White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

Intimate and Informal for Two

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County Clare

From a derelict Victorian gate lodge, this contemporary restoration celebrates its origins, in a unique location overlooking White Strand Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Just 50 minutes from Shannon Airport, in the Banner County, home of Traditional Irish music, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, this is the consummate hideaway for a romantic break.

 

Stylish yet restrained

In this cottage the traditional stucco cottage walls continue on the interior, and together with the local Liscannor stone floors that feature throughout, create a natural bridge to the outside world – assisted of course by full-height panoramic glazed doors that wrap around the corner of the seating area.

Underfloor heating is supported by a magnificent free-standing wood-burning stove.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Bathroom
    Indoor & outdoor shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living room
    Kitchen area
    Patio area
  • Features
    Wood-burning stove, Pizza oven
    Outdoor stove & BBQ
    Outdoor Seaweed Bath & shower
    Ocean views
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For sandy showers – and this is that kind of location – there are two enclosed shower options, one is open to the stars. We love the beautifully hand finished walls.

Audacious use of exposed and unfinished natural materials such as rustic timber, stonework or gleaming copper, combine elements of the yesteryear with today’s Steam Punk style.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 2 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Microwave

Bedrooms

• One double bed
• Showers – indoor and outdoor

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Selection of books
• Children’s cot available

​The extended living space that is the back garden patio allows you to conclude your day by enjoying oriental bathing in the oversized ‘Ofuro’ outdoor seaweed bath – with hand harvested seaweed from the shores of Spanish Point. The deep design is perfect for a full-body immersion, and straight after, pop under the plunge bucket shower to re-energize.

Dining al fresco has never been easier, with Barbecue and muti-sided chic wood burning stove to warm the cockles.

 

The lodge shares a gritty drive with Armada Farm, a fascinating project which celebrates a no-dig sustainable form of growing, notably by feeding the soil with loads of sea weed.

This gives the produce the traditional flavours delivered for generations of farming along this coast.

During your stay you’ll be greeted by various animals which could include Alpacas, donkeys, sheep and lambs.

Provisional Booking Form

2Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

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

 

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Per week
€2,800

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Out & About

 
Golf, Beaches, Cliffs and Craic – what’s not to love about County Clare?

Lahinch Golf Club

Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Doolin and Ennis all host farmers markets where you can taste and purchase homemade local produce such as farmhouse cheese, chutneys and free-range home bakin.

The Willie Clancy Festival – starts first Saturday in July every year – is a week long Traditional Music & dancing festival with classes and events on throughout.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The small town of Miltown Malbay, a three-minute drive away, caters for visitors, three supermarkets and as many restaurants. It’s one of the centres of traditional Irish music and has a selection of pubs with regular traditional entertainment.

The town is home to the annual Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival, held annually since 1973 in memory of and to honour the uilleann piper Willie Clancy.

photo: Zinnman

It is less than 1km to White Strand Beach. This relatively small sandy beach with a rocky shoreline has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award on a number of occasions, and has a summer life guard on duty. There is a beautiful easy cliff walk which starts here.

A few minutes further South is the beach at Spanish Point which is better for surfers. It is so named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.

photo: lukemcurley

Lahinch beach, 10 minutes north, is a long golden strand directly facing the swells of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it is one of Ireland’s most popular surfing beaches.

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

They are home to an immense number 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.

Farther North, 35 minutes from the lodge, comes the Burren with its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes). It 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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

 

Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises both operate a passenger ferry service to The Aran Islands from Liscannor and Doolin during the months of April to October.

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.

Dun Aengus photo: Tourism Ireland

The renowned songwriter and entertainer Percy French has long been associated with County Clare. In the late 1800s, he was badly delayed on a journey from Dublin to a gig in Kilkee when his train broke down making him some 5 hours late for the show. He successfully sued the Railway, and the incident led to the song Are ye right there Michael? which became one of the most popular numbers in his repertoire.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 hrs from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – about 50 mins from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 3 hrs from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about 4 hrs from the cottage.

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Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Tipperary Lakeshore House

Epitome of Lakeshore Opulence

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County Tipperary

This extremely elegant historic mansion overlooks Lough Derg, and is one of the finest houses on the lake.

