Monalea Barn

This stunning rural retreat, only an hour from Dublin, is nestled in a quiet valley high in the southern reach of the Wicklow mountains at the foot of Croghan hill. With long sandy beaches nearby and lots of trekking and forests, it’s a complete escape.

The property is primarily available for yoga and meditation retreats.

The barn is a sweeping vernacular stone building with six bedrooms, two en suite and two further bathrooms, they can all be adapted as singles or doubles. Three of the bedrooms are in a slate floored extension attached to the barn building.

The main barn space sleeps up to 18 people. With its vaulted roof and wood floor, it is similar to the way it would have been in its cattle days but with a large open fireplace in the middle of the room. There is space for about 30 people on yoga mats and two big round tables that can seat 24 people. The stone walls make it very atmospheric at night when you can light candles in the many little alcoves.

The farmhouse dates from 1770 with a big range kitchen. The house has been sympathetically restored with red painted woodwork and a cosy sitting room. It sleeps 4 in two bedrooms with one bathroom, and is 20 steps from the barn.  Useful for those who want an escape from the action in the main building, elder lemons in family groups have stayed here or the yoga teacher on retreats.

The house is set on 8 acres. Six acres are planted in indigenous oak forest. There is a walk at the end of the driveway up Croghan Hill, along the Wexford/Wicklow border.