We have just returned from a three-week trip to Ireland. Our first week was at Darragh Cottages. It was everything we expected and more. The cottage, a tastefully renovated stable, was roomy enough for our party of 4 adults but cozy and warm after a day of sightseeing in somewhat chilly autumn weather. We all slept well in the comfortable beds and the quiet of the rural setting. The location made day trips to the southwest of Ireland easy and as the cottages are separate from the owners' house, there was no worry that we might be disturbing them if we came back late in the evening. The kitchen was well equipped and we liked the convenience of the washing machine. The owner was helpful in recommending local restaurants and pubs and there were numerous pamphlets available to help plan each day. We loved listening to the birdsong in the mornings and greeting the cows in the field beside the lane as we left each day. We did miss being able to use the internet to look up opening times, addresses for the GPS etc. On leaving we discovered that internet was available but we hadn't asked for it so it wasn't turned on in our cottage. Neither was it advertised so we didn't think to ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Darragh Cottages are a group of four beautifully restored stone cottages on the Cork-Limerick border in the heart of southern Ireland Situated in their own Victorian stone walled garden, the cottages are an ideal escape from everyday life. The surrounding fields form the grounds of a Georgian House which include an award-winning wildlife garden. The estate is accessed by a tree-lined drive way which extends from the nearest road a quarter of a mile away. The cottages are ideally located for day trips to the Lakes of Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Waterford Crystal, Bunratty Folk Park, Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Locally the scenic countryside provides many interesting towns for sightseeing and activities such as golf, walking, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding. The Cottages are surrounded by the Ballyhoura hills and the Galtee mountains. Galtimore, the highest peak, is within sight of the estate. The cottages are a lovely place to visit Spring, Summer or Autumn! Now enjoy free 7Mb wireless internet in the peace of the countryside! ... more less