(Reference number: 54358)
Luxury self catering rental in the heart of Ireland's racing country. Martinstown House is a hidden gem of understated luxury, set in the rich, leafy landscape of the famous Curragh in County Kildare.
Built at the end of the 18th century as a love nest by the Duke of Leinster, the ambience of the property retains its romantic character.
The gothic style cottage is surrounded by mature parkland, beech hedges and magnificent walled gardens.
The charm and creativity that is evident in the landscaping of Martinstown is essential to its appeal as a luxury retreat. Among the joyful aspects of the grounds is the working farm complete with hens, cattle, sheep and even horses.
Other delightful highlights are a formal Italian garden with flower beds, a rose garden with sundial and an apple orchard. The heart of the garden is the organic vegetable plot.
The exquisite level of attention and detail is reflected in the interior of the cottage. Each of the six bedrooms have been individually designed and have stunning views of the environment.
As befits a manor house of this vintage, there are two elegant reception rooms for quiet and sumptuous relaxation. Both the Morning Room and the Drawing room are furnished and decorated with antique furniture and fine artworks. The air of indulgence is enhanced with open fires and huge sofas.
The Dining Room which features a long antique mahogany dining table, side boards and beautiful silver candelabra is intimate and romantic.
The kitchen is spacious and comfortable and affords all the comfort and tone of a hospitable country kitchen, with a range, gas cooker, and a big farmhouse table.
Should guests be able to drag themselves away from the retreat, there is plenty to do nearby.
The Curragh, the capital of Irish flat racing, is close by and there are several prestigious golf courses within easy reach. Kildare Cathedral and Round Tower, the National Stud and the Japanese Gardens are a short drive away. Dublin City and Dublin airport are both within an hourâ€™s drive.