leads into the open plan living area through a convenient and spacious porch.

The living area comfortably accommodates six around a Scandinavian wood burning stove that combines with central heating to ensure maximum snugness on those very occasional dampish days !

Leading from the dining area is a fully equipped modern kitchen. Bright, a delight to use and spacious with views out into the surrounding gardens.

The back door into the house leads from the kitchen providing easy and direct access for car loading and unloading. A well-equipped laundry is also provided next to the kitchen

Bedrooms

The stairs to the bedrooms lead from the living area to a landing above with the master bedroom to the right and the second bedroom to the left.

The master bedroom is spacious and cosey. Three windows offer lovely views across the harbour to the hills and mountains beyond.
The sky light above the bed ensures that the room is always well and softly lit. And on the odd blowy night allows you to really hear the wind. Just magic.

The second bedroom consists of two single beds.

The bright and airy bathroom at the top of the stairs provides a power shower with lashings of hot water. Compact, spotless, with all that you need.

 

Pipers was built in 1900 but has been sensitively modernised while remaining true to its proud Beara roots. The house is full of lovely touches which reach back and connect you to the years gone by.

Beara has many fine resident artists and potters. Their work is exhibited in Kenmare, Castletown and Bantry or better still, follow the booklet “Beara Art Trail” and you can visit them in their own studios. Well worth doing, as they are close by.

So now to Canon Goodman; who was truly well named.
Pipers is situated in the grounds of a former rectory that once was his home.

Born in Dingle in 1828 he spent a life-time devoted to the well-being of Ireland and all its people. A fluent Irish speaker from childhood his life was one of service, education and music. Indeed he became renowned for his playing of the Uileann pipes.

His unique collection of over 2000 traditional Irish melodies for the pipe in volumes known as ‘The tunes of the Munster Pipers’ are now housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.

It was while in Ardgroom that the Canon commenced this collection.
And so it is that Pipers Cottage came to be named in memory of a very remarkable and good man.
His funeral in January 1896 was of “enormous proportions” and bore testimony to his life of devotion to Ireland, its people and music. “His generosity to the poor left him without wealth at the end. Yet he died rich, for money could not buy the esteem and respect of his countrymen which were without limit or reserve.”

Reflect on this exemplary life, listen to the message in the Piper’s call as you sit by his once fine home and take in, as he surely often did himself, the unspoilt beauty and peace of Ardgroom harbour with Collorus and the Caha mountains beyond.
It has changed little in 200 years and remains an inspiration.

The fine old stone buildings around the Canon’s former home to-day form a beautiful sheltered quadrangle ideal for outside dining. A barbeque is of course provided.

 

Restrictions

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

 

Pipers Cottage is a very special place. And it continues to reach out and touches all those who have had the good fortune to track it down and stay in this lovely place on this beautiful peninsula.

 

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

 

There is a €250 damage deposit applicable.

May to September €1,200 per week N/A N/A
October to April €950 per week Weekend €595 Mid-week €595

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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 2 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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Reviews

 

If you would be so good.

 Piper’s Cottage is new to Unique Irish Homes Summer 2021. If you visit and feel the need; let us know how it went…

The Cottage is deeply appreciated by past guests…

 

“The place is very special. The cottage the best bolthole ever. We could not have asked for more. And the views…………!!!” 

(Sept 2017, Neil and Alan, Lancashire UK.)

What a beautiful cottage Pipers is. On the website it looked great already, but in real life the views, the atmosphere and the house itself are even better.”

(May 2015, Dick, Carolyn and family. Boston USA)

“We could not have picked a better place to stay in Ireland. These wonderful views from the terrace and cosy cottage will stay in our hearts forever.”

(July, 2020. Karin, Radic, Vaclav. Pila Czech Republic.)

 

Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air, the history, there’s so much to explore …

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. Close to the village there is a picturesque stone circle, one of a plethora of megalithic monuments to be found in the region.

For more serious shopping, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays, Kenmare is a delightful 30 minute drive back up the Bay.

The rugged Beara peninsular is shared by counties Cork and Kerry – Cove Lodge is balanced on the border. The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.

photo – Nigel Cox

With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks. The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.

To cross back to Cove Lodge, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.

photo – John Gibson

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.

Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore river spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid June to late July.

How to get there – Car advised…


By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

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The Mill Cottage

The Mill Cottage

The Mill Cottage

Sublime stone home – stunning stately surroundings

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County Killkenny

Set in a very private demesne, and surrounded by 250 acres of rolling parkland in the picturesque Nore valley, The Mill Cottage is a beautifully renovated Victorian cottage, in a vernacular style of enduring charm.
An extraordinary realm within easy reach of Dublin, Waterford, and perhaps the best golfing Ireland has to offer.

 

Unique home in an exclusive location

The living area is open plan and spans the entire ground floor of this home comfortably sandwiching a six seater dining table between the luxuriously appointed kitchen and the sitting room end.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,275 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom – Ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan
    Living Room
    Dining Area/Kitchen

    Utility Annex

  • Contempo
    Furnished Terrace
    Firewood
    Weber Barbecue
    High Speed Barbecue
    Smart TV’s
    Fishing By Arrangement
    Tennis by Arrangement
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A glazed entrance porch, annexed asymmetrically to the granite stone frontage, directly accesses the kitchen end.

The elegant breakfast bar echoes the pink granite of the counters, and neatly partitions the cuisine.

French doors relinquish the sitting room for the chequered stone gallery that skirts the building, surveys the landscape and invites a barbecue.

There are curious peek-a-boo slot windows in the gable end walls, and a slate-black wood burning stove to bring cosiness to the sitting room of an evening.

Louvered blinds and mellow timber tones feature predominantly.

The sleeping accommodation is found up the open-string stairs, where a passageway divides a chic ensuite master bedroom from a commodious twin.

A separate shower room services the second bedroom. Marble tiling accords a contemporary styling in these rooms.

Note that there is a separate Gate Lodge on the demesne that sleeps two, and is available elsewhere on this Unique Irish Homes website.
 

Facilities

This house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home.
There is a Weber barbecue, double oven, smart TVs, excellent mobile coverage, DVD player, internet, and use of the tennis court, and a mile of fishing rights – by arrangement.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

The immediate garden features an original crofters’ cottage and granite out buildings preserved and restored as stores.

Internal avenues are mostly roller skate smooth asphalt, and there are some 4kms of beautifully brick-paved walks throughout the estate which are ideal for jogging and cycling.

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.

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.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
NB: For The Moment the house can only accept weeklong bookings, apologies for the inconvenience.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
Special Rates 
for Christmas, New Year’s and Public Holidays
The house is available for New Year’s from the 30th December 2021 to 3rd January 2022– €1,275


Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,275
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,275
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,275
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,275

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

All Year €1,275 per week Weekends and Mid-Week stays €695

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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

 

 

“We had the most wonderful break in stunning surroundings”

with wall to wall sunshine! We loved the cottage and grounds, spent lots of time walking around  the estate, along the river and through the woodland. We loved the privacy and the peaceful setting. It was a total rest for mind and body.

We found lots of places of interest within a short drive and visited Jerpoint Abbey, The Kennedy Homestead, Mount Congreve Gardens and Duncannon. After a few days though we found we were enjoying our surroundings so much that we just wanted to relax and enjoy nature where we were staying (as well as the resident otter, swans, heron, ducks, horses, sheep and goats).

My husband enjoyed having access to his “own” river and could just pop down in the evenings to fish which was a real treat for him. He says it’s a beautiful stretch of the Nore and enjoyed fly fishing but alas didn’t catch anything! 

-Anne M, 2021

 

 

We hope to return before long!!

I cannot say just how much we all enjoyed our recent stay..

-at this beautiful house.

The accommodation was beautiful in itself with so many lovely touches present on our arrival such as a stocked fridge with fresh farm eggs, butter, cheese and milk as well as a chilled bottle of prosecco! A full to the brim fruit basket was such a treat and we were so grateful to find coffee and tea there on our first day.

