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Wicklow mountains Cottage, private farmland,river, hiking, golf, fishing,



Updated: 02-Aug-2016
Adjoining hill walkway, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 7 in main house

Totally rebuilt stone house on 12 acres of farmland. Very private, comfortable, and bright home which retains a traditional feel. It looks across two valleys & has beautiful & ever-changing views, both of distant mountains and touch-close heather covered hills. The property is accessed by a short country lane & has its own private gated avenue. The stoned yard surrounding the house has ample parking space. The large south facing veranda encourages gazing into the distance & listening to the sounds of the countryside. At night the hum of the river gets louder and (weather permitting) you are guaranteed an incredible view of the night sky. This house and its idyllic setting will charm even the most jaded traveller. It is an ideal holiday location for nature lovers, hikers, writers, golfers,fishermen, families & anyone who wants to get away from it all and simply enjoy the quiet beauty of the countryside!

N.B. For adittional space and comfort, ask about our extra ensuite double-bedroom

Outdoor sports- Hiking, Hillwalking,Climbing, Cycling:

Located on the Wicklow Way National Walkway, in the foothills of the wicklow mountains, our cottage offers the perfect setting for exploring Wicklow Mountains National Park. Over one million visits are estimated to be made each year to this 20,000 hectares of upland mountain conservation area. One of the most visited spots in the park (and in Ireland) is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin with its Round Tower and two lakes is located.The farmhouse itself is built into the hillside of a deep river valley, making it a perfect setting for outdoor activities including hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

Shopping and Sightseeing:

The idyllic villages of Tinahely and Aughrim, which are both only 3 miles from our house, provide for all day to day needs and have some great pubs, restaurants and cafes. The towns of Wicklow, Arklow and Carlow are within easy reach and are great for shopping. Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford and Cashel make pleasent day trips and are packed with museums, art galleries and other attractions such as well preserved Castles and monastic ruins. There are also many large estates with grand period houses and beautiful gardens to explore; Powerscourt House and Gardens, Avondale House and Forest Park, Altamont Gardens and Mount Usher Gardens. These are all open to the public and family friendly.

Water Sports:

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports as the sea is only 30 minutes drive away. There are many pristine sandy beaches along the coast of Wicklow. The beautiful 5 km blue flag beach at Brittas Bay with its car parking and toilet facilities is great for families. Many water sport amenities are also available at the Blessington Lakes including canoeing, sailing and fishing, Full gear for cycling and boating is available for hire.


Wicklow is a stunning location for golfers of all levels and handicaps. Wicklow offers a unique variety of golf courses: parklands, links, championship, par 3's. Here golf enthusiasts can play some of the best ranked courses in the world such as the renowned Druids Glen, 'The Agusta Of Europe'. There are several excellent golf courses close to the farmhouse where you relax with locals and enjoy some amazing golf at very competitive price.


If fishing is your thing, our cottage will make a perfect base for your holiday. Fishing in the area is excellent. County Wicklow offers wonderful opportunities for both the sea and game angler. Wild Brown Trout are plentiful in the rivers and streams that flow off the Wicklow mountain’s, with Sea Trout available in season. Bass and Smooth Hound are the key species for the sea angler to target when shore fishing, with Tope plentiful off venues such as Greystones, Wicklow town, and Arklow, during the summer months. Blessington Lake in west Wicklow has 50 miles of shoreline with many inlets and bays which offer the angler excellent coarse and superb Pike fishing with many double figure fish caught annually. There are also a number of Rainbow Trout fisheries in the county. These fisheries offer great angling all year round for Rainbow Trout in beautiful and varied settings. The closest one is in Aughrim (Ireland’s tidiest small town) which is only 3 miles from our farmhouse.


