Aherlow Castle

Aherlow Castle

Aherlow Castle

…many’s the pleasant days we spent...

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County Tipperary

Originally constructed in 1805 on the tranquil south facing slopes of the Glen of Aherlow, with exceptional views of the Galtee Mountains, the restoration of this cosy, twin turreted country castle has been a labour of love for the owners.

Just an hours drive from either Cork or Limerick City in the heartland of pastoral Ireland.

 

A very homely castle

Essentially just one room deep, almost everywher bar the kitchen, enjoys spectacular southerly views across the glen.
With no obvious entrance portico, and convenient parking in the rear courtyard, normal access is via the impressive kitchen.

Rustic country style, with a generous gas range, Belfast sink, and limestone flooring, this large kitchen is also the main dining area, with sturdy leather upholstered oak chairs and matching table.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 1 ensuite with bidet
    One single bedroom
    One family Bathroom & one WC with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Library
    Study, Games room
    KItchen
    Utility room, Larder
  • Features
    Open Fire places
    Large property
  • Contempo
    Sky TV, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception

There is a small larder adjacent, and a separate utility room off the rear lobby.

The spacious sitting room and the library alongside have original polished flooring, high ceilings and open hearths.

Both rooms also open through brass handled French doors, onto the gravelled front and that ubiquitous view.

There is a continuous vista spanning the garden level of the castle by dint of a series of connecting doors.

Past the library, the ground floor of the octagonal tower with its high windows, serves as a study – a more intimate refuge.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin oven Gas range with 5 rings & griddle
• Fridge-freezer, plus freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Twin toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, two King-size
• One Single bed
• Ensuite with bidet

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• TV with sky
• DVD player

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Gas Barbecue
• Patio dining furniture
• Private woodland walks

Beyond that, what was once the oratory retains its distinctive doors and ceiling brackets, and external impressions on the walls reminiscent of a Templar cross; an additional reception room, less formal and great as a games room.

A powder blue corridor extends across the back of the castle, connecting the ground floor rooms.​

Bedrooms

The quirky nature of 200+ year old buildings, is that there are two wheelchair friendly bedrooms – a single and a cosy double – off the sitting room at the East end of the house.

They share a small bathroom at the end of the blue corridor.

The remaining three bedrooms are arranged in a row on the next floor; two with magnificent views across to the Galtee Mountains.

The elegant master bedroom boasts a stunning contemporary ensuite bathroom.

The other 2 bedrooms share a generous traditional family bathroom with bath and shower.

There is no guest access to the zenith of the two towers.

Outside

The Castle is at the end of a long avenue that winds upwards between fields. Surrounded by 34 acres of private woods, there are spectacular walks above the property amongst the cover of ancient trees.

There is a ring fort on the property and also an ancient Legaun stone.

There is a complete set of furniture and a gas barbecue for dining Al Fresco – which you can do front or back, weather permitting.

The owners occupy the recently converted coach house to the rear should you need anything. They have separate parking and access.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,800
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €2,800
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,800
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€2,800

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
November to May €2,800 €1,575 €1,575
June to September €2,800 Not Available Not Available

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Reviews

 

Beautiful, restful, enchanting place. Very special.

We really loved our time here, there is something very special about this place, a deeply restful and calming space that’s incredibly healing. The surrounding environment is beyond beautiful, such a joy to wake to mists over the distant hills.

Sitting in the middle reading room in the mornings with the french windows giving such an amazing view. The silence was restorative and we were able to just ‘be’. Loved the big kitchen, high ceilings, furnishings, everything was so calming. After a very busy and stressful covid few months, we all felt so blessed to have come to Aherlow castle and we left lighter, calmer and ready to face the world again. Freda and Declan are lovely people and kind hosts who gave us our space but were there if we needed them. The walks in the surrounding area are also fantastic and this is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

One of my favorite holidays and the best place we’ve ever stayed in.

September 2020

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Out & About

 

Rural peace and solicitude define this ancient crossroads – make the most of it.

