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Stunning luxury cottage/villa positioned on the banks of the Avonbeg River

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,776 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3-bedroom 2-bathroom stunning cottage on 1.5 acres with its own fishing river

This villa (Cottage does not adequate to describe this stunning property of 1,800 Ft.of sheer luxury) with its own private fishing, private mooring for kayaks and canoes, timber decking and 200 foot elevated railed walkway along a section of the river leading to its own little 'beach' area positioned in the middle of the river with stunning close far-reaching river views down and upriver, ancient woodland on both riverbanks, in total and utter seclusion in these 1.5acres of landscaped gardens dotted with wild flowers, indigenous shrubs, trees and plants that is a haven for wildlife and songbirds with the river flowing through for over 700 metres width of the incredibly beautiful gardens that also has in addition its own stream leading down to the river with two bridges that bisect the gardens as well as a pond and its own family of pheasants wandering in the shrubbery with the occasional shy elegant deer to to be found also roaming through this wonderful habitat.

Enchanting villa in the Vale of Avoca: Hidden in a winding valley sheltered in what must be one of the most outstandingly beautiful scenery in all of Western Europe - the Wicklow Mountains - lies this truly enchanting villa that is set like a glittering emerald just above the banks of the River Avonbeg whose clear waters sparkle and gleam as they cascade and wind their way for over 700 metres through the one and a half acre gardens that surround and enclose this property with ancient woodland and wild flowers dotting these gardens along with wildlife such as the lilting songbirds, the butterflies, the bees, the river trout that abounds in the river and yet this oasis of peace and tranquillity has within a ten-minute drive, all the amenities, restaurants, pubs, shops, museums, historical buildings, arboretums, walks, craic and music that one could wish for if one could bear to leave this place whose soothing atmosphere washes away all worries restoring calm and balm to body and soul as well as a delight to all the senses.

The Cottage/Villa and area: The walls of this luxury cottage are over two foot thick: this stunning villa-style cottage was gutted, renovated and extended lovingly and painstakingly over a three-year period which works were completed in April 2011. The walls were forged from the river stone and Wicklow granite that was hewn from the local quarries, with the gravelled chippings around the cottage also coming from the same sources, the silver glints in the granite showing the history of the area which was once, in ancient times, mined for silver and gold and also the rich fertility and beauty of its land being a source of turmoil and possession throughout Irish history until the last century when peace was hard won by the Irish people whose leaders had wills of granite and hearts full of compassion, as do most Irish people, they brim with compassion and kindness woven with veins running with hard work and a sense of humour and twinkling eyes. The valleys and mountains of this area are steeped in the history of a proud people and strong leaders, both men who women who had dignity but who also knew how to laugh and enjoy life even in hard times, and they still do along with an unmatched sense of humour and warmth.

Attractions in this area of County Wicklow: Once behind the 18-foot high electronic timber gate, the sense of seclusion, utter peace and beauty is unsurpassed: however the local area abounds with many attractions among which are: Brittas Bay within a 25-minute drive, offering a broad expanse of golden beaches; ethereal Glendalough, the site of St. Kevin's monastic ruins and lakes; Charles Stewart Parnell's Avondale House, Parnell being the 'Uncrowned King of Ireland'; The famous Meetings pub; Avoca Wollen Mills, one of the oldest mills in Ireland that produces wonderful textiles with a fabulous cafe serving luscious food, all holiday visitors being given not just a warm welcome on their arrival by a very welcoming local lady but also with a selection of those same top quality wholesome Avoca foods freshly bought that day along with a great bottle of pink or white champagne and a bottle of excellent white or red wine too ; Mount Usher the beautiful gardens in Ashford whose centred in a square of chic shops/ cafes; Powerscourt Demesne in attractive Enniskerry village with its fabulous gardens, waterfall and stately house.

Horse-riding; canoeing; kayaking; water-sports; mountain-biking; swimming, fishing; sailing; Michelin-starred restaurants and lively pubs with music or quiet quaint pubs are all within a short drive.

