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WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building it is a dream lo

WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI

ARCHITECT: Michael Kelly & Dan Costelloe

'A crisp and effective two story insert within the existing walls of a ruined 19th century farm building the project provides open and uncluttered domestic spaces of great charm. The free standing timber post and beam structural system provides a robust framework which allows for rich and innovative thinking throughout the planning organisation and the project’s sophisticated detail design development. Noteworthy are its beautiful roof lanterns and the clever use of interstitial space between old and new.'

The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building set in the grounds of June Blake's internationally acclaimed garden. This beautiful contemporary renovation was designed by Architect's Michael Kelly and Dan Costelloe. The Cow House has its own timber and glass elevation set back behind the restored granite elevation. It has an independent ground floor structure of timber posts, timber/steel flitch beams and timber joists, supporting first floor timber structural frames which in turn support the 15m long laminated timber ridge beam. This enables the rafters to span from the ridge to the walls permitting the roof space to accommodate two en-suite bedrooms. The partitions are formed from European birch faced plywood.

The ground floor is one space for cooking, dining and sitting. The floor is a heated polished concrete floor cast from local sand and granite. The floor steps as the original cow houses stepped. The kitchen island is formed from the same cast concrete. The granite walls on the east and south have been lined with solid Douglas Fir.

The stairs is baroque in conception and design. The lower section is formed from cast concrete, dense, solid and load bearing in contrast with the upper section, a semi solid hanging assembly of laminated plywood.

Upstairs there are two unique bedrooms with glass lined en suite bathrooms. Four bespoke roof lights allow light and sunshine to animate all spaces within the house.

The contemporary garden is set within the grounds of a Victorian Steward's house and farmyard. 'June Blake's Garden is that rare thing, a plant collector’s paradise with a strong design framework. The planting is bold, brave and brilliant.' Jane Powers, Sunday Times.' The effect is startling in it's beauty, like the spilt content's of a jewellery box'. Fionnula Fallon, The Irish Garden. ' June's new garden is a rare treat, a modern garden that draws in the visitor and wraps them in flowers, welcoming yet stylish, and an example of virtuoso design and expert plantsmanship.' Shirley Lanigan, The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland.

The Cow House is a dream location for garden lovers. It is within walking distance of the acclaimed Hunting Brook Garden owned by June’s brother Jimi. Russborough House and Garden is 5 only km from The Cow House. Other gardens within a short distance are Mount Usher, Powerscourt and The Dillon Garden. There are many other interesting private gardens which June has access to.

Activities within easy distance:

Hill walking / Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains

Water sports on Blessington Lake.

Punchestown Racecourse is 13 km, Curragh Racecourse is 30km, Leopardstown Racecourse is 25km

Golf courses – South County/ Lisheen Springs Golf Club is 3km, Citywest Golf Course is 6km, Palmerstown House 15km, K Club is 18km, Tulfarris Golf Club is 15km and many more within a short distance.

The amenities of Dublin City are a thirty minute drive.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tinode in South Dublin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedrooms with En-suite
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

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WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My stay at this treasure was amazing. The home and grounds are breathtaking. I didn’t want to ever leave. The owners are super nice and helpful too. Hope to make my way back one day.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Great house and garden

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house and the garden in mid-June was just lovely. Great location and the owners were really welcoming. Thank you for the garden recommendations!! We would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Newburyport, Massachusetts USA

Loved our time in Wicklow and at June Blake's Cow House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Cow House. June's garden is amazing, and Dara, June's son who lives across the courtyard, was such a great resource for us. While I can understand previous comments about noise traveling easily in the house, it did not, in our case, negatively affect our enjoyment of the space. The space is creative and contemporary, and felt quite tranquil to us. The beds and linens were extremely comfortable, and the ability to black out the space made for quality sleep! The kitchen is very nicely equipped, and we were able to fix meals at home easily.

We'll hope to visit again, and are so grateful to June, and her family for their warmth and hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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San Diego, California

Beautiful property - the house was modern but still warm and cozy. The garden was stunning!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful experience! We coordinated the booking with June's daughter, Niamh. She was very helpful, offering dinner suggestions and answering questions about the area. We had the pleasure of meeting June on arrival - she gave us a brief overview of the home and gave us some suggestions for restaurants and things to do in the area. she also picked up a fresh loaf of bread along with butter and jam for us to enjoy in the morning.

We met her son Dara about an hour later - he lives across the courtyard and stopped by to ensure we were able to connect to the wifi. He was very kind and let us know how to reach him if we needed anything.

The house was cozy, and the heated floors were an excellent touch! Two well sized bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, the only drawback was the layout of the shower. There's no separation between the shower and the rest of the bathroom, so expect everything to get wet. It's a small price to pay for such a lovely house.

It rained the entire time we were there, so I didn't get to enjoy the garden until the day we were leaving. I didn't want to miss it, so I took a stroll in the rain just before we departed. It's a must see! Walk in the rain if you need to! It's very easy to see June's passion for her garden - she was out working in it for a good portion of our stay. It was beautifully curated - my only regret is that we missed the tulips!

If I make it back to Ireland, I would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, serene setting

  • 5 of 5

Very easy to book, check in and out, and communicate with the owner. Very friendly and welcoming, and the property was perfect for two couples. Many things to see and do nearby, and places to eat and shop as well. Highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, quiet, visually stunning and super comfortable

  • 5 of 5

June and family are extremely friendly and helpful with advice and local lore.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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June Blake
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2018


Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Dublin Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Kilteel Inn
Nearest Ferry
23 Kilometres
Dublin Port
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
South County/ Lisheen Springs Golf Club
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Heuston station, Dublin
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £176.77

Shoes are not to be worn in The Cow House,
Check in time is 4pm, Check out time is 11am
No Smoking allowed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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