The Beach House

The Beach House

The Beach House

Irrepressible Contemporary Coastal Cottage

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County Wexford

Please Note: This house is only available for a week’s booking excepting Christmas and New Year’s

Overlooking a sweep of more than a kilometre of fine sandy beach on the sunniest stretch of Ireland’s coast, this eponymous home perfectly combines alfresco living with the demands of multi-generational family holidays.
Very centrally located – an hour from the metropolis of Dublin and equally close to the Rosslare to UK ferry – locations don’t get easier than this.

 

From sun-room sofa to lazy lounger

This awesome cottage is defined by the broad elevated sun deck that surrounds it like a balcony hovering above a dazzling beach spectacle.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €4,350 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms-two ensuite
    One twin bedroom-ensuite
    WC with shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining/Kitchen

    Utility Room
    Tv Room
    Study

  • Contempo
    Surrounding Decking Area
    Terrace Furniture
    Logs and Turf
    Barbecue
    Wine Cooler
    High-Speed Broadband
    Books, Games, DVDs
    Sky TV
    Excercise Machine 
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Opening on to the decking, a series of living spaces meld together in a fluid open plan space that occupies the elbow of this L shaped home, embracing a variety of informal seating and dining areas and incorporating a contemporary cottage kitchen.

 

White walled with panelled ceiling, there’s always a panoramic backdrop of windows designed to exploit this unique location.

Whether it’s lethargic alfresco summertime luncheons or the cosy open fire at the end of a blustery beach walk, here is a holiday home for all generations and all seasons

Boisterous with the paraphernalia of family vacations, there is no shortage of books, and no shortage of corners to read them in.

There is also a dedicated television room – plastered with pictures and wall to wall movies and games – and across the entrance lobby, a smaller library with exercise bike option.

The two principal bedrooms are at opposing extremes of the cottage, each with French doors to the omnipresent perimeter decking, azure skies and lapping tides.
Both have ensuite bathrooms, though the master one shares with a twin bedroom via separate doors.

Outside

It’s impossible to avoid the seductive horizon view and seascape horizon beyond the hardy New Zealand flax that shelters the extensive decking.

There is a gravelled drive and lawned areas front and back if you fancy a bit of croquet, but with Clone Strand just metres away, sandy feet and salty hair beckon to the main beach attraction.

Facilities

This is a home from home, equipped with everything you would expect in a contemporary family residence – barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, freezer, books, games, videos. However you will need to bring your own High Chair and Child Cot if you require them.
There is high-speed  broadband internet in the property.

 

Click here to see a review of The Beach House in The Guardian

Provisional Booking Form

Important – The Minimum booking is 7 days; thank you.

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €4,350
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €4,350
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €4,350
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €4,350

A refundable breakages deposit of €500, payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

All Year €4,350 per week
Christmas (23rd to 28th December) €4,350.
New Years Eve(30th December to 3rd January 2022). €4350.
Other Public Holidays (October Bank Holiday, Easter etc.) €4,500 per week

 

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

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets – Possibly, check with us.

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Reviews

 

The Beach House offered so much…

– true respite during these challenging pandemic months. Everything we needed in a functional kitchen, and access to a second large fridge post the big grocery shop. The living areas of the house are mainly open plan with unobstructed sea views all around, plenty of space for the full family to gather to chat, play cards or the large selection of board games on hand. At the same time, plenty of alcoves for some privacy, whether a snooze, or to give adults and children some personal space. Two separate quiet rooms – a library and a TV room with long sofa seating for everyone and stocked to the hilt with DVDs. Each of the bedrooms deliver what is most important – extremely comfortable beds and excellent bed linen, bathroom robes and towels. A bonus, most of the bedrooms allow you to wake up to the wonderful seaview. Outside a large 180 degree deck and seating overlooking and with direct access to Clone Strand with more than 2 km of uninterrupted walking. The house was spotless on arrival, clearly mindful of current extra hygiene requirements. In this era of internet being essential, it works well most of the time, with the odd hiccup. Will be back.

Boylans, July 2020

A perfect place for a family get together…

we had a wonderful week at the Beach House in June of this year. The house is so well appointed with a great decking surrounding two sides where we enjoyed breakfast on one side and lunch and dinner on the other. We were blessed with glorious weather and good use was made of the beach underneath the house.
There are lots of different comfortable sitting areas in the house and a great television room, lots of games, dvd and books. Good supermarkets 20 minutes away and all you could want in the way of cooking utensils and tableware etc. Comfortable beds with great linen and towels.
We would certainly consider a second visit.

Geraldine Hickey, July 2018

We had a marvelous time…

at the Beach House. We would highly recommend it. Very enjoyable break in a very comfortable family home.

Lisa Vard, January 2018

Just a quick note to say everything went great. The process was simple and everything turned out great. Very easy to book with you. The beach house was amazing. It was cozy and charming. We totally enjoyed the house. It is a great place to take it easy for a week.
You guys definitely have some great looking houses on your website. I will definitely be looking at the site for my next trip back to Ireland.

Fran Regan, July 2018

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Out & About

 

County Wexford is at the centre of Ireland’s Ancient East, with magnificent beaches, fascinating history, festivals and wildlife – plus it’s all within easy reach of Dublin city…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The Beach House is located on the coast half way between the largish towns of Arklow and Gorey – both 20 minutes drive away. Dublin city is just over an hour by motorway to the north.

The nearest pub is the Golden Anchor – a 5 minute walk.

This is the region that receives the most sunshine in Ireland, averaging more than 7 hours a day in the early summer. Boasting some 50 kilometres of white beach, not surprisingly, it is also a very popular retreat, with multiple holiday homes along the coast.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

 

There are terrific walks locally – north or south along the beach – but also there is a spectacular trail across Tara Hill, clearly visible form the house.

photo megalithicireland

The fine weather also encourages the fruit and veg industry, most famously strawberries, which can be bought from stalls along the roadside throughout the summer. The Strawberry Festival is an annual event in the town of Enniscorthy, when a festival Queen is coronated.

Off the strand below there is excellent fishing for codling, bass and flounders especially where the river crosses the beach. The area fishes particularly well after a strong easterly wind.

photo – David Barrie

Wexford town lies just over an hour to the south. Founded by the Vikings around 800 AD it is probably best known for its International Opera Festival, which takes place every year in the Theatre Royal, and runs for several weeks.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin airport.
Dublin Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from house

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare ferry port, which is less than 1 and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 1 and a half hours from house

 

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Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

More than just folklore…

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County Clare

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

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

An awesome and authentic interior

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

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

AT A GLANCE

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

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

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

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

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


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

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Walled Garden

Bedrooms

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

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

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

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

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

Outside

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

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

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

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

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

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Out & About

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

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

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

Wild Atlantic Way
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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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Garafin House

Garafin House

Garafin House

Memories are made of this...

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County Galway

At the tip of the Rosmuc peninsula is a big house with a busy history.
Sitting on two acres, with a mile of private rocky shoreline to discover, Garafin House is the consummate luxury holiday retreat from which to explore wild and rocky Southern Connemara.
A profusion of islands confuse the horizon to the south, the Twelve Ben mountains beckon to the north, and warm fires await inside…

 

A heritage home restored

A long driveway leads through partially wooded parkland to this charming Period residence set in a striking and tranquil coastal setting.

Prior to 1980 Garafin House, together with its extensive outbuildings had served the local community for over 150 years as a general store, famine relief centre, Surgery, Court House, and travel agents.
The original house built in the 1750’s was somewhat different and probably resembled a long cottage. It remains in the family to this day, albeit in a much altered and more comfortable incarnation.

