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Deirdre Starr and Ciaran Sloan

Member since: 2013
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Unique And Charming Traditional Stone Cottage In Picturesque Surroundings

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Mungacullin holiday cottage

Sleeps 5 in triple bedroom, double bedroom and bed loft.

Turrock Cottage is situated along the Wicklow Way, on the east side of Stookeen Hill, with views over South Wicklow and North Wexford. The cottage is within a farmyard, and close to the main house where we live. We are close to Shillelagh and Tinahely villages, and the cottage is an ideal base for exploring the delights of both Wicklow and Wexford. Avoca, the Ballykissangel village, is just 25kms away while Dublin is 70 kms away. Both the medieval city of Kilkenny and Glendalough are less than an hour’s drive away. An ancient oak forest, Tomnafinnogue Wood, is a beautiful place to walk, any time of year and the beautiful Altamont Gardens and Huntington Castle are always worth a visit. Horse riding, fishing and the Coolattin Golf Club are all available locally. No visit to Turrock is complete without a visit to the Dying Cow pub where you can relax and look at the views, hear some traditional music being played by local musicians and while away the hours. For walkers, we are on the Tinahely to Clonegal leg of the Wicklow Way and are close to the Tinahely loop walks which cater for walkers of varying fitness levels.

Our traditional stone cottage sleeps 5 in comfort but can accommodate 6 if 3 sleep in the downstairs bedroom. There is a triple room, a double room and a single bed loft above the wood-burning stove fireplace. The dining area/kitchen is very spacious with a high ceiling allowing plenty of light and is complete with a large Belfast sink and traditional pine dresser. The large dining table seats 6 comfortably on traditional Bentwood chairs, but will squeeze in more if required. The table is perfect for hosting long, lazy breakfasts and cosy, evening meals while the stove with its dramatic granite chimney breast heats the radiators throughout the cottage keeping it warm and comfortable. The kitchen is fitted out with dishwasher, fridge, microwave and washing machine. Local carpenters and wood-turners have crafted the many presses, worktops and lamp stands giving the cottage a warm, rustic feel. For wet or winter days, a CD/TV is available as well as a small library with a section of books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and Scrabble for those who crave excitement! A small sitting room with sofa and doors opening onto a raised stone deck continues on from the kitchen area. Outside furniture is available for those long, hot summer evenings when all you want to do is look at the magnificent views while having a cup of tea or glass of wine. Internet is not always reliable.

The bedrooms have exposed timber flooring while the kitchen and bathroom have traditional black slate tiles. The wet room/bathroom has a traditional Belfast sink and walk-in electric shower with stones foraged from Wicklow and Wexford beaches that massage your feet while you wash away the stresses of the day.

Sit out on the raised stone deck area and admire the views, listen to the donkeys serenading and the roosters and goat providing the perfect soundtrack to your day. Later in the evening, you may spot deer, see bats leaving their ‘batcave’ for their nightly flight; in early May you may be lucky enough to hear the cuckoo. Our hens and ducks provide perfect eggs for breakfast and our 6 ‘outside’ cats may come looking for attention. Hector the goat is always pleased to see visitors and Hamish and Alex, our donkeys, are delighted to see new people who might give them the odd carrot. Scooby, our dog, is very friendly and cannot get enough attention.

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Deirdre Starr and Ciaran Sloan (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks english

About Deirdre Starr and Ciaran Sloan

After years of living in New Zealand, we returned to Ireland to find a place of beauty where we could live. We found paradise in South Wicklow. We are musicians, performing regularly in Ireland and overseas.

Why Deirdre Starr and Ciaran Sloan chose County Wexford

We are surrounded by forests, hills and views of Lugnaquilla and Croghan mountains. It is an oasis of calm and amazing beauty.

What makes this cottage unique

The views say it all and you will want to return to Turrock again and again.


based on 31 traveller reviews

Unique And Charming Traditional Stone Cottage In Picturesque Surroundings
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

A gem of a place

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away in a beautiful , quiet and peaceful location, highly recommend you experience it , this place is magical and the hosts are most welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is my second time staying at the beautiful Turrock Cottage and both times I would say what a lovely, homey and welcoming stay that we had. Both Ciaran and Deirdre are lovely hosts, we found lovely eggs ready for us and yummy homemade scones and jam together with a cosy fire started at the cottage.

The cottage is so lovely and cosy you wouldn't want to leave, which is surrounded by beautiful nature and the lovely animals all round. It is just picture perfect.


  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and Serenity

  • 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed my stay at Turrock Cottage. The owners, Deirdre and Ciaran are friendly and helpful....the place itself is lovely and comfortable. Ciaran gave us an overview of the place when we arrived. One of my favorite travel days was a day spent at the cottage, reading and enjoying the beautiful weather and the sounds of the animals and birds. I stayed in six places while in Ireland, and this one was my favorite... Ciaran even mailed my earrings to me at my next stop! I so appreciate this. The bedrooms are lovely and I especially love the wood stove and the lofts. Thanks for making our stay very pleasant.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little gem

  • 5 of 5

When we found this listing we thought it was perfect - it definitely lived up to expectations.

Words cannot describe it - you just have to go and try it for yourself!

The journey to it is a surprise - be prepared (if you do not like animals - then it's not for you). If you do then you have found a little bit of paradise.

Hospitality is 10/10 - including free range eggs and homemade scones

My recommendation is to book and book fast


  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Turrock Cottage was beautiful, amazing, peaceful and fun! 4 weary travelers arrived earlier than expected and Deidre and Ciaran were so accommodating by allowing us to come early. The drive to the cottage was stunning and when we arrived everything was ready for us. The fresh scones were perfectly delicious. My young son and niece quickly fell in love with all the animals and even got a nosey kiss or two from the donkeys. A very busy little rooster did his rounds of checking on all the animals and then came up to our door to check on us as well! Although we ventured out further than the local area, there was plenty to do close to the cottage. We went on a hunt to find some church ruins, the kids made some chocolate houses at a local chocolataire, and enjoyed a fun family outing in the surrounding towns and even visited more farm animals and playground at a local farm open for people. My young son's best memory is meeting "Adult" Ciaran, his new friend, since my son's name is Ciaran as well he was in such awwe! Whenever we would return home from our daily outings, "Adult" Ciaran would let out the ducks, chicken etc and the kids loved it! We felt so welcome and loved while staying at the cottage. Every morning my mother and I would wake, have a good cuppa tea and watch the fog roll over the beautiful hills that surrounded the area. The sights, sounds, and smells were truly hypnotic. Daily the neighbors little Tabby cat came to visit us and would provide snuggles. The Cottage itself was very accommodating to our needs and it was nice to cook from "home". There was a Tesco not to far of a drive away so it was easy to get what we needed. We highly recommend Turrock Cottage, and please make sure to support the local community and visit the sites around it. There is plenty to do if you stay near by or take a drive out a little further as we did. We most certainly will be back and will stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for such a wonderful review Kelly,we are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Turrock Cottage. We loved having you as our neighbours and it was a pleasure meeting you all especially Ciaran our major superhero. We look forward to meeting you all again next time you travel in these parts. Best wishes Ciaran Deirdre and Oisin.
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Charming, Quaint, Quiet -- and Delicious!

  • 5 of 5

All around great place that combines the traditional setting with modern comforts like heated blankets and a wonderful shower. Our two teens were enthralled with all of the animals and could have spent hours watching them and following them around. The runner geese were particularly entertaining. They also loved having their own separate spaces - and their own spiral staircases. Deirdre and Ciaran were great! They took their time explaining all the features of the house and helping us with directions and suggestions for how to best spend our limited time. They clearly have a passion for welcoming people to Ireland and their property and go out of their way to make sure you are content and comfortable. Music was beautiful and the scones were yummy!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Mungacullin, Ireland

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1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
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1 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
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1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$143

The maximum number of nights that we rent out Turrock Cottage is 14 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Mungacullin, Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering