|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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.
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!
June and family are extremely friendly and helpful with advice and local lore.
Enjoyed the house and the countryside. Thank you June, Dara and Niamh for being great hosts.
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.
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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