A one-off comfortable period cottage right on the Irish Sea coast line
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Our family, four adults and three children under ten, stayed here for one week this past September. Everything was as described in the VRBO site. The location was about an hour south of Dublin by car as well as by train. Locally the house is comfortably removed but not remote. It sits on a gentle cliff overlooking the Irish Sea. The property is extensive including the groomed lawn area. The beach, if not formally private, may as well be so. It spans a quarter mile with near one hundred feet depth. We utilized it way more than we expected. The house was very comfortable living/cooking/eating-wise and quiet as could be, other than soft wave sounds, at all times. Three bedrooms on the second floor one on the main. Both baths are across the hall from each other on the main adjacent to the bedroom. We seven shared easily. The kitchen accommodated three cooks and the dining room table expands to seat seven. Privacy and safety was never an issue. We were comfortable on and off the property including the beach. Arklow is nearby for groceries, fuel, train station and whatever. Gorey to the south is the more picturesque with shops, pubs and a great fruit seller as you approach Gorey from the north. We visited Trim Castle directly from the airport then focused on locations in the southeast. Everywhere we visited, including daily pub lunches, we were received with pleasantries and conversation. Not a bad word a say about any encounters in Ireland. However Aer Lingus needs a lot more legroom! Colin, our host, stayed in touch while we were there and was eager to insure our comfort and satisfaction. Enjoy.
Great Relaxing Stay at Park
Not often you get to stay in a place that evokes life many years ago but has the comforts of today's travel Great loccation on the irish Sea, away from the world, but very connected and easy to get to very scenic and intersting places in Ireland.
The property owner, handyman were very easy to reach and helpful for the very few questions we had.
The surrounding towns, countryside, and national parks were easy to get to and lovely. Highly recommend.
A lovely home in a lovely place
We spent a really lovely week at the beginning of July in this lovely home. We had lovely weather and the many different areas of the garden allowed teenagers, parents and youngsters to enjoy themselves together or apart. The house is comfortable and the proximity -by a winding grassy path - to a stony beach is magic. Morning swims and evening dips..... We saw one family and two foxes on the beach in the space of a week. And then star gazing and picnics.. all without leaving the house.
A magical two weeks!
Very few places live up the the word “idyllic” but the Park farmhouse did and then some. It was like stepping back in time — with all of the gardens, views from the old farmhouse ruins to the ocean, and the charm of the current house with it’s four bedrooms and parlors. But it also had all the amenities you would want in modern day conveniences such as dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.
The private beach was stunning and our neighbors were cows and horses grazing in verdant fields as far as the eye can see. It was a quick 10 minute ride to the town center of Arklow, the charming fishing port, with shops, pubs and local grocery stores. Gorey and Avoca (home to the weavers of Irish linens and wools you can tour) are a quick drive as well.
We all took the 1 hour bus ride into Dublin a few times to go see the sights and hit the Temple Bar pubs. For day trips, the Wicklow Mountains and Waterford were fun and easy. We also visited the nearby Glendalough ancient monastery with beautiful walking trails to two lakes.
Colin, the owner, provided A+++++ service in booking and throughout our 2-week stay. There were fresh linens and towels brought in along with a cleaning lady once a week to keep the home spotless. This is a special place that you can see a lot of care and love has been given. Beds and pillows were comfy too!
If you do spend a holiday here, we also highly recommend having dinner at D’arcy McGees overlooking the Avoca river on the balcony and enjoying the tastiest fish and chips around (don’t forget to ask for their curry sauce to dip the chips - delicious!)
Incredibly unique home with a garden and sea views like no other
This is an extremely unique and quirky house. It’s a bit like being in a museum, except that you are allowed to touch and examine things. I was delighted by the rustic details in the house like the handmade doors that aren’t square like our modern-day constructions. We adults had to duck to get through some doorways, but it was something we found to be quite charming in this historic home.
Colin was quite attentive and checked in on us during our stay via telephone to make sure we had no troubles. He provided lovely linens on the beds and fresh white towels for our stay. There was a basket of beach towels available for our use on the beach, which was nice. We had good hot baths and showers and there is even a heated towel rack. The kitchen has a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a coffee maker, and a tea kettle. There is a washer and dryer available, as well, but you can also hang your laundry out on a large clothes line in the garden. WiFi was available which is a must-have for those of us who like to get away from it all but still be connected to the outside world.
The landscaping and gardens of this property are spectacular and it is clear that a lot of love and careful planning has gone into them. We walked the nicely mown path behind the house and discovered a tree house, which delighted my children. There is outdoor furniture available to sit on, a rock bench under some trees, and picnic tables in the old barn ruin overlooking the sea. We really enjoyed our time here spent outside soaking up the sun in the gardens and taking in the sea views.
The beach is easily accessed from the house through a lovely set of steps notched out of the hill side. It felt very special to be able to walk down to our own private beach from our own beautiful gardens. The beach itself is primarily made of interesting stones and pebbles, but there is a sandy portion that our children enjoyed building sand castles in. The beach cave was not accessible because of the tides, but it still was a marvel to behold.
Overall, this is a very special place.
Great time in Park
We had a great time in Park. The historical home was just what we needed for our stay in Ireland. The house was wonderful and peat fires perfect. We enjoyed the access to the secluded beach and spent hours walking the shoreline and fishing. The property has great access to Glendolough, Arklow, Wicklow and Wexford. Thanks for a great week.
We are delighted you enjoyed yourselves and really hope you had a good catch. Think of coming again!
Colin and Fleur
'Park,' the name of the property, is situated on the coast about four miles south of the town of Arklow which is the nearest center for shopping and a good choice of pubs and restaurants. Although secluded, with a town so close it could not be described as remote. It is about one mile off the road system at the end of a lane way with two farm gates which need to be opened and closed.
It is close to the Wicklow Mountains and the delightful village of Avoca where the TV sitcom Ballykissangel was filmed. Day trips to Dublin, Wexford and the charming City of Kilkenny are manageable. Russborough, the stately home, and the gardens of Powerscourt, Kilruddery and Mount Usher are all easily reached. The highly scenic valley of Glendalough with its monastic ruins is easy and rewarding to visit. Newgrange, the 5,000 year old stone-age passage grave, is a bit further afield but should not be missed.
For those who don't like an empty beach, the popular Clogga & Kilgorman strands are close by.
Other Activities: Garden visiting
Golf: The magnificently set Woodenbridge Golf Club, a leading parkland course of some significance described by the legendary Joe Carr as “Ireland’s Augusta” and “The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem,' it is within five miles. Arklow Golf Club, a tricky but satisfying classic links course is even nearer.
There are many other course within east reach including Coolatin and Courtown.