Set in its own grounds of ten acres of forest and fields, this stylish and surprisingly spacious modern cottage regenerates sections of an eighteenth century walled garden with remarkable results.
Roxton Lodge is situated outside Corofin village on the edge of the unique landscape that is the Burren, amidst castles, cliffs and music that are the charms of County Clare. It is the perfect location for touring the Wild Atlantic way – minutes from the surf town of Lahinch, and just 40 minutes from the sheer Cliffs of Moher.
Airy, informal, inclusive and generous
The entrance, through an adjunct sunroom, prefaces a long dining area, exposed along its flank by glazed walls – merging interior and exterior.
Partly rendered, punched with geometric and incidental lighting alcoves, the décor is restrained and encourages surface texture as a statement throughout the cottage.
Contemporary kitchen units and a solid wood work top, complete with sink and electric hob, line one wall of this living space, keeping everyone together. The fridge, steam oven and other cooking utilities are accessed separately in the adjacent kitchen.
The polished cast stone floor under-heated, but the focus here is a tall wood burning stove.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – including Wi-Fi, barbecue and microwave.
There is no channel TV due to poor reception in the area however we hope you enjoy the hundreds of movies available on the large Samsung flat screen TV.
Water is fresh from Roxtons own well, and heating is solar paneled, underfloor and uses a heat pump.
The maturing walled garden is restful with birdsong and the ten acres of land on which the cottage sits will provides a unique and peaceful backdrop to your break.
If you have a particular requirement, please tell us.
Using the ancient wall of the surrounding garden as a sloping frame, a corridor links the three bedrooms family bathroom and shower.
Roxton Lodge is at the end of a long private driveway, within a large rural garden which includes a developing broad leaf forest. This was the estate and prime residence of the historic Blood family dating from the 1700’s.
There are magnificent views of the lunar looking, barren Mullaghmore Mountain, the Burren’s highest.
Just wanted to let you that Roxton Lodge is everything and more than we could have imagined.
We very much appreciate the hospitality that Michelle and Myles extended upon our arrival. I am at this moment enjoying the Burren Atlantic smoked salmon with Michelle’s homemade bread. We have enjoyed smoked Pacific Salmon from Haida Gwaii and I must say this is every bit as good.
Jane is outside taking pictures of the cows….amazing and an exciting thing for her. That is a story for another time. I have a guess that we may not make as many day trips as I originally planned as we would rather enjoy Roxton Lodge.
Brian & Jane Lougheed, Canada, May 2018
My partner and I rented Roxton Lodge
in Clare in late July 2018. Unique Irish Homes provided more than enough information about the property to help us make a decision. And the property was exactly as advertised: no surprises, no creative camera angles hiding unattractive views or features. The process of renting the house was easy. The owner was quickly in touch with details about how to get there and was flexible about the timing of our arrival. Myles–the owner’s brother–came to meet us in town when we couldn’t quite find our way. He gave us a great tour of the place; the owners, meanwhile, had provided lots of guidance about restaurants and nearby attractions–and happily corresponded with us while we were there to answer other questions we had. The location–at least for us–couldn’t have been better. You feel a million miles away from civilization but are only five minutes from Corofin’s pubs and shops and 20 minutes from Ennistymon’s. It was a great jumping off point for exploring Clare: we visited the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, lots of villages and towns of interest–nothing more than 45 minutes drive away. We had a few terrific meals–at Gregans Castle and Vaughan’s Anchor Inn and enjoyed a tiny, friendly session at Pot Duggan’s. We didn’t have any serious criticisms, encountered no problems. We highly recommend Unique Irish Homes and Roxton Lodge!
Sean Buffington, July 2018
Our recent stay at Roxton Lodge
was a very welcome introduction to the beauty of the Burren and surrounding areas. The house was comfortable, spacious, well equipped and in a truly unique setting. We had the most hospitable of hosts in Mark and Michelle who were attentive and accommodating in every way.
Anthony and Usha Byrne, August 2018
We enjoined our holidays in Roxton Lodge very much!
The situation is central for trips north to Connemara and east to the Shannon area. We visited Galway and of course the direct surrounding the Burren.
The house is great and comfortable, we would recommend just from a business point of view a functional television for news and a dryer. We personally can live without them, but many customers would miss it.
Mark and Michelle are very helpful and very friendly. Our dog also loves their place.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year
Johan, Germany, December 2018
[Thanks Johan, appreciate your comments. We’ve installed a brand new dryer for your return visit. Unfortunately though, reception in this area is too poor for television channels, but we hope you enjoy our hundreds of movies on the large Samsung flat screen…]
Out & About
There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…
Here are some of our favourites…
- Sample some Lisdoonvara smoked salmon
- Get on a boat to the Aran Islands
- Lunch at the Cloister
- Go golfing at Lahinch (PGA Irish Open 2019 venue )
- Check out a cave at Ailwee
- Dine out in Gregans Castle
- Theatre and Drama in Ennis
- Foodie heaven on your doorstep in Ennistymon
- Trek a pony above Doolin
- Swallow a pint in O’Connors
- Properly explore the The Burren
- Go back to Surf School
Corofin is the nearest village for most provisions. There are a number of pubs and small restaurants, frequently with excellent traditional music, drama, or dancing. The annual Best Beard and Moustache championships are held here at the end of April.
A short drive away, there is 20km of excellent woodland walks at Dromore, with lakes, a castle and distinctive wildlife.
The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way is less than half an hour west by car. It is widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.
The market town of Ennis is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County. It is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), Clare (South Australia) and Snt-Paul-de-Fenouillet (Eastern Pyrnees France).
There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.
Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one.
The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle. Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.
photo Herbert Ortner
The rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking.
It is less than half an hour by car to the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.
County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 30 minutes from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from the house
Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) – approx. 2 hours from the house
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Rosslare Port is just under 4 hours from house (no direct route)