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The Lodge at Raheengraney House

(Ref. 1002096)

Raheengraney, County Wicklow Show on map

4.5

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great stay at the Lodge."

    The accommodation was spacious, clean and well appointed. The owners are always available and very kind. We had a couple of hiccough with the heating but they were delt with straight away. The location is perfect to explore the south east region of Ireland or for people who wish to walk the Wicklow way.

    Reviewed by Ian Mark4.4Mar 2024

  • "We had a great stay over the new year with plenty of walking, pubs, saunas and home cooked dinners."

    John was a lovely host, very welcoming and the house has so much to recommend itself. The open plan living space is wonderful and we loved having a fire. On the down side, it is a shame the hedge is so tall on the patio we were denied any of the stunning view of the surrounding countryside. There is a really good selection of top quality kitchen utensils (excellent knives) serving dishes, good pans and a lovely dining service so meals were always lovely to have on the large table.  The bedrooms are all a generous size and the quality of the beds and bedding is top notch (The best night's sleep I've had in ages). However, the floor "click clack" laminate flooring that has shrunk or been poorly fitted with gaps everywhere. The Velux windows in the master bedroom were also filthy. I would also say the bathrooms need a bit of attention - some form of heat in them would be good...It is clear there are some red flags that the house itself might not be so regularly maintained. The info pack was useful with lots of tips which we followed and there are a tonne of DVDs and some games for wet days. I would suggest a couple of maps of the area would have been so helpful for local walks - an idea for future stays. Really good to note there is a great washing machine and dryer which was much needed after a couple of very wet walks! [ IMPORTANT - Can this part just be shared with the owner and not posted publicly ] Alas upon our stay there was no underfloor heating working in the bedrooms or bathrooms so we had a couple of cold December nights although John did rescue us with portable oil heaters on day 2. The bathrooms were freezing (no heating at all) and we had only tepid warm water throughout, so this was the least enjoyable part of the stay - especially after long winter walks (Thank goodness for the Sauna which we used 3 times!)  John stayed in touch to see how the heating was behaving which was appreciated - and he did what he could to solve the issues, however, had we been a family with children I think it would have been a real issue. I hope this honest review really helps him identify any snags so he can make the necessary improvements to make it as delightful a holiday cottage as it has the potential to be.

    Reviewed by Jordana3.1Dec 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at The Lodge, John was a lovely host."

    Close enough to offer help and ideas of where to go if needed, but far enough away to allow us privacy and solitude. His hospitality was very much appreciated, a welcome gift upon arrival, an apple pie on a rainy, although perfect day, and a tour of his home. Having said that, there are a couple of things that I must point out. The property NEEDS a deep clean, but I expect that will be done when it is a little quieter. I cannot fault the cleanliness of the kitchen, the bathrooms in general (the shower doors for example need a good scrub) or the general living area. The towels are extra fluffy and I loved the duvet. The laminate in the bedrooms needs a little work, but that's a small price to pay for the fabulous underfloor heating. We didn't get to sample the sauna, we were so busy, but we know it's there because John showed my husband how to use it. If you asked me, would we stay here again? 100% yes. Would I recommend it to family and friends? 100% yes.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely quiet area, Hidden gem ."

    Lovely Relaxing area even with our children, 1vof whom has Special Needs and her assist dog. Everyone enjoyed the relaxing break and John was extremely knowledgeable kind and courteous at all files, pure gent. We will be returning hopefully sooner than later

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Raheengraney Lodge."

    The property is in gentle, tranquil and beautiful countryside, between the Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains. It was generously furnished and equipped, and our bed was extremely comfortable. The host was pleasant and helpful, sorting out an issue with the TV and lending us a hairdryer for the duration of our stay. The renovation of the cowshed has been skilfully done, and the property is very spacious. We were a couple, but the property could readily accommodate six people. It is approaching the point where it needs some further renovation in places, but that is something for the property owner rather than anything that affects the visitor.

    Reviewed by Timothy David4.7Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely time staying at the lodge."

    John was an excellent host and very knowledgeable. We would have no hesitation in recommending The Lodge to anybody planning to stay there !

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Hse was as described and felt more shabby chic than anything else, kitchen bathrooms and bedrooms clean and beds really comfortable."

