The Deeps

The Deeps

The Deeps

A Classic Country House Indeed

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County Wexford

A hidden gem packed with class, history and personality, this Regency home comes with an extensive River Slaney frontage, walled garden, stables, and bundles of premium contrivances.

Discreetly tucked into the landscape of hills and trees, The Deeps is just 10 minutes from both Wexford Town and Ireland’s longest, and sunniest beach.

 

Rooms of eclectic opulence

Approached from a gravelled driveway, the house is stepped into a site on two levels – with a formal entrance at one end of the upper level, and more everyday access via the lower ground-floor sunny courtyard.

The classic Hall Door, flanked by partly stained sidelights, opens into a vaulted entrance lobby. A smaller room to one side serves as a study.

An impressive corridor runs the length of the house – with pilasters supporting groin vaulted ceilings centred on oval roof lanterns.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €8,500 per week
    Access to river
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – both ensuite
    Two Single bedrooms
    Family Shower Room
    WC with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Living room / Dining room
    Drawing Room
    Two TV rooms, Study
    Family Kitchen / Breakfast Room
    Large BBQ Terrace
    Entrance Hall, Laundry, Larder
    Guest WC, Coat room, Wine cellar
  • Rustic Annex
    Gym, and Pilates room
    Stables
    Additional apartment available
  • Contempo
    2 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Naim and Sonos Sound systems
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly basis only: Saturday to Saturday
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Adjacent reception rooms, punctuated with tall plantation-shuttered Georgian windows, span the classical eight-bay loggia style façade that overlooks the gently sloping lawns to the West.

South African surfing paintings are typical of the eclectic collection to be found throughout. The “basket weave” timber parquet floor has been lifted and completely restored by the owners.

The centre-most of these is a living space – once the music room – with a formal dining table that can stretch to accommodate twelve.
Both ends of this generous room are comfortably furnished seating areas – one with a formal marble fireplace; the other with a piano and state of the art sound system.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range with 5 ovens, 2 cooking + warming plate
• Electric Oven and 5 ring ceramic hob in Utility room
• Double door Fridge
• Twin horizontal Freezer drawers
• Additional Freezer in Utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Traditional dual boiler Italian Coffee Machine

Utility Appliances

• 2 Washing machines
• Tumble dryer
• Steam Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs with Soundbar
• Sky sports and Netflix
• Naim and Sonos Sound systems

Other

• Large selection of books
• Shared dual aspect wood burning stove
• Big Green Egg barbecue
• Assorted gym equipment
• Walled garden + herbs
• Stables

The dual aspect drawing room bookends this level, with another stunning fireplace and antique furniture collection.

The sash windows have panelled shutters, and the original door panels feature classic relief figures. French doors here open onto the terrace.

Lower Ground Floor

Accessed by an inconspicuous stairway there is a spacious and familiar living area. Mainly consisting of an excellent galley kitchen and an open breakfast area, fitted out in a painted country style.

Features include an Aga cooking range, double door fridge, Sonos sound system, and a fabulously functional circular table – part curved banquet seating and part brilliant “Bars” leather armchairs.

A double sided wood-burning stove serves two rooms.

On the opposite side of the stove is a cosy television lounge, with internal Gothic lattice windows looking onto the stairs.

Hidden in these Wedgewood wall panels is the connecting kitchen door.

Accommodation

Bedrooms are on the upper ground level.
The master bedroom and a double bedroom border the corridor to the East.

Featuring fabulous furniture, they both have substantial ensuite bathrooms – one with a walk-in monsoon shower, and the other with a bath; both espouse marble mosaic floors.

Perpendicular to the main, the East wing is home to a second cosy television lounge in burnt orange, with a balconied bay window and a profusion of books.

Also on this wing, two delightful single bedrooms; and two shower rooms – one a flamboyant scarlet surprise.

Utilities

Below stairs, besides the kitchen, there is a handy guest WC and a labyrinth of utility rooms, which include a larder, wine cellar, boiler house.

Chief of these is a comprehensive canary-yellow laundry room, with two premium washing machines, a large laundry sink, and an additional electric oven and ceramic hob.

Ancillary buildings

Separately, a coach house has been re-purposed into an occasional use, but comfortable, rustic apartment, together with a small home-gym, and completed with Pilates studio.

