Grange Lodge is a modern stone faced luxury cottage completed to a 4 star standard. The cottage is located on the Strokestown to Drumsna road overlooking Grange lake part of the river Shannon. Less than two hours from Dublin to Strokestown a heritage town in the Irish midlands - home to Strokestown Park House and famine museum and St Johns Genealogy centre. It is a popular angling centre for course and pike fishing being surrounded by 65 lakes within a seven mile radius. This gorgeous stone faced house is located 4.5 miles from town, in a spacious garden adjacent to Grange lake and harbour which holds good stocks of Pike, Bream, Rudd and Hybrids. Tastefully furnished throughout, all rooms are ensuite and two bedrooms have TV. This is an ideal touring base boasting a variety of attractions from fishing to golf and horse riding and nearby a children’s playground and tennis court.
Energy Saver Update: Brand new Solar panels have been installed at Grange Lodge providing hot water for showers & general hot water usage
The cottage consists of four bedrooms (All ensuite*).
Bedroom 1: Double bed, ensuite bathroom with electric shower. TV with satellite channels.
Bedroom 2: Double bed , ensuite bathroom with electric shower. TV with satellite channels.
Bedroom 3: Double bed, ensuite bathroom with power shower.
Bedroom 4: Twin bed room, ensuite bathroom with power shower.
Sitting room: Has 28" T.V with satellite channels. Open fire with logs or turf available on request. Luxurious leather sofa suite.
Kitchen: Fully furbished with all modern appliances including, electric oven, gas hob, microwave oven, kettle, coffee maker, toaster, spacious fridge and freezer, together with cutlery, cooking utensils and all necessary kitchen furniture. The kitchen is fitted with window blinds.
Utility room: Contains clothing washing machine and additional utensils such as hair dryer, iron, ironing board, hoover. clothes horse.
Main Toilet: Contains toilet and, wash hand basin.
*All ensuite bathrooms consist of shower, toilet and large wash hand basin. All bedrooms and sitting room are fitted with window curtains.
The Cottage is heated by oil fired central heating which can be regulated to activate on a timer system.
Grange lodge is completed to a very high standard, while the owners request guests to leave the cottage as they would expect to find it, the cottage is cleaned and observed between guests by dedicated family involvement.
Rubbish is separated for recycling in separate outside bins.
Oil and electricity is metered and customers pay the current rates for electricity which is communicated at time of arrival.
Boat rental: Three fishing boats are available for guests at the house for an additional €150 per week including the boat fuel.
Message from Host:
There will be a welcome pack of homemade scones and fresh bread for all new guests.
From Dublin drive along the N4 until Longford. Then change to the N5 in the direction of Westport until you reach the town of Strokestown.
In the centre of Strokestown there is a small roundabout, with a small monument in the centre of it. Drive straight ahead in the direction signposted to Carrick on Shannon / Elphin.
Set the speedometer here at 0
After 0.6 Km (0.4Miles) after the roundabout turn right in the direction signposted Drumsna / Kilmore / Kiltrustan.
After 3.8Km (2.4 miles) after passing a big white house on your left, there is a staggered junction. Keep going straight ahead at this junction.
After 5.6 Km (3.5 miles) take a left turn along side a soccer pitch which has a small monument beside the turn-off engraved "Fr. Mattimoe Memorial Park opened 1980" .
After 5.8 Km (3.6 miles) at the T junction take a left turn. The next house on the Left Hand Side is where you will be awaited to collect the key of the house and you will be brought to your accommodation from there.
Please ring the house when you arrive in Ireland and give an estimated time of arrival.
Things to see and do
Strokestown is situated in a beautiful part of the county. Surrounded by many lakes, the town is noted for its wide streets. It is said that they were made this way because the second Lord Hartland wanted to make his village thoroughfare even wider than the Ringstrasse in Vienna. The town is home to many traditional pubs, some of which host traditional Irish music sessions.
Strokestown Park House & Famine Museum
Strokestown Park House was built in the 1730s. In the 1970s the house was bought by an Irish firm, restored and is now open to the public to view. Located in the stable yards of Strokestown Park House, the Famine Museum commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s. Between 1845 and 1850, approximately one fifth of the population of Ireland either died or emigrated when blight devastated the potato crop. The Museum, using extensive estate papers, explains the historical and social significance of the famine nationally.
Strokestown Genealogy Centre
The County Roscommon Heritage & Genealogy Centre undertakes research into families resident in County Roscommon before 1900. The Centre is run by a community owned company and is affiliated to the Irish Family History Foundation. Situated at the west end of the main street of Strokestown, the centre has a broad base of genealogical data which includes church & civil records of births, marriages and deaths, land and census records and other historical materials.
King House Boyle
Located in Boyle, King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion built around 1730 by Sir Henry King whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland. After its first life as a home, King House became a military barracks to the famous Connaught Rangers from 1788 until 1922. In more recent years King House has also been a barracks for the Irish Army. Even today there still remains an Army presence as the Reserve Defence Force are based in the West Wing of the House. Today visitors can explore the house and enjoy a range of exhibitions that offer an enchanting view of Ireland’s heritage and culture.