    The owner was always around and had a good knowledge of the area. Requests were acted upon immediately and completed satisfactory. When all considered great value for money set in superb countryside defnitely go there again.

    Reviewed by Alan4.1May 2023

  • "Lovely surroundings great host and comfy beds."

    Had a lovely week exploring the area which is beautiful. Thank you John for our lovely meal too

    Reviewed by Wendy3.8May 2023

  • "The property is nothing like the photos that are listed ."

    . They are not up to date , The property is run down and is in disrepair, Rotting window frames , flaking paint, filthy windows, the wooden flooring in the bedrooms must have been lifted and relaid badly with gaps all over the floor .. showers could do with an update and also there is no sauna which is advertised.Overall the whole property has been neglected and looks like it needs to be refurbished inside and outside, and in need of a good cleaning.

    Reviewed by Adrian1.9May 2023

  • "Hi, Apologies for the late feedback!"

    Our stay at Raheengraney was absolutely wonderful. There was some worry over being far out of Dublin, however we were wrong to worry. The house was perfect. Warm, clean, plenty of space and had a cosy atmosphere - even on the rainy days. The kitchen was well stocked, so we had lots of tasty meals. You kindly sorted out the heating and after you had done that, it was lovely. The house was actually in a great location and we went up to Dublin twice, visited the villages around, walked around Glendaloch and went to a place which offered a whole host of active outdoor family activities - archery, boating, orienteering etc. A brilliant stay and I would definitely return. If anyone is reading this thinking of going, you must!

    Reviewed by Josh5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beds very comfortable, shower good ."

    No hair dryer had to borrow one no plug near mirror? equipment in kitchen not good also not clean!no DVD player though DVDs in house had to wait 30 minutes one day before gate could be opened

    Reviewed by Maria2.8Mar 2023

  • "A delightful place to stay."

    Lovely accommodation in a tranquil country setting with an open view of the garden. Very comfortable, spacious and warm. Full of character and charm. A perfect retreat. Thoroughly enjoyed by all of us. Would come back in a second. John, our host, was very friendly and welcoming. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Conor5.0Feb 2023

  • "What a wonderful stay in this barn conversion!"

    John and Jocinta created a home that kept much of its original use spaces yet made it contemporary and comfortable. It was warm and cozy with the underfloor heat and fun pot bellied stove. John brought his just baked scones; wonderful! Thank you! (Gosh, should have asked for his recipe.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Dec 2022

  • "John went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable."

    Really enjoyed the space and relaxing when we were home. The lodge was well equipped and well maintained. Would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was incredible."

    As soon as we walked in it just felt so right. Beautiful views from the French windows, great comfortable settees! The bedrooms were fantastic, middle bedroom was Brill, such a comfortable bed! A wonderful location and easy to get to some great locations. So happy to have found this wonderful cottage. Thank you so much John for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful cottage. We will definitely be back !

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "Just loved staying here."

    The area is a hidden gem. John is a warm and friendly host and the cottage has everything that you would desire. A great location and a great place to stay to escape the hustle and bustle! Perfect!

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful property to stay in."

    It had everything we needed and a gorgeous garden to enjoy. So sorry we didn't get to meet our other host Jacinta as she was away but we had a fabulous hamper with cheese, chocolates, biscuits and fruit. Also a bottle of white wine in the fridge.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Aug 2022

  • "The property was absolutely beautiful and the pictures didn't do it justice."

    Everything was tastefully done and the welcome we received l have never experienced anything like it. John was very helpful and went above and beyond. He gave us a tour of the main house and lots of information on the local area. He was incredibly kind and we are very grateful to him for that.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our week at The Lodge."

    Well equipped kitchen with everything you need and more. Beds were super comfy and great nights sleep. Great courtyard and gardens, especially where our dog could roam free.

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Raheengraney."

    John (the owner) made us very welcome. He is a font of knowledge of the local area, especially its history. The house was very well equipped and comfortable. The layout was perfect for long leisurely meals and relaxing evenings. It is a beautiful area and we enjoyed walking in the hills and on the beaches. We hope to return and highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "This is a really comfortable property in a great location."

    We were able to explore much of County Wicklow and used the train at Gorey to enjoy a day in Dublin. It was nice to know that we could return to our quiet, rural base to relax in the evening. There is an excellent bistro in Clonegal and Bunclody is nearby to get essential supplies. One way and another, we had a bit of an eventful week but our host John was always on hand to help us. Very highly recommended.

