The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

A recently revised role in the parish

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County Down

Plucked from the precipice of almost certain ruin, this idle mid-19th century church, with its classical cake-icing façade, has been meticulously reconstituted into a chic holiday retreat.
Located in the heart of Game of Thrones® territory, adjacent to the narrows of Strangford Lough, this is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with easy access to Belfast.

 

Contemporary conservation with class

Tripping across the vestibule, where the stone flags have been polished by nearly 200 years of shoe leather, we find a bright and airy contemporary living space.
In fact most of the lofty sanctuary has been retained as an open plan social forum, loosely zoned by function, with kitchen and dining to one side and lounge and television on the other.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    Short stays from €2,100
  • Bedrooms
    Five double bedrooms
    Four are ensuite with shower
    One with family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Kitchen, Dining room
    Laundry room
  • Features
    Traditional Church Organ
    Barbecue area with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    50” Flat screen TV plus one in every bedroom
    DVD player
    WiFi internet, Bluetooth sound system
    Under-floor heating in two bathrooms
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A modern wood-burning stove with exposed chimney flu, forms the focal point for the lounge area, with plenty of comfortable sofas to take the weight off…

Many of the recognisable features of a church have been retained and put to good use, as with the pulpit which has been incorporated into the stairway, and the original American organ, which had to be completely dismantled and rebuilt due to water damage.

Much care was taken to ensure that the correct materials and traditional methods were used throughout this Award winning conversion, where ornate cornices and plasterwork, wooden panelling and full height Georgian windows all required extensive repairs.

The high spec Shaker style kitchen, while bringing a splash of blue to one corner, also encourages inclusive family cooking by being part of the larger space. Expect the odd extra, like a wine cooler…

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Oven Electric cooker with 5 ring hob
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Wine cooler
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three King-size and two Super King-size Zip & Link
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 6 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Netflix etc.
• DVD player in living room
• Marshall Bluetooth sound system

Other

• Good selection of books
• Selection of toys in toy cupboard
• Children’s high chair, stairgates, travel cots

Accommodation lies in what was once the alter end, with two double bedrooms, one of which has direct access to the family bathroom with free standing bath, under floor heating, and separate walk in shower.

A few paces beyond, the single story Session House extension at the rear of the church has been transformed into a spacious panelled bedroom. The original solid doors now lead to its ensuite with generous walk in shower.

Floating on its’ own supports, to limit stress on the original structure, the mezzanine level with its glass balustrade gallery overlooks the living area. Behind it, there are a further two double bedrooms, both ensuite.

Where the tall arched windows now span two levels, a glass floor softens the transition.

Outside

The church is elevated above the street level with views across rolling green fields, and to Castleward Bay. A lawn and Barbecue area to the front is sheltered by mature trees which also provide privacy. Unrestricted parking is readily available on the street directly in front of The Sanctuary.

A laundry room, which doubles as a secure lock-up for bicycles, golf clubs etc. lies adjacent to the church side entrance.

Provisional Booking Form

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

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

All year €3,850 per week Weekend €2,100 Mid-week €2,100

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

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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Parties – The owners regret Stag or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry

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Great place for a family gathering…

Cleverly adapted and well equipped building. We had 9 people staying and another 9 or so dropping in for food and fun. Plenty of room for all and a good kitchen area too. And it was pleasantly warm despite the weather.

December 2019

A really comfortable place to spend a very happy family Christmas

We all ( that is four generations ) gathered just before Christmas and spent a lovely few days in the converted church in Strangford. The hosts were so welcoming and had described everything to us to make things really easy for us all. There are lovely walks in the areas, very friendly people in the village, shops, restaurants, and bars, the ferry leaving and returning giving a lovely sense of rhythm so that one hardly needs to get in the car. Although the area is great to explore as well. We would thoroughly recommend this as a really perfect place for a family holiday.

December 2019

We stayed – two families

– for a few days including New Year and could not be happier with this wonderful accommodation. Full of character and attention to detail – this Church restoration is a fabulous space in a charming location. Luxurious, cosy and with welcoming hosts! Fully recommend this opportunity to be part of this building’s history!

January 2020

Spectacular…

Had an amazing stay in this beautiful converted church. Every need had been catered for and nothing was too much trouble for Marty and Melanie. A real touch of luxury. Cant wait to go back.