Lough Key Forest Park
Lough Key Forest ParkLocated in a scenic and historical area of Roscommon, Lough Key consists of approximately 350 hectares comprising of forested areas and open parkland. Features include tunnels, a viewing tower, ice-house, bog garden and gazebo. There are also approximately 10 kms of forest walks taking in magnificent lake-shores, canal banks and trees.
The Cruachan Ai Visitor Centre
Cruachan Aí Visitor CentreLocated in the nearby town of Tulsk, Cruachan was the pre-historic capital of Connacht and is reputedly the largest and best preserved Celtic Royal Site in Europe. It was a centre of ritual ceremony, inauguration of Kings and legendary home of Queen Medb, earth goddess and Warrior Queen. An amazing array of archaeological remains are located within a four mile radius of Tulsk village, dating from the Stone Age to the historic period and these are interpreted in the bright, modern exhibition rooms at Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre.
River Shannon Cruises
Being just a short drive from the River Shannon opens up a world of activities for the visitor. Emerald Star Cruisers operate a base from Carrick-on-Shannon (12 miles from Glendel) offering a gateway to some of the best cruising routes and spectacular scenery in Ireland – the waterways of the Shannon, the Boyle, the new Shannon-Erne canal, Lough Key and Lough Allen are perfect for both experienced and novice cruisers alike.
The luxurious cruiser ‘Moon River’, which seats 110 passengers and offers a full bar service and tasty snacks, operates daily trips departing from the quayside in Carrick-On-Shannon.
There are a number of quality golf courses located within a short driving distance of Glendel.
Strokestown Golf Club is a 9 hole golf course situated beside Cloofinlough lake, just outside the town.
Boyle Golf Course is a 9 hole golf course located within 5 minutes of Boyle town-centre off the N61.
Carrick-on-Shannon boasts an impressive 18-hole parkland course.
Grange Lodge is located in the coarse angling paradise of the west, surrounded by 65 lakes within a seven-mile. All the local lakes have an abundance of Pike, Perch, Bream, Rudd and some Tench. Several lakes are equipped with fishing stands. Boat rental on the adjacent lakes can be organised by your host.
Arigna Mining Experience
With an exhibition area tracing 400 years of mining and a tour which actually takes you through what was a working mine, the whole experience is both educational and extremely intriguing for kids. All of the tour guides are ex-miners and are therefore able to relate a history of a life that no longer exists in a way which is both educational as well as being interesting. See www.arignaminingexperience.ie
Still regarded as the finest of the Cistercian churches to survive in Ireland with the majesty of the south arcade unparalleled elsewhere in the country.
Castlecoote House, home of the Percy French Summer School, is an Elegant Georgian Mansion set in rich pastoral woodland area, bounded on three sides by the beautiful River Suck.
Claypipe Visitor Centre
Located in Knockcroghery. For over 250 years the village was famous for the production of the tobacco clay pipe, or duidin.
Clonalis House has a collection of material relating to the O’Conor family. The Coronation Stone and the Harp of Turlough O’Carolan, are also to be seen. See www.clonalis.com
Derryglad Folk Museum
At this award winning amenity see over 2,000 items on display dealing with farm and folk life in Ireland. See www.derrygladfolkmuseum.com
Thatched revolving roof and sails are turned into the wind on a circular track and is now the only working windmill in the west of Ireland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glendeer Open Park
Hells Kitchen Museum & Bar
A treasure-trove for enthusiasts and anyone interested in by-gone days. On display is the largest private collection in the country. See www.hellskitchenmuseum.com
Dr Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre
Dr. Hyde’s contribution to Ireland is highlighted in an exhibition with the use of informative charts, maps and photographs. See Dr Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre
The museum has a unique collection of artefacts relating to the history of the county, the town and its people.
Suck Valley Development
Visitor Angling Conference Centre & Riverside Cafe based in Athleague, on the 100km Suck Valley Waymarked Way Walk where angling & walking holiday packages can be booked all year round. See www.suckvalley.com
Féile Frank Mc Gann
Annual memorial festival of Irish traditional music, song and dance which takes place every October in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Féile Frank Mc Gann was established to honour the memory of one of Ireland’s best loved traditional Irish musicians, Frank Mc Gann. Frank, a bodhran player born in Lisalway, Co. Roscommon in 1923 and who sadly passed away in 2002 was renowned throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. See www.feilefrankmcgann.com
Strokestown Poetry Festival
The annual Strokestown International Poetry Festival takes place over the first weekend in May and aims to provide a forum for excellence in poetry, of different types and in both English and Irish, and to create new audiences for poetry.
The weekend consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty readings over three days. Recent participants in the festival include; Maura Dooley, John Wedgwood Clarke, Penelope Shuttle, George Szirtes, Theo Dorgan, Paddy Bushe, Sheila O’Hagan, Peter Fallon, Seamus Heaney, Louis de Paor, Peter Sirr, Michael Schmidt, Vona Groarke, Padraig Rooney, Joseph Woods. See www.strokestownpoetry.org