About the property
- Farmhouse2368 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
4 Bedroom, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 8, wheelchair accessible
AA 5 Star rating & Irish Tourist Board Approved. Spacious restored stone barn, walking distance of the village of Oldcastle, on the Cavan-Meath border. Views of Loughcrew megalithic cairns, Glenboy offers traditional Irish farmhouse style with the luxury for a holiday to remember. South-facing sunroom, patio/BBQ, 4 en-suite bedrooms (1 wheelchair accessible bedroom/bathroom), underfloor heating & wood stove, WiFi, secure parking & enclosed garden
10 min walk to Oldcastle village with pubs, restaurants, shops etc.
An hour to Dublin & 2 hours to Belfast/Donegal, Glenboy is the perfect base for fishing, walking, cycling, golfing, horse-riding & exploring historic sites in the area or sampling traditional music & arts. Advance bookings of amenities can be arranged, a number of facilitie offer discounts to Glenboy guests. Level 3 ranking in ITB Accessibility Scheme (wheelchair ramp, downstairs wheelchair accessible bedroom/bathroom). Airport pick-up, organic food/catering by arrangement
An hour's drive from Dublin on the M3, Glenboy Country Accommodation is 10 minutes walk from the village of Oldcastle. Oldcastle has a range of shops, banks, churches, Post Office, laundry, restaurants, cafes, pubs & nightclub, library, gym, taxis & bus service to Dublin & neighbouring towns. A range of music can be found in the pubs at weekends. With its weekly market, sports (pitch & putt, soccer,Gaelic football) & annual events like Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival, Oldcastle Agricultural Show, Oldcastle has all the features of a typical rural Irish town where real people work & live.
Within 5 minutes drive of Glenboy are the Loughcrew megalithic cairns, on the highest point in Meath, woodland walks (ranging from 1 to 13 miles) in the 365 hectares of Mullaghmeen forest or renowned fishing/boating lakes such as Lough Sheelin. Glenboy is located adjacent to the lakeland districts of Meath, Westmeath & Cavan & provides a perfect base for day trips to Dublin, Donegal & Northern Irela
Glenboy is ideally situated for exploring heritage & nature landmarks on the Meath Heritage Trail, Boyne Valley Drive etc & the Tain Trail. The trail is a 365 mile drive/cycling route along the route of the epic tale, the Tain Bó Cuailgne (Cattle Raid of Cooley) by armies of the legendary Queen Maeve.
County Meath is a treasure trove of archaeologica l & historical sites, including Newgrange, Knowth & Dowth & the Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The Norman castle at Trim constructed in 1172, visited by King John in 1610 and 400 years later by Mel Gibson to film 'Braveheart'. A short drive takes you sites such as Fore Abbey with its 'seven wonders' or Kells (famed for St. Columba's 6th monastery & the Book that bears its name now on display in Trinity College Dublin). From Glenboy day trip options range from Dublin or Belfast to the rural delights of Donegal or the Cooley peninsula on the East Coast & the seafood delights of Carlingford.
Golf courses nearby include (Headfort, Virginia, Ballinlough Castle, Delvin Castle & Kileen Castle venue for the 2011 Solheim Cup. Ireland's unique domestic sports organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association are a feature of every village. Leisure centre/swimming pools, include Navan, Kells, Cavan. Massage, reika & aromatherapy is offered by a range of practitioners in the area & the Farnham Health Spa in Cavan features an indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool, thermal suite.
Theatre & arts includes the Navan Solstice Centre, Ramor Theatre Virginia. Heritage & historical information at Kells Heritage Centre & Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff, while the area offers a range of historic gardens (Loughcrew Gardens, Tullynally Castle & Belvedere House) with events during the year. A range of venues offer horse-riding lessons & racing, including Fairyhouse Grand National festival, Navan. laytown strand races. Other activities include ballooning, aqua-sports, paintballing..
