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Brook Cottage, Cottage in Wicklow
- Type: Cottage
- Sleeps: 6 (3 Bedrooms)
- Nearest Beach: Brittas Bay (4 km)
- Change Over Day: Flexible
- Access: Car Advised
- Long term lets considered
- Wheelchair access
- Pets allowed
- Non smoking only
- Pets considered
- suitable for children
- suitable for the elderly
- Winter lets available
- Pets not allowed
Enchanting is the only word to describe this traditional stone and silver granite 3-bedroom Wicklow cottage that is also a luxuryious abode on the inside with graceful high vaulted tongue and grooved ceilings in the livingroom and sunroom, adorned with black gothic-style elegant chandeliers (which are all on dimmers to adjust the atmosphere as required) and flagstoned floors in the kitchen with wide plank solid oak flooring throughout the rest of the cottage; recessed lighting, stained glass lamps; sunroom with high windows looking down over the river; sitting room with multi-fuel stove and wallmounted plasma tv with Sky channels; 2 bathrooms (one en-suite and one walk-in shower room with separate bath plus guest w.c.), a large integrated kitchen with stove/oven and induction hob, feature handpainted tiles on the kitchen walls, separate microwave with built-in oven, dishwasher; large fridge in the utility room with tall freezer, washing machine and condenser dryer plus numerous storage cupboards); furnished and equipped to an exceptional standard with soft Avoca throws on all of the comfortable sofas; bedrooms with freestanding period and handpainted wardrobes; romantic big brass bed in the main en-suite bedroom; painted iron bed in the second bedroom and comfortable bed in the third bedroom which is adorned with attractive Edwardian furniture. The walls of the cottage are over two feet thick to provide warmth and insulation in the colder winter months.
Two bedrooms have double doors leading out to the flagstoned verandah with direct views of the river and gardens; the third bedroom has lovely views over the gardens; the whole cottage is double glazed for comfort and warmth with oil-fired central heating to hand for chilly winter nights or lighting the stove with the abundant wood provided for the comfort of each guest as required which are stored in the 200-year old hen shed at the back of the cottage.
There is external lighting in the patios and gardens for dining al fresco; gravelled areas around the cottage planted with wisteria and climbing roses, passion flowers and honeysuckle with wild cottage flowers growing rampantly around the flower beds and the lawn with herbs such as fennel, thyme, sage and rosemary planted in deep pockets of the stone walls and beds outside the cottage which can included in any cooking or making of salads. also in Spring there is wild garlic growing prolifically in edges of the river banks the leaves of which are delicious added to salads with wild strawberries also growing later in the summer months and blackberries in August and September along with apples from the apple trees in the garden, both cooking and eating apples.
On the river bank itself there is a little mooring for a boat or just for danglling feet in the cool river water which is accessed via a granite semi-circle flight of steps cut into the riverbank; further down the one and a half acre gardens is a unique 'beach' area accessed via a curving walkway with handrails that is elevated above the river and leads to the little beach area which, when arrived at, feels as though you are actually in the middle of the river - the vistas from here are staggeringly beautiful with the ancient boulders and rocks in the river covered in moss whilst the brown trout lie still in the river waiting to catch the mayflies which hover above the river in Spring and Summer.
In the garden itself there are two little wooden bridges which connect one part of the garden to the other and divided by a stream which runs down to the Avonbeg. this stream is very pretty and covered in anemones and celandines in early Spring along with bluebells, primroses and violets which flourish in the Spring along with the daffodils and towering rhododendron shrubs, camellias and magnolia trees. Roses and honeysuckle bloom in the later months along with jasmine and a multitude of cottage garden and bee-loving plants such as teasel, ragged robin, sedums, verbena bonariensis and a whole host of flowering plants too numerous to mention.
The Avonbeg River, together with the Avonmore River forming the 'Meeting of the Waters' made famous by Thomas Moore the poet and songwriter over 200 years' ago was acclaimed for its beauty by Thomas Moore and to this day and in this setting Brook Cottage which is situated on the banks of one of the rivers that inspired Thomas Moore, is truly inspirational with an atmospheric tranquility that instantly induces calm and peace when you pass through the gates and the 150-foot high majestic cedar trees that flank the entrance: all cares seem to dissolve once through the gates and you enter a different world that can only be described as balm for the soul. It is an exceptional retreat filled with birdsong, butterflies and the hum of bees for the cottage is planted to attract wildlife whose habitat it is especially for the wild pheasants and their families that parade through the gardens every day and whose undignified squawks are in sharp contrast to the lyrical chirruping of the birds that mingles with the sounds of the rushing waters as they hurtle towards the Meeting of the Waters, there to conjoin with the Avonmore and flow onwards to the sea in Arklow Bay.
also just built, a savannah-style treehouse with willow ceilings fern roof (is made waterproof with an asphalted roof. the views from it are glorious over the river, the hills beyond and the cottage gardens. It is set with romantic twinkly lights that automatically go on st night, it is a lovely place to go to for a romantic evening with a bottle of champagne for two! it is also of course a magnet for children as well as adults.
security features are burglar alarm and cctv.
