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Liz McCollum

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Liz McCollum

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


County Wicklow Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Spacious Mews. Light-flooded Loft with balcony. Animals graze the hill behind.

Aghowle Holiday Cottages are part of a converted farmyard in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. (Our website is - there's a link to it at the end of the facilities section below. We have a News page that we keep semi- up to date with what's happening here and locally.) The spacious Mews and contemporary Loft were built in the local granite and in use as farmyard buildings until recently. The Loft was a haybarn, and the Mews, which is a long single-storey building, was a turkey outhouse, a kennel and a mare foaling box. We converted the Mews gradually, as we needed an office, an extra bedroom.....until one summer we finished it properly as a real home, and I lived in it for two years. The Loft was converted a year or so later, when we realised the roof of the haybarn was not going to last another year, and the dog fell through the floor.. We made the decision, and in 2007 began the restoration, which took nearly two years. Now you walk from the farmyard through the original big wooden doors into 'a house within a house'. Double glazed internal doors invite you into a warm tiled airy landing with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an open curved stairway. The stairs lead up to an open-plan living area, with a window that spans the gable end up to the roof, and through which sunlight pours to fill the Loft with brightness and warmth. The balcony outside is perfect for evening drinks while deer-spotting on Barnacashel Hill. There is ample space around the farmyard and gardens to walk and watch the sunset, and for children to play.

We live on the farm so, while both Mews and Loft are private, they are not isolated.

Oil-fired central heating and wood-burning stoves keep guests cosy in winter, and on any wet or cold days music centres or TV with satellite channels, or video, can offer distraction as you curl up on a couch with a fleece and watch the flames glow.

A riding-school, and a local country pub are within walking distance. The property is on the well-known walking route, the Wicklow Way. Tomnafinnogue Woods, an ancient oak forest with easy walks, is a ten-minute drive, as are other excellent walks around Tinahely.

Within an hour's drive one can get to Dublin, Glendalough (one of Ireland's most beautiful nature reserves) the medieval city of Kilkenny, or the coastal town of Wexford, famous for its international Wexford Opera Festival.

Mews: The surprising spaciousness of the Mews is often commented upon by clients, who expect it to be small from the photos. The kitchen/living room seats 3 comfortably for relaxing, and has a small table for dining. Some clients prefer to eat informally at the coffee table while they watch TV.

The large table in the summer room is perfect for spreading out, whether it's maps, jig-saw puzzles, laptops newspapers whatever. This is where some clients plan their days, while prefer to sit at it with their coffee in the mornings, looking out at the pastoral landscape - sometimes enlivened by sheep or cattle on the other side of the hedge demanding their own breakfast, and occasionally, a wild deer.

A comfortable sofa-bed in the summer-room gives people their own space and additional comfort - day and night.

Bookcases are stocked with books, games, cards etc, mostly in English though occasionally guests leave books in other languages.

Loft: The kitchen/living space of the Loft is modern, chic, and bright upstairs, while downstairs the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are entered via original old double doors from the yard. The whole building was extensively renovated in 2007 and had its first lets in 2011. The exterior has not been altered except for the introduction of a large gable end window upstairs, flooding the room with light and providing stunning views over the valley and hills of the surrounding countryside.

Internal doors are concealed inside the old wooden farm doors, and underfloor heating modern insulation combine to make it very warm, even in winter. A modern stove with a dramatic chimney splits the gable window with its silver column, and this stove is beautifully warm when lit.

The kitchen leads onto raised decking outside, with views over the gorse bank and up to where horses and sheep graze the hills above. Deer and fox are sometimes seen from here at sunset.

Long Lets. The Mews would be particularly suitable for people who need peace and quiet, such as writers. It's peacefulness is interrupted only by horses passing by, or the dogs lying outside the door.

Longer lets are available for writers/musicians who need tranquillity and privacy. Please apply to the owners.

The Crab Lane recording studio is within a mile.

All the gardens, except for the stables and fields where the horses graze, are available for clients' use. This includes around the house, vegetable gardens and shrubbery.

At time of writing there are 2 dogs on the property - the beloved Tara, who has featured on reviews and now alas is becoming older like the rest of us, and Pie, a little brown and white terrier pup. There is also a cat, a few horses, and a donkey. And, occasionally, us, your hosts, struggling for some control. Failing, of course, but hoping our guests enjoy their stay and depart refreshed.

