Ballymacooda

Ballymacooda

Ballymacooda

Natural Beauty and Memories Remade

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County Clare

This lovingly restored and extended rural cottage in an enchanting location has been rescued and transformed into an exquisite lakeside hideaway.
The home is exclusively private, amid some 30 acres of countryside, with an abundance of windows and clever construction configured to embrace the landscape.

Less than half an hour from the rugged Clare coastline and adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way, you are in Ireland’s Traditional music heartland.

 

An architectural junction

From the paved patio, a generously glazed entrance hall, brilliantly connects the original cottage with a crisp contemporary extension set at an obtuse angle.

From the main living area, it is clear why these additional rooms are askew – the sensational view. Full height windows perfectly capture the isolated lake and forested landscape.

A sliding glass door opens back onto the entrance patio, making it a special spot for sunset socialising.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan living
    Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
    with walk-in larder
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Recessed fire place
    Underfloor heating
    Lakeside jetty
    Sheltered courtyard
  • Contempo
    Smart TV, Excellent WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
    Electric curtains & Blinds
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The kitchen and dining area occupy the other end, pastel soft and unobtrusive, with stylishly upholstered dining chairs, and a walk-in larder cached behind the tall cupboards. The countertop lighting can be switched between cool and warm.

Throughout the extension, the luxury vinyl tile flooring runs askew retaining the alignment of the original cottage, and the curtains and concealed blinds are electrically operated.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electrolux twin ovens
• 5 ring ceramic hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Bosch Washing machine
• Bosch Spin-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three King-size beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Contemporary recessed electric fire
• Underfloor heating
• Electric curtains
• Electric blinds in sitting room

Other

• Use of lake and jetty
• Use of rowing boat (Life vests essential)
• Sheltered yard area

Bedrooms

Under the mono-pitch roof, with stairs leading from the entrance hall, the restrained master bedroom enjoys the same pervasive lake view.

Built in sliding wardrobes and a snug ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and dazzling skylight, span the opposite wall.

In the cottage wing…

A classic three-quarter paneled corridor in the completely refurbished old stone cottage, leads to two double bedrooms, both furnished in gleaming white, and sharing a family bathroom.

The bathroom is paneled as the hallway, and has a wonderful free-standing double-ended bath to compliment the twin head walk in shower.

The utility room with laundry facilities, is also off this hallway.

Outside

The cottage is about as private as you can get, at the end of a few kilometres of winding unpaved road, sitting on an acre, with 30 acres of surrounding land and woodlands to wander.

 

The jetty is great to fish off, and there is a small boat down at the lake, remembering it is extremely important to follow safety procedures around water.

 

There is a paved courtyard to the rear, which can be a sunny spot to sit on windy days; plans are underway to refurbish another of the original buildings as a self-contained annex to the house at a future date

Provisional Booking Form

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

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to May €2,400 €1,200 €1,200
June to August €2,400 Not Available Not Available

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We had a lovely time…

….,please pass our thanks again to Louise. From the stunning house to the welcome gifts, from the access to lake and farm as well as the sights of Clare, it was a great break. We will definitely be back..

Dermot C, July 2022

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Out & About

 

Castles, caves and cliffs, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean, surfing, and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.

Inis Mor – Aran Islands

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Ballymacooda is only about 10 minutes South West of Ennis by car. A vibrant medieval town, it is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County, and is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), amongst others. Its narrow streets have much to recommend it.

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)

The nearest beach is 30 minutes away at Spanish Point; so named after the execution of shipwrecked sailors who landed there from the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Lahinch beach

The other is the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.

About 15 minutes on from Lahinch, 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!

Just North of the cliffs is the remarkable Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.

The Burren

The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way at the start of the Burren, is a hotbed of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.

Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one. The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle.
Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.