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The Wicklow Region
the climate is temperate with soft rain and mist in the autumn and winter due to the proximity to the river; the location is sheltered due to being in the valley and surrounded by mature trees with a wildlife corridor on the far side of the river. The area has an ancient history going back to Roman times to 120AD when Ptolemy mentions Ovoca in his map of the region. in the 1300's it is reputed that St. Kevins (of Glendalough fame) brother founded a monastery on the hill overlooking Ballinaclash which was later sacked and pillaged in the Reformation instigated by Henry the 8th. the Abbey later became known as Buck Whaley's who was a notoriously cruel man who later in life repented. There is a pre-Famine graveyard in the area around the house that currently sits on the Buck Whaley's monastery. Ballinaclash was devastated in the famine of the 1840's and still has not recovered its pre-famine population levels but remains a stunningly beautiful and atmospheric part of Ireland with the warmth of an Irish welcome known throughout the world, the people of Wicklow kind, helpful with an innate inimical sense of humour that is hard to be beat.
Avondale House the Palladian home of Charles Stewart Parnell the uncrowned King of Ireland, this is located just outside Rathdrum and has beautiful riverside walks and tours of the house; Wicklow Gaol in Wicklow town has daily tours of this historic gaol; Kilmacurragh House and grounds (house is derelict) which is an offshoot of the National Botanic Gardens and features beautiful and unusual trees and shrubs with lovely walks amongst the many acres; Glendalough, the home of the Monastery and settlement founded by St. Kevin, this being a hauntingly beautiful place featuring lakes and long walking routes; Brittas Bay with its beautiful sandy golden beaches; Avoca Woollen Mills the oldest working mill in Ireland selling exquisite textiles and clothes as well as delicious home-baked food; Aughrim known as the granite village with its historic hotel and array of attractive cafes and pubs; Rathdrum with its lovely pubs especially the Cartoon Inn and Jacob's Well as well as Bate's restaurant; also numerous walking trails nearby as well as mountain-biking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding, sailing and kayaking all within a short driving distance of the cottage.
all major airlines operate from Dublin Airport - Aer Lingus, BMI baby, BA, Ryanair - flights from UK and Europe hourly
numerous carhire firms at Dublin airport, approximately one hour and twenty minutes' drive from Dublin Airport, less in off-peak office hours' times
taxis available at Dublin Airport, around 85-100 euros from the airport to the cottage - always negotiate - taxis can be arranged in advance for set competitive fee.
Nearest Travel Links
- Airport: Dublin (40 km)
- Ferry: Rosslare and Dublin (40-60 km)
- Railway: Rathdrum (2 km)
Suitable types of Holiday Rathdrum
- Golf Course
- Horse riding
- Water Park
- Mountain Biking
- Hill Walking
Exterior Facilities in Brook Cottage, Cottage in Wicklow
- Parking space
- Private garden
- Secure parking
The Avonbeg river is the unique feature of this property - it is a stunningly beautiful part of this property - and it does have brown trout and sometimes salmon in its waters in the fishing season. however, it is advised that the river is a large one with powerful currents and flows and as such the cottage may not be suitable for those who are worried about children's safety or who are not used to dealing with such an amenity. the river itself is not dangerous but should be respected as a force of nature and therefore anyone worried about safety especially for children or older people please be advised that this property may not be suitable. there are safe walkways skirting the river but it is advisable not to jump in and swim there unless one is an experienced swimmer and used to swimming in rivers or at least in the sea.
please note that it is advisable to monitor children at all times especially young children when playing in the garden near the river- the river is naturally attractive especially to children but it is advisable not to allow children near the river unless supervised by a responsible adult.
Facilities in Brook Cottage, Cottage in Wicklow
- CD player
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Dish washer
- DVD player
- Internet access
- Linen provided
- Log fire
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
3 w.c.s; two walk-in showers (one en-suite, one main bathroom with bath and walk-in large shower cubicle); bedlinen and towels and bedlinen all included as are toiletries. a welcome pack of fresh locally made wholewheat bread, locally made jam, milk, coffee, tea, fruit pie and a good bottle of red wine is included in the rental. dishwasher tablets, washing powder; fire logs, kindling, peat briquettes, coal, firelighting materials; a range of candles for the dining table and tealights for the inside of the cottage and for the verandah included in the rental. local calls within Ireland from the landline phone are free. electric blankets or hot water bottles available if required. Very wide range of classic and contemporary dvds from around the world including aspects of Irish history included; also huge variety and range of cds; massive choice of books covering every subject under the sun; very good quality cd/ipod/radio included as well as radios in each bedroom. wallmounted wide plasma tv in the livingroom.
Bedrooms / Bathrooms
- Bedrooms (3)
- Bathrooms (2)
- Ensuite (1)
- Showers (2)
- WCs (3)
Sleeps a Maximum of 6 people:
- Double Beds (3)
- Sofa Beds (1)
- Cots (1)
- Dining Seats (8)
- Lounge Seats (4)
Tarriffs - Currency Conversion
Note: Christmas and New Year period 1500-1700 per week
Bank Holidays please enquire
|Period||Euro €||GBP £||USD $|
|per week peak season:||€1,500.00||£||$|
|per week off-peak:||€950.00||£||$|
|weekend rate 3 nights peak season:||€575.00||£||$|
|weekend rate nights off-peak:||€450.00||£||$|
Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.
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