    Dear Andrew, It was a pleasure to host you and your guests. I am looking forward to seeing you all again. Slan go foil! John Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2022

  • "The owners were nice, so we did not say anything to them when we were there."

    In the middle bedroom there was mould on the wall and a lot inside the wardrobe. I have pictures! A lot of Cobwebs and dead flies on the mantle shelve. The taps in the bathroom had no hot or cold markers just a hole filled with water. There are good reviews in the visitors book, but I was not happy with the things I have stated.

    We are upset that the family did not raise their concerns with us during their stay as we would have rectified immediately. Mould was a result of a flood when a bath was left to overrun. All repairs have been carried and the Lodge is back up to our usual high standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris2.8Sep 2021

  • "Lovely house, great location with lots to do, the accommodation was clean, spacious and well equipped."

    The hosts John & Jacinta were very friendly and welcoming with some nice touches such as wine, cakes and scones. They also made freshly baked pizzas which were great value and probably the best pizza I’ve tasted! Overall a great stay

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2021

  • "If you are looking for a few relaxing days in beautiful place, you've found it here."

    Nestled in the Wicklow countryside, the converted stable is both rustic and comforting. Delightful features of an older world can be experienced in this cosy hideaway. The hosts John and Jacinta were very welcoming and provided a gorgeous little welcome pack to help start the getaway. Looking forward to returning with more friends.

    Reviewed by Ulten5.0Dec 2020

  • "What a beautiful place to stay; peaceful & host was so helpful."

    You are in a very quiet area but close to so many beautiful houses and grounds. Glendalough is a drive away and has many walks for all abilities. Raheengrany lodge has all you will need and a great mattress too so very restful sleep. Jacinta is able to advise on all the locations to visit.... well worth going to see & stay

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4Sep 2020

  • "Our stay at Raheengraney Lodge was just what we needed."

    The accommodation was excellent and actually exceeded our expectations. The kitchen was well equipped and very clean. The bedrooms were very comfortable with quality bedlinen and super soft towels. The underfloor heating was great. Jacinta and John are very accommodating hosts. They provided the basics such as milk etc and a few lovely surprises which lifted our spirits and made our stay more special. There are beautiful walks from the front door and great suggestions for day trips. Very Pet friendly. This has definitely been our best experience of 2020.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house was lovely."

    Well equipped and loads of space. John and Jacinta are great hosts. Very welcoming, relaxed and lots of nice touches. Lovely setting and great area. We had a great week and would highly recommend The Lodge.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Aug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed the Lodge at Raheengraney house; a hidden gem."

    Luxury accommodation in a beautiful location, with very friendly and welcoming hosts. The lodge had excellent utilities, very clean and comfortable. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Aidan5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Lodge at Raheengraney House surpassed our expectations for our holiday in every way."

    A much needed week of tranquility was what we were looking for following the mayhem of Christmas and New Year, and we felt fully refreshed after the first few days due to the lodge being so comfortable, quiet and cosy despite its large size. The owners were available immediately for any queries we had in advance of our trip and during our stay, no ask was too big. The beds were so comfortable and definitely aided us in recharging our batteries! The sitting-room was very relaxing and we loved having the stove on which was very easy to use and it being January and a bit chilly outdoors, the under-floor heating was a lovely additional luxury. The large kitchen was also fantastic and fully stocked with everything you would need to make meals, we love to cook dinners with local fresh produce and the open-plan kitchen made meal time a really enjoyable daily event. We also made good use of the onsite sauna which was yet another contributory factor in reinvigorating ourselves! All amenities you could need are a short drive from the lodge, and there is an authentic old-style Irish pub called Egan's which was only a short 15 minute walk away which also has a shop with some basic supplies. Basically our stay at The Lodge at Raheengraney House was one of the best breaks we've had in over 15 years of holidays at home and abroad, we had privacy, peace and quiet, comfort, full relaxation and incredibly friendly and helpful owners if we needed anything. We are already looking forward to our next stay.

    Reviewed by Remy5.0Jan 2020

  • "My friends and I had a fantastic relaxing week at the lodge, the owners were helpful, friendly and made us feel 100% at home from the moment we arrived."

