Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

A whimsical haven in an historic harbour

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West Cork

A quaint and deceptively roomy 19th century cottage, Castlehaven Lodge has been completely modernised and re-furbished. Surrounded by acres of rambling gardens, dazzling views of the Atlantic, it enjoys a private walk through an historic glen to a secluded west Cork cove.

 

A modest lodge with an eastern twist

Built mid 19th century as an annex to the expansive parsonage with which it shares this 20 acre coastal property, the cottage makes a perfect base for walkers and watermen alike.

An open log-burning fireplace is punched into the rustic stone wall, a feature of one end of the open living space. The dining area occupies the opposing end.

For larger groups, Castlehaven House which sleeps 10 may be used in conjunction with the Lodge. More here …

1AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,100  per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-both ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining Room
    Kitchen
  • Contempo
    Paved Patio
    Wheelchair Friendly
    Logs and Turf
    Barbecue
    WiFi
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Hardwood marine decking floors unite the rooms throughout.

From here one of three doors open onto every bodies favourite dining area, the alfresco terrace with views out towards the bay, and the tang of the ocean.

There is an alternative dining table in the solid wood all electric kitchen.

The bedrooms are given a Japanese twist with dramatic Shoji sliding doors, concealing contemporary ensuite shower rooms clad in mottled grey marble.

Outside

The extensive grounds are shared with Castlehaven house, which features elsewhere on this website, and include a picturesque private walk along a woodland fern glade pathway leading down to the pebble beach and pier.

There is an historic, if very small, holy well known as Saint Barrahane’s Well, within the grounds. The saint appears in a stained glass window in Castletownsend.

Restrictions

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

Facilities

The lodge is Wheelchair friendly, and is fitted out to a high standard with Wi-Fi, Dishwasher, Clothes dryer etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell 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

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

 

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

All Year €1,100 per week Weekend €800 Mid-week €700

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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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Reviews

 

Please tell the house owners of Castlehaven Lodge that we had the most special holiday in their house.

Noel was absolutely brilliant, really looked after us. The house was perfect, a total sanctuary from a wonderful, but very busy West Cork. The house was beautiful inside and so well equipped, we just loved how generous the bedrooms and bathrooms were. The glen was the perfect family hang out for swimming and supping. We absolutely loved it and hope to go back again next year. Thanks so much

Aoife & Dave Porter, August 2020

We felt relaxed as soon as we went in the door…

the lodge is comfortable and light filled, surrounded by nature, perfect for reading, dinner/ socialising or taking it easy. The layout is well designed and the kitchen is well equipped.
The walk to Castlehaven old church and Harbour through the woods is fun, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the bay. Good base for exploring the area eg Lough Hine, Castletownshend, Baltimore, Lis Ard, toe head, loads to do if you have some nice weather. Look forward to going back soon!

P&G Wall, June 2019

We had a lovely stay in Castlehaven Lodge…

We’ll definitely be going back next year, hoping we can go for longer next time. Noel was very accommodating and a really nice guy.
Thank you for making our holiday so smooth and very enjoyable.

Lorraine, September 2017

We were warmly greeted by our host and he made every effort to make sure our holiday was enjoyable and comfortable. Whether it was chopping wood for a fire or giving advice on the local area, he made himself available without intrusion. The Lodge was home away from home, that is if your home has a little forest walk at the bottom of the garden leading down to a secluded beach cove.
Our accommodation had comfortable beds and lots of white fluffy towels in a spotlessly clean bedroom. Plenty of hot water and great shower pressure in the spacious bathrooms. The kitchen was well equipped and our host very kindly supplied fresh provisions on arrival.
The surrounding area of West Cork is spectacular even at the time of year we chose to visit. We went to Mizen Head to see the light house on the day storm Doris broke and the breaking waves were particularly powerful along the coast that day. Inchydoney beach and Owenahincha beach are beautiful but Barleycove was our favourite, and as you can imagine, completely deserted in February.
Castlefreke woodland walk and the history of the area is captivating but make sure to stop at Union Hall on the way back and pick up some fish for supper.

David and Fiona, February 2017

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Out & About

 

Castlehaven Lodge is ideally situated for exploring all that’s great about West Cork. Enjoy great scenery, lively events and festivals, a warm welcome and some great days out and about.
…there really is too much choice and not enough room.

photo Robert Wilcox

Other interesting local attractions include:
St. Barrahane’s Feast Day, December 3 (in Castletownshend)
Baltimore Seafood Festival and Baltimore Wooden Boats Festival in May
Baltimore Regatta August 1st
Concerts at St. Barrahane’s Church in Castletownshend (festival of music) late July to Mid August

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week

The Locality

 
The deep sheltered waters of Castlehaven Bay was the scene of the sinking of a small Spanish Armada in 1602 that subsequently led to a game-changing event in Irish history known as the Flight of the Earls.

