We have stayed here 4 times and will be arriving in June for our 5th stay. There are three buildings that you can stay in, each with its own charm. The main one can comfortably hold at least 8 people. The bedrooms, for the most part are small but comfy. The three bathrooms each offer a shower--always have found them clean and adequate. The living/dining room is immense with a new wooden floor, a beautiful fireplace, a huge dining table and living room seating for about 10. The great room can be entered from outside through a large sliding glass door that offers a beautiful farm view. The kitchen offers a full-size stove, fridge, plenty of cupboards and a grand view with a large window. Farmer Peter leaves extra pairs of wellies here so you can walk about the farm no matter what the Irish weather. This large unit is called Rathgillan House. Once you have mastered the thermostat, you will have a pleasant stay.
Our favorite unit is theRathgillan Lodge--we have found it perfect for my wife and I. Yes, it needs a bit stronger shower and a few more hooks, but besides that the bedroom offers two dressers, a warming closet, and a comfy queen-size bed. The kitchen is quite well equipped and once again has has everything full-sized. The living/dining room offers a good-sized table that could sit four easily. Oh yes, there is a fireplace, too.
I cannot say much about Rathgillan Cottage since I have never slept in that house.
Staying here also offers a great chance to meet a wonderful irish family. Farmer Peter has a van that picks you up at the airport and brings you to the farm, about an hour away. Yes, stay on a farm just an hour from Dublin!
We first visited the farm in 2009 as a family. Now my wife and I bring college students every summer. Peter drives us all around--Newbrange, the Hill of Tara, Belfast's Titanic Experience, Dublin, the Aran Islands, the Giant's Causeway. Farmer Peter also takes us to wonderful restaurants in our travels.
If you stay, be sure to walk up to the rath behind the buildings for a great scenic view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rathgillen Lodge is situated on a 125-acre working farm and enjoys beautiful views of the countryside. The location is quiet and peaceful and yet is only 1 km from the pretty village of Nobber and 1-hour drive from Dublin and 1 hour from Belfast. Meath is an area of legend of folklore, Vikings & Normans, castles and crosses and lots of monastic ruins to visit. Shops, pubs and restaurants are located nearby. We are situated 10 km from Cabra Castle Hotel and 16 km from Navan Town. The renovated stone cottage has lots of character and has oil central heating , solar panels and a woodburning stove. The accommodation sleeps 2 in the main bedroom with a pull out sofa-bed in the living area offering room for a further 2 people. It is suitable for all needs with wide doors and a wet room bathroom. Rathgillen Mews- A 3 bedroomed mews situated on 125 acre sheep farm with beautiful views of surrounding countryside. Located beside the pretty village of Nobber with bus service from Dublin, the mews has fully fitted kitchen come living area. Internet provided. ... more less