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
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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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Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Awake to Inescapable Ocean Panoramas

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County Galway

Perched above one of the most active boating piers on the Southern Connemara shores of Galway Bay, and only recently completed, this formidable home employs local materials and the most compelling masonry skills this side of Peru, to exploit its location to the utmost.

Contemporary, cosy, and spacious – yet within forty minutes of Ireland’s most bohemian city, this is a very special place for rest, rejuvenation and making memories.

 

Abundant light and unobstructed views

The house rises from the floor of a disused stone quarry, with the main entrance charmingly accessed via a contemporary drawbridge style walkway.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests in main house
    plus 3 in Annex
    From € 7,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    ensuite with walk-in wardrobes
    One twin room
    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room with wood-burning stove
    Dining room with wet bar, and TV lounge
    Kitchen with breakfast bar & dining
    Fitness room with Sauna
    Entrance Lobby, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Large duel temperature hot tub & swim Spa
    Breakfast balcony
    Wood burning stoves, large patio
    Dual gated entrances, Ocean access
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Annex Apartment
    Triple bedroom
    Living / Dining room
    Shower room & galley Kitchen
  • Offices
    Open plan twin computer stations
    Fast WiFi internet
    Kitchenette & WC
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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From the lobby, a short hallway to the left leads into a spacious sitting room, with a lofty limestone chimney breast that bisects the dazzling view of the Bay.

For winter comforts, there is a woodburning stove and substantial flat screen television.

Velvet upholstery and drapes, together with oak floors are typical throughout this home.

Heavy sliding barn doors open through to a cool sea-green kitchen, with bold walls of white and black quartz. A cooks dream, this kitchen is fully equipped with everything from a coffee machine and nutribullet, to an air fryer.

Panoramic full height glazing maximises the omnipresent ocean views, with a broad, glazed sliding door onto a balcony. From here, external stairs connect to the paved patio below.

A black quartz breakfast bar with stools, divides this inclusive dining space.

This living area is at an angled junction in the floor plan, with a main corridor back to the entrance, and an archway through to a generous and chic panelled dining room.

A more formal affair with a table that can seat the entire compliment of visitors on convivial suede buttoned benches, and with a cocktail bar, wine cooler and ice machine in the corner, surrounded by sable stained panelling and stunning views.

Beyond and behind a sliding glass wall, a monumental flat-screen tv monopolises the adjoining television lounge.

A modern electric fire and a well cushioned sofa group complete the home-movie harmony. A Nintendo Wii is a welcome addition for Children (and adults!).

 

Bedrooms

Off the main corridor back to the entrance hall, a family bathroom boasts a super double ended, extra deep, Corian slipper bath.

Beside it, is the only bedroom on this level, with double bed and generous wardrobe space.

Oak return-stairs at the corner of the house lead to bedroom accommodation on the lower ground floor, with hallways running in two directions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Siemens electric ovens ovens
• 2 gas rings plus wok ring
• Domino induction hobs
• Fridge and freezer
• Dishwasher
• 2 Quooker taps
• Food processor
• Air Fryer
• Twin Toaster
• Nutibullet
• Barista Sage coffee machine
• Wine cooler
• Ice machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

Sizes: Main house
• Three Queen-size
• Two 4ft double beds in twin room
• One 4ft 6 Double
Sizes: Annex
• One single and one Queen-size zip & Link (2x 3ft)
• 4 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet (2x Fibre Optic, one dedicated for office)
• 4 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Sky sports & Movies, Disney+, Paramount+
• Nintendo Wii
• Foozball & Airhockey table
• Chess Board

Other

• Good selection of books and Games
• Traditional steam Sauna
• Full body Infared Lights for use in Sauna
• Multiple exercise machines and equipment
• Dual temperature Spa swim Pool
• Hot Tub
• Outdoor shower
• Patio furniture
• Office printers and equipment

The elegant master bedroom lies at the end of one. With windows in two walls, it has a generous walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room.

Beside it is a colourful twin bedroom, also with dual aspect views and an ensuite bathroom – kids will love it. Complete with Lego, Fuzzball table and family board games.

A picture window along the apposing corridor exposes the workout room with its multiple fitness machines.

Here too you will find the traditional steam sauna – a super addition to any holiday escape.

There are two more distinctive double bedrooms along this hallway, both with ensuite shower rooms and walk-in wardrobes.



 

The Annex Apartment

A separate adjacent building has a folksy single bedroom apartment that sleeps three in zip-and-link beds that can be arranged in any combination, or used individually. It is on the first floor with a large shower room, galley kitchen, and living dining area.

