The Forge - sleeps 7 guests in 3 bedrooms. 1 downstairs bedroom and bathroom
- English, Italian
About Paula Irwin
When Conor and Paula went on a holiday to Devon in the UK in 1998, they stayed in a converted farm yard and enjoyed the experience so much that when they purchased their home in Ireland in 1999 they immediately saw the potential in the farm yard attached to their house. It wasn't until their 3 children had all started school and Paula had a bit more time on her hands theta they decided to convert the courtyard in to the beautiful development of 8 cottages that it is today. This has been a labour of love and every detail has been carefully thought out by Conor and Paula so that now these cottages have become a haven of peace and tranquility away from the stresses of today's hectic lifestyle. They also are a fantastic base for exploring all that Ireland's Ancient East has to offer as they are so close to the many tourist sites in the region and Dublin airport is only 30 minutes away.
Paula Irwin purchased this Cottage in 1998
Why Paula Irwin chose Lismullin
Conor and Paula fell in love with this property when they moved back form the UK with their 3 small children in 1998. They spent a year restoring their own house and then in 2006 they spent 18 months renovating the courtyard to fulfil their dream or running this business from home.
What makes this Cottage unique
Decoy Country Cottages is ideally located in the heart of The Boyne Valley and so makes a perfect base for exploring the wealth of local historical sites in our vicinity, Dublin, the surrounding counties and beyond. Nothing is too far away even Cork, Belfast or Galway We are 30 mins Dublin airport so this makes us an ideal base whether you are just getting away from it all, on an activity break or having a group or family gathering. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from Junction 7 of the new M3 motorway, it has never been easier to get to Decoy Country Cottages no matter where you are coming from. The town of Navan is just 10 minutes away and here you will everything to keep you entertained during your stay with pubs, restaurants, a library, cinema, theatre, countless coffee shops, book shops, shopping centre and parks and cycle tracks. If you want to go further afield, Dublin is 40 minutes away, Belfast 2 hours and Galway and Cork are 2.5 hours away. Our facilities are second to none - we have tried to think of everything you would need while on holiday and can provide any baby equipment you need. We even have bikes you can use during your stay. The facilities include: Kids Playground Adult and children bikes and bike rack for car available to use, helmets, lights and locks provided Indoor Play Area Gym Spa BBQ Pool Table Air Hockey Free WiFi E Charging point for electric vehicles Landscaped Gardens Secure Private parking No Extra Charges Exclusive venue hire available with a meeting room for group gatherings and family celebration Catering can be arranged We also provide the following services: SERVICES Complimentary welcome basket Manager on site to assist Secure parking Daily/Weekly cleaning service* Hamper of fresh food on arrival* Massage and Beauty treatments* Supper served in your cottage* Breakfast basket delivered to your door* Catering service* Champagne/Flowers/Hand made Chocolates* * Available on request at an extra charge Should you be arriving late, what could be nicer than having a hot meal ready for you. If you require this service this can be arranged.
Decoy Cottages have a best of both world's location, just 30 minutes from Ireland's famously hip and happening capital city of Dublin yet in the countryside of the Meath Boyne Valley which is steeped in the country's enthralling history and heritage. The nearest shop is 3 miles from Decoy Cottages and all the amenities families need are in the town of Navan, 5 miles away. There are parks and an indoor play centre in Navan, as well as a swimming pool and a cinema.
Hundreds of years ago the Hill of Tara (5 minutes) was the seat of the ancient Kings of Ireland and the whole countryside is strewn with castles, monuments and mystical sites. The world heritage site of Newgrange (15 minutes) has spectacular megalithic tombs that are 500 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids, whilst Trim Castle (20 minutes) featured in the filming of Braveheart.
The historical stuff is all very well but children will possibly be more excited by Tayto Park (10 minutes), which is a theme park based around Ireland's Tayto crisps! Besides the loveable Mr Tayto Character, attractions include the Pow Wow adventure playground and Spudhara play area for under 5's; wild animals and a petting corner; plus a steam train, roller coaster and a 5D cinema among new highlights for 2015. There's also a funky tour of the crisp factory which has a psychedelic vortex tunnel!
Rathbeggan Lakes (5 miles) makes another great day out for families, with bouncy castles, mini Land Rovers, playground, art barn, fairy garden, swan boats, water zorbing and more plus stocked fishing lakes for fly fishermen. Miles of sandy beaches are half and hour away at Laytown and Bettystown, and golfers have championship courses galore within easy reach including the Royal Tara.
Ireland is world famous for the craic of its lively pubs as well as creamy pints of the ‘black stuff' and families staying at Decoy are spoilt for choice for great pub food too. The nearest, with good carvery lunches, is the Tara Na Ri at Garlow Cross (1.5 miles) and O'Briens at Johnstown (3 miles) prides itself on its award-winning food, with fish as a speciality. Mrs O's Pub has a big reputation and featured in a Guinness Christmas advert and Eden 2 at the Bellinter House Hotel is sister to the fun and quirky original Eden in Dublin's Temple Bar.
Nearest medical services: Navan, 5 miles.
Getting there: Dublin airport is 30 minutes from Decoy Cottages and the ferry port in Dublin is 50 minutes.