Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Skerrett Hall

Back in the day…

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County Galway

This generous Georgian manor house close by Lough Corrib, dates from the late seventeenth century. Sitting in two acres of gardens, the interiors recollect more measured times, where anticipation of the next big salmon was the evening’s entertainment.

Within striking distance of the delights of Galway City, and on the verge of Connemara, this is gentle Ireland at its best.

 

Comfortable at the days end…

The house is an intriguing mix of Georgian elegance, rustic vernacular farmhouse and striking modern design. The 15m high chimney stacks at either end of the house date from the late seventeenth century, whilst the rest of the historic fabric is largely eighteenth century.

A sturdy door in the granite framed entrance opens into the spacious hallway, with switchback stairs leading to the accommodation.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From € 2,300 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – all ensuite – all double beds.
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Garden room
    Open plan Kitchen – Dining room
    Entrance hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Wood burning stoves
    Grand Piano, Pipe organ
    Patio
  • Contempo
    Three Flat screen TVs, good WiFi internet
    DVD player
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Polished black flagstones follow through to the large eclectic country kitchen, which is the heart of the house.

At its centre is a muscular table made from an ash tree felled in the garden, and a large and recently restored 80-year-old working range.

The house boasts fully restored interior woodwork, including an impressive, perfectly panelled reception room to the right of the entrance hall.

This room features a grand piano. A large wood-burning stove is set into the hearth at one end, while tall glazed double-doors open onto the rear garden.

Panel shutters frame the windows – deep enough for cushioned seats.

The extensive programme of restoration and conservation recently culminated in the addition of a light-filled garden room at the rear of the house, where bi-fold doors embrace the back garden – a stunning design in glass and steel by internationally acclaimed architects McCullough Mulvin.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Solid fuel range with 4 ovens
• Gas hob
• Electric Cooker
• Fridge
• 2 Freezers
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Microwave
• Blender
• Juicer
• 2 Slow cookers

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 3 King-size beds and
• one Super King 180cm bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & DVD movies
• Grand piano
• Home pipe organ
• Barbeque
• Herb garden

Bedrooms

Before reaching the bedrooms, a roomy landing at the top of the stairs is home to a slightly exotic pipe organ for budding recitalists.

There are four ensuite double bedrooms, differentiated by colour. Two of them have functioning fireplaces.

The blue room has a seductive canopy bed and a quirky period style bathroom.


 

Provisional Booking Form

  2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April 2023 € 2,800
Halloween Friday 27th October to Monday 30th October 2023 € 2,800
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December 2023 € 3,000
New Year break Saturday 30th December to Tuesday 2nd January 2024. € 3,000

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 €500 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MAY AND OCTOBER 2023 IS ONLY FREE FOR WEEKENDS ONLY – FRIDAY ARRIVAL TIME AFTER 4PM AND DEPART MONDAY BEFORE 11.00AM – THE RATE IS €1100.

 

Rates Table

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
April/May € 2,300 € 1,300 € 1,300
 September € 2,500 not available not available
June € 2,800 not available not available
July and August € 3,000 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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Out & About

 

Adjacent to Loughs Corrib and Mask, this area is a mecca for anglers and those of us who love messing about in boats.

Here are some of our favourites…

Events

Headfest – an annual community festival suitable for all the family, which takes place in early June every year.

Galway International Arts Festival – a major international event attracting performers from around the globe to Galway for a two-week programme in mid July including  theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion, and comedy.

 

The Locality

 

 
The house is about 35 minutes North West of Galway City, a secluded area that is one of the best kept secrets in Galway. The nearest village is Headford, just five minutes’ drive away, where you can find a supermarket, hotel, and several cosy pubs and restaurants.

Tribe banners photo: Eoin Gardiner

The house was built by the Skerrett family – one of the famous tribes of Galway – and dates from the late seventeenth century, with many an addition along the way. Perhaps the most famous member of the family was Nicholas Skerrett, Archbishop of Tuam in the mid 1500s.

The townland is adjacent to Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the State, stretching Northwards for about 56 Kms from Galway City.

There are well over 300 islands to be explored on the lake. A stroll will bring you to one of several nearby unspoilt inlets, however the closest jetty is at Kilbeg Pier, 7 minutes’ drive away.

Lough Corrib is renowned for its stocks of salmon and wild brown trout. The salmon-fishing season opens on 1st February and the trout season on 15th February, and both end on 30th September.

