This opulent, spacious and peaceful country cottage sits in the heart of rural Ireland, with classic period interiors and exceptional views of the Kilkenny landscape.
Just half an hour from the delights of the Medieval City itself and less than an hour from the south coast, it’s an ideal location for cycling, kayaking and canoeing.
Spacious and glamorous
From a southerly terrace overlooking the River Nore, you enter an unexpected world; a magical classic interior in the Grand style, set within a country cottage.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 6 guests
From €3,000 per week
Two double bedrooms-one ensuite
One twin bedroom
Family bathroom with shower
- Other Rooms
Sitting room, dining room
Kitchen, Utility room
Four Flat screen TVs
WiFi internet, integrated sound system
Good Cell phone reception
The greater part of the ground floor is given over to the main reception room, part study and part drawing room. A couple of steps lower than the rest, it is heavily ornate with moulded shelving, vintage leather bound books, gilded mirrors and substantial drapes.
Here too is a large recessed television. Happily, the abundance of table lamps are centrally controlled.
Persian carpets feature throughout the house, and there are premium controls for the lighting, as well as recessed ceiling loudspeakers in the reception rooms.
There is an intimate oak furnished dining room to the other side of the entrance hall, which comfortably seats six in fully upholstered contentment.
The charming and well equipped kitchen is naturally adjacent to the dining room, with the utility room beyond that.
An elegant guest WC is located below the stairs.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Twin electric Ovens
• Electric 4 ring ceramic hob
• Krups coffee machine
• Bosch washing machine
• Bosch tumble dryer
• Sizes – One double bed, one King-size double, and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• 1 large Flat-screen TV
• Plus TV in each bedroom
• Sonos multi room audio system
• Multi dimmer light switches
• Good selection of books
• Gas fired Barbecue
There are three spacious dormer-windowed bedrooms spanning the upstairs floor, all beautifully appointed in period style, with heavy tasselled drapery and Roman blinds, pleated valances, luxurious quilts and upholstered occasional chairs.
The twin bedroom and the second double bedroom have fitted wardrobe space incorporating sconce lit dressing tables.
The master bedroom enjoys an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.
There is also a chic family bathroom with marble framed bath, a separate shower cubicle and dressing mirrors shared on this floor.
The tranquil gardens which afford magnificent views across the Nore valley, cascade downwards from the front terrace, and feature an ornate fountain and pond and a broad sloping lawn.
The cottage forms part of the estate of an expansive stud farm, and is reached via a dedicated private driveway. There is ample parking.
A delightful backdrop for a sunset Barbecue.
“We absolutely loved our stay in this beautiful and utterly luxurious house.”
The attention to detail and comfort throughout the house meant that it felt as if we were cocooned in luxury, even down to the generous, very delicious and thoughtful “care package” left for us in the kitchen. The garden, with its lily pond and terrace with view over the river Nore, along with the woodland walks meandering alongside a running stream around the estate are all so enticing that it meant that we hardly ever wished to leave the property. The few times we did venture out was to nearby Thomastown which isn’t just wonderfully picturesque but has everything you might need shop-wise. Our hosts, Belinda and Alexandra couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful. In fact it was very hard to leave this superb house and we cannot wait to get to stay here again soon.
We really enjoyed the couple of days….
… Hunters Lodge was the perfect hideaway from the world, surrounded only by beautiful horses!
C. Hookway, December 2020
Out & 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…
Local Festivals include:
JFK Dunbrody Festival celebrating the Dunbrody famine ship. The festival is held on the 3rd weekend in July each year and attracts crowds in excess of 25,000.
Inistioge Vintage Rally – August Bank Holiday
- See some glass blowing
- The best of Brids Ceramics
- Down a pint in the Woodstock
- Take a super supper at Mannions
- Loop walk Brandon Hill
- Jump on a pony
- Fish 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
The pretty village of Inistioge is just 5 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 – 20 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.
Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East
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, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – an hour and a quarter from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from the cottage
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and an hour and a half an hour from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about an hour from the cottage.