About This Listing
Definitely a country setting, you'll only hear the birds in the hedge and the sea breaking onto the beach across the road. If the weather suits, the deck is the place to be, if a little inclement the conservatory seems to be next best place!
Welcome to my fully renovated bungalow, which is nestled beside the dunes and overlooking the peaceful Irish Sea.
The property benefits from Wifi, satellite TV and a landline telephone. There is an automated gate, hedge and fences surrounding the beautiful 3/4 acre lot.
There is a large sheltered deck off the conservatory and the beach is accessible through the dunes, just across the road. The house is a ten minute drive to both Arklow and Wicklow towns, with all they have to offer; pubs, restaurants, some fine dining and all your shopping needs.
The European Golf Club is just down the road, with a dozen more courses within a 20 minute drive.
If you enjoy outdoor pursuits then you will love the area; there is hiking, hill walking, horseback riding, and of course beach-combing in the area. Access to the beach is just across the road.
County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, is nestled on the east coast. Covering an area of 782 square miles, Wicklow has a dramatic landscape of rugged hinterland mountains sweeping down to a golden coastline of cliffs and sandy beaches. The unspoiled countryside in Wicklow has several world class golf courses, the most famous of which is Druids Glen Golf and Country Club - host to the Irish Open Championship from (phone number hidden). The rivers and lakes in County Wicklow provide excellent coarse fishing and game angling. Sea angling is available off the coast.
Interaction with Guests
You will have the place completely to yourselves, if you have a long stay Michael might pop in to cut the grass. We are just a phone call away though using the landline in the house. Our numbers will be provided.
As the description suggests, we are in a secluded area, but only 5 - 10 minutes by car to either Arklow or Wicklow towns.
There is a great butcher/victualler in the Bridgewater shopping centre - Arklow town.
Ask us about the 'Castletimon Mile' and the Dunganstown Heritage trail located close by.
The only rail service is the Iaronrod Eirann commuter train to Arklow town.
Bus service is provided by Bus Eirann and Wexford Bus, but the stops are not within walking distance of our place.
Sorry, no smoking is allowed in the house, of course you have 3/4 of an acre to walk about as you puff. Also, sorry, no pets. We love animals but are concerned about our own kid's and future guest's allergies.
Please feel free to wander and picnic in the dunes, but close all open gates behind you and kindly leave only footprints. It is a protected wildlife habitat area. And take all your garbage with you, there is a bin for it in the garage.
Please use the screen in front of the fireplace at all times to prevent sparks from flying.
If you wish to leave the French doors off the conservatory open please use the latches provided to prevent them from swinging in the wind.
Kindly keep the gates closed at all times to prevent wandering livestock from visiting, our grass and hedges appear very succulent to them. Sheep, cattle and horses are often moved from field to field using our road. Horse drawn carts are also a common occurrence.
Please, no sitting on or hanging from the railings on the deck, while they are safe and secure, they may not stand up to much rough-housing.
We are a couple with a 20mth old little girl and we found the house great. It's easy to find and the host were very helpful and proactive in their communication. The house is a nice mix of homely, cosy and lived in with some new fresh more contemporary parts ie master bedroom/ en suite. The deck does have a great view and space but does need to be freshened up, it wasn't safe for the child as there was missing panes of glass leading to a drop. Overall we had a lovely time, it's a great space to host guests/BBQ and a short drive to brittas bay beach and the best ever ice cream cones!
Our stay at the Driftwood was wonderful! Jane (and Michael via email) was very welcoming and helpful. She gave us clear instructions and tips for being in her lovely home. Driftwood is in a great and beautiful location and is cozy and inviting. We would recommend it to any and everyone!
Driftwood is such a special home. Helen, Sarah and I were so lucky to get to stay there. We had a fantastic time. The house is comfortable, beautiful, and has every possible convenience. We couldn't have asked for more perfect secluded serenity for our writer's retreat. There's a long secluded beach literally over the road. The views are magnificent. The walks are magnificent. Michael and Jane made us feel incredibly welcome, and we couldn't be more grateful to them.
Thank you for having us.
Michael and Jane were most welcoming from the day we arrived to the last day. We had a wonderful month to relax and explore Ireland. Secluded Seaside Serenity says it all! With the Irish Sea across the road and pasture lands on all sides of the property, wild life popping into view every day made it hard to leave their home. The atrium was the jewel of the home. Neighbors were not a factor as we wanted a place with a country feel away from the hustle of city life. A month is not enough.
Jane and Michael's communication was perfect from day 1. My parents arrived at the house before my husband and I did and Michael assisted me in coordinating a driving service from the airport for them as well as a Tesco delivery for groceries. For a relaxing place away from it all, this could not have been a better location. The directions Michael leaves for how to get to the house a perfect. Use them before you try the GPS.
Very welcoming hosts. Lovely house. Wonderful location. Great with communication and very helpful in every aspect.
About the Host, Michael
We are a family of four, my son and I were born in Canada and my wife and daughter were born in Dublin. I am an airline captain, so travel extensively. My wife is a retired air hostess. Having lived and worked abroad, we cherish our getaway place by the sea. The kids attend school in Dublin, so the place is free much of the time. Since our lives are a mash-up of Canadian and Irish traditions and perspectives, we are respectfully irreverent. We delight in sharing the things to do and see in and around the county. While letting on a private basis, we had a little girl who celebrated her first 7 birthdays in our home as her family returned each summer for a fortnight! Alas, the family has since grown too big for our place.
One of the finest links courses in Ireland. Pay as you go players are welcome. Beautiful views of the Irish Sea and the Ballymoyle hills.Brittas Bay
Right on the N/M11, this is a nationally famous pub and landmark. Generally busy, but great staff that make your visit a happy one. (The last pub before our place).
This ones a diamond in the rough! A bit of a journey off the N/M11, its well worth the detour. Great pub and a lovely dining room. Excellent food and a very high standard of service. Classic!Redcross Wicklow
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Stan and Anne have a lovely place here right on the highway. Great food and eye-catching decor, with a lovely, original presentation. Well worth a visit, for coffee, lunch or dinner.Wicklow
A more traditional course nestled aside the Avoca River, pay as you go players are welcomed warmly by the management team.
Just one of many places close by to stroll and enjoy the Irish countryside.
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A championship course, host to many professional events, The Druids Glen is a golfers paradise, on the way down from Dublin, just off the N11.Newcastle Rd Newtownmountkennedy Co. Wicklow
Not just the restaurant, but all kinds of Irish made woolen products, sourced from the mill in the village of Avoca these items are available no where else.Bray
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Absolutely excellent seafood in this famous venue. Music most nights and shows on the weekends and holidays. Give yourself time to wander around the place before you sit down to a sumptuous meal!Glencullen Dublin