White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

Intimate and Informal for Two

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County Clare

From a derelict Victorian gate lodge, this contemporary restoration celebrates its origins, in a unique location overlooking White Strand Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Just 50 minutes from Shannon Airport, in the Banner County, home of Traditional Irish music, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, this is the consummate hideaway for a romantic break.

 

Stylish yet restrained

In this cottage the traditional stucco cottage walls continue on the interior, and together with the local Liscannor stone floors that feature throughout, create a natural bridge to the outside world – assisted of course by full-height panoramic glazed doors that wrap around the corner of the seating area.

Underfloor heating is supported by a magnificent free-standing wood-burning stove.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Bathroom
    Indoor & outdoor shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living room
    Kitchen area
    Patio area
  • Features
    Wood-burning stove, Pizza oven
    Outdoor stove & BBQ
    Outdoor Seaweed Bath & shower
    Ocean views
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For sandy showers – and this is that kind of location – there are two enclosed shower options, one is open to the stars. We love the beautifully hand finished walls.

Audacious use of exposed and unfinished natural materials such as rustic timber, stonework or gleaming copper, combine elements of the yesteryear with today’s Steam Punk style.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 2 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Microwave

Bedrooms

• One double bed
• Showers – indoor and outdoor

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Selection of books
• Children’s cot available

​The extended living space that is the back garden patio allows you to conclude your day by enjoying oriental bathing in the oversized ‘Ofuro’ outdoor seaweed bath – with hand harvested seaweed from the shores of Spanish Point. The deep design is perfect for a full-body immersion, and straight after, pop under the plunge bucket shower to re-energize.

Dining al fresco has never been easier, with Barbecue and muti-sided chic wood burning stove to warm the cockles.

 

The lodge shares a gritty drive with Armada Farm, a fascinating project which celebrates a no-dig sustainable form of growing, notably by feeding the soil with loads of sea weed.

This gives the produce the traditional flavours delivered for generations of farming along this coast.

During your stay you’ll be greeted by various animals which could include Alpacas, donkeys, sheep and lambs.

Provisional Booking Form

2Mid-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.

 

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€2,800

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Out & About

 
Golf, Beaches, Cliffs and Craic – what’s not to love about County Clare?

Lahinch Golf Club

Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Doolin and Ennis all host farmers markets where you can taste and purchase homemade local produce such as farmhouse cheese, chutneys and free-range home bakin.

The Willie Clancy Festival – starts first Saturday in July every year – is a week long Traditional Music & dancing festival with classes and events on throughout.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The small town of Miltown Malbay, a three-minute drive away, caters for visitors, three supermarkets and as many restaurants. It’s one of the centres of traditional Irish music and has a selection of pubs with regular traditional entertainment.

The town is home to the annual Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival, held annually since 1973 in memory of and to honour the uilleann piper Willie Clancy.

photo: Zinnman

It is less than 1km to White Strand Beach. This relatively small sandy beach with a rocky shoreline has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award on a number of occasions, and has a summer life guard on duty. There is a beautiful easy cliff walk which starts here.

A few minutes further South is the beach at Spanish Point which is better for surfers. It is so named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.

photo: lukemcurley

Lahinch beach, 10 minutes north, is a long golden strand directly facing the swells of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it is one of Ireland’s most popular surfing beaches.

A bit further on are the Cliffs of Moher. Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic cliffs are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

They 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.

Farther North, 35 minutes from the lodge, comes the Burren with its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes). It is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, 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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

 

Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises both operate a passenger ferry service to The Aran Islands from Liscannor and Doolin during the months of April to October.

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.

Dun Aengus photo: Tourism Ireland

The renowned songwriter and entertainer Percy French has long been associated with County Clare. In the late 1800s, he was badly delayed on a journey from Dublin to a gig in Kilkee when his train broke down making him some 5 hours late for the show. He successfully sued the Railway, and the incident led to the song Are ye right there Michael? which became one of the most popular numbers in his repertoire.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 hrs from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – about 50 mins from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 3 hrs from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about 4 hrs from the cottage.

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Bell House

Bell House

Bell House

Ring out the old, ring in the new

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County Carlow

The Bell House has been fashioned from the some of the beautifully restored, cut-granite buildings that encompass the courtyard of Lumcloone House. It’s original 19th century architecture informs a rambling, delightful and idiosyncratic home.

Just over an hour from Dublin and only half from Kilkenny, this idyllic home makes a romantic rural escape in Ireland’s Ancient East.

