County Wicklow Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
Adjoining hill walkway, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 7 in main house
Totally rebuilt stone house on 12 acres of farmland. Very private, comfortable, and bright home which retains a traditional feel. It looks across two valleys & has beautiful & ever-changing views, both of distant mountains and touch-close heather covered hills. The property is accessed by a short country lane & has its own private gated avenue. The stoned yard surrounding the house has ample parking space. The large south facing veranda encourages gazing into the distance & listening to the sounds of the countryside. At night the hum of the river gets louder and (weather permitting) you are guaranteed an incredible view of the night sky. This house and its idyllic setting will charm even the most jaded traveller. It is an ideal holiday location for nature lovers, hikers, writers, golfers,fishermen, families & anyone who wants to get away from it all and simply enjoy the quiet beauty of the countryside!
N.B. For adittional space and comfort, ask about our extra ensuite double-bedroom
Outdoor sports- Hiking, Hillwalking,Climbing, Cycling:
Located on the Wicklow Way National Walkway, in the foothills of the wicklow mountains, our cottage offers the perfect setting for exploring Wicklow Mountains National Park. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year to this 20,000 hectares of upland mountain conservation area. One of the most visited spots in the park (and in Ireland) is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin with its Round Tower and two lakes is located.The farmhouse itself is built into the hillside of a deep river valley, making it a perfect setting for outdoor activities including hiking, climbing and mountain biking.
Shopping and Sightseeing:
The idyllic villages of Tinahely and Aughrim, which are both only 3 miles from our house, provide for all day to day needs and have some great pubs, restaurants and cafes. The towns of Wicklow, Arklow and Carlow are within easy reach and are great for shopping. Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford and Cashel make pleasent day trips and are packed with museums, art galleries and other attractions such as well preserved Castles and monastic ruins. There are also many large estates with grand period houses and beautiful gardens to explore; Powerscourt House and Gardens, Avondale House and Forest Park, Altamont Gardens and Mount Usher Gardens. These are all open to the public and family friendly.
There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports as the sea is only 30 minutes drive away. There are many pristine sandy beaches along the coast of Wicklow. The beautiful 5 km blue flag beach at Brittas Bay with its car parking and toilet facilities is great for families. Many water sport amenities are also available at the Blessington Lakes including canoeing, sailing and fishing, Full gear for cycling and boating is available for hire.
Wicklow is a stunning location for golfers of all levels and handicaps. Wicklow offers a unique variety of golf courses: parklands, links, championship, par 3's. Here golf enthusiasts can play some of the best ranked courses in the world such as the renowned Druids Glen, 'The Agusta Of Europe'. There are several excellent golf courses close to the farmhouse where you relax with locals and enjoy some amazing golf at very competitive price.
If fishing is your thing, our cottage will make a perfect base for your holiday. Fishing in the area is excellent. County Wicklow offers wonderful opportunities for both the sea and game angler. Wild Brown Trout are plentiful in the rivers and streams that flow off the Wicklow mountain’s, with Sea Trout available in season. Bass and Smooth Hound are the key species for the sea angler to target when shore fishing, with Tope plentiful off venues such as Greystones, Wicklow town, and Arklow, during the summer months. Blessington Lake in west Wicklow has 50 miles of shoreline with many inlets and bays which offer the angler excellent coarse and superb Pike fishing with many double figure fish caught annually. There are also a number of Rainbow Trout fisheries in the county. These fisheries offer great angling all year round for Rainbow Trout in beautiful and varied settings. The closest one is in Aughrim (Ireland’s tidiest small town) which is only 3 miles from our farmhouse.
There is no bettery way to enjoy the magnificant Wicklow scenery than on horseback. Take an unforgettable hour's treck through the lush countryside with The Little Sugar Loaf Explorer. This ride costs only €30 per rider and is suitable for riders of all standards even those who have never ridden a horse before. The more experienced horseriders might enjoy the longer leisurely treck provided by Glendalough House Equestrian. This riding school offers 28km of trekking and trail riding through a varying array of landscapes and over an assortment of terrains. Treks are planned to cater to the rider’s requirement and ability. The Picnic Trek Experience winds through some of the most beautiful scenery and spectacular views in the 'Garden of Ireland'. Riders have time to relax and unwind in the idyllic surroundings whilst enjoying a ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ comprising a choice menu of sandwiches, water, fruit and a desert.
