Testimonials

Girard Family, August 2020

What a pleasant stay we had in this cottage! We couldn’t have a better view or a more relaxing time. We’ll be back as soon as we can.

 

McKeown Family, Armagh, August 2020

We so enjoyed our stay in this cottage for a second time. We loved the playhouse. It was such a clean and tidy cottage.

 

John & Catriona, Cork, August 2020

Had one of the best holidays ever. Everything was perfect. Beautiful part of the country, felt very welcoming and everything was to hand. Would come back in a heartbeat!

 

Leonard Family, August 2020

Thank you so much for providing such a lovely house. It was clean and spacious and completely child friendly. We loved the booklet with all the walks – it took the hassle out of trying to out what was family friendly. We can’t wait to go back and tell our friends about this wonderful staycation location. Thank you so much and no doubt we will be back.

 

Hetherton Family, Meath, July 2020

Really enjoyed our break. The house is family friendly, lovely, bright, and airy. Kids loved the outdoor area especially the tree house. Nice location for touring with plenty of day trips in the area. John & Julie were very nice to deal with and Darragh was very welcoming on our arrival. Would definitely recommend here to family and friends.

 

O’Neill Family, Meath, July 2020

John and Julie, we really can’t thank you enough for our stay in this wonderful cottage. The meet & greet and welcome pack on arrival was very much appreciated. We have done staycations for many years now and this has been by far our best accommodation – very spacious, very clean, and very safe for our children. We would have no hesitation in recommending here to our family and friends, and we will definitely return next summer. The information you sent us prior to our arrival was very beneficial and helped us have the most wonderful week in “The Garden of Ireland”. Thanks again and see you on our return!

 

Collins Family, Cork, July 2020

The house is in a beautiful area and Wicklow is the perfect haven to come and have a staycation. The kids loved the jungle gym and GAA pitch across the road. Having the recommendations in the book was very useful and John was very helpful during our stay. The house is very spacious and clean and comfortable, and I couldn't find anything bad to say about the house or Askanagap. It was lovely to get away from covid and working from home and explore another county in our beautiful country. Thanks again and we’ll recommend to family and friends.

 

Voellinger Family, California, March & April 2020

Thanks for being such amazing hosts during a time of uncertainty in the world. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to be. Our kids learned to bike and hike, talk to sheep and dance a jig. Seems like a lovely community you have here and we hope to be back!

Patrick, Helen & Tish, December 2019

Had a lovely break here in Askanagap Country Cottage. Hope to return in Summer time.

 

 

Wayne & Charmaine, Malta, November 2019

We wanted to take a break from city travelling and this cottage provided an excellent country break. It is a beautiful cottage situated in an astounding environment. Being from Malta, we miss this kind of greenery a lot. Thank you  John and Julie for the hospitality. We will return with family

 

 

Slava & Petar, Bulgaria, December 2019

Amazing welcome! Very nice house. Really warm and beautiful location. Everything that people need for kids. Definitely we will be back. Greetings from Bulgaria!

Armes Family, Norwich Norfolk., UK October 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, very warm welcome and the house was a perfect base for our first travels around Ireland.


Liam & Dolores, Milton Keynes, UK. September 2019
John & Julie, many thanks for the warm welcome we received when we arrived. Everything explained to us, shown where everything was. Advice for a day out in Carnew which was fantastic. The cottage was spotless and had all that we needed for our stay. Will certainly recommend to all.


Chris, Hannah, Liam & Jade, Nottingham, England. September 2019
Once again a great welcome and lovely clean cottage. Weather’s been great, plenty to see (and do), would recommend to anybody.


Delaney Family, Wexford, August 2019
We had a wonderful stay here at Askanagap Country Cottage. Family-friendly cottage, suitable for all ages and abilities. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Kids loved the outdoor play area with slide and swings. A few recommendations if you are on holiday here include Meeting of the Waters in Avoca, Dublin Zoo and Sealife, all within 90 minutes drive from Askanagap. Playground and wonderful walks around the cottage, so much to see and do, I could write a book about it, hopefully we’ll be back soon.


Ryan Family, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, August 2019
All of us greatly enjoyed our stay. The house was lovely and cosy and laid out perfectly to suit our family. Views were fab, we only wish the weather had been a bit better. We had never been to Wicklow and there is so much to see and do, we may return, hopefully, during summertime. All in all the accommodation was perfect. Couldn’t ask for more.


