The Well

The Well

The Well

Family Magic on the Mizen Peninsula

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County Cork

Cached on a sunny embankment that gently tumbles down to the azure waters of Schull harbour in wonderful west Cork, we have a spacious stone cottage completely irresistible for a family vacation on the Wild Atlantic Way.
This is where the line between alfresco and interior becomes blurred of a summer’s day…

 

Everything from breakfast to barbeque

A continuous sweep of living space runs from the broad screen of glazing that is the entrance, along the kitchen and spills out through French doors on to a barbeque balcony with delicious views and a table that seats eight.

The catering island finished in black granite, with induction hob, integral deep fryer and fitted chargrill, occupies centre stage in the kitchen. The range of culinary contrivances includes a pizza oven.

At the breakfast bar end, there is a level change and the mottled ochre floor tiles step down into the morning sun of the dining area.
There is plenty of room here for the robust dinner table to pivot out from the alcove and expand to its full ten seater capacity.

Fold back the pair of arched doors and step down into the chic double height living room. A single glazed door opens onto sunset terrace the better to appreciate spectacular views of the harbour.

There is under-floor heating throughout the home, but here you have the added comfort of a generous rustic stone open fireplace.

The opposing half of the living room has a panelled ceiling and an expansive of library of books and DVD’s. Television viewing is augmented by the home cinema surround sound audio.

The master bedroom is on the ground floor has French doors to the paved terrace, more of that spectacular view, its own ensuite shower-room and an exclusive sauna.

Upstairs in the attic apex there is a cosy compact twin bedroom and a captivating powder blue bedroom with three limed oak sleigh beds that kids will love.

Two of the beds accommodate comfortable fold out single beds, which can pop up to make a double or function as singles.

A separate balcony reached by external stairs accesses a charming ensuite loft bedroom for two.

Outside

The cottage boasts amazing views west, overlooking the slopes of its sunny informal garden across the bobbing boats of Schull harbour to the village beyond.
The paved terrace is ideal for outdoor dining with a large table, wickerwork tub chairs, easy access to the kitchen, and a choice of built in charcoal barbeque or a handier gas version.

The swimming pool is solar heated and has its own sun decking, loungers, and stone hot/cold shower cubicle. There is a separate changing room with shower.
The lounge deck is a magical outdoor sundown sitting room with sofas and chairs.

Three minutes down the road brings you to Cooradaragan, a shale beach where there is a slip way.

Facilities

The Cottage has its own well, and is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home –
Apart from the heated pool, there is a central piped Bang & Olufson sound system, central vacuum system, a very comprehensive selection of children’s toys, Kayaks, bicycles etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Laundry and ice making machines are in the utility annex, along with life-jackets etc.

Restrictions

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

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

Provisional Booking Form

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

The house has a double and two twinbedroom, sleeping six.
There is also a young adults triple bedroom with two pull out single beds, sleeping five younger persons. 

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home.
If you intend bringing a dog, please advise below whether there will be more than one, and approximate size, as large dogs may need to be cleared by the owner.

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

All Year €5,500 per week
Christmas Offer 23rd-28th December 2020: €5,950
New Year’s Offer 29th-3rd January 2021 €5,950

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Reviews

 

We loved our stay…

at your magnificent house that was so thoughtfully stocked with everything we needed – although we were tempted by the wines we were able to resist them!! The pool temperature was just right and we used the sauna after swimming every day. The children loved the toys – I hope they were put away carefully with any breakages. The house was so inviting to be in. Thanks again

Richard, Australia, July 2017

Can I thank you once again…

for enabling my family to stay at the Well in Schull last month. Your website was easy to use and accurately explained the facilities in each of the properties and enabled us to make an informed choice. For example the fact that the property accepted dogs was a principal requirement and your search engine filtered properties thereby avoiding the need to go through each property in turn as we experienced on other sites.
The property itself was superb, and the [owners] were informative and helpful in introducing the property, as well as being kind enough to wait for us and also to drive me to Cork Airport to collect my other two sons and a hire car.
I cannot rate the property or the area highly enough and I feel privileged to have enjoyed a family holiday there.

Paul Tucker, July 2017

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All went very well, thanks. Good, realistic photos of the house on your site, site was easy to navigate, very nice house, landlord was very easy to deal with, no issues during the week. Your website will be my first port of call for Irish holidays from now on. Hope you keep up the good work!

