Sandbrook House

Sandbrook House

Sandbrook House

A slow-burning mix of country luxury

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County Carlow

An inviting and elegant home, this substantial 300 year old Queen Anne style country house, set in twenty five acres of mature parkland, makes the perfect setting to share memorable family gatherings, celebrations or corporate retreats.
Within easy reach of Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford and the sunny south-east, Sandbrook House makes a totally unique escape.

 

Relaxed in character and style

As if the archetypically straight avenue isn’t classical enough, the gleaming white panelled entrance hall with its elaborate mouldings, and a guestbook touting entries from 1929, confirms you’re arriving somewhere slightly baroque and enduringly special.

There are four other lofty reception rooms spanning the core of Sandbrook House, and all of them ooze eclectic charm. In the sitting room, on the left, we find the TV and a contemporary wood-burning stove imbedded in the first of a series of white marble mantles.

Once a music room at the end of the house, the drawing room has a few reminders, including a baby grand piano. A majlis style daybed fills the arched bay window that extends onto a covered barbecue veranda.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 23 guests
    From €9,900 per week
    Or €5,000 for a weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Five double bedrooms
    One ensuite with bath and shower
    Two family quad bedrooms
    One single bedroom
  • Bathrooms
    Four plus shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Entrance Hall
    Drawing room, Sitting room, Library, Dining room
    Kitchen, Catering kitchen
    Laundry, Pantry, guest wc
  • Apartment
    Open plan Living/kitchen/dining room
    Double bedroom plus Twin
    Family bathroom
    Separate stairs
  • Features
    Covered veranda with gas BBQ
    Equine Livery boxes available
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Sonos sound system ground floor & master suite
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range, plus
• Multiple appliances and catering equipment
• Multiple laundry appliances

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Five double beds, one King-size and 11 single beds
• 3 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• DVD player
• Sonos sound system across ground floor & master suite

Other

• Huge selection of books
• Children’s high chair
• Livery stables available
• Gas Barbeque
• Croquet lawn
• Chef available

This covered terrace overlooking the croquet lawn, is furnished with a long rustic table, and accessed from both reception rooms, is equally perfect for afternoon tea, barbeques or sundowners.

The décor throughout is an idiosyncratic blend of antique furniture and contemporary art, with a smattering of collected memories from foreign travels.
Rugs from Iran thrown across traditional sisal carpets, while little brass men perch in precarious poses.

There is a comprehensive selection of books to be read, not all of them in the library at the other side of the hall.
Elegant and cosy, with another roaring fire in another classic white marble hearth.
A wireless Sonos sound system allows your favourite music to follow through the ground floor rooms, today’s essential companion when entertaining.

Beyond the library, there is a formal dining room. Resplendent gold walls, full length drapes, a blazing log fire, and a mahogany table surrounded by faux Chippendale chairs, before you even get to the starters…

The large family kitchen abuts on to the house at the rear, with a door onto the huge lawn which reveals uninterrupted views of Mount Leinster. It is country style, with tall windows, a four oven Aga range, and a substantial rustic table in the centre.

For more comprehensive cooking the adjacent catering kitchen has more of everything from freezers to microwaves.
There is also a separate pantry and a busy laundry room contiguous.

Bedrooms

There are five double bedrooms on the first floor each with its own unique character, and each with an idyllic pastoral view. The spacious master suite has a relaxed seating area, and an integral dressing room, with an ensuite embracing both slipper bath and walk-in shower.

Four shared bathrooms plus a shower room are distributed across the landing, and all the bedrooms have wash hand basins.

The dormer floor at the top of the house is given over to family accommodation. There are two large dorm style bedrooms, each with four single beds – ever popular with the younger ones! A single bedroom with ocular view separates them.

Floor Plans

Self-contained apartment

Annexed to one end of the first floor there is a separate and commodious apartment. It comes with its own open plan living area and kitchen, a double bedroom and a twin, and a family bathroom. It can also be accessed from a dedicated back stairs.

Outside

The house is sits on 25 acres, surrounded by paddocks and mature trees. The sunny south facing croquet lawn is overlooked by an exceptional all-weather veranda.

A number of the original out buildings are undergoing renovation. If you’re a horsey sort, you could bring a couple of animals to Sandbrook – the estate has its own stables and dry arena, and there’s plenty of riding space.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – As with all traditional country properties we would urge caution with young children in an unfamiliar environment.
Pets – Well mannered and polite dogs are accepted downstairs only.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Important – A refundable breakages deposit of €600  is payable with the rent, this will be refunded within 7 days of depature; provided all is in order.

All Year €9,900 per week Weekend €5,000 Mid-week €4,800

 

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We booked Sandbrook House…

for a special birthday celebration few days and we were blown away by the comfort, spaciousness and ambiance of the house. The interior of the house is both beautiful and practical. Perfect for our whole family – from 3 to 80 years old. It served the purpose so well with lovely reception rooms and cosy but generous kitchen for a family gathering.
We stayed in Winter so the house came into its own with lovely fires in the lounges and dining room. Not to mention the gorgeous Christmas tree in the entrance hall. Jackie the house manager was extremely helpful as was John the recommended chef who provided dinner for us.
All in all, we were so delighted with our choice of venue as were our guests who all want to return. I could go on and on – giant bath tubs, books and board games in the lounge, sonos system throughout the house. Quite simply lovely, relaxing place to spend a few days in the countryside and just an hour from Dublin.

Marjory Cleary, 2018

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Out & About

 
Dotted with mountains and rivers this rural landscape brings more than just golfing, history and horses…

photo Adrian Farwell
Here are some of our favourites…

Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

 

The Locality

 

 
The local village of Ballon has a couple of pubs, a great butcher and filling stations, but you will need to go the 20k to Carlow town for a broader spectrum of goods.

Carlow town was the country’s capital in the 1300’s but it’s probably best known as home of the nation’s 4th most popular Institute of Technology.

Just east of Carlow Town, Browne’s Hill Dolmen is regarded by many as one of the foremost prehistoric monuments in Ireland. Its burial chamber roof is certainly one of the heaviest in Europe at about 100 tons.

photo Kevin Higgins

Carlow Castle is a popular 13th century attraction. An attempt by a doctor in the 1800’s to convert the stone castle into an insane asylum destroyed most of the castle, however the two remaining towers demonstrate what an impressive construction it had been.

The vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a short drive, with its fine cathedral, and thirteenth-century Castle, which was principal residence of the Butler family for over 600 years, and well-known design and craft heritage. The city is renowned as an arts and crafts centre and is well served by restaurants and festivals.

The River Barrow which flows through Carlow town, is the second-longest river in Ireland after the River Shannon.


photo Artur Koziol

A long-distance walking trail known as The Barrow Way which follows the original towpath of the river for 114 kilometres, and would take approximately 4 days to cover on foot, though cycling is permitted. It is one of Ireland’s most scenic long distance trails but remains largely undiscovered.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

As mentioned elsewhere, the region is spoiled for fine golf courses within a short distance of Sandbrook. If you enjoy a spot of leisurely fly fishing, Rathcon Lake is well stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is designed so that 90% of the water is coverable from the bank. Rods and tackle are available for hire.

photo Mount Wolseley Resort

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 1 and a half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – Just under 3 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – under 2 and half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 1 and a half hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about an hour from the house.

 

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#10 Cable Station

#10 Cable Station

#10 Cable Station

Hands across the Ocean

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Hands across the Ocean

County Kerry

Built 120 years ago as a telegraph relay station between Europe and North America, this historic limestone building has been imaginatively converted into a cluster of contemporary apartments.
Waterville is the only village where Ireland’s legendary Ring of Kerry slips past the Atlantic, and where you can be lulled to sleep by the music of the ocean.

 

Convivial comfort with maritime murmurs

The entrance to #10 is via an almost nautical galvanised gangway.

aerial photos- Terry Gordon

The apartment is on two floors – the majority of the lower level consists of a spacious open-plan, wainscoted living area which seamlessly accommodates the well-appointed kitchen, eight seater dining area and comfortable sitting room.

 

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

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

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests
    From €1,750 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms, One twin bedroom
    One single bedroom
  • Bathrooms
    Master has ensuite with shower
    Family Bathroom with shower
    Shower room with WC
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room with Kitchen & Dining area
    Entrance Hall & Study
  • Features
    Easy walking distance to the town
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Pets
    Please check with us

A shower room with WC off the entrance lobby separates a single bedroom and a small study, which offers an intimate escape for reading or phone calls.

Large sash windows flood the apartment with light during the day whilst curiously steampunk fittings light up the evenings.

Steep vaulted ceilings with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ bonnet windows are a feature of the upstairs quarters, where there are two azure blue double bedrooms and one twin room.

The master bedroom has an ensuite with shower – the others share a family bathroom.

Outside

The private gardens are shared with other residents of The Cable Station where there is ample parking.
It’s only a short walk into the village and down to the seafront.

Restrictions

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

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 – please apply for rates.

  per Week Weekend Mid-week
May to August €1,850 minimum stay
September to April €1,850 €950 €950

 

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Out & About

 
Celebrated for two world-class golf courses, internationally renowned fishing, the world famous Kerry Way Walk, stunning scenery and fantastic sea food, the Ring of Kerry is the apotheosis of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

photo Bernard Gagnon

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

Waterville is a busy village situated on Ballinskelligs Bay which is on the world renowned Ring of Kerry. There are two supermarkets, a chemist and other shops, petrol stations and several fine restaurants.

Wild Atlantic Way

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The village rose to prominence in the 1880’s when an American telecom company laid two undersea cables across the Atlantic connecting North America with Europe – all routed through this station in Waterville. The purpose was to break the then virtual monopoly of the existing line to Valentia Island and thus bring down the prices. To this end The Commercial Cable Company was formed in 1884 and its fine logo is visible on the outside of The Cable Station.

Siemens in Germany produced some 2,399 miles of cable for the job, and the town rapidly expanded to cater for an influx of some 300 techies and their families, building fine new homes along the Promenade – even eventually constructing a golf links.
The cable station in Waterville relayed its last message in 1962.

The connection, known as the Mackay – Bennett line after its owners, was laid and serviced by a specially designed ship of the same name, which famously happened to be working in the vicinity of the Titanic on that fateful night, and undertook the unenviable assignment of gathering up bodies adrift in the ocean after the disaster.

There is a permanent exhibition of Waterville’s place in the history of the Transatlantic Submarine Cable at the nearby Tech Amergin art centre. In the summer there are walking tours of the village taking in all the important landmarks.

Waterville was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the village during the month of August.

West of the village, there is a long strand adjacent to the golf links, which is bisected by the tidal estuary of the River Inny, excellent for blustery walks.
The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great strands. It is 20 minute drive away around the headland with simply stunning views on the way. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of the great 19th century politician Daniel O’Connell . It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London.

15th century Ross Castle is worth a visit if you plan to visit Killarney.

The towering World Heritage Skellig Islands can clearly be seen rising steeply from the ocean about 12km off the tip of the peninsular. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement that bears testimony to the hardiness of sixth century monks.
Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are also home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Little Skellig alone.
The outcrop features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.


Renowned Fly Fishing for Sea Trout and Salmon, Lough Currane is the largest of several lakes on the Cummeragh River. It is 3 miles long and just under 2 miles at its widest. Ghillies are available, providing boats and engines. Over 90% of Specimen Sea Trout (6lbs plus) in Ireland, are hooked on this famous lough.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Towering Waves and Warm Turf Fires

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County Donegal

This is a respectful renovation of the cottage that was home to a spirited spinster known as Lily. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric modern home that is the perfect romantic escape.
From here you can explore Donegal’s renowned Surf Coast, stunning strands and windswept cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way’s land of legends.

 

Chalky tones and contempo tweeds

In a cottage of two halves, the main entrance is now via a roomy well-lit lobby around the side of the house, that links the old to the new – classy and uncluttered.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,050 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double & One twin bedroom
    Family shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting/Dining room
    Kitchen
    Entrance Lobby
  • Features
    Rear patio with lawn
    Private parking
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

The original thatched roadside home remains the main living area with much of the traditional artisan feel of thick white plastered walls, petite windows, and a seductive stove at one end, all perfectly crafted.

A formally furnished dining area completes the other end of this charming open space.

Through the original front porch, a time-honoured split stable door frames neighbouring dunes that announce the ocean beyond.

The balance of this historic part of the cottage, is now a cosy twin bedroom.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring Electric range with twin ovens
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – one King-size and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Logs & Turf
• Central heating
• Dual head shower
• Some board games & Books

A contemporary extension, sensitively annexed a step or two up to the rear, contains the kitchen.

Grey and alabaster white in a chic shaker country style, with a wall of sliding glass onto the sunny cobbledy back patio.

At the centre, comfy upholstered stools around the marble breakfast bar reclassify this as a family room.

The main accommodation is via a short passageway off the kitchen in this cottage extension.

The pristine shower room, has a luxurious walk-in twin-head rainfall shower.

Mirror-door sliding wardrobes are used to great effect in the master bedroom, concealing ample built in storage without diminishing the sense of space.

Outside

Although the cottage faces onto a main road, there is private parking behind. It is also surrounded by farmland, and adjacent to a fine equestrian centre, which you can check out here.

The dunes backing Tullan Strand can be seen across the road, but they are on government property and you will have to travel the short distance back into Bundoran to reach the beach.

Provisional Booking Form

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

June to September €1,150 per week €165 per night
Minimum 7 nights
October to May €1,050 per week €165 per night
Minimum 3 nights

 

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Restrictions

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Pets or Smoking – No, sorry

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I’m pleased to report…

that I could not have been more comfortable. Claire O’Reilly was kindness itself and looked after me most generously during the two weeks of quarantine, which I observed properly. And throughout was an ideal owner, ready to assist but never intrusive.I had to return to London for various appointments, but otherwise I would have been content to stay in Donegal indefinitely. I hope and intend to return.

Ian, September 2020

We had an excellent break in Lily’s cottage

From the moment we arrived, Claire was very welcoming with the stove lit for us on a very wet day. Her daughter baked delicious cupcakes and Claire also provided us with a complimentary bottle of wine, crisps and chocolate for the kids. Milk, butter, tea and other items were also there if we needed them.
The old cottage was beautiful with old antique furniture and fabulous interior design whilst the new extension had a modern kitchen with all mod cons.
The location of the cottage was excellent right beside an equestrian centre where my daughter and I went horse riding. Fabulous beaches and scenic attractions are all short drives from the house.
I would thoroughly recommend the cottage to others and have already recommended it to friends and family and indeed unique irish homes website.
I will definitely be looking up the website for our next holiday.

Patricia, July 2020

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Out & About

 

Bundoran is not just a surfer’s paradise, it’s also a mecca for anglers, walkers and golfers; and of course a gateway to the cliffs and magical mountain remoteness that Donegal has to offer…

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals:
Rory Gallagher Festival end of May
Budoran Surf Music Festival in June

 

The Locality

 

 

The cottage lies half way between Ballyshannon and the coastal resort of Bundoran at the foot of County Donegal, on a narrow strip of the republic separating Northern Ireland from the Atlantic.

The county, and Bundoran in particular is world- renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as the Peak, Tullan Strand, Murvagh beach, and nearby Rossnowlagh, which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres, putting the Wild into Wild Atlantic Way.

There has been an 18-hole golf course in Bundoran since 1894. Located on the historic Great Northern Railway Company site, old railway sleepers encompass the par 70 course which enjoys the most breathtaking and scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The town has a number of popular cliff walks, and the one that borders the golf club passes unusual rock formations known locally as the Fairy Bridges.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.

A magnet for salmon and trout anglers, there are several high quality fisheries in the region, with the first Irish salmon of the season frequently caught locally in the Drowes River on 1st January.

Ballyshannon is regarded by some as ‘Ireland’s oldest town’ and the museum has artefacts and memorabilia stretching back from the recent past to 10,000 BC. Though reared in Cork, guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher was born here and the town centre contains a statue erected in his memory.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve League are worth a visit. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road about an hour West of Donegal town will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

photo Giuseppe Milo

Donegal town, about 25 minutes away by car, home to the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474. The town can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.
Donegal was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Just 15 minutes south in county Sligo the iconic and dramatic Benbulben mountain has an easy walk from the southern more gentle side. From the summit there are stunning views over the coastal plain. Below on Mullaghmore Head, is Classiebawn Castle, the home of Lord Louis Mountbatton until his dramatic assassination in 1979.

This is Yeats country. William Butler Yeats was a Sligo boy who, with his brother Jack, evoked the Sligo countryside with great beauty and genius in poetry and painting. As children the boys visited Lissadell House – now becoming a popular destination – for cricket matches and horse racing, and often stayed there during the years 1893-5.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Donegal airports.
Donegal Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Knock Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airport – is approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 3 hours from the cottage
The Belfast Liverpool ferry is approx 2 and half hours from house.

 

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Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Ha Ha Cottage

Whitewash and Walking in Wicklow

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County Wicklow

Rooted in the idyllic countryside of the Wicklow Mountains, surrounded by sheep fields, trees and birdsong, this romantic rural haven is the perfect base for exploring a hillwalking itinerary.
With restless Dublin City just an hour away, the prospects for adventure are doubled.