Here are some of our tips…

The annual Bansha Show this year is August 24th

 

The Locality

 

 

There are a couple of small grocery shops, some great pubs and a good butcher in the local village of Bansha only 5 minutes away, with several larger ones in Tipperary Town – 10 minutes.

The Galtee Mountains directly across from the Castle are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range. At 920 metres, Galtymore is the highest peak within the range.

A scrupulously maintained 7 foot high white cross, erected in 1975, overlooks the Glen of Aherlow from the Eastern summit – there are two.

Considered a walker’s paradise, there are a variety of mapped walking routes along forest tracks and across open moorland throughout the Glen of Aherlow.

picture Robert Lindsdell

20 minutes away, the feudal Cahir Castle, one of the largest and best preserved in Ireland, is sited on a rocky island in the river Suir. Mostly constructed by the Butler family during the 13th and 15th Centuries, it has featured in several blockbuster productions including Excalibur and more recently, The Tudors.

Discovered in 1833, and close to Cahir, The Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. It features massive caverns with dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, including one which stands some 9 meters in height.

The temperature within the cave remains at a constant 12° Celsius all year.

The Rock of Cashel, 30 minutes away, was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster, though little evidence remains of their time here – most of the buildings dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. This iconic structure which stands out against the skyline has a long and compeling history is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most visited attractions.

Tipperary Races

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx. 2 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Cork Airport – approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Shannon Airport – also approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 2.5 hours from the castle.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just over 2 hours from the castle.

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Danieli

Danieli

Danieli

Bleached Beaches and Dry Stone Walls

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County Galway

Like a balcony onto Mannin Bay, Danieli commands Atlantic vistas that include Europe’s last sunsets.
Among the rocky outcrops and faded grasses of Connemara, and just a stone’s throw from the sea, this contemporary cottage affords an idyllic base for the entire family to indulge in Ireland’s most acclaimed region.

Capacious Cottage Life

Landscaped into a gently sloping site, and named after a lucky horse in the Grand National, this is a generous sprawling stone cottage with classic Connemara seascape views, uniquely suited to cross generation family vacations.

The sitting room with its roughly plastered chimney breast is mainly what remains of the original stone cottage.
Open stairs climb up to an expedient and low mezzanine playroom in the loft, with an overlooking balcony.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-one ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Two Single Bedrooms
    Family bathroom
    Shower Room
  • Other Rooms
    Kitchen/Dining Area
    Sitting Room
    Sun Room
    Entrance/Boot Room
    Living/Games Room
    Children’s Mezzanine
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Paved Front Terraces
    Logs & Turf
    Wi-Fi Internet
    DVD’s Games and Books
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Off the living room, an expansive and comprehensively equipped family kitchen complete with Aga range, annexes the southerly aspect of the cottage.
This space is shared with a generous dining table, leather and chrome chairs, marble floors and a wood burning stove that together imbue a contemporary character to this multifunctional room.

French doors in a span of elegantly draped glazing open south onto a spacious front terrace.

Here stunning sea views across Mannin Bay, and left to Errisbeg Mountain are shared with the comfortable panoramic sunroom that leads back through more double doors into the cottage at the far end of this patio.

The ensuite master bedroom which exclusively occupies a corner of the cottage, and theatrically opens on to its own sunny sheltered patio, has a super king sized bed.

All the showers are of the walk in rain type, while the roll top bath invites a bit of pampering in the family bathroom.

Bookend beds feature in the twin bedroom, making it an instant hit with kids.
The two single bedrooms have been cleverly slotted in under the mezzanine in the original structure.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a family home – from Wi-Fi to barbeque, clothes dryer, children’s books, some toys, games and videos …
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

The entrance lobby at the centre of the home, opens into a multi-purpose open space that links the semi-random layout of accommodation and finds lots of use on family vacations…

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Dogs and pets – No, sorry!

Outside

There is ample parking on the property for cars and boats. Paved patio surrounds most of the cottage, affording ubiquitous tidal vistas stretching out to the Atlantic, and sheltered barbecue-ing.
It is possible to scramble down to the rocky shoreline, but a short walk or cycle in either direction is more rewarding.