More Details

Details for Mews 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

The Mews is popular with guests, having atmosphere and privacy. The summer room is pleasant for breakfast in the mornings, with double doors leading to a circular garden, with fields and woods beyond. The living/kitchen area is old fashioned with original beams, and a stove. The kitchen is easy to manage, everything is accessable. In the living area there's a comfortable sofa and sofa-bed, table and chairs, coffee table and TV. In the back porch another door leads to the Farmyard, and the window beside it has lovely views.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Liz McCollum (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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About Liz McCollum

I grew up outside Dublin and travelled a lot before I moved to Wicklow. I got married only a few years ago to Michael. We live between here and his home in Wexford, but I'm more often here because of the horses and the business, both of which give me great pleasure.

Liz McCollum purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Liz McCollum chose County Wicklow

I loved it the moment I drove around the corner and saw the old stone buildings. They had such character. A lot has changed inside the buildings since then, but the outside is as it was all those years ago. It's a simple farmyard setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Guests' reviews will say more than I can. I think people just forget all their worries when they come here - some love the silence, others like chilling out, some enjoy the long walks, and many spend the days exploring the area, or visiting Dublin, and come home to relax. It's a tranquil place.

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based on 15 traveler reviews

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average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
County Wicklow Ireland
Bristol, U.K.

The Mews: "Delightful!"

The Mews: "Delightful!"
  • 5 of 5
Very peaceful location, lovely setting at the foot of a field & with a private garden. It is part of a farmyard complex which makes it more interesting as there is the 'big house' & a stables attached. The cottage surpassed our expectations from the website & in our view is bigger & lovelier than the photos demonstrate. The Mews is the perfect cosy cottage that you'd hope for; it has been modernised whilst retaining character features. The living room is v. comfortable & I imagine very warm & cosy on chilly evenings with the wood stove lit & the curtains drawn. The additional summer room (breakfast/dining room) is a lovely light spot to sit looking out & makes the cottage much more spacious than it might otherwise feel. The bathroom is a modern wet room with fab shower. The bedroom is comfy & cosy & traditional. The owner was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Although the cottage backs onto a yard with stables & visitors coming & going, it caused no disturbance for us at all. The owner has a dog who often keeps guard of The Mews but is impeccably behaved. It isn't a good location if you're looking for nightlife as it's a few miles to the nearest town but then there's no need to go out when staying in such a lovely place. Although the cottage is passed by The Wicklow Way, the local walks often involve conifer forests forestry commission style; the local scenery is pleasant but not dramatic. However, it's about an hour's drive to The Wicklow Mountains which are fantastic & well worth a visit expecially Glendalough where there are different waymarked walks. English walkers note that there is not the proliferation of footpaths in Ireland that we are used to in England. Kilkenny made a good day trip for sightseeing & culture. It took us (driving on the slower side) approx. 1.5 hours from Dublin airport to get to The Mews. Highly recommended for the cottage itself especially.
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'd like to thank the reviewer for going to the trouble to write this. It's our first year of letting and it's encouraging to get a good review. The dog's name is Tara, and she loves sitting outside the Mews. She a gentle soul, who lives in hope of being patted, but does look like a guard dog. We confine her elsewhere when guests prefer.

We hope to keep our standards up, and provide our guests with as much useful local info as possible. These reviewers themselves generously noted down a few walks and places of interest they found, and left them for others to use.
County Wicklow Ireland

Splendid stay at the Mews, thank you Liz

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely location and place to stay. The Mews was perfect for our first visit to Ireland. Liz's instructions to find The Mews in the middle of the night were splendid and we awoke the next morning to a glorious sunny day with birds tweeting and such peace. We had so much to do from the Mews, Altamont, Kilkenny, Glendalough, Dublin (from Carlow on the train), Nicholas Mosse pottery at Bennetsbridge, Ducketts Grove, Brownshill Dolman and the Ring of Rath. We had a fantastic time and was glad to take Pi for a walk to Aghowle Church and the Crab Lane Pub for a pint of Guinness. Such a lovely time, can't recommend it enough. Liz kindly helped us get instructions from her computer for the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin for the day of our departure. Needless to say we had a super day there. Fantastic break and super accommodation and Liz so helpful. The reading room is fantastic in the evening for planning the next day as it is so light . Thank you Liz, super place.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
County Wicklow Ireland

Amazing holiday frankly the best vacation ever,,,,

  • 5 of 5
We arrived June 1at the mews. Do not be deceived by the outside- the Mews is REALLY spacious and absolutely gorgeous. The grounds and scenery are perfect-some days my husband and I opted to just sit in the front garden and enjoy the view. Of course we did some touring as well-there are a great many cool places that one can access from the Mews ie..Dublin, kilkenny, Altamont Gardens,Glendalough. Still not sure where to go? No worries-Liz& Michael have placed many many maps and brochures in the Mews to help you decide. Michael and Liz are more than ready to help as well with suggestions and directions. They are ideal hosts more than ready to help with whatever we needed. They are warm friendly people who help you immediately with whatever you need.This was our second trip to Ireland and by far the best, thanks in great part to Liz and Michael and our beautiful "home away from home"-the Mews. We cannot speak highly enough re this vacation spot -come see it for yourselves -you will NOT be disappointed!
Sandie & Gerry Hommel
Ontario, Canada
  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your lovely review, Sandie and Gerry. Sandie and Gerry stayed with us for nearly 3 weeks and were wonderful guests. They said in the review they sometimes stayed relaxing in the garden for the afternoon - what they didn't mention was that they often rooted out forks and spades, and helped to tidy up the garden... what great guests!
We are not here all the time, but whenever we are, we certainly are happy to help and advise guests on travel and shops. We recommend some places on the strength of how we rate them and on guests' feedback. We mention some not-to-be-missed places on our website, but generally other places we list in our info-sheets in the cottages never know they have been recommended.
County Wicklow Ireland

Oh, Ireland, how I miss you

  • 4 of 5
We stayed at the Mews. The location is beautiful and we loved staying there the two weeks. Liz is a very kind and friendly person and does her best, to satisfy the guests. The dogs - especially Pi - are awesome!
The property was clean - but, the comfort (especially the shower) ist not such high quality, as seen in the Loft. So the Loft is superior - the Mews is old-fashioned. Don't expect too much from the Mews and you won't get disappointed. You will have everything you need in the Mews - but for a softy, like I am, the shower is quite uncomfortably. The Loft would get a 5-Star-Rating. But we loved the stay at the Mews, so the Mews gets a low 4-Star-Rating.
The surrounding is nice, but no comparison to the south west of Ireland. For us it was a good starting point for our trips to Dublin, Kilkenny and Wicklow National Park.
Will we return? Maybe, and when, because of two reasons: The animals/pets around the Loft and Mews. And, because of Liz, who helped us a lot, by providing us informations.
  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
County Wicklow Ireland

Old-Fashioned Hospitality

  • 5 of 5
This wonderful property really lives up to all its 5 star reviews. Not only is it set in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, it is also warm and cosy and beautifully decorated. The mews, where we stayed, has everything one could possibly want, including books, cooking oil, fast internet and fly spray! Liz, the owner, went out of her way to make us comfortable and welcome. She even left some delicious fresh produce in the kitchen for us when we arrived. There is a pub within 5 minutes walk of Aghowle House and a very small shop within 3 or 4 mins drive. The real stars of the show are the amazing scenery, the peaceful vista of grazing livestock and the warmth of the local people. I recommend this property very highly and we will definitely be back again.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for this great review. Tea and coffee are the only foods we leave for guests, though there are usually useful oils and spices etc in the cupboards. Our guests in this case were lucky that we had been given a present of some lovely fresh produce but we were going away for the weekend so we passed it on. The scenery is however, a permanent feature, we like to think. Thanks again.
County Wicklow Ireland
Chicago, IL USA

Outstanding, Well-located, Restful setting

  • 5 of 5
Imagine waking to the soft sounds of sheep in the distance, misty fields with flowers, and the gentle clip clop of horses hooves. This property has it all. A thoughtful renovation and a thoughtful owner provide you with all you need for a lovely stay. The mews is on a rural farm that is an easy drive from all County Wicklow sights, Kilkenny, Wexford, and Waterford. There are three grocery stores and gas stations in the nearby town. Pubs are also nearby filled with friendly locals.