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…

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 30 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – Just over 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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Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Clean air, Cliffs, Castles and Craic

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County Clare

Set in its own grounds of ten acres of forest and fields, this stylish and surprisingly spacious modern cottage regenerates sections of an eighteenth century walled garden with remarkable results.
Roxton Lodge is situated outside Corofin village on the edge of the unique landscape that is the Burren, amidst castles, cliffs and music that are the charms of County Clare. It is the perfect location for touring the Wild Atlantic way – minutes from the surf town of Lahinch, and just 40 minutes from the sheer Cliffs of Moher.

 

Airy, informal, inclusive and generous

The entrance, through an adjunct sunroom, prefaces a long dining area, exposed along its flank by glazed walls – merging interior and exterior.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms each with WHB
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with WC, shower, WHB, and bath
  • Open Plan
    Shower Room with WC
    Living room, dining room and kitchen and utility kitchen – sunroom lobby
  • solar panels -underfloor heating –
    well water supply – logs and turf –
    Steam oven – internet –
    pet friendly – Electric Vehicle Charging
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Partly rendered, punched with geometric and incidental lighting alcoves, the décor is restrained and encourages surface texture as a statement throughout the cottage.

Contemporary kitchen units and a solid wood work top, complete with sink and electric hob, line one wall of this living space, keeping everyone together. The fridge, steam oven and other cooking utilities are accessed separately in the adjacent kitchen.

The polished cast stone floor under-heated, but the focus here is a tall wood burning stove.

 

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – including Wi-Fi, barbecue and microwave.
There is no channel TV due to poor reception in the area however we hope you enjoy the hundreds of movies available on the large Samsung flat screen TV.

Roxton Lodge was recently fitted with an Electric Vehicle Charging point, should it be required.

Water is fresh from Roxtons own well, and heating is solar paneled, underfloor and uses a heat pump.
The maturing walled garden is restful with birdsong and the ten acres of land on which the cottage sits will provides a unique and peaceful backdrop to your break.
If you have a particular requirement, please tell us.

Using the ancient wall of the surrounding garden as a sloping frame, a corridor links the three bedrooms family bathroom and shower.

Outside

Roxton Lodge is at the end of a long private driveway, within a large rural garden which includes a developing broad leaf forest. This was the estate and prime residence of the historic Blood family dating from the 1700’s.
There are magnificent views of the lunar looking, barren Mullaghmore Mountain, the Burren’s highest.

Provisional Booking Form

 

Please Note: The Heat pump gives an ambient temperature of 18C (68F) -if more warmth is needed there are supplementary heaters and a plentiful supply of firewood from Roxton’s own woodlands surrounding.

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,100
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,100
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,100
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €2,100

 

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

Halloween Break (24th – 31st October) Special Rate of €1,500 for the week.
Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

June to August  €2,100 per week minimum stay  
May and September €1,800 per week minimum stay
October to April €1,500 per week Weekend €900 Mid-week €900

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

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

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen 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.

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We arrived to Roxton Lodge

… to a burning fire, classical music playing and a gift basket of local produce. This really set the tone for the wet October week we spent with our 3 children (11-5yrs) and dog. The house is incredibly comfortable, it certainly deserves its ‘unique’ status having been beautifully restored in the most imaginative way, and it felt utterly luxurious insofar as self catering can. The garden is large and enclosed and the kids and dog could play freely outside.

The owners have gone to a lot of trouble putting together a guide to the area which clearly comes from years of knowing and exploring it. We did almost no google searches as the best walks, beaches, cafes and unique experiences were all set out to browse.
The owners were accessible and responsive, although we didn’t need for anything and found they checked in with us more than we contacted them. They had left firewood in abundance and it was a pleasure to return home after a cold walk to light a fire, cook dinner, play board games.

As we left, we were already wondering when we might be able to return. If only Irish self catering could be held to these standards… thank you Roxton Lodge.

Jane, October 2021

We were extremely happy with Roxton Lodge

…and the unique homes facilitation of our booking.