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Casual and Curious

The entrance lobby forms a central link of the house.

The main living spaces span one side of an L shaped arrangement, with the informal dining room occupying the central elbow.

Here beneath a lofty pitched ceiling, an archway of French doors open from the gable-end onto a south-facing gravelled terrace; brilliant for al fresco meals.

dining room table

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,280 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    1 with kitchenette & large balcony
    Bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Wood burning stove, large garden
    Large furnished patio
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
  • Small Dog Friendly – please ask
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terrace
kitchen

A chequer-board of stone tiles announce a well-appointed and stylish kitchen annexed onto the opposing end of the dining room.

the kitchen
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Neff electric oven with 4 ring hob
• Tall fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size convertible Zip & Link
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet throughout
• Flat-screen TV
• Pelaton spin exercise bike

Other

• Selection of books
• Boardgames
• Gas Central heating
• Charnwood Woodburning Stove
• Firepit & logs
• BBQ

Stepping down behind the kitchen, is a bright and spacious sitting room.

sitting room

Delightful features of this room include the recessed Charnwood stove – seasoned wood supplied – and deep-set windows overlooking the beautiful cut granite courtyard of the main house.

sitting room stairs

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stairway

window detail

bedroom stairs

Directly above, and accessed by a sensual sweep of cantilevered stone stairs, is one of two generous double bedrooms. It’s coved ceiling, and quirky little floor-level windows augment the romance.

double bedroom

double bed

This bedroom has a generous and chic ensuite bathroom, which boasts both a glass shower booth and bath.

bathroom ensuite

The second beautiful double bedroom is also in the attic, at the far end of the home, and includes a small study area on the landing as you enter.

A modest kitchenette has been included in the coving making the room semi-autonomous.

 

second double bedroom

The headliner here though is that this bedroom accesses a large and private decked balcony, with views of the wonderful Carlow countryside across the walled garden.

bedroom balcony

The bedroom is served by a bathroom with dual-head shower off the corridor below.

Here too is a utility room, full of everything you will need.

Outside

The main house and associated buildings are listed and are part of an ongoing restoration project by the owners, with some restricted access.

The property consists of 12 acres with broad views of the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains – Mount Leinster in the distance – which include an expansive walled garden, currently set as pasture for rescue goats.

Amateur ornithologists will appreciate the mesmerizing starling murmurations in early Spring, abundance of seasonal swallows, and the rookery. Binoculars supplied.

The Bell House is approached via its own treelined driveway that snakes through a small woodland, and has its own private driveway, parking, and a magnificent sheltered patio area with cushy furniture and a firepit.

garden patio

Built in or around 1824 The Bell House originally accommodated the butler and housekeeper and subsequently housed the captain of a group of British Constabulary officers during the Irish Civil War.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 1,500
New Year break Friday 30th to Monday 2nd January € 1,500

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 1,500
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 1,500
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 1,500
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 1,500

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.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €1,280 €700 €700
June to September €1,500 Not Available Not Available

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  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027

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 – small dogs only – please check with us.

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Out & About

 

Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

Meandering rivers, rolling hills and medieval discoveries are the backdrop to this fascinating County with so much to do we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites:

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is just a couple of minutes from the pretty village of Fenagh, with its garage, grocery shop, off licence, two very friendly pubs and a post office; but you will need to go the 20 minutes by car to Carlow town for a broader spectrum of goods.

Fenagh is on the 75 km Mount Leinster Heritage Drive which passes through the beautiful countryside of south Carlow. Notable features in the landscape Mount Leinster – it’s highest peak at 796 metres.

Mount Leinster photo by Kevin Higgins

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

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

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

You may also be interested in a visit to the romantic ruin of Duckett’s Grove

Duckett's Grove

Visual Arts Carlow is a stunning building in the heart of Carlow Town and home of Visual Centre for contemporary art, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for contemporary art.
George Bernard Shaw Theatre – part of the Visual Arts complex, a 320-seat theatre with a packed programme of drama, film, dance, music and comedy.

O’haras is the local beer; brewed in Bagenalstown, well worth a try.

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

The River Barrow which flows through Carlow town, is the second-longest river in Ireland providing an inland link between the port of Waterford and the Grand Canal, which in turn connects Dublin to the River Shannon.


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

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

Kilkenny Cathedral

Kilkenny Cathedral

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 15 mins hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about an hour and 15 mins away.

