About the property
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The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building it is a dream lo
WINNER of 'BEST HOUSE' 2014 at the Architecture Ireland Awards- RIAI
ARCHITECT: Michael Kelly & Dan Costelloe
'A crisp and effective two story insert within the existing walls of a ruined 19th century farm building the project provides open and uncluttered domestic spaces of great charm. The free standing timber post and beam structural system provides a robust framework which allows for rich and innovative thinking throughout the planning organisation and the project’s sophisticated detail design development. Noteworthy are its beautiful roof lanterns and the clever use of interstitial space between old and new.'
The Cow House is a recently restored 19th Century farm building set in the grounds of June Blake's internationally acclaimed garden. This beautiful contemporary renovation was designed by Architect's Michael Kelly and Dan Costelloe. The Cow House has its own timber and glass elevation set back behind the restored granite elevation. It has an independent ground floor structure of timber posts, timber/steel flitch beams and timber joists, supporting first floor timber structural frames which in turn support the 15m long laminated timber ridge beam. This enables the rafters to span from the ridge to the walls permitting the roof space to accommodate two en-suite bedrooms. The partitions are formed from European birch faced plywood.
The ground floor is one space for cooking, dining and sitting. The floor is a heated polished concrete floor cast from local sand and granite. The floor steps as the original cow houses stepped. The kitchen island is formed from the same cast concrete. The granite walls on the east and south have been lined with solid Douglas Fir.
The stairs is baroque in conception and design. The lower section is formed from cast concrete, dense, solid and load bearing in contrast with the upper section, a semi solid hanging assembly of laminated plywood.
Upstairs there are two unique bedrooms with glass lined en suite bathrooms. Four bespoke roof lights allow light and sunshine to animate all spaces within the house.
The contemporary garden is set within the grounds of a Victorian Steward's house and farmyard. 'June Blake's Garden is that rare thing, a plant collector’s paradise with a strong design framework. The planting is bold, brave and brilliant.' Jane Powers, Sunday Times.' The effect is startling in it's beauty, like the spilt content's of a jewellery box'. Fionnula Fallon, The Irish Garden. ' June's new garden is a rare treat, a modern garden that draws in the visitor and wraps them in flowers, welcoming yet stylish, and an example of virtuoso design and expert plantsmanship.' Shirley Lanigan, The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland.
The Cow House is a dream location for garden lovers. It is within walking distance of the acclaimed Hunting Brook Garden owned by June’s brother Jimi. Russborough House and Garden is 5 only km from The Cow House. Other gardens within a short distance are Mount Usher, Powerscourt and The Dillon Garden. There are many other interesting private gardens which June has access to.
Activities within easy distance:
Hill walking / Hiking in the Wicklow Mountains
Water sports on Blessington Lake.
Punchestown Racecourse is 13 km, Curragh Racecourse is 30km, Leopardstown Racecourse is 25km
Golf courses – South County/ Lisheen Springs Golf Club is 3km, Citywest Golf Course is 6km, Palmerstown House 15km, K Club is 18km, Tulfarris Golf Club is 15km and many more within a short distance.
The amenities of Dublin City are a thirty minute drive.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Such a wacky cleverly design place.
We loved the Cow House! Clever design, it was a cosy sociable space, with good sized bedrooms too. Well stocked with essentials. Only downside (and it’s a really minor one) was that there was no information on arrival about house practicalities.
Best place we never stayed!
Never made it to the property due to severe snow storm in Dublin! But the people hosting the property (Niamh and June) were amazing. Upon arrival at the airport, we found all transportation services were shut down (No rental cars/buses and very few taxis). They went out of their way to try to find us a way to get to the house just outside of Dublin, stocked the kitchen with provisions for us, and continued to update us during the weekend on storm status in their area. Roads were blocked for the whole weekend so we never made it to the house, but highly recommend a stay at June's place based on the hospitality alone!
My stay at this treasure was amazing. The home and grounds are breathtaking. I didn’t want to ever leave. The owners are super nice and helpful too. Hope to make my way back one day.
Great house and garden
This is a great house and the garden in mid-June was just lovely. Great location and the owners were really welcoming. Thank you for the garden recommendations!! We would definitely go back.
Loved our time in Wicklow and at June Blake's Cow House
We had a wonderful stay at the Cow House. June's garden is amazing, and Dara, June's son who lives across the courtyard, was such a great resource for us. While I can understand previous comments about noise traveling easily in the house, it did not, in our case, negatively affect our enjoyment of the space. The space is creative and contemporary, and felt quite tranquil to us. The beds and linens were extremely comfortable, and the ability to black out the space made for quality sleep! The kitchen is very nicely equipped, and we were able to fix meals at home easily.
We'll hope to visit again, and are so grateful to June, and her family for their warmth and hospitality.
Beautiful, serene setting
Very easy to book, check in and out, and communicate with the owner. Very friendly and welcoming, and the property was perfect for two couples. Many things to see and do nearby, and places to eat and shop as well. Highly recommend it!
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Shoes are not to be worn in The Cow House, Check in time is 4pm, Check out time is 11am No Smoking allowed