When we originally went in search of a holiday home for our staycation, I was so surprised by the general low standard in what was available as such I was delighted when I found your website and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the website or roxton lodge in the future. It’s really great to know the property is just as good as the pictures.

As regards roxton lodge, it is a really beautiful property. We loved the style of the house and immaculate gardens and really enjoyed the welcome basket of treats which Michelle provided for us. The kitchen was decked out with everything you would need for a staycation and the pizza oven and guide to the house and locality were great also.

Aoife, September 2020

My partner and I rented Roxton Lodge

in Clare in late July 2018. Unique Irish Homes provided more than enough information about the property to help us make a decision. And the property was exactly as advertised: no surprises, no creative camera angles hiding unattractive views or features. The process of renting the house was easy. The owner was quickly in touch with details about how to get there and was flexible about the timing of our arrival. Myles–the owner’s brother–came to meet us in town when we couldn’t quite find our way. He gave us a great tour of the place; the owners, meanwhile, had provided lots of guidance about restaurants and nearby attractions–and happily corresponded with us while we were there to answer other questions we had. The location–at least for us–couldn’t have been better. You feel a million miles away from civilization but are only five minutes from Corofin’s pubs and shops and 20 minutes from Ennistymon’s. It was a great jumping off point for exploring Clare: we visited the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, lots of villages and towns of interest–nothing more than 45 minutes drive away. We had a few terrific meals–at Gregans Castle and Vaughan’s Anchor Inn and enjoyed a tiny, friendly session at Pot Duggan’s. We didn’t have any serious criticisms, encountered no problems. We highly recommend Unique Irish Homes and Roxton Lodge!

Sean Buffington, July 2018

Just wanted to let you that Roxton Lodge is everything and more than we could have imagined.

We very much appreciate the hospitality that Michelle and Myles extended upon our arrival. I am at this moment enjoying the Burren Atlantic smoked salmon with Michelle’s homemade bread. We have enjoyed smoked Pacific Salmon from Haida Gwaii and I must say this is every bit as good.
Jane is outside taking pictures of the cows….amazing and an exciting thing for her. That is a story for another time. I have a guess that we may not make as many day trips as I originally planned as we would rather enjoy Roxton Lodge.

Brian & Jane Lougheed, Canada, May 2018

Our recent stay at Roxton Lodge

was a very welcome introduction to the beauty of the Burren and surrounding areas. The house was comfortable, spacious, well equipped and in a truly unique setting. We had the most hospitable of hosts in Mark and Michelle who were attentive and accommodating in every way.

We have written separately to them to thank them for their kindness and support and would highly recommend Roxton as a holiday home for those wishing to explore the outstanding natural beauty of this part of Ireland.
Anthony and Usha Byrne, August 2018

We enjoined our holidays in Roxton Lodge very much!

The situation is central for trips north to Connemara and east to the Shannon area. We visited Galway and of course the direct surrounding the Burren.
The house is great and comfortable, we would recommend just from a business point of view a functional television for news and a dryer. We personally can live without them, but many customers would miss it.
Mark and Michelle are very helpful and very friendly. Our dog also loves their place.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Johan, Germany, December 2018

[Thanks Johan, appreciate your comments. We’ve installed a brand new dryer for your return visit. Unfortunately though, reception in this area is too poor for television channels, but we hope you enjoy our hundreds of movies on the large Samsung flat screen…]

 

Out & About

 
Castles, caves and cliffs. The Burren’s bleak yet unique landscape – not to mention the Wild Atlantic Way, and its rich array of sights and experiences , and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.
There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The Lodge is on the edge of the Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.

Corofin is the nearest village for most provisions. There are a number of pubs and small restaurants, frequently with excellent traditional music, drama, or dancing. The annual Best Beard and Moustache championships are held here at the end of April.

A short drive away, there is 20km of excellent woodland walks at Dromore, with lakes, a castle and distinctive wildlife.

photo Lukemcurley

The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way is less than half an hour west by car. It is widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.