Office

If you have to work on your vacation, the ground floor of the annex is home to a fully functional office with two workstations, high speed WiFi access, and assorted premium equipment.

There is also a dedicated kitchenette and WC here.

Outside

The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with wonderful traditional masonry work in local stone to accommodate its unique site and location above Sruthán Pier – just a stone’s throw from the sea.

There are two entrance gates to the property, a stunning curved driveway, and ample parking.

A brick path surrounds the house, and under the escarpment in the shady back stretch, there is a large dual temperature Spa swim pool, with separate hot tub and an outdoor shower.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Friday 30th to Monday 2nd January € 7,000

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 7,000
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 7,000
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 7,000

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 of €800 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

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  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May € 6,000 € 3,500 € 3,500
June to September € 7,000 € 4,000 € 4,000

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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
Services available on request:
  • Home Cooking
  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Car service
  • Boat Hire
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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.

Golfing suggestions

Connemara Isles – 13 minutes by car
Bearna – 38 minutes by car
Oughterard – 40 minutes by car
Galway Bay – 40 minutes by car
Connemara Championship Links – 1hr 13 minutes by car

Fishing suggestions

Costello and Fermoyle Fishery – 7 minutes by car
Screeb Fishery -15 minutes by car
Lough Inagh Fishery – 41 minutes by car

Here are some of our favourites…
Day Excursion suggestions

Pearse Cottage Cultural Centre, – 20 minutes by car
Wildlands Adventure Park – 40 minutes by car
St Brigit’s Gardens – 45 minutes by car
Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage – 45 minutes by car
Day Spa at Screeb House – 15 minutes by car
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – 55 minutes by car
Clifden Town – 55 minutes by car
Connemara National Park – 1 hr by car
Oceans Alive Visitor Centre – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
DK Connemara Oysters Tour – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Killary Fjord – 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Connemara Smokehouse – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Burren Perfumery – 1 hr 50 minutes by car
Cliffs of Moher -2 hrs 20 minutes by car
Westport House – 1 hr by car

 

The Locality

 

 

The busy Carraroe peninsula on the northern stretches of Galway Bay overlooks an Atlantic inlet crowded with islands. The area is typical of the intensely crenulated Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.

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 which provide sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

The local village of Carraroe has a small supermarket, a great Fish & Chip shop and a couple of cosy pubs.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

This is a Gaeltacht area, meaning that the thriving local community speak Irish on a daily basis.

There are four summer schools here that teach Irish to secondary-school students from all over Ireland. It is also a centre for the Irish-language media, with the Irish-language radio station, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta located in nearby Casla, and the Irish-language television station, TG4, just a few kilometres east. Church services are conducted in Irish, as are all school and daily cultural activities.

Image courtesy Failte Ireland

10 minutes away, Trá an Dóilín is a beautiful and unusual Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic coral. There are lifeguards in summer months, toilets and great swimming.

photo cc: Sophie]

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony whose exact origins are uncertain. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition, well suited to these semi barren peninsulas.

The house is just 40 minutes’ drive from Galway City, the capital of the west of Ireland and second only to Dublin in yearly visitors. With its charming streets, restaurants and nightlife mixed with culture, traditional Irish music and activities for all the family, it is worth a visit.


State-of-the-art Production Facilities in the Connemara Gaeltacht

Studio Cuan is a special Music Production Studio with one of the loveliest recording rooms in the country. It is equipped with excellent facilities to ensure the highest quality for all types of sessions. 24 minutes away by car.

Fíbín Media is an award winning, Television Production Company that have a purpose-built television studio in Galway. 9 minutes away by car.
They also have a mobile recording studio that is available to rent.


 

At the end of August, Carraroe hosts one of the largest annual regattas for Galway Hooker boats – a distinctive form of traditional Irish fishing boat. Some of these sailing boats with their conspicuous rust-coloured sails are berthed at Sruthán Pier. The boats can accommodate heavy loads and was in active service until the 1950′s ferrying supplies, turf and livestock to and from the Aran islands.