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Off the N80 Carlow/Wexford road and 10 minutes’ drive from the M9
Bagenalstown train station is 15 minutes away and trains take 1 hour to Dublin.

double bed
terrace
sitting room stairs

2nd Green

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Ring of Kerry Diamond

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County Kerry

A thoroughly modern twist on the traditional Kerry cottage, comfortable with restrained styling. Adjacent to “One of the best kept secrets in Irish Golf” and a stone’s throw from the glorious, secluded and sandy Dooks beach on Dingle Bay, this recently completed spacious home is just perfect for a family get together

 

Contemporary and commodious

One of five architect designed houses in a stunning new private gated development.
The south and western elevations offer a surprising contrast; contemporary, glazed walls, sharp angled exteriors that hint at the bright modernity of the interior.

Entry through a small glazed lobby reveals a shimmering open plan ground-floor, minimalist in style with elegant detailing.

You are immediately welcomed by a contemporary woodburning stove that faces into one of two seating areas at opposite ends of the home. Both have substantial full height corner windows that oversee a generous shared terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 adults & 4 kids
    From €1,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – ensuite
    Two double bunk rooms
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Two Sitting rooms
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Utility room
  • Features
    Gated community
    Wood Stove, BBQ Terrace
    Outdoor shower
    Adjacent to beach
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    POOR Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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In the centre of the house, the refectory-style dining area flows directly onto that sunny terrace through sweeping glass doors that slide.

The space is shared with a stylishly handle-free fitted kitchen in slate-grey, separated by a large preparation island.

Beyond the kitchen, and a step down, is an expansive and double sofa-ed TV room, with that second corner wall of glazing.

Throughout the home internal views provide clean, fine perspectives out to the garden and vistas beyond; eclectic paintings charm; and underfloor heating ensures a comfortable ambient temperature.

Bedrooms

The first of two large double bedrooms is located on the ground floor, with an ensuite bathroom equipped with monsoon power shower.



Stairs from the entrance hallway reach a landing accessing two kids bedrooms – each with a pair of bunk beds. Alternatively, one of these rooms can be set up with two single beds.

A shared family bathroom with bath and modern power shower, is also off the landing.

The master bedroom is south facing with fantastic views to the Kerry mountains, and its own ensuite shower room.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric double oven
• Ceramic hob
• Tall Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, four bunk beds, or
• Option – 2 bunks & 2 single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Children’s high chair available
• Outdoor Shower

Back downstairs

A large utility room leads off the kitchen and provides access to a private outside patio with external shower (to wash off all that beach sand).

Views south are to the mountains of Kerry, snow sprinkled on the day of photographing.

Outside

A large garden, currently being established, surrounds the house with a well-protected terrace, patio and barbeque area accessed from all living and dining areas.

The house is just a three minute walk from the glorious and secluded sandy Dooks beach, with stunning views across to Dingle.

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

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 2,650
New Year break Friday 30th to Monday 2nd January € 2,650

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,650
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,650
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,650
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,650

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure, subject to all being in order.

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October to May €1,800 €1,350 €1,350
June to September €2,650 Not Available Not Available

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Reviews

 

“Everything is Perfect…

…- we’ve already decided we’re not going home.  We both have very busy jobs so the peace and tranquility here is just so therapeutic.

The setting is just wonderful, sitting watching the weather come across the hills on an evening is just perfect.

The house is perfect. There is nothing I would change – and I’m an architect so i can be quite fussy!

The kitchen is so well equipped with proper knives that you can actually cook rather than trying to work out what you can make with a spoon.

Everything is really easy to use – although it took us 3 days to find the cutlery drawer at the top of the dishwasher, but that’s probably because we’ve switched our brains off now.

All the coats and shoes and bags hide in the utility so everything is kept relatively tidy for us.

The only issues we have is who is going to get to the window seat first and how quickly the days are flying by.

And the recommendations are really helpful – we’ve already tried Jacks and have had early evening drinks at the golf club.

I’m sure you’ll have plenty of good reviews following ours, this holiday is wonderful.
Thank you very much for letting us stay here.”
Elisa B , 2022

We really enjoyed the house…

…thanks, and it worked so well with two families. It was generally well stocked! Our American friends enjoyed it as their first experience in Kerry and of Ireland…
Thanks so much,
Penny B, 2022

 

Out & About

 
Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do, and nowhere more so than in Glenbeigh. Often referred to as “the Jewel in the ring of Kerry”, there are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kiting, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.​

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

​Just over half an hour from Killarney on the Ring of Kerry, itself one of the highlights of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Dooks is home of one of the country’s most charming golf links and one of three magnificent beaches that straddle Dingle Bay.

