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Colin Brennan

Member since: 2008
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Spectacular cliff top 17th century seaside farmhouse with own beach

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Park holiday farmhouse

A one-off comfortable period cottage right on the Irish Sea coast line

An unashamedly romantic secluded period farmhouse, “Park” has sea views from every room (from every bed if you want to be exact) and is set in a magical unspoiled coastal vista with an unrepeatable “get away from it all” atmosphere.”

A private holiday home and bolt-hole for the same family for more than fifty years, there is a calmness and a healing property that makes it perfect for honeymooners (not necessarily their first) and also idyllic for young children who might find they can explore the abundant natural beauty of the farmland and coastline with a nowadays unusual freedom.

The informal seaside style gardens feature ancient stone walls and extensive grassed areas and suggest the urgent need for a little more relaxation before indulging in anything as vigorous as a walk on the beach let alone a swim. There is a sheltered cove on the property and also rock pools and an amazing rock archway.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Colin Brennan (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks english

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here for three wonderful days and only left once for supplies.

Once you come here, there is no reason to eave, wondeerful weather, beach picnics, siting in the beautiful gardens drinkinmg wine, warm cozy fires at night - The Perfecty Holiday - Ronan and Sonya
Apr 2012
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based on 52 traveller reviews

Spectacular cliff top 17th century seaside farmhouse with own beach
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 55 reviews
Nürnberg, Bayern, Deutschland

Recovery from Townlife

  • 4 of 5

We want to recreate from work and therefore we found:

- much space around and inside the house; both well kept

- the rooms are tastefully old furnished and breath past times

- the kitchen has all features we need today

- the environment is absolutely noiseless - no traffic

- no one around us

- we have seen the deepest black nights ever

- the owner takes care of us

What we missed:

- deck chairs

- outdoor lighting on the ground (for the mood)

In our opinion is this a good place to slow down in an amazing nature.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful seaside retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Park for a week in September. The grounds are beautiful and the house is well appointed. As the weather improved a few days into our stay, we enjoyed evening wine and reading overlooking the sea. We enjoyed some excursions closer to Park, including a few hours at the Avoca Handweavers location in County Wicklow and the Ireland Falconry demonstration. We drove to Bray to take the train into Dublin one day and enjoyed Glendalough, Kilkenny, and Rock of Cashel, as well. Although it was just two of us, I can see how a larger group would enjoy the property and location, especially during the summer. A memorable vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely homely cottage, where you can truly switch off from everything.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week here. The gardens were fantastic and our 2 young children loved playing and exploring in them. It is then a short stroll to a lovely beach which we were the only inhabitants of for the whole week. The cottage is cosy with nice old furniture and features which we really loved. On chilly nights we were able to light the fire. Colin the owner has been very helpful with comprehensive information provided before and excellent communication with us throughout the whole experience. We would definitely recommend it as a great family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Park was an undescribable place of refuge for us in our introduction to Ireland. As said by others, the pictures do not do justice to the lushness of the grounds. The beach is wonderfully private and our forays into the Irish Sea, nothing short of replenishing (ok, and 'refreshing'). The house itself is wonderful and allows you to step back in time, without sacrificing modern facilities. Meeting Donal (groundskeeper and all around handyman) and hearing the history of the house (and its famous use in film) was a treat. Colin , the owner, was great to deal with and very helpful (and concerned) when we had an illness arise. While we have other adventures to attend to, we will find ourselves back to this wonderful property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little bit of Ireland for your own!

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time in many vacations that my wife and I have taken over the years that we were truly not ready for it to end! The house was everything we imagined and more. Our group of 7 fit comfortably in the 4 bed rooms and the sitting areas were warm and furnished just right. The kitchen served us well for breakfast and the leg of lamb dinner my daughter cooked one evening! The grounds were spectacular! In front of the house sits Four Green Fields each a bit different. Sitting in the ruins near the cliff was both romantic and calming. The beach and views of the Irish Sea are yours for the taking. Rainbows are common and we saw the local seal on several occasions. The house served as our base for the many local areas to hike, eat and shop.(Glendalough!!)We returned refreshed and grateful for the opportunity to have shareded this wonderful house! We called Donal with a question about the heat and he showed up 20 minutes later to show us how to set it. Colin & Fleur were a call away and communication was effortless! Cheers!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exquisite property!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot wait to return to this house so I hesitate to give it a fabulous review for fear it will never be available again! We had a wonderful time in this centuries old home that is located on a very private spot at the end of road, literally. One has to pass through three gates to reach this spot and pay quite precise attention to the written instructions provided by the owner (don't miss the communal water pump on the left...) Do not arrive for the first time in the dark!