Donnacha, August 2016

 

Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
There are amazing pristine beaches for surfing and kiting, fishing, sailing and boat tours and brilliant restaurants.

With wonderful walks, splendid scenery, and legendary gardens to visit, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

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

 

The Locality

 

 

Schull is the nearest village just 2.5K away, and has an number of small boutique shops and restaurants, and of course a great fish shop. In the summer months the harbour fills with fishing boats and yachts.

West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays – the last point of land visible to travelers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America in the 19th century.

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
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The Fastnet rock lighthouse lies 19km to the south of Baltimore and is Ireland’s most southerly. It is also extremely exposed.
The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985. Its light flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.

Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.

A megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

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 island’s 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.

Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just along the coast, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.

How to get there – Car advised… or yacht!

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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Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

A magical setting of Ancient Oak and Beech

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County Waterford

This elfin cottage cloistered above the woods – just one of three – on an historic Tay valley demesne, introduces unique opportunities for exploring the beaches and headlands of Ireland’s Copper Coast, hill-walking in the Comeragh Mountains, or just rambling around a magnificent estate.

Comfortable, Compact and Cherished

Most of the rooms radiate from the warm entrance lobby in this practical and cosy cottage. The sitting room is gracious and informal with built in units of alabaster shelving around an open log hearth. Contemporary patio doors encourage you out to a sheltered gravel terrace.

The bright kitchen, doubling as a dining room, occupies one end of the house. Modelled in a simple rustic style with a wood burning stove – though the cottage is never cold, there’s lots of fuel available from the estate.

For occasional reading, bridge games, or Monopoly there is the green room, across the tiles of the entrance lobby.

Terracotta red cabinets and vibrant parrot blinds bring strong accents of colour to the ivory white interior.

The utility room and boot lobby are off one side of the kitchen while cottage stairs rise from the other end to a dreamy double bedroom in the loft. Understated, with traditional furniture and floral fabrics, typical of the restrained decor throughout this home.

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. An Eco friendly air source heat pump provides the central heating. If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• 4 ring electric induction Hob
• Fridge
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King Size bed (180cm)
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Flat screen smart TV
• with Sky Sports
• DVD player

Other stuff

• Good selection of books
• Good selection of board games
• Some DVD movies
• Bicycles available (book in advance)
• Babies High Chair

A second cobalt-coloured twin bedroom, with views beyond the rolling fields, lies opposite the bathroom to the left of the main entrance.

Outside

The house occupies an elevated site with its own entrance on the historic Woodhouse Estate which ranges for 340 acres West Stradbally village and is bisected by the meandering river Tay. 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – are waiting to be explored either by foot or on cycle tracks.

The owners retain the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the elegant walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates.
Please enquire about fishing rights or other activities on the estate.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – Parts of the property may not suitable for young children, please check with us.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except in low season 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

Please note: Easter Dates are at high season rates -€1,200

Christmas 5 night stay from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 28th December.
-€930

New Year 5 night stay from Wednesday 29th December to Monday 3rd January.
-€930

October 23rd to 30th at High Season’s Rates:
-€1,200

May to September €1,200 per week Weekend €600 Mid-week €600
October to April €1,075 per week Weekend €500 Mid-week €500

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Reviews

We have just arrived back

…from our lovely break in the south.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to you, the Thompson family and all of the team at Woodhouse Estate for such a fabulous stay.
Stewards Cottage was beautiful, exceptionally well equipped and immaculate (congratulations to your cleaning staff). The estate is fabulous (even in the rain) and playhouse was a real hit with our children!
We hope to get a chance to stay with you again soon.

Helena and Alan, August 2020

We had an amazing time in Stradbally earlier this month.

It was our first time using the website and while it obviously all looked very high spec, we were pleasantly astounded by just how nice it was. And also, how helpful June and Ted were and were always on hand if we had any questions.
The cottage was both homely and elegant and was a pleasure to stay in and come back to after a day out and about.
We will definitely be in touch again for Steward’s cottage and others. Thank you for helping us to have such a lovely holiday.

Shane & Jenny, July 2020

We had a fabulous week in Stradbally…

Cathy gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived. The cottage was very comfortable & lovely touches like fresh flowers & freshly baked scones on the table – well what more can you ask for.
We were blown away by the whole estate, I don’t believe there is enough focus on that on the website. It was a wonderful surprise to discover the beautiful surroundings and particularly the walled garden. Stunning! The location is just second to none & we spent the week exploring all the lovely beaches & coves along the copper coast. We can’t wait to return to stay in the gatekeepers cottage next time!