The house is adjacent to both.
Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

With a charming clubhouse and bar, Dooks is one of Ireland’s oldest and more challenging links. It is also home to the protected Natterjack Toad, the only species native to Ireland which features on the club’s logo. They are active at night with a very loud and distinctive mating call.

Dooks beach is just a stone’s throw from the house and looks directly across to the seven glorious kilometres of sand-spit that is Rossbeigh Strand. Ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, horse-trekking, and sea fishing. It also has an excellent children’s playground – Tir na Nog

Directly across Dingle Bay is the extremely popular narrow peninsula of Inch Strand – 45 minutes by car.

The local town of Glenbeigh, just 4km from the house, is a corruption of the Gaelic word meaning “valley of the Birch trees”. Here you will find a small supermarket plus a number of excellent pubs and restaurants.

Caragh Lake in the hills above, above is a beautiful expanse of water 4 miles long, set among broom and heather with majestic mountains for background, it is well known to anglers for excellent fishing.

Coomasaharn Lake, the largest of the lakes in Glenbeigh, is enclosed on three sides by high rocky mountains protecting it from modern polluters and is known for its trout fishing.

Strange things happened when the last Ice Age receded – some creatures became marooned- and this is one of the lakes in Ireland which has the Sliver Blue Char, a rare example of a remnant fish from that period.

Like the Connemara Pony of Galway, the Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland. The breed developed physical characteristics including an unusual footfall pattern, which helped it move on soft ground such as peat bogs. These ponies are known for hardiness and an ability to survive in harsh conditions.

Near the village is the ruin of “Wynne’s Folly”, a castle mansion built by Lord Headley Wynne in 1867. The barbarity and brutality of these land owners in pressing the locals for funds is notorious.In the late 1880’s there were numerous evictions, as tenants were just not able to afford an increased rent of a massive 50% in most cases, to pay for the construction of the Wynne castle.However, Wynn eventually drifted into insolvency, and he made his exit from the Glenbeigh. In 1921 Republican forces burned the castle to the ground and it was never rebuilt.

The Dingle Peninsula is littered with much, much older monuments, mostly cross-pillars and standing-stones, and it would take at least three days non-stop to visit everything worth seeing, but if you pass one – have a look, because these carvings put the a in ancient.

image Snalwibna

Tearaght Island, the most westerly of the Blasket Islands, at the mouth of Dingle Bay, is the most westerly point of the British Isles, and the closest point in Europe to America.

Nobody lives there, it is essentially a bird sanctuary, but the stories of a community living on the edge of the world have become classic writing throughout the world.

Killorglin 19km away is the first town on the Ring of Kerry. First, because coaches touring the route are obliged to travel around in one direction to avoid congesting the narrow roads.

The town is renowned for holding the three-day annual Puck Fair – the oldest traditional fair in Ireland, in which a live mountain goat is crowned King, and then put into a small cage on a high stand in the middle of the town square for the duration of the festivities. Starts 10th August.

How to get there – Car advised…

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

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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Fourpenny Rock House

Fourpenny Rock House

Fourpenny Rock House

Quirky Cottage in the Countryside

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County Kilkenny

Developed from the bones of a cottage project, this spacious single-storey riverside residence enjoys completely unique views across the River Nore. With crenulated roof lines and semi-hexagonal bay windows everywhere, this home is extravagant and lush.

Half way between Waterford and Kilkenny, and just an hour from the Rosslare ferry, it’s perfect for private events and family gatherings.

 

Points, Plaster and Corbels

Flamboyant Gothic Ogee arched windows characterize the curious brick façade, in contrast to the main entrance and driveway.

The hexagonal entrance lobby has elaborate arches, cornices and plasterwork that typify this home.

A wonderful reception room lies directly ahead through a pair of arched doors, with a spectacular pastoral view through a triptych of French doors flanked by two fully-draped floor to ceiling sash windows.

The house is centrally heated, but plenty of fire wood is supplied for the two wood-burning stoves.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €1,895 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    two single bedrooms
    One Bathroom + one showeroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Drawing room
    Entrance Lobby, Utility room
  • Features
    Two wood-burning stoves
    Terraced Garden
    Tennis Court
    River frontage
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
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Opposing corridors, tiled in Classic Victorian octagon style, lead from the entrance lobby.
To one side is an expansive living room, with a bay of three vivid pointy-arch windows, generous sofas, a broad TV, and a second wood-burning stove set into a black marble hearth.