West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays – the last point of land visible to travellers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America.

photo Whale Watch West Cork

The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. Semi-tropical plants and palm trees are common in this region. Fuchsia abound and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Baltimore is perhaps Irelands most southern town. A 30 minute drive away, it is the terminal for ferries to Clear and Sherkin Islands. The town has a long tradition of wooden boat building.
Between 1880 and 1926 Baltimore was the largest fishing port in the country and 78 fishing vessels were registered locally.br By 1907, after the North Pier had been built, the fleet was so numerous that you could, it was said, walk to Sherkin across the decks of the boats! At one stage there were seven trains every day out of Baltimore, all carrying fish for the American market.

The Fastnet rock lies 19km to the south of Baltimore. Its lighthouse flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.

In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring about 157 feet (48 m) in height.

Cape Clear island is Ireland’s most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The islands remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland’s only manned observatory. Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year – dolphins constantly.

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.

 

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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Cottage 51

Cottage 51

Cottage 51

Romantic Lakeside Cottage

Upper Lough Erne
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County Fermanagh

Step inside this magical, wee cottage with a slightly bohemian air; you enter a different world where new surprises lurk around every corner.
A delightful world of natural and recycled materials and honky-tonk pianos, nestled in a rural landscape of lakes, rivers and stone wall bridges.

A magical home that radiates eccentric char, almost from another era…

The small entrance lobby leads through to the airy double storey kitchen, which is the hub of the house. Terracotta floor, Belfast sink, and wood-burning stove make you feel instantly at home.
Put the kettle on..

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests including Annex
    From €1,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    Shower room
    Separate Annex
    Double bedroom – ensuite
    & Single bedroom
  • Other Rooms
    Living room, Kitchen, Dining room
    Entrance lobby
    Separate utility room
  • Features
    Central heating, isolation
  • Contempo
    TV, Hi-Fi
    No Wi-Fi in property
  • Availability
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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All rooms lead off the kitchen:

We call the sitting room the Piano room, for obvious reasons. A large comfy sofa, armchair and TV if you need it, share this eclectic space with antique wood burning stove in an oak fireplace, books and Victorian memorabilia.
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric ceramic hob
• Electric oven
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in external utility
• Iron
• Central heating

Bedrooms

• Three double beds and one single

Tech & Entertainment

• Stereo Hi-Fi
• TV
• DVD player in living room
No Wi-Fi in House

Other

• Good selection of books
• Piano
• 2 wood-burning stoves

At the opposite side of the kitchen is the master bedroom – A romantic boudoir in cool cucumber colours with billowing taffeta curtains and a large Louis xvi double bed.

Luxury 200 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and feather down duvets and pillows, complete the story. French doors open out onto a patio and fabulous views of Lough Scalban.

You can soak away your blues in a classic Victorian free-standing roll-top bath before bed.
The panelled dining room, shrouded in a riot of roses, with hand-painted table, is a very special place to enjoy Chic dinners with panoramic views. Underfoot is an artwork itself, devised from reassembled gym floor boards, and the shelves are stocked with books.
Stairs leading from the kitchen, take you up to the mezzanine bedroom with antique cast iron bed and eiderdown quilt.

There is a charming bathroom with shower, toilet and magazines leading off the entrance lobby.

The Annex

In the self contained annex adjacent to the cottage, there is a single bedroom and a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

The style is rustic, vintage and eclectic, with half doors, stone walls, Belfast sink and enclosed double bed.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,000
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,000
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,000
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,000

Cottage only €1,000 per week Weekend €495 Mid-week €495
Including Annex €1,150 per week Weekend €565 Mid-week €565

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Reviews

Divine atmosphere-so cosy

full of personal touches – interior design is the work of a genius! Love it. Thanks very much.
J.A.Graham, Belfast

Peaceful, charming cottage. Magical views. Magnificent tub!
McAllister Baumann Family, Boston, USA

Nice and cosy cottage, stunning view!
Maecel and Jolanda, Pen Haag, Holland

 ‘We really enjoyed our stay at Cottage 51. ‘ 

Look forward to staying in another of your unique homes in the future 🙂
-Geraldine D, 2021

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Out & About

This is an ideal touring base for exploring the Erne waterway, the Pullans, and North West Ireland.

A Mecca for anglers and country walkers alike – there is so much to see and do…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Cottage 51 is located approximately 4 km from the village of Belleek in County Fermanagh, which is one of the six counties in the province of Ulster, with Donegal to the North, and Sligo to the South.

