Thomond House

Thomond House

Thomond House

Where Nobility meets Adventure

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County Clare

Explore your indulgent side in this large classic country manor at the heart of the rambling Dromoland Estate. Steeped in history but enjoying every contemporary convenience, Thomond is the perfect sojourn for a gathering of the clan.
If you love your golf, and your surname is O’Brien, this is where you belong…

 

Easy elegant interiors

Sturdy double doors, classically framed by sidelights and pilasters, contrive a Georgian style Welcome.

Not many homes these days can boast a large central foyer. In Thomond house it is overlooked by a circular doughnut gallery and drop light from the floor above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €5,400 for a long weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms & One twin & One single
    All have ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Library, Study & Dining room
    Kitchen / living room
    Utility room & Laundry room
    Cloakroom
  • Features
    Baby Grand Piano
    Large garden
    Terrace
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Excellent Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Across the parquet flooring, and through more mahogany double doors, the classical drawing room is substantial, with a bay of tall windows energetically dressed in coral jaspé drapes, surveying the formal gardens.

An antique baby grand piano and plethora of guilt framed portraits compete to catch your eye, but the focus is the warmth from an unpretentious marble fireplace.

The adjoining library, slightly more intimate, is home to a prodigious collection of books tightly packed into Augustan shelves that screen every burnt orange wall.

A forest green dining room occupies one corner of the ground floor. It can easily cater for twelve, and is furnished in mahogany with an extravagance of classic dining chairs and another fine fireplace.

For more casual fare, adjacent to the dining room, the kitchen includes a circular table for four, and in a quirky shift in style, a curved breakfast bar attended by six chrome trumpet-based stools.

Ebony granite counters and ivory painted presses, provide the palette for a comprehensive array of premium appliances from Aga to wine cooler.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range
• 5 ring gas hob
• Electric Oven
• 2 Fridges with water dispenser
• 2 Freezers
• 2 Dishwashers
• Wine cooler
• 2 juicers
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility / Laundry Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four Super King size beds, One double bed, two Zip & Link singles
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Good selection of books & DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Child’s cot
• Baby Grand Piano
• Gas Barbecue

Upstairs

A broad archway separates the foyer from a dramatic cantilevered stairway that spirals up to the first floor, where sleeping accommodation radiates from the circular gallery.

Here again, each sumptuous bedroom is elegantly unique and enjoys dazzling rural views through the lofty Georgian windows. The ensuite bathrooms are sympathetically styled to match.

Outside

The house sits on elevated private grounds at the end of a tree lined driveway, in the heart of the 450 acre Dromoland Estate, and just 440 metres from Dromoland Castle.
The castle was rebuilt in high-Gothic style between 1800¬–1836, and opened as a luxury hotel in 1962.

Pathways criss-cross the rolling parkland, meandering through woodlands, around the lake and beyond the fairways of the estate’s 18 hole championship golf course. A walking map of the estate is available at the Castle reception.

Restrictions

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

Provisional Booking Form

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas from the 23rd December to the 28th December – €13,500
New Year from the 29th December to the 2nd January 2021 – €13,500.

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

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There is a €40/day house keeping and cleaning charge during your stay.  Per Week Weekend Mid-week
1st May to 13th September €14,000 €7,950 €7,950
Other Periods €11,950 €6,950 €6950

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Out & About

 

Although Clare is one of those magical counties packed with completely unique experiences, without moving off the estate you can enjoy an 18 hole Golf Course, Tennis, Spa, Clay shoot, Swimming pool, and amazing restaurants…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thomond is seat of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond and direct descendants of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. Dromoland Castle and estate was bought from the 16th Baron Inchiquin in 1962, and has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The 450 acre estate incorporates a stunning golf course, a lake and much to explore and enjoy as detailed above.
The castle has received many famous guests over the years including two American presidents. George W. Bush spent a night in 2004 whilst attending the EU-US Summit which was hosted here. Thomond House was honoured to host The First Lady, Laura Bush for lunch during their historic visit. Approximately 7,000 police, military and private security forces were assigned to his protection for his 16-hour visit.

In the woodlands to the East of the house is the Mooghaun Hillfort, dating from about 500 BC. Not a lot to look at now, it is believed to be most extensive hill-fort in Ireland.

The largest hoard of Bronze Age gold objects ever found in Western Europe known as the Mooghaun Hoard was randomly discovered near here by a group of rail workers in 1854.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Less than ten minutes away, Newmarket on Fergus is the nearest town with a small supermarket.

