Clean air, Cliffs, Castles and Craic
Roxton Lodge, County Clare
Surrounded by ten acres of forest and fields, this stylish and surprisingly spacious modern cottage regenerates sections of an eighteenth century walled garden with remarkable results.
On the edge of the unique landscape that is the Burren, and amidst the castles, cliffs, music and surf, that are the charms of County Clare, the most memorable escapes start here.
Airy, informal, inclusive and generous
The entrance, through an adjunct sunroom, prefaces a long dining area, exposed along its flank by glazed walls - merging interior and exterior.
Partly rendered, punched with geometric and incidental lighting alcoves, the décor is restrained and encourages surface texture as a statement throughout the cottage.
Contemporary kitchen units and a solid wood work top, complete with sink and electric hob, line one wall of this living space, keeping everyone together. The fridge, steam oven and other cooking utilities are accessed separately in the adjacent kitchen.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home - including Wi-Fi, barbeque and microwave.
There is no television, but there are lots of films and games. There is also no clothes dryer.
Water is fresh from Roxton’s own well, and heating is solar panelled, underfloor and uses a heat pump.
The owners have a canoe which may be used.
If you have a particular requirement, please tell us..
Roxton Lodge is at the end of a long private driveway, within a large rural garden which includes a developing broad leaf forest. This was the estate and prime residence of the historic Blood family dating from the 1700’s.
There are magnificent views of the lunar looking, barren Mullaghmore Mountain, the Burren’s highest.
Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
Out and About
Castles, caves and cliffs. The Burren’s bleak yet unique landscape – not to mention the Atlantic Ocean, surfing, and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.
There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
Just wanted to let you that Roxton Lodge is everything and more than we could have imagined.
We very much appreciate the hospitality that Michelle and Myles extended upon our arrival. I am at this moment enjoying the Burren Atlantic smoked salmon with Michelle’s homemade bread. We have enjoyed smoked Pacific Salmon from Haida Gwaii and I must say this is every bit as good.
Jane is outside taking pictures of the cows....amazing and an exciting thing for her. That is a story for another time.
I have a guess that we may not make as many day trips as I originally planned as we would rather enjoy Roxton Lodge.
Brian & Jane Lougheed, Canada, May 2018
About the Locality
The Lodge is on the edge of the Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids - and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.
Corofin is the nearest village for most provisions. There are a number of pubs and small restaurants, frequently with excellent traditional music, drama, or dancing. The annual Best Beard and Moustache championships are held here at the end of April.
A short drive away, there is 20km of excellent woodland walks at Dromore, with lakes, a castle and distinctive wildlife.
The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way is less than half an hour west by car. It is widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.
The market town of Ennis is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County. It is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), Clare (South Australia) and Snt-Paul-de-Fenouillet (Eastern Pyrnees France).
There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.
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Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one.
The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle. Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.
photo Herbert Ortner
The rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking.
It is less than half an hour by car to the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.
County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots.
If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally...
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport - approx 30 minutes from the house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 hours from the house
Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) – approx. 2 hours from the house
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Rosslare Port is just under 4 hours from house (no direct route)
Gallery of photographs