Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Woodlands and Water in West Cork

County Cork

Sheltered behind a small woodland just above Dunmanus Bay, this eco-friendly sea-side home has been designed to blend in beautifully with its surroundings.
It is spacious, luminous, and contemporary, and enjoys some extra luxuries, like an outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sauna. An ideal remote retreat for families who relish walking and water…

 

Modern, bright, and roomy

The broad entrance lobby, impressive kitchen, and ample dining room, flow effortlessly into each other. Dove grey and white tones, polished concrete terrazzo floors and clean minimal lines unify these contemporary ground floor rooms into an inclusive family home.


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

Typical of the quirky delights in this home, a relaxing coffee area occupies a corner of the kitchen – complete with colourful cocktail chairs, but there are also stools around a central island for casual grazing.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (one ground floor)
    Two with ensuite showers
    One twin bedroom
    One triple, with double and single bed
    Two bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen with Coffee area
    Landing with Sauna
    Utility room
  • Features
    Hot Tub Jacuzzi, Large Terrace, Pizza Oven, Barbecue
    Woodland paths & Gazebo
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, Netflix, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday, September to March
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The ample artisan dining table began life as an Ash tree in the woodlands below, and the floor boards in the sitting room similarly were fashioned from beech trees on the property. Other surplus timber ends up in one or other of the two wood-burning stoves.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 4 ring electric hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer in utility room
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, three King-size, and three singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Sauna
• Outdoor Hot Tub
• 2 Multi head showers • Good selection of books
• Kids toys
• Children’s high chair
• 2 Wood burning stoves

The large sitting room also faces directly onto the sunny south terrace – a very magical spot for the whole family to enjoy a barbecue or something from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

Built to be environmentally conscious this home employs the most efficient modern technologies, with a heating system that ensures endless supply of hot water, a heat recovery unit, with vents located throughout the house, and triple glazed Doors & Windows.

A double bedroom occupies the other side of the ground floor. It is adjacent to a family bathroom – Beechwood House is wheelchair friendly.

A limed white stairway returns onto the generous first floor landing, where there is room for a relaxing seating area. Here too is the sauna – wonderful for heating up the bones after a dip in the sea or a long walk!

There are four spacious bedrooms on this level – two have ensuite shower rooms with multi head showers.

 

One bedroom sleeps three, with a double bed and a single bed, and shares a family bathroom (with bath) with a fourth twin bedroom.

Outside

Just a short stroll from the village, the house is accessed via a small bridge over the river and electric gates – there is ample parking inside. The 5 acre property slopes down towards the bay, a view that is concealed in the summer months by a magical woodland. From the terrace area you can meander down to the river on conveniently constructed paths, or just chill out in the gazebo. There is a Hot Tub Jacuzzi in a small garden to one side of the house.

Provisional Booking Form

5This Home is only let by the week during High Season.

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €3,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€3,500

Weekend stays are available October to March Only.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

NB: A refundable breakages deposit of €600 applies to this home.

Christmas Breaks €3,500 per week
October to May €2,600 per week
July & August €3,900 per week
June & September €2,900 per week

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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.

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 – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

New to Unique Irish Homes – 2019

I had been meaning to give some feedback…

We were extremely happy with the house in Ahakista. It really is a special place and the whole experience was fantastic. The house itself is beautifully finished and really comfortable, and the grounds make it extra special. Niamh and Damian were very warm and welcoming when we arrived, and eager to help throughout.
We’re looking forward to our next stay!

Karl, August 2020

Sounds like fun…

First I’d like to express, on behalf of the whole group, our thanks for such a wonderful trip. Like for many others, Covid-19 provided an opportunity for us to explore our home country and although the situation has at times been quite bleak, it’s also helped us see what’s been on our doorstep this whole time. We had a great time and I can confidently say that we will be back to you to you in the future for more trips!

 

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Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
Enjoy amazing sailing and boat tours, and equally brilliant restaurants.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Festivals

• Ahakista Regatta( August Bank Holiday weekend) – with a Quiz hosted by TV personality & Author, Graham Norton.
• West Cork Chamber Music Festival – Nine days of concerts, masterclasses & talks in various venues in Bantry town – 28th June to 7th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Literary Festival – Week-long celebration of writing & reading for people of all ages in various venues in Bantry town – 12th to 19th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

• Ellen Hutchins Festival – Celebration of life of Ireland’s first female botanist with walks, talks, workshops all with a botanical theme – 17th to 25th August – www.ellenhutchins.com

Masters of Tradition Festival – Celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form in various venues in Bantry town – 21st to 26th August – www.westcorkmusic.ie ,/p . ,p . • A Taste of West Cork – 6th to 15th September

The Locality

 

The Memorial Garden located at the edge of the village remembers the death of over 329 people in a terrorist attack on an Air India Jumbo Jet in 1985, this being the closest spot to the bombing.

This neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking, and you may be surprised by what’s on offer in the local shops, but you will need to travel the 17km to the sleepy market town of Bantry for larger shops and supermarkets.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing – be sure to try them.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

Wild Atlantic WayClick here to find out more…

Across Dunmanus Bay to the south is the Mizen Head Peninsula. Its lighthouse marks Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached via a dramatic bridge.

The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.

There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic. 88km of walking around this narrow finger of land protruding into the wild Atlantic Ocean, although you can drive most of the way. The final loop to the small lighthouse at the very end of the peninsula, is worth the trip with its blow holes and the possibility of seeing dolphins or whales, with a rewarding cuppa & apple tart at Bernie’s Cafe once your round trip is completed !

If you are out on the Mizen, you might like to visit a megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb. It is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

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

The Fastnet rock lighthouse 14km offshore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants traveling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. 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.

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.

How to get there – Car advised..

However, There is a bus service to Bantry three days per week

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 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

 

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Caha

Caha

Caha

An Ancient Canvas where Time Stands Still

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An Ancient Canvas where Time Stands Still

County Kerry

Bedded into the rocky northern slopes of the Beara peninsula and looking out on the Atlantic Ocean across the broad Kenmare estuary, Caha is a chic contemporary limestone cottage beautifully designed to maximise its stunning location.
The cool white minimalist interior spills seamless out into a terraced natural rock garden where the mountain and sea views work their charm. It’s time to explore yourself in this magical landscape.

 

Limestone and Light…

The expansive open interior of polished marble floors and white surfaces makes a striking contrast to the rustic limestone walls of the exterior.

Here reception rooms blend doorlessly together in a split level rambling arrangement where light and sound bounce around you.

The cool Scandinavian styling owes more to geometry than decoration. Details are key in such a Spartan design, and so we find elegant use of contemporary lighting, and polished granite fireplaces that are uniform and unassuming.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms Ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Central Reception with 
    Dining Area 
    Mezzaning Study
    Living Room

    Kitchen
    Laundry Room

  • Contempo
    Paved Terrace
    Wi Fi Internet 
    Piano
    Open Gas Fires 
    DVD’s 
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Under-floor heating, and an integrated audio system keep services inconspicuous. Functional blinds supplant curtains above windows that everywhere frame picture postcard coastline views.

 

Furniture is restricted to essential elements, and well chosen pieces of leather and oak.
Warm, wide board floors in the drawing room balance the exposed pine rafter and ties above.
An impressive walnut and chrome staircase spirals invitingly towards the sky-lit mezzanine – a tranquil reading refuge.

The stylish thoroughly modern kitchen has copious worktop space in quartzite to match the flooring, fitted cherry cabinets with integrated appliances, and a generous helping of those ubiquitous views.

A handful of broad steps lead off the main hallway to three ensuite double bedrooms on two levels, each with warm floor to ceiling tiled shower rooms.

All the bedrooms reflect the same restrained minimalist interior with no compromise on comfort.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home – from WiFi to piano … microwave, books, games and DVD’s ..
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Outside

French doors open from the living room onto a sunset patio, and from the main reception area onto a generous south facing sheltered courtyard, with low stone terraced beds of purple heather and built in benches of duck-egg blue.

There is something very special about this sculptured garden and the tufts of flamboyant yellow gorse that tumble their coconut fragrance down the slopes around this multi-gabled home.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.
Pets – No, sorry!

