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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.
This amazing house was a wonderful place to stay. An innovative and eclectic design provided an experience to remember. It provided all modern conveniences for a comfortable and relaxing stay. It was very quiet, being situated back from the road. It was centrally located for all the major sites of the region, including Glendalough, Wicklow Gap, Powerscourt, and easy access to Dublin via park and ride without having to battle the traffic into Dublin. It was an easy trip to the airport (but check for peak traffic times on the motorway).
Niamh and Dara (June's daughter and son) were very friendly and helpful and always available to help when needed. We would certainly stay there again when we returned to Ireland and Dublin. Keith and Glenda, Australia.
June was a delightful host, very informative about the area and it was wonderful to walk in her gardens. The house is amazing from an architectural perspective. From a practical perspective, it has tripping hazards and the wet room shower has very low water pressure and you are left with a wet floor which is a bit unsafe. That said, it was comfortable, well appointed, and in a beautiful area. We are very happy that we chose it and we would recommend it to friends.
The Cow House is an interesting cottage; it's not the "homeliest" of properties, with all hard surfaces and zero soundproofing, and I wonder sometimes if an Architect should be forced to "live" in their designs, but the cottage was warm (in a very cool July) and very comfortable, well equipped, and well presented, and we slept well. As a base for exploring the area it was perfect. June was very welcoming and helpful and the place was really peaceful and quiet, away from all the noise and bustle.
One oft the nicest holiday homes we have ever been.
It is a bit audioclarient, but we didn`t mind, as we were so tired after been out and about all day we fell asleep immediatly.
The beds are so cosy, you don`t want to get out in the mornings.
Highly recommended to visit and see on your own.... espacially for garden lovers it is a secret getaway.
Very good tips from the owner what to see, where to go (sightseeing, restaurants.....)
Easy to find, just off the main road to Blessington. June was lovely and welcoming and very easy to chat to. We were so impressed on arrival to the Cow House. It isn't that largest property but it is exceptional in design and has many interesting design features. I loved the polished concrete flooring and the two large windows which slide open - fabulous in good weather. Everything we needed from tea and coffee, to ironing board and frying pan were all there. It was a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy one another's company.
My only comments are that there were no mirrors in the bedrooms for getting ready of a morning and the light above the mirror in the bathroom didn't work. Also be aware that you can hear every sound from downstairs in the bedrooms!
The beds were so comfortable and the shutters meant the bedrooms were in complete darkness at night and lovely bright, light during the day. We hope to return again soon as we have family in the area and it suited us very well. The rate was also very reasonable. Thanks again June and we hope to see you soon.
It's even better in the flesh, and the kitchen was very well equipped with even a carton of fresh orange juice left in the fridge. We loved the place\, but our only suggestion would be to put a king bed in one of the rooms as it could take it. The existing double beds were comfortable but very small, thus we used a bed a each and slept well. The radiant floor heating seemed to be playing up, but one could open a window and cool down.
We were given some excellent local sightseeing tips and enjoyed a wonderful walk in the Wicklow mountains.
We will certainly be back one day...eventually. We think the design and concept of the Cow House certainly deserves the Best House RIAI 2014 award and hopefully more awards to come. We cannot wait to see the new property that is currently being built in another cow shed next door.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£173|
Shoes are not to be worn in The Cow House,
Check in time is 4pm, Check out time is 11am