There is also an enclosed six-stall stable shed with associated equipment.

Outside

The Deeps sits at the end of a meandering driveway through some 42 acres of farm and mature woodland. There is a pathway adjacent to the paddocks leading to woods at the edge of the River Slaney.

The furnished South facing Barbecue terrace is a magnificent additional reception area in the summer months.

There is an expansive Arthur Shakleton walled garden sub-divided into hedged areas, busy with fruit trees, a vegetable garden, herbaceous borders, flowering plants and shrubs.

Provisional Booking Form

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

 

A refundable breakages deposit of €800 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per week
All Year €8,500

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Restrictions

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

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Out & About

 

Wexford is famous for its golden beaches that stretch for miles along a coast that few counties in Ireland can compare; but there’s loads more.

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The property is 3km from the main N11 Dublin to Wexford Road on the banks of the River Slaney, just 10 minutes from Wexford Town.

Perhaps best known for hosting the country’s premier opera event, which plays to packed audiences over an 18-day annual spectacular every October. The Wexford Festival Opera includes theatre, classical concerts, and fringe events that take place at various times of the day… and late into the night.

The village of Kilmore Quay on the South Coast, is a popular haunt for fishermen and sailors. It also has some great eateries. Many of its thatched house’s date from the early 19th century, a rare glimpse of how a traditional Irish fishing village would have looked in time gone by. Simple vernacular structures, the cottages were often constructed of mud walls, whitewashed with lime, and thatched with wheat or oat straw.

photo David Staincliffe

The privately owned Saltee Islands are situated approximately 5km off Kilmore Quay. A haven for sea birds including gannets, puffins and Manx shearwaters. Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland.

There is a much older Deeps Castle, a 14th century Norman stronghold further upstream. Although now in ruins, it is notable as one of the few remaining examples of a Tower House and as one of the largest ruined castles in Co. Wexford. You can find out more about it here:

http://www.deepscastle.com/history.html

Until the mid-19th century the extinct middle English dialect of Yola could be heard spoken in Wexford, and a few words still remain in use.

Wexford is home of the Irish Strawberry; you’ll find them for sale along the roadside everywhere – delicious.

For more information on Ireland’s Ancient East http://www.irelandsancienteast.com/

The Lighthouse at the tip of the Hook Peninsula is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. A 13th Century Norman structure, it is also one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland.

The tower stands four stories high with walls up to 4m thick. The upper tier which is 6m in diameter originally supported the beacon fire, which was later replaced by the lantern. Fog guns which were situated at the cliff edge, were fired every 10 minutes.

Curracloe Beach – a regular holder of the Blue Flag Beach status – just north of Wexford Harbour, is the longest beach in Ireland. It was the location in 1997 for the opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan.

photo David Barrie

The dunes are currently the subject of an active conservation policy by Wexford County Council ensuring that this marvellous amenity and the plant and wildlife it contains, will be preserved for future generations.

A nature trail runs through the dunes and continues for 5 km to Raven Point, passing through the beautiful peninsula which constitutes Raven Nature Reserve.

The Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig includes various exhibits spanning 9000 years of Irish History, allowing the visitor to wander around re-creations of historic Irish dwellings, and is well worth a visit.

How to get there – Car advised…

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

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just less than 2 hours from the house
Rosslare Europort for Ferries to South Wales is only half an hour from the house.

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Pipers Cottage

Pipers Cottage

Pipers Cottage

“Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling……..”

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Ardgroom Co. Cork

 

A very special, private home set above the sheltered shores of Ardgroom harbour, Pipers Cottage is surrounded by its own 11 acres of pasture and woodland with its own shoreline and private beach.

But more than that, it’s glorious secluded location and stunning private views makes Pipers the perfect spot to simply unwind and enjoy and explore the extraordinary natural power and beauty that is here in Beara.

 

A Musical Rest..

The house is built within the grounds of the 19th century home of Canon Goodman, the ruins of which provide a magical backdrop to views over Ardgroom harbour towards the Kerry and Caha mountains.

Glorious mature stands of beech, oak and plane trees line the drive and stand proudly in the surrounding meadows. We will tell you later of the great and good Canon, but first to the home, Pipers.

To set the scene, here are just some of the views from the house, sunporch and garden: private, intimate, glorious, unchanged and special.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    One Twin Room
    Family Bathroom
    w/ Power Shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, dining room
    Kitchen, 
  • Contempo
    Wi-Fi
    Television
    BBQ
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Pipers is a kilometre and a half from the village of Ardgroom with its excellent shop, cafe and pub (Village Inn).

The home provides modern and comfortable accommodation for up to four in two bedrooms, one a double and the other with twin beds.

The south-facing terrace overlooking the harbour is well sheltered and is an absolute sun trap. A glorious spot to spend the day with the cows grazing on the green hills beyond and wonderful and often rarely seen seabirds and wildlife hunting in the waters below (Gannets, Terns, Guillemots, Sandpipers, Great Northern Divers, Herons, Sea Otters and Hares to name but a few).

The terrace entrance leads into the open plan living area through a convenient and spacious porch.

The living area comfortably accommodates six around a Scandinavian wood burning stove that combines with central heating to ensure maximum snugness on those very occasional dampish days !

Leading from the dining area is a fully equipped modern kitchen. Bright, a delight to use and spacious with views out into the surrounding gardens.

The back door into the house leads from the kitchen providing easy and direct access for car loading and unloading. A well-equipped laundry is also provided next to the kitchen

Bedrooms

The stairs to the bedrooms lead from the living area to a landing above with the master bedroom to the right and the second bedroom to the left.

The master bedroom is spacious and cosey. Three windows offer lovely views across the harbour to the hills and mountains beyond.
The sky light above the bed ensures that the room is always well and softly lit. And on the odd blowy night allows you to really hear the wind. Just magic.

The second bedroom consists of two single beds.

The bright and airy bathroom at the top of the stairs provides a power shower with lashings of hot water. Compact, spotless, with all that you need.

 

Pipers was built in 1900 but has been sensitively modernised while remaining true to its proud Beara roots. The house is full of lovely touches which reach back and connect you to the years gone by.

Beara has many fine resident artists and potters. Their work is exhibited in Kenmare, Castletown and Bantry or better still, follow the booklet “Beara Art Trail” and you can visit them in their own studios. Well worth doing, as they are close by.

So now to Canon Goodman; who was truly well named.
Pipers is situated in the grounds of a former rectory that once was his home.

Born in Dingle in 1828 he spent a life-time devoted to the well-being of Ireland and all its people. A fluent Irish speaker from childhood his life was one of service, education and music. Indeed he became renowned for his playing of the Uileann pipes.

His unique collection of over 2000 traditional Irish melodies for the pipe in volumes known as ‘The tunes of the Munster Pipers’ are now housed in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.

It was while in Ardgroom that the Canon commenced this collection.
And so it is that Pipers Cottage came to be named in memory of a very remarkable and good man.
His funeral in January 1896 was of “enormous proportions” and bore testimony to his life of devotion to Ireland, its people and music. “His generosity to the poor left him without wealth at the end. Yet he died rich, for money could not buy the esteem and respect of his countrymen which were without limit or reserve.”

Reflect on this exemplary life, listen to the message in the Piper’s call as you sit by his once fine home and take in, as he surely often did himself, the unspoilt beauty and peace of Ardgroom harbour with Collorus and the Caha mountains beyond.
It has changed little in 200 years and remains an inspiration.

The fine old stone buildings around the Canon’s former home to-day form a beautiful sheltered quadrangle ideal for outside dining. A barbeque is of course provided.

 

Restrictions

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

 

Pipers Cottage is a very special place. And it continues to reach out and touches all those who have had the good fortune to track it down and stay in this lovely place on this beautiful peninsula.

 

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

 

There is a €250 damage deposit applicable.

May to September €1,200 per week N/A N/A
October to April €950 per week Weekend €595 Mid-week €595

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Reviews

 

If you would be so good.

 Piper’s Cottage is new to Unique Irish Homes Summer 2021. If you visit and feel the need; let us know how it went…

The Cottage is deeply appreciated by past guests…

 

“The place is very special. The cottage the best bolthole ever. We could not have asked for more. And the views…………!!!” 

(Sept 2017, Neil and Alan, Lancashire UK.)

What a beautiful cottage Pipers is. On the website it looked great already, but in real life the views, the atmosphere and the house itself are even better.”

