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24th Sep 2021

This Glendalough retreat looks like something out of a fairy tale

Fiona Frawley

Another day, another Instagrammable Irish staycation spot.

Although to be fair, this place will make you want to lock your phone away and forget that a world outside its picturesque surroundings even exists. Just look at it.

Nestled on the side of a mountain in the centre of Ireland’s Garden County, you’ll find An Clochán – a dreamlike retreat for anyone looking to switch off. Located just a short walk away from Glendalough’s Round Tower, winding stone steps guide you to what has to be one of the country’s most idyllic retreats. Honestly, have you ever seen a dreamier spot?

Inside, the accommodation looks a bit like the cottage from Hansel and Gretel. Just without the scary witch who wants to fatten you up and put you in the oven. Just gorge, cottagecore vibes with a wood burning stove and incredible views. We’re obsessed.

Outside the cottage you’ll find a secluded hot tub and decking which overlooks Derrybawn Mountain and the Round Tower, and is surrounded by twinkling fairy lights and greenery. The whole place is just a dream. You might even come across some of the native Glendalough residents, to truly complete your woodland fantasy.

If you’re interested in visiting An Clochán, you can organise your stay through their Instagram via DM. Enjoy it, you woodland princess you.

Header image via Instagram/anclochanglendalough

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