The market town of Ennis is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County. It is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), Clare (South Australia) and Snt-Paul-de-Fenouillet (Eastern Pyrnees France).

There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.

Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one.
The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle. Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.

photo Herbert Ortner

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 less than half an hour by car to the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.

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…

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 30 minutes from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from the house
Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) – approx. 2 hours from the house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Rosslare Port is just under 4 hours from house (no direct route)

 

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Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Water Water Everywhere

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Water Water Everywhere

County Clare

Uniquely sited on the gently sloping western shores of lower Lough Derg this cedar bungalow enjoys expansive views of the last lake on the indomitable river Shannon.
Whether it’s fishing or waterskiing that floats your boat, it’s here to be found on Ireland’s Pleasure Lake.

 

Lazy lake-side landscape

With verandah views reminiscent of a frontier cabin, this warm wooden home celebrates the al fresco lifestyle, and the textures of timber.

The open plan living space encompasses a sitting room that features panoramic vistas of the legendary lake, comfortable fire-side dining for six, and a fully fitted contemporary kitchen.

Magnificent glass sliding doors separate the interiors from an expansive south facing terrace that overlooks the woodland and river, sucking in the sunlight.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    &
    Two Twin Bedrooms
    With Shower Room
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living Room/Dining Area
    Kitchen

    Utility Room

  • Contempo
    Paved Dining Patio
    Covered Decking Verandah
    Firewood
     Barbecue
    Hard Drive Movie Library
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Some forty years old now, the bungalow has been recently refurbished and extended.

The principal double bedroom embraces more of that ubiquitous view, and is partnered by two more twin rooms, still defined by the sylvan theme.

The family bathroom with twin head shower serves all the guests.

A raised and roofed verandah encompasses the front patio where a rustic bench table invites sunny morning breakfasts that can last till the coolness of the evening settles around you and the chatter of passing pleasure boats subsides.

Outside

The home sits on 3 acres of raised wildflower meadow overlooking Lough Derg and the Shannon.
There is lakeside access, for launching kayaks or boats to explore the lake.
Swimming is allowed, if a bit chilly – with all the usual precautions.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Special Rates apply for Christmas and New Year, and other public holidays- as below:

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,550
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,550
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,550
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,550

If you require a lake boat and fishing rods please contact us a week before your stay.
A daily rental rate of €50 and weekly rate of €150 will apply.

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

All Year €1,950 per week

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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.

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Reviews

 
We had a great time at Blackrock Point in Clare…

The house was great, Angus & Uli were great in terms of directions/instructions etc. The website described it perfectly so thanks for that. We were positively surprised at the amount of items in the house, be it for preparing food to games for the kids to general utensils available to use. The kids got great use out of the lake, I think they drank most of it! All in all a very pleasant experience and would recommend this house for families in the Summer. Thanks again.

Seamus Corbett, July 2017

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Out & About

 

Lough Derg is known by some as the Pleasure Lake, because there is such a wide variety of water based activities available to the visitor. Everything from fishing to wind-surfing is catered for.
There is so much to do we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..

 

photo Steve Ford Elliott

Here are some of our favourites…

In September don’t miss the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna

The Locality

 

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable..
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.

photo Coilte

You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum while in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

 

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

The closest village is Whitegate, a four minute drive. On the way in there is a quaint pub (The Nightingale). The scenic village of Mountshannon just 10 minutes away has a number of shops and pubs and hosts a market every Saturday morning during the summer months.

photo Watermarksskiclub

Small and uninhabited, Holy Island, is of great historical interest. Just a short trip away in the boat, it has a well preserved, if roofless Round Tower, the ruins of several churches and other structures.

photo Lough Derg Yacht Club

Lough Derg Sailing Club is 15 mins across the lake by boat and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.

photo Killaloe Tourism

How to get there – Car advised..

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

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool to Dublin.
Dublin Port is approx 2.5 hours from house.

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Candlewick Cottage

Candlewick Cottage

Candlewick Cottage

The Edge of Lough Eske

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The Edge of Lough Eske

County Donegal

Perched on the scenic slopes above Donegal town, this secluded contemporary cottage has everything for an ideal family retreat, including a Japanese hot-tub, sensational veranda and dedicated children’s play area.
Donegal, with its abundance of mountains, lakes and beaches remains one of Ireland’s most under exploited Counties. A gem on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Ivory beams and oriental flavours

At the heart of this spacious stone cottage, and extending southwards, is a large luminous living room. Glazed on three sides, a complete wall of bi-fold doors can concertina to integrate a raised and sheltered timber veranda that enjoys exceptional views of the Eske valley.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two Doubles & One Twin bedroom
    Master is ensuite with shower
    One mezzanine bedroom with huge bed
    One Twin Kids room with Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
    Living room den
    Japanese Hot-Tub shower room
    Utility room
  • Features
    Covered terrace with bi-fold doors
    Comprehensive Children’s playground
    Ceramic Green Egg charcoal Barbeque
    Two wood burning stoves
  • Contempo
    Large retractable screen
    with integrated TV projector
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

For the digitally dextrous, there is a baby grand piano; perhaps less conspicuous is the remotely operated screen that unfurls from ceiling, with video projector linked to sky and Netflix.

Separated by stylish dual-aspect log burning stove, the dining area is furnished with folksy refectory mode table and benches.

Off to the side, the impressive and eclectic kitchen stretches along through the original cottage, an abundant mixture of the most contemporary of gadgets, often couched in retro rustic styling.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with 2 ovens and 6 rings
• Full height Fridge
• Full height Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Blender
• Rice steamer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, two single beds
• One 10ft Super-wide bed (4)
• Two single beds with two kids Trundle beds underneath
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Sky sports, Spotify and Netflix
• DVD player
• Large retractable screen
• With integrated TV projector
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Comprehensive Children’s outdoor play area
• Indoor Japanese Hot-tub with shower
• Good selection of books and games

Beyond the kitchen, there’s a cosy sitting room. Still with the cottage ambience – a stone slab floor and a wood-burning stove, it’s a more intimate TV den.

A small entrance lobby opens to the front, while ahead lies a charming twin bedroom.

In the attic space above, a delightfully quirky bedroom hosts an unusually wide bed that could happily accommodate four. Accessed by stairs from the bedroom below, the room overlooks the spaces below, mezzanine-style, through a glazed wall at one end.

The far end of the cottage is a more recent addition. There is a chic and well-appointed utility / laundry room to the rear, and a uniquely serendipitous bathroom with wooden Japanese hot-tub and overhead shower.

 

At the far end, in its own grey steel clad structure, the master bedroom floats above the cottage.

From the central free standing bed, the unique view through the grand picture fame window is a delight to wake up to.

 

The two bedrooms are served by a generous and radiant bathroom just off the TV den, featuring a double ended slipper bath and walk in rain shower.

The landing in the loft space above, is extended by views of the kitchen through more glazed voids formed by the chalky roof trusses.

To one side of the landing there is a twin bedroom with two single beds, which have additional pull out trundle beds underneath – primarily intended for kids.

Opposite, there is a discreet attic double bedroom with a typical confining ceiling, to one side.

An elegant ensuite with walk in shower and exotic basin adjoins it to the rear.

Outside

At the end of an exclusive leafy laneway, the cottage is not visible from the narrow road that winds up across the Bluestack Mountains, enjoying stunning views of Donegal Bay and the Eske valley on its way.

 

Across the broad paved area immediately surrounding the cottage, there is a magical and prodigious children’s playground, just packed with excitement for young ones, from Wendy house to countersunk trampoline.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
Important  –
  No Pets are allowed on this property

 

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,800
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €2,800
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,800
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€2,800

A refundable breakages deposit of €600 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.
Public Holidays are at high season rates unless otherwise stated, thank you.

