|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The Mews is popular with guests, having atmosphere and privacy. The summer room is pleasant for breakfast in the mornings, with double doors leading to a circular garden, with fields and woods beyond. The living/kitchen area is old fashioned with original beams, and a stove.
The kitchen is easy to manage, everything is accessable. In the living area there's a comfortable sofa and sofa-bed, table and chairs, coffee table and TV.
In the back porch another door leads to the Farmyard, and the window beside it has lovely views.
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.
I grew up outside Dublin and travelled a lot before I moved to Wicklow. I got married only a few years ago to Michael. We live between here and his home in Wexford, but I'm more often here because of the horses and the business, both of which give me great pleasure.
Liz McCollum purchased this cottage in 1990
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Goodness! Somehow I forgot to write a review until now...
I spent a nice and sunny holiday in the cosy mews, found a scenic landscape and one of the most friendly hosts I ever met!
Ideal for daytrips around the Wicklow Mountains - Glendalough, Powerscourt House and Gardens, Russborough House ... all within an hour by car.
Finally - many thanks for a lovely evening in The Dying Cow!
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.