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The Old White Cottage

Shillelagh, County Wicklow (Ref. 1004044)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Character cottage brought up to very comfortable standard, with multitude or tasteful personal touches."

    Bedding of high end hotel quality. Location is rural and tranquil, with both mature trees and a large natural meadow. Most dog friendly. Owners very attentive and engaged in their guests' wellbeing.

    Reviewed by Bernt MartinJul 2022

  • "This was our second time staying here and we had a lovely week."

    The cottage is very comfortable, well equipped and clean. It is in a beautiful quiet rural setting and there are many interesting places to visit in the area. A lot of good walks nearby too. John the owner is very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by PatrickJul 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful location clean comfy cottage perfect for a relaxing break would highly recommend"

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2022

  • "Great situation for getting to some lovely locations and places to visit."

    It is such a pretty cottage which gave us lots of joy when we returned at the end of the day. Being set back off the road and amongst trees with a lovely view of the hills made this cottage really special. Being on one level also had lots of advantages particularly as one us is recovering from a hip operation. The spacious kitchen, comfortable bedroom and cosy lounge were appreciated too! The supplies of cleaning products, toilet paper and logs for the stove were also generous. However, previous guests had made reference to generous welcome/starter packs and even home baking, so we felt a bit 'cheated' not to receive one (although there was a bottle of wine in the fridge). The cottage was reasonably clean on arriving but we needed to clean the fridge out as this must have been missed. The property has its quirks so we were thankful the owner called around on the first evening. However, some things clearly need attention such as the shower doors and shower, knobs coming off in your hand when opening cupboards or drawers, better access to the freezer, washing machine and drier (which are in an outhouse with uneven access on first entering and a precarious and unsafely placed stone to be used to step up. Sitting out at the back was lovely but flakes of paint came off the picnic bench onto clothes and needs either replacement or re painted. We did have a very lovely stay, though which offered us some great memories.

    Reviewed by KathleenMay 2022

  • "This cottage is of an extremely high standard in a beautiful location."

    John the owner went out of his way to make our stay the best. Thank you John for all your help.

    Reviewed by AndyMay 2022

  • "We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to John and his Wife for their help in so many ways."

    Maurice and Rosemary Kenny.

    Reviewed by MauriceApr 2022

  • "Enjoyed the week stay, John is a very nice person ."

    We will book a week later in the year. thank you John

    Reviewed by RApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped and comfortable."

    We had a lovely stay Many thanks

    Reviewed by AvrilFeb 2022

  • "John & Jacinta are just lovely people."

    We stayed during storms Dudley and Eunice , there were power cuts across Wicklow and John brought extra firewood, bottles of wine and Jacinta sent home made scones and cakes as we hunkered down. The cottage is a wonderful space to stay in a rural area, the most well equipped kitchen we have ever seen in a holiday home and the comfiest beds. We would book again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by StevenFeb 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing stay in this well maintained cottage"

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2022

  • "From the first moment we got in contact with john , he has been amazingly helpful, from collecting us to the wonderful welcoming pack and the fantastic insight to the local area."

    He has been great start to finish, not to mention the cottage itself is perfect. We couldnt reccomend highly enough.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "John the owner was very helpful & provided a lot of information regarding the cottage & the area"

    Reviewed by PhilNov 2021

  • "Super cottage in a lovely position - fuss free arrival and friendly owner - the comfiest bed we've EVER slept in - please tell us what brand it is!"

    A peaceful stay in a cosy well equipped cottage. Thank you!

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2021

  • "The cottage was located in a quiet and peaceful location where often the only sound was birdsong."

    Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Helpful host who replied promptly to any query. Accessible to the whole of Wicklow and Wexford.

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 2021

  • "We spent a lovely week at the Old White Cottage in August 2021."

    The cottage is beautiful, quaint and well equipped. Jacinta and John are lovely hosts, the homemade welcome treats were a lovely surprise. The cottage is very peaceful, perfect for a relaxing break and an ideal base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "Quaint little cottage in private setting with lots to do in immediate area We had a lovely relaxing time"

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2021

  • "We had a brilliant time at "The Old White Cottage" - it's simply perfect for a relaxing holiday!"

    The cottage is lovely and well-equipped. It has that special home feeling while surrounded by nature. Our doggie loved the big, enclosed garden! :) John was very friendly, welcoming and helpful - always available on phone as well, e.g. for directions. The family left a welcome gift and note to us which was an extra, very nice touch! We definitely recommend the place and will return! Thanks again!

    Reviewed by AdriennJun 2021

  • "We were met by our lovely hosts John and Jacinta on arrival and they made us feel so welcome after our long journey."

    Everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by DamienSep 2020

  • "The hosts were excellent."

    The gave us great information about the local area. Left us a really nice welcoming basket with all kinds of nice treats. Lovely people.

    Reviewed by JackAug 2020

  • "Fantastic little cottage with everything in the house that you need."

    The cottage was situated in a lovely quiet location with lots to do and see locally. The hosts were fantastic and so helpful. Would definitely recommend this cottage for a lovely relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by MonaAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with excellent facilities set in idyllic surroundings."

    Hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Thoroughly recommend as a base for exploring Wicklow/Wexford.

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2020

  • "Beautiful Cottage would totally recommend." was fantastic!! We had such a great stay at The Old White Cottage. On our arrival when we got inside the cottage we were met with a lovely surprise of a welcome hamper filled with lots of lovely goodies and even a card to welcome us. Then John and Jacinta arrived with cupcakes (so delicious by the way...) it was such a lovely gesture. The cottage had everything we needed and very clean. Loads of lovely personal touches around which made is so cosy and comfortable. My 4 and 6 year old girls had a brilliant time playing outside in the garden and were so delighted with their room they asked could we live here forever. John and Jacinta were very friendly and so helpful. It has for sure been the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in so far :-)

    Reviewed by DeniseJul 2020

  • "This was a fantastic property, warm, clean, extremely friendly host."

    Very welcoming. We will definitely be going back!!

    Reviewed by EoghanJul 2020

  • "A brilliant stay in the cottage!"

    Everything we could ask for was there, the kitchen was well equipped - which was great as we love to cook so was a home away from home! We didn't eat out as it was just so easy to cook for ourselves! Very clean, which was great as I felt comfortable allowing my baby to play on the floor without having to worry! Little touches throughout like lavender on the towels, lovely smelling hand wash, just made the place a touch above! John was very helpful, showing us how everything worked and where everything was (shower, first aid box, washer and dryer etc.!) We had great contact with John prior to our arrival and during our stay, he even attended once when we needed some assistance with the heating! A lovely log burner in the living room - we didn't use as the central heating was sufficient enough for us. John's wife had baked some scones, which were delightful, along with the jam! And a lovely welcome hamper and a card was given along with cold milk in the fridge! A fabulous first holiday for us as a family, and will last in our memories forever, and hopefully we'll be back to make some more!

    Reviewed by MarthaFeb 2020

  • "The cottage is very clean and comfortable."

    It is set in 2 acres of contained land and is in a lovely rural location. My wife and I spent 22 nights there and we loved every minute of been there. We will definitely go back. John and Jacinta were very friendly and welcoming -providing us with freshly baked scones each Saturday. They also provided an excellent welcome hamper.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at this beautiful cottage."

    The owners were fantastic & caring they had excellent knowledge of the area & explained what we wanted to know. In my opinion the photos don't do it justice this is a top class facility. It has everything to hand & everything in the cottage oozes quality. The owners should be applauded to the care & attention to detail they've made with the cottage. The grounds are large & well kept & kept are dog well entertained.

    Reviewed by BarrieDec 2019

  • "Beautifully equipped cottage."

    Warm and cosy. The owners were very friendly and helpful when needed. Lovely welcome pack on arrival. Particularly enjoyed the beautiful kitchen and the luxurious bedding! Doubt it could have been bettered!

    Reviewed by JuliaOct 2019

  • "A very comfortable clean cottage."

    All modern facilities. Modern very well equipped kitchen. Satellite TV with (pay account Netflix). Very clean throughout. Modern shower. 2 bedrooms. Ideally located for a walking holiday - Completed stretches of the Wicklow Way - Shillelagh to Clonegal - Glendalough - Tinahely Loop - Mount Leinster - Vartry Resevoir (Roundwood) etc. All walking maps available to download from Wicklow Tourism. -

    Reviewed by RorySep 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be made into a double on request)
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, books, games, DVDs and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Garden with lawn area and gravelled area with bench seating
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Pub within 1.3 miles: shop within 2 miles.

The property

Shillelagh 2.3 miles.

Resting within the countryside setting of County Wicklow (known as “The Garden of Ireland”), and a few miles from the quiet villages of Shillelagh, Clonegal and Carnew, is the idyllic, Old White Cottage.

The bustling and well-services towns of Gorey, Tullow and Bunclody are all within a half-hour drive.

This heart-warming retreat is ideal for a family of four seeking an action-packed holiday, with a magnitude of walks and bike trails awaiting you within the surrounding area.

Approached via an endearing country track, surrounded by a woodland setting, is where you will find this charming base, promising to be a relaxing getaway at any time of the year.

Be welcomed into the well-equipped kitchen, where you will be delighted by the country-style design boasting everything you could possibly need to cater your own delicious evening meals.

From here, step into the sitting room where a woodburning stove greets you and offers a gentle warmth during the winter evenings.

Look forward to relaxing on the sofa with your loved ones around and tuning into the TV to truly unwind, before heading to bed.

The interior is completed by two brightly-decorated bedrooms, comprising of a double and a twin, each complete with a refreshing colour palette, as well as ample storage and the feature fire place within the double bedroom, which adds charm.

During a balmy afternoon, look forward to spending time within the large garden, where the bench seating offers opportunities for a spot of alfresco dining or enjoying a glass of wine as the evening draws to a close.

If you can tear yourself away from the wonderful base, head to the village of Shillelagh, where you will find all the amenities you will require, including a bar, shops, and even a walking stick makers!

For those feeling adventurous, The Wicklow Way is nearby and offers an opportunity to explore the rolling countryside, endearing forests and upland lakes, and the nearby Tomnafinnoge Oak Wood offers more gentle strolls.

Further afield attractions include the majestic Wicklow Mountains and the cities of Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford.

The Old White Cottage is a quaint base for exploring with your loved ones.

About the location


Tullow 10 miles; Gorey 16 miles.

The village of Shillelagh in County Wicklow is a seventeenth century 'planned estate' village, with appealing architecture including attractive terraced cottages and a courthouse with clock tower. The Shillelagh stick, a well-crafted blackthorne stick originally used as a fighting weapon but now often used as an ornamental or walking stick, originated just outside the village, and visitors can visit workshops to watch local craftsmen continuing to produce this piece of Wicklow history. For walkers, the Wicklow Way runs past the village, and the nearby Tomnafinnoge Oak Wood, one of the largest remaining oak woods in Ireland, makes a lovely spot for an autumn stroll. Coolattin Golf Club is just outside the village, while slightly further afield, the Wicklow Mountains, city of Dublin, and 'Ballykissangel' village of Avoca make superb destinations for an enjoyable day trip. The nearest beach and harbour is a 35 minute drive away at the seaside holiday resort of Courtown. Slightly further afield, you can enjoy the Blue Flag, world-class white sandy beaches at Brittan Bay (45 minutes) and Curraghclose (50 minutes). Both are well worth visiting, whatever the weather.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas