Clonleason Gate Lodge

Fordstown, Co. Meath

Books, paintings and roses at this enchanting cottage for romantics, hidden at the end of the drive. Linen and logs included...


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Clonleason sets the standard for self-catering in Ireland. Sinead has converted the Georgian lodge into the dandiest cottage that indulges the senses and yet, despite the luxury and attention to detail, never feels overly perfect: roses meet honeysuckle, country-house elegance meets cosy cottage. It lies secluded among trees at the end of her drive with only the odd tractor to interrupt the peace. You enter by the welcoming kitchen: a Welsh dresser storing patterned Portmeirion china, red deal cupboards distressed to create a limewash effect, oven, dishwasher, microwave and all the basics generously provided. Left is the sitting room: books, paintings and a comfy cream sofa in front of an open fire โ€“ so civilised. French doors open onto a terrace and a beautiful secret garden that leads to a small stream and the wild fields. The bedroom has lots of storage, fresh white linen on an excellent bed, coir matting and a pretty shower room. If you can drag yourself away, there are lovely river walks. Enchanting.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm, please get in touch for early check in
Check out
11am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 4 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
Christmas, 20 December - 28 December.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from €70
Weekly price
from €480
Damage deposit
€None requested
1 House for 2
From €701 bedroom


We simply love this cottage with its comfort and charm in abundance. Sinead and John are the most welcoming yet unobtrusive hosts you could wish for. They maintain the Gate Lodge to an exceptionally high standard. It is impossible not to relax and unwind - comfy sofa, real fire and loads of good books, CDs and DVDs to choose from. Outside is also a real treat, being able to wander through Clonleason's wonderful garden trails and then also to have your own hidden garden to explore. We have travelled a lot but keep coming back to this gorgeous Gate Lodge - it is somewhere truly special.

Tricia, Belfast

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sinead Connelly

  • Visit Sheridan's famous cheese shop in the Old Railway building in Carnaross. The lively Saturday market is a must for fresh local produces and sumptuous wine and cheese.
  • Co. Meath is heaving with history. Experience the unique archaeological sites of Tara and the UNESCO site of Bru na Bainne (Newgrange). Ramble along the Boyne River in Trim and see the vast number of historical sites on it's banks.
  • Ballyjamesduff. Visit the County Museum and see the extrodinary outdoor replica of a World War 1 trench.
  • Take a day trip to Dublin and be back in your cottage for the evening. The cultural center around Trinity Collage is easily accessible on foot. Or visit the coastal fishing village of Skerries and eat fresh sea food in a harbor restaurants.
  • In Kells golf at the beautiful Headfort course set in traditional parkland, or visit the 9th century round tower and Celtic crosses.In Athboy, our local friendly village, you will find a choice of good restaurants and some of our guests favorite pubs.
  • Our wish is to make our cottage comfortable for our guests.. With fat pillows, a bulging bookcase and wall to wall birdsong our hope is that guests find Clonleason Gate Lodge the perfect place to stay..