The Mews was clean and ready for us when we arrived, including fresh flowers in a vase at the window. The photos are quite accurate, but can't quite show the true charm of the place. The rooms are small, but very comfortable. The summer room is a delight. Our first two nights were quite chilly so we truly appreciated the extra heat provided by the wood/coal stove in the living room. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare breakfasts and evening meals. Liz even invited us to use anything we needed from her garden. The fresh herbs were delightful! There is plenty of outside space to be used, as well - table and chairs, lounge chairs, picnic table, etc.

Liz was always available for questions or problems. Her two dogs are very friendly, but not the jump all over you type. They would often sit outside our door and always greeted us when we returned.

I would highly recommend this property as an outstanding base for a visit to this part of Ireland. If you are looking for a city or town feel, this is not for you, but if you are hoping for a picturesque, comfortable lodging in a central location the Mews is a perfect spot.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Walking distance
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: necessary

5 Kms to Rathwood destination centre, a major attraction for locals and visitors alike. It has it all - garden-centre, furniture outlet, boutiques. Walks run through the property, occasionally interrupted by the little children's train, a private falconry impresses adults and children. The restaurant serves delicious food all day.

The Chocolate Factory - beside Rathwood sells all kinds of confectionary, makes a good cuppa and gives chocolate-making classes.

5 Kms to Shillelagh village

11 Kms to Tullow (Restaurants/bars/supermarkets/pharmacies/ beauty salons/hairdressers.)

12 kms to Mt. Wolseley Hotel (restaurant/leisure centre/spa/golfing resort.)

16 Kms to Altamont Gardens. Guests say these gardens are more impressive and beautiful.

In Tullow we often eat at the New Moon Indian restaurant,

and there is also a pub with good bar-food, and a local Riverbank restaurant.

6 Kms to the Ring of the Rath, a well-known and active archaeological site.

Within 30 minutes drive one can visit 3 major dolmen sites.

Near at hand are several horse-riding and trekking schools, catering for all stages of riders. And one riding-school, which caters mainly for children and beginners, is within walking distance of the Mews and Loft.

Fishing Licences are available in the local town of Tullow, and we can point you in the direction of people who know the good places to fish.

Fifteen minutes drive from the Mews is Bunclody, a charming village with a tree lined stream flowing down the middle of the village.

One hour to the beautiful medieval city of Kilkenny, which boasts 2 cathedrals, a castle and numerous shops and restaurants.

One hour to the elegant seaside town of Wexford, which hosts the Wexford Opera Festival in autumn, and numerous musical events all year round. It's a good shopping town and has some fabulous restaurants, and food shops.

One hour to New Ross with the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, Ross Tapestries, and the family homestead of JF Kennedy. Both the JFK Homestead and the extensive JFK Arboretum are close to the town.


Rates & Availability

From €47 Per night

County Wicklow Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 27 2014
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 28 2014 - Jan 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Winter
Feb 8 2015 - Mar 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
Mar 28 2015 - May 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
Early summer
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 27 2015 - Aug 21 2015
4 night minimum stay
Aug 22 2015 - Oct 23 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late Year
Oct 24 2015 - Nov 27 2015
2 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €30
Notes We welcome weekend and mid-week bookings off-season. Just send us an enquiry and we'll try to accommodate your needs.
Gas is included for the gas cooker.
Oil and electricity are metered at cost.
A starter pack is provided for the wood-burning stove.
2 small dogs are allowed, or one large one. Fees are by arrangement, and please remember your pets will need passports and rabies injections
A Booking deposit of 100euros secures the dates, and the balance is due 4 weeks before arrival.
Payment is made by Bank Transfer in euros, Paypal in euros, or Bank Transfer in British Pounds.
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County Wicklow Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower room with shower, basin and Toilet
  • The shower room has mosaic non-slip tiles, room-length mirror, a powerful hot shower which is popular with guests, and a wash hand basin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • A King-size bed, which guests say is very comfortable, a wardrobe and chest of drawers. A single fold-up bed with a set of linen is always available as a snoring bed in the summer-room! The sofa in the summer-room is a double sofa-bed.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • tennis
The fridge has a 3* freezer compartment. There are shared washing-machine facilities on the property.

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