November 2019

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Out & About

 

An abundance of adventures await you in this stunning part of Ulster.
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Most supplies can be found in the local shops on a short stroll down through Strangford village, where there are also several excellent restaurants and pubs. For larger supermarkets, including some that do deliveries, which can be handy for advanced planning, you will need to travel 15 minutes to Downpatrick.

From the village, there is an entertaining ferry – every 30 minutes – across the narrows to Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula, where there is a small Aquarium (Explorus ) that is popular, and an important lifeboat station.

Strangford Lough is one of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe, with over 2,000 marine species spread across 150 km2. It is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles, and boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets. The narrows are also subject to a highly energetic tidal race. With water moving backwards and forwards at up to 15kph twice a day the channel has become a test-bed for experimental power generation, most lately by a Swedish company who are currently trialing their fascinating “sea kite” technology.

Shellfish is the name of the game around these parts, with pot fishing, mainly for prawns and crabs and licensed shellfish farming within the Lough, so it’s not surprising that you will come across some of the finest seafood restaurants in Ireland. For divine Fish and Chips, make the short journey to the pier at Ardglass.

Castle Ward is an 820-acre walled demesne owned by the National Trust on the edge of Strangford with terrific sheltered woodlands and trails, great for walking, running, cycling. The historic farmyard was the location of Winterfell where the deadly Game of Thrones® series is set in motion.

photo HBO

If you’re fond of the odd G&T you must be sure to try some of the home grown local varieties that have sprung up in recent years. The Echlinville Estate list Jawbox amongst their brands, and invite you to enjoy a tour of their distillery, or you may prefer to try Shortcross from the 500-acre Rademon estate.

There is a fine beach 10 minutes’ drive south on the secluded Killard Nature Reserve, a former NATO Radar Station. On a fine day you can see the Isle of Man and of course the beautiful Mourne Mountains to the south.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast airports.
Dublin Airport – is about 2 hours from the house
Belfast Airport – just over an hour from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Ferries from Belfast, about an hour away, run to Liverpool and Scotland
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about two hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales and is about 4 hours 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.

 

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €5,000 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 €5,000 per week on Application
28th June to 20th September €5,000 per week €1,750

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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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Ballintubbert House

Ballintubbert House

Ballintubbert House

Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

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Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

County Laois

This fine example of a Georgian country house, brings style and quirkiness to this sleepy corner of Laois.
Surrounded by spectacular gardens with water fountains, wildflower meadows and woodlands, this luxury home can accommodate large family groups celebrating a gathering, or just seeking some special R&R just over an hour from Dublin.

 

A period piece with panache

The heavy hall door pushing through Virginia creeper exposes a thick walled interior evenly divided to the right and left of a central staircase. Rooms share five split levels – seesawing between the front and rear.


A sitting room enhanced with chinois influence shares broad floor boards with the curious Egyptian blue Map room across the entrance hall, making up the two principal reception rooms overlooking the formal front canal. Like all the rooms, they are blessed with classic Kilkenny Black Marble fire places.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    10 guests
    plus an Garden wing for another 8
    From €1,250 per night
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    Two with full ensuite bathrooms
    One with steamroom
    One with ensuite WC
    Plus twin/double bedroom
    with ensuite WC
    plus Family bathroom
  • Reception Rooms
    Sitting room, Map room
    Salon, Dining room
    Kitchen & utility room
    Cellar Bar
  • Features
    Designer outdoor garden rooms
    Reception patio, BBQ area, fountain
    Catering available
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, central heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
  • Restrictions Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A handful of steps down brings you to similar antique floorboard in the rear salon, a reception area that fluently divides cooking from dining on this level. From here French doors open onto a broad terrace ideal for summer soirees.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring electric ceramic hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two single beds, one double, one King-size and one Super King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• USB charger sockets
• DVD player

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

The lofty stone flagged farmhouse kitchen is expansive and traditional with both Aga range and gas hobs, plenty of workspace and a comprehensive catering fridge. There’s also a six seater breakfast table, and a utility pantry that escapes to the walled garden at the side.

The opposing formal ochre dining room will comfortably seat ten to eighteen guests. All the rooms can be isolated with tall paneled shutters if required.

There are two split levels above the ground floor. The one to the rear is home to two magnificent dual aspect bedrooms, both featuring stunning bathrooms complete with steamrooms – new additions.

To the front, one landing up and with double windows onto that magnificent formal canal, there is a gorgeous double bedroom, and a twin bedroom with double potential. Both have hidden ensuite washroom closets.

The bedroom to the east boasts floral painted murals above a four poster bed in an awesome whirl of romance.

An additional family bathroom with shower separates the two rooms off this landing.

 

 

A fifth, cool, eccentric double bedroom is hidden downstairs, half submerged below the living room.

The Garden Wing

Across the Shackleton Gardens myriad of colours, a stretch of out-buildings has been cunningly converted into a chic run of separate double bedrooms, each with its own ensuite shower room and individual contemporary aesthetic.
These are available as a supplement if additional space is required when renting the main house.

Poet laureate C. Day–Lewis was born in these Garden Sheds in 1904.

Outside

The 14 acres of beautifully designed organic gardens that surround the house, are a work in progress that started in 1850 and are at the core of what this estate is all about. The property is divided by hedges, trees and shrubs into a series of garden rooms, with tantalising glimpses through openings and down hidden walkways.

The enclosed side garden is named after the acclaimed Irish Garden Architect, Arthur Shackleton who designed it; the Water Garden is Sir Edwin Lutyens, complimented by Gertrude Jekyll style planting schemes.

A 100m long tree lined formal canal which points at the front of the house is recent addition, built in the early 2000’s.

Dotted among orchards and rose garden you will find semi-permanent structures which come into their own for occasions such as weddings.
Immediately adjacent to the garden is the associated 1780 Church of Ireland.

Provisional Booking Form

Note that there is a separate romantic apartment with a modern rustic interior available on the grounds of Ballintubbert House.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

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


Please email Graham here for rates.


Weekly rate €7,700
Nightly rate  €1,250 – (Minimum stay 2 nights)

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

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

Smoking – No, sorry!
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Pets – No, Sorry.

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Out & About

 

Co.Laois is especially suited to relaxed country life style with hill walking, golf, horse racing and trekking all available locally and this home is an ideal base for those who wish to explore Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Annual Events
Electric Picnic September
Stradbally Steam Festival August

The Locality

 

Ballintubbert House is in a sleepy rural setting about 10 minutes from Athy and Stradbally – both with supermarkets – and about 10 minutes away from the main Dublin Cork motorway.

Pilgrimages were made as early as 1540 to partake of the beneficial waters from a healing well which now sits in the graveyard of St Brigid’s church, a stone’s throw from the house.

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Some interesting history…

The renowned poet laureate Cecil Day–Lewis, father of actor Daniel Day–Lewis, was born in one of the side-bedrooms in the main house in 1904, and on a return visit in the 1960’s penned the poem The House Where I Was Born here.

The dramatic actor Sebastian Shaw, who was famously unmasked as Darth Vader in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, owned Ballintubbert for a period during 1940s & 50s.

Sir John Hurt the inveterate and highly acclaimed English actor who harboured a love of Ireland subsequently bought and occupied the house from the mid 1980’s.

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great 20th century polar explorer, who was born at Kilkea House, near Athy, in 1874. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expeditions.

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The very British expletive “Gordon Bennett” is an expression of incredulity which alludes to the outrageous behaviour of the American sportsman, publisher and all-round hell-raiser James Gordon Bennett Jr. who sponsored the first ever international motor race.
The course chosen for the first race outside France, was centred on Athy. England was to host the 1903 competition but motor racing was forbidden there. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in Shamrock green which thus became known as British racing green.

To the west, the Slieve Bloom Mountains along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe. Once also the highest at 3,700m, they have been whittled away by erosion over the millennia to a mere 527m today. Slieve Bloom Way , a recently opened seventy kilometre hill walk starts about half an hour away. You could try a part of it…

Stradbally is home to the oldest established heritage railway in Ireland. This narrow gauge railway is operated and managed by the Irish Steam Preservation Society.

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 1 and half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – usually under 2 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and a half from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is usually under 2 hours from house.

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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.

Provisional Booking Form

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

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

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, 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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