This home is located on the Irish Sea and the rocky beach is quite private, we never saw another soul. The grounds are beautifully kept and Donal comes and mows the lawns on Tuesday. There are lovely gardens that frame the old stone barn at the edge of the property over looking the sea. The house itself is well preserved given the age and has fully updated bathrooms and a wonderful kitchen that provided every amenity possible.

We generally had a full Irish breakfast of rashers and eggs with brown bread and then spent the day touring locally or in Dublin. We usually had dinner on the way home but did cook a few times and appreciated the dishwasher. There is a small dining area in the kitchen but if it is a lovely morning one can also eat outside at the table in front of the house on the "patio." There is one bedroom downstairs and three upstairs and can sleep 8 altogether so it is ideal for a family.

Our favorite part of the day was sitting in the living room with a glass of wine and a book enjoying a peat fire in the fireplace, super relaxing.

The owner, Colin, is quite solicitous and helpful and this home has everything one might need for a peaceful vacation. If you prefer wild nightlife this is not the place for you...I have never slept better!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed yourselves. We rate fireside wine quaffing pretty highly too, apart from those who like to go running on the beach.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Dublin Airport
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Rosslare/ Dun Laoghaire
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Adjoining garden
Car: necessary

'Park,' the name of the property, is situated on the coast about four miles south of the town of Arklow which is the nearest center for shopping and a good choice of pubs and restaurants. Although secluded, with a town so close it could not be described as remote. It is about one mile off the road system at the end of a lane way with two farm gates which need to be opened and closed.

It is close to the Wicklow Mountains and the delightful village of Avoca where the TV sitcom Ballykissangel was filmed. Day trips to Dublin, Wexford and the charming City of Kilkenny are manageable. Russborough, the stately home, and the gardens of Powerscourt, Kilruddery and Mount Usher are all easily reached. The highly scenic valley of Glendalough with its monastic ruins is easy and rewarding to visit. Newgrange, the 5,000 year old stone-age passage grave, is a bit further afield but should not be missed.

For those who don't like an empty beach, the popular Clogga & Kilgorman strands are close by.

Other Activities: Garden visiting

Golf: The magnificently set Woodenbridge Golf Club, a leading parkland course of some significance described by the legendary Joe Carr as “Ireland’s Augusta” and “The most scenic golf course in Ireland, a hidden gem,' it is within five miles. Arklow Golf Club, a tricky but satisfying classic links course is even nearer.

There are many other course within east reach including Coolatin and Courtown.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Park, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
22 Oct 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
3 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
17 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
23 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The house is not rented in winter month from November to April and it is only rented by the week on a Saturday-to Saturday basis. A non-returnable deposit of 25 per cent per week booked is required to confirm a booking with the balance being due two months before the commencement of the tenancy. In the event of cancellation, the refund of any payments is at the discretion of the owners.
The rents quoted are all-in. There are no taxes, cleaning charges or fees of any kind.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Park

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The bathroom and shower room both have toilets and handbasin. There is no upstairs bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed
  • The main bedroom with a double bed is upstairs where there are also two further bedrooms which lead off each other with two single beds in each A further bedroom with two single beds and a door to the outside is on the ground floor
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Some of the house is 17th century and it has been restored and furnished in keeping with its age. The bathrooms are however completely modern. A cast iron bath, power shower and electric towel rail were added in a 2011 upgrade to the plumbing. The kitchen is also up to date with high specification appliances and specially designed cabinets of locally grown and crafted elm. In September 2010, the farmhouse became the only property of its kind to be added to the List of Protected Structures by Wicklow County Council. Much of the furniture is antique but the interior is generally simple and easy to keep as is traditional in seaside houses.