A tranquil retreat in Dunganstown, Wicklow


Entire cottage hosted by Joanna

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 bathrooms
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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!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Public or shared beach access
Free parking on premises
Free washer – In building
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace

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Where you’ll be

Wicklow, County Wicklow, Ireland

Your stay at the Gate Lodge sets you at the top of the gentle rolling hills of Dunganstown - the views over the valley and across to the Wicklow mountains are truly exceptional. The long golden Brittas Bay beaches are 4kms away; a quick drive, pleasant cycle, brisk jog or ambitious walk! From surfing on Magharemore beach to kite-flying to walking and beach-combing the south-east coast line continues to delight all ages.

Wicklow is the closest town (10 min drive). It's a harbour town which has a wonderful holiday ambience all through the summer. There are many cafes, butchers, fruit and veg shops, a gourmet wine shop and 'Ireland's best independent' book shop plus much more local enterprises which make up the fabric of the town's community. The Wicklow Historic Gaol offers guided tours and has a welcome cafe after you've been suitably scared by it's haunted stories. The pretty pebble harbour attracts sailors, swimmers, dog walkers, paddle boarders, pier jumpers, fishers, and landscape painters. It's a very social spot during the holidays where parents and children gather for it's busy sea-swimming lessons.

Further west is the monastic heritage site Glendalough.

For keen golfers there are many golf courses along the coast all within a 20 minute drive.

Horse riding and trekking are very in the area with many stable yards who will give lessons and take you out for a gentle hack.

Hosted by Joanna

  1. Joined in January 2012
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I live in Wicklow, Ireland. Mother of 5 boys. Married to Simon.

During your stay

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.
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…

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Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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House rules

Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 11:00
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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