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Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Traditonal Irish Cottage 3 bedrooms Sleeps 5, Private Garden, Private Parking

Cosy comfortable self-catering traditional Irish holiday cottage located in the village of Kinnitty at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountain midway between the east and west coast of Ireland, The tastefully decorated cottage is set in it's own private grounds on a quiet country road. The central location makes it the ideal base for exploring Ireland being just 90 minutes drive from Dublin and Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and less than 60 minutes driver from Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. There are many local attractions such as Ireland's most haunted castle Leap Castle, Birr Castle Gardens with it's Giant Telescope, Tullamore Dew Visitor's Centre , Kilbeggan Distillery, Lough Boora Parklands and Sculpture Park where you can hire bicycles to cycle the many looped trails. Nearby heritage sites include Clonmacnoise, the Georgian town of Birr, Emo Court House and Gardens.

Not to be missed on Wednesday nights there is a wonderful traditional music and singing session in a nearby pub.

The house is situated in it's own private grounds with private garden and off road parking. There are 3 bedrooms 2 double and 1 single.

More Details

Christina Byrne
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Christina Byrne

Hi. My name is Christina and I have been running a bed and breakfast just across the road from O Brien's Cottage for the last 22 years. I am a keen walker and can help you choose the best walks locally. If you wish I can organise for you to join the local Slieve Bloom Walking group on a guided walk at the weekends or horse trekking in the Slieve Blooms. I play Irish music and will take you along to the traditional music session on Wednesday nights. I am on hand if you should require anything while you are here.

Christina Byrne purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Christina Byrne chose The Walk

O Brien's Cottage was built in the 1950's. The traditional Irish cottage is set in it's own grounds of 1 acre and has a lovely setting with views onto the Slieve Bloom Mountains.The location of this cottage at the crossroads of Ireland makes it the ideal base for touring Ireland. You can be in Galway Connemara, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny in less than an hour and a half, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Blarney in less than 2 hours If you want to meet the locals and have a real Irish experience in a small country village country this is the place to be.

What makes this cottage unique

Tranquil area, central touring location midway between Galway and Dublin , Belfast and Cork. Ideal base for touring Ireland. Private parking and outdoor area. Less than an hour's drive from Kilkenny, Rock Of Cashel, 1 and a half hour to Dublin, Galway, less that 2 hours drive to Connemara, Cliffs of Moher Cork, Blarney Stone, Killarney. Just walking distance from the local pub and shops.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in The Walk in Offaly

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 With double bed and room for fold up bed or cot.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 21 reviews

Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

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: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking time to write this lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to meeting you again.
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A great place has everything.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this charming cottage located right in the middle of Ireland. It had all the essential amenities we required. Chris, the owner lives right across the road, was very welcoming and extremely helpful. She had a lovely log fire going for us when we arrived and a loaf of Irish soda bread freshly made by her good self!

We had WiFi readily available from a cosy room in her guest house any time we wanted just across the road all we had to do was ask.

We found the location of Kinnity to be great, a central location for accessing all sides of the country. We travelled to Cork and Kilkenny in the South. Than the cliffs of Moher and then Galway and Connamara. Chris was very knowledgeable for exploring the surrounding local area so we enjoyed Birr, Clonmacnoise and the great music of Kinnitty at night. We really loved the great walks in the Shieve Bloom Mountains and were delighted to discover the special Lough Boora parklands, a beautiful wilderness full of fascinating wildlife.

The best thing is that the musical pub, just 2 minutes away, it's filled with the nicest people you could meet and it's not choc full of tourists either! The whole place has a lovely quiet Irish homely feel so it's on my list for another stay. Did I say that Chris plays fiddle in the music sessions in the pub too! M

  • Review Submitted: 22-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We have nothing but great things to say about our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in O'Brien's Cottage was wonderful. The cottage lacked for nothing. It was the perfect location, half way between Dublin and Galway. We loved our stay here. Chris welcomed us and made us feel at home. There was even a plate of scones and a pitcher of milk waiting for us. We would certainly stay there again!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful stay in O'Brien's Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay in this lovely cottage. It was very warm and clean. It had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay, plenty of kitchen equipment, a washing machine and Chris let us use the drying room in her B&B just across the road. We loved the location at the edge of the village of Kinnitty and enjoyed some great night’s meeting the locals at the Slieve Bloom Bar. During the day we enjoyed some great walks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Looking forward to our next trip back to this beautiful place.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura for taking the time to write about your stay here in Kinnitty. I am delighted you found the cottage to your satisfaction. Hope we will see you again soon. Chris
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we loved staying at 5he O'Brien cottage ! very clean& warm . it was great having a washing machine.