(May 2015, Dick, Carolyn and family. Boston USA)

“We could not have picked a better place to stay in Ireland. These wonderful views from the terrace and cosy cottage will stay in our hearts forever.”

(July, 2020. Karin, Radic, Vaclav. Pila Czech Republic.)

 

Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air, the history, there’s so much to explore …

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. Close to the village there is a picturesque stone circle, one of a plethora of megalithic monuments to be found in the region.

For more serious shopping, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays, Kenmare is a delightful 30 minute drive back up the Bay.

The rugged Beara peninsular is shared by counties Cork and Kerry – Cove Lodge is balanced on the border. The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.

photo – Nigel Cox

With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks. The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.

To cross back to Cove Lodge, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.

photo – John Gibson

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.

Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore river spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid June to late July.

How to get there – Car advised…


By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

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Aherlow Castle

Aherlow Castle

Aherlow Castle

…many’s the pleasant days we spent...

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County Tipperary

Originally constructed in 1805 on the tranquil south facing slopes of the Glen of Aherlow, with exceptional views of the Galtee Mountains, the restoration of this cosy, twin turreted country castle has been a labour of love for the owners.

Just an hours drive from either Cork or Limerick City in the heartland of pastoral Ireland.

 

A very homely castle

Essentially just one room deep, almost everywher bar the kitchen, enjoys spectacular southerly views across the glen.
With no obvious entrance portico, and convenient parking in the rear courtyard, normal access is via the impressive kitchen.

Rustic country style, with a generous gas range, Belfast sink, and limestone flooring, this large kitchen is also the main dining area, with sturdy leather upholstered oak chairs and matching table.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 1 ensuite with bidet
    One single bedroom
    One family Bathroom & one WC with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Library
    Study, Games room
    KItchen
    Utility room, Larder
  • Features
    Open Fire places
    Large property
  • Contempo
    Sky TV, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception

There is a small larder adjacent, and a separate utility room off the rear lobby.

The spacious sitting room and the library alongside have original polished flooring, high ceilings and open hearths.

Both rooms also open through brass handled French doors, onto the gravelled front and that ubiquitous view.

There is a continuous vista spanning the garden level of the castle by dint of a series of connecting doors.

Past the library, the ground floor of the octagonal tower with its high windows, serves as a study – a more intimate refuge.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin oven Gas range with 5 rings & griddle
• Fridge-freezer, plus freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Twin toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, two King-size
• One Single bed
• Ensuite with bidet

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• TV with sky
• DVD player

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Gas Barbecue
• Patio dining furniture
• Private woodland walks

Beyond that, what was once the oratory retains its distinctive doors and ceiling brackets, and external impressions on the walls reminiscent of a Templar cross; an additional reception room, less formal and great as a games room.

A powder blue corridor extends across the back of the castle, connecting the ground floor rooms.​

Bedrooms

The quirky nature of 200+ year old buildings, is that there are two wheelchair friendly bedrooms – a single and a cosy double – off the sitting room at the East end of the house.

They share a small bathroom at the end of the blue corridor.

The remaining three bedrooms are arranged in a row on the next floor; two with magnificent views across to the Galtee Mountains.

The elegant master bedroom boasts a stunning contemporary ensuite bathroom.

The other 2 bedrooms share a generous traditional family bathroom with bath and shower.

There is no guest access to the zenith of the two towers.

Outside

The Castle is at the end of a long avenue that winds upwards between fields. Surrounded by 34 acres of private woods, there are spectacular walks above the property amongst the cover of ancient trees.

There is a ring fort on the property and also an ancient Legaun stone.

There is a complete set of furniture and a gas barbecue for dining Al Fresco – which you can do front or back, weather permitting.

The owners occupy the recently converted coach house to the rear should you need anything. They have separate parking and access.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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

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

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,800
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €2,800
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,800
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€2,800

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
November to May €2,800 €1,575 €1,575
June to September €2,800 Not Available Not Available

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Reviews

 

Beautiful, restful, enchanting place. Very special.

We really loved our time here, there is something very special about this place, a deeply restful and calming space that’s incredibly healing. The surrounding environment is beyond beautiful, such a joy to wake to mists over the distant hills.

Sitting in the middle reading room in the mornings with the french windows giving such an amazing view. The silence was restorative and we were able to just ‘be’. Loved the big kitchen, high ceilings, furnishings, everything was so calming. After a very busy and stressful covid few months, we all felt so blessed to have come to Aherlow castle and we left lighter, calmer and ready to face the world again. Freda and Declan are lovely people and kind hosts who gave us our space but were there if we needed them. The walks in the surrounding area are also fantastic and this is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

One of my favorite holidays and the best place we’ve ever stayed in.

September 2020

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Out & About

 

Rural peace and solicitude define this ancient crossroads – make the most of it.

Here are some of our tips…

The annual Bansha Show this year is August 24th

 

The Locality

 

 

There are a couple of small grocery shops, some great pubs and a good butcher in the local village of Bansha only 5 minutes away, with several larger ones in Tipperary Town – 10 minutes.

The Galtee Mountains directly across from the Castle are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range. At 920 metres, Galtymore is the highest peak within the range.

A scrupulously maintained 7 foot high white cross, erected in 1975, overlooks the Glen of Aherlow from the Eastern summit – there are two.

Considered a walker’s paradise, there are a variety of mapped walking routes along forest tracks and across open moorland throughout the Glen of Aherlow.

picture Robert Lindsdell

20 minutes away, the feudal Cahir Castle, one of the largest and best preserved in Ireland, is sited on a rocky island in the river Suir. Mostly constructed by the Butler family during the 13th and 15th Centuries, it has featured in several blockbuster productions including Excalibur and more recently, The Tudors.

Discovered in 1833, and close to Cahir, The Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. It features massive caverns with dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, including one which stands some 9 meters in height.

The temperature within the cave remains at a constant 12° Celsius all year.

The Rock of Cashel, 30 minutes away, was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster, though little evidence remains of their time here – most of the buildings dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. This iconic structure which stands out against the skyline has a long and compeling history is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most visited attractions.

Tipperary Races

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx. 2 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Cork Airport – approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Shannon Airport – also approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 2.5 hours from the castle.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just over 2 hours from the castle.

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Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Tyrell’s Loft

Come in from the garden, Maude...

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County Laois

Tyrell’s Loft is a beautifully converted old carriage-house set within the courtyard and extensive gardens of a fine 18th century vicarage. The conversion is sensitive, retaining attention to fine old detail while providing the most comfortable accommodation; ideally for two.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    For 2 Guests
    From €850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom with ensuite
    Pull-out Sofa bed in Living Area
  • Other Rooms
    Open-plan Living Space
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet, integrated sound system
    Moderate Cell phone reception
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Cosy and Carriagey

Entry is from the pebbled courtyard to the back of the Vicarage. The utility room, equipped with washer and dryer, gives access to the upstairs living space.

Inside

The open plan living area is spacious. It includes a comfortable sofa and armchairs overlooking the fine garden, a well-equipped modern kitchen, a circular dining table that seats four and a small eclectic library that lines the dividing wall between living and sleeping areas.

The tone is cosey and calming. The natural lighting gentle supporting a colour palate that is considered and harmonious. The great and subtle attention to detail reinforces the message of welcome, care and comfort.

The kitchen area is compact but nonetheless very complete provided with top quality equipment. Lighting is deliberately low but the mirror backing casts a fine light and adds mood and atmosphere

The bedroom leads off the dining area, past a small window that gives prettily onto the courtyard below. The bedroom is beautifully appointed and comfortable; the evening lamp lighting casting a warm glow.
N.b: There is a pull out bed in the living area; should it be needed.

Facilities & Ameneties
  • Four Hob Induction Stove.
  • Electric Oven
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Juicer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron and Board

The ensuite bathroom is beautifully appointed with a powerful modern shower and barber’s basin. Once again the attention to detail and choice of colours, taps, tiles and towels creates a tone of calm and comfort.

 

The bathroom can also be accessed from the open space living area so that if the sofa bed provided is required the additional guest has separate access.

Outside

To the right of the entrance a compact south facing garden is available to guests. This area of intimate calm and features fine pot plants and shrubs. A lovely feature includes a small fountain that plays from the mouth of a very protective lion.

