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Loft and Mews in tranquil rural setting. Free wi-fi, beautiful views.

Barnacashel, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

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 aghowleholidaycottages.com - 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.


Liz McCollum

Member Since 2005
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Liz McCollum

I grew up outside Dublin and travelled a lot before I moved to Wicklow. I live here with Michael, my husband. I work away a lot, but try to be here as much as possible for the sake of the animals and the business, both of which give me great pleasure.

Liz McCollum purchased this Cottage in 1990

Why Liz McCollum chose Barnacashel

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood-burning stove
                    • Garage
                      Sorry - the horse will probably be in it..
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Oil-fired central heating provided at cost price to guests.This means that guests can have the heat on for as long as they like, and is relevant in winter. The Mews is warm and cosy in minutes.
                    • Internet
                      Free wi-fi.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      All bed-linen is provided except for the travel cot.
                    • Living Room
                      This is our Summer-room. It looks out over the garden and field, is lovely for breakfast, and some guests use it as their main room, for eating, relaxing, using wi-fi, or just getting away.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Of course - we're in the country!
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Tiled Stove
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath-towels and hand towels provided, and beach towels for the outside furniture.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Outside clothes lines and indoor clothes horses are provided.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Shared washing-machine in Cow-byre. Detergent is not provided officially but if there is any there guests are welcome to use it!
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Free wi-fi
                    • Wood Stove
                      A multi-fuel stove in the living-area quickly heats the room. A starter fuel pack of wood, coal and firelighters is provided.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Cutlery and crockery for 4 people.
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          There is a full kitchen in the kitchen/living area.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Basically all cooking utensils are there - any extra can be provided if needed.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          All staple goods are provided - salt, pepper, tea, coffee, cooking oil, various spices, and herbs can be picked from the garden.
                        • Refrigerator
                          3*freezer shelf in fridge.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              One fold-out table for 2 in the kitchen/living room, and another one for 6 people in the summer-room.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  An eclectic variety, which means there are always loads of books there but we're never sure what they are. I also have books which are precious to me in the house, which may be borrowed individually.
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Board games and a pack of cards.
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  Videos available, some we provide and others guests donate when they leave.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      One pink bike with a basket. But we can get hold of others if necessary.
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf clubs available to borrow. Nearest golf courses are Coollattin and Mt. Wolseley
                                    • Golf Clubs
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The summer-room opens directly onto gravel with flower-pots, outside table and chairs. Across the gravel is the circular lawn surrounded by a beech hedge, and a woodland copse beyond.
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Private Chef


                                                • arboretum
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:30 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                                  24 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  The Mews: "Delightful!"

                                                                  Friend of BruceBristol, U.K.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Holiday in Ireland

                                                                  Anne B.Canada

                                                                  Liz and Michael made my stay so comfortable. I felt like one of the family! The dogs are a delight and the Mews is cozy and well put out. If I come back to Ireland I will surly stay with Liz. The farm is close enough to town but you still have the quiet of the countryside. I can't say enough nice things...

                                                                  Comfortable Rural Accommodation

                                                                  Patricia M.

                                                                  We loved our time at the Mews at Aghowle House. We found the accommodation very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed the sun room and the wood fire was pleasant after a day of touring.The bed was very comfortable. We spent our time driving around to the many interesting sites within easy traveling distance. We were entertained by the dogs especially Pi. The horses and Peter the donkey were just lovely and good subjects for the many photos I took. Did I mention the super sunsets? Wow! The hosts provided a binder full of information about the accommodation and the local area but were available to answer questions and provide any needed assistance. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the countryside and recommend this property. Hopefully we will get back ourselves.

                                                                  A rural retreat away from it all.

                                                                  Linda H.

                                                                  We had to postpone our trip from September 2014 and Liz could not have been more helpful. The Mews is a lovely self-contained Let in this small holding where the owner also lives. It is rustic and charming with all the amenities we needed but with the addition of a wonderful garden with far reaching views and an owner who made us feel most welcome (together with Pi her dog).

                                                                  We stayed four nights and it was so relaxing and peaceful. Although quite remote it is easily reached and there are so many lovely towns and villages nearby. Liz provides lots of information on things to do and places to visit - our favourite was Courtown Harbour approx 25 mins drive away. Here you can wander round the little shops, grab a coffee and walk along the beach and/or beautiful woodland. All in all a really great place to stay topped off by a friendly and welcoming lady who could not have done more for us or our 2 dogs.

                                                                  Charming and comfortable accommodation.

                                                                  Nicole C.

                                                                  We loved our time at the Mews at Aghowle House. It was cozy and comfortable with a lovely sun room for sitting in. Liz and Michael are charming and full of information on local attractions. We spent our time driving around the countryside to the many interesting sites and walking trails within easy traveling distance from the Mews or lazing in front of a peat fire with books and hot drinks. Pi the terrier is a delightful visitor and we enjoyed meeting Willow the horse and Peter the donkey - very well-mannered and affable equines, especially where carrots are involved. There is a binder full of information about the accommodation and a selection of notes and maps left by previous residents on where they went and what they enjoyed in the area. If we ever make it back to Ireland (and I hope we do) I will definitely make plans to return to Aghowle House and would recommend it highly to anyone wanting a quiet country retreat full of charm.

                                                                  Charming and comfortable accommodation

                                                                  Nicole C.

                                                                  We loved our time at the Mews at Aghowle House. It was cozy and comfortable with a lovely sun room for sitting in. Liz and Michael are charming and full of information on local attractions. We spent our time driving around the countryside to the many interesting sites within easy traveling distance from the mews or lazing in front of a peat fire with books and hot drinks. Pi the terrier is a delightful visitor and we enjoyed meeting Willow the horse and Peter the donkey - very well-mannered and affable equines, especially where carrots are involved. There is a binder full of information about the accommodation and a selection of notes and maps left by previous residents on where they went and what they enjoyed in the area. If we ever make it back to Ireland (and I hope we do) I will definitely make plans to return to Aghowle House and would recommend it highly to anyone wanting a quiet country retreat full of charm.


                                                                  Barnacashel, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

                                                                  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. 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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  We welcome weekend and mid-week bookings off-season. Just send us an enquiry and we'll try to accommodate your needs. We charge weekly and weekend rates, but not nightly unless guests wish to stay an extra night. 4 or more days are treated as a full week. If you contact us with odd days we will always try to be as reasonable as possible. 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.

                                                                  24 Reviews
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