About This Listing
Would you like to visit Newgrange, a stone age burial site older than the pyramids of Giza ?? Would you like to see the Hill of Tara, Slane Castle, Monasterboice round tower, Mellifont Abbey or maybe tour the historic town of Drogheda.
Would you like to be collected at the airport, driven in comfort around all the sights in this historic area and fed home cooked food each evening.
Generally the area can be all properly seen in 3 days , Newgrange and Knowth on day one, Hill of Tara, Slane castle and the ancient abbey on Slane hill and Monasterboice round tower and Mellifont abbey on day 2 and then the History of Drogheda from 432 when St Patrick arrived to the 1916 rising on day 3 but it is possible to see most of it in 2 days if time is short for you.
Almost all of the local historical venues have professional guides to tell the whole story of their historical significance.
Each day a packed picnic lunch is provided and evening meals consist of local fish and meat in season (or vegetarian dishes).
Cost includes all food, airport collection and delivery and travel to the listed historical venues. Cost is listed per person but there is a 20% discount for children under 12.
Cost does not include the entrance fee at each historical site. My recommendation is that you purchase a heritage card for each person. These cost €21 for normal adult or €8 for studentsand children (must show student card when buying) or €55 for a family of two adults and 3 or 4 children. The card is valid for a year and can be bought at the first site we visit, ie Bru na Boinne visitor centre.
If you intend to stay in Ireland for a week or two the card will pay for itself quickly since adult entrance to Newgrange is €6 and Mellifont abbey is €3. This cost is mainly to pay for the guide who does a wonderful job of describing far more than my memory would hold.
Guests can be collected from airport (or come to house direct) from 10am onwards and checkout is ideally by 11am on day of departure but this can be flexible.
The two bedrooms ideally suit 2 adults and one or two children and to provide the best service I am limited to one family staying per visit. This allows me to concentrate on giving you my best service.
Linen and towels are also provided. If you wish to come in a rented car parking is available.
For your stay you will also have a bathroom exclusively for guests use available to you.
Internet broadband and use of PC to check email is also provided.
I consider myself to be a good host, I enjoy all forms of cooking and I love to tell people as much as I know about my lovely neighbourhood.
I also have a West highland terrier called Harry and he welcomes guests with a friendly bark.
My aim is to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
I am easy going and quite relaxed and I should say that very few things would really upset me. However while saying that I have just a couple of things, The house is Totally non smoking, I dont make noise late at night and expect my guests to be the same and if you waken early ( like 6am) please keep noise to a minimum.
Apart from this the rest is just respect and it goes both ways, I give it and I expect it in return.
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About the Host, Stephen
I am an easy going laid back person who enjoys the company of people from all over the world.
I have extensively travelled to the Phillipines, South Africa, Pakistan, Kenya and most of western Europe.
I lived in France for 4 years hence my fluence in Francais.
In a former life prior to the birth of the PC (what did we ever do, no Internet , no mobile phone ) I worked as a chef and I still love to cook for friends and visitors.
Built in 1142 , this abbey has a unique lavabo where the monks washed and the complete charter house which is open on guided tours.
Oldbridge house is on the site of the Battle of the Boyne and is now a visitor centre well worth seeing.
Monasterboice has one of the finest lookout towers in Ireland. This abbey preceeded Mellifont and though smaller is site of 3 large crosses believed to have been used to teach the bible.
5 minutes by car from the house. All year round something is happening. Check out this website(website hidden)ogheda.ie/
or message me to find out what is coming soon.
This is possibly one of the oldest pubs in Drogheda and has not been modernised so well worth a visit(website hidden)hp/history
At the southern end of Palace street is St Laurences gate and part of the old town wal(website hidden)gate/74684
On the site of an old former Drogheda Franciscan Church and part of the Friar(website hidden)PageID=44
Legend says that it is the burial place of Amhairghin , the mythical Celtic inventor of poetry, but it was possibly a large passage grave like Newgrange.
At the heart of Bru na Boinne, the Unesco world heritage site, lies the visitor centre. Even if you have not sufficient time to actuall see Knowth or Newgrange this centre tells a lot.
At the eastern end of this short road is situated the Viaduct bridge.
It was the seventh bridge of its kind in the world when built(website hidden).org/wiki/Boyne_Viaduct
Knowth is the larger of the famous collection of passage graves and has two passages. There are daily guided tours to this and Newgrange and time is approx 2.5 hours to see the both.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Abbey view is the closest that Google maps has to Slane hill. On this Hill in the early 5th century St Patrick lit a great fire.
Beaulieu House was built by Sir Henry Tichbourne then Marshall of the Army in Ireland and Governor General of Drogheda at the time of the restoration of Charles II about 1660
Slane castle has been in the same family since 1721 like Beaulieu house(website hidden)tle/castle_home.php
The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times.