Hi, We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Glen of Imaal. Our home is spacious and extremely comfortably and we can accommodate up to five guest in two doubles and one single.
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 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 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.
* See our other listing at Bohemian en suite luxury. More photos & more rooms. https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/1879817
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. 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 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.
Other Things to Note
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.
No smoking in the house. We ask guests to be respectful of our nature reserve, and not to allow children to throw stones.
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 ;-) )
Knockaderry is amazing. This home has location, personality, comfort and terrific food. If that isn't enough, the people are terrific as well. I toured Wicklow County from here with much to see and easy access to/from Dublin.
The Knockaderry Guest House is a spectacular find.
First, there's the place itself, lovingly built from scratch by owners Howard and Annie, and their attention to detail shows, from the antique jewelry creatively hung from the dining room chandelier to the Shakespearean balcony leading up to the guest bedroom to the spectacular, comfortable canopy bed to the huge fireplace that reminded me of the first Batman movie--photo at left. (The swimming pool Howard is about to complete will add yet another reason to stay here.)
And then there's the location -- only an hour outside of downtown Dublin, but set in a peaceful valley surrounded by forest-covered hills that's as rural and peaceful as any location we found in all of Ireland. It's a perfect location to kick back on your last day in Ireland before heading back to the airport, or for setting out an a day of exploration in the Wicklow Mountains just down the road.
Of course, AirBnB is about the hosts themselves, as much as it is about the lodging, and the Delaney-Brownlows don't disappoint. They're full of fascinating stories, genuinely in love with the idea of getting to know new people, and happy to offer advice on just about any subject. We could have stayed up all night discussing politics, history, religion, language, culture, business, the media--not to mention travel.
Finally, there's the food. Howard is quite the chef, and for an extra 20 or so Euros, will prepare a meal that will rank among the best you'll enjoy in Ireland (which is saying something, given that the whole country is now a foodie paradise).
I've heard that people don't really believe your reviews unless you say something negative, but the best I can come up with is this: The Delaney-Brownlows are the proud owners of two large (and I mean LARGE) Great Danes, who don't necessarily warm up to visitors right away. If you're freaked out by the thought of being growled at by a dog the size of a small truck, I'd suggest you stay somewhere else. (To be fair, we asked them to let the dogs out into the living room, because we love dogs, whether or not they love us.)
Also, this place is in a really, really rural area; to get there, you'll have to make your way down a couple of roads so small they don't even show up on a good Michelin map.
None of this, however, was a problem for me. Bottom line: book a room here now, before a writer for one of the high-end travel magazines stumbles onto it and the price goes up.
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.