The Storehouse

The Storehouse

The Storehouse

Exquisite Rural Re-Purposed Barn

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County Tipperary

This beautifully re-cycled 18th Century rustic grain store, retains many original features such as the arched double door entrance, slit windows, and thick limestone walls. At one end of a working farm, the property occupies its own walled garden, with separate tree-lined entrance.

Centrally located between Dublin and Cork, It’s not such a long way to Tipperary.

 

Intimate, luxurious and very relaxing

The entrance is via a wide archway in the central exposed stone section of the home. Shuttered by blue bifold doors, this leads directly into a dramatic open-plan and airy double story living space.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – ensuite showers
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Dining room, Family Kitchen
    Mezzanine balconies
    Utility room
  • Features
    Duel aspect wood-burning stove
    Walled-garden
  • Contempo
    Two Flat screen smart TVs
    fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 6 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The contemporary kitchen in solid wood, with Quartz stone worktops and breakfast bar, is to the left, while the dining area is to the right.

From the centre, a bifurcated stairway splits to a pair of opposing occasional-use mezzanine areas with glazed balconies, that overlook this living space.

An old railway sleeper hung from the rafters and wrapped with large filament bulbs, styles a centrepiece above.

Here a flat screen TV is embedded in the wall above a double-sided state of the art wood-burning stove, that is shared with the sitting room beyond.

There are two large and comfy sofas in the sitting room, which together with the stove and 55” smart TV, make for a great movie end to the day.

French doors open out to a limestone patio which is ideal for a BBQ and sunny evening sunsets.

The utility room and guest bathroom are situated at the opposite side of the central living space,

 

Bedrooms

At either end of the house, and off the mezzanines, there are two luxurious double bedrooms with very different themes – both are ensuite with bespoke vanity units and generous showers.

 

The super king size bed in the second double bedroom can be divided to create 2 single beds if required – please advise in advance.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker with 2 ovens
• 4 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Blender
• Juicer
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Super King-size beds (one is Zip & Link)
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Netflix
• Good mobile phone reception

Other

• Some books
• Gas Barbecue
• Herb garden
• Garden swing

 

Outside

The walled garden and tree-lined driveway are neatly planted with wildflowers, and a feature egg seat swing.
The family farmhouse is situated to the rear of the house should you want any local tips…

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – See list Below:

 

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,750
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,750
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,750
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,750

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €1,500 €800 €800
June to September €1,750 €950 €950

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Out & About

 

Tipperary is a treasure trove for hillwalking, historical sites, golf, fishing, hunting and equestrian pursuits, here are some of our favourites

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Thurles is the nearest large town just 4 miles away with a variety of supermarkets, restaurants and shops. It is also the birthplace of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association), founded in 1884 in Hayes’ Hotel in the centre of the town. The local Semple Stadium is the second largest GAA sports arena in Ireland after Croke Park in Dublin.

Tipperary is home to Coolmore Stud, the largest thoroughbred horse breeding operation in the world. It is currently owned by the Magnier family, and has been associated with a long sequence of top-class stallions since the mid-1800s.

There is a pleasant loop walk with rewarding views around Devil’s Bit Mountain, 20 minutes north-west of the house. You have to take a short spur should you wish to visit the summit. Possibly more correctly called Devil’s Bite as a large chunk appears to be missing from certain angles.

The unique hill top cluster of medieval monastic ruins at the Rock of Cashel is 20 minutes’ drive away. It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Worth a visit.

Kilkenny City with its magnificent castle, festival and restaurants is just 45 minutes away for a great day out.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is two and a quarter hours from the house.
Cork Airport – is under 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 and a half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two hours from Shanballyduff
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 2 hours from the house.

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Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Lough Dergs Heartland Gem

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County Tipperary

Deep among the woods that border Lough Derg, is a uniquely private cottage with formal gardens, tennis courts and exclusive lake access.
Just over an hour from Galway, and with the lower reaches of the Shannon to explore, this is the perfect rural retreat.

 

A linear spread

This is a commodious cottage, just a single room deep, that spans one side of the walled garden.
From a south facing patio towards one end of the cottage, the entrance opens directly into an expansive living space.

Comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove define the sitting room at one end. An eclectic country-cottage style kitchen features a large eight seater rustic table at its centre.