    They provided all the basic essentials, (tea/coffee/milk/bread/butter etc) along with sufficient logs and coal for the stove to keep the lodge cosy throughout the week. There was limited internet and phone signal during our stay which provided us with a real break and time to enjoy the numerous games, walks, books, sauna and scenery available. Would definitively go back again.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2019

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Summary

  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower over bath, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with Jack-and-Jill en-suite with shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with Jack-and-Jill en-suite with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Sauna.
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, books, games and DVDs, TV, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Unenclosed patio area with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Pub 0.8 miles, shop 3.3 miles

The property

A former cow shed resting within the grounds of the impressive Raheengraney House, on the outskirts of the bustling village of Clonegal in Ireland's County Wicklow.

This all-ground-floor accommodation offers a wonderful base for exploring this region surrounded by majestic mountains and dramatic valleys, promising to be a tranquil retreat for families, friends and couples.

Look forward to relaxing into your evening within the open-plan living room where you will find everything you could possibly need to enjoy a week-long break with your loved ones.

This space boasts high vaulted ceilings, a refreshing colour palette and the patio doors flood natural light into the space.

The well-equipped kitchen is certain to entice any budding chefs to cater a delicious evening meal for the whole family before you settle down to enjoy a sociable evening at the dining table as you tuck into your meal.

After dinner, sink into the sofa and tune into the TV, whilst the woodburning stove fills the room with warmth during a winter’s evening.

If you are visiting during the summer months however, look forward to throwing open the patio doors to spend time enjoying a spot of alfresco dining or a glass of wine as the evening draws to a close.

Alternatively, relax in the sauna, after a long day’s walk on the Wicklow Way, or cycling the Nine Stones Cycle Route.

The interior is completed by three well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a king-size double with an en-suite shower and a king-size double bedroom which shares a Jack-and-Jill en-suite shower with a twin bedroom, ensuring a flexible sleeping arrangement to suit the needs of your group.

For a day out in the local area, the villages of Clonegal, Shillelagh and Carnew are lovely places all withing 15 minutes drive and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, oak forests and fantastic vistas.

Alternatively, you can venture further afield to the majestic Wicklow Mountains or the cities of Dublin, Kilkenny or Waterford.

The Lodge is a superb base for exploring this picturesque location.

About the location

RAHEENGRANEY, COUNTY WICKLOW

Clonegal 3.5 miles

Clonegal on the border of Counties Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford received the accolade of Ireland’s tidiest village in the 2014 and 2015 Tidy Towns Awards and is well worth a visit for its stunning planting and colourful flower displays. The village of Cluain na nGall, or in English, “the Meadow of the Stranger” is set in a valley between the Blackstairs and Wicklow Mountains, straddling the meeting place of the rivers Slaney and Derry where the counties Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford meet. The mountains, the valleys and the rivers, the fishing and the shooting facilities have made this village a favourite stopping place over the years. It is often referred to as the “Switzerland of Ireland” for its outstanding natural beauty. With a backdrop of tree clad hills and abundant wild and bird life centred on its picturesque river; Clonegal is a delight to explore. On the edge of the Nine Stones Cycle Loop and marking the end of the Wicklow Way walk, there are several pubs in the village where you can enjoy a pint before heading back home to the Lodge. Clonegal’s multi-award winning Sha-Roe bistro continues to wow visitors with its simple and elegant approach to food and has been listed in the “Bib Gourmand” Michelin Guide 2008 – 2017.
Other local attractions include Altamont Gardens and Huntington Castle, voted one of Ireland’s top 20 Hidden Gems by The Guardian in March 2015 is set in over 160 acres of gardens, woodland and farmland. The castle features a fascinating guided tour which explains its 17th century history and the gardens are well worth a visit in their own right and were mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built Huntington Castle in 1625. They include the French limes on the avenue as well as the formal lawns to the side of the house, fishponds on either side of the centre walk and the yew tree walk, It is alleged that the castle is haunted. Further afield attractions include the majestic Wicklow Mountains and the cities of Dublin (1.5 hr), Wexford (1hr) and Cork (2hrs). The nearest beach and harbour is a 40-minute drive away at the seaside holiday resort of Courtown. Further afield, you can enjoy the Blue Flag world class white sand beaches at Britas Bay (45 minutes) and Curraghcloe (50 minutes) – both well worth a visit whatever the weather

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter