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A Chateau inside a Rose-bud Country Cottage

Canal Cottage, County Kildare

Named after its ‘kissing couple’ doorknocker, this is a spacious and romantic luxury rural escape, perfect for pampering. The two storey Georgian cottage is part of an exclusive restoration project on the banks of the Grand Canal, surrounded by scrupulously maintained gardens, and still within half an hour of Dublin City.

the living room

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front door

Behind the sage-green entrance lies a bright porch with double doors that open into an elegant and spacious living room. Clad from floor to stuccoed ceiling in natural oak paneling, the boarded walls are ornately trimmed with matching mouldings.

the drawing room bay window

Ballooning onto the garden terrace a generous and casually upholstered bay window extends the living space and adds panorama-drama.

Rates & Dates

A classic Howard sofa and sumptuous full-back armchairs garnish the alabaster polished limestone floor, while a chandelier twinkles its reflection in the ritzy mirror raised above impressive white marble fireplace.

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Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas Aga range with 4 ovens and 6 gas rings
• American style Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in kitchen
• Iron


• Two King-size four poster beds
• Two Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix are available

Still with the opulent oak paneling, a generous kitchen/breakfast room occupies the remainder of the ground floor. A traditional four oven Aga range is built into ornate raised-panel presses in ivory tones.

The dining table comfortably seats six, or, weather permitting, you can dine al fresco - French doors open onto a quaint canal-side cobblestone terrace.

the terrace
the kitchen

Hand-painted walls lend a medieval quality to the stairs that lead up to two plush double bedrooms. Both are generous, with inviting four-poster beds, luxurious silk and chintz fabrics, and ensuite bathrooms.

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the master bedroom

All the rooms enjoy splendid views of either the Lily-pond fountain or the manicured back garden, with eccentric Ox-eye windows as an occasional inspiration.

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This home is one of a group of restored Georgian buildings that collectively form a small holiday village on the edge of the historic Lyons Demesne. Apart from beguiling jaunts along the adjacent Royal Canal towpath – in theory you could keep going till you reach the Shannon - there are a number of exclusive facilities available to guests which include a sophisticated bar, the stunning conservatory style Orangery restaurant, a luxury Wellness centre, and a recently opened crafts shop with some unique offerings.

the back garden

There are also a number of interesting features such as an original dovecot, a potager garden, a well, the Lilly-pond fountain, and a mill race fed by the small canal that threads its way through the property.

the restaurant the Lilly Pond


Smoking - No, sorry!
Children are Welcome
Pets are Welcome too, but terms and conditions apply.

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.

the courtyard

Out and About

County Kildare is at the centre of the Irish horse industry and possibly the golfing one, but it is also just half an hour from the culture and nightlife of Dublin City…

Gates at entrance
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About the Locality

Celbridge is the nearest town for shopping, 10 minutes by car. It is perhaps best known for the Georgian Society’s flagship property Castletown House, a classical palladian country house built in 1722 for the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.

Arthur Guinness, architect of the pervasive stout, was believed to have been born in Celbridge in 1725

Carton House golf course

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Kildare is renowned for its golfing heritage, and there are four excellent championship courses within 15 minutes of the house.
The K Club resort has two of Europe’s finest, designed by Arnold Palmer.
Carton House in Maynooth also has two, designed by Mark O’Meara and Colin Montgomerie. The Golfing Union of Ireland, the longest established golf union in the world, and its national academy are also based here.

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Since you’re in the county, you might like to visit Kildare town. These days it is best known for its luxury Village Outlet shopping experience, where boutiques provide authentic discounts on previous seasons’ collections of Irish and international brands.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

Mondello Park, Ireland’s only international motor racing circuit is local too. Aside from the actual racing, you can enjoy a variety of super-car experiences on the track. Kildare was in fact the location of the very first international motor race in Ireland - Gordon Bennett Cup - held in 1903.

The Grand Canal that flows past the Jolly Angler was constructed during the 18th century - a busy time for canal building in Ireland. From the mouth of the River Liffey, the canal runs 131km to link up with the River Shannon, taking in 43 locks on the way. It took 47 years to complete – that’s about 3 inches a day.
Following the canal from Lucan Bridge to Shannon Harbour by foot would typically take about five days.
Going the other way, the well maintained towpath is perfect for cycling, and takes only about 30 minutes to get into Dublin City – ask at reception about hiring bikes.

canal lock

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There are more stud farms in Kildare than any other county in Ireland, including the Irish National Stud, with three of the country’s busiest racecourses within 30 minutes of Lyons estate, making it arguably the centre of the Irish horse industry.

horse race

The Curragh Racecourse is the world-famous headquarters for thoroughbred flat racing, while Punchestown is the home of Irish jump racing. Naas Racecourse hosts both, with about 16 meetings a year.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just over half an hour from the cottage
Belfast Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.

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

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