Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Vale of Avoca in the Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow. Surrounded by rolling lush green hills and picturesque landscapes, there's no better place to be.
Whether you're looking for a quick last-minute getaway break or simply want to take a break from your busy city life; Rockfield Bed & breakfast has all what you're looking for.
From the moment you arrive to be greeted by a hot cup of tea or coffee and some of Edna's homemade baking to the moment you leave, you will start to feel like you've just found your home away from home.
Avoca (Irish: Abhóca, formerly Abhainn Mhór, meaning "the great river") is a small town near Arklow, in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is situated on the River Avoca.
The Avoca area has been associated with its famous copper mines for many years and the valley has been immortalised by Thomas Moore in the famous song The Meeting of the Waters. You can stop off here and then visit the Meetings Pub and restaurant or craft shop. Traditional music and Ceili bands are on show throughout the year.
Moving through the mining landscape dotted with mine chimneystacks and the Vale of Avoca's copper coloured river, you will reach the village of Avoca.
Avoca Village is home to Irelands oldest handweaving mill and location for many films the most famous being the BBC series "Ballykissangel".
The Vale of Avoca is a beautiful vale set in the heart of the garden of Ireland and stretches from the Meetings of the Waters to Glenart near Woodenbridge.
Avoca is the ideal base for touring the East and South East coast of Ireland - you can take a day trip to Dublin by rail from Arklow or Rathdrum and avoid the hassle of parking and driving in Dublin.
At Rockfield you can walk through the beautiful gardens or spend time relaxing on the large patio overlooking the beautiful views of the vale of Avoca.
You can enjoy a full Irish breakfast while overlooking the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside and listening to the trickle of water from the fountain nearby.
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There are a wide range of activities and things to do in the area, all within a few kilometres of the venue. From a challenging round of golf on the Woodenbridge Golf course to a calm and relaxing stroll through the many forest trails, you won't be stuck for choice.
Recently the Golden Eagle trust released 159 red kites on and near our farmland. The birds can often be seen in groups of up to 50 hovering near to the guest house and if you are an avid bird watcher then you would delight in seeing so many majestic birds in full flight in the wild.
For more information on some of the facilities and things to do within the area, please see below
County Wicklow is without doubt the best place in Ireland for a golfing holiday, and Avoca is the perfect centre. The choice of courses, over 20 in all within comfortable driving distance. Woodenbridge Golf Course, is one of the most beautiful 18 hole golf courses in Europe. There are, in fact 11 courses within a 35 minute drive from Avoca.
Other Golf courses which are located nearby include:
Nature seems to have developed County Wicklow for walkers, with deep river valleys, high mountain ranges, rolling hills, rivers and lakes at every turn. It is the perfect county for occasional and dedicated walkers and ramblers. Within the Vale itself there are some lovely early morning and afternoon walks, from the delightfully named Whitebridge and Whitcross, the Red Road and Bell Rock and Killmagig Woods.
The 132km, Wicklow Way - a signposted walking route that runs the entire length of the County was the first to be developed in Ireland. There are a number of walking festivals held in the County throughout the year and these provide a great opportunity for great walks and making friends.
County Wicklow and particularly the rivers and lakes of County Wicklow provide a range of opportunities for all types of angling.
Natural brown trout fishing is available close by on the Avonmore and Avonbeg Rivers as well as the Aughrim and Derry Rivers. Rainbow trout fishing is available at Aughrim at the National Disabled Angling facility, which is one of the few year round brown trout fisheries in Ireland.
Shore angling is available along the entire length of the Wicklow Coastline and is considered as one of the best match-fishing stretches in Europe , and has hosted the world championships. There are also a number of small rivers with occasional stocks of Sea trout and some salmon along the coastline.
If you still need the odd bit of excitement and don't want to strafe too far away from your city comforts, you are only a few minutes away from major shopping centres and markets.
If you're looking for something small and memorable of your time in the country, you can visit the Avoca Handweavers where you can pick up throws, rugs and other memorabilia. You can see the weaving process too as it was practised hundreds of years ago… visit www.avoca.ie for more information.
Alternatively, if you're looking for more high street shops and clothing stores, you can take a trip to the Bridgewater Shopping Centre located in Arklow. For a full list of shops and whats happening, visit www.bridgewatercentre.ie.
County Wicklow is rightly known as the Garden of Ireland, such is its majestic beauty in so many forms. Famous for the incredible mountain ranges that are contained within such a small area, Wicklow has many other attractions that add to the desire to explore this place, none more so than the village of Avoca and the famous Meeting of the Waters.
