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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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                                                      Cosy relaxing break

                                                      4 of 5
                                                      This house was very charming. We stayed here 3 days to relax and 4 days on business. The grounds were not what they once were but still had lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We enjoyed the peace and quiet but also plenty to do in the area. Our only problem was not being able to time the heating/ hot water system which only mattered on our business days when we were out early and back late. Michael was in touch by phone and very helpful. We're already looking forward to our next stay. Maeve & Seamus
                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                      A Lovely Comfortable Self Contained well Equiped Cottage in a beauty setting ,

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                                                      We stayed at the Pump House for a weeks holiday from the 12 th September to the 19th September, while visiting family in Athy and we new it was going to be a lovely experiance before we arrived as Claudia was very helpful before our trip with directions and information on what to expect, we were greeted with a bottle of Red wine as we arrived after 9pm from a long journey from the ferry, which was lovely and we communicated very much by text messages , as we were very busy with family , but Claudia and James were very much on hand to help us out if needed, James came straight away to fix the Broad Band as soon as we released we could not connect to it, every thing was on hand , and we had a lovely time, being surrounded by a working farm and a traditional Irish family, which was like home from home, as my husband grew up in Athy and it was lovely to explore , see family but be independent , there is an abundance of things to enjoy, and to be close to a lovely family ,we highly recommend this cottage for a great place to stay , we will be going back again and have recommended it to all our family as an extra place to stay , we made use of the dishwasher , washer dryer, and hairdryer and log burner on one of the nights , but found the cottage very warm and was very pleased with how well equipped this cosy cottage, great value for money and very relaxing, Thank you to Claudia and James for thinking of every thing for us , so that we did not have , and giving us a relaxing stress free holiday, God Bless, Tina and Joe,
                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017