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The Cow House WINNER of BEST HOUSE 2014

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
7 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI. The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building set in the grounds of June Blake's internationally acclaimed garden. This beautiful contemporary renovation was designed by Architect's Michael Kelly and Dan Costelloe. The Cow House has its own timber and glass elevation set back behind the restored granite elevation. It has an independent ground floor structure of timber posts, timber/steel flitch beams and timber joists, supporting first floor timber structural frames which in turn support the 15m long laminated timber ridge beam. This enables the rafters to span from the ridge to the walls permitting the roof space to accommodate two en-suite bedrooms. The partitions are formed from European birch faced ...WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI. The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building set in the grounds of June Blake's internationally acclaimed garden. This beautiful contemporary renovation was designed by Architect's Michael Kelly and Dan Costelloe. The Cow House has its own timber and glass elevation set back behind the restored granite elevation. It has an independent ground floor structure of timber posts, timber/steel flitch beams and timber joists, supporting first floor timber structural frames which in turn support the 15m long laminated timber ridge beam. This enables the rafters to span from the ridge to the walls permitting the roof space to accommodate two en-suite bedrooms. The partitions are formed from European birch faced plywood. The ground floor is one space for cooking, dining and sitting. The floor is a heated polished concrete floor cast from local sand and granite. The floor steps as the original cow houses stepped. The kitchen island is formed from the same cast concrete. The granite walls on the east and south have been lined with solid Douglas Fir. The stairs is baroque in conception and design. The lower section is formed from cast concrete, dense, solid and load bearing in contrast with the upper section, a semi solid hanging assembly of laminated plywood. Upstairs there are two unique bedrooms with glass lined en suite bathrooms. Four bespoke roof lights allow light and sunshine to animate all spaces within the house. The contemporary garden is set within the grounds of a Victorian Steward's house and farmyard. 'June Blake's Garden is that rare thing, a plant collector's paradise with a strong design framework. The planting is bold, brave and brilliant.' Jane Powers, Sunday Times.' The effect is startling in it's beauty, like the spilt content's of a jewellery box'. Fionnula Fallon, The Irish Garden. ' June's new garden is a rare treat, a modern garden that draws in the visitor and wraps them in flowers, welcoming yet stylish, and an example of virtuoso design and expert plantsmanship.' Shirley Lanigan, The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland. The Cow House is a dream location for garden lovers. It is within walking distance of the acclaimed Hunting Brook Garden owned by June's brother Jimi. Russborough House and Garden is 5 only km from The Cow House. Other gardens within a short distance are Mount Usher, Powerscourt and The Dillon Garden. There are many other interesting private gardens which June has access to. Activities within easy distance: Hill walking / Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains Water sports on Blessington Lake. Punchestown Racecourse is 13 km, Curragh Racecourse is 30km, Leopardstown Racecourse is 25km Golf courses – South County/ Lisheen Springs Golf Club is 3km, Citywest Golf Course is 6km, Palmerstown House 15km, K Club is 18km, Tulfarris Golf Club is 15km and many more within a short distance. The amenities of Dublin City are a thirty minute drive.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
not suitable for very small children due to the floor and stairs - please discuss before booking, No shoes allowed in house.
Bedrooms
2 Doubles
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
June/ Niamh B
Hosting since April 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 83%
Response Time: Within a day

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Kim H
Kim H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a treat........
We were met by Dara who gave us the warmest welcome and showed us around the amazing Cow House. We had booked because it stood within the grounds of June Blakes wonderful garden, it was the garden we had come to see but oh boy was this a bonus. It's everything and more that you see on the booking site. If you like contemporary design which we do you will certainly enjoy staying here. We slept soundly even through a pretty heavy storm. It has everything you will need for your stay, spacious wet rooms, spacious through lounge/Kitchen, comfy beds, subtle lighting and peace. And you have the added bonus of the garden Tearoom to go grab yourselves a morning coffee. We're plant people and were bold over by June's Garden and meeting June chatting plants, gardens, farming .....well that was the icing on the cake, fabulous.
Visited August 2019
Written 12 August 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dutch1505
Dutch1505
Haarlem, The Netherlands196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful design in a very special surrounding
We stayed in the Cow House which is a very modern design accommodation. Large area downstairs with comfortable seating, dining table and fully equipped kitchen. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. Very friendly and welcoming hosts who have plenty of good tips and advice for dining and day trips. Super Value as best supermarket a 10 minute drive. But a few things to be aware of. The award winning design of the cottage is beautiful but design seems more important than functionality. The bathroom has an open shower meaning that everything including the toilet is wet after a shower. The beds are comfortable but very small and upstairs there is no window you can open so the only fresh air can come in if you leave the front door or windows open. Having said all that it is an absolute joy to walk the gardens in the evening after all visitors have left
Visited June 2019
Written 8 July 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gerrit V
Gerrit V
Groningen, The Netherlands16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great House, Lovely Garden
No wonder, the Cow House won an architecture award after completion in 2014. It is a true gem. A very comfortable wooden house inside an old stone "mantle". Being an architect, I loved the detailing and the use of materials. The house is compact but spacious and fully equipped for having a fine stay for one or two weeks. June is an enthusiastic and tireless gardener who turned the old farmyard into a flowering paradise, with a wealth of forms and colors I've never seen before. When, in a few months, the new teahouse/gallery will be finished the complex will be even more attractive. June likes walking and can give you loads of tips on walking routes in the Wicklow Mountains. There are lots of pubs, shops and restaurants in Blessington (10 min. drive) and the bus to the centre of Dublin (50 minutes) has a stop on the N81 in front of June Blake's Garden. Go there !
Visited June 2017
Written 4 July 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