Now adays they are mainly used in competitions racing, and there are several regattas along the Connemara coast.photo credit: Ardfern

The infamous Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are famed for their dramatic cliffs and distinctive knitted jumpers. The three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.
They can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is on the opposite side of the bay – just 7 minutes away by car – or by plane from Connemara Airport, which is just 10 minutes away by car. The boat trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi-circular stone fort of Dun Aengus – reckoned to be about 2,500 years old – backs onto a 90 metre cliff and is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe.
Not to be missed.

photo credit: Gareth McCormack/garethmccormack.com

On your way to Galway City you’ll pass through Spiddal, a picturesque seaside village and one of the largest Irish speaking settlements in the Galway Gaeltacht. There is a unique Craft Village there, and a selection of pubs where most weekends you can catch a “live trad” night.

It has two south-facing beaches connected by a scenic walking / cycling path. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, are used for shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Knock Airport – just under 2 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – about 2 and quarter hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the house.

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Manor House

Manor House

Manor House

Grand Designs in County Down

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County Down, Northern Ireland

Evocative of a fine country seat, this is an impressive house on a grand scale, uniquely positioned on private grounds in a bustling port town just 20 miles from Belfast.

The House is a Grade I listed building, dating from the early 17th Century, and has remained in the same family for more than the last two-and-a-half of them.

Upstairs Downstairs

A portico of two Doric columns and a heavy Georgian door welcome you to a vintage era that is Manor house.

The imposing canary yellow hall and forever staircase which sweeps to the top of the house – make a dramatic entrance.

Opening off the hallway is the sort of dining room that makes you feel underdressed. It is on more of a banqueting scale, with a decorative marble and brass fireplace, rich mahogany furniture, and ancestors in oils. There is a smaller circular table for more intimate dining.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €2,250 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Drawing room
    Dining room
    Family KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Open Fire places
    Central location
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
  • CHECK HERE

Down a couple of steps from the dining room, and en-route to the kitchen, a short passage passes the ground floor sitting room – busy with books, TV and sofas, and with a door onto the southern gardens.

Most of the classic features of the period persevere, with wide floor boards, grand sash windows and generous open fireplaces in most rooms. There are even mysterious jib doors camouflaged into the wallpaper.

The kitchen to the rear is a magnificent and spacious room, in a colourful country style, with all you could want for some serious cuisine, including a large four-oven Aga and a premium gas oven. The breakfast table here comfortably seats eight.

Off the kitchen is the stone flagged utility room and the Pantry, with Belfast sink, and laundry machines.

Facilities & Ameneties
Not all of this extensive historic home is available to visitors. A separate apartment off the main hallway is retained for use by the owners. In addition there are a number of rooms at attic level that remain unused.
At various times part of the house functions as a Bed and Breakfast, and the accommodation reflect this self-containment with tea trays and television in three of the bedrooms.

The Wifi works in the main part of the House and Dining Room but not so well in the bedrooms. Despite its old world atmosphere, the house is well equipped with contemporary utilities throughout.

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

A group of rooms from the first floor landing include a stunning drawing room – once the ballroom.

Elaborate cornices, a huge Persian rug, a bay of three shuttered multi-light windows, and a classic black marble fireplace embellish this gilded salon.

Bedrooms

On the same level is the first of four lavish bedrooms that radiate from the sweeping stairway.

Romantic half-tester canopies dress the deluxe beds and compliment heavy matching drapes.
And there’s more mahogany.

Free standing baths are the order of the day in the three traditional ensuite bathrooms, but even if you ring the butler’s bell, you’ll need to fill them yourself, or use the only shower in the family bathroom.

About

The Manor House was built by Hugh Montgomery in the 1620’s, it was originally a ‘Blow House’ so called as the Montgomery family and retainers used it to stay in, awaiting favourable weather for the boat crossing to Portpatrick, in Scotland.

The House is situated on private grounds in the small seaside town of Donaghadee.

There is off street parking, a whole seaside town to explore, and a private side garden for afternoon tea or busy barbecues.

Click here for virtual Harbour tour …

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 3,500
New Year break Thursday 29th to Tuesday 3rd January € 3,500

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 of €450 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

Rates Table

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October to April € 2,950 € 1,280 € 1,280
May to September € 3,500 € 1,725 € 1,725

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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
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Out & About

Within a shout of the fascination of Belfast, there are golf courses, restaurants, the splendor of the Mourne Mountains and Stranford Lough to explore.

 

Here are just some of our favourite outings…

The Locality

 

Scrabo Tower

The house is on the Ards Peninsula – the most easterly part of Ireland – and a 20 mile drive from Belfast City.

The shops, restaurants and cafes of Donaghadee are all within strolling distance.
The town claims, rather dubiously, ‘the oldest pub in Ireland’. None-the-less Grace Neils offers a truly Irish experience at the bar and in the restaurant.