RAT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms- three ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen with Breakfast Table
    Larder, Porch,
    Entrance Hall with Guest W/C
    Utility Room and Boot Room
  • Contempo
    Dog Friendly
    Two Super King Beds 
    Logs & Turf
    Barbecue 
    DSL Internet w/ Wi-Fi
    Two Wet Suits 
    Basic Fishing Tackle
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A grand multi-light doorway occupies the enduring castellated entrance in the elbow of this angular layout.

The lobby opens onto an L-shaped tiled hallway – Left runs to the large drawing room.

This radiant room features an elegant antique marble fireplace facing a broad catty-corner bay window with views across to the islands.

Much of the original house has been modified across the centuries, and much remains, such as sash windows with flush wooden panel shutters.
The plain white walls are thick and the ceilings high.
Oak boards with under-floor heating now replace the original.

The magnificent encaustic coloured tiles typical of the period, are hardly worn.

Two classic English Arm sofas, create an informal divide to the study area with TV.
A mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, Persian rugs and curios grace the home.

A second black marble fireplace confers a cosy atmosphere on the dining room at the opposite end of the hallway.

In the dining room, the extendable table will comfortably seat ten – long meals followed by long walks.

Adjoining the dining room is a generous modern kitchen, in pastel painted style.
Everything is here for some seriously creative cuisine – or simply breakfast together around the kitchen table.

The spacious back porch off the kitchen is very warm – perfect for drying coats and boots should you get caught in a Connemara shower.

There are two bedrooms off the hallway on the ground floor, with a third beyond the dining room.
All are ensuite – this one has half-paneled walls, original tiles, and a fine free standing roll-top bath.

The addition of a second storey to Garafin House is comparatively new and the upstairs reflects that. Here the styling is contemporary, with white floorboards, lime-washed tongue and groove ceilings, and velux windows.

A shared shower-room on this level is at the far end of adjoining double and twin bedrooms, requiring neighbourly compromise to pass.

 

Outside

A few steps across the yard is the utility, laundry and boot room.

The names of some of the outbuildings at the back of the house reflect their earlier employment – the local doctor held a weekly surgery in the Dispensary; the Courthouse hosted the quarterly Magistrate’s court. These are not part of the rental property.

The foreshore at the house is rocky, and in places covered in seaweed, but offers safe and current-free swimming. To the east of the house a lane runs down to a small public pier, where there is excellent swimming from half tide onwards.
In times gone by boats from here brought supplies from Galway, turf to the Aran Islands, distributed bread from the house bakery, and ferried cattle and sheep to and from the local islands.

Garafin House comes with access to about a mile of private foreshore, which you may wander at will. There are no paths, so the walking is quite rough in places. Look out for seals and otters – nature at its best.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home – from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..

TV reception is terrestrial channels only.
There is Oil fired central heating, and logs and turf are supplied.
Crisp Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather duvets and pillows and soft cotton towels are provided in all the bedrooms. There are heated towel rails and wall heaters in the bathrooms.
Two of the rooms have super-King size beds that can be divided into twins, and all the bedrooms have ample storage space.
There are also a few wetsuits and a small supply of basic fishing tackle in the boot room.

Restrictions

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

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.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Low season only – Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Low season only – 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 – €2,750
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,750
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,750
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,750

Christmas, New Year, Easter and Public holidays – please apply for rates.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home.
If you intend bringing a dog, please advise below whether there will be more than one, and approximate size, as large dogs may need to be cleared by the owner.

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

  Weekly Weekend Mid-Week
May to September €2,750 per week not available not available
October to April €2,250 per week €1,300 €1,300

ChristmasDecember 23rd to 28th December  at High Season Rate
New Year29th December to January 3rd 2021 at High Season Rate

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Everything at the house was perfect…

We didn’t lack for anything. The house was beautifully appointed and Anne, the caretaker, was a delight and always available when needed. In addition, the owners went above and beyond the call of duty in supplying us with cots and high chairs for our grand babies.
We built fires every evening and enjoyed our walks on the property and the peace and tranquility of the Rosmuck Penninsula. We definitely will come back.
Thanks also to Unique Irish Home’s. You were great to work with. Please continue to expand your inventory of exceptional homes.