The bedrooms , bathrooms and seating areas were so well appointed and comfortable and the patio and barbeque area were used every day as the weather was remarkably good for most of our time there.

The estate on which Mill Cottage is situated stole our hearts. We could not believe how lucky we were to have kilometres of beautiful pathways to wander and enjoy and our dogs were as happy as we were! The walled garden was a peaceful and special place and we felt so lucky to have been able to see it and enjoy its many beautiful features.

The river Nore provided a chance to sit and watch it flow through an ever-changing landscape and my husband enjoyed an afternoon of fishing there although there was no fish for dinner that night!

Our hosts at the cottage were a joy to meet and were more than helpful on a number of occasions when we had adventures involving a fire alarm incident on one occasion and a visiting swarm of honey bees on another…

If we can we will be back.

Siofra, Gerard and Gaye – 2020.

 

 

 

 

Just returned from a very pleasant weekend break in the Mill Cottage.

The house was lovely, top class fittings and fixtures, very comfortable. The estate is beautiful, lovely to meet the local characters, especially a very inquisitive goat and 2 friendly horses. The location was perfect, lovely and quiet but just a short drive into Thomastown, which has an excellent SuperValu which is perfect for self-catering. The location was also perfect for exploring the many wonderful sights in the area. The house is very private, not overlooked, with only the estate road passing by the end of the large front garden.
I would highly recommend The Mill Cottage for anyone looking to get away from it all and relax.

Eimear, July 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Mill Cottage

Fiona and Sean gave us a very very warm welcome with lovely fresh products and a visit around the wonderful grounds The house is of a very good standard cosy beds fluffy towels and a great Weber BBQ which we used a lot plus an expresso machine for the coffee addicts. Our two adult sons were happy with the home entertainment smart TV easy to work even for me…
Peaceful relaxing and quiet we enjoyed are return visits after our trips to the local sites Killkenny Castle Dumore Caves The Dunbrody famine ship in New Ross to name but a few….

The estate grounds are wonderful to walk or jog around our four legged friend enjoyed meeting the sheep cows and beautiful friendly horses. A truly wonderful spot highly recommend it we didn’t want to leave.
Thank you Uniqueirishhomes.ie we have found our future Irish vacations in one.

Dairin, Kieran, Shane, Ross and furry Jess! – August 2016

 

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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, see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…
Festivals and Events

 

The Locality

 

 

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. The Mill Cottage is named after a Coolmore estate manager who coincidentally worked in one of these mills.

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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Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

A magical setting of Ancient Oak and Beech

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County Waterford

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

Comfortable, Compact and Cherished

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

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,075 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    and One Twin Bedroom
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Study,
    Kitchen/Dining Room
    Utility Room
    Entrance Hall
  • Contempo
    Furnished Patio,
    Dog Friendly
    Logs
    Barbecue
    WiFi and Smart TV
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The bright kitchen, doubling as a dining room, occupies one end of the house. Modelled in a simple rustic style with a wood burning stove – though the cottage is never cold, there’s lots of fuel available from the estate.

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other stuff

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

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

Outside

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

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

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates.
Please enquire about fishing rights or other activities on the estate.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,200
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,200
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €1,200

Please note: Easter Dates are at high season rates -€1,200

Christmas 5 night stay from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 28th December.
-€930

New Year 5 night stay from Wednesday 29th December to Monday 3rd January.
-€930

October 23rd to 30th at High Season’s Rates:
-€1,200

May to September €1,200 per week Weekend €600 Mid-week €600
October to April €1,075 per week Weekend €500 Mid-week €500

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Reviews

We have just arrived back

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

Helena and Alan, August 2020

We had an amazing time in Stradbally earlier this month.

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

Shane & Jenny, July 2020

We had a fabulous week in Stradbally…

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

Julie & Robin Brammar, August 2016

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We stayed at Steward’s cottage in Woodhouse.

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

Well done to everyone.
-Susan, 2021

We returned from Stewards Cottage last Sunday

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

Caroline Long, August 2020

Out & About

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

 

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

The Locality

 

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

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

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

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

photo – euheritagedays

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

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

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

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

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

How to get there – Car advised…

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

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

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Cloonee House

Cloonee House

Cloonee House

Where time stands still

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County Kerry

Perched on its own private ridge a few hundred feet above the sea, and set in emerald pasture and lawns, Cloonee House commands one of the finest settings on Kenmare Bay.

