Open plan kitchen.Sitting area with wood burning stove.
A tranquil retreat in Dunganstown, Wicklow
A tranquil retreat in Dunganstown, Wicklow
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
4 guests
2 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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The Gate Lodge is situated on the property of The Old Rectory, Dunganstown. Gently restored over time it includes integrated modern conveniences with the structure and sentiment of the original building. The interior is ambient and full of natural light. Large patio doors face south west onto an intimate courtyard space which then leads to breathtaking views across the valley. As well as being very spacious the house is cosy; heated with geothermal underfloor hearing and a solid fuel stove.

The space

Welcome! The Gate Lodge is part of the Old Rectory which was the Rectory for Dunganstown, Redcross and Conary parish up until the 1960's. Since then the property has been owned privately. Joanna, Simon and their growing family have lived at the property since 2002 and over the years have restored the main house, gardens and out-buildings whilst introducing their own design and practical needs of rearing a family.
The Gate Lodge is situated along the property's boundary to the road. The building's south west facade was rebuilt using local stone and retains it's generous arched entrance which was an original feature. This glass patio-doored entrance leads to the Lodge's own little garden where guests can enjoy a coffee in the sunshine or an evening barbeque. Guest access to the building from the car is through a separate entrance to the garden patio doors and does not involve climbing any steps.

The interior is double height with an upstairs platform corridor linking the 2 bedrooms. There is a bathroom with a shower upstairs and a bathroom with a bath downstairs. The main living/kitchen/dining area is large and light filled -so much so that it has been used for life-drawing workshops in the past.

The living area has a modern wood burning stove which heats the entire open-plan space along with geothermal underfloor heating. Other conveniences include a washing machine, Nespresso coffee machine, fan oven, 4 ring electric hob, microwave, Smeg free standing fridge/freezer, iron and ironing board and an essential collection of cooking and dining utensils/crockery. Tap water is clean to drink and collected by a water pump on the land. The property has locks and keys on all external doors of which the guests are given a set. A cot and high chair are available on request as well as some children's toys.

Breakfast cereal, bread, milk, tea, coffee, juice and some jams are left out for guests on their arrival. Free range eggs and homemade jams are available to buy from our neighbour who leaves them at her gate with an honestly box, they are quite delicious!

Guest access

Vehicle access to the Gate Lodge is via an entrance directly adjacent to the building. The host family use the main entrance to the property which they would like to keep private.. Guest parking is in the yard beside the outbuildings which are connected to the Gate Lodge. Guests are welcome to enjoy the gardens and property at the Old Rectory with respect to family life and on-going garden/outdoor projects!

There is an all-weather tennis court which guests are welcome to use. The host family are always keen for a game with new talent and there are plenty of tennis racquets and balls on the premises that can be borrowed.

There is a children's wooden fort and swings which guests are welcome to enjoy.

Interaction with guests

The host family live permanently in the main house which is on the opposite side of the large court yard in front of the Gate Lodge. There is always plenty of coming and going with daily activities but generally someone around or not far away to assist with any questions, information needed or just a friendly chat.

Joanna runs a children's online printed clothing company. Her studio is also in the courtyard. Guests are welcome to take part in a private screen printing workshop (on request) or to just enjoy watching the printing process at hand. The host family speak fluent Spanish as well as some French and basic German.

Other things to note

Guests should note that their stay at the Gate Lodge is a rural experience. Currently there are 8 sheep in the paddock, 1 (very friendly) dog, 1 cat, 1 terrapin, 3 budgies and sometimes a visiting pony or Joanna's horse, who is kept in livery at a stable yard across the road - he does like to visit every so often!

Guests are requested to respect neighbouring farms that keep live stock. No trespassing into fields is permitted or disturbance to resident or neighbouring animals. The local community take pride in looking out for each other and are mindful or horses, children, tractors, cyclists and walkers on the roads.

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Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee £28
Weekend Price £101 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

- Neighbourly friendliness with host family.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

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Nick User Profile
October 2017
Joanna and family are the perfect hosts; very friendly, accommodating, and on hand to help. The house is a beautifully renovated and well appointed; but the open plan mezzanine bedrooms may not be everybody's cup of tea. Perfect for a couple or young family.

Chris User Profile
August 2017
This certainly is a tranquil retreat. The open plan barn conversion is very spacious and Joanna was a very welcoming host.

Andrew User Profile
July 2017
Absolutely fantastic hosts and accommodation. Will be my first choice for any future stays in Wicklow.

Charlotte User Profile
July 2017
Beautiful location- Joanna and her husband were attentive hosts.

Ellen User Profile
July 2017
Lovely spacious house in very peaceful surroundings. Hosts were quick to respond, and flexible with check out time which was much appreciated. Also appreciated the milk, bread and eggs that were left for us. The outside area was great for sitting out in for meals and the house had everything we needed. The only improvement to be made I would say is on cleanliness- the floors weren't clean in places and the upstairs toilet wasn't clean. Other than that the place was perfect and we enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend to others!

Heather User Profile
June 2017
Lovely stay in a secluded spot.

Teena User Profile
May 2017
Absolutely fantastic airbnb accommodation that we would highly recommended.The garden was wonderful for our three children to explore and play. Joanna is a wonderful host with great tips for places to visit. A great base to explore this area or also very relaxing, quiet piece of paradise.

Wicklow, IrelandJoined in January 2012
Joanna User ProfileJoanna is a superhost.

I live in Wicklow, Ireland. Mother of 5 boys. Married to Simon.

Languages: English, Español, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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