There is a realy good choice of places to eat out within a short drive from our farmhouse, from small family run cafes to world class restaurants; from fish and chips to haute cusine. Every village has at least one small cafe that serves a hearty breakfast. Most hotels serve a wholesome lunch at a fair price and are very popular with families. The Wicklow Heather in Glendalough serves reliably good food using local produce, in a very convivial setting. The Strawberry Tree in Macreddin serves organic food in splendid surroundings. Almost all pubs serve food, ranging from sandwiches to full meals.
As well as food and drink and craic,some pubs also have a real Irish session with traditional Irish music and dancing at night time. Locations and times of music nights vary so it is best to watch out for local adds when you are touring around. Johnnie Fox's pub in Glencullen is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs. Famed as the highest pub in the country, this pub has fantastic food and live music every night. Weekly ‘live’ sessions take place in Philip Healys Bar on Wednesday nights at 9pm and in Ernie’s Bar on Friday nights at 9pm. Both these pubs are in Wicklow town. Admission is free.Traditional Irish Music is provided every Sunday at 8pm in Mickey Finn's in Redcross.
The whole South East Region is within easy reach of our farmhouse so there is a very wide selection of day tours to choose from. The following are a few of our favourites.
It is only an hour and 25 minutes from the farmhouse to Dublin. it is well worth spending a day in our capital when you are so close to it; even if you are in intent on a quiet holiday in the countryside. Pity to miss the exceptional Stone Age Gold and Early Irish Christian Artifacts collections in the National Museum or the book of Kells in nearby Trinity college. Kilkenny:
With its fantastic norman castle and narrow streets full of award winning restaurants, this town is not to be missed.
Visit the personal choice of Her Majesty, Quen Elizabeth when she came on a state visit to Ireland in 2011; The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.
Tours by informative guides will take you though three massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, graceful calcite curtains hang from sloping roofs, calcite crystals glisten like diamonds in the distance. Huge calcite columns and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel'. What makes these caves most amazing is they are located deep underneath rich farmland in Co.Tipperary, the centre of Ireland. Perfect for family groups.
Guided tours through this historic gaol, with interactive experiences, are interesting for all ages.
New Grange.Neolithic Passage Tomb.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. That fact, in itself, make it worth seeing.
Starting and finishing in Bunclody,this tour is 200km long and would take a couple of days to do properly. However, each location listed is worthy of a visit on its own. 1798 Visitors centre in Enniscorthy National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, the Quays in Wexford,Johnstown Castle , Kilmore Quay, Hook Head Lighthouse, Duncannon Beach and Military Fort, Dunbrody replica famine ship in New Ross.
Waterford City Walking Tour:
Operates from March to October daily at 11.45 am and 1.45pm from the Waterford Tourist Office and 12.00 noon and 2.00pm from the Granville Hotel. Visit Reginald's Tower the oldest civic building in Ireland dating back to Viking times.Take a guided factory tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Or book a 1 or 2 hour Suir River Cruise to see the sights of Waterford at your leisure.
Check out Browne's Hill Dolmen near Carlow:
Browne's Hill Dolmen is the largest of its kind in Europe with the capstone alone weighing 100 tonnes. The dolmen dates from around 2500 BC and is thought to have been the burial place of a local king.
When staying in our farmhouse, you will have no problem whipping up a great meal at home, or finding a differant place to eat delicious food out as often as you like. Nor will you be short of exciting things to do or memorable places to visit. What's more you will have a cosy house to chill out when you get back from a fun packed trip. Indeed, if you feel you just need some quiet time at home, this is the ideal place to do nothing but sit back and relax!
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome