Loughcrew House

Loughcrew House

Loughcrew House

A Phoenix Greek-Revivalist Demesne

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County Meath

Constructed from beautifully cut limestone blocks in the mid 19th century, the original House has thrice been destroyed by fire, most recently in 1964. The currently inhabited part of the house has been elegantly restored from the remains of the orangery heating rooms.
Surrounded by 200 acres of rolling parkland below the historic Loughcrew Hills – home to the megalithic tombs of 6,000-years dead chieftains – the estate is still just an hour from Dublin City.

 

Gilt edged multifarious rooms

With most of the original house completely destroyed by fire more than 50 years ago, the current main entrance is through one of two lofty palm houses that bookend this arduous restoration.

The rough brick portico with its glazed canopy, leads straight into a surprise flurry of classical white stucco and rose walls.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 17 guests
    Accommodation for further 11 available
    From €8,820 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    Four twin bedrooms
    One single bedroom
    Three bathrooms & two shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Continuous Living / Dining room
    Study
    Family Kitchen
    Two Sunroom porticos
    Banqueting Hall with Catering Kitchen
    Reception Lounge with Bar
  • Features
    Barbecue Terrace
    Sheltered Courtyard with pit fire
    Tennis court
    Extensive gardens
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV
    Wi Fi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Two night minimum stay
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The central spine of the house stretches from here for 18 metres, starting with a cerulean blue study complete with cosy wood-burning stove, shelves of books, and as a nod to the contemporary, a TV.

A dramatic living room follows on, with ample space for an eclectic mix of baby grand piano and country-house wood-burning stove, before concluding with a splendid 16 seater dining table.

Deep reveals separate the rooms, partition off by double doors. Hand-painted columns and friezes with classical motifs or quasi mythological scenes. Gilded details abound, the overall effect is sumptuous.

The dinner service and glassware are ingeniously stored in a pair of hollow columns, designed for the purpose.

A set of French doors open onto the extensive sun-drenched barbecue terrace that is a frequent favourite for al fresco dining.

A final set of doors reveal the generous kitchen – well-appointed for the catering challenges of a couple of dozen guests.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range with 4 ovens and hot plate
• 2 electric twin-oven ceramic Cookers
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Ironing facilities

Bedrooms

• Sizes – 2 double beds, 2 King-size and 9 singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen satellite TV
• iPod dock

Other

• Large selection of books
• Asphalt tennis court
• Barbecue
• Fire pit
• Banqueting facilities

The second flag-floored and fan-lit palm house portico is close enough to the kitchen to double as a summertime dining room – its wrought-iron Romeo-and-Juliet balcony is a recent addition.

Bedrooms

Most of the accommodation is to be found at the west end of the house beyond the kitchen, with seven bedrooms and three bathrooms variously staggered across three levels, each with ample windows and an individual charms of their own.

At the far end of the house a quirky twin bedroom with bamboo-posted beds, opens off the entrance lobby. It is served by an L shaped shower room, whimsically concealed in the thick walls.

An unexpected stairway leads up from the entrance hall to the master suite, which boasts an opulent bedroom, complete with gilt framed cherubs; an ensuite bathroom, and an intimate dressing room, with Palladian style oculus window.

Courtyard

North facing windows of the house overlook an expansive cobbled courtyard, based on a Parisian design with cantilevered awnings, and enclosed by large reception rooms, including a 140 seater banqueting hall, ideal for wedding ceremonies and events.

Courtyard Apartment

A separate, well serviced self-catering apartment, occupying one side of the courtyard is also available on request.

Accommodation includes an open plan ground floor, with two double bedrooms – one ensuite – above. An open gallery makes it unsuitable for young children.

Outside

All that remains of the original Loughcrew House is its tall Ionic portico entrance, subsequently reassembled as a sort of mini-Acropolis overshadowing the private tennis court.

St. Oliver Plunkett’s Church is also located in the gardens; it is the original seat of the Plunkett family and birthplace of St. Oliver Plunkett.