The pretty harbour is one of the closest points to Scotland; indeed on most days the Scottish coast is visible to the naked eye. This was a critical factor in the development of the town which until the middle of the 19th century was the major ferry (steam packet) point of entry from the GB mainland to the island of Ireland. It remains an important lifeboat station (RNLI).

During the summer months boat trips to the Copeland Islands and fishing charters are available.

Van Morrison famously was “going down to Bangor”- 6 miles closer to Belfast. It is the nearest big town, and home to the largest marina in Northern Ireland.

The peninsula encloses Stranford Lough which is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles. It boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets.
SeaGen, the world’s first commercial tidal stream power station, was until recently anchored in the mouth of the Lough providing power for 1000 homes.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast airports.
Belfast City Airport – 30 minutes from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
From Liverpool or Stranraer to Belfast
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house

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Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Where the sea otters play

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County Cork

On the northern shores of Bantry Bay – the heart of West Cork – this recently modernised two-bedroom cottage preserves its heritage while allowing the outstanding beauty of the setting work its magic.

Wrapped in the enduring melodies of the sea breeze, the lapping waves, calls of sea birds and the reassuring whisper from the woodland behind, this is an idyllic spot to recharge and explore the remote Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Compact with character

Winding its way through ancient woodland, the driveway ends in a secluded south facing clearing just a few feet above the sea.

From here a weathered iron gate opens onto a gravel path that leads down to the cottage, where a set of French doors welcome you to an open plan kitchen and dining area.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Utility room
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
  • Restrictions
  •    No Parties, Stag or Hen.
  • No smoking in the property
  • Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats up to six on a cushioned bench and chairs. It is bright with glorious views across the small, well-tended lawn to the sea and hills beyond.

The kitchen is painted in egg shell blue and soft white set off by solid wooden work surfaces, and affords the best in contemporary appliances and below-counter storage.

The Belfast sink, the brushed brass kitchen draw grabs and original door handles provide a link to the past and are a testament to the owner’s diligence in the recent renovation.

A four ringed electric cooker with oven is complemented by a Rayburn range with hot plates and oven. This oil-fired range provides the heating and hot water to the home.

A cosy sitting room with more of those stunning bay vistas adjoins to the dining room.

A sofa and two arm-chairs provide the comfort, and selection of books encourage a curl-up moment on those rare West Cork inclement days!

In addition to the oil-fired central heating, a wood burning stove is sited in the fireplace with an endless supply of fuel drawn from the surrounding woodland in a shed around the back.

 

Bedrooms

Both bedrooms are doubles and have south facing windows, and they each have free standing hand basins.

One bed has a novel system of elevation, devised to catch more of the views…

The bathroom is located towards the rear, and includes both a generous bath and modern power shower.

A fully equipped utility room located at the back of the cottage provides full laundry facilities, and an additional external lavatory is also to the rear.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric twin ovens with 4 ceramic rings
• Rayburn oil-fired range
• 2 Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Coffee percolator

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds

Other

• Selection of books
• WiFi: Strong signal available
• Good cell phone coverage

Outside

The cottage faces south with magnificent views across Bantry Bay to Whiddy Island and the Sheeps Head Peninsula beyond.

A stone terrace spans the front of the home alongside a fine lawn bordered by a low wall that defines the southern edge of the property.

To the side, an elevated slabbed patio has a fire pit and is a great barbeque area – charcoal barbecue and outdoor seating provided. 

The gravel path running past the cottage leads through the woods on to a shingle beach from which swimming is possible. This sheltered harbour was well used in the 1930s and some fine wooden rowing boats remain as memories of that age.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December €2,100
New Year break Thursday 29th to Monday 2nd January € 2,100

 

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,100
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,100
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,100
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,100

For other Public holidays, St.Patrick’s weekend,  – will also be at the High Season rates.

Important – Week long bookings run from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 will be payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no issues.

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May to September – High Season. €2,100

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Out & About

 

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

 

 

Mare’s Tail Waterfall

 


More about Bantry

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

 

The Locality

 

 
The nearest supermarket is in Reendesert a few minutes drive away, but a trip to Bantry town will not disappoint – about 10 minutes – there are several large outlets to choose from.

Bantry has a rich history. At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way https://bearatourism.com/things-to-do/beara-way-walking-route  offers a safer route.

West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the buzzing village of Glengarrif, 15 minutes away, demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

Further along, Castletownbere is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bere Island, itself with many ancient archaeological sites, the town has a long military history.