More Details

Property Manager
Jeanne McSherry
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bahana (Whaley) in Wicklow

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1776 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please no smoking inside the cottage or on the verandah as smoke blows back into the cottage. Please be guided by rules for sorting household waste.
  • Bins marked for glass, plastic, newspapers/papers, cans/general waste. Please follow the guidelines as waste removal is a serious ecological issue.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Main bathroom, large shower enclosure/electric shower, bath
  • There are two bathrooms and a separate guest WC off the utility room near the main entrance. the main bathroom is tiled in light white tiles with an all-over white theme: there is a large walk-in shower cubicle and shower with a separate large steel bath; basin, WC and circular mirror that that has an inbuilt light which is great for putting on or taking off make-up, etc! there is a shaver socket in each bathroom also. There are also heated towel rails in each bathroom. The second bathroom is the en-suite off the main bedroom: it has a walk-in shower enclosure with electric shower; WC and basin. Tiled floors, again decorated in a clean white minimal style.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • The main bedroom has en-suite with walk-in shower cubicle and electric shower. there are double patio doors leading to small patio area flanked by raising planting area and steps leading into the rear gardens with views of the river - the river is about 7 metres away. The floors are oak with double-glazed windows; the room is decorated in a French romantic style with free-standing white wardrobe and matching furniture. There is a very romantic decorative brass bed. the room and the views from it are totally secluded and private. the bedlinen is cotton with French cotton and Avoca woollen throws. there is recessed lighting along with decorative bedside lamps. The second bedroom has double doors leading directly onto the flagstone verandah. it is decorated in a darker style with an Edwardian free-standing wardrobe; hand painted chest of drawers and dark bedside cabinets. The third bedroom have a lovely old brass bed and hand painted wardrobe.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat Dock
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
This villa/cottage is located in an absolutely stunningly beautiful setting tucked beside but in a slightly elevated position above the Avonbeg River, one of the most famous rivers in Ireland as it forms, a mile further downstream the Avoca river after it merges with the meeting of the waters at The Meetings Pub made famous by Thomas Moore the songwriter who was inspired to write 'The Last Rose of Summer' when he was living in this area. The river - which holds brown trout - courses through these one and a half acre gardens for at least 900 metres with granite steps cut into the riverbank for dining by the river with a mooring for a kayak or a canoe built into the granite rocks whilst further down there is a winding elevated walkway with steel and timber rails that follows the line of the river for at least 150 feet and leads eventually to an outcrop of ancient boulders and a flat area which offers fabulous views both up and down river as though one were actually floating on it.


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Stunning luxury cottage/villa positioned on the banks of the Avonbeg River
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a really wonderful stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We try hard to make it a pleasure and a joy to stay in Brook Cottage and I am so glad you all had a lovely time. With all my Best Wishes to such a lovely family, Jeanne
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Your private Ireland

  • 5 of 5

Stay no where else

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat.

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage was a perfect retreat for our family of 4 plus dog. Were all enjoyed the lazy mornings sitting in the kitchen / seating area looking out at the river, garden and all the birds that visited the bird feeders each morning. The cottage is very comfortable and well stocked with the essentials. If you want a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life and need a place to re-energise this is the place to be. I can only imagine how beautiful the gardens will be in Spring/Summer when in bloom. Overall we have stayed in many cottages both in Ireland and England and hands down this has been the best. Many thanks to Jeanne and Mary. Look fwd to our next visit.

The Hammond family

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in idyllic setting.