Belleek is the western-most village in the United Kingdom and Sits on the border between the UK and the republic.

The world renowned Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who declared that any piece with the slightest flaw would be destroyed. The policy still survives today. Pieces are made in Parian porcelain which imitates marble.

The two Loughs of the Erne basin are connected by the River Erne which flows North-Westwards into the Atlantic at Ballyshannon. Lower Lough Erne is further North as it is furthest downstream. The town of Enniskillen lies on the stretch between the two lakes.

A canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, runs between the upper end of the River Shannon and the River Erne, and utilises sixteen locks. The lakes are home to a maze of Islands, the largest being Boa which is 8km long and contains notable pagan stone relics.

Lower Lough Erne is a huge expanse of water, over five miles wide at its widest point and 18 miles in length. The lough is dotted with numerous islands, rocky outcrops and reaches depths of over 200 feet in places, making it ideal habitat for Brown Trout and large numbers of coarse fish species.

Upper Lough Erne, on the other hand is a maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds and ideal habitats for Pike.

Lough Erne Yacht Club is based in Gublusk Bay and hosts the Lough Erne Regatta, Ireland’s oldest event for racing under sail, with a lineage beyond 1820.

For walkers, the Creevy Shore Walk is a purpose built coastal footpath 10 miles in length running from Rossnowlagh through Creevy to the mouth of the Erne Estuary in Ballyshannon. It is situated 1km from The Wild Atlantic Way which is a 2,500km route from Malin Head, Co Donegal to Kinsale, Co Cork.

 

​See the natural sea stacks known as the Fairy Bridges complete with their own “wishing chair” in Bundoran, the world renown surfing resort.

In 2011, for the third time in the competition’s history, the European Surfing Championships were held at this seaside town which boasts the natural amenities of world class reef and beach breaks as well as all the ancillary hospitality, catering and entertainment required for an event of this significance on the European calendar.

The guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon which is said to be the oldest town in Ireland – although there are at least two other claimants.

Enniskillen Castle, originally built in the 15th century by Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire, was used as a barracks in the 1700s and 1800s. Hugh was the younger brother of the leading chieftain at the time, King Thomas Maguire (Thomas the Great).

Some history/geography

Interestingly, Fermanagh escaped the potato blight during the Great Famine better than any other county, as the county had so many islands – the disease had difficulty travelling over water – whilst the mainland was largely starving in comparison.

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 to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.

The highest temperature in Northern Ireland recorded by the Met Office, 30.8°C, occurred at Knockarevan (near Belleek) in County Fermanagh on June 30, 1976.

How to get there – Car essential…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast, Donegal or Knock airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Belfast Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Donegal Airport – approx 1 and quarter hours from house.
Knock Airport – approx 1 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
From Liverpool to Dublin
Or twice a day from Troon in Ayshire to Larne
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has six sailings a day including a fast crossing, and is approx 3 hours drive from house

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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
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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

Christmas and New Years Eve and Easter and Halloween worked from High Season rates.
Christmas dates – 23rd to 28th December.  €2250.

New Years Eve – 29th December to 2nd January 2022.  €2250.

 

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,250
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,250
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,250
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,250

 

 

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

  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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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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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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,200 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One ensuite
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting/Dinin area
    with Kitchen
  • Contempo
    Courtyard
    Logs & Turf
    Fire Pit Barbecue

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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Short Stays – Minimum 2 Nights excluding Public Holidays.

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

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,200
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,200
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,200

Weekly Mid week
2 nights
Weekend
3 nights
€1,200 €410 €590

 

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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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Saltwater Cottage

Saltwater Cottage

Saltwater Cottage

Ocean Surf and Salty Haze

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County Mayo

This is a deceptively spacious multi-level cottage that has been snugly fitted into a sloping terrain as it tumbles towards the shoreline.
One of a small cluster of white-washed dwellings on the closest point to America, with beaches at the doorstep, it enjoys spectacular panoramic vistas across the entrance of Clew bay and Southwards.

 

A stone’s throw from the Atlantic

An open plan living, kitchen and dining area spans the front section of a triad. This is the original cottage from the end of the 19th century, and enjoys spectacular views across an infinitely variable seascape. Sliding French doors separate the panoramic ten seater dining area from a broad paved terrace which adds a whole new understanding of al fresco lunching.

The inclusive kitchen backs up the dining area. With a long preparation island complete with sink, and premium appliances, inspired family banquets are anticipated.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €3,850 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms, one double +bunk
    With walk in wardrobes
    One double bunks bedroom
    All are ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room – kitchen – dining room
    TV den, utility room, guest WC
  • Features
    Waterside
    Furnished patio
    Kayaks x2 plus
    Charcoal BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    sound system, underfloor heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
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At the opposing end of this ground floor space, the living room interior retains the original rough stone walls in part, with tasteful sculptured rendering curving around the chimney, window and door reveals.