Limerick, the nation’s 3rd largest city is just half an hour away at the head of the Shannon estuary. There’s way too much to say about this historic and vibrant city in this short section, so visit here https://www.limerick.ie/ to discover more.

The market town of Ennis which is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County – is about 15km North. 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)

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…

photo Ludwig Bickel

About an hour’s drive away, 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!

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 20 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx. 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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Mount Corrin

Mount Corrin

Mount Corrin

An authentic Country House of exceptional charm

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County Cork

West Cork is a very special place. Here, sheltered in the crook between Mizen and Sheeps heads, Mount Corrin exudes all the ambience and atmosphere of a neo-classical house; an oasis in a wilderness landscape.
Wonderful detailing, paintings, curios and objets, delight at every turn, illustrating the very personal and sensitive restoration project that this home epitomises.
The extensive gardens too, with their organic vegetables, hermitage and heated swimming pool, confirm that this is a very special place indeed.

 

Elegant Country style living

The main house is Georgian and was constructed in 1750. It has recently undergone a spectacular restoration.
Tracery on sash windows, bold colours contrasting with warm washes, together with original and salvaged fittings, add quirky authenticity to the Strawberry Hill Gothic design.

There is a self contained cottage, a fitness centre in the Granary annex, and an enclosed garden hermitage in the grounds.
The splendid organic kitchen gardens are magnificently maintained to ensure fresh herbs and vegetables, while a relaxing jacuzzi tub compliments the heated swimming pool.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests. incl. Cottage
    From €5,000 per week(without cottage)
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    two ensuite
    One Single Bedroom with walk in bathroom
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Two Living Rooms
    Kitchen with Breakfast Table
    Dining Room
    Conservatory
    Study
    Utility Room 
    Boot Room
  • Features
    Cottage with Two Double Bedrooms
    Living Room
    Kitchen
    Bathroom
    WC
  • Contempo
    Heated Swimming Pool
    Jacuzzi
    Gym

The crimson dining room adjoining the kitchen, has period furniture and Persian rugs floating on wide-board pine floors that feature throughout the house, and were characteristic of the era.

Much of the interior is reminiscent of simpler and more genteel times. The kitchen illustrates this perfectly with open shelved walls of glossy white tiles to the ceiling.

An Aga range and plenty of pots and pans anticipate an ambitious culinary experience, or simple breakfast around the table. There is a separate utility room off the kitchen for laundry.

The living room and drawing room interconnect via double french doors. Each room has a wood burning stove set in a classical fireplace. Books, paintings and sofas contribute to that wonderful meeting of comfort, library and gallery.

A typical Georgian circular skylight or roof lantern, floods the stairs and landing in the centre of the house, bringing to life the white stair treads and Tivoli Blue walls.

There is a magnificent conservatory annex built into this end of the house which opens out onto the side terrace – great for barbeque feasts and romantic nights.

Bedrooms

The exquisite porcelain basins and classic taps of the master ensuite are typical of the surprises that greet you throughout this home. A second double bedroom has a bath set into a tiled alcove, while a third has a separate walk-in wardrobe, and a magnificent walnut sleigh bed.

The main bathroom on the landing features a terrific wet room style shower, and a black and white tile theme, so associated with the Georgian era.

Facilities

Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home – from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, Books, DVD and games
Heating – Central and Under-floor
Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Pilates Gym

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

The Cottage

The property comes with a separate cottage to the other side of the main house.
It is beautifully fitted out, with a spacious modern kitchen, wood-burning stove in the living room, two double bedrooms and a double sofa-bed.

 

The Hermitage

Further across the garden amongst the trees is the hexagonal Hermitage. Chill out here by the wood stove with just trickling stream and birdsong to disturb you.

 

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry !
Pets – One well controlled dog only
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – Special attention – the property is not suitable for non swimming children.

Your particular attention is brought to the Terms and Conditions applicable to this home, a copy of which will be forwarded to you with the contract as part of the booking confirmation.

Outside

The rambling garden invites exploration, with a wide variety of well maintained shrubs and trees punctuating the lawns and pathways, and “celebrating the gaiety of nature”- Walpole.

On the way to the heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, stop by the two storey Granary.
Downstairs is fitted out as a small gym with pilates equipment and shower room – up the rustic stairs is an artist studio and relaxation area.

Beyond the croquet lawn, the blending in of stone walls and rough hewn railings around the pool area complete the country house romance.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week.