Brilliant full height windows are a feature of the house throughout.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker with 2 ovens and 4 rings
• Twin-door fridge-freezer, with water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One King-size & one double bed
• Two singles & one Children’s bed
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• large Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Tennis Court
• Enclosed play area
• Fishing by arrangement

A broad archway connects the adjacent kitchen and dining area, with its inclusive curved central preparation island.

French doors at the end open onto a sunny enclosed area, with all-weather grass surface – safe for little ones and pets.

A single door from the living room gives access to the terrace-with-a-view, while twin doors, up a step, reveal a substantial utility room; nicely suited for larger scale catering as required.

 

Bedrooms

An accommodation wing at this end of the house has an indulgent double bedroom, a matching twin room and a cosy kid’s room.

The three share a totally tiled shower room.

The sumptuous master bedroom suite at the far end of the house enjoys a dual aspect, split level design, allowing for a flagged bay with occasional chairs, more ogee windows and that spectacular view.

The comprehensive ensuite bathroom has a walk -in shower and a full bath.

Adjacent to the suite, in yet another hexagonal radiant space, is a charming single bedroom.

A wonderful cobalt and white tiled bathroom off the corridor has a delightfully minimal but deep bath with shower.

Outside

The curved private driveway passes the all-weather tennis court en route to the house, where there is ample brick paved parking around three sides.

To the South-West a stunning zig-zag of brick terraced steps, embellished with urns, cascades down across lawns to the River Nore.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, for the moment,

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

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

Special social events or gatherings may attract an additional fee.
Please be sure to check with us in advance.

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
June to August €2,950 Not Available Not Available
September and May €2,250 €1,400 €1,400
October to April €1,895 €1,250 €1,250

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Out & About

 

This region has a rich and ancient heritage of Dukes and Earls, Bishops and brewing.
There’s so much to taste and see, we just can’t list them all.

 

Jerpoint Abbey

Festivals and Events
Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thomastown at 5km upstream is the nearest town to the house. There are two large supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and a selection of craft shops to browse.

At one stage there were 12 water-powered mills, for grain and cloth, working locally. Several mills can still be seen upstream from the bridge in Thomastown.

Fourpenny Rock House gets its name from a toll that was levied on the flat-bottom boats known as Cots that transported goods along the River Nore to the ports of Ross and Waterford, and were obliged to pass a particular rock below the house.

Dysart Castle, on the opposite side of the river, was the birth place of George Berkeley.  George, the eponymous philosopher of Berkeley University California, was active in the first half of the 18th century.

The medieval city of Kilkenny – 25km distant – is often referred to as the Marble City due to its unique black marble mining. It is the smallest city in Ireland.

image Kilkenny-castle Sabrina O’Brien

Work on Kilkenny Castle was begun in 1204 and took 9 years to complete.  The Castle became the seat to the Butler family, a very powerful dynasty who lived there until 1935.
Lady Margaret Butler who was born there, was the grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England.

St Canice’s Cathedral with its Round Tower were founded in the 6th century – Cill Channigh (pr. Kil-kenny) is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice. The Round Tower – one of only two that people can climb in Ireland – is the city’s oldest building, with excellent views for those brave enough to reach the top.

The highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 °C (91.9 °F), at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887.

The extensive ruins of Jerpoint Abbey – 6km from the house – is another ecclesiastical site notable for its stone carvings. Built in 1180, it survived till Henry the VIII got hold of it during the period of the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500’s.

photo Suckindiesel

A replica famine ship, the Dunbrody, is now berthed on the quay in New Ross and offers visitors an insight into life as a passenger during the 19th century when emigration to America was at its peak.

It was from a farm here in New Ross that President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather emigrated to America in 1848 on just such a ship.

June 1963 President Kennedy’s trip to Ireland.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

How to get there – Car advised..

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

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Rosslare Port is approx 1 hour from house, with ferries to South Wales

Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours from house

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Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Ultra Chic Coastal cottage

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County Waterford

Tucked away beneath the rocky escarpment that leads to a secluded tidal strand, this completely refurbished cottage oozes luxury and charm in equal measure. With a surprisingly spacious interior and versatile French door garden, Cove Lodge is a unique vacation escape.
Discover a coastline that probably remains Ireland’s best kept secret…

 

Cosy inspirational interiors

The entrance hallway unexpectedly spacious with a high ceiling and atmospheric concealed lighting.
Busy floor tiling and the stunningly coloured walls of pale apricot bring a Moorish Mediterranean quality to this space.