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten-minute ride to Dursey Island.

The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.
With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island.
Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

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

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

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

Healey Pass

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

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – under four hours from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 1 and 1/4 hours from cottage
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and 3/4 hours from cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under four hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under four hours 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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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 if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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  • 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.

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Lis na Carrig

Lis na Carrig

Lis na Carrig

Abundant Unexpected Indulgence

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County Dublin

An exceptional Victorian mansion hiding within an immaculate five-acre garden, in the exclusive leafy Dublin suburb of Foxrock.
Expanded to include a gym and home cinema, each room in this irregular heritage house offers stunning glimpses of the ubiquitous gardens.
Just perfect for corporate or family gatherings, 25 minutes from the city centre.

 

Classic and Playful

From the wisteria clad exterior, a Georgian arched double-door entrance leads through a small lobby to a cosy raised-panel reception, with an open fire and an antique grand piano welcome.

This original section of the house contains the more formal rooms, featuring elaborate pelmet-ed drapes over generous sash windows, period furniture, and quintessential black and white marble fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €12,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Six double bedrooms – 5 ensuite
    +1 private bathroom
  • Reception Rooms
    Entrance Reception, Drawing room, Dining room
    Sitting room, Sunroom
  • Entertainment
    Snooker room & Bar, Cinema
    Gym & Steam room
    Children’s Entertainment room
  • Other Rooms
    Family Kitchen & Breakfast room
    Pantry, Cool room, Guest cloakroom
    Laundry room, Utility room
    Two private offices, Three Garages
  • Features
    Open Fire places, Grand Piano
    Putting Green & Walled Garden
    4 acres of formal gardens
    Patios & Balconies
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs, Hi speed WiFi internet
    integrated sound system
    24-hour security monitoring
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Special Events: 3 nights minimum
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The elegant dining table can seat up to sixteen people, in a room featuring twin chandeliers, extravagantly ornate moulded plasterwork, and an indulgent gilded mirror.

The demure bay window table to one end is a particular delight.

 

A few steps lower in a more recent enlargement of the house, is the spacious family kitchen and double-height breakfast room, with a span of windows overlooking the front gardens.

Comprehensively equipped for the gourmet chef, what you can’t find here will be in the adjoining cool-room or pantry.

Stained glass pocket doors off the breakfast room reveal a substantial family sitting room, defined by a crescent screen of windows opening onto a sheltered patio at the end. A large TV, a large sofa, and an open gas fire…

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 2x Electric ovens
• 4x hob Induction & 2x gas rings
• 2x Fridge-freezer
• 2x Dishwashers
• 2x Microwave
• Toaster
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machines & Dryers
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Four King-size and
• Two King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet, inc. garden
• Sky TV in family room, playroom and Cinema
• 3 bedrooms with smart TVs
• Snooker table and bar
• Home Cinema
• Children’s toys, books, games
• 24-hour security monitoring

Other

• Housekeeping provided
• Steam room
• Gym (4 machines)
• Putting green
• Gas BBQ
• Garden furniture
• Access to Aventine Wellness Gardens

Extending to the rear, a magnificent two storey sunroom opens out onto an herbaceous garden and all-weather putting green.

Airy, bright and luxurious, it features an exquisite open stairway with a glamourous wrought iron balustrade.

Entertainment

Overlooking the sunroom is the snooker room, complete with a bar tucked away in one corner – another stunning surprise, in a home that is packed with fun.

The neighbouring room, is a gymnasium, furnished with four machines and lots of mirrors.

For your convenience, there is a shower room with steam room to one side.

You may also want to avail of the impressive home cinema, which is on the ground floor at the extreme end of the modern wing.

Ultra-comfortable Sky viewing etc. on the big screen with surround sound!

Bedrooms

There are six diverse double bedrooms available, each with their own bathrooms.

The sublime master bedroom is on the top floor of the original house; it is paneled and floored in natural warm wood, with complementary fitted wardrobes, and has large dual aspect windows.

The generous bathroom is equally perfect with enclosed toilet, bath and shower.

The sleigh bed bedroom is at the top of the house, has a small dressing room which opens onto its own balcony.

The chic grey bedroom comes with a classy matching ensuite.

This sophisticated bedroom has a large TV and a desk for that bit of catching up…

There are two more bedrooms, across a short link beyond the snooker room.

Both with balconies overlooking the walled garden, and with zip and link beds which can be set up as twins instead of doubles.