About This Listing
Hi, We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful and romantic Glen of Imaal. We can accommodate up to five guest in two doubles and one single. Our home is unique, spacious and extremely comfortably - all lovingly designed by us!
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 old things and antiques; developing our knowledge and expertise around food and wine and learning about different 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 21st century creature comforts from WIFI to power-assisted bicycles, from under-floor heating to a purpose-built sauna. We also have an outdoor tub and small solar heated swimming pool that may be used between May and October. 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 ( E10 ). However,the wood-burning stoves will be crackling whenever there's the slightest chill in the air. In summer its lovely to laze in the sun by the pond and listen to wildlife or take a dip in the pool.
Interaction with Guests
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. A full breakfast is included in the daily charge, and for a small additional charge we also can provide a homemade three-course candlelit dinner, or early evening tapas, by prior arrangement ( please ask and I will email menus ).
Something to note; we have a large dog but as you can see from reviews she is very friendly and loving :)
A gentle stroll down the lane brings you to the River Slaney.A heron is often there and occasionally swans. From the sitting room window there is a spectacular view of the mountains with several walks marked out from our front door. Keadeen mountain is a great local mountain to walk up ( only 1 km away ) spectacular views from the summit of four counties.
Two traditional pubs are within a mile or two with music at the weekend.(well worth a visit!)
We are close to most of Wicklow's beauty spots:
An hour from Avoca and Glendalough, and half an hour to The Blessington Lakes. In the Glen of Imaal there is a great amount of history, evidence of which, goes back 4000 years. We have a leaflet with some details - please ask.
Neolithic hill fort and stone circles. Site of Norman fort and historical sites from the 1790's uprising. Two kilometres from the N81 and less than an hour to central Dublin.
We are 5 minutes drive from the N81 and 15 minutes drive from Baltinglass, where there are numerous restaurants. We are happy to pick-up guests from the local bus at the head of the glen. Contact us to arrange, but, I would suggest that a car really helps, as we are quite remote.
Free off road parking. We hire out electric bicycles and have a couple of ordinary bikes you can borrow ( only deposit required ).
Other Things to Note
In regards to accommodation; If you are more than two guests, you will be accommodated in our second room (hence the additional charge after two guests).
If you have a small child whom you would like to stay in your room, we have a comfortable fold out camp bed that can be set up in your room if you like at a small additional charge of 10 euro per reservation.
No smoking in the house. We ask guests to be respectful of our nature reserve, and not to allow children to throw stones.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Howard and Annie are quintessential hosts! Generous with everything, and have perfected hospitality with elegance, creativity, and gourmet meals that show Michelein stars quality. Eat dinner there! You won't believe the spread and the options delivered with panache and grandeur! Worth the distance to drive if in the area in Wicklow!!
Howard and Annie were perfect hosts!
From the warm welcome to the lovely breakfasts and chats in the evenings, we couldn't have felt more at home.
Their place is very remote and peaceful - just the thing when you need a break from the day-to-day!
We had dinner on one evening and it was spectacular- lovely food, very reasonably priced.
We look forward to our next stay, this summer!
Howard and Anne were lovely hosts - they were both so kind and generous, even going so far as to come outside to find us when we got lost. And I can't rave enough about their house! It has such character, and the amount of love they've poured into it for the last 15 years is obvious. It's a little out of the way, but if you're looking for a place in the Wicklow mountains that's also only an hour's drive from Dublin this is the place to be. The view was spectacular, even despite the fact we arrived on a foggy day.
Howard was one of the best host we have met so far! he made us feel welcomed and took care of us to the highest level. Dinner and breakfast were freshly prepared and delicious.
The time was great while having a crafted beer and a nice chat with him, next to a warm and cosy fire place.
The house is a pleasant mix of antiquities and modern appliances, from the 18th /19th century furnitures to the sauna.
The area is perfect for hiking, especially if you are planning to climb Lugnaquilla or just if you are looking for that typical Irish countryside landscape and city break!
What a big surprise when we arrived at the Knockaderry Lodge! It is a special and extraordinary place to stay. It looks like it has been promised and we were delighted about our hosts Howard and Ann. Knockaderry Lodge is recommended to stay when exploring Wicklow Mountains. We travelled through the National Park for 2 days and after all day long driving we were tired and not able to go out anymore having dinner. So we came back to Howard's offer to serve us a 2 course menue which was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much Howard! The two beauties - Archie and Rosy - are huge but lovely dogs. I always dreamed of sitting in front of a fireplace with such dogs beside me :) The garden is beautiful and nice for a walk after dinner. We love to come back again one time!
All the best, Carmen and Thomas
Von außen ahnt man nicht, was einen drinnen erwarten wird: ein mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtetes Haus im Castle-Stil. Man kann sich gar nicht satt sehen, weil man ständig neue Dinge entdeckt. Howard ist ein großartiger Gastgeber, der ständig im Standby-Modus und immer verfügbar ist, aber gleichzeitig nie aufdringlich. Das Frühstück ist schon ein Festmahl, aber man sollte sich auch am Abend seine Kochkünste nicht entgehen lassen! Man merkt ihm an, wie viel Spaß er in der Rolle des Gastgebers hat und wer möchte, kann mit ihm bei einem Glas Wein auch interessante und tiefgründige Gespräche führen. Der perfekte Gastgeber, um Land und Leute besser kennen zu lernen!
If you like to live like a king in a castle
If you like to see a cat eating a big mouse in the sunset
If you like to have a fantastic breakfast while listening to opera music
If you like to eat scones near a beautiful bound in the late afternoon
If you like to discuss politics or wine sitting in front of an african totem
If you like huge dogs barking when you arrive
If you like to hear a japanese gong to wake you up in the morning
And if you especially like to feel at home and not afraid to be unwilling to leave : go to Howard & Annie ! The best hosts we have ever met.
Thanks for all. We are missing you. (Sorry for my poor english ;-) )
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About the Host, Howard
Annie and myself enjoy hosting people from around the world. We both love travel and tour europe twice a year in our RV. At other times we use airbnb for places further afield. Annie is a care worker and I am a retired photographer. We both love nature and try to attract birds and animals to our site ( we have an acre and a half ). We love to read and have shelves full of books. History and historical sites are close to us and and always on our list when travelling. We love to chill out on our decking with a beer or glass of wine. We also love to meet interesting people and hear their stories.