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €8,500
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €8,500
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €8,500
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €8,500

The Cottage on the house grounds is only  available seperately in the off season (15th September -1st June) excluding the holidays outlined below. 

NB. There is a €500 refundable deposit applicable to this home.

Your particular attention is brought to the Terms and Conditions applicable to this home, a copy of which will be forwarded to you with the contract as part of the booking confirmation.

 

23rd Dec.-6th of January €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
13th-21st Febuary €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
26th March- 11th April €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
1st June- 14th September €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
15th September -1st June (House Only)€5,000 per week

 

 

 

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Reviews

 

“The house at Mt Corrin was perfect for our needs.”

 

 Grandparents, 2 daughters with sons in law and three children. Lots of accommodation and space where everyone could easily take time out either indoors or outside. We loved the property,  the ambience, the splendid gardens and the pool. The pool was used for 6 days out of 7. 

 

Don, 2021.

West Cork still has many secrets waiting to be discovered…

and Mount Corrin House is one of them.
This is a property that keeps on giving. Around every turn there is another surprise. The gardens have been created with love and consideration. Around every bend there is another surprise waiting, from the walkways amongst the creative planting to the kitchen garden.
The house is the ultimate in comfort and understated style with the river house (my favourite) offering the ideal holistic escape. The kitchen is a chef’s dream where every detail has been considered.
This is a property where the small things make the difference.

 

Carmel Somers, February 2019
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Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
There are amazing pristine beaches for surfing and kiting, fishing, sailing and boat tours and brilliant restaurants.
With wonderful walks, splendid scenery, and legendary gardens to visit, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is in a sheltered dip near the village of Durrus, at the foot of Mount Corrin. From here you can explore both the Mizen and Sheeps Head peninsulas.
The local supermarket supplies seriously good regional produce –  this neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking!
The sleepy market town of Bantry is just 11kms away and has larger shops and supermarkets.
There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing.

The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.

Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just around the corner, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.

The Fastnet rock lighthouse 14km offshore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants traveling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. It is also extremely exposed.
The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985.

A megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
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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Sandbrook House

Sandbrook House

Sandbrook House

A slow-burning mix of country luxury

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County Carlow

An inviting and elegant home, this substantial 300 year old Queen Anne style country house, set in twenty five acres of mature parkland, makes the perfect setting to share memorable family gatherings, celebrations or corporate retreats.
Within easy reach of Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford and the sunny south-east, Sandbrook House makes a totally unique escape.

 

Relaxed in character and style

As if the archetypically straight avenue isn’t classical enough, the gleaming white panelled entrance hall with its elaborate mouldings, and a guestbook touting entries from 1929, confirms you’re arriving somewhere slightly baroque and enduringly special.

There are four other lofty reception rooms spanning the core of Sandbrook House, and all of them ooze eclectic charm. In the sitting room, on the left, we find the TV and a contemporary wood-burning stove imbedded in the first of a series of white marble mantles.

Once a music room at the end of the house, the drawing room has a few reminders, including a baby grand piano. A majlis style daybed fills the arched bay window that extends onto a covered barbecue veranda.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 23 guests
    From €9,900 per week
    Or €5,000 for a weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Five double bedrooms
    One ensuite with bath and shower
    Two family quad bedrooms
    One single bedroom
  • Bathrooms
    Four plus shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Entrance Hall
    Drawing room, Sitting room, Library, Dining room
    Kitchen, Catering kitchen
    Laundry, Pantry, guest wc
  • Apartment
    Open plan Living/kitchen/dining room
    Double bedroom plus Twin
    Family bathroom
    Separate stairs
  • Features
    Covered veranda with gas BBQ
    Equine Livery boxes available
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Sonos sound system ground floor & master suite
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range, plus
• Multiple appliances and catering equipment
• Multiple laundry appliances

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Five double beds, one King-size and 11 single beds
• 3 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• DVD player
• Sonos sound system across ground floor & master suite

Other

• Huge selection of books
• Children’s high chair
• Livery stables available
• Gas Barbeque
• Croquet lawn
• Chef available

This covered terrace overlooking the croquet lawn, is furnished with a long rustic table, and accessed from both reception rooms, is equally perfect for afternoon tea, barbeques or sundowners.

The décor throughout is an idiosyncratic blend of antique furniture and contemporary art, with a smattering of collected memories from foreign travels.
Rugs from Iran thrown across traditional sisal carpets, while little brass men perch in precarious poses.

There is a comprehensive selection of books to be read, not all of them in the library at the other side of the hall.
Elegant and cosy, with another roaring fire in another classic white marble hearth.
A wireless Sonos sound system allows your favourite music to follow through the ground floor rooms, today’s essential companion when entertaining.

Beyond the library, there is a formal dining room. Resplendent gold walls, full length drapes, a blazing log fire, and a mahogany table surrounded by faux Chippendale chairs, before you even get to the starters…

The large family kitchen abuts on to the house at the rear, with a door onto the huge lawn which reveals uninterrupted views of Mount Leinster. It is country style, with tall windows, a four oven Aga range, and a substantial rustic table in the centre.

For more comprehensive cooking the adjacent catering kitchen has more of everything from freezers to microwaves.
There is also a separate pantry and a busy laundry room contiguous.

Bedrooms

There are five double bedrooms on the first floor each with its own unique character, and each with an idyllic pastoral view. The spacious master suite has a relaxed seating area, and an integral dressing room, with an ensuite embracing both slipper bath and walk-in shower.

Four shared bathrooms plus a shower room are distributed across the landing, and all the bedrooms have wash hand basins.

The dormer floor at the top of the house is given over to family accommodation. There are two large dorm style bedrooms, each with four single beds – ever popular with the younger ones! A single bedroom with ocular view separates them.

Floor Plans

Self-contained apartment

Annexed to one end of the first floor there is a separate and commodious apartment. It comes with its own open plan living area and kitchen, a double bedroom and a twin, and a family bathroom. It can also be accessed from a dedicated back stairs.

Outside

The house is sits on 25 acres, surrounded by paddocks and mature trees. The sunny south facing croquet lawn is overlooked by an exceptional all-weather veranda.

A number of the original out buildings are undergoing renovation. If you’re a horsey sort, you could bring a couple of animals to Sandbrook – the estate has its own stables and dry arena, and there’s plenty of riding space.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – As with all traditional country properties we would urge caution with young children in an unfamiliar environment.
Pets – Well mannered and polite dogs are accepted downstairs only.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Tuesday PM till Friday AM – 3  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 – €9,900
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €9,900
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €9,900
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €9,900

Important – A refundable breakages deposit of €600  is payable with the rent, this will be refunded within 7 days of depature; provided all is in order.

All Year €9,900 per week Weekend €5,000 Mid-week €4,800

 

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We booked Sandbrook House…

for a special birthday celebration few days and we were blown away by the comfort, spaciousness and ambiance of the house. The interior of the house is both beautiful and practical. Perfect for our whole family – from 3 to 80 years old. It served the purpose so well with lovely reception rooms and cosy but generous kitchen for a family gathering.
We stayed in Winter so the house came into its own with lovely fires in the lounges and dining room. Not to mention the gorgeous Christmas tree in the entrance hall. Jackie the house manager was extremely helpful as was John the recommended chef who provided dinner for us.
All in all, we were so delighted with our choice of venue as were our guests who all want to return. I could go on and on – giant bath tubs, books and board games in the lounge, sonos system throughout the house. Quite simply lovely, relaxing place to spend a few days in the countryside and just an hour from Dublin.

Marjory Cleary, 2018

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Out & About

 
Dotted with mountains and rivers this rural landscape brings more than just golfing, history and horses…

photo Adrian Farwell
Here are some of our favourites…

Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

 

The Locality

 

 
The local village of Ballon has a couple of pubs, a great butcher and filling stations, but you will need to go the 20k to Carlow town for a broader spectrum of goods.

Carlow town was the country’s capital in the 1300’s but it’s probably best known as home of the nation’s 4th most popular Institute of Technology.

Just east of Carlow Town, Browne’s Hill Dolmen is regarded by many as one of the foremost prehistoric monuments in Ireland. Its burial chamber roof is certainly one of the heaviest in Europe at about 100 tons.

photo Kevin Higgins

Carlow Castle is a popular 13th century attraction. An attempt by a doctor in the 1800’s to convert the stone castle into an insane asylum destroyed most of the castle, however the two remaining towers demonstrate what an impressive construction it had been.

The vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a short drive, with its fine cathedral, and thirteenth-century Castle, which was principal residence of the Butler family for over 600 years, and well-known design and craft heritage. The city is renowned as an arts and crafts centre and is well served by restaurants and festivals.

