Dreaming of where your first trip might be to later this year? We’ve found just the spot; a stunning architect-designed holiday house on the Irish coast, with access to both nature and Michelin-star dining, while being completely private and away from any other guests.
The modern, architect-designed Cliff Beach House is set in Ireland’s Ardmore Bay, known as one of Ireland’s prettiest fishing villages, with soft sand beaches and centuries of history on the doorstep.
Set above rolling Atlantic waters, the house offers breathtaking ocean views, with contemporary interiors designed to enhance the natural flow of light.
Spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows take in the Irish skies, village and cliffside views. There’s even a lookout point for sea otters, dolphins and whales, as well as birdlife including peregrine falcons.
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Aside from the sea views, the stylish house also offers a home gym, sauna, outdoor hot tub, BBQ terrace, family snug and a cinema room, as well as a very Instagrammable living room complete with open fire and grand piano.
Inside, ocean-green resin floors, copper lighting, pale walls, dark woods and slates were deliberately chosen to give the feeling of being immersed in the natural landscape. Botanical prints, original ceramics and hand-loomed Irish blankets add warmth and cosiness.
The six bedrooms sleep 12, so plenty of room for the whole family (or a large group of friends), and the modern bathrooms come with freestanding baths and open fires.
The dining room features an 8 metre long oak dining table, and high-pitched ceilings that give it grandeur.
A central glass stairwell creates a light-filled location for the home-gym equipped with handcrafted NOHrD WaterRower, solid wood and leather free weights and Flowstate yoga mats, designed by Dublin based artist Maser.
Downstairs are six double, ensuite bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the sea. They each have underfloor heating, buttoned velvet headboards and specially-commissioned bedside lighting, and the master bedroom has it’s own fireplace.
Downstairs there’s also a fern-filled interior garden, as well as access to the large stone patio with outdoor hot tub and BBQ area. Paths lead out through naturalistic gardens planted with coastal shrubs.
The house comes with top service too, from access to multi-Michelin-starred chefs (Cliff House Hotel’s Michelin-starred House Restaurant is just a short stroll away), to a dedicated host who can take you on wildlife adventures and ‘zero-km’ cooking classes, to local foraging experts who lead walks into the surrounding woods and fields, teaching visitors how to find, identify, prepare and eat the edible fruits, nuts and wild mushrooms.
But our favourite part? Chefs who come to the house to shuck oysters straight from the sea for an al fresco summer lunch. Heaven.
Cliff Beach House is about a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin airport or a 1 hour drive from Cork airport. It just opened in April 2020 and is accepting bookings from this summer and beyond.