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Wicklow Wilderness Cottage Hideaway

Hubbard’s Cottage, County Wicklow

This 200 year-old traditional Farmhouse overlooking the western end of the Wicklow Gap has been lovingly re-furbished into a charming and casual rural escape that still retains many of the features of the original cottage.
Located in some of the country’s most picturesque mountain and lake landscape, amid sheep and pilgrim paths, it is less than an hour from Dublin City.

dining & living room

Organic homey interiors

It’s been some time since old Mr. Hubbard shared this cottage with his sheep and a lot has changed. The narrow low lintel doorways and tiny infrequent windows that would have kept the warmth in and the daylight out, are now supplemented with radiant skylights.

hats hooks kitchen hall kitchen table

Beside the fireplace fixed to the wall is a rare “falling table”, now consigned to the history books, it was once a common space saving device.

kitchen cupboards
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Twin Oven Cooker
• Electric 4 ring Ceramic Hob
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Blender
• Juicer
• Slow Cooker
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two King-size and one Single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• DVD player in sitting room

Other

• Good selection of books
• Some DVD movies
• Charcoal Barbeque
Rates & Dates

As with all traditional cottages, it is linear and only one room deep. The living / dining area is at the centre of the dwelling.
All daily activity revolves around the hearth where a wood burning stove now does the job.

view along interior

The house has its own well, and the drinking water is mountain fresh.

the living room

The thick stone walls are mostly lime plastered, whitewashed and worn to a smooth surface in places, and the floors and ceilings have been sheeted in pine throughout.

A creative U-shaped kitchen of open shelves and lichen green presses has been fitted in between the living room and the sitting room.

the kitchen sink
view of the sitting room
croissant soup bowls

The only opening to the rear is a narrow door from the sitting room. Just beyond its gable wall is a raised extension - the master bedroom – all rustic and pearly white.

window in master bedroom bathroom doorway
hall view small book master double bed the shower

There’s no bath in this bijou bathroom, but the cunningly recycled towel rail is a delight.

family twin bedroom

At the far end of the cottage behind the fireplace is a generous family bedroom shared by a king size bed and a single bed. Duck as you enter.

The family bedroom fireplace
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the master bedroom bed

Outside

The cottage is set into the sheepy southern slopes of the Kings River valley, and there are dramatic views across the Wicklow Mountains whenever you step out the door.
The vernacular of this folk architecture demanded using whatever materials were available, and so the back side of the cottage incorporates huge boulders in its energetically wavy walls – no gap for a window there.

the front garden the front door
rear of cottage

Restrictions

Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No sorry, surrounded by sheep (and worried farmers).

link to FAQ page
view of valley

Out and About

bog board walk

Known as the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow is at the heart of the Ancient East, and aside from its proximity to Dublin, it has an awesome range of mountains which are irresistible to hillwalkers.

Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

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About the Locality

It is about 9km to Hollywood village in West Wicklow, but for supermarkets and the like, you will need to go to Blessington 11km further.

Hollywood is an attractive village at the start of the Wicklow Gap road that crosses the highest mountain pass in the country to Glendalough. The protestant church in the village has a vaulted roof from the 17th century, and there are two pubs. The Hollywood Inn, is an old coaching hostelry dating from 1790.

There is some evidence that the village gave its name to the Californian Hollywood, and perhaps coincidentally many blockbusters such as “Dancing at Lughnasa!” with Meryl Streep, or “Michael Collins” with Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts have been filmed in the locality.
Hollywood is also home of one of Wicklow’s best festival: “The Hollywood Fair” that brings visitors back to Ireland pre-1950

the Wicklow Gap

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Following the footsteps of Saint Kevin who crossed the Wicklow Mountains and founded the monastery at Glendalough in the 6th century, Saint Kevin's Way is a 30km pilgrim path across the Wicklow Gap from Hollywood to the remains of the medieval monastery in Glendalough. It typically takes one day.

glendalough valley
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Hollywood sign

A Bronze Age circle known as The Piper Stones, lie a short way to the south of Hollywood on the main road. 3000 year old markings on the main stone form a compass thought to be used as a calendar for pagan rituals. The site is signposted.

russborough house

photo Leslie Noelle Sullivan

There is a fine and lavishly furnished mid-18th century Palladian Mansion open to the public near Blessington. Russborough House is also home to a magnificent collection of paintings, and there is a fabulous beach hedge maze in the extensive gardens, and much else worth seeing making it one of top attractions in Ireland’s Ancient East.
There is a lovely walk – The Greenway - that takes you from the demesne to Blessington weaving its way along the shores of the lakes. It takes about an hour and a half.

The Blessington Lakes are in fact one artificial reservoir of about 500 acres caused by a hydro-electric dam across the River Liffey as it flows on its convoluted way to Dublin City. The Poulaphouca Dam reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Ireland and is used for a variety outdoor activities.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin.
Dublin Airport – about one and a half an hours from the cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about one and a half an hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also approx 2 and half hours from the cottage.


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