Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Blackrock Point

Water Water Everywhere

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Water Water Everywhere

County Clare

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

 

Lazy lake-side landscape

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

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

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

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    &
    Two Twin Bedrooms
    With Shower Room
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living Room/Dining Area
    Kitchen

    Utility Room

  • Contempo
    Paved Dining Patio
    Covered Decking Verandah
    Firewood
     Barbecue
    Hard Drive Movie Library
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Some forty years old now, the bungalow has been recently refurbished and extended.

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

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

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

Outside

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

Special Rates apply for Christmas and New Year, and other public holidays- as below.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 1,550
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 1,550
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 1,550
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 1,550

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

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

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All Year €1,950 per week

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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.
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  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027
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Reviews

 
We had a great time at Blackrock Point in Clare…

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

Seamus Corbett, July 2017

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Out & About

 

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

 

photo Steve Ford Elliott

Here are some of our favourites…

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

The Locality

 

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

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

photo Coilte

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

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

 

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

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

photo Watermarksskiclub

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

photo Lough Derg Yacht Club

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

photo Killaloe Tourism

How to get there – Car advised..

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

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

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Ocean’s End

Ocean’s End

Ocean’s End

Endless Horizons and Craggy Cliffs

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County Cork

Sitting comfortably on the dramatic and rugged Seven Heads Peninsula, above the Cork coastline, with uninterrupted views of rich pastureland leading to the Atlantic Ocean, this perfectly reclaimed cottage is the embodiment of peaceful tranquillity, where the sounds of nature and sea reign supreme.

It is an ideal base to explore the unadulterated splendour of the West Cork coastline, so grab your walking boots and head out.

 

Far from the madding crowd

The extensive living space that stretches from a compact, contemporary kitchen through to a sunny South facing dining room, occupies one half of the ground floor.

The middle section is comfortably furnished with a welcoming wood-burning stove – complimentary to the underfloor heating – and a sumptuous shabby-chic sofa.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €1,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – ensuite
    Two single bedrooms
    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan
    Living room, Dining room, Kitchen
    Sitting room
    Entrance Hall, Utility room w shower
    Guest WC
  • Features
    Wood fired stoves, Garden room
    Pizza oven, Charcoal BBQ
    Cliff walks
    Downstairs underfloor heating
  • Contempo
    3x Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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From here you can choose to dine al fresco on the adjacent paved terrace, via a panoramic sliding patio door.

The sitting room, across the hall, features another wood-burner, an inclusive corner sofa group, and generous TV, in anticipation of classic movie nights.

Intimate low ceilings are a subtle reminder of the original cottage, in a stylish interior where you are never far from the ubiquitous view of endless skies and rolling pastures.

the Sitting Room

The space at the rear of the ground floor hosts a cloak/boot room, with guest WC, utility room and a shower, all cottage-styled with a home-makers detailing and skill.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven and ceramic hob
• Tall Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Dual Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin-dryer
• Sheila Maid (traditional clothes dryer)
• Iron
• 2x Woodburning stoves
• Oil fired Central heating
• Solar Panel water heating

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen smart TVs

Other

• Good selection of books
• Selection of Board games
• Wood fired Pizza oven – outdoors
• Comprehensive outdoor living room
• Children’s high chair on request

Bedrooms

The stairs divide near the top – left and right – to a pair of uncluttered double bedrooms.  They both have wonderful pastoral views towards the ocean, and of course, convenient ensuite shower rooms.

Two snug single rooms with traditional cushy wrought iron beds, lie to the rear and share an elegant well-placed family bathroom off the central landing.

Double Bedroom

Outside

On a bluff, at the end of a meandering traffic free rural road, the cottage lies in its own grounds adjacent to an award-winning dairy farm; it is just a 400 metre stroll from the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean, with only the main farm house for company.

A wonderful outdoor seating area is provided, and sheltered garden room, should the weather turn inclement. The log burning fire, complete with cooking racks for grilling steaks and burgers is an enchanting bonus for those long evenings.

A wood-burning pizza oven in the garden room is a recent addition, and handmade pizza bases can be supplied if requested.

Depending on the season, there is a rich treasure trove of birdlife to be seen locally.
For more info, see here…

If you are intrigued by that National Milk Quality Award, early morning milking excursions can be arranged, affording you a wonderful opportunity to deeply connect with nature and immerse yourself in the best of what West Cork farm life has to offer.
Your reward – a bottle of fresh creamy milk straight from the cow to enjoy with a well-earned breakfast. Don’t forget to pack your wellies!

Provisional Booking Form

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,000
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,000
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,200
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,200

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.