May to September €2,800 per week Minimum 7 nights
October to April €2,600 per week Minimum 7 nights

 

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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 or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

Just wanted to drop you a quick line…

to say a massive thank you for sharing your exquisite home with us.We could have happily spent weeks there! It had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay and really was very well suited to our family, made all the better by your attention to detail and the little extras…the DVDs, children’s books (Poo Bum being the favouite! lol)
The house was pristine and so well presented and stocked. Thank you for all the preparation you put in for us coming..labeling the lights, the wine and cordial, the divine soap (loved it so much that we ordered some for our own house), the fluffly towels,travel cot, high chair etc. all adding to a pleasurable, hassle free stay.
The girls used the circular wooden bathtub every night and loved it so much I had bother getting them out of it and the two little twin beds were perfect for our two oldest girls. We wrapped up well and got out to the play park despite of the rain and watched Willy Wonka on the projector screen in the evening.
Glad we went away when we did as I’m sure we’ll be on lock down here soon!
Once again, huge thanks for everything and we will certainly be recommending Candlewick Cottage to others. We might even get back for a weekend in the summer if and when the weather improves.

Michelle and Niall McCullagh, March 2020



We never got anything lined up with the caterers. I had a difficult time coordinating with Feasta but it turned out that she was in London on a family vacation.
You are going to laugh but we discovered Kavanaghs Super Value ten minutes from our home and fell in love with the ready made dinners. They were all delicious and so easy. I’ve never found anything of that quality in America. We had lunch out every day on one of our adventures and it would have been too difficult to go out again for dinner with our grandkids.

The house was so comfortable that we just enjoyed spending time together and Pierce and Georgie loved the playground.

Thank you again. We can’t wait to return to Ireland soon.
Alice USA, October 2021


Our stay was wonderful.

WE loved the house and its surroundings. We really had an amazing time and we recommended the house and your company to many of our friends.
We would hope to go back there in the future.

Fabrice Rousseau October 2021

I just wanted to let you know…

that we’ve spent a week at your wonderful property and it really is something special. The house is simply stunning with every comfort a weary person could need. We all feel energized after our stay. Gerry has been very helpful. He’s a lovely man. I particularly enjoyed rambling the roads nearby. It’s so peaceful. Coming from Dublin there is a certain tension around the whole covid situation and we felt we could relax here in this beautiful property. To be honest I don’t want to leave. I’ll be walking out the door leaving the house the way we found it. One small thing I need to report. I’ve misplaced the soda stream lid from the bottle. I’ve searched everywhere for it. Even going through the refuse bins! But it’s disappeared into thin air. Apologies about this. I hope perhaps the handover crew might discover where it’s hidden. You’ve got an exceptional property here. I just wanted to commend you and your husband on it. It’s a rare find

Susan and Eugene, July 2020

Out & About

 

Wild mountains and churning oceans, fine food and hospitality, just some of the attractions of Donegal.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Donegal town, about ten minutes away by car, is the nearest centre for pretty much anything from groceries to fishing tackle. The centre of the town is known as The Diamond, and can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.

photo Avramescu Marius

You can’t miss the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474, but there is also a charming harbour which you can reach along the Bank Walk beside the River Eske as it flows into the bay.
The town was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

The county is renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as Murvagh beach, and Rossnowlagh which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres (20 ft).

County Donegal is the largest in Ulster and the only one that is not in the UK.
Population decimated during the famine, still only about half of what it was in the mid-19th century.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Only half an hour away, Killybegs is home to Ireland’s largest off-shore trawler fleet, so it’s not surprising that some of the best fresh fish food is to be found here. The town is famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which were produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. The carpets, known as Donegals, are hand-knotted in the Turkish style.

The Blue Stack Mountains straddle the county and its scenic trails are popular with hill-walkers. The Blue Stack Way walk connects Donegal Town with the town of Ardara further north – a three day hike.

