Traditional Thatched Farmhouse, Adare, County Limerick, Ireland
Authentic Irish heritage thatched farmhouse, accommodating 5, centrally located in the West of Ireland, on several acres of beautifully kept farmland just outside the picture perfect village of Adare.
|Weekly Rates:||€700 / €850 / €900|
|Heat & Electricity:||Additional, charged at cost by meter reading|
|Security Deposit:||€ 300 held by credit card|
Unique, Historic, Lovingly Updated Farmhouse Cottage
Modern Amenities; Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer
Garden and Patio with Barbecue & Outdoor Seating
Television (but we bet you won’t watch it!), USB WiFi internet.
Excellent location for touring Ireland’s scenic West
This sweet, comfortable and idyllic thatched cottage is another favorite, we try to stay here as often as possible. An authentic Irish thatched house dating back over 300 years and at least 4 generations, the cottage has been in the same family for most of that time. The decor is a wonderful mix of antique and traditional style furnishings. It is perfect for families or small groups of close friends, and can be combined with the charming renovated stone barn next door to accommodate larger groups of holiday-makers.
Entry & Layout
Enter into the center of the cottage, the main living and dining space. From this room there are three doors to the other areas of the house – standing at the front door, an impressive hearth is to your right, the dining table straight ahead and to the immediate left is a door into the kitchen. To the left of the dining table is a door to the family bathroom, which also has a door into the twin bedroom, as does the kitchen, creating a full circle from the sitting room-kitchen-twin-room-bathroom.
To the right of the dining table is a doorway into a small hall with a door out to the garden, and a door into the Master bedroom. This bedroom is ensuite, and also has a small single room tucked away beside it. There is a door offering privacy, though the small single room is only accessible through the Master bedroom.
Enter the cottage from the front garden into the main room, and take a step back in time. What jumps out immediately is the very large hearth lining one side of the open and high ceilinged room. What was once a completely open fireplace has recently been replaced with a wonderful pot-bellied wood stove, but the effect of the imposting mantle remains, emphasized by the darkened wall beneath, the charred pitch of homefires kept burning over several centuries.There is a sweet little seat carved out next to the stove under the mantle, wonderful for warming up from the outdoors on a cold Irish winter day.
The furniture here is tasteful, classic, simple, and comfortable. Framing the fireplace is a loveseat, wingback chair and a nice wood and leather easy chair. On one side of the room, under a window overlooking the back garden, there is a dining table that seats four to six, next to a gorgeous antique china hutch filled with blue and white china, and a small table with a television set (which we bet you won’t bother watching, instead gathering around the hearth to read by the fire or chat about all the wonderful things you managed to see and do that day).
The walls are a wonderful heritage Irish yellow. The original tile floor is covered with a lovely area rug and rich watercolor paintings, done by the owner - an accomplished artist – hang around the room. Antique crockery line the mantle shelf, and many interesting pieces of art and history have been placed thoughtfully throughout this unique self-catering holiday rental.
To the left of the main room/dining room is the charming country style kitchen. It is not large, but roomy enough for two to cook and three or four to stand on the sidelines watching one person whip up something wonderful. The cabinets area sweet creamy yellow, with open shelving displaying nice dishes and serveware. The floors are wood, the counters granite, and the old farmhouse (or Belfast) sink looks out onto the front courtyard, with the pebble driveway and occasional grazing pasture beyond.
All the modern amenities are present: stove, oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher & microwave. It is well supplied with kitchen necessities and amenities. The kitchen opens to both the sitting room on one side, and the large twin bedroom on the other.
Two large bedrooms sit at opposite ends of the house, with a third small bedroom tucked in the corner of one.
The master bedroom, to the right of the sitting room has a queen bed and ensuite shower room. A door from this room leads into the small single room, which is attached. This room has a writing desk and a single bed and is completely charming. The master bedroom is spacious but cozy with lower ceilings than the other rooms, windows to the front and back gardens, and nice antique furniture.
The other large bedroom, to the left of the sitting room, behind the kitchen, has two extra-large single beds (like a one-and-a-half instead of double bed) which can be pushed together with a little effort, a great armoire and nice original wood furniture. One window has a window seat, and views out to the back garden.
The twin bedroom has two ways in or out, one through the kitchen, and one through the adjacent bathroom (with tub and hand-held shower), which also opens into the sitting room. It lends a nice flow of air and space through the left side of the house, to be able to walk in a full circle between the sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
Garden and Grounds
The Farmhouse sits perpendicular with the nearby renovated Stone Barn, behind tall hedge walls that separate the holiday houses from the rest of the property, a working farm. The stone cottage enjoys lovely gardens and a paved patio/porch area with table and a barbecue. The owners keep a fine property, with tidy fences, roads and paths around the place. In the spring and summer, the flowers are outrageous. In the fall, the creeping vines turn all shades of wine and crimson. Gorgeous.
Next to the Farmhouse is a utility room with large sink, checkerboard floors and a shared Washer & Dryer. There is a also a storage area for wood and peat for the fires, to which you are welcome to help yourself if the stacks run low in your holiday house.
The Adare Thatched Farmhouse cottage is located on a beautiful piece of farmland, with cows and horses in the near distance, just a short distance from the heart of Adare village. While it’s possible to walk the mile and a half into Adare, to all the shops and restaurants of the village, the lane to the main road is quite busy, and unlit at night, so not recommended. Cabs are an easy and inexpensive way to travel back and forth for a night out of fun. There is also a nice pub in the nearby country hotel across the road, perfect for a nightcap or a round of pints after dinner. All in all, this is a really nice place to be, and an easy spot from which to base for touring the West of Ireland.
Shannon airport: 26 miles, 35 minutes
Galway: 71 miles, less than an hour and a half
Killarney: 56 miles, about an hour and 15 minutes
Dingle: 82 miles, approximately 2 hours
Cork City: 93 miles, about an hour and 15
Dublin:130 miles, just over 2 hours
Adare Traditional Thatched Farmhouse Vacation Rental Details:
|This property usually rents Saturday to Saturday. Occasional shorter stays are possible in the off season.Weekly Rates
Low Season, November to April, not including holidays: €700
Mid Season, May, June, September & October: €850
High Season, July, August & Christmas/NY/Easter: €900
Heat & Electricity
Check-in time is after 2pm. Check-out time is before 10:00am.
The property requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €300, held by credit card on arrival and refunded, less cost of heat and electricity and any damages (if applicable), at or just after departure.
The Adare Thatched Farmhouse is a great place for anyone with mobility limitations. It is a single story house, there are no steps, and there is a shower in one of the bedrooms. The driveway and walking path is paved with pebbles, but it is even. Parking is just about 20 or so steps from the front door.
Adare is a perfect spot for touring the West of Ireland, with a combination of short and longer day trips to see many of the regions best attractions.
The Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula have some of the most scenic driving on the island. Indescribably breathtaking. Parts of each are reachable within 1 – 2 hours, and one could see much of either one a long touring day. Galway, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary are close by, with coastal views, rolling hills and lush scenery to explore.
FAMOUS VILLAGES AND CITIES
Adare is known as an idyllic postcard pretty village with antique and craft shops, pubs and restaurants. Killarney is a bit over an hour, Cork City (the EU Capitol of Culture in 2005) and Galway City, less than 90 minutes away, and all with smaller villages like Kenmare, Doolin and Kinvara dotting the countryside en route, offering terrific spots for food, walking and bits of Irish culture.
NATURE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Within driving distance are the following famous and magnificent (not hyperbole – they are truly stunning) Irish landscapes:
Cliffs of Moher – One of the most spectacular places on earth, hard to forget the feeling of standing above and looking out to the cliff face below. (56 miles, about an hour and 20 minutes).
Killarney National Park – Lakes, woods, mountain peaks, old forests and expansive valleys. Imagine fairy tale woodlands and scenery so lovely it all feels terrifically magical wherever you look. (57 miles, about an hour and 20 minutes).
Gap of Dunloe - Gorgeous rocky mountain valley with water and breathtaking views – think location scouting for the movie Braveheartand you’ll start to come close. (Part of the Killarney National Park)
HERITAGE & HISTORY
Besides all that Killarney National Park offers (including the Muckross Estate as well as incredible scenery, must-sees in the Dingle area include the Great Blasket Island Center outside of Dingle, full of rich history and local (famous!) art, as well as the Gallarus Oratory, the Bee Hives, and the ruins of many Iron Age forts, monasteries, and castles. Within closer driving distance are the great Rock of Cashel (46 miles, about an hour); the very touristy, but very fun Bunratty Castle folk park (we jokingly refer to it as O’Disney Park due to the historic dioramas and medieval banquets to be enjoyed at this restored and preserved castle); Askeaton castle ruins; Lough Gur stone circle; and several monasteries, churches and a priory.
FESTIVALS, GOLF, FISHING, BOATING & WATERSPORTS.
Literally too many things to list, so check out our information pages about Golf, Fishing, Boating and Adveture sports in Ireland, all listed here.
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About County Limerick:
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