Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Brockagh Cottage is a 3 bedroom cottage in the picturesque village of Robertstown Co Kildare. You are in the heart of the Irish countryside yet only 30 mins away from the Dublin, the Capital of Ireland, 15 minutes from Newbridge which has the second largest shopping centre in Ireland, a 24hr Tesco's and all that you could ask for in modern amenities. Should you not find what you want there you can always go to Naas (again 15 mins away). Within the village you will find a post office, two convenience stores (one with a deli) a Chinese take away and a choice of four original Irish Pubs which regularly host traditional Irish music evenings.
• You can enjoy horse racing at the Curragh, motor racing at Modello Park, all within a 5 mile radius of Brockagh Cottage or you can play on one of 15 golf courses situated locally.
• There are also some seventy miles of canal walking routes, but an attractive feature of these is they can be enjoyed by people of virtually all ages and levels of fitness.
• In the village you can take a barge trip along the Grand Canal and idle away many hours enjoying the idyllic scenery of the of County Kildare countryside.
• Of course you could always just simply lay back and go fishing from the comfort of the back garden of Brockagh Cottage.
You could also enjoy other country pursuits of horse riding, clay pigeon shooting or spend a cosy night in at an open log fire.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brittas Bay/Arklow beach 35 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dublin 25 km, Nearest railway: Newbridge 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details outdoors||
Brockagh Cottage is situated on an 0.5 acre of land. It has a one meter deep river which runs down the side of the garden. You have to open a gate to access the river. It appears to have fish in it.
You will be asked to provide 100 euros deposit to of set any breakages. If there are no breakages then the deposit will be returned to you. In the mid season and low season you will be required to pay 30euros extra for heating.
The East Ireland region
County Kildare is an area of fascinating things to do and lots of places of interest to see. It is situated near to Dublin and Robertstown is only 30 minutes drive for the city. Due to it being on the east coast of Ireland it tends to get less rainfall and is usually milder. (average temperature in the summer is approximately 20degrees Celsius). In the winter it approximately 5-7 degrees Celsius
Things to do locally
Fishing in the subsidiary at the back of the house and on the canal does not require a licence. Robertstown, Lowtown, Ballyteague, Prosperous, the Cock Bridge and Ticknevin offer good fishing on the Grand Canal. Should you wish to fish the rivers or lakes then you will require a Fishing licence. North Kildare fishing Licence can is at 10 euro for one week or 5 euro per day from the Countryman Angling in Naas. Licence is also available at the camping shop in Blessington Lakes Blessington. BAIT is available in the Countryman Angling, Peclli Rd Naas Fresh stocks Thursday. Open Mon to Sat 9am to 6pm
Follow the Tow paths trails of the Grand Canal over 70 miles locally - our particular favourite is from the cottage to the Hangman Inn (about 9 miles) certainly gives you an appetite(see map enclosed). Donedea Forest park is a truly enjoyable stroll. Ascend like Fionn Mac Cumhaill the Hill of Allen and catch the sights from the tower a the top. Follow the “sli’ na slainte” routes around the town of Newbridge, Naas, Kilcullen and Kildare.
With 26 golf courses in Kildare you will not get bored! From the prestigious K Club to the oldest club in Ireland – The Curragh Golf club, Green fees are varied and courses offer 9 and 18 holes. (see enclosed a map and summary of the Golf courses available)
LULLYMORE heritage & Discovery Park
Award-winning family attraction situated in the heart of the Bog of Allen. The Park consists of gardens, woodland walks, accurate recreations of dwellings from Irish history and an exhibition on the 1798 rebellion from a County Kildare viewpoint. A large adventure play area provides hours of entertainment along with train trips, crazy golf and the newest addition, the Funky Forest, a fun-packed state-of-the-art indoor play centre.
Open all year (from cottage turn left at top of road turn left into Allenwood and follow signs)
MILLENNIUM MAZE, Prosperous-
A maze with 6 foot hedging covering 2 acres, in the shape of a St. Brigid's cross, with pet farm, picnic area and crazy golf course. Children's parties welcome.
Open May – August (from cottage turn left at top of road turn right at prosperous turn left at church Maze is about 2 miles on the left)
LOWTOWN Junction, Robertstown
Lowtown Junction, a triangular link between the main line of the Grand Canal (heading West) which eventually links up with the River Shannon and the beginning of the 28 mile Barrow branch of the canal (heading South), is not actually a town, but an inland dockyard where you will find pleasure boats of all shapes and sizes moored to either bank. Lowtown once served the canal system as a stabling area for barge horses and as a coal yard. It is still a hive of activity, especially in the winter months as boat owners effect repairs on crafts in preparation for another season's cruising. It also has a working lock (you can drive but it is also a lovely walk turn from cottage turn left at top of road turn right and walk along tow path for less then a mile)
DONADEA- memorial Donadea forest park
In 2003, a memorial to the members of the emergency services who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11th September 2001 was erected by the Donadea 9/11 committee. Two granite blocks, scale replicas of the World Trade Centre's twin towers; have been engraved with the names of the members of the emergency services who died in the course of their duties that day, including Sean Tallon of the New York Fire Department, whose father was from Donadea. Open all year (drive to prosperous, left at church about I mile turn right at Donadea is sign posted drive straight for a good 4 miles turn right and follow signs)
LOWTOWN CRUISERS Ltd.
