Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Ultra Chic Coastal cottage

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County Waterford

Tucked away beneath the rocky escarpment that leads to a secluded tidal strand, this completely refurbished cottage oozes luxury and charm in equal measure. With a surprisingly spacious interior and versatile French door garden, Cove Lodge is a unique vacation escape.
Discover a coastline that probably remains Ireland’s best kept secret…

 

Cosy inspirational interiors

The entrance hallway unexpectedly spacious with a high ceiling and atmospheric concealed lighting.
Busy floor tiling and the stunningly coloured walls of pale apricot bring a Moorish Mediterranean quality to this space.

The original cottage was considerably smaller, with its little lattice-leaded windows.
Rooms to be discovered can be glimpsed through a variety of doorways.


AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One bunk bedroom
    All with ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living, Dining & Kitchen
    Sitting room
    Kids TV Den & Playroom
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    BBQ Patio
    Wheelchair-friendly
    Outdoor shower
    Close proximity to beach
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    nb. Poor Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Dogs are welcome
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A short passage, punctuated with French doors to the rear garden, opens into a more recent and unanticipated addition – an expansive and airy, living space.

The kitchen zone spans one side of the room, with appliances and storage tucked under a stony white work surface, behind stainless steel doors.

A generous eight-seater circular dining table occupies the centre, but the centrepiece of the room is undoubtably the dramatic luminous brushed-scarlet, modular corner-seating, that will bring a smile to your face.

French doors in the end wall open onto a white flagged patio – for those sultry summer sunsets.

At the opposite end of the room, a broad archway framed in a teal green wood panelling unveils a cosy carpeted sitting room, with an open-hearth fireplace and wall mounted TV.

You also get to see where that stable half door from the entrance hall leads…

Bedrooms

Sumptuous double bedrooms are located at either end of this long cottage.

The master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a small side yard.

A splendid wood-panelled walkthrough bathroom, with double monsoon showers and his-and-her basins, is neatly concealed around the back of the truncated bed head.


 Following the peachy colour theme, the second double bedroom is delightful.

Softly feminine, the adjacent ensuite bathroom has a fabulous, deep if short slipper bath, in addition to a more traditional shower.

Decidedly steep stairs climb to a diminutive nursery-style kid’s room that utilises the attic space above the bathroom. It comes with sub-adult ceiling and door heights, and a vivid citrus paintjob.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Fridge, Freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Vacuum cleaner
• Remote control skylight blinds

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and single bunk beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Children’s playroom with cots
• Outdoor Shower

Off the main entrance hall there is a bantam-bedroom with a set of bunk beds, and its own charming ensuite shower room that children will love.

Above the bunk room, occupying the loft space, is a TV den ideally suited for kids, and furnished accordingly. 

Outside

Stradbally Cove, with its sheltered sandy beach is just 50 metres down the narrow lane that cuts through the property. Across the lane is a spacious and well-maintained garden bordering the river for your exclusive use.

Around the cliff side of the cottage, an outdoor shower is being fitted – very handy for sandy people and wetsuits.

Aside from the lawn and patio, the gardens to the rear of the house feature a delightful rose arched walkway. There is a large gravelled parking area with dedicated access beyond that.

Within the portico at the back entrance, there is a separate laundry room.

The cottage is adjacent to an historic Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally Village and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. It is home to 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid-18th century.

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

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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 at high season rates as are Easter and Halloween.

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,600
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,600
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,600
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,600

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

Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to April €2,100 €1,100 €1,100
May to September €2,600 €1,350 €1,350

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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

 

The Locality

 

 
Stradbally is a short uphill walk from the cottage, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast 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 13th century disputes between two noble Waterford dynasties, the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a 20km stretch of sometimes-stormy cliffs and beachy coves that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

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.

photo Mike Searle

They are 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. It is fitting that one of the country’s most loved cycle route the Waterford Greenway runs through the region.

In Dungarvan, 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.

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, is one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

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 roads from Fenor to Annestown.

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 thereafter, so don’t miss it.

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 Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hour’s from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare which is approx. 1.5 hours from Stradbally
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two and a half hours from the cottage

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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
  • Shower Room with WC
  • Open Plan
  • 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
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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.

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.

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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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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!
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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Reviews

 

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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Burren Cottage

Burren Cottage

Burren Cottage

Flutes, Fiddles, Bodhrans and Bag Pipes

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Flutes, Fiddles, Bodhrans and Bag Pipes

County Clare

Once a cowshed, and the smaller of two exquisitely remodelled farm buildings, this romantic rural barn has been transformed into a sumptuously appointed cottage.
Uniquely located, a few minutes from the unpredictable Atlantic along the remote and rocky coast of west Clare where cliffs, castles and traditional music endure, and time marches to the beat of a different drum.

Stylish and surprisingly spacious

 

Seating and dining share opposite ends of an expansive room, with a wood burning stove providing the focus for one, and a serving hatch to the kitchen for the other.

Chalky hues of coffee and khaki offset by warm oak flooring and solid wood doors, together with attention to detailing bring a sophisticated 5 star style to this remote cottage.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-both ensuite
    Walk in Wardrobe
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining Room
    Galley Kitchen

    Mezzanine Study

    Entrance Lobby
    Guest WC

  • Contempo
    Paved Breakfast Patio
    Logs
    Barbecue
    Internet
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An open string stairway leads to a snug mezzanine where a relaxing study provides a measure of privacy in the warmth of the apex.

Opposite the entrance, a shimmering alabaster contemporary kitchen, gallery in style yet tailored for every appliance, is harmoniously finished with matching marble worktops and glossy white floor tiles that follow through from the hall.

Facilities

This is a wheelchair friendly home, and comes with all the contemporary conveniences you would expect.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Fitted Microwave
• Electric Ceramic Hob
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Coffee Machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Super King-size beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet – moderate speed
• Flat-screen TV

Two generous and stylish double bedrooms are at opposite ends of this long cottage, each with a singular dividend. With one you get a large walk-in wardrobe and a half paneled bathroom.

Outside

You are so close to the Atlantic here that the scent of it wafts in the wind, and soft ribbons of sunset skies wash the horizon. For practicalities, ample paved parking is provided, although the gardens are shared with a separate cottage, similarly tastefully restored.

The ensuite for the second has a shower, but comes with an expanse of French doors that open onto a charming sheltered patio.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

Information & Rates:


Please email me here for rates.


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

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Out & About

West Clare has fishing, hill walking, golf, horse riding and a whole lot more, you’ll discover there’s too much to do…

photo Brian Meagher

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are less than 10 minutes away by car.

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe. Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakable on the headland.

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast.
Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs which can be over 35ft high.
But for most surfers, the seaside town of (6 miles) Lahinch is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

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Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.


photo Trish Steel

Lisdoonvarna, the nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.

The Burren starts in earnest less than a kilometre away – its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

photo Ingo Mehling

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about three and a half hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over an hour away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three and a half hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 and half hours from house.

 

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Gortadrohid

Gortadrohid

Gortadrohid

The most South West you can go...

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West Cork

On a causeway-linked island – one of the throng at the edge of Roaring Water Bay – and wrapped in 15 acres of wildlife and flowers, this impressive and recently constructed two storey family home enjoys spectacular views and a unique relationship with the ocean.
It’s well known that West Cork is where food, festivals and family fun flourish.

 

Spacious, Comfortable, Contemporary and Private

T shaped in footprint, the westerly wing of the trio is an open plan space and the core of this family home. The room spans more than 12 metres from an informal corner group seating area, with smart flat screen TV, to a powder-blue kitchen at the extreme end. There is stone floor throughout.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    Incl. 2 in the Studio
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms, one en suite, one convertible to twins on ground floor
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    One Triple Bedroom, bunks and a single
    Family Bathroom,
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    W/C Shower Room on Ground Floor
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living Room/Dining/Kitchen
    Sitting Room
    Entrance Lobby
    Utility Room
  • Features
    Studio in Separate Stone Cottage
    Double Bedroom en suite with W/C and Shower
    Art Studio on Ground Floor of Cottage
  • Contempo
    Multiple Paved Patios
    Private Slipway and Moorings
    Concealed Garden Lighting
    Underfloor Heating 
    Sandpit
    Barbecue 
    Internet and Smart TV
  • Availability
    Weekly: Friday to Friday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Mid week: Monday to Friday

In the kitchen, devotees of the culinary arts are not only treated to exquisite vistas of the coast, but are spoiled by an American fridge and an exceptional three oven cooking range topped by a ceramic hob.

The Belfast sink has a companion countersunk in the preparation island, and twin dishwashers stand side by side to accommodate the debris of ambrosia.

