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.

0AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
  • 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.

Provisional Booking Form

This house only rents by the week, Saturday to Saturday

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

Weekly, Year round

Varies betweeen €3,750 and €5,500

 

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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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Tir na nÓg

Tir na nÓg

Tir na nÓg

Otherworld Ocean Paradise

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County Galway

Holiday getaways don’t come much more stunning than this large West of Ireland cottage.
Just yards from the Atlantic shoreline and with its own powdered gold beach, Tir na nOg is a quintessentially Irish thatch roof cottage, commanding panoramic views of Omey Island and the capricious Connemara coastline.
Fully equipped, and in an exclusive location just 10 km from Clifden, this unique holiday home is the consummate base to explore the year round activities of the region. Once bitten…smitten!

 

A much loved thatched home…

Tir na nÓg is a typical Irish cottage, white-washed both inside and out and with neatly coiffeur thatching – but its appearance belies its turn of the century construction.
Inside, the cottage simply oozes charisma and charm – an idiosyncratic mixture of style and the personal.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 9 guests
    From €4,750 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms
    One includes a single
    &
    One Twin Bedroom
    Ensuite

    Four Bathrooms

     

  • Other Rooms
    Entrance Hallway 
    With WC & Utility Room
    Open Plan Kitchen Dining Area
    Study with Sauna
  • Contempo
    Private Access to Beach 
    Logs & Turf
    Barbecue
    Piano
    Wi Fi Internet
    Sauna

The main reception area looks out across the bay through a triptych of windows to the South. An oversized weathered timber beam serves as a mantle above the traditional open hearth.
This is a comfortable room with generous pillowed sofas, antique furnishings and piano with a view to sing for!

A similar large adjacent room with a second mirror image open hearth, is home to the kitchen and dining area.
Floors in here are flagged with liscannor stone, and antiqued pine dresser and presses complete the rustic theme.

The space is informally divided by a breakfast bar with classic high stools. Banquette seating maximises numbers around a robust dining table.

Smokey antique beams and lintels punctuate the rough plastered whitewashed walls. Occasional Persian rugs are spread on polished ivory-white floorboards in reception areas. Rustic black hinges and latches on solid plank doors feature throughout the home, often painted in a subtle shade of khaki.

Through the entrance hallway at the other side of the living room, a passageway leads past the bathroom to two double bedrooms and a twin room, each furnished eclectically and with matching bathrooms.

White painted jalousie louvered shutters supplant curtains in all these rooms.

White painted stairs lead from the entrance hall directly up to the loft study with lime-washed pine ceiling.

The study houses a serious library of books, games and movies.
A stand-alone sauna occupies one end of the room while doors at opposite ends lead off to another sumptuous double bedroom and a twin bedroom respectively – both ensuite.The double bedroom includes a single, to sleep three.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – from WiFi to barbeque; clothes dryer to Sauna.
There is a library of books, games and movies.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

The cottage sits on around three acres of raised sandy pasture-land that runs down to the cove and magical barefoot beach. A wooden boardwalk skirts the building and forms a sunny Barbeque terrace to the seaward side.

This terrain is almost tree-less, but the views across to Omey Island and panoramic sunsets are unforgettable.

Provisional Booking Form

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

There is a breakages deposit €400 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.

  Weekly 2 nights 3 nights
October to April €4,750 €1,950 €2,950
May to September €5,750 N/A N/A
Special Christmas and New Year Rates 5 nights mimimum €4,125

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

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Reviews

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. And the weather was fine too…

Just to say that we had the most fantastic week at Tir Na Nog and that it was utterly memorable. We visited Noreen at Oliver’s twice, Mitchells in Clifden similarly, walked to Omey Island, got ferried out to Inishbofin with Seamus, the son of the ferry owner, where we saw seals and the abandoned island of Inishark, ate well in Roundstone, visited the fantastic Ballynahinch again (we stayed there three times in the late 80s, early 90s), and just loved the beaches almost as much as Poppy, our labradoodle.
Tracey was fantastic, welcoming and efficient in tidying the house every day and the cook, Tina, was just great. The only cloud was that one of our party was too unwell to come. But we loved the house, its interior, garden and its unrivalled position.”

Nigel – 2015

Breathtaking panoramic views

.. from the kitchen window seat – all the best of Connemara well within reach! The white sandy beach just below, the glistening waters & ever changing skies patterning the landscape all around – combined with warm fires, comfy beds, beautiful relaxing interiors – & you have Tir na nOg, a veritable stress free zone.

Susie, Wicklow – 2014

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Out & About

 

For generations Connemara has been the choice of holiday location for families seeking unspoiled tranquillity. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches for swimming and snorkelling, incredible river fishing and brilliant restaurants, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Connemara is the most westerly part of Europe and exposed to the wild vagaries of weather. In places stunted trees grow, fighting against the winds; plants struggle to survive in this wilderness.

Wild Atlantic WayClick here to find out more…

Claddaghduff is a 15 minute walk away, and is the nearest village for essential items, petrol and a pint. On the way you will not miss Omey Island. It can be reached by crossing the broad strand between tides.
The island once had a population of over 400 souls. There are great walks here – mind the rabbit holes – and time it right, or you may become a castaway until the next ebb.

An annual horse race is held on Omey Strand in late July. The event is carefully planned around the tides, and typically attracts vast crowds for the day out.

Clifden known as the capital of Connemara is just 10km away. Packed with great shops and restaurants, and catering for all shopping and craft needs, it is the central crossroads for daytrips. Watch out for the Arts festival and Clifden Pony Show.

image thanks to Connemara Seafoods

To the East the skyline is dominated by the majestic Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains in Connemara National Park that are a magnet to the serious hill walker.
But it is the fast flowing rivers that have made Connemara the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing.

The Aughrus Penninsula is renowned for some of the most unspoiled beaches to be found anywhere in the Europe, with waters that are crystal clear.
A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbors; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

Inishbofin (White Cow) Island lies 11km off the coast, and can be reached two or three times a day by ferry from Cleggan, less than 5km away from the house. As well as birdwatchers and scuba divers, Bofin is an important centre for traditional Irish music and song.

Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht region is here in Connemara where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the everyday spoken language. It is estimated that Inishbofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. Passing the signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house

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

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Reviews

 

We 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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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.

 

 

h AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €5,995 per week. 
  • Unique Irish Homes season is from 1st October to 1st February 2022
  • Christmas from December 23rd to 28th 2021.
  • New Year’s Eve from December 29th 2021 to January 2nd 2022. Both offers at the weekly rate.
  • 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

 

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €5,995
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €5,995
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €5,995
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€5,995

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
1st October 2021 to January 31st 2022. €5,995 per week on Application
1st February 2022 to 30th September 2022. Salmon Fishing Season  

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

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

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