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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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                                                Excellent value for money, we are from the area but this cosy cottage suited our needs perfectly. It was warm, clean and tidy. We travelled with two small kids and found it spacious enough for them and all the paraphernalia that came with them. Chris is very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely stay here again.
                                                • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
                                                • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                A week at the Pump House in late winter

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                                                We stayed as a couple in the Pump House the second week of March, Spring was just arriving with daffodils, blossom and leaf buds just starting to open. The weather was fairly kind to us all week, although clearly there had been a lot of rain previously as the river was very full at the start of the week. We arrived just after dark and Claudia was very welcoming and showed us the cottage. It is exactly as described. We loved it, just right for us, and cosy especially with the log fire going in the evenings (unlimited wood is supplied along with firelighters). We didn't need to use the sofa bed on the mezzanine, but it looked good, probably for children rather than a second couple. Being on a working farm the drive was a little muddy, but that is only to be expected and as we are both from farming backgrounds that didn't bother us at all, and we loved having the donkey, cows, cats and dog around us. The location of the cottage is ideal for exploring all over Ireland as the road links fan out well from there, we visited Dublin, the Wicklow mountains (Glendalough, Sally Gap...), New Ross & Wexford (tracing family history) & Hook Head lighthouse, unfortunately we ran out of time to visit other places that we wanted to see. We recommend exploring Athy itself, it is a lovely town. The museum is lovely, and Clancy's on a Thursday night is a must for lovers of trad-music. Food shopping is easy as there is a large Aldi very close and Lidl slightly further into town. A petrol station (very cheap fuel) is near the property. The bed is very comfortable and the bathroom very well laid out, and with the under-floor heating, very warm on the toes ! The kitchen is well-equipped with a washer-dryer (used once), dishwasher (didn't use) and all the necessary paraphernalia for cooking and eating with. If I had to make any suggestions they would be the following : Put a sign up at the entrance to the lane as we missed the turn (it was dark). Secondly maybe widen the gravel area in front of the cottage to enable parking the car on the gravel (as it had been wet it was a little muddy), and thirdly put up a large wall mirror in the bedroom (for hair drying purposes). We loved staying at the Pump House and would definitely stay again, both Claudia and James (and the children we met) are just lovely, very friendly. Suzy & Charlie
                                                • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
                                                • Date of Stay: Mar 2017