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
Some friends of Tara and a dog welcomed us kindly. We were told everything we need to know and had a good sleep in a peacful environment.
Affordable and in a very nice setting. Tara was very helpful and easy to communicate with.
Tara was a really nice and natural host. I enjoyed staying with her, her family and friends. I felt very welcomed in the area of Durrow. The estate is really large and the five horses and three dogs are enjoying their life in this area. I was so thankful, that Tara brought me to Kilkenny to spend a day there.
I really enjoyed the days and I would ask Tara for a second residence.
Ciara (out of Germany, 24 years)
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.
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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 live here with our children, dogs and horses working from home and have been restoring the mill and outbuildings , - I 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 !!