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Why Owner chose Glenboy
Before being rebuilt and restored to its current state in 2005 the building was a farm barn home of Martin Corrigan prized Clydesdale horses In the 19th and early 20th century it was also location for 'American wakes' where family and neighbours gathered together for farewell parties to mark the departure of loved ones emigrating (often to the US and often not expected to return hence the expression 'American Wake').
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Glenboy combines rural character (exposed stone walls, antique furniture) with modern comforts (WiFi, underfloor heating, top-of-the-range pocket-sprung beds etc). It is designed to be a perfect base to explore the area but also a place for family and friends to gather and relax. Glenboy offers get away from it all privacy, views across fields to Loughcrew hills and their 5;000 year old megalithic cairns with the convenience of being walking distance from a village that retains the true character of Irish rural living and an hours drive to Dublin. Our most cherished accolade is that a growing number of guests return to stay with us year after year.
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Le top cette maison... De grandes et belles pièces, un équipement plus que complet, des vrais lits king-size... Tout était parfait.
Dans ces compliments je n'oublie pas Karen et Patrick et leur accueil très chaleureux. Et en plus de bons conseils ! Je pense notamment au pub d'Owen dans le village.
Glenboy et Owen sont à recommander à tous ceux qui veulent une certaine idée de l'Irlande
Lovely little country home
We had a lovely stay at this little country home and Patrick is a great host. It was nicer than it looked in the photos. We came with two small children and it was perfect with them- there were a ton of toys for them to play with and they loved seeing the cows and bunnies each morning. We didn't attempt to do much in the way of cooking but the kitchen was much nicer than expected. (Grocery stores not so much). We managed to find plenty of tourist attractions within easy driving distance. Oldcastle is the closest town and we managed to find a few places that were kid friendly for dining.
Our party of 8 arrived at this lovely cottage for the last 4 days of our 2 week adventure to Ireland. We were greeted by Patrick, who showed us around, explained the details we needed for operating various things in the home and gave us suggestions for things to do during our stay. We took full advantage of his suggestions, as well as taking a day trip to Dublin and one to Belfast.
Glenboy was a wonderfully relaxing cottage and made us feel right at home. We could not have asked for a better place to end our vacation.
Lovely stay at Glenboy Cottage in Oldcastle
We spent Easter at Glenboy Cottage and found it to be perfect for our needs: to be near family in Westmeath and to introduce the in-laws to Ireland. The open plan layout downstairs worked really well and upstairs everyone had their own privacy as each room had an en-suite. The whole cottage was thoughtfully decorated and the standard of the bedrooms was high. The collie dog outside the patio doors was a bonus! We hope to return again soon. Glenboy is a little gem.
Relaxing and charming barn conversion
This lovely accommodation is ideal for a couple or small group looking to chill and unwind. The well lit conversion gave a spacious and relaxing feel, and features like the courtyard seating, underfloor heating and wood burning stove mean that a visit in either summer or winter would be enjoyable. It is walking distance from Oldcastle, which offered a lot more shops and traditional pubs than we had expected, and the local St Patrick's day parade was fun. The hosts were extremely friendly, helpful and unimposing. A perfect base for visiting the local sites, including Loughcrew prehistoric cairns, which are well worth a visit.
Wish We Had Booked Two Weeks Here!
In 9 years of renting properties in Ireland, Glenboy ranks top of our list for quality and value for money.
We loved the "hi-tech" aspects of the barn: superb walk-in power showers and lots of hot water, and appreciated the beautiful and tasteful furnishings throughout the barn. It was a very cosy place to stay during the somewhat inclement August weather (probably one of the wettest on record!). The kitchen was well-equipped for a family. We probably did more cooking than some would whilst on holiday.
Location is excellent. Off the normal tourist trail, Oldcastle is a charming town with small supermarket, butcher, tourist office, a couple of coffee shops and a handful of other shops (clothing, toys, hardware). And there are several pubs, although, as we had two young children with us, we didn't venture into any of them at night.
There is so much to see and do in the area; here follow a few of our favourites:
Closeby lies Loughcrew Gardens which we thoroughly enjoyed visiting, plus the fascinating and atmospheric Loughcrew Cairns (megalithic cemetery).
The small village of Fore, just across the county border in Westmeath is a hidden treasure, known for the Seven Wonders of Fore. This is an old Christian settlement; you can explore the ruined abbey, church and traces of other buildings. A beautiful, peaceful spot.
Belvedere House and Gardens just outside Mullingar are worth a visit; the gardens are beautiful, and the house has some interesting displays. The cafe rather lets it down; we recommend that if it's a nice day, pack a picnic to enjoy down by the lakeside.
Slightly further away, we visited the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle. Both locations were very popular with our children: the Hill of Tara to run around and let off steam, and Trim Castle was a "proper" castle to explore.
This is such a beautiful area with well-known places within easy reach (including Kells, Newgrange and Knowth), and off-the-beaten-track places to discover (Fore and Loughcrew). Beautiful, unspoilt scenery all around; heaven for walkers and fishing folk.
Our only regret: we should have booked two weeks, not only so that we could enjoy the comfort of Glenboy for longer, but also because there is so much to do in this beautiful area.
Many thanks to Karen and Patrick for their warm hospitality.
Glenboy is 1km from Oldcastle village (off the the M3). Oldcastle is located on the border of Meath & Cavan, 1 hours drive from Dublin on the M3 (towards Cavan). From Dublin take the M50 Junction 6 exit and follow the M3 signs. After Kells at the Drumbarragh Roundabout follow signs for Oldcastle. From Belfast follow the M1 south to the N52. In Kells take the Oldcastle road. Oldcastle has a range of shops, banks, churches, Post Office, restaurants, cafes & pubs, library, gym, taxis/bus service. A range of music in the pubs at weekends. With gaelic football at the weekend & annual events such as Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival & Agricultural Show, Oldcastle is a typical rural town where real people work & live. From Glethe you can visit the Loughcrew megalithic cairns, archaeological & historical sites of the Boyne Valley, woodland walks in Mullaghmeen or renowned fishing/boating lakes Lough Sheelin & Ramor with boat hire fishing lessons available or swimming at the nearby Blue Flag Lough Lene. Contact us for advice on activities & amenities Golf: A selection of 9 and 18 hole golf courses can be found within 15 minutes drive from Glenboy including Crover & Park House Virginia and one of Ireland's top 10 ranked courses at Headfort, Kells offers spectacular parkland championship course designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr. Meath has some 17 course in total including, Royal tara, Navan Golf course with its excellent sand based greens for winter golf & a traditional links course Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club. Courses in nearby In Westmeath include Ballinlough Castle opened designed by Druid's Glen designer Pat Ruddy on the grounds of a castle dating from the early 1600s. Glenboy is also a short drive to Killeen castle host of the 2011 Solheim Cup on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Pitch & Putt is available in Oldcastle and Collinstown. Glenboy guests benefit from discounted green fees with a number of golf courses in the vicinity. An hour from Dublin this area where counties Meath/Westmeath and Cavan offer some of Ireland's key heritage and historical attractions - Walk the walls of Trim Castle in the footsteps of those who lived here 1000 years ago or see the neolithic art of 5000 years pas inside Loughcrew Megalitic Cairns. Check out the various on-line sources including the tourism offices of the three counties Meath Cavan and Westmeath as well as www.discoverireland.ie/ So if you wish to read under tree, picnic by a lake and watch the clouds go by, stay up late at a pub music session or brave the zip Wire at Tayto park or go Caving at the Cavan Burren park... the choice is yours! But Glenboy also offers an opportunity to explore countryside and villages untouched by the heavy footfall of mass tourism.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Low Season (Jan-Apr&Sept-Dec) Weekly Rates €650 for 1 to 4 People or €750 for 5 to 8 People 1 extra infant or child under 5 can be included free of charge High Season (May-Aug) weekly rate for up to 8 people €975 (in exceptional cases high season shorter lets (minimum 3+ days) may be possible in high season Please contact us for Easter, Christmas, New Year, bank holidays & weekends (including activity w/ends) Payment by credit card (through paypal) or Eurocheque or bank draft.