Curtained French doors to the gardens mimic the entrance.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    4 guests +1
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    both with large ensuite bathrooms
    plus fold out bed in vestibule
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Dining room & Kitchen
    Central Vestibule
    large Sunroom
    separate Bar with washroom
    Pantry / Utility room
  • Features
    Wheelchair accessible
    Furnished Terrace
    Stunning Walled garden
    Two tennis courts
    Private woodland walks & access to the lake
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Bose Bluetooth players
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Children under 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A sizeable pantry off the living area doubles as a larder and utility room.
Rough stone whitewashed walls and unpolished timber flooring are testament to the original cottage.

Beyond the kitchen, a central vestibule comes as a hiatus to the remaining accommodation, with a liberal mix of furnishings that include a gilded Diwan day-bed which can be used as an additional single.

Opposing French doors open onto the walled garden terrace, and a generous sunroom complete with leather swivel armchairs to the front.

Along the corridor, the first bedroom is snug Queen sized double. It is wheelchair accessible with a spacious bathroom, complete with double ended Drummond bath and delightful Victorian fittings.
The bathroom also has a door to the corridor which can be used if the vestibule Diwan is utilised.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring range with 3 ovens br>
• Fridge plus Fridge-freezer in pantry
• Additional fridge in bar
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Queen size beds
• Daybed single (Diwan) in Vestibule
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• 2 BOSE Bluetooth speakers

Other

• Two tennis courts
• Large walled garden and greenhouse
• Access to the lake (Lough Derg)
• Separate Bar
•Gas Barbecue

The master bedroom reveals an impressive mahogany Queen sized bed and a wood-burning stove.

A step up, the substantial master ensuite has an elegant walk-in twin shower and ample wardrobe space.

There are crisp white 800 thread count linen and luxury towels throughout.

The Bar

At the west end of the cottage, with access from either the walled garden or the front, is an autonomous bar, which is a relaxing social nook to chill out in at the end of a day.

The counter is fashioned from storm toppled trees on the estate.

There is an exclusive WC adjoining the bar.

 

Outside

The cottage is obviously named for its spectacular private walled garden. Beautifully maintained and with a magnificent glasshouse spanning the northern facade which will delight the horticulturist.

There is a broad and fully furnished terrace here which is perfect for barbecues.

In addition, guests have access to the two tennis courts, walks around the estate and of course the lake.

Provisional Booking Form

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
November to May €1.800 €1,200 €1,200
July to September €1,800 Not Available Not Available

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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Terryglass, less than 15 minutes from the house – has a scenic harbor on the lake with Watersports and fine Gastropubs.
Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, an chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101 step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable…
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the cottage.

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Garryurra

Garryurra

Garryurra

“There’s nothing half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”

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County Tipperary

With its own enclosed lagoon kept flooded by Lough Derg, and enclosed by reeds, this is a completely unique, private and peaceful Shannon-side location just over two hours from Dublin.
Originally built as a dower house for the local estate this spacious luxury lake-side property has recently been completely refurbished and upgraded.

 

Generously proportioned rooms

Once you leave the crunchy gravelled entrance and step into the gleaming atrium, you become aware that all the rooms of this ample home are arranged along the sunny southern elevation where they absorb magical views of the lake.

Crossing one extremity, an expansive and stunning Clive Christian kitchen wraps around a central preparation island – all integrated appliances, panels and pilasters.
An imposing Aga range with gas hob sets the ivory colour theme.

Large enough to accommodate a sturdy eight seater breakfast table, venetian blinds and sliding panoramic doors separate the kitchen from a limestone flagged terrace that spans the length of the house, and is perfect for al fresco dining.

A spacious lichen green dining room adjoins the kitchen. Floored in American hickory and furnished with a large oval table and eight fully upholstered chairs, this room also features the second of a triptych of sophisticated sliding floor to ceiling patio glass doors that characterise the southern façade of this home.

A pair of glazed doors link through to the sitting room, where the same seductive lake view can be enjoyed. Heavy drapes, a modular sofa grouping, flat screen TV and open fireplace are perfect for those inclement evenings.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Four oven oil fired AGA
• with Four ring gas hob
• Two Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso Coffee machine
• Blender

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble-dryer
• Central vacuum system
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Four King-size and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Smart TV with Netflix
• DVD player
• CCTV

Other

• Large selection of books
• Gas Barbeque
• Patio heaters
• Double Garage available
• Electric Gates
• Private harbour with dock & slipway

Bespoke mahogany library units, a deep buttoned wingback and a simple Adams detail fireplace lend a classic ambience to an intimate study at the western extreme – also great for watching the match!

Upstairs, three wonderful bedrooms, each with wonderful ensuite bathrooms, and of course the same simply wonderful view, extend from the balcony corridor.

If that isn’t enough wonderful, the master bedroom enjoys some additional drama with a breakfast balcony, a dazzling crystal mirror bathroom, and a walk-in dressing room!

In a separate wing above the double garage, a large family dorm style bedroom has been contrived. There is a king size double bed here, together with two single beds. An ensuite shower room and dressing room complete this accommodation.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – small dogs will be fine.

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.

Outside

The property looks directly across to Dromineer – home to Lough Derg Yacht Club (since 1835). The south facing lawn sweeps down to a10ft deep lagoon, stone walled quay and slipway, isolated from the lake by an expansive reed bed. There are also private walkways through the tranquil, mature lakeside woodlands.

Local wildlife include a family of swans, cared for since the previous owner, abundant wildlife and two, of only eight pairs of Ireland’s white-tailed sea eagles have also chosen the lake as their home.

Provisional Booking Form

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Please Note: – A weeks booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas, New Years and other Public Holidays 2021- Please apply for rates 

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €4,000
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €4,000
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €4,000
New Years’ 30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€4,000

 

May to September €4,000 per week
October to April €3,000 per week
Christmas 2020 (23rd-28th) €3,480

 

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Reviews

 

"Just a note to Say..

Just a note to say we had a really wonderful week at Garryurra - the house and its location are beautiful! 

Mary K and family, Dublin, July 2020

We had a great week at Garryurra.."

-and are 100% decided that we wish to go again next year

Gavin B, July 2021

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'Thank you for the ease of booking our holiday...

we really enjoyed our week in Garryurra last month.

Esther T, August 2020

Thanks so much...

we'll certainly be booking again.
Really appreciate all the efforts from you and the unique irish homes team to rearrange our booking multiple times when lockdowns prevented us travelling.

Jenni, October 2021

 

Out & About

 

The Lake and the Shannon provide a raft of unique activities for you – Here are links to some of our favourite activities

 

The Locality

 

 

Puckaun is the nearest village, filled with classic thatched cottages, a small village shop and Kennedy’s Pub which regularly hosts traditional Irish music.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.
The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable… The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

photo Derg Yacht Club

Dromineer village just a couple of minutes away is the home of Lough Derg Sailing Club and hosts regattas throughout the summer. Larkins pub in Garrykennedy just south of the club, has a fantastic seafood menu.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon. You may wish to visit the Workhouse museum in Portumna where there is an example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

 

Nenagh 15 mins from the house is the nearest large town with shops a plenty. It also has a fine medieval round tower where you can climb 101 stone stairs for a better view, but mind your head.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

photo fishingireland.info

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is about two and a half hours from the house
Shannon Airport – is about an hour from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 2.5 hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just over three hours from house.

 

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Ballintubbert House & Gardens

Ballintubbert House & Gardens

Ballintubbert House & Gardens

Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

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Theatrical flourishes & Artistic intrigue

County Laois

This fine example of a Georgian country house, brings style and quirkiness to this sleepy corner of Laois.
Surrounded by spectacular gardens with water fountains, wildflower meadows and woodlands, this luxury home can accommodate large family groups celebrating a gathering, or just seeking some special R&R just over an hour from Dublin.

 

A period piece with panache

The heavy hall door pushing through Virginia creeper exposes a thick walled interior evenly divided to the right and left of a central staircase. Rooms share five split levels – seesawing between the front and rear.


A sitting room enhanced with chinois influence shares broad floor boards with the curious Egyptian blue Map room across the entrance hall, making up the two principal reception rooms overlooking the formal front canal. Like all the rooms, they are blessed with classic Kilkenny Black Marble fire places.

 

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    18 guests
    From €2,240 a night 
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    Two with full ensuite bathrooms
    One with steamroom
    One with ensuite WC
    Plus twin/double bedroom
    with ensuite WC
    plus Family bathroom
    Garden Wing is 3 twins
    1 double, all ensuite
  • Reception Rooms
    Sitting room, Map room
    Salon, Dining room
    Kitchen & utility room
    Cellar Bar
  • Features
    Designer outdoor garden rooms
    Reception patio, BBQ area, fountain
    Catering available
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, central heating
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
  • Restrictions Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A handful of steps down brings you to similar antique floorboard in the rear salon, a reception area that fluently divides cooking from dining on this level. From here French doors open onto a broad terrace ideal for summer soirees.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring electric ceramic hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two single beds, one double, one King-size and one Super King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• USB charger sockets
• DVD player

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

The lofty stone flagged farmhouse kitchen is expansive and traditional with both Aga range and gas hobs, plenty of workspace and a comprehensive catering fridge. There’s also a six seater breakfast table, and a utility pantry that escapes to the walled garden at the side.