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

photo Terry Stewart

Lough Eske is a small and placid lake only a few hundred metres from the cottage. It is popular with anglers in the summer months, and is has numerous forest paths around its shores and a fine hotel restaurant.

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

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Donegal (regional), Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Donegal Airport – approx 1 and a half an hours from the cottage
Belfast Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – just over 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the cottage.

 

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Station House

Station House

Station House

Take this stop for Lakeland Luxury

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County Fermanagh

No train has passed this way for nearly sixty years and the tracks are gone, but this redundant small town terminal has been lovingly transformed into a spacious, stylish and luxurious contemporary home.
15 minutes from Enniskillen, Station House is perfectly placed for exploring the wonderful waterways and mythical landscapes of Ireland’s Lakeland County, whether by bike, car or boat.

 

Four unique reception rooms…

The original Victorian stone building follows an East West linear axis, with sliding glazed doors spilling out onto the patio-platform, and a lawned garden stretching off into the distance.

A sweep of mahogany panels line the considerable reception lounge where railway passengers once lingered.

Bright and airy with enough of the original signage and architecture to remind us of its credentials, this is a perfect space to host a family gathering.

Through the original ticket office window, you can glimpse what is now a cosy study, with an open hearth.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €2,350 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms
    One Ground Floor
    And Two Twin Bedrooms
    (one with extra bunks. sleeping four)

    All Ensuite

    Large Reception Room
    Drawing Room
    Sunroom
    Study

  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Kitchen with Dining room
    Ground Floor WC
  • Features
    Furnished Patio
    Wheelchair Friendly
    Dog Friendly 
    Firewood
    Barbecue
    Hi Speed Wi-Fi Internet
    Smart Tv’s

 

The commodious drawing room lies through double doors across the ochre tinted hall from the old ticket office.

Wide doorways and sumptuous carpets contribute to the unique character of this home. An imposing log burning stove distributes warmth and contentment.

As befits a home of these proportions, it is endowed with ample sofas and occasional chairs to comfortably seat an extended family.

Stepping through from the drawing room, the mellow dining room can cheerfully entertain twelve. Mottled ceramic floor tiles follow around a dividing wall into the adjacent kitchen.

A complete parade of gleaming appliances await the earnest chef, from Aga and Belfast sink to induction hob, it’s all here.

Wineglasses, tableware, towels and linen, all attest to the emphasis the owners have given to detail. Colours throughout are bold yet passive, and the substantial lighting never intrusive. Architectural features of the railway era have been retained wherever possible.

French doors lead from the kitchen into the brilliant adjoining sunroom, where patio doors to the south facing platform invite al fresco dining.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Oven AGA range
• plus Electric Oven
• 4 ring electric induction hob
• Two Fridges
• Two Freezers
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Two Toasters
• Blender

Utility room Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 3 Double beds
• 4 single beds
• 2 childrens bunk beds
• 2 Hair dryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• 4 Flat screen TVs
• with Netflix
• DVD player

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Some DVD movies
• Children’s high chair

Four of the bedrooms are upstairs, each with its own fully tiled ensuite.

One of the two twin bedrooms actually accommodates four by virtue of a third bunk bed that children will love.

At the far extreme of the main reception, the mahogany theme continues into the Ladies Waiting Room now a self contained ensuite double bedroom with a magnificent carved bed.

Wide doorways and downstairs bedroom, ensure this is a wheelchair enabled dwelling.

Outside

The gap between the up and down platforms has been buried and lawned, but the fine wooden Great Northern Railway waiting room, and the original signal cabin at the east end of the station still remain.
A dining table and abundant chairs prepare this south facing terrace for some memorable meals.

This is a completely private garden which lends itself to croquet and football alike – and is just perfect for children.
There is of course ample parking for cars.

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 – €2,750
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,750
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,750
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €2,750

Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

July to August €2,750 per week minimum stay
September to June €2,300 per week Weekend €1,300 Mid-week €1,300

 

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

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