There is no bettery way to enjoy the magnificant Wicklow scenery than on horseback. Take an unforgettable hour's treck through the lush countryside with The Little Sugar Loaf Explorer. This ride costs only €30 per rider and is suitable for riders of all standards even those who have never ridden a horse before. The more experienced horseriders might enjoy the longer leisurely treck provided by Glendalough House Equestrian. This riding school offers 28km of trekking and trail riding through a varying array of landscapes and over an assortment of terrains. Treks are planned to cater to the rider’s requirement and ability. The Picnic Trek Experience winds through some of the most beautiful scenery and spectacular views in the 'Garden of Ireland'. Riders have time to relax and unwind in the idyllic surroundings whilst enjoying a ‘Brown Bag Lunch’ comprising a choice menu of sandwiches, water, fruit and a desert.

Eating Out:

There is a realy good choice of places to eat out within a short drive from our farmhouse, from small family run cafes to world class restaurants; from fish and chips to haute cusine. Every village has at least one small cafe that serves a hearty breakfast. Most hotels serve a wholesome lunch at a fair price and are very popular with families. The Wicklow Heather in Glendalough serves reliably good food using local produce, in a very convivial setting. The Strawberry Tree in Macreddin serves organic food in splendid surroundings. Almost all pubs serve food, ranging from sandwiches to full meals.


As well as food and drink and craic,some pubs also have a real Irish session with traditional Irish music and dancing at night time. Locations and times of music nights vary so it is best to watch out for local adds when you are touring around. Johnnie Fox's pub in Glencullen is one of Ireland's oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs. Famed as the highest pub in the country, this pub has fantastic food and live music every night. Weekly ‘live’ sessions take place in Philip Healys Bar on Wednesday nights at 9pm and in Ernie’s Bar on Friday nights at 9pm. Both these pubs are in Wicklow town. Admission is free.Traditional Irish Music is provided every Sunday at 8pm in Mickey Finn's in Redcross.

Day trips:

The whole South East Region is within easy reach of our farmhouse so there is a very wide selection of day tours to choose from. The following are a few of our favourites.


It is only an hour and 25 minutes from the farmhouse to Dublin. it is well worth spending a day in our capital when you are so close to it; even if you are in intent on a quiet holiday in the countryside. Pity to miss the exceptional Stone Age Gold and Early Irish Christian Artifacts collections in the National Museum or the book of Kells in nearby Trinity college. Kilkenny:

With its fantastic norman castle and narrow streets full of award winning restaurants, this town is not to be missed.


Visit the personal choice of Her Majesty, Quen Elizabeth when she came on a state visit to Ireland in 2011; The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.

Mitchelstown caves:

Tours by informative guides will take you though three massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, graceful calcite curtains hang from sloping roofs, calcite crystals glisten like diamonds in the distance. Huge calcite columns and one of Europe’s finest columns the inspiring “Tower of Babel'. What makes these caves most amazing is they are located deep underneath rich farmland in Co.Tipperary, the centre of Ireland. Perfect for family groups.

Wicklow Gaol:

Guided tours through this historic gaol, with interactive experiences, are interesting for all ages.

New Grange.Neolithic Passage Tomb.

Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. That fact, in itself, make it worth seeing.

Wexford Tour:

Starting and finishing in Bunclody,this tour is 200km long and would take a couple of days to do properly. However, each location listed is worthy of a visit on its own. 1798 Visitors centre in Enniscorthy National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, the Quays in Wexford,Johnstown Castle , Kilmore Quay, Hook Head Lighthouse, Duncannon Beach and Military Fort, Dunbrody replica famine ship in New Ross.

Waterford City Walking Tour:

Operates from March to October daily at 11.45 am and 1.45pm from the Waterford Tourist Office and 12.00 noon and 2.00pm from the Granville Hotel. Visit Reginald's Tower the oldest civic building in Ireland dating back to Viking times.Take a guided factory tour of the House of Waterford Crystal. Or book a 1 or 2 hour Suir River Cruise to see the sights of Waterford at your leisure.