Julie & Robin Brammar, August 2016

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We stayed at Stewart’s cottage in Woodhouse.

We had a fabulous holiday. The Cottage was only beautiful.
We needed nothing…
Everything was provided.The Cottage was  and the care and attention to detail was exceptional.
The grounds and walled garden were spectacular.

Well done to everyone.
-Susan, 2021

We returned from Stewards Cottage last Sunday

after spending 4 nights in what can only be described as an absolutely wonderful and truly magical place to stay. June welcomed us and guided us through the cottage and the grounds. The cottage itself was excellent with everything you could possibly need but also beautifully decorated giving it a homely and welcoming feel. It is perfectly located to discover the copper coast, cycle the greenway and enjoy the culinary delights of the surrounding towns and villages.
The hidden surprise and treasure was Woodhouse and the grounds of Woodhouse. It was a privilege to be afforded to stay in such a wonderful place, roam the grounds, enjoy the walled garden, fish in the river, stroll the cove, for the kids to play in the place house and to learn of the history of Woodhouse in the museum. In this I discovered an ancestry connection with my maternal grandmother to the owners of Woodhouse in the 1700’s. Marianna kindly spent time with me going through the family history and we are going to stay in touch to delve further into the family connection.
We will definitely be returning to Woodhouse and we most certainly will be using UIH for all our staycations. I have already recommended both Woodhouse and UIH to family and friends. Thank you for all your assistance.

Caroline Long, August 2020

Out & About

This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The tranquil village of StradballyGold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns 2019 awards – is a short walk out of the estate, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan is a 15 minute drive along the coast and is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the disputes between the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous hike thereafter, so don’t miss it.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along bendy roads from Fenor to Annestown.

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About half an hour away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.

They’re mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.
Here too you will find King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a sometimes stormy shoreline that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Clonea Strand is much closer; one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork Airport, Waterford or Dublin.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Waterford Airport – approx 1 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 1.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 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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Pets or Smoking – No, sorry

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Reviews

 

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’.

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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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Castle View House

Castle View House

Castle View House

Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

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Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

County Clare

The dramatic Atlantic sunsets that wash this home have not changed in the two hundred years since Castle View was built. The round Rapunzel castle itself – some 400 years older – still stands watch over the six generation farmstead.
Prominently situated on the Burren Way between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, there are stunning views of the Aran Islands and the ocean beyond, from this large Regency country house.

 

An elegant vintage family farmhouse

Solid and symmetrical, the old farmhouse has been completely renovated recently, with many of the original features lovingly preserved.

 

Rooms are voluminous, with lofty ceilings edged by moulded cornices.
Roller blinds on curtain-less windows emphasise the impressive doors, architraves and panelling that are original to the house.

The ornate fireplace in the living room is filled with a neat flush fitted stove – both practical and complimentary.
Exposed timber flooring and pastel painted walls are common to all the rooms.

The large contemporary kitchen has plenty of room for a beautiful six seater dining table – not unlike the one in the more formal dining room.

A Regency reeded leg mahogany table, brings a timeless indulgence to the dining room, warmed by the wood burning stove tucked into its recessed hearth.

An outstanding feature here is the enclosed cooker set in a cave-like archway of rough cut stone.

Not only are all the bedrooms comfortable and generous, but there is no getting away from those unique views of the blustery landscape which are a part of every room.

Chequered black and white retro-metro tiling defines the family bathroom.

Outside

Barely one tree dares to raise a shoot in such a Spartan landscape of crashing waves and crying birds. Garden has a different meaning here, where paths meander into the distance to follow the cliffs along this brink of Europe.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Electric induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster
• Blender
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Three Double beds (140cm)
• Two Single beds
• Childs Cot
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good mobile phone coverage
• DVD Player
• Sound system

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Lots of DVD movies
• Childrens highchair

Restrictions

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

Castle View is a working farm with a separate barn conversion adjoining the rear of the home, so regrettably, dogs are not permitted.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week in June July and August.

Important – Please note that the changeover day for full week bookings is Saturday.

Weekend bookings are from Friday after 4.30 to Monday before 10.30 am and mid-weeks from Monday to Friday – 4 nights.

Christmas and New Years included below, for other Public holidays please apply for rates.