The original cottage was considerably smaller, with its little lattice-leaded windows.
Rooms to be discovered can be glimpsed through a variety of doorways.


AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One bunk bedroom
    All with ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living, Dining & Kitchen
    Sitting room
    Kids TV Den & Playroom
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    BBQ Patio
    Wheelchair-friendly
    Outdoor shower
    Close proximity to beach
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    nb. Poor Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Dogs are welcome
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A short passage, punctuated with French doors to the rear garden, opens into a more recent and unanticipated addition – an expansive and airy, living space.

The kitchen zone spans one side of the room, with appliances and storage tucked under a stony white work surface, behind stainless steel doors.

A generous eight-seater circular dining table occupies the centre, but the centrepiece of the room is undoubtably the dramatic luminous brushed-scarlet, modular corner-seating, that will bring a smile to your face.

French doors in the end wall open onto a white flagged patio – for those sultry summer sunsets.

At the opposite end of the room, a broad archway framed in a teal green wood panelling unveils a cosy carpeted sitting room, with an open-hearth fireplace and wall mounted TV.

You also get to see where that stable half door from the entrance hall leads…

Bedrooms

Sumptuous double bedrooms are located at either end of this long cottage.

The master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a small side yard.

A splendid wood-panelled walkthrough bathroom, with double monsoon showers and his-and-her basins, is neatly concealed around the back of the truncated bed head.


 Following the peachy colour theme, the second double bedroom is delightful.

Softly feminine, the adjacent ensuite bathroom has a fabulous, deep if short slipper bath, in addition to a more traditional shower.

Decidedly steep stairs climb to a diminutive nursery-style kid’s room that utilises the attic space above the bathroom. It comes with sub-adult ceiling and door heights, and a vivid citrus paintjob.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Fridge, Freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Vacuum cleaner
• Remote control skylight blinds

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Children’s playroom with cots
• Outdoor Shower

Off the main entrance hall there is a bantam-bedroom with a set of bunk beds, and its own charming ensuite shower room that children will love.

Above the bunk room, occupying the loft space, is a TV den ideally suited for kids, and furnished accordingly. 

Outside

Stradbally Cove, with its sheltered sandy beach is just 50 metres down the narrow lane that cuts through the property. Across the lane is a spacious and well-maintained garden bordering the river for your exclusive use.

Around the cliff side of the cottage, an outdoor shower is being fitted – very handy for sandy people and wetsuits.

Aside from the lawn and patio, the gardens to the rear of the house feature a delightful rose arched walkway. There is a large gravelled parking area with dedicated access beyond that.

Within the portico at the back entrance, there is a separate laundry room.

The cottage is adjacent to an historic Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally Village and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. It is home to 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid-18th century.

The owners occupy the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Provisional Booking Form

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

nb. June to August bookings are for full week only.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April €1100.
Halloween Friday 27th October to Monday 30th October € 1100.
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,600
New Year break Friday 29th December to Wednesday 3rd January 2024. € 2,600

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

Rates Table

Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to May €2,100 €1,100 €1,100
June to August €2,600 n/a n/a

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Reviews

 

Yes, we all enjoyed our stay at Cove Lodge..

We would have appreciated nicer weather but we still enjoyed our short visit. The one very good day we had showed just how beautiful county Waterford is. The house was amazing and so well equipped. We all enjoyed being so close to the sea and the lovely river. My husband and I enjoyed watching the birds on the river and on the cove. My 2 granddaughters loved the extra rooms up the staircases.

Linda Laurenson, April 2022

 

Out & About

 
This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems

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

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours

 

The Locality

 

 
Stradbally is a short uphill walk from the cottage, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the 13th century disputes between two noble Waterford dynasties, the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a 20km stretch of sometimes-stormy cliffs and beachy coves that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

About half an hour away, 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.

photo Mike Searle

They are mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it. It is fitting that one of the country’s most loved cycle route the Waterford Greenway runs through the region.

In Dungarvan, King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well-deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Clonea Strand is much closer, is one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along roads from Fenor to Annestown.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hour’s from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare which is approx. 1.5 hours from Stradbally
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two and a half hours from the cottage

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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 €1400 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 !