RonaB121
RonaB121
Fareham, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
3 nights stay in The Cow House
We spent three nights staying in the self catering accommodation onsite. The Cow House has been converted to an extremely high and unique standard. The interior is open plan which made it great to share with friends. The welcome we received from June, Dara and Niamh was fantastic and they were so helpful and chatting the whole time. They took time to talk to us about the garden, show us the Turkey house next door and give us advice on where to eat and what to see (all excellent places). We were made to feel at home here. Being able to get up early and photograph the garden was fabulous and having swallows nesting right behind our bed was the icing on the cake. We felt at one with nature. This is such a beautiful place to stay and being close to Dublin and the Wicklow hills would suit urbanites and nature lovers equally.
Visited May 2017
Written 6 June 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

darwindan
darwindan
San Dimas, CA131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect location, beautiful property.
Stayed for about 10 wonderful days. June Blake is a great host. We rented The Cow House and our friends rented the adjacent Turkey House. The architecture of these places is truly remarkable. The wood work and construction are stunning, the engineering and workmanship amazing. Modern and well appointed set in a great property with surrounding gardens and farm fields with sheep. The gardens are beautiful and when we were there were full of tulips in bloom. The house is perfect, has everything we needed. Each of the 2 bedrooms has its own bathroom. The open plan kitchen and living area has large windows and is very comfortable. All the amenities we needed were there, dishwasher, washing machine, good size refrigerator, wifi, tv, dvd player, hair dryers, ironing board, and more. Location was perfect for us, on N81 between Saggart and Blessington. Very peaceful and quiet but not far from anything. Dublin only minutes away. Would not hesitate to stay there again.
Visited April 2017
Written 18 April 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Navigator660488
Navigator660488
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful location with beautiful views.
Good amenities and the owners helpful with all our requests. Tranquil, peaceful with stunning views.
Visited December 2016
Written 12 January 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sam M
Sam M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic
Such a beautiful place to stay, brilliant location and easy to access. Internally the house is cosy and perfect for the winter weather. We all found the owner and family to be very friendly and very helpful, going out of their way to make sure we have the best time possible it really did make the stay much better. Hopefully will visit again.
Visited November 2016
Written 23 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Destination678664
Destination678664
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very relaxing time and the owner was very friendly and helpful
The cow house was very clean and everything you needed was there. iIt could do with a down stairs toilet.
Visited April 2016 Travelled with friends
Written 9 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kevin T M
Kevin T M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful holiday home!
We spent a wonderful week at the Cow House; a unique and special holiday home. The location right outside of Blessington was perfect for us. A short trip to anything we wanted to visit including my wife's hometown, Russborough House, the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Brittas Bay beach, Dublin, Blessington Lakes, fishing, pubs, etc. We were busy ;-) The house itself was a great find; fresh and modern with all the amenities - in an old farm setting. The transformation from an old stone farm building to a unique, cozy, holiday home is stunning. Radiant heat concrete floors, concrete counters and stair feature, all the natural wood, plus the old stone; it is gorgeous. It was a perfect self-catering home and just the right place for our extended stay (we moved right next door to the Turkey House about half-way through). The garden was absolutely stunning (June Blake's Garden). To get up early and walk around the garden with a hot cup of tea in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening was a highlight of our vacation. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming or gracious. Communication during booking was quick and thorough, check-in was easy, everything we needed was there, and they were close by if something came up. We would see them often around the property and have great conversations about its history as a working farm and subsequent transformation into a beautiful garden and accommodations. We had discussions about Ireland, June's garden, advice on where to eat, suggestions on sites to visit; etc. We felt very at home. We are already planning our next trip to Ireland and know exactly where to stay!
Visited August 2016
Written 21 September 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alexander C
Alexander C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With attention to detail
Guests at the “Cow House” can explore the enthusiasm from June for beauty and attention to detail: In the garden and in the house. The historical house radiates warmth and security, even though the architecture is modern. Lots of light is in the house, an interesting lighting, glass bathrooms, an extraordinary staircase, self-made furniture, high quality equipment in the kitchen and always interesting views into the courtyard, garden and the Wicklow Mountains. And then the enchanting garden ... we were there in August ... certainly one of the best months to visit, when you love plants. Lilies and dahlias shine in the morning sun, grasses swaying in the breeze. A little walk in the morning or evening sun - as in paradise ... The location is ideal. Both for a city break to Dublin if you do not want to stay right in town as well as for visiting the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Locations of Braveheart are just around the corner and Glendalough, the home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. And the most famous Garden of Ireland, Powerscourt, with its spectacular waterfall, lies beyond the mountains on the way to the coast. We can recommend the Cow House and June Blakes Garden anyone who appreciates these qualities. P.S .: Also evening strolls on the cow and sheep pastures to the garden of Jimi Blake at the top of the hill with an overwhelming view over the Wicklow Mountains are worthwhile.
Visited August 2016 Travelled as a couple
Written 25 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
  • City getaway
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Outdoor amenities
  • Private yard
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Parking
  • Parking available

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Map
Getting there
Dublin Airport
34.1 km
Restaurants
West Wicklow House
3 min

Spice Village Indian Restaurant
3 min

San Patrizio
0 min

Moody Rooster
4 min
Attractions
Blessington Lakes
1 minBodies of Water

Rossborough House
0 kmHistoric Sites
Access
Car advised
How to get there
65 Dublin Bus from City Centre passes the door. Nearest Luas station (Tram) is CityWest (Saggart) Co Dublin
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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