The centre of this living space – occupied by a humble but long dining table – is lined with patio doors that open north and south framing panoramic views across landscaped gardens, the River Illen and North West towards Mount Gabriel.

Mimicking one in the front porch, a slender arched window illuminates the double height entrance hall, where roomy volute rail stairs make a return to the first floor gallery landing, at the centre of the house.

The more formal drawing room in the North wing benefits from multiple views, with windows everywhere, including French doors to catch sunsets on the northern terrace.

A contemporary, cosy wood burning stove enjoys centre stage below flat screen technology.

Still on the ground floor, there is a delightful and accessible double bedroom with shower and toilet in the opposite wing.

Three generous double bedrooms and a kid’s room with single bed and bunks, construe the upstairs accommodation. All the rooms are blessed with more of those ubiquitous views.

The master bedroom is ensuite – there is a shared family bathroom for the rest. King size beds may ‘zip and link’ into two where required.

The Studio

Adjacent to the home, a charming Artists studio of traditional stone construction has extra accommodation on the first floor – a spacious double bedroom with an additional single bed, serviced by its own ensuite shower room. Large French doors open from the studio onto a dedicated south facing terrace.

Facilities

The house is well insulated and employs the latest heat recovery technology. The Fridge Freezer has an ice-maker and water dispenser, while the washing machine has an extra-large capacity. There are two dishwashers. You will find a wide selection of books, DVD’s, and there is internet – in short everything you might require.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

The property sits on an island connected to the mainland by a causeway. A long driveway takes you through 15 acres of private land, dotted with heather and gorse, seals, otters and hares. Several paths lead down to the water’s edge where there is a slipway and moorings, and a stretch of private sandy shoreline. Bring your kayak, RIB or dingy because there are a lot of inlets and islets to explore!

From the two garden terraces, there are stunning views of Baltimore harbour, the multiple islands of Roaring Water Bay and Mount Gabriel beyond. A large sandpit for kids, and landscape lighting in the picturesque stone walls are delightful additions.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the fortnight for the summer; June to September.

In the off-season, it is only let by the week.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Friday to Friday.

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,600
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €3,600
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,600
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€3,600

 

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

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount of €500 will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Period House only per week
(2 weeks only June to September)
surcharge for Studio
June to September €3,600 €300
October to May €2,500 €400

 

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Reviews

 

Gortadroid is idillic, a pleasurdome of pure luxury perched atop an island of serenity.

The views in the morning are enough to defibrillate even the most exhausted city dweller and the pink sunsets soften the soul like the enzymes in the centre of expensive chocolate truffles.
The house itself is clean, bright and comfortable with many useful practical considerations. All the rooms are fitted with double blinds for extended snoozing and the kitchen is generously fitted out in every direction to make it the ideal entertaining space.
The house is warm at all times due to a magic and apparently invisible heating system and the baths are large and deep. There is a snug with a wood-burner for those that like to indulge in light pyromania and walks in all directions are imbued with panoramic views and the kind of refreshing solitude you expect from such a remote part of the world.
The local fishmongers, pubs and shopping are only a ten minuet drive away which is very useful and there are treasures to be found in the weekend markets, charity shops and antiques places even for the novice scavenger.
We absolutely loved it and plan to return just add soon as we can.

Moses Van den Bogaerde, March 2019

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Out & About

 

It’s easy to see why West Cork is such a magnet for family vacations, there’s just so much happening.

Plus, if like Rat in Wind in the Willows, you find “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats…” you’re in the right place.

Here are links to some of our favourites

There are few regions where you will find quite so many Festivals – there always seems to be something magical in full swing. Here are just a few: Traditional Irish music Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, Baltimore Seafood and Wooden Boat Festival, O’Driscioll Clan and Midsummer Festival, Baltimore Pirate Festival, Baltimore Regatta, Baltimore Sea Angling Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, Baltimore Fiddle Fair

 

The Locality

 

 

Baltimore village with restaurants, shops and pubs is less than ten minutes by car, and just a mile by sea. This is probably as far south as towns get in Ireland.
The town was the country largest fishing port at the turn of the last century, and a long tradition of boat building. Most of the catch was destined for America, with some seven train loads a day leaving the port.

There is a small archipelago known as Carberry’s 100 isles in this most southerly parish in Ireland. Actually there are only about 50, and they all bear the scars of Atlantic attrition that has left a jagged combed striation in the sandstone.

