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Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in County Laois also enquired about holiday homes in County Kilkenny, holiday homes in County Clare and country house / chateaus in County Meath

Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in County Laois, Ireland your home away from home

Located west of Dublin and north of Kilkenny, County Laois often gets passed over as visitors head for holiday rentals in Ireland’s better known beauty spots. However, County Laois is the location of two of Ireland’s finest gardens – Emo Court and Heywood - and the charming county town of Portlaoise is well worth a visit. The area’s long history is seen at the natural fortress of Dunamase. Visitors can enjoy the scenic hills and peaceful river valleys. County Laois is the perfect area to discover the “real” Eire.

Things to Do in County Laois

County Laois offers a beautiful landscape with gentle rolling hills and winding lanes which are made for exploring on foot, bicycle, horseback or by car. Part of the pleasure of a holiday rental in County Laois is exploring the local villages and pubs where excellent food and a pint of Guinness is accompanied by Irish music and the occasional impromptu singsong at the piano. Visit the gardens and stately homes or go sightseeing in Dublin, which is just an hour’s drive away.

Places to Visit in County Laois

Every tourist staying at a holiday cottage in County Laois should enjoy at least one of the county’s most lovely gardens. The Abbey Sense Gardens at Abbeyleix have a stunning herbaceous border, rose covered pergola and a fernery. Emo Court offers a tour of the fine stately home designed by James Gandon, who also built the Custom House and Four Courts in Dublin. Gash Gardens and Heywood Gardens also offer a tranquil day out surrounded by natural beauty. All the family will enjoy a trip to the 15th century Ballaghmore Castle between Roscrea and Borris-in-Ossory. Castle Durrow is one of the great stately homes of Ireland, built for the Flower family in the 18trh century. It is now a country house hotel with lovely walled gardens, an orchard and a walk to the “Leafy Loops”. The county town of Portlaoise is worth a visit. Just outside is the 1100 year old Dunamase Castle, the 12th century Round Tower in Timahoe and the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Forest Park. Make sure you allow time to explore Dublin as part of your visit to this beautiful country with its parliament buildings, literary connections, fine pubs and shopping along the River Liffey.

Weather in County Laois

Like much of Ireland, which is nicknamed the Emerald Isle for its lush greenery, County Laois has plenty of rain showers at any time of year. Summer temperatures reach an average 19°C (66°F) and winters are mild at around 8°C (46°F).

Travel to County Laois

Holiday rentals in the County Laois area are served by Dublin International (DUB) Airport which has regular flights from all over Europe, including low cost flights with Ryanair. The airport is 12km (& miles) north of the city centre.

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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                              A lovely, warm and comfortable house.

                                              4 of 5
                                              This house was the perfect location for us as our son was getting married in Kinnitty Castle on 24th November. We were staying in the Castle for two nights for the wedding and needed somewhere to stay the few days before and a few days after the wedding so we rented the house for a week. Flying in to Dublin from the UK we rented a car at the airport and following the instructions from Connor O'Brien we found the house easily. Mr. Jimmy O'Brien was there to greet us and let us into the house. What could be more welcoming on a bitter cold November afternoon than a roaring fire? Yes Jimmy had one burning for us. The house was lovely. Larger than we expected and provided everything we needed. After exchanging pleasantries and letting us look over the house Jimmy left us to it after assuring us he was just next door should we need anything. With a basket of logs and a garage full of turf for the fire and central heating we were certainly not going to be cold. A trip to the local "newsagent" where the owner, Michael, was a joy to meet, provided us with everything we needed. Milk, coffee, eggs , bacon, sausage, mushrooms etc. He stocks almost everything. The house was just perfect. Plenty of room, 4 bathrooms, 5 toilets, a constant supply of hot water, a kitchen large enough to dance in and all the pots, pans and utensils etc you could possibly need. As we were in Ireland for the purpose of the wedding we did not get time for sight seeing which gives us an excuse to return and we would definately return to this house. It was lovely.
                                              • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2016
                                              • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                              Highly recommend . Very clean, very comfortable, very warm house.

                                              5 of 5
                                              Excellent value for money. Stayed for 3 weeks and really enjoyed it. The house was what we had hoped for and the area excellent, very quiet but very centrally located for driving around Southern Ireland. Christina was helpful and welcoming. Would definitely go back
                                              • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2016
                                              • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                              Missing you already!!!!!!!!!!!

                                              5 of 5
                                              Just got back from a wonderful stay at "The Pump House" A Big Thank You to Claudia, James and their family and pets for providing us with a warm welcome, a most comfortable base in an idyllic setting. This cottage is quaint but with every modern convenience that you could ask for and more. We especially loved the wood burning stove which gave our evenings that warm fuzzy feeling. Thank you also for the delicious home made scones and jam you provided for us on our arrival ( must get the recipe ) We will be back soon, Jacquie & Mike Berkshire
                                              • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2009
                                              • Date of Stay: Oct 2009