Dunbur Head, Co Wicklow
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781. It is a peace seeker's haven with inspiring and refreshing views of the Irish Sea. The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse provide a perfect backdrop for a unique and memorable break.
The Lighthouse has 6 octagonal rooms carefully constructed in the void that existed within the tower when it was first taken on by Irish Landmark. The arched windows set into walls which are a meter or more thick offer stunning views out to the Irish Sea and the surrounding countryside: all making this property a most unique place to stay.
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The restoration of Wicklow Head Lighthouse was one of the last projects of the architect, Maura Shaffrey. The philosophy behind the brief and that of The Irish Landmark Trust, echoed one which Maura had promoted and practised throughout her career, and long before it had become popular or accepted in this country. This philosophy acknowledged the intrinsic value of our architectural heritage, including its historic and social aspects, but, above all, the particular quality of fabric, form and scale which imbues its aesthetic worth. It sought to retain these qualities and weave new uses into existing buildings without diluting their essence. It was not a rigid doctrine which aimed to preserve all in aspic, nor was it one which bowed to the kitsch or the pastiche. It embraced the demands to incorporate modern facilities sympathetically and took them on board as a challenge in proving the economic viability and future sustainability of retaining and reviving existing buildings.
However, Maura's approach was equally strict on issues such as materials and finishes, insisting that only compatible materials should be used. Behind this 'rule' was a depth of knowledge and passion. Maura's last article, before her untimely death, examined the future of the vernacular house and set out a practical and benign approach to 'upgrading', incorporating extensions, etc., as necessary.
The Irish Landmark Trust acquired Wicklow Lighthouse in 1996, and set about conserving the tower. This involved re-plastering the internal and external walls, making and fitting 27 windows, wiring, plumbing, flooring and installing a water pumping system. When the stairs and timber floors were in situ, a series of 6 octagonal rooms were arranged vertically. Although the rooms are small, they have high arched windows set into walls which are almost a metre thick.
All the windows were newly made in accordance with traditional joinery practices. Double-glazing was used to counteract the high winds and exposed location of the lighthouse. Blinds for the windows had to be fitted, as it was required that they should be closed at night lest the lights from the lighthouse confuse ships around the headland. The arched head on the windows meant that special blinds were needed. These were handmade from various coloured sail fabric and attached to the windows with brass fittings. Because the blinds are flush to the windows, it means that the window alcove becomes a useable space, even at night when the blinds are closed.
All the walls were painted white, and this gives the building an almost contemporary feel. It was decided to furnish the lighthouse in a minimalist fashion. This was further consolidated by the fact that all of the furniture had to be either built in-situ, or else dismantled to bring it up the winding 109 steps to the top.
Because no one had ever lived in the lighthouse, there was no evidence as to how it might have been furnished. Therefore, the furniture selected is, in general, quite simple with a nautical theme. The mosaic tiles on the bathroom floor were influenced by similar samples found in other lighthouses.
Just 1 hour from Dublin City. Wicklow Town (5 kms) Shop (5 kms) Restaurant (5 kms) Beach (5 kms)
Nearby: Wicklow Town (5 kms) Shop (5 kms) Restaurant (5 kms) Beach (5 kms) Please Note: This property is surrounded by sea on three sides. Also, the kitchen is at the top of the property, and there is 109 steps to it.
GPS: 52.965143 , -6.002410
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification, please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Can I light a fire?
There is no open fire at Wicklow Lighthouse
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops , etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 10 mins drive back to Wicklow town.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This property is not best suited to young children. Each room is stacked one on top of the other, and there are 109 steps to the kitchen and also a large number of steps to the living room area.
Is it suitable for older people?
This property does not suit anyone with mobility issues. There are 109 steps to the kitchen and there are always steps to get from one room to another.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is electric central heating at Wicklow. There are storage heaters throughout the building.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a shower over bath in the single bathroom
How many bathrooms?
How many day guests can I invite to the house?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Wicklow town and a taxi could take you onwards from there to the Lighthouse. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Is there outdoor furniture?
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