Alice Stockdale, September 2018

We were not disappointed in Garafin House…

I found the kitchen probably the best provided in any place we have rented and once I got used to the electric hob i really enjoyed cooking on it… We loved swimming off the pier and we got great enjoyment watching the mother wren feeding her babies in the nest in the Virginia creeper. The garden was an unexpected bonus, as was the high chair and ample parking space – thank you so much.

ffrench Davis family, July 2018

Your heading “Memories are made of this” never rang truer…

We had a wonderful time last week in Garafin House. Our family ages ranged from youngest at 10 years to two grannies, 87 years per granny, and we ALL had an amazing week and created lots of memories to cherish!! None of us wanted to leave!
The house is truly wonderful and is fitted out with everything you could imagine, cooking became a family affair, each night cooking up a storm, eating in the relaxing dining room and retiring to the beautiful, most comfortable living room for plenty of chat, games and a load of laughs!!
We even got the weather to sit out in the November sunshine with coffee whilst the house hugged us and protected us from the wind!! The area is truly beautiful and the people we met very friendly, Anne was lovely and it is a testament to the house that we had no need to contact her all week, proving how well equipped and comfortable the house is.
Garafin House had everything. The dogs also had a ball, with the great garden to the front and the walks in and around the pier and rocks. Thank you all in UIH for giving us the chance to holiday in this truly, wonderful home.

I love your webpage but find that a lot of the houses you feature don’t allow dogs. Whilst I understand it would not suit a lot of owners I would love to be able to click to an area which features the houses that do, it would save a lot of time having to check each individual property and checking the details before this becomes clear. Perhaps you could under the ENJOY section on your page add “Dog Heaven” (or similar name!!) and include those houses that are willing to let dogs stay. [ thanks Orla, we’ve done just that.]
Anyhow thank you again for a super website and I have sent a request to book Garafin for Easter – we loved it soooo much.

Orla, November 2016

While the rest of Ireland shivered and cowered from the rain, we toasted by the fires in Garafin…

This house is blessed and historic. In fact the history of the house and Conroy and related families was of great interest and new to us. We enjoyed being indoors looking out and exploring the outdoors thanks to the detailed and knowledgeable guide provided by the owners. Find those beaches (Ardmore, Kilkerrin etc) and you won’t be disappointed. Finally thanks to Anne for her help and advice.

Thornton family, Easter 2018

I can’t express how magical our time spent at Garafin House was.

We are a family who are living all over the world and last year we decided to gather somewhere special and spend Christmas together. Through Unique Irish Homes I found the perfect location and accommodation – Garafin House in Connemara.
We arrived a few days before Christmas from Australia, Boston and mum from Co Tyrone ❤️ Garafin House exceeded our expectations. It was not only beautiful but overlooked one of the most magnificent landscapes you could wish for…..we were met by Anne who welcomed us and even went to the effort of providing us with a spare Christmas tree and decorations from her own home.
We had a 5 year old with us and I’m glad to say, Santa Clause delivered to Connemara which was truly magical. The accommodation was spacious, welcoming, high quality and very homely. Everything was available for our use and the quality of the bed-linen etc. was of the highest quality.
Thank you Graham and all at Unique Irish Homes and a special thank you to Anne for her warm welcome. I would recommend Garafin House and Unique Irish Homes to anyone and I hope to return one day.

Lynda Emerson, January 2017

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Out & About

 

Connemara is quite simply one of Europe’s great treasures.
A wilderness on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is packed with almost deserted beaches of gin clear water, incredible lake and river fishing, and of course brilliant restaurants. We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The secluded Rosmuc peninsula finds itself in an inlet already crowded with islands on the northern stretches of Galway Bay.
The area is typical of the spectacularly broken Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.

There are a few local cottages near the house, and a small shop 3 km away.
The nearest large supermarket is in Oughterard some 40 km away on the southern shores of Lough Corrib.

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 harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

Tra An Doilin at Carraroe is a Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic gravel resembling tiny pieces of coral. It’s half an hours drive away, with lifeguards, toilets, and great swimming.

Carraroe is today most important centre for traditional Galway Hooker fishing boats. Every August bank holiday, the town hosts the Galway hooker festival, one of the largest maritime festivals in the country.

The Aran Islands can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is just half an hour away by car.
The trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi circular stone fort of Dun Aengus which backs onto a 90 metre cliff is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe, and not to be missed. It is reckoned to be about 2,500 years old.

Wild Atlantic Way
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A day out in Clifden, the capital of Connemara would be well rewarded.

Rosmuc is a Gaeltacht region, in fact the most strongly Irish-speaking area in the country.

Pádraig Pearse, who was involved in the 1916 revolution in Dublin had a cottage in Rosmuc where he wrote many of his pieces including his famous ” … the fools, the fools, the fools! …” oration.

With quantities of lakes and fast flowing rivers has been the Mecca of Trout and Salmon fly-fishing for nearly two centuries. There are numerous sites where a boats and ghillies can be hired. Copies of appropriate fishing guidebooks and brochures are held in the house.

Excellent sea angling charters can easily be arranged from Roundstone – where there are wonderful beaches for those who prefer to stay ashore!/p

Unique to the region, Connemara marble shows twisted and interlocking bands of soapstone, in various shades of light and dark green. It has been used over the centuries as a means of exchange, for features in stately buildings and is recognised for its beautiful colour and resilience, with no two pieces being similar.
A broad range of souvenirs and ornamental products are produced from the stone which is more than 500 million years old.

How to get there – Car essential..

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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Dunderry Stud

Dunderry Stud

Dunderry Stud

Classic Country House Charm

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County Meath

This is a brilliantly renovated Georgian country house, full of comfort, character and opulence. Once a working stud farm, with a large mature garden, making it an ideal large family retreat.
Located in rural Meath just an hour from the capital, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East and the history of the Boyne Valley.

 

Generous rooms and genteel decor

Engaged columns bracketing a classical stone portico, make a warm introduction to the ground floor, where a herringbone parquet hallway meanders past the stairs to a selection of reception rooms.

Ground Floor

An expansive chandeliered drawing room stretches along the southern side of the house, its lofty draped windows affording striking views of the lawned garden.

A cerulean blue carpet thrown over the solid oak floor, contrasts deep-buttoned sofas of Spanish pink and muted wallpaper; central though, is a splendid marble fireplace with antique fire brasses.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,450 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – can split to singles
    One treble – double plus single
    Three are ensuite with showerFamily bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room
    Dining room
    Library
    Kitchen with breakfast room
    Boot room & Guest WC
    Utility room
  • Features
    Herb Garden
    Barbecue patio with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV (Sky), DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

Restrictions
the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision
Sorry, pets are not permitted.

Note that external CCTV security cameras are in operation on this property.

Throughout much of the house, delicate cornice work, thick walls, elegant sash windows – now double glazed – and beautiful antique furniture feature, nowhere more evident than the library with its magnificent leather-trimmed mahogany shelving, and another remarkable marble marquetry fireplace.

The opulent dining room can seat sixteen, its generous table fashioned over an obsolete snooker table. A room to enjoy the wonderful Delph and silverware.

The kitchen is to the rear of the house, thoroughly modernised – alabaster, with a suite of shaker drawered cabinets, and a generous preparation island. Two enormous sliding glass doors fill the garden wall; outside, a granite patio with barbeque is sheltered by a beech hedge and mature trees.