Chris, Denise, Cara & Lauren, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, August 2019
Thank you John & Julie for a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage. When we arrived we were pleased to see the fire lighting on a day that was raining and after a long drive. The fruit cake was delicious too. We hadn’t stayed in this part of Wicklow before and we enjoyed visiting Aughrim, Avoca and Wicklow Town whilst also spending a day in Bray (the kids loved it) and a trip to Kia Ora mini farm. The views from your cottage are amazing and Chris and Cara were made very welcome when they went to watch a football blitz on the GAA pitch. We will return and of course recommend to family and friends!


Paul, Kate, Emily & Daniel, Knutsford, Cheshire, UK, August 2019
Thank you John & Julie for a wonderful stay in your cottage. It was our first visit to Ireland and we hope to return. Thank you John for all the detailed directions and waiting up for us when we arrived. It was lovely to have the fire lit and thank you for the delicious cake. We really enjoyed the walk from the cottage up the mountain. We also visited Glendalough, Glenmalure and Baltinglass Abbey. We did a cliff walk at Wicklow Head and swam in the sea with seals. A truly memorable holiday.


Sylvia, Ann & Angela, Down & Derry, Northern Ireland, August 2019
The cottage surpassed our expectations, wonderful location; peaceful, yet not far from many beautiful places. We especially loved Aughrim, where we enjoyed several great meals! Thanks to John & Julie for all your help. We definitely hope to return.


Bennetts & Pidds, July 2019
Beautiful house, well appointed and comfortable. Good location from which to visit delightful new places. The countryside is spectacular and the people charming and welcoming. What more could we ask for during an excellent holiday?


McGuinness Family, Dundalk, Co. Louth, July 2019
Had a lovely pleasant stay. Very cosy house. Great place to travel from to see all the sights of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford. The kids loved the playhouse in the garden. Thank you John & Julie.


Freda & Bill, Shropshire, UK, June 2019
Another warm welcome to a spotlessly clean cottage. Visited all the usual gardens, all still beautiful, no wonder Monty Don listed Mount Usher in his top 10 best gardens. Can’t believe nine years have passed since our last visit, how time flies. Weather on the whole good, although we did have a couple of torrential downpours, but Ireland wouldn’t be so green without a little rain!


Susan & Jessica, Yorkshire, U.K. June 2019
Been to some beautiful places in Ireland over the years, but I have to say the Wicklow Mountains is one of my favourite places. We have really enjoyed ourselves. Your holiday home was lovely and clean, very cosy and we will be back. Thank you to Julie & John for your hospitality. Great place.


Slyne Family, Aberdare, Wales, May 2019
We travelled from Wales to visit family in Ireland. Had the best stay and our three boys had a ball. The only problem is we can’t take the fireplace with us!! Loved every minute. Thank you John & Julie, we hope to be back.


Baileys & Hayes, Green Valley A2, USA, May 2019
Best cottage we have stayed in.


Dickson Family, N. Ireland, April 2019
Lovely clean house, thanks for the fruit cake.


Michelle, Mark & friends , Dundalk, April 2019
We really enjoyed our stay here as we were attending a wedding in Ballybeg House. This was a great location, the house was lovely and clean and comfortable. We loved that the fire was lit for us when we arrived and the beautiful brack. Thanks so much.


Walker Family, Manchester, April 2019
Thank you for a fabulous stay in your lovely cottage. The information folders were great and helped us get around. The lovely fruit cake was delicious too. Hope to visit again in the future.


Hollenberg Family, Marne la valleé, France, March 2019
Thank you John & Julie for your warm welcome and attentiveness during our stay. The house is perfect and equipped with everything we could need and more. We loved the peace and quiet and breathtaking scenery. Thank you for ordering us the beautiful weather!! Merci Beaucoups! Best wishes, The Hollenberg family.


Schembri & Cutajar Families, Malta, February 2019
Thank you very much for hospitality and warm welcome. John & Julie are very kind and helpful. The cottage is comfortable, being a bungalow, filled with all necessary equipment. We managed to visit best places in Wicklow, even went to Dublin with the train from Rathdrum which was easy to do. Thank you again


Fitzsimons Family, Co. Monaghan, November 2018
Thank you so much for our lovely stay. Your house and garden are just perfect.  We had such a lovely time here and all the kids loved it so much. We are sorry to be leaving. Hopefully we will be back again to visit so thank you so much for everything


Ayron Family, October 2018
Lovely hosts! Very helpful and we loved the house. Thanks John & Julie.


