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.
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.
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.
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.
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.