Approached by a winding avenue which travels through mature parkland and woodlands, it affords spectacular views and the utmost privacy being set well back from the road, and invisible except from the lake.

The 734 square metre Victorian main house, with some forty rooms, was extensively refurbished yet retains the integrity of the original period features – ornate cornicing, broad wooden floors, antique marble fireplaces, panelled mahogany doors and decorative architraves.

 

Well-proportioned classic interiors

The formal entrance is from an expansive west facing terrace that overlooks an immaculate stretch of lawn descends running down to the lake.

The glazed and tiled porch opens through double doors into an entrance hall, currently furnished with an antique games table, piano, a black marble fireplace, and an eclectic mix of pictures and art that set the tone for the home.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €12,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Six double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    Four bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Interconnecting Drawing rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Library, Breakfast room, Entrance hall
    Chef’s Kitchen, Butlers pantry
    Gym, Cloakroom, Laundry room
  • Features
    Enclosed courtyard, Large terrace
    2 tennis courts, Woodlands
    Lake frontage, private harbour
    Open fires, Stairlift
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs
    Fast WiFi internet, DVD
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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To one side of the hall are two interconnecting classic drawing rooms lit by tall, elaborately draped sash windows, and featuring beautiful pillared white marble fireplaces.

A number of the paintings here and in the adjacent rooms are of remarkable proportions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 3 cooking ranges with multiple ovens
• Fridges
• Freezers
• Dual Dishwashers
• Toasters
• Espresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Complete laundry facilities
• Chair lift

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and Four Queen size
• 6 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Electric main gates
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Multiple Flat-screen TVs
• Satellite/Cable TV
• DVD player

Other

• Large selection of books
• Fitness and Workout room
• Children’s crib available
• Barbecue
This is an exceptionally large home, a full-time daily housekeeper is present with the exception of Sunday unless otherwise requested.
Cook and extra house-keeping can be provided at additional cost.

​Leading off the drawing room, via a hallway that spans the ground floor, is yet another classic reception room, a vibrant and atmospheric library, busy with books.

Much used for television, the elaborate white marble fireplace is fitted with a more practical wood-burning stove.​

A back staircase to first floor accommodation, fitted with a chair lift, is accessed from a doorway in the library, as is the store of logs for the stove.

Beyond the library, in the same wing, is an alternative and more intimate television sitting room, decorated in luminous lemon yellow.

This room has a generous if unexpected bathroom adjacent – a legacy from a former layout.

To the southern side of the entrance hall, there is a formal dining room.

Extravagantly draped windows, with a large open Adams fireplace and Chippendale chairs, was there ever a more charismatic setting for a celebratory dinner?

Adjoining the Dining room there is a short corridor leading past a cloakroom and small office to the Kitchen and Breakfast room.

A purposeful blend of country style and professional catering, the kitchen is well appointed for feeding such a large household – with three separate cookers.

Additional contiguous rooms include a Butlers pantry and a larder. Those quirky ceiling hooks would have been intended for hanging hams and the like…

The cosy breakfast room situated just beyond the kitchen has a woodburning stove, and a door to the cobbled courtyard, which is at the centre of this home.


 

Other facilities surrounding the courtyard include a small workout gym looking onto it, with several machines and a shower, and a generous laundry room to the rear.

Bedrooms

An impressive return staircase leads from behind the entrance hall to a bright sky-lit landing.

There are four magnificent and individual bedrooms off the main landing on the first floor.

Three have glorious westerly views to the lake – one with an awesome balcony – while the fourth has views over the central courtyard.

Two of them enjoy en-suite bathrooms, with separate shower rooms just across the hall for the other two.;

A dog-leg corridor brings you to the elegant master bedroom with its stunning mahogany four poster bed, dual aspect views, and black & white tiled en-suite bathroom.

Another opulent bedroom lies at the end of a further dog-leg corridor, past the back stairs. It has a private and equally spacious bathroom with free standing roll-top bath and shower next-door.

 

Outside


The 100-acre lakefront estate comes with its own private harbour, landing stage and fishing rights.

The grounds of the Estate are a particular feature and offer a mixture of mature gardens with lawns, flower beds and shrubberies surrounding the house and sweeping down to the lake.

There are maintained walks through the mature woodlands, including, the Hazel Walk through a Hazel Tree plantation, the Beech Walk, Lady Alice’s Walk, The Cathedral Walk and The North Walk.

Afternoon strolls around the remarkably well-maintained walled garden will be a lasting memory, and is a highlight of any visit.

Provisional Booking Form

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.

A refundable breakages deposit of €1000 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no damage issues.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €12,950 €7,950 €7,950
June to September €12,950 Not Available Not Available

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

Additional separate accommodation on the property may be available on application, including the Walled Garden Cottage, here…

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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Portumna Golf Club

Here are some of our favourites…

And call by Nenagh Farmers Market on Saturdays if you’re around

For those keen on hunting there are a choice of local packs within easy reach, namely The Ormond Hunt, The North Tipperary Foxhounds and The Galway Blazers. The property is also the perfect terrain for a private shoot with good woodland coverage.

 

The Locality

 

 

The pretty village of Terryglass is just 10 minutes away, and has a long and distinguished history with a monastery being founded there by St. Columba in 549 A.D. The famous Book of Leinster was produced at the Monastery and can now be seen in Trinity College Dublin.

The village has a strong reputation for food and has two award-winning bar and restaurants — Paddy’s Bar and The Derg Inn — that are well worth a visit or two.

photo Kenneth Allen

Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, a chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation. The bridge here is the nearest Shannon crossing point and the link to Galway and the West.
You may also like to visit the gardens of popular Portumna Castle – more of a fortified house, with renaissance influences unusual for the period in Ireland.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101-step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

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

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

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

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

 

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours away
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the house.

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Island Retreat

Island Retreat

Island Retreat

The Way We Were…

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AS SEEN ON BBC 1 television Countryfile on Sunday 24th April 2022…
On a private island off the western shore of the singular Strangford Lough, is an enchanting 250-year-old cottage. A historical home of unique character where generations of families have escaped.
Secluded, and with stunning views and bird-life; direct access to the lough and a tennis court, it’s hard to believe you’re just 45 minutes from Belfast.

Heritage with a good dollop of fun

The owners family lovingly restored this cottage in 1935 as a summer retreat, and sensitive extensions over the years have retained many original features, including deep-set window sills, quarry-tiled floors and Belfast sinks – quirks and curiosities have been deliberately left unchanged.


The rambling layout of interconnecting rooms divides naturally into two wings, and is ideally suited to a couple of families holidaying together or multi-generational (3G) families.

The principal entrance is through the original kitchen. Idiosyncratic lemon panelling and hand-built furniture are typical to the cottage, as is the sizable Victorian hand pump, once the water supply.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    6 to 8 guests
    From €2,250 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    Two triple bedrooms
    Two Bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room and Living room
    Family Kitchen
    Entrance Porch/Conservatory
  • Features
    Wood-burning stoves
    Oil fired central heating + electric heaters
    All-weather Tennis Court
    Loughside Jetty & Slip
  • Contempo
    2 Flat screen TV, WiFi internet, DVD players
    strong 4G Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children are welcome
    Pets by arrangement
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The main living room has an eclectic collection of sofas with a wood burning stove as the focus.

There is also a vintage piano for sing-songs, and a gramophone with a selection of old 78 rpm records to explore.

Here a wonderful bay-window dining area with a panoramic view of the lough extends southwards.

A short hallway connects to the second sitting room, carpeted, with an enameled stove, and its own cushioned bay window.

Between the two, is a family bathroom, and opposite, a sunny porch-conservatory opening onto the South-facing lawn.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Rangemaster twin oven
• With 5 ring gas hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine and dryer in Bathroom
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, six single beds
• Travel cot
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• 2 DVD players

Other

• Large selection of books
• Large selection of DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Children’s books
• 2 woodburning stoves
• All weather Tennis Court, racquets and balls
• Charcoal Barbecue

Bedrooms

There is a double bedroom and a triple in both wings, with some reached through the adjoining bedroom, and two having  direct access to the garden.