  • 5 of 5

I spent a fabulous 16 nights at Brook cottage. The house is really lovely, with very comfortable furniture and plenty of space in the living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. It is in a beautiful area with some lovely things to do. I can recommend the various forest walk, a trip to Arklow, a visit to Glendalough, Avondale House and the Avoca woollen mill. There is also a train station at Rathdrum and although the service is not exactly regular it is a nice way to get into Dublin for the day. Obviously there are also some lovely pubs in the area and the Wicklow brewery and distillery make for a good trip as well. I can also recommend the Guinness in the Cartoon Inn in Rathdrum. Having said all of the above the total star of the show is the location. Set right on the river with beautiful gardens its a real oasis away from the realities of life. We had our dog with us, he loves to swim and I think he thought it was about the best place he had ever been! If you are looking for a relaxing time in a wonderful setting Brook Cottage should be on your very short list.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous place for a bit of relaxation. The location is magnificent and plenty of things to do quite nearby. The house is lovely and very well thought out but the grounds along the river really steal the show. If you are looking for a taste of rural Ireland in a jaw dropping location this should likely be on your list. Mary was the point of contact and she was knowledgable and super friendly. 100% recommended for people and dogs!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Oasis of Beauty, Tranquility, and Irish Mystique

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent several very happy days in September at this absolutely beautiful home. Brook Cottage is spacious and thoughtfully decorated with Jeanne's lovely things and the property is every bit as wonderful---touching the senses with the sights and sounds of the river, the flowers, and the trees, as well as abundant birdsong. From here, we enjoyed exploring (and hiking at) Glendalough, as well as visiting Mount Usher Gardens and Avoca Woolen Mills. All are well worth your time. Thank you, Jeanne, for sharing your piece of heaven with us.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Ballinaclash or Rathdrum
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Rosslare or Dun Laoghaire or Dublin Port
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Aughrim/Brook Lodge
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Brittas Bay
Car: recommended

Nestled in the Vale of Avoca in the heart of County Wicklow with its own very private riverside setting on the banks of the ageless Avonbeg fishing river in which trout abound, sits this stunning stone and granite restored cottage that was built for utter luxury and delight to the eyes and the senses, both inside and outside with the wonderful one and a half acre gardens brimming with birdsong, wild flowers, ancient trees and wildlife, and the sound of the waters of the river cascading by to form a beautiful space in which to sit and breathe in the intoxicating sights and sounds of this hauntingly beautiful property and gardens that has proved inspirational for everyone who visits this hidden gem, yet is only an hour's drive from Dublin and a few minutes' drive from all the amenities that one could wish for.

For anyone seeking utter tranquillity, privacy, seclusion and peace, this truly is the place which evokes an atmosphere of magical beauty that truly is balm for the soul.

Golf: Golf courses at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village near Aughrim; at Woodenbridge Hotel and Wicklow Town.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bahana (Whaley), Ireland

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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

50% of the rental payment agreed to be received within 7 working days on the acceptance of a holiday booking confirmation with balance to be received 2 months before start date of the holiday booking. Please note that the holiday home owner is happy to accept 3, 4 and 5 day bookings but these are subject to the owner's discretion in terms of the amount charged for less than 7 nights with a guideline cost for 3, 4 or 5 days being a minimum of 675 euros - the cost for fewer than 7 nights standard booking dates is not based on a pro rata basis - this is due to the amount of time, energy and input required for a 3, 4 or 5 day booking being the same as for a 7 day booking in order to maintain the high standards that the home owner aspires to for each and every booking and which any holiday visitor would expect, Brook Cottage being considered a 5-star property which is maintained to impeccable standards as are the 2 acre riverside gardens. also for more than 2/3 people the price will be slightly higher than the rates advertised on the official rates' guide, although the extra amount charged will be only vary slightly and at all times be guided by what is considered reasonable by the holiday home owner and subject to her discretion - the owner is happy to discuss this with any holiday visitor wishing enquiring about staying at Brook Cottage.

Rental includes 'welcome pack' of locally sourced wholewheat bread, home-made jam, milk, free-range eggs and a good bottle of red or white wine or champagne; candles in the candelabras and tealight candles for the many decorative dining and tealightholders in the cottage. also big baskets of logs for the woodburning stove and firelighting materials for these too. also toiletries such as quality soap in the bathrooms and guest w.c. There are also hundreds of brilliant books for the perusal of holiday visitors including an excellent range of dvds and cds. Sky tv and broadband and all other utilities are included in the price.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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