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Artist's Riverside House in a Friendly Village
Artist's Riverside House in a Friendly Village
4 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
4 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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One-of-a-kind house with spectacular views of river and weir. Resident host, dog, cat, 2 chickens. 1 group only at a time. Oldest parts built more than 200 years ago. Garden level: 1 double room with double bed + 2 single bedrooms: simple with earthenware tiled floors. Entrance level: sitting room, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom + shower rooms. Guests can sit by the river, by a wood stove or in conservatory with vines. Cooked Irish breakfast or help yourself. 10 mins drive from Kilkenny.

The space

A split-level rambling house, with a fine, spacious living room at first floor (street level) with tall windows overlooking a small orchard and garden and the River Nore. You have use of the kitchen which adjoins via folding doors (no isolation for the cooks). Bedrooms (1 double, 1 single and one in between) downstairs are pretty, modest and simple, with earthenware tiled floors with underfloor heating. The bathroom and utility/shower room (shower doubles as steam cabinet) are both at first floor level - guest dressing gowns are provided. The shower room / utility is accessed via the kitchen. There is an internal courtyard with glass roof, with vines and a fig tree, with a table and chairs for dining, and wicker lounger seat. The garden is open to the river, with amazing views of Europe's longest V weir. Cottage garden and river full of bird life, fruit, and in season, flowers. The host is resident, but respects guest's space and loves to see the house and garden fully used.

Guest access

Only one group of guests can book here at any one time ( to a max. of 4 people). Guests have the full use the whole of the first floor - living room, kitchen, bathroom and shower room / utility room, the interior covered courtyard, 2-3 bedrooms downstairs (depending on need/prior arrangement) and to the gardens and river bank. Guests are welcome to use the riverside garden up to 9.30 p.m. and the conservatory till later. I am usually resident in the house (along with dog and cat) and like to meet guests and share local information, but prioritise giving guests full and undisturbed use of the shared spaces.

Other things to note

Please note distance / stairs between bathrooms from bedrooms (details in 'The Space') and be clear before booking about whether or not I will be resident during your stay if this is important to you. It is helpful to let me know if you would like a cooked breakfast (which I enjoy providing). Our house is part old, part carefully-designed new, with high ceilings and lovely views and a beautiful spacious drawing room for relaxing overlooking the river. The house extended from a small fishing cottage over 200 years old and is designed with traditional details by a local architect and is furnished with locally made furniture, vintage and antiques. There is a traditional kitchen with a dresser and long solid pine table for meals. The kitchen is connected in open plan with the drawing room. There is a interior conservatory with vines, where visitors can smoke. A lick of paint, and a stitch or two, is always needed here and there, and improvements are being made all the time.

Car parking is on street, or at the creamery yard 2 minutes away.

There are two village pubs a few minutes walk away, and a village store and butcher's shop. Mosse's pottery and mill, 10 minutes walk away, provides lunches. For evening meals, the kitchen can be used, there is pub food in the village and there are many good restaurants within 10 mins drive, from budget to Michelin starred. Easy drive to the Lady Helen restaurant, Mount Juliet.
Take-away food can be ordered for delivery. Canoeing (pick up from the river bank) and days out fly-fishing can be arranged in advance. There is golf and horse riding, and horse racing, near by and of course, wonderful Kilkenny City and its many festivals and events ten minutes away by car or bus.


Amenities
Internet
Wireless Internet
Kitchen
Breakfast

Prices
Extra people $54 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $62 NZD
Security Deposit $357 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 6PM
Check out by 1PM

We welcome guests and expect them to treat our home and the things in it with respect and to leave the house as they found it. WE ASK GUESTS TO READ OUR LISTING IN FULL BEFORE REQUESTING A BOOKING: WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT YOUR STAY MEETS YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Stairs between first and ground floor.
Pet(s) live on property - A dog, a cat and two hens are resident in the property
No parking on property - Parking is on street opposite the property
Some spaces are shared - Only one booking is taken at any one time. Guests have exclusive use of their bedroom/s. Use of the remainder of the property is shared with owner.
Amenity limitations - The bathroom and shower room are on the floor above the bedrooms.

