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Jeanne McSherry

Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks english

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

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Bahana (Whaley) holiday villa

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
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Jeanne McSherry (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
Speaks english


based on 13 traveller reviews

Stunning luxury cottage/villa positioned on the banks of the Avonbeg River
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

A house that hugs you

  • 5 of 5

The photographs do not do it justice, it is so much more beautiful than you can imagine. From when you drive down the road and through the gates you enter another World. The house and gardens hug you and squeeze you and force you to relax. My husband has never been interested in birds and after the first day he was giving a running comantry of the birds visiting the feeding trays. The water is so calming and the grounds are so well looked after. The owner has put her heart and soul into this magical place and we felt so pleased that we could share her beautiful home. The warm welcome and the stunning house and gardens just make you want to stay for ever. We will surely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enchanting, Delightful, Inspiring Treasure

  • 5 of 5

As I wrote in the Visitor Book....."where do I start"

I think the Title I gave Brook Cottage in my review says it all, from the very lovely, friendly warm welcome from John to the Enchanting Gardens and River and the so Inspiring Interior that Jeanne has left her mark on Brook Cottage is really a Beautiful and Magnificent Holiday Cottage.

There is so much to take in, once inside the Cottage you never tire of investigating and spotting the so many differant features and artifacts of the house, then once you venture outdoors the beautiful gardens that are home to some lovely plants, trees and wildlife, the savannah style tree house and to top it all off the beautiful sound and sight of the Avonbeg River running through this Oasis.

On behalf of our Family I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jeanne, John and Rita for the lovely time we had at Brook Cottage....

"can't wait to come back soon"....

Dave Tiernan

Newbridge, co.kildare

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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secluded cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place for a really restful escape, deep in the heart of Wicklow.

The cottage was equipped with very amenity you could want............the surrounding grounds were just stunning, with a private, secluded walk along the Avonbeg river.

We would strongly recommend this to our friends, and we would be confident that they would enjoy their stay.

it would be hard to find anything better..........excellent.

J. Davies

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wicklow's Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending nine wonderful days at Brook Cottage. I chose this house because it was close to where my daughter was getting on March 8th, but we were not prepared for how stunning and amazing this cottage really is.

The atmosphere is so peaceful just what we needed during the build up to the wedding. There is everything in the house that you could possibly want and more, its so very very comfortable. If a house could "Hug you" that what's Brook Cottage. The welcome we received from Siobhan was just as warm and friendly, she got us settled in quickly and very helpful throughout our stay.

The gardens are fabulous, great for relaxing especially just sitting by the river or up in the Tree House with a glass of wine. When it was time to leave, we were very reluctant, but we will be back.

Thank Jeanne

Margaret & Ian Bland, Surrey

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

When it came to planning somewhere to go to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary my daughter asked where I would like to go and I said Wicklow as I hadn’t been there for 47 years! She immediately started to surf the net for a 5-star hotel and my wife was delighted. I pointed out that we had always had an annual villa holiday in Spain / Turkey because we preferred the freedom of a ‘home from home’ and thankfully the girls agreed to look for a cottage instead. I don’t know what my daughter Googled but the very first property she found was Brook Cottage and within 5 minutes we decided not to look any further as we felt we had found our perfect ‘home from home’.

My daughter checked the availability and made the booking for the week commencing Saturday 29th September and then unfortunately she passed over the task of paying to me! It was then that I made my first contact with Jeanne and found her to be a most excellent communicator, trying to please in every way and you could tell she was so proud of her home and make no mistake that is what Brook Cottage is. It is not the usual well presented, but bare, holiday let, which is the normal standard. Rather it has all Jeanne’s personal touches and items and it is furnished like a home.

On arrival we received a hearty greeting from Siobhan and after the preliminaries we got down to the important business of bird-feeding and having been appointed to the task I dutifully filled 7 feeders daily and was amazed to find that the predominant species by far was the Coal Tit. Famous pheasant only appeared once but we did see a heron quite a few times.

I was surprised to find that there was a very stable internet connection even though we were in the country and I made use of a little desk / table, beside a window in the kitchen to set up my workstation for the week – just like home.

I could now start and repeat everything that I have read in the rest of the reviews but what is the point when I can simply say that I agree wholeheartedly with the positive points in them all especially when they say that once that big electric gate closes you really wouldn’t care if it didn’t open again until you were going home! I’ll finish off by saying that Jeanne’s home exceeds ALL the villas we have stayed in on the continent – except that there is no pool but why have a swimming pool when you can have your own river!

J Ken Crozier

Dungannon, NI

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Holiday Visitors from U.S.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Brook Cottage with another couple in connection with the Notre Dame v. Navy football game in Dublin. We had an awesome vacation. Brook Cottage is ideally located near Avoca and other lovely small Irish villages as well as within reach for a day in Dublin. The cottage exceeded our expectations. The pictures accurately portray this beautiful, inviting, clean and serene oasis. The house was perfect and met our every need. The grounds were beautiful and relaxing. Siobahn, the caretaker, is as lovely, helpful and accommodating as can be and my interactions with Jeanne, the owner, renew my faith in dealing with people of fine character, whom I can trust though I have never met. There is no "downside" to a stay at Brook Cottage -- and I cannot say enough positive things about it in this brief space. Suffice it to say that my husband and friends and I will definitely return, and Brook Cottage is our new home away from home.

Debra & Bob

Rockport, Maine & Naples, Florida, US

Judy & Brian

Washington, DC & Delavan, Wisconsin, US

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: 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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Bahana (Whaley), Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Bahana (Whaley)

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 165 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • soap
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 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 - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat Dock
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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.