A romance of glass and granite
Ballilogue Farmhouse, County Kilkenny
Two other delightful cottages are available in this sensitively refurbished Kilkenny village hamlet, making a unique setting for a family gathering or special celebration ... find out more here
This quirky regency stone country home is the largest of a cluster of tastefully modernised farm buildings that together make up Ballilogue Clochan. The spaces cleverly articulate to fuse outdoor rooms with bright interiors.
Equidistant from Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Ballilogue is superbly located for exploration of the south east of Ireland and it’s ancient history..
Expansive rambling renovation
Built in 1824 – a leap year – this farmhouse has recently undergone a stunning 21st century renovation.
A jigsaw of rooms on multiple levels maximise the meandering floor plan, revealing surprising spaces between the thick stone walls and chalk white interiors.
The central stairway in the entrance lobby climbs to a brilliant and airy double height living room, where a raised built in wood stove provides the focus, and an apex roof light washes a classic corner seating with softness.
Alongside the fireplace, a doorway steps out to a small multi aspect barbecue deck, with peek-a-boo views, that forms the right angle link to a stunning glazed solarium.
Stairs within the solarium descend toward the black and white kitchen to introduce an abiding theme where minimal meets rustic.
White Eames dining chairs, a farmhouse table, a country cottage dresser and an oil fired Rayburn range stove illustrate the eclectic mood perfectly.
A fifth mezzanine bedroom overlooks the sitting room, and can convert from double to twin.
Facilities and Extras
Most of the accoutrements of a luxury home are here, including flat-screen TV, Netflix, DVD library and Wifi internet.
Beds all have indulgent pocket sprung mattresses and sumptuous cotton sheets and bedding.
A number of other refurbished buildings make up this tiny village, including a small cottage museum which is separately available for music or entertainment
The owners can also offer a range of exceptional food and wine options, with exclusive dining and entertainment locations within the hamlet.
Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
The cottage has its own gated driveway through a private garden informally planted with specimen trees, grasses, and bamboo. There is a carport underneath the terrace– also handy for bikes, and an additional gravelled yard to the rear.
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.
Out and About
For Arts and Crafts, History and Tranquillity, it’s hard to outshine Kilkenny.
There’s loads to do and see, we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- See some glass blowing
- The best of Brid’s ceramics
- Down a pint in the Woodstock
- Have a super supper at Mannion's
- Loop walk Brandon Hill
- Jump on a pony
- Fish in the Nore
- Stroll around Woodstock Waterfalls
- Go inside a famine ship
- Take a summer canoe course
- Buy a basket at Baurnafea
- World class golf at Mount Juliet
- Tap into the Tapestry Project
- Do in anywhere
About the Locality
The pretty village of Inistioge is just 15 minutes away, and has several nice pubs and cafes. It also has a splendid 10-arch classic stone bridge dating from about 1765, the only one of its kind in Europe.
Should you yearn for a good walk, the Inistioge to Thomastown trail is a couple of hours hiking along the sleepy Nore Valley past ancient castle ruins and through woodland.
Thomastown itself is home to a plethora of craft outlets, and well worth spending some time in.
New Ross is the nearest large town for groceries and other supplies – 15 minutes by car. Situated on the River Barrow just below the confluence with the River Nore, its Ireland’s only inland port, and is about 32k from the coast.
Just outside New Ross a park and homestead exhibition is dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy whose great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, was born here. The property is still farmed by his descendants.
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In New Ross harbour there is also a popular replica of a square rigger, the type of ship used to transport emigrants to America during the “Great Hunger” of the mid 19th century.
Kilkenny is the craft centre of Ireland, but it is also the most successful county in the game of hurling, which is thought to have been played for over 3,000 years. Villages would contest games involving hundreds of players, which would last several hours or even days.
Players use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents' goalposts. It is a fast and furious business where a good strike with a hurley can propel the ball over 93 mph
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport - approx 2 hours from the village.
Cork Airport – just over 2 hours from the village.
Shannon Airport - just over 2 hours from the village.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke or Fishguard to Rosslare Europort.
Rosslare Port is approx 1 hour from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours from the house.
Gallery of photographs