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Audrey User Profile
July 2016
Katharine is lovely and so is her dog. My husband and I were surprised to find that they were both living in the house as we had booked the entire place. Katharine kindly offered to move out but we didn't accept. The cottage itself is in a very pretty setting and we were able to use all of the facilities. The house is large, very old and rustic. The bedroom we had is pretty but no empty drawers or wardrobes to take clothes out of our suitcases. This was a little disappointing for our 3 night booking. Be prepared to share the bathroom and the laundry/shower/toilet. Some lovely quaint aspects but all in all, below par.
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Sorry that this place did not suit your needs and preferences Audrey. Your point about hanging/clothes space is a good one, and I will take it on board. If you had read in full the airbnb page giving details on shared spaces you would have noticed that there is a dog and cat here (and chickens) and that I'm generally in residence too, providing cooked breakfasts for guests and other help as needed. The pricing takes into account all of the above. In future I'll make sure that guests are 100% clear on this before confirming any booking. Hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in Ireland.
July 2016

Lydia User Profile
August 2017
It was a lovely experience staying at Katharine's home. She was very welcoming & helpful & cooked us delicious breakfasts each morning. Her home & garden are very artistic & interesting & it's very pleasant to sit by the river at the end of the garden. Her pets are sweet, the teens especially loved fussing over her adorable dog. It's only 10 minutes drive into Kilkenny town centre, very easy & convenient.
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Hi Lydia, it was so enjoyable to meet you all. I loved your hen painting: you are such a talented family. It was great to see you getting stuck in to the Arts Festival. best wishes from Katharine
August 2017

Marc User Profile
August 2017
A lovely stay at Katherine's, with Maybe the dog, Blondy the hen and The Cat the cat. Katherine is a great host, always considerate of her guests' needs, and her pretty house is perfect if you want to enjoy the peace of Ireland (and the great taste of the Irish breakfast)!
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Hi Marc and family - it was lovely to meet you all. Maybe missed you after you left. Very glad that you enjoyed your visit, you would be welcome back at any time.
August 2017

Evie User Profile
July 2017
What a wonderful place for the right people! The spot and the house are lovely, with small delights everywhere you look - they might be a little bit enchanted. The river flows gently by the foot of the garden, a heron on the weir. Everything is looked after and easy. Katharine is a thoughtful and helpful host, her house is full of books and she knows the region well. This is a very little village, but there's a shop and a pub, just enough. About 10-15 minutes drive to Kilkenny, so you need a car. Many interesting sights in the neighbourhood to visit, we particularly recommend Kells. We loved our stay here and highly recommend this very special spot and wonderful host. Give the gentle old dog named Maybe another pat from me.
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Thank you so much for that beautiful description. It was lovely to have guests like yourselves to share the magic of those sunny days. Maybe sends a tail wag !
July 2017

Robbie User Profile
July 2017
Katharine made me really feel at home. I'd had a rough few days in hospital before my stay. Kathrine made me tea and a lovely soup to nurse me back to good health. Such a great experience at her house. It has a very homely vibe. Highly recommend staying there!! Thanks again Katharine :)
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Hi Robbie, you were a great guest. Thanks for your kind words. And thanks for showing me some of your very impressive work! You're very welcome back here any time. Katharine.
July 2017

Phil User Profile
June 2017
A wonderful bohemian house that is welcoming and warm. Beautiful setting by the river and a friendly pub and shop only 50 yards away. Katherine was a fabulous host and I felt welcome from the outset. 'Maybe', the dog, and I become great friends. If you want away from it all and yet be in striking distance of Kilkenny etc this is ideal!
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
Glad you enjoyed your stay !
June 2017

Greg User Profile
March 2017
What a fabulous place. Unique and charming. A peek into a historic side of Ireland that is very rare. Katherine was an impeccable host, very attentive and very helpful. Great fun too. We'll be going back.
Katharine User Profile
Response from Katharine:
You will both be very welcome back !
March 2017

Kilkenny, IrelandJoined in May 2014
Katharine User Profile
Interaction with guests

I enjoy meeting visitors, but also like to give guests plenty of time and space to relax and enjoy their stay undisturbed. Bedrooms are private, living areas and kitchen shared when I am here. I can cook breakfast for you, or you can make your own. I will give you an introductory tour around the house and will be happy to give suggestions on different places to visit, and local events - how to get the best out of the house, the village and Kilkenny. Two hens range free in the garden. I spend a good amount of time gardening and painting/sketching. Art lessons for beginners can be arranged (drawing and multi-media) and japanese calligraphy, papermaking and woodcut classes are sometimes available locally.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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