Provisional Booking Form

Weekend breaks are available in low season only and  run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
A Week’s booking consists of any 7 consecutive nights

Christmas and New Year are high season, and other Public holidays – please see below, or apply for rates:

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,450
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,450
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,450
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,450

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

October to April €2,450 per week Weekend/Midweek €1,700
May to September €2,950 per week Weekend not Available
Christmas Offer (5 nights) €2,950

 

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Reviews

A wonderful break in this beautiful home away from home.

From this perfect base we explored the stunning Connemara – the sun even shone for us! This corner of the world is good for the soul. Our children loved the playroom too! Thank you for sharing your home with us

From the guest book, April 2019

We had a wonderful holiday. House is amazing. Thank you for everything. Hope to be back soon.

From the guest book, July 2019

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have created a very special place here, full of light and warmth, even on the stormiest days – and we got a few, but enjoyed the front-row seat on the power of the wind coming in from the Atlantic. We hope to return.

From the guest book, August 2019

Our family loved the house

“It’s surrounded by a great landscape. It’s a great home and all in all it has been a great stay here in Ireland. We are going to miss the AGA and hope to come back someday to enjoy another stay.”

From the guest book, September 2018

Danieli is a beautiful home…

on an exceptionally scenic site, and we greatly enjoyed the house and our stay in west…could not have been better. We ran into Pat Shortt on Friday, Mitchells on Saturday and pints in O’Dowds on Sunday – and with plenty of strolling was all in all great fun.

Pat Gleeson, November 2017

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We had an exceptionally happy family gathering

at Danieli, or Stone Cottage, as it is known locally.
The site was glorious: From the raised vantage point of the house, we watched the weather advancing along Mannin Bay; dramatic purple clouds disgorging horizontal rain. With each low tide, seals and otters emerged onto the rocks. Hours of happy binocular viewing.
The house itself was solid, supremely comfortable, and a delight. The underfloor heating was a revelation, although the heating controls proved a tad too complex for us visitors. The kitchen was the star of the show–but, again, the Aga heat defeated us. We were almost obliged to eat our dinner and play board games in our underwear, such was the furnace-like strength of the range. We could, of course, have adjusted the temperature of the Aga, but that would have added substantially to cooking times. Not a complaint, merely an observation–a luxurious quandary. The heat was such a novelty for my Irish mother, who grew up with frost on the inside of the windowpanes and toothpaste frozen in the tube.
Continuing the heat theme, it was good to find some logs by the hearth, but a few more, and maybe some briquettes, would have been gratefully received. Also, a couple of tables by the sofa would have obviated the need to keep standing up to put glasses on the mantlepiece, but I realise space was tight.
Everything was thoughtfully laid out; all needs catered for. It is obviously a much-loved family holiday home, though I did wonder whether the profusion of photos of children and generic household clutter might be reduced during rental periods. One had the feeling of somehow intruding on someone else’s family time. The provision of Yuletide decorations was very thoughtful and welcoming.
Rereading this, it sounds like I wasn’t entirely delighted with our stay–which I certainly was. I just wanted to point up a few, minor, issues that could perhaps be improved upon. Overall, our stay at the house was a huge success. Danieli looked beautifully designed, supremely well-appointed and beguiling in photographs, and proved no less so in reality. We all relished our time there, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to future guests.
Many thanks for all your help, and for selecting such a unique Irish home for your portfolio.

 

Sarah Newell, Christmas 2017

 

Out & About

Families have been visiting Connemara for generations, and it’s easy to see why. Apart from the amazing blue flag beaches for surfing, ocean inlets for kayaking, incredible lake and river fishing, there is a fabulous golf course and brilliant restaurants.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

Danieli is about 5 km south of Clifden at the start of the Ennislannan peninsula
Easily the largest town in Connemara, Clifden is the central crossroads between north and south regions and has a host of interesting and often quirky shops, pubs and restaurants catering for all shopping and craft needs. There are 3 major supermarkets.

The hardy Connemara Pony is to be found roaming throughout west Galway. With origins traced back to the Vikings, this loveable breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition.
Watch out for the Arts festival (September) and Clifden Pony Show (August).

