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Secret hideaway in Birr Castle grounds and a stunning open- plan Georgian Lodge

People5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Two stunning properties: cottage and town house accessing Birr Castle Gardens

A First the cottage, known as the Bothy. Once the living quarters of the young gardiners. Within the walls of Birr Castle Demesne it is tucked in behind the Formal Gardens in a quiet corner and you can walk from there to the Science Centre and the Great Telescope and, like the Adavnan Lodge, you will have the whole 110 acres to yourselves after the visitors to the gardens have gone. It is small and cosy with an open fire in the living dining room. The front door looks straight onto the garden and a door in the wall goes straight into the famous Formal Gardens with their clipped box hedges and the glass house - some of our guests have taken to eating breakfast there! It has three small bedrooms.

The Adavnan Lodge is just accross the road from the Main Gaites into the Demesne, and has its own small garden.You have the keys so that you can entre Birr castle Demesne at any time, and you will visit its Science Centre, children's playground and tree house. It is especially suitable for children.

There are two large, high-ceilinged bedrooms. Both have large double beds and one also has a single bed. The other has a large child's cot. The main living dining room is a beautiful high-ceilinged airy room with an open fireplace (wood and turf are provided) and a stove at the dining end. Children are very welcome as the house belongs to a family with a small child and her books, some toys, and high-chair are all there to make the little ones feel at home.

For both properties the small friendly town of Birr is just on the doorstep and you will find pubs, restaurants and shops in the Main Street, all within easy walking distance. The house is on the corner of the quiet Oxmantown Mall where the Birr Theatre and Arts centre is located, with the Church of Ireland church at the end.

Birr is an excellent central point for exploring Ireland, as much of the country such as the famous Cliffs of Moher are all within a day's drive. Also, the nearest train station, half an hour away at Tullamore, has almost hourly train service to Dublin. This is a good way to do a day trip there and only takes an hour from Tullamore.

There are good walks in the SlieveBloom hills and the Shannon is very close for boating or surfing. The seaside at Galway is also good for a day out. There is an equestrian centre just outside the town for riding in the Slieve Bloom.

Or just chill out in the town of Birr and the beautiful grounds of the castle.

More Details

Property Manager
Alison Rosse
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Alison Rosse

The Parsons family, now Earls of Rosse, have owned Birr Castle Demesne since 1620. You can enjoy beauty of the gardens which have been landscaped and planted for many centuries.

Why Alison Rosse chose County Tipperary

You will be staying in a houses that were built for the estate over 100 years ago. For many years The Adavnan Lodge was used as the Estate Office with dwelling house included for the agent. The open plan intereior was created about ten years ago.

The Bothy was the house for the young unmarried gardiners, close to the kitchen gardens and formal gardens. It has been a happy holiday home for some years now and we have many repeat visitors.

What makes this cottage unique

Access to the gardens and science centre and playground and within walking distance of shops and resteraunts in the friendly market town of Birr.

Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Dublin
Nearest Barpub
Birr
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Dublin
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Birr
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Tullamore
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Kilbeggan
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Birr
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Galway
Car: recommended

Very central area for touring Ireland. Almost all areas within reach of a day's drive. The propertis are on the edge of Birr, a small town with all the amenities, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.You will be within walking distance of one of the best restaurants in town, Spinners, in Castle Street. The main attraction for many is that the properties have access to the grounds of Birr Castle gardens which has a science Gallery celebrating the Parsons family and the great telescope once the largest in the world. The garden is world famous and you have this beautiful park to yourself in the evenings. Birr Castle itself is the family home of Brendan and Alison, The Earl and Countess of Rosse. The Castle is open to visitors in May and July and August in the mornings. Otherwise it is lived in as a family home, but there are occasional concerts in the Gothic Music Room. The Slieve Bloom mountains are a 15 minute drive away and are ideal for walking and gentle climbs in unspoilt forest and open scenery. Many historical sites are in the area, which is sometimes known as the Monastic Midlands for the many early Christian sites and ruins. Clonmacnoise is especially famous. You can visit Dublin by train from Tullamore, only half an hour to Tullamore and then 1 hour by train.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Townparks in Birr

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over bath and toilet and wash hand basin.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • 1 bedroom with double bed and single bed 1 bedroom with 2 single beds 1 bedroom with single bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf pass optional
Notes:
Walking. For hikers this is an ideal area. The Slieve Bloom mountains are close by and also the area of the Shannon. For shorter walks ask in the Birr town library to get ideas. And of course there are walks every morning in the grounds of the Castle itself.

Reviews

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Secret hideaway in Birr Castle grounds and a stunning open- plan Georgian Lodge
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Charming cottage in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I brought our mothers to visit Ireland in January. For us it was a very nice time to be there--no crowds and the countryside is beautiful even in January! Lady Rosse was so pleasant to work with on renting the cottage and very hospitable. We arrived on a cold New Year's Day and Lady Rosse and the science center staff were very helpful with the heat. It was so nice to arrive to a kitchen stocked with bread, butter, milk, coffee and tea--all the necessities. After warming up, the cottage was quite comfortable. It is charming. It had plenty of room for 4 adults and would also be great for a family with children. The castle and castle grounds are amazing. We walked through the gardens in the evenings. There are swans and ducks on the ponds and my husband even saw a hedgehog crossing the road! The location is a great home base for driving around Ireland (as we did) and would also be a peaceful getaway to stay in one place. The town of Birr is very friendly and has everything you need.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. It does help us to hear what people think. So glad you even saw the hedgehog. And also that you enjoyed the town of Birr. Hope you will come back one day. Best wishes Alison
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Magical Irish Cottage in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

The Bothy is right out of a fairy tale. The kitchen is small but very well appointed, the beds are super comfortable, and there's plenty of peat and logs for a cozy fire every night. The grounds of Birr Castle provide hours and hours of beautiful walks among the gardens, waterfalls and stunning views. You could spend your entire Irish holiday in Birr (several great pubs, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance), but day trips to other great sight-seeing places are easy. Magical!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such a lovely review. So happy that you enjoyed it all so much. Birr is indeed a wonderful place! Alison Rosse
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Lovely spot to explore Ireland

  • 4 of 5

The Bothy is really a beautiful cottage situated in the very nice park of the castle demense in Birr. You can feel the age, but you have everything that is really necessary for an enjoyable holiday. We stayed there with three adults and two kids and were all pleased with our stay.

Beds were comfortable, the kitchen small but well organized, the bath perfectly ok. There is hardly a more quiet place to stay within a town I guess. Giving the Bothy a little retouch would renew the wonderful vibes of this charming gem.

When a problem occured, help was always at hand asap. Everything, even our late arriving on a sunday, went smooth.

Birr is located perfectly for exploring not only the midlands, but most of Ireland. Dublin is two hours away, as is Cork. Galway, Kilkenny, and Limerick just one. Tullamore just 30 minutes. It is worth spending some time in Birr, too. Since one is living within the park, a walk in it is always possible and very enjoyable, especially in the evening. Good pubs are right in front of the gate. And when traveling with children the playground on the demense is that one super-plus, that made at least our children (4 & 7) love the whole holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that lovely review. Birr is indeed a great place to holiday from and we're happy your children enjoyed the playground too. Hope you will be back and that you friends may come and try both our cottages. Best wishes Alison Rosse
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Townparks, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
ploughing championship
19 Sep 2017 - 25 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£522
 
 
winter
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
1 night minimum stay
£53
for 1 night
From
£53
£522
£1,416
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£487
for 7 nights
£487
£1,416
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £106.23

The Birr Castle Domain is a gated property and you will be given a code to get in the main gate when you arrive.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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