 

An eclectic collection

Ha Ha cottage, is a sensitive and astute conversion of a couple of entirely separate 18th century farm buildings that share a common courtyard.

The country character and charm of the original is retained in the black and white of the exterior, whilst the interior expresses a quirky and somewhat bohemian renovation, making this altogether a uniquely fascinating and relaxing billet.

Warmed by a wood burning stove at centre stage in this cozy cottage, the aggregate living room and contemporary kitchenette demonstrate a stylish blend of function, comfort and curiosity.

This cottage won the 2018 Home of the Year Award on the national television RTE production.

Every room here is furnished and filled with an eclectic mix of curios and collectables – all with a story to tell.

The two double bedrooms are distributed at either end of this ribbon cottage.

The master bedroom has a king size bed, with Balinese headboard. A pair of French doors dramatically open directly onto the adjoining paddock, and a second onto the courtyard in the opposite wall.

Each has an ensuite bathroom classically tiled in modern muted birch tones, with heavy rustic sliding doors and a rainfall shower. There is also a bath in the master one – indispensable after a long days hiking…

The guitar double bedroom makes good use of the original stable divider. It too has a door onto the yard.

Water comes from the cottages own well and is the most delicious mountain beverage, straight from the tap!

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker
• with 4 rings hotplate
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King size bed
• 1 Double bed
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good Mobile phone coverage
• Smart Flatscreen TV
• Netflix

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Herb garden
• Barbecue Fire Pit
• Fresh water Well
emergency laundry can be organised

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Outside

All guests are free to make maximum use of the rose courtyard. There is a table for al fresco dining amidst the half barrels, terracotta pots and upcycled artefacts, and an open barbecue fire pit with loads of fire wood available for chilly evenings.

The owners occupy the second home and an artist’s studio – a separate building to the rear of the garden. They are more than happy to share a wealth of knowledge about the area and local insights.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible
The pond in the courtyard makes it unsuitable for children under 12.
Also note that the property keeps honey bees which left alone are not aggressive.

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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.

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

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Out & About

 

Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland is at the heart of the Ancient East, and aside from its proximity to Dublin, sandy beaches and golf courses, it has an awesome range of mountains which are irresistible to hillwalkers.

Here are some of our favourites…

In the cottage there is a comprehensive guest manual.

 

The Locality

 

 

Ha Ha Cottage lies about an hour south of Dublin city in the Wicklow Mountains – half way between the villages of Laragh and Rathdrum 4km away.
This is on the edge of The Wicklow National Park, which covers an area of 200 square kilometres – much of upland Wicklow – and includes multiple mountain trails.

Click here for a link to hiking trails…

The distinctive Wicklow landscape is the result of glacial erosion, during the last ice age some 11,700 years ago, glaciers formed corries and carved deep valleys, leaving a legacy of glacial lakes, huge granite boulders and rocky debris throughout the mountains.

Walking and trekking is the predominant visitor activity in this neck of the woods, and The Wicklow Way, snaking from the suburbs of Dublin and into County Carlow, is the oldest and busiest long-distance walking trail in Ireland. It is 127 km long, and typically takes between 5 and 7 days to complete – most hikers just do a section.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

Nearly as popular as hill walking is cycling, and one of the most popular routes is across the Sally Gap – the highest point along what is known as the Military Road. Originally constructed by the British army at the start of the 19th century, the road affords spectacular views of upland blanket bog, and is the backdrop to many a movie.

Glendalough just 10 km down the valley has a deep and stunning glacial lake. The location is famous for its 30m high Rapunzel round tower and the 6th century remains of a monastery founded by St Kevin.
Unsurprisingly, there are many walking trails around Glendalough, colour-coded for difficulty.

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About 8 km away Glemalure is the perfect start for a trip up Lugnaquilla. At 925m, it is the highest mountain in Ireland outside of County Kerry. With no signposted route up this mountain and weather that can change in minutes, appropriate clothing, efficient map-reading skills and ability to navigate with a compass are essential.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin airport.
Dublin Airport – just over an hour from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Liverpool or Holyhead to Dublin or Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is just under 2 hours from the house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is – just over an hour from house.

 

A day trip to Powerscourt Demesne in Enniskerry is worthwhile. The house was transformed from a medieval castle into a 68 room mansion by the 1st Viscount Powerscourt in 1741. It has magnificent gardens, a golf course and even a luxury hotel and spa on the grounds. The estate is also home to Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121m. with separate gates some 6km from the main house.

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