The small fishing village of Roundstone is 20 minutes away, and has a number of very fine restaurants with lots of fish on the menu.
Just a few minutes to the west, the legendary back-to back swimming beaches of Dog’s Bay and Gurteen are stunning examples of tombolos. Not sand at all, they are rare accumulations of the remains of microscopic marine shells.

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many other beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours; sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

Connemara is famously dominated by the awesome Twelve Bens (or Pins), a series of craggy mountains that challenge hill walkers annually as they attempt to hike all twelve in a single day.

This western wilderness continues to attract game fishermen with their flies in search of the elusive salmon or trout in the hundreds of interconnected lakes and rivers.
More information can be found at G. Stanley & Son, Market Street, Clifden.

Clearly visible to the south from the cottage is Errisbeg Mountain which rises up behind Roundstone. The 300 metres to the summit can be reached in about two hours. The view is fantastic, and North from the summit, you will see over 365 bog-land lakes of various sizes that populate this environmentally unique habitat.

Wild Atlantic Way
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On 15th June 1919 British aviators Alcock and Brown, made the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara. Taking less than 16 hours to complete the journey, they made landfall in what appeared from the air to be a suitable green field, but which turned out to be a bog, near Clifden – Derrygimlagh is still marked by a white Cairn beacon.

At the foot of the beacon the foundations remain of the Marconi station from which some of the earliest transatlantic wireless messages were sent in 1907. A huge engineering feat at the time, the endeavour required some 15,000 volts of electricity to power, while the aerials sizzled with sparks that could be heard for miles.
Starting just a few hundred metres from the cottage, a fascinating two hour loop walk across the bog has recently been developed which takes you on a journey through these two events.

For Golfers, the magnificent and scenic 27 hole Connemara Championship Golf links is just 15 minutes away.

“A true Championship Links Course…The elevated greens on the back nine are spectacular” – Tom Watson.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – Just under 4 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – About 2 and a half hours from the Cottage.

By Sea:
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is under 4 hours from the house.

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Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Clean air, Cliffs, Castles and Craic

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County Clare

Set in its own grounds of ten acres of forest and fields, this stylish and surprisingly spacious modern cottage regenerates sections of an eighteenth century walled garden with remarkable results.
Roxton Lodge is situated outside Corofin village on the edge of the unique landscape that is the Burren, amidst castles, cliffs and music that are the charms of County Clare. It is the perfect location for touring the Wild Atlantic way – minutes from the surf town of Lahinch, and just 40 minutes from the sheer Cliffs of Moher.

 

Airy, informal, inclusive and generous

The entrance, through an adjunct sunroom, prefaces a long dining area, exposed along its flank by glazed walls – merging interior and exterior.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms each with WHB
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with WC, shower, WHB, and bath
  • Open Plan
    Shower Room with WC
    Living room, dining room and kitchen and utility kitchen – sunroom lobby
  • solar panels -underfloor heating –
    well water supply – logs and turf –
    Steam oven – internet –
    pet friendly – Electric Vehicle Charging
  • CHECK HERE

Partly rendered, punched with geometric and incidental lighting alcoves, the décor is restrained and encourages surface texture as a statement throughout the cottage.

Contemporary kitchen units and a solid wood work top, complete with sink and electric hob, line one wall of this living space, keeping everyone together. The fridge, steam oven and other cooking utilities are accessed separately in the adjacent kitchen.

The polished cast stone floor under-heated, but the focus here is a tall wood burning stove.

 

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – including Wi-Fi, barbecue and microwave.
There is no channel TV due to poor reception in the area however we hope you enjoy the hundreds of movies available on the large Samsung flat screen TV.

Roxton Lodge was recently fitted with an Electric Vehicle Charging point, should it be required.

Water is fresh from Roxtons own well, and heating is solar paneled, underfloor and uses a heat pump.
The maturing walled garden is restful with birdsong and the ten acres of land on which the cottage sits will provides a unique and peaceful backdrop to your break.
If you have a particular requirement, please tell us.

Using the ancient wall of the surrounding garden as a sloping frame, a corridor links the three bedrooms family bathroom and shower.