This beautiful L shaped space has ample room for a six seater drop leaf table – mahogany of course, and a relaxing sofa. A separate utility room and boot room adjoin.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric double Oven
• Ceramic hob
• Fridge-freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three linked King-size beds, Two double beds and one single bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Sky
• DVD player

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Fire wood
• Gas Barbecue
• Outdoor Table Tennis
• Herb garden

Upstairs

Upstairs divides on a broad stepped landing. To the front, the master bedroom has a stylish, contemporary, coffee and cream bathroom, with contoured walnut woodwork, a freestanding tub and walk in rainfall shower, and underfloor heating.

Two Dormer bedrooms in the rear section share a shower room, and all have wonderful views of the gardens. Roller blinds and mellow tones accentuate the clean lines.

Outside

The mature garden occupies about one acre and is largely populated with some really wonderful shrubs and trees, but the bulk of the original stud is now farmed separately, though some vestiges remain.

Visitors can avail of a large herb and vegetable garden, and enjoy outdoor table tennis in the summer months.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!
the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision

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

For Christmas, the week of Halloween and New Year and other Public holidays a special rate of €2,850 applies.

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

May to September €2,450 per week minimum stay
October to April €2,450 per week Weekend €1,500 Mid-week €1,500

 

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Reviews

 

My family had the most lovely stay…

at Dunderry Stud. The house itself was just fabulous and so well equipped, everything you could possibly need was there. So roomy, with comfy beds and lots of cool parts of the house to explore. The house has all the modern touches you would expect but keeps its charm. The garden was beautiful and so well maintained. The village of Dunderry itself is so quaint, the locals were so welcoming and didn’t hesitate to include us in the ‘craic’ in the local pub. We loved it and will definitely be back – our stay was too short!

Amanda O’Reilly, September 2019

Happy New Year to you and the team…

at Unique Irish Homes. I wanted to write to thank you for a wonderful stay at Dunderry Stud. My whole family (all 11 of us!) loved the home, which was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated for Christmas. We had such a comfortable stay, and enjoyed exploring Howth and Dublin from our lovely base. Also, I cannot praise Noeleen highly enough. She was so kind and helpful and gave us a wonderful welcome. We will look forward to booking with you again for our next Irish holiday.

Francesca, December 2019

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Out & About

 

Within striking distance of Dublin just half an hour away, the choice of things to do in this multi-faceted historic county is legend – as they say.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The house is a short walk from the village of Dunderry which has a small shop and petrol station, and a couple of pubs. The historic town of Trim is 10 minutes away and has most of the shops you’ll need.

If you’re into castles there are loads of them in Meath. You could start with Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed in 1174 and was used in the movie Braveheart.

Trim is also home to Ireland’s oldest unaltered bridge still in everyday use in Ireland. The existing version dates from about 1340 and has changed little since it was erected.

Navan is the home of Tara mines – Europe’s largest lead and zinc mine, but probably best known as the childhood home of Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond.

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For a day out with the kids though, there are multiple attractions at the Tayto Park in Ashbourne.

One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down. If you have the urge to back a horse, there are two race courses within the locality – Fairyhouse and Navan.

The river Boyne runs through Trim. The entire Boyne Valley is steeped in ancient history and mythology, and Meath itself is known as the Royal County – the Hill of Tara (15 minutes away) was the historical seat of the High King of Ireland, and there are a large number of monuments and earthen structures there, some dating from in or around 2500 BC.

The passage tombs at Newgrange (30 minutes away) were constructed around 3200 BC, predating the Pyramids of Egypt by 600 years, and are well worth a visit.

River fishing for Trout and Salmon, and lake fishing for Pike attract legions of anglers to this region and there are a number of well-established angling centres.

Kayaking and even white water rafting are to be had on the river Boyne, and make for a great day out.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast.
Dublin Airport – about 50 minutes from the house
Belfast Airport – just under 2 hours away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 45 minutes from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approximately 2 and half hours from the house.

 

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