Dawn & Patrick, Sheffield U.K, September 2018
The owners, John & Julie have clearly put an amazing amount of effort into ensuring that their guests have the best holiday experience possible. Recognising it takes a few days to "find your feet" in a new area, they have included recommendations of places to eat, places to walk and to visit whilst becoming accustomed to Askanagap and Wicklow. The phrase "home from home" is often over used - it is inescapably the right words for the care and attention that they have put into ensuring that the cottage has everything imaginable to ensure the comfort and every possible need of the guest is catered for. The owners live across the road from the cottage and are keen to be available to answer questions, attend to any need that may arise, or just give advice on things to see and do, but only if the guests need it. We had an immensely enjoyable holiday in the cottage and would hastily recommend a stay here, couples or families are assured of a wonderful time.


Harris Family, July 2018
Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. My daughter wants to move it home. She especially loved the playhouse and swing set. Very clean and laid out lovely. She hates leaving by the way. 


O'Hagan Family, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, June 2018
Thanks for a lovely welcome. Great week, will definitely be back, fab weather.



Murphy Family, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland, May 2018
Thank you for a lovely stay in a beautiful part of our country. The week was too short.


Charlie & Jeanne, Jim & Carmel, Amereihn, Amereihn USA, May 2018
Great visit. Couldn't ask for better staying place. Cottage great, lovely view.



Khan Family, England, April 2018
A great stay at the cottage, one of the most enjoyable vacations we ever had. Everything was so clean and tidy. We found delicious bread, butter, tea to welcome us. John had organised a list of destinations and places to visit in the area, he also provided us with all details related to the cottage, lovely fireplace. We had complete privacy and at the same time John & Julie were easy to reach. Everybody in the neighbourhood is so friendly. We loved everything about the cottage!!



Arinze Family, Hertfordshire, U.K, March 2018
Thank you for a warm welcome, we had an enjoyable week. The cottage was comfortable and well equipped. Looking forward to coming back next year.



Alessandra, Rome, Italy, February 2018
Thanks a lot. Your cottage is cosy, comfortable and full of all you need for a beautiful holiday. I'd never been in an Irish house and I find it very, very, nice.



Papesizina Family, Rome, Italy, February 2018
Thank you for all!! Beautiful!! Comfortable with a lot of things, beds, kitchen, bath...., everything. Thank you so much.



Olaf, Rimone, Finn & Morris, The Netherlands, Christmas 2017
Thanks a million for a very warm welcome. We had a great stay in your cosy cottage. Lots to do in the neighbourhood. We hope to come back in the summer to enjoy more of the sights and the garden. Thanks for the Christmas tree, loved the fireplace.



Alastair & Janet, Bangor Co. Down,  N. Ireland, October 2017
Warm welcome with a cosy fire and tour of the cottage. Beautiful scenery with lots to see and do. Enjoyed our stay here, Thank You.



Paul & Rosemary, Lesley and John, October 2017
Lots to see and do every day. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.



Ulrike & Friedhelm, Hagen, Germany, September 2017
Thank you for your warm welcome. We have enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage. We hope to come back again to see the Wicklow Mountains.

 


Sue & Pat, Northern Ireland & Canada, September 2017
Had a wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage. John & Julie have thought of everything. A nice warm inviting fire on arrival, along with tea and cake, Thanks for a great stay!



Douglas & Habibi Family, September 2017
Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. The list of suggested activities and maps was so useful, you have obviously put a lot of work into it. Would highly recommend to friends.



Shankey Family, August 2017
Thank you for a lovely stay at your home. We have seen some beautiful scenery and such friendly people. The home you have is beautiful, so cosy and warm, clean and comfortable. Thank you for the tea brack on arrival, we were ready for it with a lovely cup of tea. Thanks again



Fitzpatrick Family, Ennis Co. Clare. Ireland, July 2017
We had an amazing week here, so much to see and do. The cottage was clean, comfortable and had everything you could possibly need. We loved the train journey and Teddy Bear’s picnic in Rathwood. We had two fantastic days in Clara Lara funpark (bring old clothes, towels and a picnic). The week was way too short. We will definitely be back. Thanks for everything, John & Julie.