Again, with a nod to the past, the conspicuous flower pattern on the curtains in one room, is an exact copy of one used to decorate some of the first-class cabins on Titanic.

The black cooking range used by a series of evacuee families during the second World War, is still to be found in “The Kitchen Bedroom”.

Beyond the last bedroom in the West wing, is a large, rustic, pine-paneled bathroom that also serves as a laundry room. It can also be reached directly from the garden.

Its vintage, cast-iron shower/bath has been adapted for modern use with an electric shower.

Outside

The lawn gently slopes to a rocky shore where there is access to a slip and a concrete jetty for launching. In addition, you may utilize a second slip for trailer launching via the lane that runs down the side of the house  – so if it floats, bring it!

In addition to the shoreline, there are amazing walks through woods (award-winning arboretum) and some breathtaking birdlife.
There is also an all-weather tennis court on the property.

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.

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

Christmas 2022 – 23rd to the 27th December – €2,800
New Years’ 2022 – 
29th to the 2nd January – €2,6800

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October to April €2,250 €1,300 €1,300
May to September €2,800 Not Available Not Available

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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.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

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

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Out & About

The lough is home to a multitude of yacht clubs – the local one around the corner caters for water sports – canoes, paddle boards, etc, – better still, bring your own water toys…

There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

Mahee is a small privately owned island on Strangford Lough, the last in a chain linked by road causeways to the mainland. The nearest neighbours are a couple of fields away – mostly with woods between properties – but the nearest sizeable town is Comber, on the mainland 25 minutes away.

This is an island steeped in history, starting with the ruins of Mahee Castle (1570) and Nendrum, a 5th century monastery at one end of the island with its own small museum, and Europe’s oldest known tidal-mill site from the 7th century.

More recently the island became home in the 17th century to the industrious immigrant Andrews family from Scotland, who subsequently achieved diverse acclaim, including the design of the Titanic.

You may be interested in a recently published book curated by the daughter of the Helen Turtle – Midnight Again – a collection of poignant letters written to her mother and sister in America before and during the war when she lived here with her young children.

Strangford Lough is one of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe, with over 2,000 marine species spread across 150 km2. It is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles, and boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets.

The narrows are also subject to a highly energetic tidal race. With water moving backwards and forwards at up to 15kph twice a day the channel has become a test-bed for experimental power generation, most lately by a Swedish company who are currently trialing their fascinating “sea kite” technology.

For a bird’s eye view over the lough, the tower at the top of Scrabo Hill, 20 minutes north, is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known landmarks and the views from the platform at the top of the 122 steps are spectacular.

Migrating Brent Geese in their thousands arrive from Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough from October through the winter months to eat the lough’s eelgrass before the long journey back to Arctic Canada to breed. It is a spectacular sight and a great venue to see this is WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, 5 miles from the Cottage and one of the venues for BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch 2021/2022.

From the Strangford village at the bottom of the lough, there is an entertaining ferry – every 30 minutes – across the narrows to Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula, where there is a small Aquarium (Exploris ) that is popular, and an important lifeboat station.

Shellfish is the name of the game around these parts, with pot fishing, mainly for prawns and crabs and licensed shellfish farming within the lough, so it’s not surprising that you will come across some of the finest seafood restaurants in Ireland. For divine Fish and Chips, make a wee journey to the pier at Ardglass farther down the coast…

Castle Ward is an 820-acre walled demesne owned by the National Trust on the edge of Strangford with terrific sheltered woodlands and trails, great for walking, running, cycling. The historic farmyard was the location of Winterfell where the deadly Game of Thrones® series is set in motion.

If you’re fond of the odd G&T you must be sure to try some of the home-grown local varieties that have sprung up in recent years. The Echlinville Estate lists Jawbox amongst their brands, and invite you to enjoy a tour of their distillery, or you may prefer to try Shortcross from the 500-acre Rademon estate.

The Titanic, which has strong links to the nearby town of Comber, has its own “Comber Titanic Audio Trail” which guides you to special places of interest throughout Comber that relate to the Titanic story. If you are going to Belfast – don’t miss a visit to the renowned Titanic Belfast Experience.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is about 2 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airports – Belfast International is just over an hour from the cottage & George Best’s City Airport, Belfast, is 35 minutes away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Ferries from Belfast, about an hour away, run to Liverpool and Scotland
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about two hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 4 hours from the cottage.

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Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Ultra Chic Coastal cottage

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County Waterford

Tucked away beneath the rocky escarpment that leads to a secluded tidal strand, this completely refurbished cottage oozes luxury and charm in equal measure. With a surprisingly spacious interior and versatile French door garden, Cove Lodge is a unique vacation escape.
Discover a coastline that probably remains Ireland’s best kept secret…

 

Cosy inspirational interiors

The entrance hallway unexpectedly spacious with a high ceiling and atmospheric concealed lighting.
Busy floor tiling and the stunningly coloured walls of pale apricot bring a Moorish Mediterranean quality to this space.

The original cottage was considerably smaller, with its little lattice-leaded windows.
Rooms to be discovered can be glimpsed through a variety of doorways.


AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One bunk bedroom
    All with ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living, Dining & Kitchen
    Sitting room
    Kids TV Den & Playroom
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    BBQ Patio
    Wheelchair-friendly
    Outdoor shower
    Close proximity to beach
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    nb. Poor Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Dogs are welcome
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A short passage, punctuated with French doors to the rear garden, opens into a more recent and unanticipated addition – an expansive and airy, living space.

The kitchen zone spans one side of the room, with appliances and storage tucked under a stony white work surface, behind stainless steel doors.

A generous eight-seater circular dining table occupies the centre, but the centrepiece of the room is undoubtably the dramatic luminous brushed-scarlet, modular corner-seating, that will bring a smile to your face.

French doors in the end wall open onto a white flagged patio – for those sultry summer sunsets.

At the opposite end of the room, a broad archway framed in a teal green wood panelling unveils a cosy carpeted sitting room, with an open-hearth fireplace and wall mounted TV.

You also get to see where that stable half door from the entrance hall leads…

Bedrooms

Sumptuous double bedrooms are located at either end of this long cottage.

The master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a small side yard.

A splendid wood-panelled walkthrough bathroom, with double monsoon showers and his-and-her basins, is neatly concealed around the back of the truncated bed head.


 Following the peachy colour theme, the second double bedroom is delightful.

Softly feminine, the adjacent ensuite bathroom has a fabulous, deep if short slipper bath, in addition to a more traditional shower.

Decidedly steep stairs climb to a diminutive nursery-style kid’s room that utilises the attic space above the bathroom. It comes with sub-adult ceiling and door heights, and a vivid citrus paintjob.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Fridge, Freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Vacuum cleaner
• Remote control skylight blinds

Bedrooms

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

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player

Other

• Children’s playroom with cots
• Outdoor Shower

Off the main entrance hall there is a bantam-bedroom with a set of bunk beds, and its own charming ensuite shower room that children will love.

Above the bunk room, occupying the loft space, is a TV den ideally suited for kids, and furnished accordingly. 

Outside

Stradbally Cove, with its sheltered sandy beach is just 50 metres down the narrow lane that cuts through the property. Across the lane is a spacious and well-maintained garden bordering the river for your exclusive use.

Around the cliff side of the cottage, an outdoor shower is being fitted – very handy for sandy people and wetsuits.

Aside from the lawn and patio, the gardens to the rear of the house feature a delightful rose arched walkway. There is a large gravelled parking area with dedicated access beyond that.

Within the portico at the back entrance, there is a separate laundry room.

The cottage is adjacent to an historic Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally Village and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. It is home to 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid-18th century.

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

Provisional Booking Form

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 Friday to Friday.

nb. June to August bookings are for full week only.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April €1100.
Halloween Friday 27th October to Monday 30th October € 1100.
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,600
New Year break Friday 29th December to Wednesday 3rd January 2024. € 2,600

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

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Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to May €2,100 €1,100 €1,100
June to August €2,600 n/a n/a

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  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
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Reviews

 

Yes, we all enjoyed our stay at Cove Lodge..

We would have appreciated nicer weather but we still enjoyed our short visit. The one very good day we had showed just how beautiful county Waterford is. The house was amazing and so well equipped. We all enjoyed being so close to the sea and the lovely river. My husband and I enjoyed watching the birds on the river and on the cove. My 2 granddaughters loved the extra rooms up the staircases.

Linda Laurenson, April 2022

 

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

 

The Locality

 

 
Stradbally is a short uphill walk from the cottage, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast 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 13th century disputes between two noble Waterford dynasties, the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a 20km stretch of sometimes-stormy cliffs and beachy coves that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

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.

photo Mike Searle

They are 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. It is fitting that one of the country’s most loved cycle route the Waterford Greenway runs through the region.

In Dungarvan, 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.

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, is one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

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 roads from Fenor to Annestown.

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 thereafter, so don’t miss it.

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 Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hour’s from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare which is approx. 1.5 hours from Stradbally
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two and a half hours from the cottage

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Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Lough Dergs Heartland Gem

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County Tipperary

Deep among the woods that border Lough Derg, is a uniquely private cottage with formal gardens, tennis courts and exclusive lake access.
Just over an hour from Galway, and with the lower reaches of the Shannon to explore, this is the perfect rural retreat.

 

A linear spread

This is a commodious cottage, just a single room deep, that spans one side of the walled garden.
From a south facing patio towards one end of the cottage, the entrance opens directly into an expansive living space.

Comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove define the sitting room at one end. An eclectic country-cottage style kitchen features a large eight seater rustic table at its centre.

Curtained French doors to the gardens mimic the entrance.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    4 guests +1
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    both with large ensuite bathrooms
    plus fold out bed in vestibule
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Dining room & Kitchen
    Central Vestibule
    large Sunroom
    separate Bar with washroom
    Pantry / Utility room
  • Features
    Wheelchair accessible
    Furnished Terrace
    Stunning Walled garden
    Two tennis courts
    Private woodland walks & access to the lake
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Bose Bluetooth players
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Children under 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A sizeable pantry off the living area doubles as a larder and utility room.
Rough stone whitewashed walls and unpolished timber flooring are testament to the original cottage.

Beyond the kitchen, a central vestibule comes as a hiatus to the remaining accommodation, with a liberal mix of furnishings that include a gilded Diwan day-bed which can be used as an additional single.

Opposing French doors open onto the walled garden terrace, and a generous sunroom complete with leather swivel armchairs to the front.

Along the corridor, the first bedroom is snug Queen sized double. It is wheelchair accessible with a spacious bathroom, complete with double ended Drummond bath and delightful Victorian fittings.
The bathroom also has a door to the corridor which can be used if the vestibule Diwan is utilised.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring range with 3 ovens br>
• Fridge plus Fridge-freezer in pantry
• Additional fridge in bar
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Queen size beds
• Daybed single (Diwan) in Vestibule
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• 2 BOSE Bluetooth speakers

Other

• Two tennis courts
• Large walled garden and greenhouse
• Access to the lake (Lough Derg)
• Separate Bar
•Gas Barbecue

The master bedroom reveals an impressive mahogany Queen sized bed and a wood-burning stove.

A step up, the substantial master ensuite has an elegant walk-in twin shower and ample wardrobe space.

There are crisp white 800 thread count linen and luxury towels throughout.

The Bar

At the west end of the cottage, with access from either the walled garden or the front, is an autonomous bar, which is a relaxing social nook to chill out in at the end of a day.

The counter is fashioned from storm toppled trees on the estate.

There is an exclusive WC adjoining the bar.

 

Outside

The cottage is obviously named for its spectacular private walled garden. Beautifully maintained and with a magnificent glasshouse spanning the northern facade which will delight the horticulturist.

There is a broad and fully furnished terrace here which is perfect for barbecues.

In addition, guests have access to the two tennis courts, walks around the estate and of course the lake.

Provisional Booking Form

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.

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
November to May €1.800 €1,200 €1,200
July to September €1,800 Not Available Not Available

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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.

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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Terryglass, less than 15 minutes from the house – has a scenic harbor on the lake with Watersports and fine Gastropubs.
Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, an chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101 step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable…
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

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

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

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

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the cottage.

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