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Wicklow Head Lighthouse
Ranked #3 of 12 Wicklow B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 6, 2014

I stayed at Wicklow Lighthouse with my family (2 kids aged 9 and 5) last week. The place is magic! What a way to get away from it all. I could have stared out of the windows for days. It's amazingly cozy too. Our kids adored it; it really sparked their imaginations. We didn't miss TV or the internet for a second.
You do need to bring warm sweatshirts as the windows let in quite a draft, but that's part and parcel of the experience. There are plenty of nice blankets in the living room to wrap up in as you sit and soak in the view.
Also watch out for the 109 steps to the kitchen - again, part of the charm but I wouldn't do it with kids younger than 4 or so.
Go and stay at this fabulous place!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank CaitiM
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Just back from a wonderful weekend staying at Wicklow Head Lighthouse. It had been a longtime dream of my husband's to stay in a lighthouse so we booked (all the way back in November) a May bank holiday weekend with friends at Wicklow Head. Every part of the stay was magical, the service from the caretakers, Miriam and Brendan were lovely; the building itself - amazing, the comfort of the bedrooms, the perfect cozy sitting room, the well-appointed kitchen and of course the fact that the property is dog friendly so the furry family member could join the fun too. There are of course a lot of stairs and as the guidance on the Landmark trust site says, it might not be suitable for small children (though we read lots of great reports in the visitors book from families with children who had a ball) . I'm 5 months pregnant however and found it be perfectly comfortable as the halls are well lit and have handrails. There are lovely walks in the area along the coast too. With regard to reports of damp and cold, I can only comment on our experience which was on a blustery May weekend but I did not find it uncomfortably cold. The walls certainly show a few signs of damp but not terribly so and not unexpected in a building of this age. It certainly did not take from the magic of the stay.
Wicklow Head is a fantastic place to visit and stay, I'd say once in a lifetime except that I really hope to get back there again sometime!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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4  Thank CQA9813
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Overall I found the lighthouse stay a great experience. However it's not one that I would repeat in this particular lighthouse. We had previously stayed in Blackhead Lighthouse, Co. Antrim, and have to compare Wicklow to this. I loved the location in Wicklow, it was very private but still not too far from a town which had all the amenities you could want. The caretakers were friendly and helpful. There were plenty of towels and lovely fresh flowers.
There were a few downsides to our stay. We have 3 children aged 4, 6 and 8 and I was quite nervous of them on all the stairs. There is no central heating in the Lighthouse, and the first night the temperature outside was 3 degrees. Inside was very cold, especially in the living area, because it has no door, and an open stairwell.
There are storage heaters in the bedrooms and the bedrooms have doors so they were nice and cosy. One of the windows seems to be broken, and is quite crudely fixed closed. On a windy night (they're all windy on the coast) there was quite a gale whistling through the gap.
There is a problem with dampness, if you run your hand along the inside of the external walls, the bubbling paint flecks off. When I had a shower on the first morning, my children came running up to tell me there was water dripping through their ceiling. The leak will need to be repaired very soon and the ceiling repaired, or it will damage the bedroom floor as well as the ceiling.
The kitchen is compact and has almost everything you need, but no toaster. The grill on the cooker was a bit temperamental.
Overall I would say it was a nice experience to stay in the lighthouse, but by the second night I was missing the comforts of home.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Aine G
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Just back from the most magical 2 days in the Wicklow lighthouse. Didn't have the pleasure of meeting Miriam but got a lovely warm welcome from Brendan who is a gentleman. Step in the door and the magic begins. It is just the most amazing place. Don't worry about the steps. Just stop by windows on the way up and admire the beautiful views and off you go again. We thought it might be cold at night but it was so cosy. We went to the little beach where the seals are. Fantastic. Wicklow town is nearby and has lots of pubs and restaurants if you can bear to leave your lighthouse. The lighthouse is so easy to find. It's just passed the golf course and on your left hand side. Will highly recommend this beautiful place for a long time to come and can't wait to go back. Get some magic back in your lives and go see for yourselves :)

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Avril S
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Yes, this is a great lighthouse but unlike most visitors we were treated with great hostility by Brendan. When we asked if it would be possible to visit the working lighthouse nearby he snapped at us "it is not open to the public"

So, you can imagine our shock to discover the quote (from the previous week) in the visitor's book by Klaus and Lottie from Berlin: "we had a tour of the working lighthouse with Brendan as the guide"

This is very exceptional and it the worst experience we have ever had - usually we get on with people very well - indeed, in the USA we had to shoo pretty waitresses away as they seemed to want to stay and chat forever.

Also, in the area, the locals looked right through us as we drove past waving in our ENGLISH registered car. A clue perhaps?

At night you can sit and listen to the hound(s) of the Baskervilles as they dementedly bark as they dream of eating English tourists (presumably a huge pack of hounds that live nearby).

Bear in mind that this place is VERY damp inside - the walls are three feet thick and the plaster is bubbling off with damp. A bit like a basement flat.

Also, of the four locks on the outside only one (the flimsiest) actually works.

Also, you will be knee deep in people driving up the road (marked "Strictly private" but in Ireland that means "everybody welcome") and having picnics underneath your windows.

But don't worry - you will never find it anyway as the directions are really terrible (the "new houses" you are looking out for are at least thirty years old and the 1 mile drive is 1.5 miles and so on ...)

Would we return? Sadly, no

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank Bob C
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We were so fortunate to spend two nights here at this amazing place in May. The rooms were immaculate and so beautifully restored. Miriam, Brendan and Brendan could not have been more pleasant nor kind. The entire experience was fantastic and I know I'll return another time. I would highly recommend this opportunity to everyone and anyone. The surroundings are breathtaking!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Carrie M
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Just back from an AMAZING stay in the Wicklow Head lighthouse. Unique property, beautifully restored, full of character and with spectacular panoramic views over Dunbar head and the Irish sea. Warm welcome from the property managers- who've managed a variety of working lighthouses all around Ireland so told us about the history of this one (and the front lighthouse, which is just across the field). The stay was just unforgettable: the lighthouse, built in 1781, was really comfortable (lots of stairs but it kept us fit!), well-equipped, and we appreciated being able to bring our dogs. We all enjoyed the lovely walks nearby as, luckily, we had one very fine day of April sunshine. We went to a local beach early in the morning and came across a large colony of seals, basking in the warm sun. At night, the sound of the gulls and the wind blowing around us made it cosy.
Definitely the most unusual property I've ever stayed in; this was one of the best trips I've ever been on.
Roll on the Landmark Trust's restoration of Cromwell Point down in Valentia... can't wait to stay there!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Wicklow Head | Co.Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Wicklow
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Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Wicklow
Price Range: $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wicklow Lighthouse is a 6 storey high tower. A granite octagonal building, it was built as a lighthouse in the mid 1800s, but only functioned as such for a short length of time before it was decommissioned and replaced by a new lighthouse further out on the headland.This is a spectacular building. All the windows on each level have fantastic views - out to sea or inland across Co.WicklowThere is an entrance foyer with a guest wc off; two double bedrooms; a bathroom; living room; kitchen. Please note there are 109 steps from the entrance level to the kitchen which is at the top of the building ... more   less 
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