Mayfly fishing on Corrib is legendary. From mid-May, and for a couple of weeks, the surface of the lake becomes alive with these winged insects and the trout love ‘em – the perfect opportunity to trick one of them onto your hook!

photo: Kramthenik27

Boats and tackle are available for hire locally, but visitors are advised to employ a local guide or ghillie, at least on the first outing.

There are many prehistoric burial cairns, Iron Age stone enclosures, early Norman and later castles, and several monastic sites.

One of the most impressive surviving Franciscan friaries in Ireland, Ross Errilly is 10 mins North of the house near the border with County Mayo. Historians argue over the identity of its founder as well as its date, with 1460 the most likely.

The charming village of Cong lies at the top of Lough Corrib. This was the location for John Ford’s 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man, which featured John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald.

The Quiet Man

Filming was mostly done on the grounds of Ashford Castle, which has hardly changed since, and the village continues to attract movie tourists. The Castle is currently employed as an exclusive hotel with an outstanding international reputation, amazing service, exquisite dining, and a host of activities to indulge in.

Sir William Wilde built a country home in Cong inspiring his son Oscar Wilde to write about his experiences in South Mayo an area he frequently returned to throughout his life.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the house.
Knock Airport – approx 1 hour from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and half hrs from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 2 and a half hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 4 hours from the house.

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Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Epitome of Lakeshore Opulence

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County Tipperary

This extremely elegant historic mansion overlooks Lough Derg, and is one of the finest houses on the lake.

Approached by a winding avenue which travels through mature parkland and woodlands, it affords spectacular views and the utmost privacy being set well back from the road, and invisible except from the lake.

The 734 square metre Victorian main house, with some forty rooms, was extensively refurbished yet retains the integrity of the original period features – ornate cornicing, broad wooden floors, antique marble fireplaces, panelled mahogany doors and decorative architraves.

 

Well-proportioned classic interiors

The formal entrance is from an expansive west facing terrace that overlooks an immaculate stretch of lawn descends running down to the lake.

The glazed and tiled porch opens through double doors into an entrance hall, currently furnished with an antique games table, piano, a black marble fireplace, and an eclectic mix of pictures and art that set the tone for the home.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €12,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Six double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    Four bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Interconnecting Drawing rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Library, Breakfast room, Entrance hall
    Chef’s Kitchen, Butlers pantry
    Gym, Cloakroom, Laundry room
  • Features
    Enclosed courtyard, Large terrace
    2 tennis courts, Woodlands
    Lake frontage, private harbour
    Open fires, Stairlift
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs
    Fast WiFi internet, DVD
    Good 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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To one side of the hall are two interconnecting classic drawing rooms lit by tall, elaborately draped sash windows, and featuring beautiful pillared white marble fireplaces.

A number of the paintings here and in the adjacent rooms are of remarkable proportions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 3 cooking ranges with multiple ovens
• Fridges
• Freezers
• Dual Dishwashers
• Toasters
• Espresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Complete laundry facilities
• Chair lift

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and Four Queen size
• 6 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Electric main gates
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Multiple Flat-screen TVs
• Satellite/Cable TV
• DVD player

Other

• Large selection of books
• Fitness and Workout room
• Children’s crib available
• Barbecue
This is an exceptionally large home, a full-time daily housekeeper is present with the exception of Sunday unless otherwise requested.
Cook and extra house-keeping can be provided at additional cost.

​Leading off the drawing room, via a hallway that spans the ground floor, is yet another classic reception room, a vibrant and atmospheric library, busy with books.

Much used for television, the elaborate white marble fireplace is fitted with a more practical wood-burning stove.​

A back staircase to first floor accommodation, fitted with a chair lift, is accessed from a doorway in the library, as is the store of logs for the stove.

Beyond the library, in the same wing, is an alternative and more intimate television sitting room, decorated in luminous lemon yellow.

This room has a generous if unexpected bathroom adjacent – a legacy from a former layout.

To the southern side of the entrance hall, there is a formal dining room.

Extravagantly draped windows, with a large open Adams fireplace and Chippendale chairs, was there ever a more charismatic setting for a celebratory dinner?

Adjoining the Dining room there is a short corridor leading past a cloakroom and small office to the Kitchen and Breakfast room.

A purposeful blend of country style and professional catering, the kitchen is well appointed for feeding such a large household – with three separate cookers.

Additional contiguous rooms include a Butlers pantry and a larder. Those quirky ceiling hooks would have been intended for hanging hams and the like…

The cosy breakfast room situated just beyond the kitchen has a woodburning stove, and a door to the cobbled courtyard, which is at the centre of this home.


 

Other facilities surrounding the courtyard include a small workout gym looking onto it, with several machines and a shower, and a generous laundry room to the rear.

Bedrooms

An impressive return staircase leads from behind the entrance hall to a bright sky-lit landing.

There are four magnificent and individual bedrooms off the main landing on the first floor.

Three have glorious westerly views to the lake – one with an awesome balcony – while the fourth has views over the central courtyard.

Two of them enjoy en-suite bathrooms, with separate shower rooms just across the hall for the other two.;

A dog-leg corridor brings you to the elegant master bedroom with its stunning mahogany four poster bed, dual aspect views, and black & white tiled en-suite bathroom.

Another opulent bedroom lies at the end of a further dog-leg corridor, past the back stairs. It has a private and equally spacious bathroom with free standing roll-top bath and shower next-door.

 

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The 100-acre lakefront estate comes with its own private harbour, landing stage and fishing rights.

The grounds of the Estate are a particular feature and offer a mixture of mature gardens with lawns, flower beds and shrubberies surrounding the house and sweeping down to the lake.

There are maintained walks through the mature woodlands, including, the Hazel Walk through a Hazel Tree plantation, the Beech Walk, Lady Alice’s Walk, The Cathedral Walk and The North Walk.

Afternoon strolls around the remarkably well-maintained walled garden will be a lasting memory, and is a highlight of any visit.

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 Saturday to Saturday

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

A refundable breakages deposit of €1000 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no damage issues.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €12,950 €7,950 €7,950
June to September €12,950 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

Additional separate accommodation on the property may be available on application, including the Walled Garden Cottage, here…

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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Portumna Golf Club

Here are some of our favourites…

And call by Nenagh Farmers Market on Saturdays if you’re around

For those keen on hunting there are a choice of local packs within easy reach, namely The Ormond Hunt, The North Tipperary Foxhounds and The Galway Blazers. The property is also the perfect terrain for a private shoot with good woodland coverage.

 

The Locality

 

 

The pretty village of Terryglass is just 10 minutes away, and has a long and distinguished history with a monastery being founded there by St. Columba in 549 A.D. The famous Book of Leinster was produced at the Monastery and can now be seen in Trinity College Dublin.

The village has a strong reputation for food and has two award-winning bar and restaurants — Paddy’s Bar and The Derg Inn — that are well worth a visit or two.

photo Kenneth Allen

Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, a chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation. The bridge here is the nearest Shannon crossing point and the link to Galway and the West.
You may also like to visit the gardens of popular Portumna Castle – more of a fortified house, with renaissance influences unusual for the period in Ireland.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101-step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

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.

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.

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.

 

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours away
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the house.

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The Mill Cottage

The Mill Cottage

The Mill Cottage

Sublime stone home – stunning stately surroundings

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County Killkenny

Set in a very private demesne, and surrounded by 250 acres of rolling parkland in the picturesque Nore valley, The Mill Cottage is a beautifully renovated Victorian cottage, in a vernacular style of enduring charm.
An extraordinary realm within easy reach of Dublin, Waterford, and perhaps the best golfing Ireland has to offer.

 

Unique home in an exclusive location

The living area is open plan and spans the entire ground floor of this home comfortably sandwiching a six seater dining table between the luxuriously appointed kitchen and the sitting room end.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,275 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom – Ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan
    Living Room
    Dining Area/Kitchen

    Utility Annex

  • Contempo
    Furnished Terrace
    Firewood
    Weber Barbecue
    High Speed Barbecue
    Smart TV’s
    Fishing By Arrangement
    Tennis by Arrangement
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A glazed entrance porch, annexed asymmetrically to the granite stone frontage, directly accesses the kitchen end.

The elegant breakfast bar echoes the pink granite of the counters, and neatly partitions the cuisine.

French doors relinquish the sitting room for the chequered stone gallery that skirts the building, surveys the landscape and invites a barbecue.

There are curious peek-a-boo slot windows in the gable end walls, and a slate-black wood burning stove to bring cosiness to the sitting room of an evening.

Louvered blinds and mellow timber tones feature predominantly.

The sleeping accommodation is found up the open-string stairs, where a passageway divides a chic ensuite master bedroom from a commodious twin.

A separate shower room services the second bedroom. Marble tiling accords a contemporary styling in these rooms.

Note that there is a separate Gate Lodge on the demesne that sleeps two, and is available elsewhere on this Unique Irish Homes website.
 

Facilities

This house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home.
There is a Weber barbecue, double oven, smart TVs, excellent mobile coverage, DVD player, internet, and use of the tennis court, and a mile of fishing rights – by arrangement.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

The immediate garden features an original crofters’ cottage and granite out buildings preserved and restored as stores.

Internal avenues are mostly roller skate smooth asphalt, and there are some 4kms of beautifully brick-paved walks throughout the estate which are ideal for jogging and cycling.

The main house has a magnificent 3 acre walled garden which the gardener may give you a tour of. There is also an Astroturf tennis court which is available by arrangement.

Otters, badgers, Irish hares and red squirrels, foxes, river birds are among the native wildlife to be spotted along the tranquil valley.
Fishing rights extend to a mile of the Nore, single bank, with eight pools noted for salmon, though these are subject to licensing requirements and by arrangement.

Elsewhere you will pass a Stonehenge folly of more recent construction, adjacent to the brick paved heli-pad of the same era.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
NB: For The Moment the house can only accept weeklong bookings, apologies for the inconvenience.

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

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €1,275
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023– €1,275
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €1,275
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024  -€1,275

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

All Year €1,275 per week Weekends and Mid-Week stays €695

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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

 

 

“We had the most wonderful break in stunning surroundings”

with wall to wall sunshine! We loved the cottage and grounds, spent lots of time walking around  the estate, along the river and through the woodland. We loved the privacy and the peaceful setting. It was a total rest for mind and body.

We found lots of places of interest within a short drive and visited Jerpoint Abbey, The Kennedy Homestead, Mount Congreve Gardens and Duncannon. After a few days though we found we were enjoying our surroundings so much that we just wanted to relax and enjoy nature where we were staying (as well as the resident otter, swans, heron, ducks, horses, sheep and goats).

My husband enjoyed having access to his “own” river and could just pop down in the evenings to fish which was a real treat for him. He says it’s a beautiful stretch of the Nore and enjoyed fly fishing but alas didn’t catch anything! 

-Anne M, 2021

 

 

We hope to return before long!!

I cannot say just how much we all enjoyed our recent stay..

-at this beautiful house.

The accommodation was beautiful in itself with so many lovely touches present on our arrival such as a stocked fridge with fresh farm eggs, butter, cheese and milk as well as a chilled bottle of prosecco! A full to the brim fruit basket was such a treat and we were so grateful to find coffee and tea there on our first day.

The bedrooms , bathrooms and seating areas were so well appointed and comfortable and the patio and barbeque area were used every day as the weather was remarkably good for most of our time there.

The estate on which Mill Cottage is situated stole our hearts. We could not believe how lucky we were to have kilometres of beautiful pathways to wander and enjoy and our dogs were as happy as we were! The walled garden was a peaceful and special place and we felt so lucky to have been able to see it and enjoy its many beautiful features.

The river Nore provided a chance to sit and watch it flow through an ever-changing landscape and my husband enjoyed an afternoon of fishing there although there was no fish for dinner that night!

Our hosts at the cottage were a joy to meet and were more than helpful on a number of occasions when we had adventures involving a fire alarm incident on one occasion and a visiting swarm of honey bees on another…

If we can we will be back.

Siofra, Gerard and Gaye – 2020.

 

 

 

 

Just returned from a very pleasant weekend break in the Mill Cottage.

The house was lovely, top class fittings and fixtures, very comfortable. The estate is beautiful, lovely to meet the local characters, especially a very inquisitive goat and 2 friendly horses. The location was perfect, lovely and quiet but just a short drive into Thomastown, which has an excellent SuperValu which is perfect for self-catering. The location was also perfect for exploring the many wonderful sights in the area. The house is very private, not overlooked, with only the estate road passing by the end of the large front garden.
I would highly recommend The Mill Cottage for anyone looking to get away from it all and relax.

Eimear, July 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Mill Cottage

Fiona and Sean gave us a very very warm welcome with lovely fresh products and a visit around the wonderful grounds The house is of a very good standard cosy beds fluffy towels and a great Weber BBQ which we used a lot plus an expresso machine for the coffee addicts. Our two adult sons were happy with the home entertainment smart TV easy to work even for me…
Peaceful relaxing and quiet we enjoyed are return visits after our trips to the local sites Killkenny Castle Dumore Caves The Dunbrody famine ship in New Ross to name but a few….

The estate grounds are wonderful to walk or jog around our four legged friend enjoyed meeting the sheep cows and beautiful friendly horses. A truly wonderful spot highly recommend it we didn’t want to leave.
Thank you Uniqueirishhomes.ie we have found our future Irish vacations in one.

Dairin, Kieran, Shane, Ross and furry Jess! – August 2016

 

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

Here are some of our favourites…
Festivals and Events

 

The Locality

 

 

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

Photo Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

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. The Mill Cottage is named after a Coolmore estate manager who coincidentally worked in one of these mills.

Photo Humphrey Bolton

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 peek.

Photo Suckindiesel

Dysart Castle, clearly visible around the estate, 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.

Photo 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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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The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

The Gate Lodge at Coolmore

Romantic regency escape for two

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County Kilkenny

This is a quaint and cosy traditional gate lodge, custodian to the exclusive Coolmore estate, where a bleached white exterior and tastefully renovated interior preserve its unique style.
Surrounded by 250 acres of rolling parkland in the picturesque Nore valley, the cottage lies within easy reach of Dublin, Waterford, and perhaps the best golfing Ireland has to offer.

 

A compact and intimate home

In smaller homes, utilities require clever stowage, and so it is that you unknowingly pass the well concealed laundry facility when you step through the entrance lobby and enter the living room.

Under-floor heating guarantees wall to wall warmth.

A high stool dining bar informally separates the snug seating area, complete with wood burning stove, from the compact oak kitchen.

The double bedroom is as sumptuous as it is simple. A wall of convenient wardrobe space spans the short lobby leading to the pearly white shower room.

Outside

The Gate Lodge is situated at the start of a tree lined avenue that introduces the Coolmore Estate. The immediate garden is lawned and defined by low box hedges. Internal roadways on the estate are mostly roller skate smooth asphalt, but there are some 4kms of beautifully brick-paved walks which are ideal for jogging and cycling.

Otters, badgers, Irish hares and red squirrels, foxes, river birds are among the native wildlife to be spotted along the tranquil valley. Fishing rights extend to a mile of the Nore, single bank, with eight pools noted for salmon, though these are subject to licensing requirements and by arrangement.

Elsewhere you will pass a Stonehenge folly of more recent construction, adjacent to the brick paved heli-pad of the same era.

Dining arrangements include an expansive rear patio along the western flank which is easily accessed from the kitchen – Barbecue Shangri-La.

Facilities

The Lodge has a Weber barbecue, smart TV, excellent mobile coverage, and internet. By arrangement there is use of the tennis court and a mile of fishing rights.

Note that there is a separate Cottage on the demesne that sleeps four, and is listed elsewhere on this Unique Irish Homes website.

Restrictions

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

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

The main house has a magnificent 3 acre walled garden which the gardener may give you a tour of. There is also an Astroturf tennis court which is available by arrangement.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €795
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023– €795
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €795
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €795

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

All Year €795 per week Weekends and Mid-Week stays €475

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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Reviews

 

We had a lovely time away…

so relaxing in such beautiful surroundings. The Gate lodge was gorgeous, Charlie enjoyed the garden & lovely walks. The weather wasn’t bad & Hugh was able to barbeque! It was really just what we both needed. Fiona was so helpful. Thank you both so much for all your input.

Mad, July 2020

 

What a unique way to ring in the new year!

I just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in the Gate Lodge, Coolmore. The cottage is beautifully appointed and cosy. There was a luxurious welcome basket also.

Noreen Keane, January 2017

 

I cannot speak highly enough

of the booking experience and the gate lodge at Coolmore. Everything has been exceptional, and the Coolmore property and estate experience was outstanding. We are so pleased to have discovered your website and hope to be able to use it again. Many thanks for all your help.

Peter, July 2022

10 out of 10!!

From beginning to end you have been wonderful to deal with, and when we unfortunately had to change our dates you were so helpful and accommodating. The staff at the Lodge were brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. We were greeted with a wonderful Welcome Pack – which was much appreciated at 8pm on a rainy Sunday night!!
The sun then shone on us and we had a great week in Kilkenny. We also visited Bassetts in Thomastown for dinner (which was recommended) and had a fabulous evening there too!
One tiny bit of feedback re the Lodge – there was no mirror in the bedroom – which would have helped when needing to dry my hair – but honestly it was no trouble doing it in the Living room!!!
We have told our family and friends how wonderful our trip was, and my parents are seriously thinking of booking the same for next year. Thank you so much.

Emma, Jonny & Frankie-Dog, UK, June 2019

 

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, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals

 

The Locality

 

 

The Gate Lodge was original constructed in 1850 and served as a home to the gatekeeper and his wife who was the cook in the main house

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

Photo Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

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. 

Photo Humphrey Bolton

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 peek.

Photo Suckindiesel

Dysart Castle, clearly visible around the estate, 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.

Photo 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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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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 enclosed lagoon kept flooded by Lough Derg, and enclosed by reeds, this is a completely unique, private and peaceful Shannon-side 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.