Inch House

Inch House

Inch House

Your Classic Country Manor

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County Tipperary

This magnificent 300 year old Georgian country mansion has served as family home, guest house and an award winning restaurant for the last 25 years, but is now available for exclusive private use by groups for clan gatherings, events, or corporate brainstorming.
Centrally located in Southern Ireland, it’s not such a long way to Tipperary!

 

Tradition and comfort combined

The most striking feature as you approach Inch House is a pair of extravagant tripartite mullion windows either side of the entrance, that stretch almost to the ground, and give an inkling of the scale of the interiors.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 19 guests
    From €2,000 for 2 nights
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms, one twin double (4) & one double plus single (3) & one family room with two doubles and two singles (6)
    All are ensuite with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Entrance hall, Drawing Room, Library Bar, Dining Hall for up to 30 guests
    Ladies & Gents guest toilets
    Kitchen (plus commercial kitchen available)
  • Features
    Extensive gardens, woodlands and lake
    Approved civil ceremony venue
    Secret Chapel available
  • Contempo
    TVs in bedrooms, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Minimum 2 nights

The entrance hall is classical Georgian drama, with a centred stairway dead ahead sweeping up to a stained glass return landing before branching symmetrically out of view.

Doors through the fat walls to one side reveal a lofty drawing room ablaze with gilt furniture and intricate Adams style ceiling mouldings.

Prussian blue William Morris wallpaper is the backdrop to antique crimson camel-back sofas, wingback chairs, an antique piano, and a classical marble fireplace.

So many of the original features throughout this home have been conscientiously preserved; the double return oak staircase is original, as is the wonderful lozenge parquet flooring, and stained glass window.

Off this end of the house, guest ladies and Gents toilets are useful for large groups.

Across the main hall, past the brass dinner gong, a scarlet dining hall can seat up to 30 people for an indulgent chandeliered banquet.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances – family kitchen

• Electric range with 3 ovens and 5 rings
• Samsung double door Fridge-freezer with water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Microwave

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three double beds, two King-size and two Super King-size Zip & Link, three single beds
• Hairdryers in each ensuite

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV plus one in each bedroom
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player in drawing room

Other

• Secret Chapel available
• Good selection of books
• Cards and games
• Children’s high chairs and cots
• Selection of Children’s toys
• All firewood supplied

There is a guest’s kitchen to the rear, completely contemporary and furnished with luxury appliances and an eight-seater breakfast table. Should you require use of a full commercial kitchen during your stay, it’s the next room along…

Options

There is an option to avail of the hire of a private award winning chef to cater for all or part of your stay, offering gourmet Breakfast, Lunch and or Dinner as required at an additional cost.

The William Morris Style drawing room is an approved civil ceremony venue if you wish to host your nuptial ceremony at Inch House as well as the celebrations after. Our Secret Chapel is available for blessings or for photo opportunities on the day too.

Upstairs

Six luxury bedrooms fan out from the first floor landing, each with its own ensuite shower or bathroom.

All of the bedrooms are generous, elegantly decorated, and individually styled with antique furniture and tasteful embellishments in keeping with the period of the house – plus a few contemporary extras, like TV.

The affable owners have prodigious hospitality experience, so if you have particular requirements please let us know.

Outside

The property is a large working family farm with extensive gardens, woodlands and lake which is currently being re-developed.
There is a local walk known as the Golden Mile adjoining the property which passes near the original settlement of Inch an ancient graveyard.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Pets – Possibly, check with us.

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

Please mention if you require us to contact you regarding chef hire and catering for all or part of your stay.

Discounts are available for longer stays.

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

  Week 3 nights 2 Nights
May to September €6,000 €3,800 €2,700
October to April €5,500 €3,300 €2,200

 

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Out & About

 

Tipperary is a treasure trove for hillwalking, historical sites, golf, fishing, hunting and equestrian pursuits.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thurles is the nearest large town just 5 minutes away with a variety of supermarkets, restaurants and shops. It is also the birthplace of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), founded in 1884 in Hayes’ Hotel in the centre of the town. The local Semple Stadium is the second largest GAA sports arena in Ireland after Croke Park in Dublin.

Window tax was the property tax of the mid 18th century, and was linked to the number of windows in a home. Some of the original windows in Inch House were either blocked up or amalgamated into larger ones, such as can be seen at the front, to reduce the annual rates bill.

Inch translates as island, and the original local inhabitants occupied a raised Anglo-Norman fortress surrounded by lowlands which are frequently flooded to this day.


The unique hill top cluster of medieval monastic ruins at the Rock of Cashel, half an hour’s drive away, is a popular tourist destination and worthy of a visit.

photo Robert Linsdell

Tipperary is home to Coolmore Stud, the largest thoroughbred horse breeding operation in the world. It is currently owned by the Magnier family, and has been associated with a long sequence of top-class stallions since the mid 1800s.

There is a pleasant loop walk with rewarding views around Devil’s Bit Mountain, 20 minutes north of the house. You have to take a short spur should you wish to visit the summit. Possibly more correctly called Devil’s Bite as a large chunk appears to be missing from certain angles.

Hunting with hounds is an ever popular tradition in Ireland that goes back to ancient times and features strongly in Celtic literature and legend. The season runs from late October to early March and packages for you or your group, including transportation, horse hire and visitors cap, can be arranged with one of the local hunts, on request.

photo Andreas F. Borchert

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is two hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a quarter hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two hours from Inch
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 2 and half hours from house.

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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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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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Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Water Water Everywhere

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Water Water Everywhere

County Clare

Uniquely sited on the gently sloping western shores of lower Lough Derg this cedar bungalow enjoys expansive views of the last lake on the indomitable river Shannon.
Whether it’s fishing or waterskiing that floats your boat, it’s here to be found on Ireland’s Pleasure Lake.

 

Lazy lake-side landscape

With verandah views reminiscent of a frontier cabin, this warm wooden home celebrates the al fresco lifestyle, and the textures of timber.

The open plan living space encompasses a sitting room that features panoramic vistas of the legendary lake, comfortable fire-side dining for six, and a fully fitted contemporary kitchen.

Magnificent glass sliding doors separate the interiors from an expansive south facing terrace that overlooks the woodland and river, sucking in the sunlight.

Some forty years old now, the bungalow has been recently refurbished and extended.

The principal double bedroom embraces more of that ubiquitous view, and is partnered by two more twin rooms, still defined by the sylvan theme.

The family bathroom with twin head shower serves all the guests.

A raised and roofed verandah encompasses the front patio where a rustic bench table invites sunny morning breakfasts that can last till the coolness of the evening settles around you and the chatter of passing pleasure boats subsides.

Outside

The home sits on 3 acres of raised wildflower meadow overlooking Lough Derg and the Shannon.
There is lakeside access, for launching kayaks or boats to explore the lake.
Swimming is allowed, if a bit chilly – with all the usual precautions.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Special Rates apply for Christmas and New Year – please inquire.

If you require a lake boat and fishing rods please contact us a week before your stay.
A daily rental rate of €50 and weekly rate of €150 will apply.

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

All Year €1,550 per week

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We had a great time at Blackrock Point in Clare…

The house was great, Angus & Uli were great in terms of directions/instructions etc. The website described it perfectly so thanks for that. We were positively surprised at the amount of items in the house, be it for preparing food to games for the kids to general utensils available to use. The kids got great use out of the lake, I think they drank most of it! All in all a very pleasant experience and would recommend this house for families in the Summer. Thanks again.

Seamus Corbett, July 2017

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Out & About

 

Lough Derg is known by some as the Pleasure Lake, because there is such a wide variety of water based activities available to the visitor. Everything from fishing to wind-surfing is catered for.
There is so much to do we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..

 

photo Steve Ford Elliott

Here are some of our favourites…

In September don’t miss the Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna

The Locality

 

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable..
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.

photo Coilte

You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum while in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

 

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

The closest village is Whitegate, a four minute drive. On the way in there is a quaint pub (The Nightingale). The scenic village of Mountshannon just 10 minutes away has a number of shops and pubs and hosts a market every Saturday morning during the summer months.

photo Watermarksskiclub

Small and uninhabited, Holy Island, is of great historical interest. Just a short trip away in the boat, it has a well preserved, if roofless Round Tower, the ruins of several churches and other structures.

photo Lough Derg Yacht Club

Lough Derg Sailing Club is 15 mins across the lake by boat and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.

photo Killaloe Tourism

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Cork or Dublin.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool to Dublin.
Dublin Port is approx 2.5 hours from house.

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Garryurra

Garryurra

Garryurra

“There’s nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”

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County Tipperary

With its own deep harbour and slipway connected to Lough Derg on the mighty Shannon River by a shallow channel, this is a completely unique, private and peaceful location just over two hours from Dublin.
Originally built as a dower house for the local estate this spacious luxury lake-side property has recently been completely refurbished and upgraded.

 

Generously proportioned rooms

Once you leave the crunchy gravelled entrance and step into the gleaming atrium, you become aware that all the rooms of this ample home are arranged along the sunny southern elevation where they absorb magical views of the lake.

Crossing one extremity, an expansive and stunning Clive Christian kitchen wraps around a central preparation island – all integrated appliances, panels and pilasters.
An imposing Aga range with gas hob sets the ivory colour theme.

Large enough to accommodate a sturdy eight seater breakfast table, venetian blinds and sliding panoramic doors separate the kitchen from a limestone flagged terrace that spans the length of the house, and is perfect for al fresco dining.

A spacious lichen green dining room adjoins the kitchen. Floored in American hickory and furnished with a large oval table and eight fully upholstered chairs, this room also features the second of a triptych of sophisticated sliding floor to ceiling patio glass doors that characterise the southern façade of this home.

A pair of glazed doors link through to the sitting room, where the same seductive lake view can be enjoyed. Heavy drapes, a modular sofa grouping, flat screen TV and open fireplace are perfect for those inclement evenings.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Four oven oil fired AGA
• with Four ring gas hob
• Two Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso Coffee machine
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Central vacuum system
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Four King-size and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Smart TV with Netflix
• DVD player
• CCTV

Other

• Large selection of books
• Gas Barbeque
• Patio heaters
• Double Garage available
• Electric Gates
• Private harbour with dock & slipway

Bespoke mahogany library units, a deep buttoned wingback and a simple Adams detail fireplace lend a classic ambience to an intimate study at the western extreme – also great for watching the match!

Upstairs, three wonderful bedrooms, each with wonderful ensuite bathrooms, and of course the same simply wonderful view, extend from the balcony corridor.

If that isn’t enough wonderful, the master bedroom enjoys some additional drama with a breakfast balcony, a dazzling crystal mirror bathroom, and a walk-in dressing room!

In a separate wing above the double garage, a large family dorm style bedroom has been contrived. There is a king size double bed here, together with two single beds. An ensuite shower room and dressing room complete this accommodation.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small dogs will be fine.

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.

Outside

The property looks directly across to Dromineer – home to Lough Derg Yacht Club (since 1835). The south facing lawn sweeps down to a 10ft deep harbour, stone walled quay and slipway, approached by a shallow channel from the lake – bring a boat…
There are also private walkways through the tranquil, mature lakeside woodlands.

Local wildlife include a family of swans, cared for since the previous owner, abundant wildlife and two, of only eight pairs of Ireland’s white-tailed sea eagles have also chosen the lake as their home.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Please Note: – A weeks booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas, New Years and other Public Holidays 2021- Please apply for rates 
May to September €4,000 per week
October to April €3,000 per week
Christmas 2020 (23rd-28th) €3,480

 

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Out & About

 

The Lake and the Shannon provide a raft of unique activities for you – Here are links to some of our favourite activities

 

The Locality

 

 

Puckaun is the nearest village, filled with classic thatched cottages, a small village shop and Kennedy’s Pub which regularly hosts traditional Irish music.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable… The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

photo Derg Yacht Club

Dromineer village just a couple of minutes away is the home of Lough Derg Sailing Club and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon. You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

 

Nenagh 15 mins from the house is the nearest large town with shops a plenty. It also has a fine medieval round tower where you can climb 101 stone stairs for a better view, but mind your head.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

photo fishingireland.info

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is about two and a half hours from the house
Shannon Airport – is about an hour from the house.

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

 

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Ballintubbert House

Ballintubbert House

Ballintubbert House

Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

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Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

County Laois

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

 

A period piece with panache

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


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

 

AT A GLANCE

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

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

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

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