Welcome to The Old Rectory Donard
Where nature and luxury meet
A tranquil haven in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains
Elegant and comfortable stone hermitage located in the zen garden.
Tastefully decorated and furnished including fully equipped kitchen, wood burning stove, double height living space and separate double bedroom with en-suite.
Perfect retreat to relax and unwind in comfort.
Sofa bed in main living space is ideal for children or additional guests.
Scandinavian timber chalet surrounded by mature trees and private garden space.
Tastefully decorated and furnished with fully equipped kitchen, dining space and living room.
- 1 x double
- 3 x twin
- 2 separate shower rooms
- 1 Double
- 1 Single
- Separate toilet
Luxury accommodation set in the mature gardens of the 1711 Old Rectory nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains. The accommodation is surrounded by beautiful gardens and each house has a private terrace or timber deck. The grounds boast a variety of plants and flowers along with a willow labyrinth and a selection of mature trees, some of which are over 200 years old. This provides plenty of hideaways making it both a child’s paradise and a place of peace and tranquillity.
The area is famous for hill walking and cycling with Irelands second highest mountain, Lugnaquilla, only 10 km away whilst the neraby salney river is just a 15 minute walk.
All of this is situated one hour from the capital city Dublin and half an hour from the busy market towns of Carlow or Nass.
Local attractions include Glendalough , Glenmalore National Park, Powerscourt, Russborough House, Clara Lara Fun Park, Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens as well as the famous Curragh and Punchestown race courses.
One of Ireland’s most beautiful visitors’ destinations.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul.
Access to the Monastic City: The monuments and lakes are accessible all year round at anytime of the day on foot however the car parks may have the barrier down early in the morning and late in the evening.
Castleruddery Bronze Age Stone Circle
A 10 minute walk from the Old Rectory
Once known as the Druidical Circle is about 30 metres in diameter. It consists of around forty stones, some of which are decorated with cup-marks. The circle has two enormous white quartz portal stones at the entrance, each weighing at least 15 tons. The circle itself is surrounded by an earthen bank around 1.2 metres high. In areas the bank is kerbed with smaller stones. The 4.5 metre wide bank has an opening at the east. You really need to spend time here to picture the plan and appreciate the enormity of this magnificent site.
An 18th century Palladian architectural masterpiece with fine art collections and beautiful parklands. There is so much to see and do, visit us to experience a guided tour of this magnificent house and enjoy our wide range of outdoor activities.
Clara Lara Fun Park
Clara Lara is an unique outdoor adventure Park dedicated to providing healthy and creative fun for families and groups of children.
30 acres of beautiful countryside in the Avonmore River valley with tree houses, tarzan swings, rope bridges, rowing boats, water slides, rafts, canoes, junior go-carts, B.B.Q.s, mini golf, picnic areas, a restaurant and lots more. The lakes are all man made with a flat gravel bottom and approximately 3 feet deep.
It is ideal for children and a great day out for groups up to the age of 13 years. The park is suitable for young families. However, older children are welcome to visit with younger siblings. We do not admit large groups of children over the age of 13 years, e.g. Summer Camps, Clubs etc.
Rathsallagh Golf Club & Country House
Rathsallagh Golf Course was rated In Irelands top 30 Golf Courses ( Irelands Finest Golf Courses – John Redmond ) , and it has also been highly acclaimed by the golfing press: “ Augusts without the Azalea .. as good a layout and challenge as you will find anywhere in Irish Golf “ ( John Redmond ) . “ a true championship course “ ( Christy O’Connor Jnr )
It is a Championship Course measuring close to 7,000 yards with a par of 72. Set on 270 acres of rolling parkland. Rathsallagh Golf Club is remarkable for the number, position and maturity of the trees on the course and the definition they give on approach to the excellent U.S.G.A specified greens. The bunkering has been described as some of the best in Ireland, both in terms of construction and intelligent placement.
Wicklows highest peak Lugnaquilla, (Log na Coille in the Irish), translates as ‘the hollow of the wood’, though the only trees on its flanks today are those of commercial forestry plantations, and are comprised mostly of Sitka spruce.
The mountain is 925m (3035 ft) in height, and is an Irish Munro, (Munro’s are Scottish mountains over 3,000ft; outside of Scotland they are known as Furths). It is the highest point in the Wicklow mountains, and lies approx 56 kilometres south of Dublin, in County Wicklow, on the east coast of Ireland.
Glenmalore Forest Park
This remote and wild valley is the longest of its kind in Ireland and Britain. Along the route you will enjoy spectacular views along the valley and the Carawaystick Brook Waterfall.
The Glenmalure Valley offers great walking and hiking trails. This is the most popular start to climb Lugnaquilla, Wicklow’s highest Mountain.
Romantic gardens and ancient trees.
Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares). Recognised as one of the most beautiful gardens of Ireland, the estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens. Lawns bisected by sculpted yews slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees and rhododendrons and lead in turn to a very different garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees.A fascinating walk through the Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen with its canopy of ancient oaks and huge stone outcrops lead the visitor to the River Slaney.
Just 5 km away Church Mountain offers some great views over west Wicklow and the southern Wicklow Mountains including the Blessington lakes and Lugnaquilla. There are a number of walking routes to take ranging from an easy 2 hour round trip to longer more challenging routes. There are the remains of a prehistoric cairn at the summit
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is an Award-winning family business making hand made chocolates, premium ice cream (Tipperary Ice Cream brand) and a wide range of delicious treats.
They have a shop and visitor centre and offer a range of tours and workshops for visitors to engage in making their own chocolates which can be booked in advance at