WHEN GUESTS drive down our road and take in the view they all exclaim 'Wow!' When they open the front door and enter our home they all exclaim 'Wow'!
In Glendree we found a peaceful and picturesque location, and working with an existing traditional house and farm buildings we extended and restored to create our dream family home centred around a huge, open-plan room with a grand design - a room in a home full of light and warmth, beauty and comfort, and interesting things reflecting our own interests and travels.
When we’re home we like to spend some of our time with family and friends – walking, talking, cooking, dining, touring and exploring . . . and at other times quietly reading, listening to music, watching movies. . . and our high quality cook’s kitchen, big tables, wall of books, fireplaces, superior underfloor heating system, wifi internet, ipod docking stations and sofa and reclining chairs in front of the big screen . . . all help make you comfortable and relaxed.
Our home really is the best of the old and the new. A complete renovation of the main house was undertaken in 2008, the conversion and connection of the old dairy in 2009 and, adding charm and character, the original 300 year old cottage stands proudly next to the old piggery and coach house ... unrestored ... our next projects!
The property sits peacefully in idyllic, Irish countryside, halfway up the mountain side of Slieve Aughty and overlooking the valley to the Slieve Bearna mountain range. The view is stunning - green, rolling hills, hedge lined lanes and fields, and old stone walls and cottages – all made for quiet, contemplative walking or if you feel like it - more active hiking, cycling, fishing, biking and exploring. It is all here!
Our home was designed to bring the best of the outside inside. A run of French doors open onto an elegant and large terrace which wraps around the living areas and provides an ideal area to quietly gaze at the view, sit by the firepit or BBQ and entertain. From this terrace you can hear the fall of our stream only 50 yards away, and on a clear night the Milky Way can be viewed arcing across the sky. Our large, south-facing conservatory is full of healthy plants and houses our favorite overstuffed sofa in which to recline with wine or a book, and is also set up for sunny, picturesque dining. Large expanses of double glazing and multiple skylights throughout the house all serve to capture the view, solar heat and light - all bringing the best of the outside inside.
We find many of our guests, despite the best touring plans and our proximity to major tourist attractions, simply relax and stay close, enjoying our home and close environs ...as we do whenever we can.