The Baltimore Seafood and Wooden Boat Festival runs the last weekend in May. Sailors and boat-lovers gather for a weekend of sailing, talking, learning and partying in true West Cork style!
Food tents line the pier hosting West Cork’s finest fish smokers, cheese makers and organic gardeners showcasing unique cuisine.

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The lively town of Skibbereen is about 12 km inland, and the principal town in the region. Excellent for Artisan food and crafts, there is a vibrant market here on Saturdays.
There is a fine heritage centre in the town for tracing your family, especially if you are a McCarthy. Baltimore is strong O’Driscoll territory though, so if you’re from that clan, that’s the spot for you.

The local population was decimated during the great potato famine – there are said to be 9,000 victims in burial pits outside the Skibbereen.
Some escaped west to the New World on ships like the Jeanie Johnston (pictured) which carried more than 2,500 passengers in very cramped conditions over seven years without loss of a single life.

Every two years an 1,126 km yacht race from the Isle of Wight around Ireland’s most southerly point, the Fastnet Rock, takes place. Severe weather famously took the lives of 18 sailors in the 1979 race, resulting in the largest ever peace-time rescue operation.

Baltimore is a good choice for ferries to the islands, where the best beaches are to be found, and boat tours of Roaring Water Bay.

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

 

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Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Woodlands and Water in West Cork

County Cork

Sheltered behind a small woodland just above Dunmanus Bay, this eco-friendly sea-side home has been designed to blend in beautifully with its surroundings.
It is spacious, luminous, and contemporary, and enjoys some extra luxuries, like an outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sauna. An ideal remote retreat for families who relish walking and water…

 

Modern, bright, and roomy

The broad entrance lobby, impressive kitchen, and ample dining room, flow effortlessly into each other. Dove grey and white tones, polished concrete terrazzo floors and clean minimal lines unify these contemporary ground floor rooms into an inclusive family home.


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

Typical of the quirky delights in this home, a relaxing coffee area occupies a corner of the kitchen – complete with colourful cocktail chairs, but there are also stools around a central island for casual grazing.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (one ground floor)
    Two with ensuite showers
    One twin bedroom
    One triple, with double and single bed
    Two bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen with Coffee area
    Landing with Sauna
    Utility room
  • Features
    Hot Tub Jacuzzi, Large Terrace, Pizza Oven, Barbecue
    Woodland paths & Gazebo
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, Netflix, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday, September to March
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The ample artisan dining table began life as an Ash tree in the woodlands below, and the floor boards in the sitting room similarly were fashioned from beech trees on the property. Other surplus timber ends up in one or other of the two wood-burning stoves.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 4 ring electric hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer in utility room
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, three King-size, and three singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Sauna
• Outdoor Hot Tub
• 2 Multi head showers • Good selection of books
• Kids toys
• Children’s high chair
• 2 Wood burning stoves

The large sitting room also faces directly onto the sunny south terrace – a very magical spot for the whole family to enjoy a barbecue or something from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

Built to be environmentally conscious this home employs the most efficient modern technologies, with a heating system that ensures endless supply of hot water, a heat recovery unit, with vents located throughout the house, and triple glazed Doors & Windows.

A double bedroom occupies the other side of the ground floor. It is adjacent to a family bathroom – Beechwood House is wheelchair friendly.

A limed white stairway returns onto the generous first floor landing, where there is room for a relaxing seating area. Here too is the sauna – wonderful for heating up the bones after a dip in the sea or a long walk!

There are four spacious bedrooms on this level – two have ensuite shower rooms with multi head showers.

 

One bedroom sleeps three, with a double bed and a single bed, and shares a family bathroom (with bath) with a fourth twin bedroom.

Outside

Just a short stroll from the village, the house is accessed via a small bridge over the river and electric gates – there is ample parking inside. The 5 acre property slopes down towards the bay, a view that is concealed in the summer months by a magical woodland. From the terrace area you can meander down to the river on conveniently constructed paths, or just chill out in the gazebo. There is a Hot Tub Jacuzzi in a small garden to one side of the house.

Provisional Booking Form

5This Home is only let by the week during High Season.

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €3,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€3,500

Weekend stays are available October to March Only.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

NB: A refundable breakages deposit of €600 applies to this home.

Christmas Breaks €3,500 per week
October to May €2,600 per week
July & August €3,900 per week
June & September €2,900 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.

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.
Pets – No, sorry!

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