Check out Browne's Hill Dolmen near Carlow:

Browne's Hill Dolmen is the largest of its kind in Europe with the capstone alone weighing 100 tonnes. The dolmen dates from around 2500 BC and is thought to have been the burial place of a local king.


When staying in our farmhouse, you will have no problem whipping up a great meal at home, or finding a differant place to eat delicious food out as often as you like. Nor will you be short of exciting things to do or memorable places to visit. What's more you will have a cosy house to chill out when you get back from a fun packed trip. Indeed, if you feel you just need some quiet time at home, this is the ideal place to do nothing but sit back and relax!

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  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Wicklow Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

very comfortable location - remote, yet close to small town and accessible to the entire east coast area. Good communication with owners at all times. They met us in town to be sure we could find the house as it is up several small roads and the final driveway would surely be missed by a new comer to the area. Owners are very accomodating and make you feel right at home. Views of surrounding farmland and hills is stunning and very relaxing. Wickow Way trail very near property that you can access for nice walks. Modern amenities in house are nice. Showers are small but tubs are large. Kitchen is large and nice to cook in. Property was well maintained and comfortable to stay in. We used the house as a base for two weeks in Ireland. The owners provided a nice and convenient suggestion for us to travel to Dublin, and gave us directions to park outside of the city and told us which bus to take in. We would not have figured it out without their help and it made the trip into Dublin very easy. Travel to Dublin was 60-75 minutes. Golfing is very near and we played five courses which were all about 30-60 minutes away. Incredible courses with excellent views of forests, rivers, lakes and the ocean. When I travel, I like cozy down bedding with very comfy pillow top mattresses adn big fluffy pillows- the beds were functional and comfortable but not overwhelming 'cozy'. 3 rooms had twin beds and one a double - a queen would have been nice, but the farmhouse has small rooms. Maybe more a matter of personal opinion vs a dislike. The large dining, kitchen andl living room area are very warm. The heating in the house is very comfortable. You can hear rain on the windows at night which is pleasant. I would recommend this highly.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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So peaceful, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Hello Mary and John , we have been trying since September to submit review, keeps refreshing.

We absolutely loved your home it was warm and magical- the night sky breathtaking! Everything we needed was in house, condiments, maps, dishes, movies, games, etc, only IF it rains :-) Thank you Mary and John, wonderful hosts Would DEFIANTLY stay again!

Michelle, Paul, Connor, Ailish

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

I have been trying since August to write a review-never takes-hope this does! Mary and John were, are wonderful , warm hosts who take great pride in their home and country. I knew from the moment I saw a picture I would love it, and we did! My son and daughter want to move here! This home is so magical, the night sky is breathtaking and the surrounding countryside is beautiful.. Tinahely is a lovely town, great food, produce, meats, etc. Restaurants were really nice, warm, good food and drink, very family friendly all around. I want to thank Mary and John for a magnificent stay!

Michelle Paul Connor Ailish

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pastoral perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was everything we hoped for, just 10 minutes from a lovely little village. Mary met us in the village and showed us around, we loved the tour but even more so her stories of the area made us feel at home. The house is clean and spacious, kitchen is basic but we were able to make dinner for 12 so all the basics are there. No wifi, no cable but decent cell signal, a welcome respite that fits with the amazingly peaceful surroundings. With decent weather we were able to have tea in the yard and read on the deck with only the sheep and birds making noise. We were disappointed to have family activities that took us away from the house, will plan to return to see our relatives and next time just immerse ourselves at the property. Staying here was the epitome of "Ireland".

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We encourage our guests to explore the whole East- South East region as there is an awful lot to see and do in this area. It includes the lovely beaches along the coast, the Wicklow mountains and National Park, major historic sites like Glendalough, and even the city of Dublin. All are within an hour and a half drive away. However, we often find guests like to spend a lot of time in the immediate area of our farmhouse. Many prefer the gentler hikes through upland farms and small villages nearby than the longer treks through uninhabited landscapes. This is especially true of city dwellers from other countries who relish the peace and quiet of an unspoiled rural landscape, and of extended families of all ages who just want to spend time together in a relaxing and beautiful setting.
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A Wonderful place.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 weeks in Wicklow, in this wonderful country that Ireland is.

The house suited perfectly our family of 8 persons (5 – 83 years; children, teenagers, parents, grand-parents). We appreciated the warm welcome of the O’Toole family and communication was totally reliable.

The house has enough space to house a big family and still offers each one possibilities to move back. To mention is the separated ‘little house’; our elderly people loved it very much.

The place is extremely calm and isolated (something we wanted); the kids spent a lot of time outside. There is a river at the bottom of the valley; also, close to the property there is a ruin to discover.

We all loved to watch the swallows in the courtyard, chasing insects in the meadow and the shepherd that trained his boarder-collie on the fields. Together with the clouds incessantly moving this was our natural TV (nevertheless there is a TV in the house).

This is a good place to read books and for evening filling discussions.

We brought our own bikes. MTB can find good opportunities to bike, but streets are narrow and partially hidden, so kids can’t go on their own.

Countryside offers different activities for all ages and ambitions:

The hiking paths are excellently signposted, for short walks up to 2 day tours, always through stunning landscape. (We used to walk to Tinahely which takes about 1h 15 and where you can find groceries, a butcher, a library, a surgery…)

We made a 2-day tour along the Wicklow-way that connects Glendalough – Dublin (wicklowway.com)

The region has a lot of other places of interest: The 11th century monastery of Glendalough, by the way a beautiful car drive over the ancient military-road, we used to go to Clogga-Beach, close to Arklow that you can reach within 30 minutes car drive. The revolution-museum in Enniscorthy is worth a visit. Dublin is easy to reach (as well as the airport).

All in all a treasure place to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This farmhouse was built with our own family of three generations in mind. The 'small house' is ideal for grandparents. It allows a private space away from the fun and excitement of the living-rooms whenever they feel like a bit of peace and quite. This house has its own entrance door. It's small hallway has doors to a large bedroom and a bathroom. The bedroom is bright and airy with lovely views of the nearby valleys and hills. It has a small seating area (table and 2 chairs) where guests can have a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a really good read without fear of interruption. However, its usefulness is not restricted to grandparents alone. Occasionally, next door neighbors or sets of friends will holiday abroad together. The merits of having separate space is not lost on them. It is also of great value for a couple with a very young infant who need privacy, quiet and a place to themselves when travelling with in laws or a larger family group. While holidaymakers have the option of renting this extra space, they can be assured it will be left vacant if they feel they don't need it.
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Cozy and lovely farmhouse with good amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, and spacious farmhouse. Well kept, clean. Suitable also for children. Facilities was excellent. The owners met us at the farmhouse, made us feel welcome and we had great guidance for the house. The house was big enough and would easily accommodate a bigger group.

Tinahely was a lovely little village. You can find there anything you could possibly need. People were really helpful and friendly. We liked the village so much, we even thought about buying a Pub and moving there.

It was easy to get to know the area.

The owners were friendly. they gave us good customer service. They were flexible and answered our every question in mind.

We would happily recommend this location to anyone. Great place and location for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tinahely really is a charming little village with hills rising up on all sides. Although it is small it has 2 family run supermarkets, a chemist, post office, a really good butcher, a great greengrocer that sells local produce, a hardware, a garage, a library and a few cafes and pubs. It is used by all the farmers in the surrounding hinterland as well as visitors so it is very busy and the shops are well stocked. It's mix of strangers and locals makes it a very pleasant and friendly place to pop into for the groceries. The competing town, Aughrim, which is a few miles in the other direction won Ireland's Tidiest Town Competition a few years back. It is also a very beautiful village with a choice of family friendly places to eat. Overall our farmhouse is well located in terms of daily shopping, pubs, and restaurants. Although it gives a distinct sense of being peaceful and remote, it has three villages within a radius of 3-4 miles so you will never run short of essentials. All the villages are open for business on weekends and at least one general grocery in the area is usually open until 8 pm..
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dublin at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Tinahely at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Waterford / Dublin at 50 Miles Nearest Golf : McCreddan at 10 Miles Nearest Train : Rathdrum at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : Arklow at 16 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Tinahely at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : at 20 Miles Car: necessary

