A Romantic, rustic refurbishment of rural outbuildings, this is an ideal lodge for the horticulturally minded couple, set as it is between the delightful Shackleton garden in the exclusive grounds of Ballintubbert House, and its exquisite potager.
The cottage is just over an hour from Dublin, and just under two to Cork.
A Folksy Intimate Nest
Joyously executed, this inspirational renovation brings a modern twist, somewhere between rustic and industrial to an autonomous L shaped garden annex.
The owners have recycled heavy pine scaffolding boards to clad nearly every surface of the main areas, giving it a warm rustic charm.
The kitchen and living space share one end of the cottage, where a heavy rugged breakfast counter is matched with three wholly contemporary leather and chrome stools.
AT A GLANCE
up to 4 guests
From €900 per week
One double bedroom
(plus one with seperate access, ensuite)
Shower room with WC
Open plan Sitting room & Kitchen
Designer historic gardens
WiFi internet, central heating
Good Cell phone reception
Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday
Please check if you intend bringing a pet
A double bedroom occupies the far end of the cottage – white of wall and barren of décor, with the low level windows that feature throughout.
A second double bedroom, complete with it’s own ensuite, is available as an optional extra in the adjoining return, and has a separate entrance.
The bathroom, sandwiched in the middle, has a shower that employs corrugated zinc sheeting supplementing the salvaged scaffolding boards for a quirky shanty ambience.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Electric oven
• 4 ring gas hob
• King-size Bed
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Central heating
The 14 acres of beautifully designed organic gardens that surround the cottage and main house, are a work in progress that started in 1850 and are at the core of what this estate is all about. The property is divided by hedges, trees and shrubs into a series of garden rooms, with tantalising glimpses through openings and down hidden walkways.
The enclosed garden adjoining the cottage is named after the acclaimed Irish Garden Architect, Arthur Shackleton who designed it; the Water Garden is after Sir Edwin Lutyens, complimented by Gertrude Jekyll style planting schemes.
Dotted among orchards and rose garden you will find semi-permanent structures which come into their own for occasions such as weddings.
Smoking – No, sorry!
Pets – Possibly, check with us.
Out & About
Co.Laois is especially suited to relaxed country life style with hill walking, golf, horse racing and trekking all available locally and this home is an ideal base for those who wish to explore Ireland’s Ancient East.
Here are some of our favourites…
- Horse Racing at the Curragh
- A trip to the Famine museum
- Theatre nite plus Dunmase Arts Centre
- Dine at the Gate House
- Cowboy style pony trekking
- Kildare Village retail therapy
- Traditional music with pints atClancys
- Join a steam train in Stradbally
- Play a round in Athy
- More horses at Punchestown racecourse
- Go motor racing at Mondello Park
- Take a whiskey tour with Walshes
- Check out the curios at the Storeyard
The Shackleton Ell is in the grounds of Ballintubbert House, in a sleepy rural setting about 10 minutes from Athy and Stradbally – both with supermarkets – and about 10 minutes away from the main Dublin-Cork motorway.
Pilgrimages were made as early as 1540 to partake of the beneficial waters from a healing well which now sits in the graveyard of St Brigid’s church, a stone’s throw from the house.
Some interesting history…
The renowned poet laureate Cecil Day–Lewis, father of actor Daniel Day–Lewis, was born in one of the side-bedrooms in the main house in 1904, and on a return visit in the 1960’s penned the poem The House Where I Was Born here.
The dramatic actor Sebastian Shaw, who was famously unmasked as Darth Vader in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, owned Ballintubbert for a period during 1940s & 50s.
Sir John Hurt the inveterate and highly acclaimed English actor who harboured a love of Ireland subsequently bought and occupied the house from the mid 1980’s.
Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great 20th century polar explorer, who was born at Kilkea House, near Athy, in 1874. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expedition.
The very British expletive “Gordon Bennett” is an expression of incredulity which alludes to the outrageous behaviour of the American sportsman, publisher and all-round hell-raiser James Gordon Bennett Jr. who sponsored the first ever international motor race.
The course chosen for the first race outside France, was centred on Athy. England was to host the 1903 competition but motor racing was forbidden there. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in Shamrock green which thus became known as British racing green.
To the west, the Slieve Bloom Mountains along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe. Once also the highest at 3,700m, they have been whittled away by erosion over the millennia to a mere 527m today. Slieve Bloom Way , a recently opened seventy kilometre hill walk starts about half an hour away. You could try a part of it…
Stradbally is home to the oldest established heritage railway in Ireland. This narrow gauge railway is operated and managed by the Irish Steam Preservation Society.
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 1 and half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – usually under 2 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and a half from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is usually under 2 hours from house.