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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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                                                    Lovely older home in Kinnitty. Great fireplace with wonderful peat fires. Took a little while for this dumb American to figure out the electric, toilets, but once we did it was easy. Wonderful pub next door run by Kieran. Just a warning, food is not served so if you are hungry when you get there plan on going to the little village grocer to buy something to cook or drive to a restaurant . James very graciously led the way to Birr and the County Arms Hotel where we had an excellent meal. The Kinnitty Castlewas wonderful for Easter Sunday lunch. Best night in Ireland was the evening at the pub when everyone brought instruments for their once a month jam session. We were so fortunate to see and hear this. The village would only be better by having some kind of take out service or small restaurant. Although we made breakfast it would have been great to be able to grab a sandwich without driving. Other than that I would not change a thing. Would love to stop back someday! .
                                                    • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
                                                    • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                    A perfect country idyll

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                                                    Had a lovely week in this cottage! Knew it was going to be a good week when we were presented with freshly made scones and cream and jam on arrival! This cottage is in a perfect location, the family have very friendly pets wondering around - there were two lambs when we were there - making it a great place for kids. The family themselves have very friendly helpful children, who my son was mad to play with all week, as well as using their trampoline and playing with their other toys! The cottage itself is extremely well kitted out and every little detail has been thought of. We shall definitely be back to stay and can't recommend it highly enough.
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                                                    • Date of Stay: Apr 2017