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

Christmas Booking:  23rd-28th December €2,000.
New Years Booking: 29th-3rd January €2,000.

  per week weekend mid-week
May to June €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
September €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
July to August €2,000 7 nights minimum 7 nights minimum
October to April €1,500 €1,050 €1,050

 

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Reviews

 

We had a wonderful stay in Castle View House

The location was perfect – close to the village, restaurants, bars, etc. And our gateway to the cliffs was just outside the door. The house was very comfortable and homely. Sally could not have been more helpful.
We hope to return someday. Castle View was the perfect setting for a relaxing and fun holiday.

Frances Finn, September 2020

The house was lovely…

the hostess very gracious and helpful, and the location was ‘food for our dreams.’ Very beautiful vistas and very near the famous Cliffs of Moher, in the middle of a cattle farm; the lovely cows came up close to the house but I never heard a peep out of them. The house is historic with thick walls and has been beautifully renovated with updated finishes. We very much appreciated the washer/dryer as we were on a two week trip. The hostess baked us some brown bread and left us a bottle of Prosecco which we used to make Mimosas for breakfast (hair of the dog). The castle tower next door gave us a reference point when venturing out; we said Rapunzel was coming over for tea.
We enjoyed the pubs of Doolin and walking up to the Cliffs.We found pub food much better than expected with a ‘farm to table’ focus. We ate at the Ivy Cottage and it was very good. We shopped in Doolin as they have beautiful local gifts for sale. We also drove thru the Burren region. We didn’t have time to venture to the Aran Islands. Our only regret was not planning to stay longer.
So we must return!

Lori Pegram, September 2019

We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Castleview House.

The house was more than I had ever expected. It is bright, comfortable and extremely tastefully decorated. The location is incredible with stunning views of the castle and the sea. The house is a stone’s throw from the village where we enjoyed first class food and one or two very enjoyable pints.
Castle View is very well equipped and Sally has thought of everything from hi-viz jackets for the homeward walk from the pub, to beach towels for swimming or surfing. There was an array of games, books and CDs for indoors entertainment and a basket of logs, fire lighters etc for the wood burnings stoves for cozy evenings in. There was home made bread, jam and a bottle of wine to welcome us as well as some basic essentials in the well equipped kitchen. We couldn’t have asked for more.
I booked the house as a surprise get away weekend for my husbands birthday – there was us, our three adult children and a couple of their partners. There was plenty of space for us all to be together (and apart when we wanted). Sally was an absolute star and managed to keep the surprise element going until the very moment she snapped on the lights in the delightful kitchen.
I highly recommend Castleview House to anyone who wants to get away, enjoy the sea air and kick back and relax.
Thanks Sally for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Alison Hollinshead, October 2018

We absolutely loved our stay…

Everything more than met our expectations. My guests were very pleased with their new home for the week. We loved that it was so close to the cliffs…that the trail was right outside of our door. We enjoyed the ability to walk into Doolin and all of the attractions there. The home was exactly as pictured, very well appointed and spacious.
Sally had homemade bread and jams waiting for us! We loved that it was surrounded by pastures full of cows! We named several of them! The beauty was breathtaking and it will be missed.

Jackie Bell, July 2017 – Florida

We had a wonderful time at Castleview house…

the house is in such a nice location and we enjoyed every moment of our short stay. It is a beautiful place to relax and just have a good time. Especially the kitchen really impressed me, it brought a lot of memories back. We spend most of our time together in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for the providing a nice place to stay for us, we will return and proposed it to our friends and family.

Family Koze, September 2017

Staying in Castle View House was by far the best part of our holidays in Ireland.

We’ve been met by Sally Nagle with such tremendous hospitality and warmth that we felt at home immediately. The house is in excellent shape, meeting the highest standard and perfectly equipped with every possible amenity a family needs for great holidays.
We were traveling with three generations and all agreed that our stay simply couldn’t be better. The kids keep saying that the best part of their holidays was the great white house by the cliffs. And the adults agree. For us, waking up with a direct view to the Atlantic in this cosy house was a once in a lifetime experience. We’re grateful for that.
We can highly recommend Castle View House for families with children.

Oliver Berthold, August 2018

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North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too

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

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The house is located below Doonagore Castle and just 5 minutes walk from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle is now a completely restored private home, but it has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.

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Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the villages four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

The Cliffs are home to enormous numbers and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.
Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.

Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.

Lisdoonvarna, the next nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.

 

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

photo – Tobias Helfrich

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs, which can be over 35ft high. But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch just 8km from the house, is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.

This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpo