About This Listing
Exceptional yet cosy 4 star home in a lovely village at the foot of the Silvermines Mountains, 2 double beds, 2 bath, wifi 42" TV, best of comforts, & a local pub! Nenagh market town is 5km for bars & shops, Dublin, Galway, Cork are 1.30 hours away.
The calender serves only one of the cottages ,
Please message me for availability on the second cottage Ta!
Old Forge II, is officially listed by the Irish tourist board as 4 star rated, is set in a courtyard next to the oldest stone house in the village and on the site of the old forge. On arrival you will be greeted with a welcome basket of goodies to get you started and your log burner ready to light!
There are 2 generous double bedrooms which comfortably sleeps 4 in queen size beds, which can be separated to make 4 large single beds, a cot and high chair are available on request.
There is a log fire, power showers, heated bathroom floors, 42" Smart TV with cable and Irish channels, DVD player, docking station with radio and CD player, and free WiFi.
Board games,cards,DVDs and CDs are available to use.
High quality kitchen with granite worktop, dishwasher, microwave, oven, hob, GF grill, fridge freezer. Laundry facilities, comprising of washing machines, tumble dryers, heated drying racks, sink, hose down area and cold storage are located in the boot room.
There is a private patio and court yard with a BBQ, table and chairs, set in a wildlife/woodland garden.There are organic fruit trees and a vegetable patch, from which you are welcome to pick apples,pears, potatoes,cabbage and other seasonal fruit and vegetables for a complimentary meal.This is all set in amazing views of the mountain back drop and countryside.
All water for your services is via a water harvesting system, saving all of the rainwater to recycle back for use. The Silvermines village has a local pub full of charm and characters . There is a village shop for groceries, artisan breads, and newspapers, etc.
For the active there are so many walking and cycling trails, mountain bike forest, horse riding, golf fishing and water sports, all available within 10 to 30 mins drive away. There is also a walking trail with a picnic area in the village, along side the stream also preserved stone buildings called Cornish steam engine houses which were used in the 1800 s to facilitate the mining of tin.
The lovely Georgian market town of Nenagh, with bars, coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and a farmers market. Also a Norman castle, a heritage and genealogy center to find your ancestors. All this is a 10 minute drive away. There is a taxi service in the silvermines.
In the surrounding area,there are many wonderful "way-marked" loop trails for walking and biking. Search irishtrails ie , location- Tipperary and look around the Nenagh area
There are other outdoor activities, such as horse riding, a mountain bike forest, The stunning Lough Derg for Fishing, sailing and other watersports, golf, tennis, and lots more. The golden sandy beach of Kilkee is 1.30 hours away, which also has a dive centre and the best diving in Ireland.
For larger bookings,both homes sleep 8 in total making it a great place for larger gatherings, yet having your own space when you need it. Please note that Electric is not included in the price.
Guests have access to the landscaped garden, courtyard and organic vegetable patch. Free parking is always available. The boot room is shared by both homes. Sorry but no access to the main house.
Interaction with Guests
If not myself, there will be someone available to meet and assist guests with settling in and to answer any questions regarding the local area, ie. restaurants, directions, facilities, bookings etc. With notice, and at an additional cost, arrangements can be made for a local chef to be available to cook meals, and any other services that maybe required like cleaning, and shopping.
My beautiful award winning village is somewhat sleepy, traditional, and quiet, yet only 10 minutes from a busy town, and not so far from the big cities, giving the best of both worlds.
The people are very friendly and helpful ,there is plenty of beautiful flora, wildlife and birds, even wild horses and goats up in the hills. They say the Silvermines gets under your skin and you will always return.
For local travelling a car would be preferable. Taxis and mini buses are available from the village. Bicycles can be hired in Nenagh town. There is a train station to major cities and also a coach station in Nenagh that also goes to all the major cities. Regular coaches to the airports Shannon ( 1 hr) and Dublin (2.30Hrs) airports making this a very central location for all parts of Ireland. Guests will be picked up from Nenagh and taken to the Silvermines.
Other Things to Note
There might be other guests staying at the same time if you are occupying only one of the places. The Old Forge 1 is a cottage on the ground floor which is wheelchair and disabled accessible. Old Forge 2 which is not wheelchair accessible and this is accessed by an external stone staircase, the accommodation is on 2 levels. It is disabled accessible.
There is a small farm yard next door which is used occasionally and cattle sometimes kept in the field at the end of the garden giving a true sense of country living.
Only rules,no smoking,stag parties and sorry, no pets, treat the place kindness, and finally to relax and have fun!