Outside

Roxton Lodge is at the end of a long private driveway, within a large rural garden which includes a developing broad leaf forest. This was the estate and prime residence of the historic Blood family dating from the 1700’s.
There are magnificent views of the lunar looking, barren Mullaghmore Mountain, the Burren’s highest.

Provisional Booking Form

 

Please Note: The Heat pump gives an ambient temperature of 18C (68F) -if more warmth is needed there are supplementary heaters and a plentiful supply of firewood from Roxton’s own woodlands surrounding.

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,100
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,100
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,100
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €2,100

 

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Halloween Break (24th – 31st October) Special Rate of €1,500 for the week.
Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

June to August  €2,100 per week minimum stay  
May and September €1,800 per week minimum stay
October to April €1,500 per week Weekend €900 Mid-week €900

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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen 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.

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Reviews

 

We arrived to Roxton Lodge

… to a burning fire, classical music playing and a gift basket of local produce. This really set the tone for the wet October week we spent with our 3 children (11-5yrs) and dog. The house is incredibly comfortable, it certainly deserves its ‘unique’ status having been beautifully restored in the most imaginative way, and it felt utterly luxurious insofar as self catering can. The garden is large and enclosed and the kids and dog could play freely outside.

The owners have gone to a lot of trouble putting together a guide to the area which clearly comes from years of knowing and exploring it. We did almost no google searches as the best walks, beaches, cafes and unique experiences were all set out to browse.
The owners were accessible and responsive, although we didn’t need for anything and found they checked in with us more than we contacted them. They had left firewood in abundance and it was a pleasure to return home after a cold walk to light a fire, cook dinner, play board games.

As we left, we were already wondering when we might be able to return. If only Irish self catering could be held to these standards… thank you Roxton Lodge.

Jane, October 2021

We were extremely happy with Roxton Lodge

…and the unique homes facilitation of our booking.

When we originally went in search of a holiday home for our staycation, I was so surprised by the general low standard in what was available as such I was delighted when I found your website and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the website or roxton lodge in the future. It’s really great to know the property is just as good as the pictures.

As regards roxton lodge, it is a really beautiful property. We loved the style of the house and immaculate gardens and really enjoyed the welcome basket of treats which Michelle provided for us. The kitchen was decked out with everything you would need for a staycation and the pizza oven and guide to the house and locality were great also.

Aoife, September 2020

My partner and I rented Roxton Lodge

in Clare in late July 2018. Unique Irish Homes provided more than enough information about the property to help us make a decision. And the property was exactly as advertised: no surprises, no creative camera angles hiding unattractive views or features. The process of renting the house was easy. The owner was quickly in touch with details about how to get there and was flexible about the timing of our arrival. Myles–the owner’s brother–came to meet us in town when we couldn’t quite find our way. He gave us a great tour of the place; the owners, meanwhile, had provided lots of guidance about restaurants and nearby attractions–and happily corresponded with us while we were there to answer other questions we had. The location–at least for us–couldn’t have been better. You feel a million miles away from civilization but are only five minutes from Corofin’s pubs and shops and 20 minutes from Ennistymon’s. It was a great jumping off point for exploring Clare: we visited the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, lots of villages and towns of interest–nothing more than 45 minutes drive away. We had a few terrific meals–at Gregans Castle and Vaughan’s Anchor Inn and enjoyed a tiny, friendly session at Pot Duggan’s. We didn’t have any serious criticisms, encountered no problems. We highly recommend Unique Irish Homes and Roxton Lodge!

Sean Buffington, July 2018

Just wanted to let you that Roxton Lodge is everything and more than we could have imagined.

We very much appreciate the hospitality that Michelle and Myles extended upon our arrival. I am at this moment enjoying the Burren Atlantic smoked salmon with Michelle’s homemade bread. We have enjoyed smoked Pacific Salmon from Haida Gwaii and I must say this is every bit as good.
Jane is outside taking pictures of the cows….amazing and an exciting thing for her. That is a story for another time. I have a guess that we may not make as many day trips as I originally planned as we would rather enjoy Roxton Lodge.

