New to Host Unusual: Six unique Irish Landmark Trust holiday homes
Discover captivating Celtic charm, breathtaking landscapes and the friendliest of locals on the Emerald Isle with a selection of new Irish Landmark Trust properties. In their quest to seek out unusual historic properties and give them new life, this non-profit organisation has been transforming places in need of restoration into unique holiday lets since 1992 and Host Unusual are proud to be working in partnership with them. Explore 19th Century architect-designed lodges, unique and enchanting towers, lighthouse cottages and more in unrivalled settings on this beautiful island.
Ever fancied playing the part of lighthouse keeper?
Well now you can in this remote yet stunning lighthouse keeper's cottage in
County Down. Ketch sits in the shadow of the distinctive St John's Point
Lighthouse, which is easily spotted from afar thanks to its black and yellow
colour and impressive loftiness as Ireland's tallest onshore lighthouse!
The cottage itself sleeps four in two bedrooms and has stunning wood flooring
throughout, in addition to those spectacular sea views. Just over 30
minutes north of Ketch, Strangford Lough is an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty just waiting to be explored.
Still in County Down yet north of Ketch sits the imposing
Helen's Tower. Built in 1848 by Frederik Lord Dufferin, the tower was
immortalised in the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson "Helen's Tower, here I
stand, Dominant over sea and land." Find your own historic and
romantic hideaway here and you will not be disappointed. From the rooftop
lookout you can spy the shores of Scotland, visible on a clear day. Original
features and character are certainly not lacking, from the ornate, octagonal
dining room and wood-carved ceiling to the stone spiral staircase and mahogany
tables - an enchanting retreat from the norm.
Further North and into County Antrim we head, and a
beautiful and timelessly romantic hideaway that comprises an original circular
gate lodge and a new modern extension, forming a clever juxtaposition of old
and new. You'll arrive at Drum Gate Lodge via stepping stones to the
front door, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows greet you on either side.
The original lodge has a cosy living room, stone floor and peat-burning stove -
the perfect place for those winter's evenings sheltered from the cold.
The lodge also has its own private patio and garden furniture for the summer
months, and is just 15 minutes away from the sensational Giant's Causeway.
Another historic gem of County Antrim dating back to the
19th Century, Magherintemple Lodge was built in a Scottish Baronial style. It
was then updated with Victorian features by Sir John Casement, including an
inscription over the door. Today the lodge welcomes guests to enjoy its
charms. Traditionally furnished in keeping with its heritage, it benefits
from two bedrooms, making it perfect for families. The patio is the ideal spot
to watch the sun set after a busy day exploring the area, which includes the
world-renowned UNESCO site of The Giant's Causeway and Dark Henges - scenes
some of you may recognise from Game of Thrones!
Quaint and beautifully preserved, Kiln Wing forms part of an
old and postcard-worthy 19th Century corn mill, once left to near dilapidation
but revived in the 1980s by a local engineer and subsequently Irish Landmark
Trust for visitors to enjoy. You'll admire the original features of this
historic and listed building, including the cogs and wheels at its core, but
also the unrivalled setting right next to a rushing river - such a relaxing
viewpoint from the lounge with your feet up. Being located in Bushmills,
you have the world's oldest distillery right on your doorstep, as well as a
scenic coastline and some inviting Antrim beaches to explore.
Moving south away from the coast is our final destination and the gorgeous lake region of County Fermanagh. The grand Colebrooke Estate is your setting, which is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to popular Lough Erne. Arrive under the grand archway to Triumphal Arch Lodge, a Grade B listed architect-designed building from the 19th Century and now a finely decorated lodge sleeping up to four (plus a canine friend). The onsite award-winning spa is welcome extra touch, and the gorgeous surrounding countryside lends itself to wildlife spotting and some fantastic walks and explorations.