Sublime stone home – stunning stately surroundings
The Mill Cottage, County Kilkenny
Set in a very private demesne, and surrounded by 250 acres of rolling parkland in the picturesque Nore valley, The Mill Cottage is a beautifully renovated Victorian cottage, in a vernacular style of enduring charm.
An extraordinary realm within easy reach of Dublin, Waterford, and perhaps the best golfing Ireland has to offer.
Unique home in an exclusive location
The living area is open plan and spans the entire ground floor of this home comfortably sandwiching a six seater dining table between the luxuriously appointed kitchen and the sitting room end.
A glazed entrance porch, annexed asymmetrically to the granite stone frontage, directly accesses the kitchen end.
French doors relinquish the sitting room for the chequered stone gallery that skirts the building, surveys the landscape and invites a barbecue.
The elegant breakfast bar echoes the pink granite of the counters, and neatly partitions the cuisine.
There are curious peek-a-boo slot windows in the gable end walls, and a slate-black wood burning stove to bring cosiness to the sitting room of an evening.
Louvered blinds and mellow timber tones feature predominantly.
The sleeping accommodation is found up the open-string stairs, where a passageway divides a chic ensuite master bedroom from a commodious twin.
A separate shower room services the second bedroom. Marble tiling accords a contemporary styling in these rooms.
Note that there is a separate Gate Lodge on the demesne that sleeps two, and is available elsewhere on this Unique Irish Homes website.
This house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home.
There is a Weber barbecue, double oven, smart TVs, excellent mobile coverage, DVD player, internet, and use of the tennis court, and a mile of fishing rights - by arrangement.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
The immediate garden features an original crofters’ cottage and granite out buildings preserved and restored as stores.
Internal avenues are mostly roller skate smooth asphalt, and there are some 4kms of beautifully brick-paved walks throughout the estate which are ideal for jogging and cycling.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
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The main house has a magnificent 3 acre walled garden which the gardener may give you a tour of. There is also an Astroturf tennis court which is available by arrangement.
Otters, badgers, Irish hares and red squirrels, foxes, river birds are among the native wildlife to be spotted along the tranquil valley.
Fishing rights extend to a mile of the Nore, single bank, with eight pools noted for salmon, though these are subject to licensing requirements and by arrangement.
Elsewhere you will pass a Stonehenge folly of more recent construction, adjacent to the brick paved heli-pad of the same era.
Out and About
This region has a rich and ancient heritage of Dukes and Earls, Bishops and brewing. There’s so much to taste, see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Mount Juliet perfect fairways
- Potter around the Nicholas Mosse pottery
- Wander around Kilfane gardens and waterfall
- Climb up Mount Leinster
- Dine a la Campagne
- Take a tour around Smithwicks brewery
- Go down a cave at Dunmore
- Go below on a famine ship
- Trace your Kilkenny roots
- The Centre for Craft and Design
- Remember The Whitehouse architect
- Paddle past Coolmore
- Get your heart galloping at Gowran park
- Pop into the Left Bank for a pint
- Cycle along the Nore
- Go gardening at Woodstock
Festivals and Events
We had a wonderful stay at Mill Cottage
Fiona and Sean gave us a very very warm welcome with lovely fresh products and a visit around the wonderful grounds
The house is of a very good standard cosy beds fluffy towels and a great Weber BBQ which we used a lot plus an expresso machine for the coffee addicts. Our two adult sons were happy with the home entertainment smart TV easy to work even for me….
Peaceful relaxing and quiet we enjoyed are return visits after our trips to the local sites Killkenny Castle Dumore Caves The Dunbrody famine ship in New Ross to name but a few….
The estate grounds are wonderful to walk or jog around our four legged friend enjoyed meeting the sheep cows and beautiful friendly horses.
A truly wonderful spot highly recommend it we didn't want to leave.
Thank you Uniqueirishhomes.ie we have found our future Irish vacations in one.
Dairin, Kieran, Shane, Ross and furry Jess! - August 2016
About the Locality
Thomastown at 5km upstream is the nearest town to Coolmore. There are two large supermarkets, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and a selection of craft shops to browse.
Photo Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese
At one stage there were 12 water-powered mills, for grain and cloth, working locally. Several mills can still be seen upstream from the bridge in Thomastown. The Mill Cottage is named after a Coolmore estate manager who coincidentally worked in one of these mills.
Photo Humphrey Bolton
A replica famine ship, the Dunbrody, is now berthed on the quay in New Ross and offers visitors an insight into life as a passenger during the 19th century when emigration to America was at its peek.
Dysart Castle, clearly visible around the estate, was the birth place of George Berkeley. George, the eponymous philosopher of Berkeley University California, was active in the first half of the 18th century.
The medieval city of Kilkenny - 25km distant - is often referred to as the Marble City due to its unique black marble mining. It is the smallest city in Ireland.
Photo Sabrina O’Brien
Work on Kilkenny Castle was begun in 1204 and took 9 years to complete. The Castle became the seat to the Butler family, a very powerful dynasty who lived there until 1935.
Lady Margaret Butler who was born there, was the grandmother of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England.
The highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland was 33.3 °C (91.9 °F), at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887.
St Canice’s Cathedral with its Round Tower were founded in the 6th century - Cill Channigh (pr. Kil-kenny) is the Gaelic for the Church of Canice. The Round Tower - one of only two that people can climb in Ireland - is the city’s oldest building, with excellent views for those brave enough to reach the top.
The extensive ruins of Jerpoint Abbey – 6km from the house - is another ecclesiastical site notable for its stone carvings. Built in 1180, it survived till Henry the VIII got hold of it during the period of the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500’s.
It was from a farm here in New Ross that President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather emigrated to America in 1848 on just such a ship.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Rosslare Port is approx 1 hour from house, with ferries to South Wales
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours from house
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