 

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  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to April € 1,500 € 800 € 800
September & May € 1,800 Not Available Not Available
June to August € 2,200 Not Available Not Available

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

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry. Guide Dogs are of course welcome.

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Out & About

 

West Cork is inundated with fantastic food, dramatic vistas, coastal adventures and historical treasures…

 

Here are some of our favourites…

Events
Guitar Festival Clonakilty, mid-September

 

The Locality

 

 

The secluded rural hinterland of the peninsula is mainly given over to dairy farming, bordered by rugged coastal cliffs, sandy beaches, abundant bird life and historical sites.

The Seven Heads Walk offers over 42Km to explore, passing local eateries and small cosy pubs.

The nearest grocery shopping is available from the Eurospar supermarket in Barryroe, less than 10 minutes away by car.

The picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry is a short 15 minute trip along the meandering coastal route. Busy during the summer months the village is a centre for sea anglers, whale and dolphin watching tours, plus an array of water sports and skills courses.

 Courtmacsherry kayaking

Timoleague, at the head of this short estuary, has a ruined abbey dating back to the 13th century. The village has a long tradition of Bee-keeping and obviously honey.

The multi award winning historical town of Clonakilty 25 minutes away has quirky shops, cafes and pubs featuring live music sessions, as well as some fine restaurants.
The town is known for its black pudding which is made to a secret spice recipe since the 1880s, but also produces other fine treats such as craft beers, chocolate and gin.

Of course these waters are a familiar haunt for Whales and Dolphins, and there are a number of experienced local boatmen offering guided trips to get up close and personal with them – an unforgettable experience.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

 

Standing on a headland, and clearly visible from the cottage, is the ruin known as Seven Heads Signal Tower. Built at the start of the 19th century, it is one of a chain of 81 interconnected defensible coastal towers constructed to give advance warning of an expected Napoleonic invasion. Messages were passed to the neighbouring tower via hoisted flags and balls. You can reach it from the cottage.

Beaches

There are myriad of sandy swimming beaches dotted along the coastline.

Dunworley, 2Km away, is a real local gem, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking and a surfer’s dream when the south westerly winds whip up impressive swells. Children will love exploring the many rock pools filling their buckets with a myriad of marine life. Coffee and snack trucks available during summer months.

Blindstrand and Broadstrand beaches, both hidden secrets and a short 10 mins drive from the cottage offer safe wild water swimming all year round.

The beautiful Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island, is family friendly and very popular amongst surfers, with a great stretch of sand backed by dunes. It’s about half an hour away – combine with a trip to Clonakilty.

15 minutes further west, the aptly named Long Strand offers a mile and a half of dune-lined sandy beach. The top end is excellent for surfers.

Warren beach in Rosscarbery (35 mins drive) is a designated Natural Heritage area and a safe sandy beach for swimming and cliff walking.

Of interest is that the surrounding dairy farm is one of five cream providers supplying ingredients for Five Farms Cream Liqueur, an award-winning premium whiskey-based beverage for export – primarily to the US.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Cork, Dublin or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – is about an hour from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – is just under 4 hours from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Brittany Ferries run sailings from Cork Harbour to Roscoff in France twice a week
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under 4 hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under 4 hours from the cottage.

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Cloonee House

Cloonee House

Cloonee House

Where time stands still

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County Kerry

Perched on its own private ridge a few hundred feet above the sea, and set in emerald pasture and lawns, Cloonee House commands one of the finest settings on Kenmare Bay.

With only the call of sea birds, the crunch of breaking swell and the soft wind’s whistle, luxuriate in the present, peace and calm.

 

Luxury and location – the perfect combo

Cloonee House is of historic significance. It was once the home of The O’ Sullivan Beare of Ardea and dates from the late seventeenth century. The handsome local stone work of the north façade reveals its heritage, and the new dormer windows complement the traditional façade, while adding a glorious loft space to the house.
The house has recently been restored and now combines historic detail with every modern comfort, including of course, good mobile and wi-fi connection.

Enter through a bright hallway that gives directly to the spacious ground floor, with a stairway to the floors above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €1,850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Ground floor double bedroom
    with ensuite toilet
    Family bathroom
    Double & Twin bedrooms
    with shared shower room
    Double bedroom
    with ensuite shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen & breakfast room
    Entrance Hall
  • Features
    Wood burning stove
    Ocean views
  • 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
  • NO PETS ALLOWED – SORRY
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The sitting-room, leading off the entrance hall, is luxuriously furnished with deep buttoned cream sofas and wing-chairs. The space is heated by a large wood burning stove set in the original imposing oak-lintel fire-place.


Adjoining the living room, the dining room seats up to eight. A fireplace provides warmth and atmosphere. Elsewhere, the house has electric central heating.

​To the rear of the house, there is a large dog-leg kitchen in alabaster white with matching floor slabs, that incorporates everything expected in a modern home.

The breakfast counter looks west to the Atlantic and can seat four.

Direct access to the garden from the kitchen is provided through an external door, handy for those occasional damp days!

A washer and drier are concealed in their own cupboard space opposite the breakfast counter.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Double electric oven
• Five ring gas hob
• Large Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds plus one King-size and two singles

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Smart TV
• Netflix

Other

• Wood burning stove
• Supply of Fire Logs

 

Bedrooms

A generous, bright, and wonderfully comfortable double bedroom has been added to the ground floor. The room is accessed from the sitting room. Windowed on three sides, it enjoys stunning panoramic views north and east.

A reading desk is provided inviting you to sit and take in the ever-changing light that moves at the pace of the wind and clouds over the sea and mountains beyond.

A small ensuite bathroom consisting of toilet and basin, leads off the bedroom while a larger family bathroom with ample slipper tub and power-shower, lies across the hallway.

The north-facing lawn above the Kenmare River can be accessed directly from the ground floor by an external door between the living-room and the bedroom suite.

On the first floor, either side of the landing are two bedrooms, one a double and the other with two twin beds. There are lovely views north from both rooms. With windows open, those earlier sounds of waves, bird call and wind provide the gentlest path to sleep after a day of exploring.


A shower-room on the landing between the two bedrooms is equipped with a power-shower and basin.

The stairs continue up to the loft which spans the full length of the house. This is a light airy space with good standing height, and a most welcoming double bedroom, with a seating area and ensuite bathroom.

The delightful dormer windows frame views north over Kenmare Bay and the Reekes beyond. A wonderful space, totally cosy even on the billowiest of Atlantic nights.

 

Outside

To the west the Atlantic, to the north the grandeur of the Ring of Kerry and the mountains of the McKillicuddy Reekes, and immediately below the secluded intimacy of Hog and Ormond Islands – home to Curlews, Oyster Catchers, migrating Terns and resident Cormorants.

Cloonee House is set at the end of a long private driveway, within its own lawns that surround the house on all sides. A patio runs around the house so providing a choice of locations in which to site the barbeque and gain shelter from the prevailing wind.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, during high season:
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

Please Note: – This house is on a working farm, as such Cloonee House cannot accept dogs as part of a booking – our apologies.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,250
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,250
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,250
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,250

We will refund a refundable breakages deposit of €350 payable with the rental amount within seven days of departure.

Rates Table

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to April €1,850 €975 €975
May to August €2,250 Not Available Not Available

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  • 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.
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  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027
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Reviews

 

We had the most lovely holiday at Cloonee House.

It is in a truly magical setting with an amazing view over the bay. The house was spotless, super comfortable and luxurious and Ophelia was an absolute darling.
The highlight of our holiday was seeing a very rare and beautiful White Tailed Eagle soaring above the house. What a privilege.
We love Ireland and your homes are beautiful. We hope to be back soon.
Thanks again for all your help.

Dawn Barker August 2022

 

Out & About

 
Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.

The ocean, the air the history, there’s so much to explore, so many paths to walk.

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

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is some fifteen kilometres from the pretty market town of Kenmare, which is in fact the nearest spot for a supermarket, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays.

Situated at the northern tip of the Beara Peninsula a few kilometres from the county boundary of Kerry and West Cork, this is the perfect base from which to explore the Penninsula’s great and wild beauty. No need to travel far as right on the doorstep (four miles) can be found the wonderful fishing of Cloonee Lakes, the mysterious and magical standing stones at Gleninchaquinn, and the glorious oak forest at Uragh Wood.

There is also magnificent walking in the Caha mountains that rise above and surround Gleninchaquinn itself.

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 offers a safer route.

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.

Cable car timetable

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.

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.

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was a major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum. Many miners ended up in Butte, Montana after the mines here closed – an often-tragic story

Mining Museum

Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Ireland’s largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.

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 Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

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 Cloonee, 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.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx. 4.5 hours from the house.
Cork Airport – less than 2 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – less than 3 hours from the house.

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

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Moore’s Castle

Moore’s Castle

Moore’s 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

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 a Saturday.

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,800
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,800
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,800
New Year break Saturday 30th December 2023 to Tuesday 2nd January 2024. € 2,800

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

  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 Moore’s 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.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,450
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,450
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,450
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,450

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

Rates Table

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to April € 2,450 €1,700 €1,700
May to September €2,950 Not Available Not Available

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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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