Pete, Becky, Matt, Harry & Maxine, June 2017
We have all had a fantastic stay in your cottage and enjoyed everything it has to offer. We especially enjoyed the warm cosy fire. We really appreciated all the help from John and his family and them going out of their way to help us with anything that we needed. We enjoyed everything Askanagap and surrounding areas had to offer. We really enjoyed everything about our stay and will return again, thank you.



Tony & Family, Malta, February 2017
Wonderful surroundings and excellent cottage. The owners, John & Julie were very welcoming on our late arrival. We appreciated so much the delicious apple pie we found waiting to fill our empty tummies after our five hours travelling from Malta. A place to recommend to our friends!



Jack & Sally, Tamworth, Staffordshire, U.K, February 2017
Arriving fairly late, we were greeted with a very warm welcome, a lit fire, delicious fresh cake and a warm cosy bed via an electric blanket…….perfect. Such a lovely and homely cottage situated in a stunning location, it’s a shame to have to go home. Will definitely be recommending Askanagap Country Cottage to everyone and hope to return soon. Thank you.

 


Montgomery Family, Newtownards, Co. Down, N.Ireland, November. 2016
We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage with its lovely surroundings. It is the place to stay in Autumn with all the lovely colours on the trees. We thoroughly enjoyed the National Stud & Japanese Gardens.



Kelly-Harris Family, Maesteg, South Wales, September 2016
What a welcome! Scones, tea, coffee, milk, everything you need when you arrive. Julie was very welcoming, nothing too much trouble. Always stayed in hotels when we came to Ireland, but not anymore. A lovely time for our granddaughter’s first trip to meet the family. Will definitely be back and will recommend to family and friends. A huge THANK YOU!!!



Wynne Family, East Yorkshire, UK, September 2016
We have had a really lovely holiday here in Askanagap. Thank you John & Julie for being the perfect hosts, you made us feel very welcome. The cottage is beautifully clean and exceeded our expectations. We enjoyed many of the activities in the area, our favourites were Brittas Bay and Glendalough, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Had the best time, the people of Ireland have the warmest hearts. Our boys made friends with the locals at the drop of a hat and loved learning to play GAA football with them. We have loved our early morning walks with the boys, if you go quietly you may even get to see a deer or two. The sky at night is a view to behold, so many stars!! Thank you for having us.



Pemberton Family, Derbyshire, UK, August 2016
What a lovely stay we had this week. Thank you John for your warm and welcoming hospitality, We have visited a lot of places this week but so much we haven’t seen – we will be back. The children very much enjoyed the playhouse and swings in the garden. Any families visiting, the fun park Clara Lara is fantastic! If you have a rainy day, Diamond Bowl in Wicklow is reasonably priced. Great food at The Bridge Tavern in Wicklow. Arklow has a good Shopping Centre and cinema. Bray is a nice seaside town with Sealife Centre. See you again!



Whalley Family, Lincolnshire, UK, June 2016
Thank you for making us feel welcome and for a lovely stay in your cottage. The kids loved the garden (as did we) and the cottage met all our expectations. We recommend the Sean Linehan walk and local walks in Askanagap. The Grainstore in Aughrim does good food. We wish we were here for two weeks.

 


Taylor Family, Bournemouth, UK, May 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed our time. Some lovely days out in Dublin at the Zoo and Jamesons. The children (and their dad) especially enjoyed the large back garden and play area. Will be recommending to family and friends.



Hurleys, Co. Cork, December 2015
Wonderful house with everything you need. Loved the Christmas Tree and decorations, some nice touches. Lovely area to explore and close to everything. Thank you very much for your warm hospitality and kindness



Brendan & Lynne, Wales, October 2015
So glad to be back again in this beautiful cottage. A big Thank You to John & Julie for all your kindness and understanding. We hope to be back in 2016. Highly recommend Julie’s cake!



Peggy & Gerry, Missouri, U.S.A. September 2015
Thank you John & Julie for your warm welcome, all the information on local walking, the experience of joining your walking club up into the heather & gorse (& rain) and most of all, for this delightful cottage. It far exceeded our expectations. We both slept like babies in this beautiful place and we hate to leave. We promise to spread the word about you and this cottage to our friends in the U.S. Perhaps one day we’ll return also.