With only the call of sea birds, the crunch of breaking swell and the soft wind’s whistle, luxuriate in the present, peace and calm.

 

Luxury and location – the perfect combo

Cloonee House is of historic significance. It was once the home of The O’ Sullivan Beare of Ardea and dates from the late seventeenth century. The handsome local stone work of the north façade reveals its heritage, and the new dormer windows complement the traditional façade, while adding a glorious loft space to the house.
The house has recently been restored and now combines historic detail with every modern comfort, including of course, good mobile and wi-fi connection.

Enter through a bright hallway that gives directly to the spacious ground floor, with a stairway to the floors above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €1,850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Ground floor double bedroom
    with ensuite toilet
    Family bathroom
    Double & Twin bedrooms
    with shared shower room
    Double bedroom
    with ensuite shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen & breakfast room
    Entrance Hall
  • Features
    Wood burning stove
    Ocean views
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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The sitting-room, leading off the entrance hall, is luxuriously furnished with deep buttoned cream sofas and wing-chairs. The space is heated by a large wood burning stove set in the original imposing oak-lintel fire-place.


Adjoining the living room, the dining room seats up to eight. A fireplace provides warmth and atmosphere. Elsewhere, the house has electric central heating.

​To the rear of the house, there is a large dog-leg kitchen in alabaster white with matching floor slabs, that incorporates everything expected in a modern home.

The breakfast counter looks west to the Atlantic and can seat four.

Direct access to the garden from the kitchen is provided through an external door, handy for those occasional damp days!

A washer and drier are concealed in their own cupboard space opposite the breakfast counter.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Double electric oven
• Five ring gas hob
• Large Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds plus one King-size and two singles

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Smart TV
• Netflix

Other

• Wood burning stove
• Supply of Fire Logs

 

Bedrooms

A generous, bright, and wonderfully comfortable double bedroom has been added to the ground floor. The room is accessed from the sitting room. Windowed on three sides, it enjoys stunning panoramic views north and east.

A reading desk is provided inviting you to sit and take in the ever-changing light that moves at the pace of the wind and clouds over the sea and mountains beyond.

A small ensuite bathroom consisting of toilet and basin, leads off the bedroom while a larger family bathroom with ample slipper tub and power-shower, lies across the hallway.

The north-facing lawn above the Kenmare River can be accessed directly from the ground floor by an external door between the living-room and the bedroom suite.

On the first floor, either side of the landing are two bedrooms, one a double and the other with two twin beds. There are lovely views north from both rooms. With windows open, those earlier sounds of waves, bird call and wind provide the gentlest path to sleep after a day of exploring.


A shower-room on the landing between the two bedrooms is equipped with a power-shower and basin.

The stairs continue up to the loft which spans the full length of the house. This is a light airy space with good standing height, and a most welcoming double bedroom, with a seating area and ensuite bathroom.

The delightful dormer windows frame views north over Kenmare Bay and the Reekes beyond. A wonderful space, totally cosy even on the billowiest of Atlantic nights.

 

Outside

To the west the Atlantic, to the north the grandeur of the Ring of Kerry and the mountains of the McKillicuddy Reekes, and immediately below the secluded intimacy of Hog and Ormond Islands – home to Curlews, Oyster Catchers, migrating Terns and resident Cormorants.

Cloonee House is set at the end of a long private driveway, within its own lawns that surround the house on all sides. A patio runs around the house so providing a choice of locations in which to site the barbeque and gain shelter from the prevailing wind.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, during high season:
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 and New Years Eve and Easter and Halloween worked from High Season rates.
Christmas dates – 23rd to 28th December.  €2250.

New Years Eve – 29th December to 2nd January 2022.  €2250.

 

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,250
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,250
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,250
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,250

 

 

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to April €1,850 €975 €975
May to August €2,250 Not Available Not Available

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