About This Listing
Dorm style hostel accommodation in our historic mill just about 5 miles outside Durrow, Co. Laois - Basic, airy and clean, 5 bed dorm and rec room with external bath house and toilets. Ideally suited to groups - light breakfast provided
A newly renovated dorm room in a historic mill, with an adjacent living / games room with an external bath house featuring shower and wc's
Ideally suited to groups of walkers; cyclists,and fishers, as we have plenty of space to store bicycles and rods in the mill. There is also a table tennis room to use and chill
The bath house offers a sauna to ease the muscles and onsite massage can be arrange by appointment
The outside has a millpond and a number of streams bordering the formal garden, all of which are there for everybody to enjoy. Croquet is available during summer and there are is a table tennis table and lots of games in the recreation room
Interaction with Guests
We live on site and are happy to be on hand or offer you as much privacy as you like
Off the beaten track, but only a few minutes from Junction 3 on the M8 half way between Dublin Cork and Limerick and :- we are close to Durrow and Abbeyliex, both with a fine selection of bars and eateries. We are also in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains and there are lots of walks nearby
A car or bike is needed to get around, as there is limited local buses,
Other Things to Note
With stables on site and a variety of cycle and pony treks around, we can arrange a number of activities for you,.
No smoking inside please ; we have dogs and welcome other pets
It was a pleasure to stay in the mill hostel which sits o a very beautiful property. Tara and her husband were really helpful in directing us to their place which is about a 5-10 minute drive outside durrow town. They even offered to drive us back into the town in the evening which was very kind as we were going to a wedding. The hostel room itself is clean but basic, and there is an apartment in a separate building across the yard which is also available to stay in and looks very nice.
In our travels, we've stayed in a few unique places, and this place can be listed as one them. It's an ancient, water wheel powered, grain mill. It has a pond out front, a creek that winds around it, grounds with a large garden, and apple, pears and plum orchards; fruit which we ate and fed to the horses. Three dogs kept you company .... constantly. Our living quarters are in a partly converted section of the mill. The outside was beautiful, and the buildings have so much potential. It's like the place is frozen in time .... twice; the original farm circa 1800, and, a snapshot of when the money ran out after the "Celtic Tiger" economic collapse, as it appears some of projects are left in mid-construction. The place needs upgrades to the infrastructure, including placing a bathroom in the mill building (we needed to walk over to another building). We were comfortable, and it made a great last stop from our touring the western country, as it is a quick trip back into Dublin.
Tara is an absolute delight. Beautiful environment. (Loved the dogs). Exactly what it says on the tin - accommodation basic, bed very comfy.
Ever been curious about what it's like to live on an estate? Here's your chance. Bucolic setting and grounds, multiple buildings, horses, friendly dogs, two ponds, an inactive and impressive water-wheel. We stayed at the modestly-priced hostel (there are other options) and were greeted by a pot of tea by day and a glass of wine by night -- both times accompanied by great conversation about Ireland (history, politics, culture) among other things. Tara and Anthony were gracious and interesting hosts. If you're seeing the sights of Kilkenny, this is an adventurous (and fun) place off-the-beaten-track to hang your hats.
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About the Host, Tara
I moved here with my husband Anthony in 2008 after we had spent quite a lot of time travelling for his career in sailing Stars, and now we live here with our children, dogs and horses we work from home and have been restoring the mill and outbuildings , - we live in the main house and offer any guest as much privacy as they would like - but also like to welcome guests as family.
We both have a great interest in cooking & food, have a thriving vegetable garden and aim to provide most of our vegetables from it; we love sports in general, rugby sailing polo and hunting in particular, and would be described as people people !!
Local country house hotelLaois
nearby townDurrow Laois
Local town with selection of pubs and restaurantsAbbeyleix Laois
Sightseeing in nearby historic medieval KilkennyKilkenny County Kilkenny
30 mins from Cashel, home of the ancient kings of IrelandKilkenny
Great walking nearbyLaois
Famous race trackNewbridge