Avondale House is the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours. This beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777 contains fine plasterwork and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart - Parnell's American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audiovisual presentation. Other facilities include a restaurant, bookshop, picnic areas, children's play area, two orienteering courses and large car/coach park.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to 'the valley of the two lakes' for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. Glendalough has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland. The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthrall visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.
This remote and wild valley is the longest of its kind in Ireland and Britain. Along the route you will enjoy spectacular views along the valley and the Carawaystick Brook Waterfall.
Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of Wicklow, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O'Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare.
The gardens at Powerscourt were laid out in two main periods. When the house was rebuilt in the decade after 1731, the surrounding grounds were also remodeled. The design reflected the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider landscape. To the north formal tree plantations framed the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wound through the wooded grounds and a fine tree lined avenue was created. A century later the 6th Viscount Powerscourt instructed his architect, Daniel Robertson, to draw up new schemes for the gardens.
Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland's highest at 121m (398ft.) and is surrounded by woods and specimen trees. Visitors have been coming to Powerscourt Waterfall for over 200 years, attracted by the beautiful cascade flowing down into the Dargle river. It is a favorite area for family picnics, with woodland walks, a playground and masses of space. The 7th Viscount Powerscourt established a deer park here and in 1858 successfully introduced the Japanese Sikka deer to Ireland.
Laid out along the banks of the River Vartry, Mount Usher has been designed in the Robinsonian style. Trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants have been introduced from all parts of the globe and are planted in harmony with woodland and shade loving plants. Like all the great gardens of Ireland, Mount Usher offers varying pleasures at different seasons of the year. Rhododendrons in Spring, a blaze of Summer color and the wistful tints of Autumn, all elegantly set off by the crystal waters of the river. In addition to the Gardens, Mount Usher offers a comprehensive home produced menu in the Avoca Garden Cafe, as well as a Shopping Courtyard which is open all year round. Ample car parking and coach spaces are available and the Gardens.
Wicklow Gaol build in 1702 to house the ever-increasing numbers of law breakers, it has been used of over two centuries up until 1924.
The first recorded inmate was a 72-year-old priest named Owen McFee, he was arrested for reading mass. Other well know inmates included James Napper Tandy leader of the United Irishmen and Erskin Childers who was arrested at Glendalough House and held in Wicklow Gaol before he was sent to Dublin to be executed.
Wicklow Gaol is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Ireland and also one of the most haunted that Ghost Hunters International and Angie Freeland and her psychic husband Keith have ever visited. There are night tours the last Friday night of every month (adults only).
Situated on the Dublin side of the picturesque village of Kilcoole and just off the N11 this family run farm opens its gates to visitors from March to October each year. The farm offers close and easy access to a wide selection of animals and fowl - horses, deer, goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, donkeys, ducks, geese and hens. Pets' Corner is where young and curious visitors can find their favourite furry animal to hold - rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters. A 300 year old thatched cottage on the farm has a large collection of farmhouse utensils and offers a nostalgic look at the way our ancestors lived. Children will have lots to do in the fabulous outdoor playground situated on the farm. Relax in the Coffee Shop offering a wide selection of home-made produce or bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the indoor Picnic area known as The Piggery or outside at one of the many picnic areas throughout the farm.
Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Wicklow hills, only an hour south of Dublin, spend the whole day wandering around the farm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. With loads of attractions to check out, the day will be packed full of things to see and do and will keep the kids fully occupied. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
Clara Lara Funpark is Ireland's most outstanding outdoor adventure park. It is an unique park dedicated to providing healthy and creative fun for families and groups of children. There is lots here for all active ages. We open at 10.30am. and close at 6.00pm. You are welcome to stay as long as you wish within these times. We have a picnic restaurant serving burgers, chips, sandwiches, ice cream, teas and coffee etc. and a small shop. There are extensive picnic areas and you are welcome to bring your own picnics. Clara Lara Funpark is in County Wicklow midway between Laragh and Rathdrum and about 5 miles from Glendalough
Rockfield Guesthouse Accommodation is located in the heart of Co. Wicklow a mere 2km from the village of Avoca. With what seems to be endless scenic views of the ocuntryside right outside your window, Rockfield B&B is the perfect location to get away from it all.
If you don't want to get too far away from civilisation, there are still close by golf courses, walking trails, shopping centers all within a few minutes drive from the venue.
If you're a little bit more tech savvy, you can simply put in the coordinates below and it will bring you straight to our front door.
GPS Co-ordinates: 52.852558, -6.209643
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Tel: +353 (0)402 35273
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