The River Barrow which flows through Carlow town, is the second-longest river in Ireland after the River Shannon.


photo Artur Koziol

A long-distance walking trail known as The Barrow Way which follows the original towpath of the river for 114 kilometres, and would take approximately 4 days to cover on foot, though cycling is permitted. It is one of Ireland’s most scenic long distance trails but remains largely undiscovered.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

As mentioned elsewhere, the region is spoiled for fine golf courses within a short distance of Sandbrook. If you enjoy a spot of leisurely fly fishing, Rathcon Lake is well stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is designed so that 90% of the water is coverable from the bank. Rods and tackle are available for hire.

photo Mount Wolseley Resort

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 1 and a half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – Just under 3 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – under 2 and half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 1 and a half hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about an hour from the house.

 

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Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Luxury self-isolation on a Rural Estate

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County Cork

Adjacent to the historic manor house at the heart of a large and energetic estate, and surrounded by parkland, orchard and vigorous gardens, this elegantly maintained country house is the epitome of stylish country living.
Within an hour of Killarney, Cork City and Limerick, Mallow is the consummate gateway to the magic of the south west of Ireland.

 

Classic and Functional

A semi glazed triptych opens through an elegant elliptical archway into the ample entrance lobby – a preface to the classic country kitchen at the centre of Courtyard Cottage.

This expansive kitchen exploits the best of time-honoured farmhouse contrivances with premium contemporary appliances – so there is a Neff oven and microwave to supplement the traditional enamelled Aga range. There is even an extra fridge and dishwasher in the utility room.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms
    All Ensuite
    One Twin Bedroom
    Ensuite
    One Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen
    Living room
    Dining Room with Drawing Room
    Entrance Lobby
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Private Garden
    Logs & Turf
    Weber Gas Barbecue
    Broadband + Wi-Fi 
    Extra Fridge and Dishwasher
    Sky Tv & Netflix
    Aga Cooker
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A sweep of windows over the Belfast sink, granite work surface and powder blue presses, survey a private back garden.

The scarlet living room fluently annexes the kitchen at one end through a broad casement. A large and columned white marble fireplace extends a warm formality to the room.

Half glazed double doors connect through to the reception room that is both formal dining room, and drawing room.
Away from the exquisite Victorian dining table, a nest of classic sofas face a wood burning stove, discreetly countersunk into a dramatically striated marble surround.

Thick walls and deep window ledges affirm the age of the original cottage.

There is one ground floor double bedroom off the entrance lobby, with the remaining four upstairs. All the bedrooms are generous, with matching ensuite bathrooms, and are classically and tastefully furnished.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury family home – from WiFi to gas barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

Courtyard Cottage is part of the 500 acre Longueville House Estate, itself home to a 300 year old listed Stately Georgian Country House – steeped in history, now a charming hotel and restaurant. As the name implies, the cottage occupies one side of a large and partly cobbled, neo-classical courtyard, with fine a topiary centre-piece, to the rear of the main house.

The property runs right down to the banks of the River Blackwater.

Visitors are free to range across this working estate where all of the produce for the hotel is grown. There is a fabulous reclaimed walled garden for vegetables, and a 25 acre cider apple orchard used to produce on-site an artisan cider, some which is double distilled into an exclusive apple brandy.

The majestic group of oak trees in the parkland to the front of the house was planted in 1815, to celebrate Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

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. This is a working farm, and none of resident animal are allowed indoors.

Provisional Booking Form

Check in Days are: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
High Season rates run June 19th until Friday 15th October.
This house only books from Friday til Friday in High Season.

Please Note – The house is available now for short term stays til the 15th July 2021, priced below:

A Weeks booking runs Friday to Friday
Check in time:
4pm – 7pm day of arrival.
Check out time: 11am day of departure.

Please Note: This property does not allow pets – Our Apologies!
A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Short Term Let Summer ’21
Monday to Wednesday (min. 3 nights)
€595 per night
Short Term Let Summer ’21
Thursday to Sunday (min. 3 nights)
€795 per night
Short Weekend Friday PM till Sunday AM – 2 nights €1,190
Long Weekend Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights €1,785
Mid-week  Monday – Thursday Check in Monday & Wednesday – any 2 nights + €900
Full Week  Friday after 4pm til Friday 11am – High Season €3,990
Full Week  Friday after 4pm til Friday 11am – Low Season €3,585
Other Public holidays – 5 nights minimum €3,650
Christmas and New Years
(23rd to the 27th Dec – 28th 2021 to the 2nd Jan 2022)
4,500

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