 

Provisional Booking Form

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

Christmas and New Year rates are high season, for other Public holidays – see below:

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €2,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€2,500

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

Please Note: Though this is a family home, due to the open-plan design and staircase it is not suited to young children – Thank You.

October to April €2,100 per week
May to September €2,500 per week
Christmas (23rd to the 28th) €2,500
New Year’s (29th to the 3rd0 €2,500

 

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We had a more than perfect holiday


 

 

All the times we have been to Ireland, Wales and Scotland we felt ready to go home after a week, but this was the first time that we all felt that we could stay for at least one more week.
In our opinion Beara is the nicest part of Ireland: beautiful scenery, very nice and tiny roads, not many people and impressing (loop)walks. In in our advantage was the weather, almost spring. Kenmare is great and also Gleninchaquin (almost in the backgarden) and Black Valley. We have been to Castletownbere but not even to the far end of Beare; that is for next time as is Allihies.
Your house is as perfect as Beara is. Laid out in beautiful, quite area with nice views; and (very) close to everything we wanted to do. In our opinion the house is huge but also very cosy. We loved the open fires and the fact that all the bedrooms were close to the center. Very nice kitchen too with everything we needed. Good to have a lot of information available about the area. We had a lovely dinner at the bistro in Eyeries; we also had a meal in 35 in Kenmare; nice but rather expensive. And off course we had tea in the Park Hotel; great place to be and just watch other people.
The kids loved the quality of the WIFI; high quality for such an isolated area. Good idea to have Apple-TV; we used Spotify a lot for playing our music. That was sure more than enough for us but the only tip we have for you is making a link between Apple TV and the great audio-sound system in the house; we felt it as some kind of pity that such a soundsystem couldn’t be used by us because of lack of (our) CD’s.
So in a few words, your house is just great. All the feedback is positive; no critics at all.

Bart and family, Nederland, January 2017

We have spent the Christmas days of 2019 in Caha again with the family. A better than great house with four superb bedrooms and two living rooms. Both have an open fire; on gas, so it is always warm within minutes. And Beare is so beautiful with Glenbeg lake around the corner and Gleninchaquin Park only a couple of miles from Caha. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and visit Beare while staying in Caha. We all highly recommend it and sure will come back.
Thanks for all the help and best regards, Bart

Bart and family, Nederland, January 2019

We spent 4 weeks this summer in this lovely house…

on Beara Peninsula and we would come back any time. Not only that Caha is a spacious house, it offers every comfort that you might expect. The house is tastefully decorated and has every amenity to feel home.
It is situated in a beautiful and remote landscape with magnificent views over the sea. In clear nights, you can enjoy a starry sky which can hardly be seen elsewhere. Although, it is a very quiet place, the next small shop or filling station is only a ten minutes drive away. It is a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family.

Jacqueline and Stefan, September 2017

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We had an absolutely delightful time at “Caha” last month

We very much enjoyed our week in Caha and the Beara is beautiful with spectacular scenery, places to visit and drives (some of the drives are really scary at times !).

Caha is a terrific property designed, built and finished to the very highest standards. Most of the spaces and rooms have dual aspect windows and or doors which make the most of the light and views. The interior lighting has been very well thought out and zoned while the integrated sound system is also great and can be zoned in different areas. The windows are one of the real stars of this property being of the highest quality and aspect. The furnishings are in keeping with the property and are comfortable and, again, very good quality.

Andrew C and family July 2021

The house was exactly as described and pictured on your website. The kitchen was well equipped, which was important as we tended to have most of our evening meals in. The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms were super. The living areas were also very comfortable and there were some lovely spots to sit and relax with a good book.
The outside patio was nice and sheltered, but if there is one area I would comment on for improvement it would be the outside furniture. Not enough of it and what was there could use an upgrade. [ Thanks Mark, we have lovely new set now…]
We felt well supported by Unique Irish Homes throughout with the helpful updates and info from Mary and especially having someone right there to help with the inevitable bits and pieces as one settles in was great. Thanks Elaine!
So all in all, I would say we were very happy with the experience. Now if you could just arrange for Teddy Sullivan’s to be magically transported across the bay, that would be perfect……………!

Mark Bowyer, July 2018

We spent an amazing week at Caha …

which is located in Collorus on the Beara Peninsula. It was a beautiful, secluded, restful location in an architecturally stunning home. Every convenience could be found in the home, including a fabulous, fully equipped kitchen which was essential to us, as we like to cook in as much as we like to explore the local fine dining scene. It has the advantage of being close but not too close to Kenmare, a village with a great bakery and at least two outstanding restaurants. From Caha, it was easy to explore the beautiful Beara Peninsula with day trips to the Eyeries, Healy Pass and beyond, or head east to Waterford or Wexford.
A must do for visitors is to purchase some fresh, local oysters! Shucking them is another story but we did manage to release those buttery morsels, eventually.
Many thanks to Elaine who guided us to the location of the house and made sure we felt welcome and knew the run of the place as well as the area. This is a hidden gem, and we will come back one day very soon.
Below are some photos, a screen saver opportunity everywhere we looked!

Anne Maree Healey , June 2018

“We have just had a terrific week on the Beara peninsula…

Caha house was so comfortable with every mod con available for our use.
We were met by a most friendly Elaine who showed us around and told us about places of interest etc. She had left us a welcome pack very thoughtfully put together and the house was spotless.
We were blessed with gorgeous weather which meant we saw the stunning scenery at its very best. We would highly recommend Caha house to anyone looking for a special place to holiday”.

August 2017

Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore, and so many flavours to try
We just can’t list it all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. Close to the village there is a picturesque stone circle, one of a plethora of megalithic monuments to be found in the region.

For more serious shopping, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays, Kenmare is a delightful 30 minute drive back up the Bay.

The rugged Beara peninsular is shared by counties Cork and Kerry – Caha is balanced on the border. 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.

Wild Atlantic Way
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At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Ireland’s 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 traveling by boat hazardous.

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.

For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting 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.
As a result, you will come across palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of 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 Caha, 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.


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.

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

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Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

Lady Gregory’s Lodge

More than just folklore…

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County Clare

Halfway around the 2500 km Wild Atlantic Way on the southern shores of Galway Bay is this charming yet unassuming, traditional Georgian villa.

Whitewashed walls and scarlet windows mask a noble history stretching back more than two Centuries, and with ample space for several generations of family, here is a memorable epicentre for your Burren adventure.

An awesome and authentic interior

The semicircle of curved wainscot beneath the rustic fan lit entrance heralds a warm interior, busy with the trappings of time.

On the sea-side of the house, the cosy drawing room features an unusual brick fireplace designed and built by the pre-Raphaelite painter Augustus John – a frequent visitor in the early 20th Century.

0AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – 3 ensuite
    One triple bedroom –double + single bed, ensuite
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Library
    Family KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Open Fire places, Walled garden
    Ocean views
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet, Alexa smart system
    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 large formal dining room is classically furnished in period mahogany, and seats ten.

It enjoys similar dazzling views across to Auginish Island through substantial shuttered windows, and reveals another red brick fireplace; this one with inset hand painted tiles depicting artisans.

Antique free standing furniture set on glossy old timber floors permeate these rooms.
The spacious country kitchen occupies its own bright extension to the side.

Vivid canary yellow with a rustic terracotta floor, this chef friendly arcadia boasts a cast iron Aga range supported by a 5 ring gas cooker, and a premium microwave.


Culinary spectators will enjoy the circular breakfast table to one end and accompanying languid wingback chair.
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin plate Aga range
• Twin oven gas cooker with 5 rings
• Fridge & freezer in scullery
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two Super King-size beds, three double beds and one single
• Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet
• 32” TV
• Netflix
• Alexa controlled sound system

Other

• Excellent selection of books
• Walled Garden

Bedrooms

Generously sized, carpeted double bedrooms of individual character are located on two floors. All have ensuite bathrooms except the Rose room, which has a separate bathroom. The two ground floor bedrooms have French doors opening onto the terrace and walled garden.

This family room in cucumber green features a large French upholstered Corbeille bed, and an additional single bed.