Part of the estate, is open to the public, with an excellent café, many beautiful walks including an impressive avenue of yew trees on the main avenue, and a forest walk to Lough Creebh. The lake features the remains of an original Crannog and a host of excellent wildlife for the ornithologist.

 

Loughcrew House as a venue…

Together with its tranquillity, amazing scenery and expansive facilities, the Estate has a spiritual energy that make it an ideal location for groups to enjoy Yoga, Meditation and Shamanic retreats.
The Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, Summer and Winter Solstices are all very special times here.

“We chose Loughcrew to host the very first of our Reset weekend retreats. All the staff at Loughcrew were really accommodating, friendly and helpful and made both us and our guests feel at home at Loughcrew. It felt like a little home away from home for the weekend. We would highly recommend Loughcrew as a private venue for any occasion.”

Lauren, The Reset

Provisional Booking Form

Additional accommodation for up to 11 guests is available.
Please enquire using the comment box in the form below.

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

Two night stays €2,800
Three night stays €3,800

 

May to August €7,950 per week
September to April €6,950 per week

 

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Out & About

 
Just an hour from Dublin City and 2 hours from Belfast, this is the heartland of Irelands Ancient East with Castles, Tombs Megaliths and Battlefields there is much to keep you busy.
Here are a few of our favourites…

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Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

About the Locality

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

photo Rob Hurson

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

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

There is a Loughcrew Equinox Festival each March 19th to 21st and September 19th to 21st organised by Oldcastle Tourism Group.

A ruined church on the estate is dedicated to Saint Oliver Plunkett (canonised in 1975) who was born here in 1625, and lived in his family home for 22 years. Plunkett, a Jesuit educator, was hanged, drawn and quartered in London on 1 July 1681, “for promoting the Roman faith”. Mass is celebrated in the church annually on that date.

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

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

The nearest town is Oldcastle – a 5 minute drive away. Here you will find a Bank, pubs and grocery stores. The town was home to an internment camp during WW1, and a workhouse for the destitute prior to that. The local community was devastated during the Potato Famine of the 1840’s, losing nearly 40% of the population.

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

photo William Murphy

The medieval town of Trim lies 40 minutes to the south, and is home to Ireland’s largest Norman castle dating from the 12th century. The castle was used in the filming of Braveheart in 1996.

photo Scott Neeson

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just over an hour from the cottage
Belfast Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over an hour from the Estate
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the Estate.

 

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Hunters Lodge

Hunters Lodge

Hunters Lodge

Recherché River Nore

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County Kilkenny

This opulent, spacious and peaceful country cottage sits in the heart of rural Ireland, with classic period interiors and exceptional views of the Kilkenny landscape.
Just half an hour from the delights of the Medieval City itself and less than an hour from the south coast, it’s an ideal location for cycling, kayaking and canoeing.

 

Spacious and glamorous

From a southerly terrace overlooking the River Nore, you enter an unexpected world; a magical classic interior in the Grand style, set within a country cottage.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-one ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, dining room
    Kitchen, Utility room
    Guest WC
  • Contempo
    Four Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet, integrated sound system
    Good Cell phone reception
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The greater part of the ground floor is given over to the main reception room, part study and part drawing room. A couple of steps lower than the rest, it is heavily ornate with moulded shelving, vintage leather bound books, gilded mirrors and substantial drapes.

Here too is a large recessed television. Happily, the abundance of table lamps are centrally controlled.

Persian carpets feature throughout the house, and there are premium controls for the lighting, as well as recessed ceiling loudspeakers in the reception rooms.

There is an intimate oak furnished dining room to the other side of the entrance hall, which comfortably seats six in fully upholstered contentment.

The charming and well equipped kitchen is naturally adjacent to the dining room, with the utility room beyond that.