Wicklow Way, hiking, Brittas Beach, Glendalough, historic sights, world class golf courses and superb fishing nearby. A small river runs along the bottom of the farm, alongside a national walkway.The Wicklow Way stretches south to Carlow and as far north as Dublin right through the spectacular gorges and glens of the Wicklow mountains. Walks range from easy strolls to difficult climbs. The historic Glendalough valley, with its round tower and monastic ruins, is 30 minute drive away. Nearest villages are both 3 miles. The large towns of Carlow, Kilkenny & its castle & Arklow's beach are a pleasant drive through open green countryside. Powerscourt House & gardens, Jerpoint Abbey and the historic Wicklow Jail must be seen. Dublin is only an hour’s drive away. You can have the best of both worlds by spending some of your days in Dublin & the rest exploring the hauntingly beautiful country landscape that Ireland is famous for. Friendly pubs, excellent food, and fresh unpolluted air abound!

Other Activities: clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, water sports,

Golf: Golfing:

Wicklow is a stunning location for golfers of all levels and handicaps. Wicklow offers a unique variety of golf courses: parklands, links, championship, par 3's. Here golf enthusiasts can play some of the best ranked courses in the world such as the renowned Druids Glen, 'The Agusta Of Europe'. There are several excellent golf courses close to the farmhouse where you relax with locals and enjoy some amazing golf at very competitive price.

Macreddin golf course, designed by Irish Ryder Cup hero Paul McGinley is only a 15 minute drive away. This golf course

incorporates 160 acres of Macreddin Valley, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The famous Strawberry Tree organic restaurant will ensure that the meal afterwards is as exhilerating an experience as the day's golf!


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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268

These prices are based on two people sharing property. There is an additional charge of €50 per person for more than two guests.
Names and addresses of guest must be provided before booking can be confirmed. The property and accommodation is for the use of the named guests only. Damage deposit required. Linen and towels included in weekly rate. No extra charges.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, optional extra house


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed, also games room/study
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, optional extra house
  • We offer a choice of sleeping arrangements. depending on requirements. The main house sleeps a maximum of 7 persons. A small house in the same yard,(see photos) comprised entrance hall, large double bedroom and seperate shower room/toilet, is offered as an optional extra for groups wanting additional space and privacy. eg. parents with children holidaying with a couple of relatives or friends, or two couples who would each like their own private space. This building can not be let seperately as it has no kitchen. Ask about this option if you are wondering would the extra house suit your party. When making an enquiry please give details of how your party is made up i.e. couples or singles (sharing or separate room) , ages of children and any other relevant information. We can then give a quote for the various sleeping options available. We take names of guests before letting the house. It is important to note that only named guests are entitled to use the property.


  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • If you want a holiday where children can experience everyday country life and enjoy the wonder of nature close up, then this is the place for you. Our farm is home to a large variety of wildlife, rabbits, foxes, many varieties of birds, sheep, cattle, sometimes even deer. The trails are great for exploring the common land and enjoying the huge range of flora & fauna that grows in the wild. Nowhere better on a clear night for young stargazers! This is an ideal opportunity to educate children in a relaxed way.The immediate yard is fenced in. It is very suitable for relaxing outdoors and enjoing the exceptionally fresh mountain air. The house is on 12 acres of private farmland with amazing views and endless space to run or play Hide and Seek. However, it is important to note that easy access to large open spaces, trees, river, etc. means children will need adult supervision at all times when outdoors so that they can stay safe while enjoying the freedom that wide open countryside offers.

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