Brian & Jane Lougheed, Canada, May 2018

Our recent stay at Roxton Lodge

was a very welcome introduction to the beauty of the Burren and surrounding areas. The house was comfortable, spacious, well equipped and in a truly unique setting. We had the most hospitable of hosts in Mark and Michelle who were attentive and accommodating in every way.

We have written separately to them to thank them for their kindness and support and would highly recommend Roxton as a holiday home for those wishing to explore the outstanding natural beauty of this part of Ireland.
Anthony and Usha Byrne, August 2018

We enjoined our holidays in Roxton Lodge very much!

The situation is central for trips north to Connemara and east to the Shannon area. We visited Galway and of course the direct surrounding the Burren.
The house is great and comfortable, we would recommend just from a business point of view a functional television for news and a dryer. We personally can live without them, but many customers would miss it.
Mark and Michelle are very helpful and very friendly. Our dog also loves their place.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Johan, Germany, December 2018

[Thanks Johan, appreciate your comments. We’ve installed a brand new dryer for your return visit. Unfortunately though, reception in this area is too poor for television channels, but we hope you enjoy our hundreds of movies on the large Samsung flat screen…]

 

Out & About

 
Castles, caves and cliffs. The Burren’s bleak yet unique landscape – not to mention the Wild Atlantic Way, and its rich array of sights and experiences , and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.
There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The Lodge is on the edge of the Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.

Corofin is the nearest village for most provisions. There are a number of pubs and small restaurants, frequently with excellent traditional music, drama, or dancing. The annual Best Beard and Moustache championships are held here at the end of April.

A short drive away, there is 20km of excellent woodland walks at Dromore, with lakes, a castle and distinctive wildlife.

photo Lukemcurley

The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way is less than half an hour west by car. It is widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.

The market town of Ennis is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County. It is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), Clare (South Australia) and Snt-Paul-de-Fenouillet (Eastern Pyrnees France).

There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.

Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one.
The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle. Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.

photo Herbert Ortner

The rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking.

It is less than half an hour by car to the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.

County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 30 minutes from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from the house
Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) – approx. 2 hours from the house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Rosslare Port is just under 4 hours from house (no direct route)

 

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The Storehouse

The Storehouse

The Storehouse

Exquisite Rural Re-Purposed Barn

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County Tipperary

This beautifully re-cycled 18th Century rustic grain store, retains many original features such as the arched double door entrance, slit windows, and thick limestone walls. At one end of a working farm, the property occupies its own walled garden, with separate tree-lined entrance.

Centrally located between Dublin and Cork, It’s not such a long way to Tipperary.

 

Intimate, luxurious and very relaxing

The entrance is via a wide archway in the central exposed stone section of the home. Shuttered by blue bifold doors, this leads directly into a dramatic open-plan and airy double story living space.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – ensuite showers
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Dining room, Family Kitchen
    Mezzanine balconies
    Utility room
  • Features
    Duel aspect wood-burning stove
    Walled-garden
  • Contempo
    Two Flat screen smart TVs
    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 6 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The contemporary kitchen in solid wood, with Quartz stone worktops and breakfast bar, is to the left, while the dining area is to the right.

From the centre, a bifurcated stairway splits to a pair of opposing occasional-use mezzanine areas with glazed balconies, that overlook this living space.

An old railway sleeper hung from the rafters and wrapped with large filament bulbs, styles a centrepiece above.

Here a flat screen TV is embedded in the wall above a double-sided state of the art wood-burning stove, that is shared with the sitting room beyond.

There are two large and comfy sofas in the sitting room, which together with the stove and 55” smart TV, make for a great movie end to the day.

French doors open out to a limestone patio which is ideal for a BBQ and sunny evening sunsets.

The utility room and guest bathroom are situated at the opposite side of the central living space,

 

Bedrooms

At either end of the house, and off the mezzanines, there are two luxurious double bedrooms with very different themes – both are ensuite with bespoke vanity units and generous showers.

 

The super king size bed in the second double bedroom can be divided to create 2 single beds if required – please advise in advance.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker with 2 ovens
• 4 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Blender
• Juicer
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Super King-size beds (one is Zip & Link)
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Netflix
• Good mobile phone reception

Other

• Some books
• Gas Barbecue
• Herb garden
• Garden swing

 

Outside

The walled garden and tree-lined driveway are neatly planted with wildflowers, and a feature egg seat swing.
The family farmhouse is situated to the rear of the house should you want any local tips…

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – See list Below:

 

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,750
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,750
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,750
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,750

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 €1,500 €800 €800
June to September €1,750 €950 €950

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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.

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Out & About

 

Tipperary is a treasure trove for hillwalking, historical sites, golf, fishing, hunting and equestrian pursuits, here are some of our favourites

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thurles is the nearest large town just 4 miles away with a variety of supermarkets, restaurants and shops. It is also the birthplace of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), founded in 1884 in Hayes’ Hotel in the centre of the town. The local Semple Stadium is the second largest GAA sports arena in Ireland after Croke Park in Dublin.

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

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

The unique hill top cluster of medieval monastic ruins at the Rock of Cashel is 20 minutes’ drive away. It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Worth a visit.

Kilkenny City with its magnificent castle, festival and restaurants is just 45 minutes away for a great day out.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is two and a quarter hours from the house.
Cork Airport – is under 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from house.

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

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Burren Gate Lodge

Burren Gate Lodge

Burren Gate Lodge

Atlantic Spray, Celtic Cliffs and Craic

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Atlantic Spray, Celtic Cliffs and Craic

County Clare

This romantic, pocket-sized gate lodge, has been recently constructed using traditional local stone. The stylish contemporary interior has a generous un-cluttered ambience. With the Burren as a backdrop, it enjoys panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway’s Twelve Pins across the bay.
A striking summer surfer’s sunset retreat for two along this ever popular Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Spacious on the inside

The cottage is divided into two spacious rooms, both with superb views through double glazed picture windows, across Galway Bay.

The living area is neatly arranged to integrate a compact premium kitchenette, intimate dining area and a comfortable leather sofa, providing ample holiday accommodation for two.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €175 per night
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    with ensuite shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open-plan Living/Dining room
    with kitchenette
  • Features
    Beach frontage, Furnished patio with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet
    Central heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, no pets

There is also an adjacent patio from which to enjoy this incredible Atlantic panorama.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas oven
• 2 ring gas hob • Fridge with freezer compartment
• Toaster

Bedrooms

• One King-size bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Gas fired central heating
• Gas Barbecue available

Fully tiled in a grey burren-esque stone statement, the ensuite shower and WC again reflect the attention that has gone into this ideal gatehouse.

Outside

A short but private Fuchsia lined driveway leads to the house, but the real magic happens at the other side where just beyond the lawn, fern feathered cliffs tumble to the pebble beach and clear waters beyond.

A long stretch of lawn separates the gate lodge the main residence, and behind, there is a narrow twisting road up the hillside which reveals ever more of the Aran Islands and the local townland as you climb.

Provisional Booking Form

Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,130
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,130
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,130
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,130

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

Full Week €1,130 7 nights
Weekend Breaks €475 Minimum 3 nights
Midweek €165 per night

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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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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

 

“The Burren Gate Lodge is small but once you settle in you will find it perfectly lovely” 
It is very tastefully decorated. There is a stunning view from the sitting room and the bedroom. The welcome basket is the best ever. We travelled to the lodge on a Friday so we were listening to Movies and Booze on the way down. The programme was reviewing beers and my husband fancied a few so we stopped at a food store near the lodge but they only stocked wine. Lo and behold, when we arrived at the lodge and opened the fridge, we found four cold beers awaiting us – a touch of class. Amy is a super host. The lodge is kept at an ambient temperature with the temperature-controlled heating. The power shower worked wonderfully and there was always loads of hot water. We had everything we needed and more from the kitchen.  Amy could not have been more helpful with suggestions and recommendations for coffee and cake stops and lunch spots – make sure to have the fish and chips from the nearest local pub. The place was spotless – we couldn’t find a speck of dust anywhere. Walk up the hill at the back of the gate lodge for a fabulous view.
-Rachel and James, 2021