The opposing formal ochre dining room will comfortably seat ten to eighteen guests. All the rooms can be isolated with tall paneled shutters if required.

There are two split levels above the ground floor. The one to the rear is home to two magnificent dual aspect bedrooms, both featuring stunning bathrooms complete with steamrooms – new additions.

To the front, one landing up and with double windows onto that magnificent formal canal, there is a gorgeous double bedroom, and a twin bedroom with double potential. Both have hidden ensuite washroom closets.

The bedroom to the east boasts floral painted murals above a four poster bed in an awesome whirl of romance.

An additional family bathroom with shower separates the two rooms off this landing.

 

 

A fifth, cool, eccentric double bedroom is hidden downstairs, half submerged below the living room.

The Garden Wing

Across the Shackleton Gardens myriad of colours, a stretch of out-buildings has been cunningly converted into a chic run of separate double bedrooms, each with its own ensuite shower room and individual contemporary aesthetic.
These are available as a supplement if additional space is required when renting the main house.

Poet laureate C. Day–Lewis was born in these Garden Sheds in 1904.

Outside

The 14 acres of beautifully designed organic gardens that surround the house, are a work in progress that started in 1850 and are at the core of what this estate is all about. The property is divided by hedges, trees and shrubs into a series of garden rooms, with tantalising glimpses through openings and down hidden walkways.

The enclosed side garden is named after the acclaimed Irish Garden Architect, Arthur Shackleton who designed it; the Water Garden is Sir Edwin Lutyens, complimented by Gertrude Jekyll style planting schemes.

A 100m long tree lined formal canal which points at the front of the house is recent addition, built in the early 2000’s.

Dotted among orchards and rose garden you will find semi-permanent structures which come into their own for occasions such as weddings.
Immediately adjacent to the garden is the associated 1780 Church of Ireland.

Provisional Booking Form

 

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.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.


Please email Graham here for rates.


Nightly Rate – €2,550  High Season (April 15th til the 1st of October)
Nightly Rate – €2,240
Off Season (October til April 15th)

 

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – Yes, but please confirm with us first. All pets are to be confined to the kitchen of the main house, or the garden wing. 

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Out & About

 

Co.Laois is especially suited to relaxed country life style with hill walking, golf, horse racing and trekking all available locally and this home is an ideal base for those who wish to explore Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Annual Events
Electric Picnic September
Stradbally Steam Festival August

The Locality

 

Ballintubbert House is in a sleepy rural setting about 10 minutes from Athy and Stradbally – both with supermarkets – and about 10 minutes away from the main Dublin Cork motorway.

Pilgrimages were made as early as 1540 to partake of the beneficial waters from a healing well which now sits in the graveyard of St Brigid’s church, a stone’s throw from the house.

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Some interesting history…

The renowned poet laureate Cecil Day–Lewis, father of actor Daniel Day–Lewis, was born in one of the side-bedrooms in the main house in 1904, and on a return visit in the 1960’s penned the poem The House Where I Was Born here.

The dramatic actor Sebastian Shaw, who was famously unmasked as Darth Vader in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, owned Ballintubbert for a period during 1940s & 50s.

Sir John Hurt the inveterate and highly acclaimed English actor who harboured a love of Ireland subsequently bought and occupied the house from the mid 1980’s.

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great 20th century polar explorer, who was born at Kilkea House, near Athy, in 1874. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expeditions.

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The very British expletive “Gordon Bennett” is an expression of incredulity which alludes to the outrageous behaviour of the American sportsman, publisher and all-round hell-raiser James Gordon Bennett Jr. who sponsored the first ever international motor race.
The course chosen for the first race outside France, was centred on Athy. England was to host the 1903 competition but motor racing was forbidden there. As a compliment to Ireland the British team chose to race in Shamrock green which thus became known as British racing green.

To the west, the Slieve Bloom Mountains along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe. Once also the highest at 3,700m, they have been whittled away by erosion over the millennia to a mere 527m today. Slieve Bloom Way , a recently opened seventy kilometre hill walk starts about half an hour away. You could try a part of it…

Stradbally is home to the oldest established heritage railway in Ireland. This narrow gauge railway is operated and managed by the Irish Steam Preservation Society.

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 1 and half hours from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – usually under 2 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and a half from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is usually under 2 hours from house.

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