Ireland's unique and unexploited waterways are yours to explore in the ultimate comfort and luxury of the 6/7 berth cruisers which offer you all the modern conveniences you would expect from a hotel. You may hire by the week or for longer cruises. Weekend or day cruises may also be booked depending on availability. You can cruise along the Grand Canal, Barrow and the Shannon. A full back-up staff with all the marine technological expertise are on call to make your cruising holiday a most enjoyable and eventful one.
The Curragh plain is the landscape most evocative of County Kildare, much referenced in song and poetry. A glacial formation, whose limestone base produces a mineral-rich sward said to nourish the thoroughbreds for which County Kildare is famous, the plain stretches over 1,977 hectares and contains over 70 recorded earthworks, ritual sites, dwellings and burial chambers. Since the 16th century the Curragh has been used as an army camp and the permanent military camp, now the Irish army's main training centre, was built in 1858.
CURRAGH HORSE RACING COURSE
THE CURRAGH HORSE RACING COURSE is the headquarters of flat horse racing in Ireland with a history stretching back to the 3rd century when written evidence tells of chariot races at the 'Cuireach'. All five Classic races including the Budweiser Irish Derby are held here. The racecourse is also the headquarters of the Turf Club which governs flat and national hunt racing in Ireland. The Racing Apprentice Centre of Education, at which jockeys are trained, is nearby. OPEN RACE DAYS.
IRISH NATIONAL STUD,
Some to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds, and the Horse Museum, with the skeleton of Arkle.
The Irish National Stud is home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds. Visitors can view stallions, mares, foals, and yearlings. The Horse Museum houses the skeleton of the legendary steeplechaser Arkle, and also presents a history of the stud farm's successes. Located in the grounds of The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra's Garden, the Visitor Centre includes a restaurant and craft shop. Opening Times: Open 7 days 9.30am-6.00pm Last admission 1 hour before closing. 12th February to 12th November
Part of the Irish National Stud complex
The world famous Japanese Gardens at Tully were created between the years1906 -1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall-Walker, who later became known as Lord Wavertree, the gardens were laid out by Japanese gardener Tass Eida and his son Minoru. The significance of the gardens is not only artistic and horticultural but also philosophical, religious and historical. The garden traces the soul of man from oblivion to eternity, using rare plants and landscapes that evoke the exotic. Opening Times: 9.30am - 6.00pm seven days a week 12th February - 12th November
THE HILL OF ALLEN
The base camp of legendary hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his warriors, the Fianna, and one of County Kildare's few hills. Allen has been eroded by quarrying on one side, but with the 19th century Aylmer Folly atop, it still makes a distinctive silhouette. Sir Gerald Aylmer, one of the most important landowners in Kildare in the mid 19th century, built the folly as a famine relief project and named those involved in its construction on the 83 steps to the viewing platform.
Folly not open to the public.
STRAFFAN BUTTERFLY FARM, Straffan
Curious kids will love the huge creepy crawlies (both alive and under glass) jostling for attention with beautiful native and exotic butterflies, spiders and reptiles in the Straffan Butterfly Farm.
The most important example in Ireland of a Palladian mansion. Begun in 1722 by William Conolly, Castletown has been described as the finest house in Ireland and was on many a travelling gentleman's itinerary in the 18th and 19th centuries. No expense was spared in the building and decoration of the house, which is startling in its scale and situation. The print room, decorated by Lady Louisa Conolly, is the only remaining example in Ireland. Open April to November.
Lodge Park Walled Garden & Straffan Steam Museum, Straffan
Two attractions at one location; a restored eighteenth century walled garden in which produce is still grown for the adjoining Lodge park, a Palladian house of 1773 (not open to the public), and the steam museum, featuring a fascinating collection of models of steam-powered machines. Special steam afternoons run during the summer when collectors are invited to bring along model steam engines, ships and clocks for display. Open June, July, August, Wed to Sat and Bank Holidays.
MONDELLO PARK MOTORCAR RACING CIRCUIT
Donore, Caragh, Naas
Ireland's only International Motor Racing Circuit, Mondello hosts over 30 motorbike and car events every year, including rounds of the British Superbikes, British Touring Car championships and Formula 3. The packed calendar of events also includes Track Days, on which enthusiasts can drive their own performance cars on the circuits and the Performance Driving Centre, offering courses on driving single-seater racing cars. Open on event days.
(From cottage turn right drive through village straight across at major intersection drive for a least 2 miles at tee junction turn right Modello Park on right)