Upstairs, the corner bedroom has dual aspect views of the bay and of the walled garden, a super King size bed, a sofa, and a chaise longue.

With a dramatically carved bed, and classic sofa, this bedroom enjoys view of Galway bay.

Above the entrance, the Rose bedroom has a small double bed, and of course more stunning views to the North.

Outside

Set back from the pebbly seashore to the North by a broad wildflower meadow and a narrow roadway.

The three remaining Monterey Cypress trees here are thought to have been a gift from the George Washington when the house was being built in 1788.

The library and ground floor bedrooms open onto a limestone flagged terrace and extensive walled garden with lawns, herbaceous borders and a small orchard.

Provisional Booking Form

This house only rents by the week, Saturday to Saturday

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

Weekly, Year round

Varies betweeen €3,750 and €5,500

 

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Out & About

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and surf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too.
Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

History
During the nineteenth century, the Lodge was the summer home of Lady Augusta Gregory, a pivotal figure in the Irish Cultural Renaissance and a founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1904. Hence the name. W.B.Yeats is said to have written The Player Queen and The Dreaming of the Bones while staying here.
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This is the most northerly point of County Clare, known as Flaggy Shore. The closest sizeable village is Kinvara – less than 15 minutes away – and which is actually in County Galway.
A Farmers Country Market is held in the Square most Saturdays throughout the summer months. The Merriman hotel in Kinvara is rumoured to have the largest thatch roof in Ireland.

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are about 45 minutes away by car.

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s 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.

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.

The Cliffs 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.

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, Fanore Beach with its ancient sand dunes, is the place to be.

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

The Burren is infamous for its strange karst landscape, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) which harbour a remarkable collection of plants and animals, 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.

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.

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 and that one of Tolkien’s best known characters, Gollum, may be named after Poll na gColm, pronounced Pole na Gollum or Cave of the rock dove.

Lisdoonvarna, 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.

The Martello Tower on Aughinis Island directly across from the Lodge, was built in 1811 (one of many) as a defence against Napoleonic invasion which never happened.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about two and a half hours from the house
Shannon Airport – is just over an hour away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is three hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 hours from 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 €4,100 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

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €4,100
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €4,100
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€4,100

A refundable breakages deposit of €500 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Weekly Weekends
October to April €4,100 7 nights minimum
May to September €4,500 7 nights minimum

 

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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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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.

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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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Ballard House

Ballard House

Ballard House

An Impressive Double-take

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County Kerry

This classic period home in a leafy Tralee suburb comes with a classy self-contained conversion, and shares a common garden; an ideal multi-family, private escape on the Wild Atlantic Way.

With the drama and spectacle of Dingle peninsula on your doorstep, and just 30 minutes from Killarney, you can’t go much further west in Europe without a boat.

 

The Main House – Classic and comfortable

The Georgian fan-light entrance, flanked by imposing limestone pillars, opens into a spacious central hallway that extends the depth of the house, with a couple of steps down to the back door.

A formal drawing room, with a finely decorated black marble chimney piece, shares one side of the ground floor with a generous, chandeliered dining room; the two separated by lofty pocket doors within an elliptical arch.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests in two buildings
    From €5,950 per week
  • Main House
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – all ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Dining room
    Sitting room
    Family Kitchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
    Pool room, Office, Wine cellar
  • Garden Wing
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – both ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living room, Kitchen & Dining room
    Sitting room
  • Features
    Open Fire places, enclosed garden
    Walking distance to town centre
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats ten on Chippendale mahogany, and the tall sash windows are shuttered and beautifully draped, with moulded cornices and panelled doors, typical of the period.

On the opposite side of the hall, an alabaster white kitchen occupies the rear quarter.
With a slightly less formal central breakfast table, Belfast sink, and large Aga range, it is gentleman’s country-style.

To the front, the sitting room combines comfortable shabby-chic sofas with a white marble fireplace, matching white built-in furniture, and flat screen TV, for relaxing evenings.

 

Bedrooms

There are four inviting double bedrooms located in each corner of the upstairs floor, with an opulent chandelier lighting the impressive central stairwell.