An elegant guest WC is located below the stairs.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin electric Ovens
• Electric 4 ring ceramic hob
• Microwave
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Krups coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Bosch washing machine
• Bosch tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, one King-size double, and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 1 large Flat-screen TV
• Plus TV in each bedroom
• Sonos multi room audio system
• Multi dimmer light switches

Other

• Good selection of books
• Gas fired Barbecue

There are three spacious dormer-windowed bedrooms spanning the upstairs floor, all beautifully appointed in period style, with heavy tasselled drapery and Roman blinds, pleated valances, luxurious quilts and upholstered occasional chairs.

The twin bedroom and the second double bedroom have fitted wardrobe space incorporating sconce lit dressing tables.

The master bedroom enjoys an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.

There is also a chic family bathroom with marble framed bath, a separate shower cubicle and dressing mirrors shared on this floor.

Outside

The tranquil gardens which afford magnificent views across the Nore valley, cascade downwards from the front terrace, and feature an ornate fountain and pond and a broad sloping lawn.

The cottage forms part of the estate of an expansive stud farm, and is reached via a dedicated private driveway. There is ample parking.

A delightful backdrop for a sunset Barbecue.

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

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

All Year €3,000 per week

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Restrictions

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

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Reviews

 

We really enjoyed the couple of days….

… Hunters Lodge was the perfect hideaway from the world, surrounded only by beautiful horses!

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C. Hookway, December 2020

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Out & About

 

For Arts and Crafts, History and Tranquillity, it’s hard to outshine Kilkenny.

There’s loads to do and see, we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites…

Local Festivals include:

JFK Dunbrody Festival celebrating the Dunbrody famine ship. The festival is held on the 3rd weekend in July each year and attracts crowds in excess of 25,000.

Inistioge Vintage Rally August Bank Holiday

 

The Locality

 

 

The pretty village of Inistioge is just 5 minutes away, and has several nice pubs and cafes. It also has a splendid 10-arch classic stone bridge dating from about 1765, the only one of its kind in Europe.

Should you yearn for a good walk, the Inistioge to Thomastown trail is a couple of hours hiking along the sleepy Nore Valley past ancient castle ruins and through woodland.

Thomastown itself is home to a plethora of craft outlets, and well worth spending some time in.

New Ross is the nearest large town for groceries and other supplies – 20 minutes by car. Situated on the River Barrow just below the confluence with the River Nore, its Ireland’s only inland port, and is about 32k from the coast.

Just outside New Ross a park and homestead exhibition is dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy whose great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, was born here. The property is still farmed by his descendants.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

In New Ross harbour there is also a popular replica of a square rigger, the type of ship used to transport emigrants to America during the “Great Hunger” of the mid 19th century.

Kilkenny is the craft centre of Ireland, but it is also the most successful county in the game of hurling, which is thought to have been played for over 3,000 years. Villages would contest games involving hundreds of players, which would last several hours or even days.

Players use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts. It is a fast and furious business where a good strike with a hurley can propel the ball over 93 mph

Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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Careysville House

Careysville House

Careysville House

A slice of riverside heaven in Cork

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A slice of riverside heaven in Cork

County Cork

More than two centuries of charm and tradition permeate this country mansion, with its stunning views over the meandering River Blackwater below.
With an 160 acre private estate to explore, it’s easy to see why generations of guests have returned to this six bedroom family home just half an hour from Ireland’s second largest City, Cork.

 

Privilege, passion and priorities

The house was built in the Georgian style, on the elevated fortifications of a ruined castle. Acquired in the mid-20th century as a fishing retreat with its 3km of double bank fishing, it became part of the Devonshire family estates, which include Lismore Castle about 20km downstream.

A bright fanlight entrance with a cobweb of curved astragals, separate the entrance lobby from the expansive hallway that is the core of the house.

Papered walls are lined with a profusion of formal gilded portraits, studiously ignoring the snooker table below – a reminder that above all this is a family home.

The superb fishing and opulent comfort of Careysville house continue to be enjoyed by the latest generation of the Devonshire family. With permission of Lord Burlington, Careysville House now becomes available for exclusive hire.

 

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €5,995 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms & Three twin bedrooms
    All are ensuite
    One family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Entrance hallway
    Drawing room, Dining room, Kitchen
    Staff utilities
  • Features
    Full catering available
    Fishing Pavilion
    Snooker table
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception

There are splendid views across the Blackwater valley from all the chambers, and the capacious drawing room must have witnessed many an exaggerated yarn of the noble salmon around the open hearth.

 

An expansive modern country kitchen occupies the sunny front corner, where large Georgian sash windows and paneled shutters that feature throughout the lodge, flood the rooms with light.

Genteel dining is best announced by dinner gong in such a large home. Twelve can sit down to a salmon supper in deep-buttoned leather and mahogany elegance.

 

Understated opulence informs the house, where an idiosyncratic mixture of the functional, the personal and the invaluable cohabit.
Monolithic walls, languid blown-glass panes, and the occasional wayward floor board, are testimony to the antiquity of the building.

A family bathroom serves one of the six bedrooms that radiate from the landing – all the remainder are ensuite.

Crisp white sheets, and freestanding piping hot baths await the weary guest.

The sweeping stairway passes a flurry of rainbow coloured parakeets, now frozen by the taxidermist, and leads to the bedroom accommodation.

 

Outside

The tree-lined private avenue runs for a kilometre to the main road ensuring total privacy and peace. An estate of more than 160 acres beckons exploration, or bring canoes and slip down the Blackwater.

Facilities

The house is equipped with all modern appliances, and is fully centrally heated. There is WiFi, a library of books, games and DVDs.
There is also a first class in-house chef who specialises in local produce, should you choose to avail.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week:
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Sunday to Sunday

Full Board includes a full Irish Breakfast or and a full Dinner in the evening

NB. A €500 refundable breakages deposit applies to this home.

Period Self Catering per week Full Board – per person per week
October to January €5,995 per week on Application
28th June to 20th September €5,995 per week €1,750

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Reviews

 

I’d just like to say that…

the house, surroundings, atmosphere, the people, the open fires, beds, bedlinen, every single element of our stay simply could not have been better.
We were looking forward to this stay so very much, and as we had people from all over Ireland popping in and out, each and everyone of them said, the best Christmas/New Year venue they’d ever be to. Maura met us and showed us around the house, the bedrooms were unbelievable, the open fires with all the wood there to replenish the fires when needed – it was the best.
We had a black tie dinner on New Years Eve. It went down a storm…walks down by the Blackwater river, we’re all stuck for words.
A huge, massive thank you to you Maura, all our crew want it again next year…sssh don’t tell anyone else! Take care Maura, have a great 2020.

P. Harvey, December 2019

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Out & About

 

The Blackwater valley is centrally placed for a plethora of outings and days of exploration- so many we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Within easy walking distance is the village of Clondulane, but you will need to take the 5 minute car trip to Fermoy for the nearest supermarket. The M8 motorway ensures a very quick trip from here to Cork City.

photo Andreas F. Borchert

Labbacallee to the north west of Fermoy, is Irelands largest prehistoric wedge tomb and dates from roughly 2300 BC

The renowned Mitchelstown caves exhibit some stunning examples of stalagmites and stalactites that are well worth the visit.

Fermoy was established as a garrison town around the same time Careysville house was constructed, and the camp quickly became the largest military establishment on this island during the 1800’s.

If our ex cricket pavilion seems incongruous, you will be interested to learn that in Victorian times cricket was the largest and most popular sport in the Ireland, irrespective of class or religion. Indeed in 1855 the first team to represent this island thrashed their English opponents by 107 runs.

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.

The Munster Blackwater – there being several other rivers of the same name – is Ireland’s second largest river after the Shannon, and unquestionably one of the great salmon rivers of Europe. A lazy snaking river, it is also makes for very fine for canoeing.

The views of Lismore Castle from the water as you approach the final weir are spectacular. Beyond that the river becomes tidal for the final 30km to the sea at Youghal.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Cork, Kerry Airport (Farrenfore), Dublin or Shannon.
Cork Airport – approx 40 mins from house.
Kerry Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 hour 30 mins from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2 hours 30 mins from house.

 

 

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 45 mins from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 2 hours 30 mins from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours 30 mins from house.

 

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Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

More than just folklore…

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County Clare

Halfway around the 2500 km Wild Atlantic Way on the southern shores of Galway Bay is this charming yet unassuming, traditional Georgian villa.

Whitewashed walls and scarlet windows mask a noble history stretching back more than two Centuries, and with ample space for several generations of family, here is a memorable epicentre for your Burren adventure.

An awesome and authentic interior

The semicircle of curved wainscot beneath the rustic fan lit entrance heralds a warm interior, busy with the trappings of time.

On the sea-side of the house, the cosy drawing room features an unusual brick fireplace designed and built by the pre-Raphaelite painter Augustus John – a frequent visitor in the early 20th Century.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €5,795 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    One triple bedroom –double + single bed, ensuite
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Library
    Family KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Open Fire places, Walled garden
    Ocean views
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet, Alexa smart system
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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The large formal dining room is classically furnished in period mahogany, and seats ten.

It enjoys similar dazzling views across to Auginish Island through substantial shuttered windows, and reveals another red brick fireplace; this one with inset hand painted tiles depicting artisans.

Antique free standing furniture set on glossy old timber floors permeate these rooms.

The spacious country kitchen occupies its own bright extension to the side.

Vivid canary yellow with a rustic terracotta floor, this chef friendly arcadia boasts a cast iron Aga range supported by a 5 ring gas cooker, and a premium microwave.


Culinary spectators will enjoy the circular breakfast table to one end and accompanying languid wingback chair.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin plate Aga range
• Twin oven gas cooker with 5 rings
• Fridge & freezer in scullery
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two Super King-size beds, three double beds and one single
• Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet
• 32” TV
• Netflix
• Alexa controlled sound system

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Walled Garden

Bedrooms

Generously sized, carpeted double bedrooms of individual character are located on two floors. All have ensuite bathrooms except the Rose room, which has a separate bathroom. The two ground floor bedrooms have French doors opening onto the terrace and walled garden.

This family room in cucumber green features a large French upholstered Corbeille bed, and an additional single bed.

Upstairs, the corner bedroom has dual aspect views of the bay and of the walled garden, a super King size bed, a sofa, and a chaise longue.

With a dramatically carved bed, and classic sofa, this bedroom enjoys view of Galway bay.

Above the entrance, the Rose bedroom has a small double bed, and of course more stunning views to the North.

Outside

Set back from the pebbly seashore to the North by a broad wildflower meadow and a narrow roadway.

The three remaining Monterey Cypress trees here are thought to have been a gift from the George Washington when the house was being built in 1788.

The library and ground floor bedrooms open onto a limestone flagged terrace and extensive walled garden with lawns, herbaceous borders and a small orchard.

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This house .only rents by the week, Saturday to Saturday

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

July-August €4,898
September to May €4,278

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Out & About

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and surf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

History
During the nineteenth century, the Lodge was the summer home of Lady Augusta Gregory, a pivotal figure in the Irish Cultural Renaissance and a founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1904. Hence the name. W.B.Yeats is said to have written The Player Queen and The Dreaming of the Bones while staying here.

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This is the most northerly point of County Clare, known as Flaggy Shore. The closest sizeable village is Kinvara – less than 15 minutes away – and which is actually in County Galway.
A Farmers Country Market is held in the Square most Saturdays throughout the summer months. The Merriman hotel in Kinvara is rumoured to have the largest thatch roof in Ireland.

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are about 45 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.

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, Fanore Beach with its ancient sand dunes, is the place to be.

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

The Burren is infamous for its strange karst landscape, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) which harbour a remarkable collection of plants and animals, 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.

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.

JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.

Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings and that one of Tolkien’s best known characters, Gollum, may be named after Poll na gColm, pronounced Pole na Gollum or Cave of the rock dove.

Lisdoonvarna, 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 Martello Tower on Aughinis Island directly across from the Lodge, was built in 1811 (one of many) as a defence against Napoleonic invasion which never happened.

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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