Isolated cliff top cottage
This amazing cottage is to be found in a very isolated spot the last km over a rough track (takes approx 15-20mins ), with three gates to open and shut, but worth it once you get there. Remember this cottage is 17th century, it has central heating, easily controlled, electric blankets on comfortable clean beds, modern kitchen facilities (oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge washing machine) and bathrooms making it cosy warm and homley but is most definatley an old cottage with tlied floors, creaky stairs, low ceilings and spiders in the rafters which add to the inherant charm of this beautifully preserved cottage.
You can lie in bed watching and listening to the sea just yards away, reached by a specially cut pathway in the cliff leading to your own personal beach, great for picking up shells and stones. The grounds are laid out with sheltered lawns, sit outside the front of the cottage with glass of tea/wine and enjoy the sun coming up or going down.
Although isolated the large town of Arklow is about 15-20 minutes away with a huge modern Tesco which had all the supplies needed (including bottled water and cheap kettle, as we are not used to hard water where we come from, also had to make sure we bought the english water as bottled irish water was just has hard, no scottish available!)
Arklow also has a shopping centre with a 9 screen cinema, great has the new Harry Potter was realeased the week of our holiday! Eddie Rockets American Diner in the shopping centre was a great hit with all three generations in our party!
The isolated spot made it easy to lie around reading and relaxing, but we did some sightseeing, the main roads in Ireland are amazing, the N11 reachable within 15-20 mins All tourist sites are so easy to find, we didnt have a proper map but if you just followed the signs onto the motorway and off again onto the main N roads. We reached everything with no problems visiting Avoca with its working mill shop and fabulous cafe, sampling Guinness in the local pub. We also headed to Glendalough,a magical anceint monastic site, which also has woolen mills nearby with outlet shops. We had a splendid day in Dublin as we had to drop some of our party at the airport (1.5 hours journey) Again the roads were great , we took a city bus tour and chose to visit the historic Kilamainham Jail, and shopping centre surrounding O'Connel St. We also visited the Japanese Gardens and National Stud by Kildare.You must have a car to holiday here.
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