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New to Host Unusual: Six unique Irish Landmark Trust holiday homes

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Published 09/05/2017 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. 

Helen's Tower


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.

Drum Gate Lodge


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.

Magherintemple Lodge


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!

Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill


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.

Triumphal Arch Lodge


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.

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