A couple of classic sofas of the 1800’s style, bracket the inset turf-burning stove, and complement traditional, ornate cast iron heating radiators around the walls.

Sandwiched between the original cottage at the front and the sleeping accommodation on two levels at the rear, is a broad hallway. On one side is a cloakroom and utility storage, and the other steps down to a comfortable den – which is where you will find the flat screen TV with surround sound, an audio selection, and a variety of family games.

A scattering of Persian rugs soften the solid hardwood and limestone floors throughout.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• La Cornue Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Electric oven
• Microwave
• Fridge
• Under-counter freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Additional Fridge-freezer in external store-room
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and one double bed, three sets of bunks
• 3x Hairdryers
• Heated towel rails

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• with Surround sound
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & Board games
• Boogie boards x4
• Surf boards x2
• Croquet set
• Fishing rods x 2
• 2 sea Kayaks & life jackets x4

Sleeping accommodation

Either side of the lower ground floor, there is a family bedroom. One with bunks and a double bed, and the second with a pair of stacked bunks that kids will love.

On the level above, and separated by a large landing with French doors to the back patio, are two double bedrooms, both with king size beds, and large picture windows facing onto the paddock at the rear.

All the bedrooms are carpeted and have stylish ensuite shower-rooms with underfloor heating and walk-in wardrobes.

Outside

A narrow road below the front lawn, separates the cottage from the rocky shoreline and adjoining beach; few roads have less traffic.
Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s sacred mountain clutter the skyline. The bird life is exceptional with resident pairs of curlews, herons, and even an otter.
There is large store house in the back with a fridge/freezer for drinks.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Public and Bank Holidays at high season rates
No Midweek Bookings:- Thank You
Nightly Rates €633 per night
Christmas and New Year are high season, please apply for quote.

 

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

  Weekly Weekends
All Year €4,100 7 nights minimum

 

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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Children – None under 12 
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – Possibly, check with us.

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We had a fabulous time at Saltwater Cottage

and would highly recommend it. The food basket was a lovely surprise when we arrived. It was a beautifully appointed house and very comfortable to stay in. Our only problem was the weather!

Edel, July 2020

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Out & About

 

The mountain bogs and ocean inform activities in this most westerly part of Europe.
There are five Blue Flag beaches on Achill, and much to see that can only be visited by foot or boat.

Here are some of our favourites…
Events

Achill International Harp Festival last week in October
Achill Marathons in July & August

 

The Locality

 

 

The nearest large towns are Westport at 40K and Castlebar 50k but there is a supermarket in Keel, and a great butchers shop, and a large supermarket which you will have passed, in Achill Sound 10km distant.

Achill is the largest off-shore island of Ireland, and Achill Head is the closest geographical point of Europe to the US – Hamlet in Maine is 4,021 km. Since 1887 it has been connected to the mainland by a short bridge over the sound.

About 85% of the island is peat bog, but has five blue flag beaches; Dooega being one.
The lake at Keel offers a flatter surface for kitesurfing and windsurfing starters.

Battered by huge Atlantic storms, the landscape is a testimony to the power of the elements.
The northern side of Croaghaun Mountain has the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Stretching 1.2km in length and 600m high, they are three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can only be approached by foot or from the sea.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Don Allum was the first man to row to America and back, making landfall at Dooagh beach in September of 1987.

Constructed in 1429 by the forefathers of Grace O’Malley, the legendary pirate queen who was born and buried on Clare Island, the 12 meter high Tower at Kildavnet is well worth a visit as you cycle around Achill.

At 42 km, the Great Western Greenway, constructed on the route of the redundant Westport to Achill railway, is the longest dedicated walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It is a magnificent way to experience this part of Mayo.

The name Achill is possibly derived from Eagle – although none have been seen here for well over a hundred years.
If you’re into raptors though, you might spot the fastest animal on earth, the peregrine falcon, instructing it’s young to fly along these cliffs in the autumn.

Basking sharks, dolphins and orcas are regular visitors to these waters, and large pods of porpoises are frequently sighted.

It is a Gaeltacht, or Irish language speaking region.
The island’s current population of just under 3,000 is about half of what it was before the Great potato famine of the mid 1800’s.

A Deserted Village at the base of Slievemore mountain has the remains of over eighty dry stone cottages that are a bleak reminder of the famine times.
The houses are aligned north-south, and would have been originally thatched. An entire family together with livestock would inhabit the single, windowless, main room, utilising beds of heather and rushes.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Ireland West Airport (Knock) from the UK
Knock Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Rosslare Port is approx 5.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

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