I enjoyed a wonderful relaxing 4 days in Paul's beautiful cottage with my husband and toddler. The cottage was SO nice. The living space was really comfortable. The kitchen had everything you could ever need and the bedrooms were each a sanctuary. The place was absolutely spotless. I didn't spot one speck of dust or anything I could think could be improved upon.The showers were so nice after a long day out sightseeing. The beds were super soft. We all slept really well as the place is so peaceful. Even our baby who normally rises at 6.30 slept until 8am! The cottage is a great base for visiting - we had some lovely meals in Nenagh or brought food back to cook in the cottage. We visited places like the Rock of Cashel and the Mitchelstown Caves. I would recommend the cottage to anyone wanting a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. From an Irish persons' perspective, this gives you a glimpse of real Ireland that you won't get from staying in hotels! Paul was a great host - very quick to respond, great with directions and there for anything we needed, while leaving us to our own devices. Thank you Paul for a lovely holiday. We'd love to come back!
We had such a lovely stay in the Forge, starting off with a warm welcome from Paul's girlfriend, and some local home made brown bead and jam, with all the ingredients for a perfect cup of tea to accompany this.
The Forge is beautifully decorated, with an incredibly comfortable couch, and a fantastic stove in the living area,(I can't tell you how pleasant this was to snuggle up to, on a winter's evening) as well as a rather cool flat screen tv, and fast Internet access.
The kitchen had just about everything a cook could need, from wine glasses to an abundance of pots and pans.. part of being away is to be able to eat well, and this cottage had everything you might need to accomplish this. One of the highlights is the beds, perhaps the most comfy I've slept in. The bedrooms were also very impressive, actually they would not have been out of place in a 5 star hotel, whoever decorated the cottage has excellent taste and an eye for design .. Our bedroom had a large window/door opening into the garden, so lovely views to wake up to.
Paul was a really attentive host, and was in contact with me several times to make sure all was well (which it was). He also delivered a highchair for us, for one of the smaller members of our party, which was a god send.
There is even a vegetable garden outside, which we were welcone to pick from.
The forge is in a nice peaceful little village, with a pub and a shop across the road, and some great walks(there is also a little trail around the village suitable for pushchairs).
We really had a great time, with a very attentive host...the only problem is we wanted to stay longer!
It's rare, but sometimes we stay in a place and love it so much that we decide it will be the place we always stay when we visit the area again. We have such places in Rome and Venice, and now when we're visiting western Ireland we'll always stay at Paul's place in Silvermines.
We stayed in Old Forge II and it was exactly as shown in the pictures; he also let us look around Old Forge I, and it too is exactly as shown (Old Forge II is on 2 levels, Old Forge I is on 1 level so more appropriate for mobility-limited travelers). It's clean, wonderfully comfortable, and spacious. Paul is attentive and helpful and gave us great guidance on the local sites.
Silvermines is a great little Irish village. An easy walk up from Paul's place is a trail that takes you by some mining ruins and picturesque countryside. There's a little market just across the street (open until 9pm), but Paul left our fridge stocked with basics and had a loaf of wonderful Irish brown bread waiting for us. There's also a great little pub across the street: tell Tom the owner/bartender that Chuck and Randy sent you :-) There are no restaurants or meal options in town, but there are lots of places in Nenagh, a 10 minute drive away (we recommend the Hibernian Inn).
When you arrive in Nenagh, if you're on the street facing the church, Paul's place is in the middle of the block on your left: look for the sign over the arch indicating self-catering apartments.
A group of us had a really happy 4 days staying in the Old Forge 1 and 2. Both houses are absolutely beautiful, great care has obviously been taken to ensure that every little detail is perfect. The two houses are full of character, whilst also offering the kind of comforts you would expect in an expensive hotel - spotless cleanliness, really comfy beds and fantastic bathrooms. The garden is beautiful and completely enclosed, which makes it great for kids who want to run free!
The houses are in a great location, there is lots of beautiful countryside and good walks in the immediate vicinity and you are in easy reach of many other areas of interest.
We didn't meet Paul as he was away whilst we were there, but he was really friendly and helpful in the run-up to our stay. Whilst we were there, we were looked after by his mum and dad and his sister Veronica, all of whom were lovely and could not have done more to make us feel welcome.
Pretty much as soon as we arrived we were talking about when we could come back again, we really loved staying in Silvermines. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone - it is wonderful. Thank you Paul for letting us borrow your beautiful houses!
Paul was a fantastic host! He was friendly, accommodating and answered any questions we had. The listing was beautiful and was perfect for a short relaxing stay in the country. If you are ever never Nenagh I would definitely recommend staying with Paul.
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About the Host, Paul
Sociable, creative, and passionate about period properties, having restored many, including The Silvermines accommodation. I have lived in different countries, and enjoy meeting new people. I like being outdoors, and am happy to inform and show guests the outdoor activities available to them in this local area, in the County of Tipperary.