Hi, We look forward to welcomiing you to the beautiful Glen of Imaal. Our home is spacious and extremely comfortably and we can accommodate up to five guest..
Annie and I have entered a new era in our lives. Our kids have grown and are enjoying satisfying productive lives away from home. We now have more time for ‘us’: travelling and meeting interesting people; indulging our love of quirky bric-a-brac and antiques; developing our knowledge and expertise around food and wine and learning about differing cultures. I suppose you could say we’re trying to live ‘the good life’ without damage to the environment or pretension. Our home is at the heart of this and is an extension of us. We want to share it with generous and warm hospitality.
We are 10 minutes drive from one of the main arteries to the south of Ireland and less than an hour from Dublin. Yet in the Glen of Imaal you’ll encounter a deeply rural, sparsely populated, and stunningly beautiful environment. Despite its bucolic setting we can provide our guests with 21 century creature comforts from WIFI to power-assisted bicycles, from under-floor heating to a purpose-built sauna. Our home is perfect as a pit-stop on your way south or as a destination in itself. Either way, we will do all we can to make it an enjoyable and memorable stay for you.
We have a purpose-built sauna that our guest are very welcome to use. Unfortunately, because of its high running costs there is a nominal extra charge. However,the wood-burning stoves will be crackling whenever there's the slightest chiill in the air. In summer its lovely to laze in the sun by the pond and listen to wildlife.
We want you to feel at home and relaxed with us.. Help yourself to a cuppa and meander around the place browsing through our books. Breakfast is included in the daily charge and we also can provide dinner or a simple informal supper by prior arrangement.
A gentle stroll down the lane brings you to the River Slaney. From the sitting room window there is a spectacular view of the mountains with several walks marked out from our front door.
Two traditional pubs are within a mile or two with music at the weekend.(well worth a visit!)
We are 10 minutes drive from the N81 and ten minutes drive from Baltinglass. We are happy to pick-up guests from the local bus. Contact us to arrange.
We are close to most of Wicklow's beauty spots:
Half an hour from Avoca and Glendalough. The Blessington Lakes are even closer.
Beautiful accommodation in a remote feeling - but not too remote! - location. Howard was a superb host; very accommodating and conscientious. When I next visit Co. Wicklow I certainly that hope Howard and Anne have a room free.
This is the first time I've used airbnb but it certainly won't be the last!
A few times a year my friends and I book into little hotels or BnB's around the country to spend a day or so exploring. We shy away from packaged and formulaic specials advertised by generic hotels and instead look for somewhere a little more 'interesting'. On Saturday, only two of us were free. Liz and I reached the wondrous Glen of Imaal by mid-afternoon, an hour after leaving Dublin. As we drove along the meandering country lane past the bubbling Slaney river we were itching to get our walking boots on and tramp though the countryside. However, that plan was postponed when we arrived at Knockaderry Lodge and were so warmly greeted by our hosts, Annie and Howard.
Instead, over delicious coffee and scones we quizzed them about their fascinating home and life in the area. We know what we're like, so Annie and Howard, thank you for being so gracious and engaged! Our room and bathroom was immaculate and charming: a touch of olde world with 21st century plumbing and mod cons.
Feeling thoroughly at home, the next hour or so disappeared as we moseyed around the house and gardens exclaiming over their 'treasures' and commiserating over their damaged poly-tunnel knocked out by the recent storms. When we originally phoned to book dinner Howard had suggested a walk to the local Glen Lounge for our pre-dinner drinks so the walking boots went on and off we went with "torches for the walk home" lent to us by Howard to a proper local pub buzzing with friendly locals dropping in for a tea-time chat and pint. It was gorgeous.
By the time we got 'home' the aroma of garlic and herbs told us supper was nearly ready. Fortunately, we had packed a couple of decent bottles of red and we persuaded Annie and Howard to have a glass with us in the conservatory looking out at the antics of their two rescued Great Danes playing in the garden.
Homemade soup, Fish, salad, new potatoes, cheese and crackers, all served in their lovely dining room to the strains of Chopin in the background had us planning our Christmas get-away to Knockaderry Lodge with the full complement of "girls". Next time we'll get Howard to fire up the sauna for us too.
The following morning after a wonderful night's sleep we lazed over a breakfast of duck eggs with mushrooms, homemade bread and jams, fruit and cereal along with Howard's demon coffee. Fantastic, we didn't want to leave!
Annie and Howard have the gift of being able to make you feel at home, engage with you as unique and interesting new friends but also allowing you the time and space to be alone and relaxed in their home. I think it's called empathy. They are wonderful people and great fun too. Thank you both for a fantastic experience. We'll be back very soon.
The 3 of us stayed at Howard's Guest House and we loved it! Howard was very welcoming and friendly and suggested a great restaurant for our dinner. The house is in a lovely rural location and it was very unique and beautiful inside! We really enjoyed taking photos of the interior and our bedrooms were immaculate. We highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for something a little different to the usual B&B. Also the breakfast was delicious! Thank you Howard and Annie!
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