  • 5 of 5

We had 4 people 1 couple 2 singles staying had plenty of room for all of us. Chris was very helpful with any questions we had about the cottage and had helpful tips as to what to see in Ireland. I would recommend this place to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. It was lovely to meet you all. I am delighted you enjoyed your time here in Kinnitty and O Brien's cottage. Chris
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Magic in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

The location is excellent ! We had a marvelous few days exploring the area - walks in the woods, dinner in the castle nearby, entertainment in the pub just a hundred yards from our door! We marveled at the views as we drove over the mountains and visited the science museum in Birr Castle. Our hostess was most helpful and did everything to make our stay enjoyable - Thank you Christina...we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tom for the lovely review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay here in O Brien's Cottage and the beautiful midlands. As you say there is so much to see and do here particularly if you enjoy the outdoors. I hope we will see you again soon. Chris
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Slieve Bloom Bar
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
27 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Sli Dala Kinnitty Castle
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Located at the crossroads of Ireland midway between Dublin and the Wild Atlantic Way makes O'Brien's Cottage Kinnitty the ideal base from which to explore Ireland. In less than 2 hours you can be almost anywhere in Ireland- The Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Rock of Cashel, Cork, Blarney Castle, or Waterford . Kinnitty is far removed from the commercialism of busy resorts like Killarney, Dingle, Galway or indeed Dublin, while still retaining a charm and pace more reminiscent of Ireland of the past than that of today. Kinnitty has a Castle Hotel - Kinnitty Castle well know for romantic fairytale weddings, two quaint pubs - the Slieve Bloom Bar and Giltraps, 2 village shops, 2 churches, a children's playground a school and it's very own Pyramid. Just 6 miles from O' Brien's Cottage Kinnitty is Leap Castle on the R421, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted castle and a former castle of the O Carroll Clan.

O Brien's Cottage is located on the edge of the village in it's own private grounds with views on to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Knocknamann the site where the ancient festival of Bealtaine was held in pre- Christian times. The Slieveblooms are steeped in history and folklore, from megalithic times though Ireland's golden era of Saints & Scholars to more modern history of settlement and conflict of the O'Carroll's. According to legend the Slieve Bloom Mountains was home to Fionn Mac Cumhaill where as a child he lived with his mother for the first 7 years of his life.

For something truly unique you can enjoy the best night of your holiday at the local Wednesday night trad session where locals play and sing with gusto for their own merriment in one of the local pubs. The session roates around 4 local pubs and Chris the owner will be able to tell you where it is at.

If you are feeling more energetic there are looped walking trails from 6 different Trail Heads in the Slieve Blooms. The nearest is at Kinnitty on the R420 and an Eco walk loop trail at Knockbarron Wood just outside the village. We can provide you with maps. Lough Boora Parklands is just 15k from O'Brien's cottage. This is a natural habitat for over 80 species of wild birds, and has numerous off road cycle and walking tracks, a mesolitic site and an Outdoor Sculpture Trail. You can arrange bike hire here any day in summer time and at weekends in wintertime.


Other attractions locally are the Georgian town of Birr, Birr Castle Gardens and Giant Telescope, the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Durrow High Cross, Belvedere House and Garden's, Tullamore Dew visitor centre to name but a few. Attractions within an hours drive of Kinnitty are Athlone Castle, Emo Court House and Gardens, the Donoghmore Famine Museum, Kilkenny City, Portumna Castle.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in The Walk, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
17 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
4 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.25

2nd payment should be made in cash on arrival not through this site.

Monthly reservations do not include heating and electricity.
Check in time after 4.00pm. Check out time 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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