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Whitewash and Walking in Wicklow

Ha Ha Cottage, County Wicklow

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

the courtyard

An eclectic collection

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

courtyard table napkin stone sculpture garen lighting sunny courtyard

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

Rates & Dates courtyard view FAQs

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

living room

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


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

living room stove
guitars on wall pictures

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

master bedroom

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

bedroom doors

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

ensuite bathroom bathroom

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

double bedroom


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

Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

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


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

Tech & Entertainment

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

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Herb garden
• Barbecue Fire Pit
• Fresh water Well
emergency laundry can be organised
raised beds
flowers pet dog


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

table in yard

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



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

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Out and About

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

Glendalough tower
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

In the cottage there is a comprehensive guest manual.


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About the Locality

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

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Lugnaquilla view

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


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

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

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

Glendalough lake

photo Bokken

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

way mark

How to get there - Car advised..

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

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

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


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