Law Family, Omagh, N. Ireland. August 2015
Lovely holiday home, clean and tidy home from home. So much to do and see, lovely location. Children had a lovely time too. Visited Avondale House, Greenane Maze, Claralara Funpark, Glendalough, Arklow and Wicklow



Philippa & Martin, Perth, Western Australia, June 2015
A very relaxing and enjoyable couple of weeks, everything we needed was supplied, friendly hosts, beautiful location and some nice weather! Thanks for your help and hospitality Julie & John



Sue, Derbyshire, U.K, June 2015
Our first visit to this part of Ireland and what a delightful cottage to come to. Thank you John & Julie for being so helpful and friendly. The information and suggestions of things to do are really good.



Brendan & Lynne, Wales, April 2015
We have enjoyed another beautiful stay in this delightful cottage. Thanks to Julie and John for all their care and attention to detail. Hope to return in the Autumn.



Bridget, March 2015
A relaxing, comfortable cottage in the Wicklow mountains. What an ideal location. This house is well equipped, cleanliness was excellent and the owners were polite! The cake awaiting was divine also. Thank you, we will be returning soon.



Goddard Family, February 2015
Beautiful house, 5 stars!!! John & Julie were very welcoming and helpful, so relaxing.



Hartley Family, Lancaster, England, July 2014
Great cottage – ideal for our needs. Thanks for the warm welcome and helpfulness during the week. We will have fond memories of lovely countryside, local attractions and others as far away as Kildare and Waterford – (Powerscourt a definite highlight!), but our lasting impression will be the friendliness and “service with a smile” we encountered everywhere.



Barbara & Gina, Northants, England, June 2014
Many thanks for all you have done to make our stay in your lovely cottage so easy and comfortable. We have really enjoyed our fortnight here. We have found lots to do and loved the peace and quiet. We have used extensively the information you provided on the area and have happy memories of the helpfulness and generosity of yourselves and your compatriots. Again, many thanks.



Lynne & Brendan, May 2014
Thanks to the O’Keeffe family for the wonderful welcome and allowing us to stay here once again. It is just a joy! Every time there is something new – sika deer on the walks and the cuckoo’s call –swallows on the wires. A really wonderful country retreat, we can’t wait to return. We really appreciate all you do to make our holiday comfortable. Diolch o’r galon (thanks from the heart). 



Sharon & Mick, Carnaross, Kells, Co. Meath, April 2014
All the Smith family had a most enjoyable Easter break in your wonderful “Home from Home”. We just don’t want to go home!, but we will return very soon to this piece of heaven with views to die for and peace and tranquillity that is simply wonderful. The little touches were so nice and thoughtful, like the hotcross buns etc. Thank you again John & Julie 



Inga, Loreta, Laima, Viluis & Rasa, Lithuania and Dublin, Feb. 2014
Thank you very much John & Julie. We had a fantastic time. Quiet and peaceful weekend, thanks for the lovely welcome and the warm house. Thanks for everything!!



Jackie & Cindy, Washington, USA, November 2013
Thank you all for a wonderful holiday.

 

Brendan & Lynne, Co. Meath & Wales, October 2013
Thank you, John & Julie for another wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. We appreciate all you do to make our stay comfortable. Thanks to Anne for the welcome too! Autumn in Wicklow – beautiful! We hope to return in 2014

 


Les & Liz, Wigan, U.K, September 2013
Clean, warm, comfortable, well equipped home. Big problem second day here, car broke down, Holiday spoilt? – no! John & Julie helped us get back on the road the day after! Thank you, John, Julie and family.

 


Paige & Abbie, September 2013
Thank you very much for letting us stay in your cottage, it’s beautiful! Very homely and everything you could possibly need. The views around the area are fantastic. Met some lovely people during our stay. We love Paddy’s Bar, the people are amazing and very friendly. We will definitely be returning very soon. Also, thank you for your lovely welcome.                           

 


Michelle & Chris, Manchester, September 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday, cottage is perfect. Electric bikes are just amazing. We really enjoyed cycling through the beautiful countryside around Askanagap and Tinahely, your maps were really helpful. Thanks for the warm welcome and all your help.


 

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