Please Note:  The property is set within a greater garden and guests are welcome to enjoy its beauties

Provisional Booking Form

A €250 refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

A Weekend’s booking runs from 4:30 P.M on Friday to 11:00 AM on Monday
Mid-Week from after 4:30pm on Monday to 11:00 am Friday

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!

. Weekly Rate Weekend Mid-week
All Year €800 €495 €495

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Reviews

 “We had an absolutely fantastic stay at Tyrell’s Loft”

 The owner was a wonderful host. We arrived to a beautiful bottle of prosecco and chocolates and the essentials in the fridge. The loft is immaculate with the most fantastic interiors. The surrounding gardens are also such a treat. The care and attention put into the home by the proprietor was superb. Extremely comfortable bed, beautiful rainshower, fully equipped kitchen etc. They  also provided a very helpful booklet on walks, cycles and local restaurants in the area. With this being our first time in Laois, we were blown away by the beauty of the county – in particular Ballinakill. Everyone is so kind, welcoming and greets you with a smile on their face. Be sure to check out  Heywood Haven for fantastic coffee & treats. Muller & O’Connell in Abbeyleix also has the tastiest sourdough bread! We had our friends stay with us on the last night, thanks to the marvellous pull out sofa, which they noted was extremely comfortable. The owner was more than helpful for our entire stay. We were very sad to leave and will certainly be back! -Niamh, 2021.

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Out & About

Ballinakill is known for its beautiful wooded walks around the old Heywood Demesne and lakes, where Heywood House once stood. It also hosts the Twin Trees Festival, with an emphasis on art, architecture and history. For food lovers there is a range of eateries including Castle Durrow, The Ashbrook Arms, and Bowes Café in Durrow.  Mc Evoys, Morrissey’s, The Gallic Kitchen and Papa Nonis in Abbeyleix, which offers delicious Italian food and gluten free pizza. Kilkenny, the gastronomic city of the south east, is an easy 30 minutes drive.

The Locality

Laois is the hidden treasure of Ireland, with superb mountain walks, leafy trails, unspoiled lakes and gardens. It has excellent fresh produce, dining to suit all tastes, and one of the best sour-dough bakeries in the country (Muller O’Connell’s of Abbeyleix).

Ballinakill is a fine example of a 17th Century market-town. The ruins of Ballinakill Castle are of a late seventeenth-century castle built by the Dunnes (but never inhabited) on the site of one destroyed by Cormwellian troops under Fairfax. The towns broad main street and large central square reflect Ballinakill’s standing in the 17th century as an important centre.

The configuration of streets round the large rectangular square is eighteenth-century. The town’s entrance from Abbeyleix is marked by two trees known as Toll Trees where a toll was paid by visitors to the town. The town had important fairs, a brewery, woollen and tanning factories
A monument in the square is dedicated to the local men who died in the 1798 rebellion.

Almost directly across the road, Heywood Garden was designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the War Memorial in Dublin and the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi, amongst others.

Half an hours drive will have you at Neo-Classical gem Emo Court, the largest private work of noted architect James Gandon. Originally the home of the Earl of Portarlington, the construction took seventy years to complete. The attached gardens (perfect for a picnic) can be visited year round; with the house available for tours from 2021 following renovations. 

Just 6km from Ballinakill; Abbyleix is one the oldest planned town of English Settlement. The surroundings are packed with historical buildings and sites; with fountains, an ancient stone circle and some of the oldest pubs in the country.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

How to get there – Car advised..

 

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – an hour and a half from the loft.
Cork Airport – approx 2   hours from the loft.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from the loft.

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

 

 

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Drombeg Cottage

Drombeg Cottage

Drombeg Cottage

There is a Green Hill faraway...

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Drombeg, Beara, Co. Cork

Drombeg is simply one of the very best situated homes on the beautiful Beara peninnsula.

Set in its own private garden from its hill-top location Drombeg commands stunning 360 degree views taking in the Kenmare river, Caha and Kerry mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Two miles from the lovely village of Ardgroom (good shop and pub), Drombeg is on the Beara way, part of the magical Wild Atlantic Way.

A traditional Beara farm-house, Drombeg has recently been sensitively, brightly and professionally converted to offer modern, cosey accommodation for four.  The home is a snug base from which to explore the fabulous and unspoilt beauty of Beara or to simply relax with a good book and glass of whatever-you-please to enjoy the peaceful location and magical views and to simply unwind.

 

The dining and living room can be entered via the small handy hall-way or directly from the east garden.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room,
    Kitchen, Dining Room
  • Features
    Wood Burning Stove
    Central Heating
  • Gardens

    Gardens in East, West and North 
    Barbecue

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The living area downstairs is airy, bright and spacious and has been designed with careful thought given to light so that even on dull days the light from the sky lights above the stair well ensures brightness and a welcome.
Drombeg is centrally heated throughout supplemented by a simple to use and very effective Scandinavian wood-burning stove (Yotul). So sunny and bright on those fine days and snug and warm at other times.

The fully equipped, modern kitchen leads from the dining room and includes a delightful bright breakfast area.

A wonderful place coffee in hand to ease into the day while immersed in the views north over the sea to the Kerry mountains and east over Ardgroom harbour to the Caha mountains beyond.

The upstairs bedrooms are accessed by stairs leading from the living area.

The second bedroom (to the right) provides two single beds. Lit by sky lights the snug space is bright and airey with views over the fields and hedgerows towards Ardgroom and Glenbeg lake.

The bathroom on the landing between both bedrooms offers a power-shower supplied with lashings of hot water. As with the rest of the house the bathroom is airy and spotless.

Fully modernised Drombeg offers totally comfortable modern day living while freshly painted thick stone walls and traditional furnishing hark back to its proud, traditional Beara roots.

Enjoy the lovely paintings by local artists in Beara which can be further experienced in galleries in Kenmare and by following the Beara artists trail guide which will take you right to their studios

Outside

Given its wonderful position, the gardens of Drombeg surrounding the house offer sheltered sitting areas to the east, north and west.

The terrace provides views to the east over Ardgroom harbour and the Caha mountains and north across Kenmare Bay to the Kerry mountains. The terrace is equipped with comfortable outdoor seating and large table. A portable barbeque is provided. A perfect place to watch the sun set and the moon rise, or the sun rise and the moon set depending on how you have chosen to spend your days.

To the east a private garden provides a second secluded and sheltered area.

It also features beautiful traditional farm outbuildings that have recently been finely restored.

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

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,200
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,200
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,200

Please apply for rates for other Public Holidays.
There is a €250 damage deposit applicable.

May to September €1,200 per week N/A N/A
October to April €950 per week Weekend €595 Mid-week €595

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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
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A wonderful magic place-both this cottage and Beara. The view was incredible and our cow neighbours fun and friendly. Beara itself was beyond words: the beauty, not touristy, just a beautiful, haunting, spectacular world that we will always cherish and hopefully come back to.” (June 2019, John and Karen, Vermont, USA).

To Sheila and Jo, Thank you. All expectations came true ! This cottage, this place, the surroundings, the mountains, the view, the sky, the clouds, the rain, the sun, the waterfalls, the ocean…It all came together and we loved it. (August 2019. Erik and Aline, Holland)”.

Well, what can we say that has not been said by the many who have already stayed here? We don’t want to leave…..ever…… ( July, 2017. Angela and Angus, Rotheram, UK).

The cottage became home, the second we stepped in. We enjoyed the peace and the tranquility- the bumble bees being the noisiest sound. And on our last night we  watched the Milky Way and falling stars. We will carry all this back with us, especially the most beautiful views ever…… (August 2017, Vendulka and family, NYC, USA).

Drombeg Cottage is new to Unique Irish Homes Summer 2021.
If you should visit; and feel so moved, please tell us how it went…

 

Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air, the history, there’s so much to explore …

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. The landscape has many Neolithic monuments with the village being marked by a stone circle.

For more serious shopping, working port town Castletown-Bearhaven is just 17 minutes by car.

Beara is a landscape of rolling grasslands and jagged hills, split centrally between Cork and Kerry. Kerry’s foodie hotspot Kenmare and Cork’s mountain valley retreat, Glengarriff are nearly equidistant from Drombeg Cottage, each about 40 minutes by car.

Wild Atlantic Way
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At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.

photo – Nigel Cox

With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks. The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.

To cross back to Ardrgroom, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.

photo – John Gibson

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.

Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore river spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid June to late July.

How to get there – Car advised…


By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

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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.