The Enchanting Mill Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Mill Cottage, Kells, Kilkenny, Ireland
Your host, Jadzia
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Welcome to the other Kells, in the county of Kilkenny; our thatched cottage is located opposite the King's river in the quaint village of Kells, Co. Kilkenny. This lovingly restored thatch-roofed Mill Cottage is nestled in an area of great natural beauty and unique archaeological heritage. Originally built in the late 18th century by a local entrepreneurial family, the Mill Cottage was the Mullins family ancestral home. Today the charming thatched cottage has been sympathetically refurbished and restored to recreate old world charm, with a modern twist. The house is surrounded by lovely gardens nurtured by the previous and present owners and resulting in a peaceful and visually stunning landscape.

The Mill Cottage has a warm and homely atmosphere from the moment you step inside. The accommodation offers two beautifully furnished and decorated bedrooms (one double, one twin), bathroom with waterfall shower, a large cosy living room with original open fireplace and wood burning stove, and a modern kitchen with all mod cons (electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc.). A hall leads out to the gardens, with steps leading up to a small apple orchard from which are views of the surrounding countryside, mills, church spires and the nearby historic Augustinian Priory. Situated in an idyllic rural location, the Mill Cottage is for someone looking for something special and unique.

Camping within the gardens is available and great fun!!, You can email me for more information.

Kells is a beautiful rural Irish village surrounded by rolling fields leading down to the lively Kings River. With numerous historic buildings, the music and craic in local pubs, as well as local shops and other amenities, Kells (email hidden) to take a break and relax as well as visiting nearby places of interest, such as Kilkenny, Thomastown, Graiguenamanagh and Inistioge. Walking in and around Kells village is peaceful and full of discoveries. A 12th century Augustinian Priory adjacent to the Mill Cottage is one the most magnificent medieval monuments in Ireland. Kilree, an old religious site with an impressive round tower, high cross and ancient church, is a pleasant 1.5km walk from the village center. There are also a number of activity trails throughout the county and can be found by searching local websites.

Located just 13km from Thomastown and Kilkenny city, the Mill Cottage is within easy reach of amenities such as restaurants, pubs, shopping, and transport, including train stations in both Thomastown and Kilkenny city. The county also boasts outdoor activities such as golfing in the nearby Mount Juliet Hotel grounds, scenic fishing spots along Kings River and River Nore, and various other attractions (Kilkenny Castle, Black Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey and Dunmore Caves). The newly built motorway from Dublin is 3km from Kells Village which is ideal for traveling throughout the entire sunny southeast of Ireland.

Kilkenny: The mediaeval capital of Ireland as well as home to Ireland’s crafts industries and famous festivals – Rhythm and Roots Weekend (May bank holiday weekend), the Cats Laughs Festival (June bank holiday weekend), Thomastown Traditional Irish Music weekend (August bank holiday weekend), Kilkenny Arts Festival (10th Aug – 19th).

Some of Ireland’s finest studio workshops are located in the scenic valley of the River Nore. The Craft Trail is perhaps the best way to sample each artist and their workshops, which are easily found in Kilkenny city, Bennettsbridge, Thomastown and Inistioge. Information on The Craft Trail is available at the cottage.
Special rates are available for children

Internet access is available however due to our rural location it may not be as quick as you may find in main cities & towns

Heating is provided in the cottage through oil central heating via radiators which is set for morning and evening times. There are extra oil radiators available if necessary. During winter months we have a fuel surcharge of 8.00 euros per day.
You also have a large solid fuel stove in the main living room that burns turf and logs.

Electricity: a meter reading for electricity will be taken at the start and end of your stay.
The extra costs are calulated on standard utility rates... depending on your usage this cost is approximately 3.00 euros per day.

On your arrival we provide a complementary basket of logs for the stove in the living room for your first night stay.

The local shop also sells bags of coal, fire logs and brigettes...

Getting around

Main train station in Kilkenny city.
Excellent nationwide bus service - Kilkenny city

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $771 /week
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • Our experience at the mill cottage was great! Our hosts were very friendly and accommodating and the cottage had tons of character and charm.

    Just a few things to note:
    * it gets quite cold at night so be sure to use the heaters or the fireplace (which our hosts graciously prepared for us prior to our arrival). We made the mistake of not using either on our first night!
    * apparently people were shorter 300 years ago so mind your head on the front door (I got a bit of a shiner!)
    * the hot water heater is small so don't expect long, hot showers

    All in all we really enjoyed our experience at the cottage and would highly recommend it.

    July 2014
  • We stayed at the Mill Cottage and it was everything it says on the tin. Jadzia and Dave were the nicest people you could hope to meet; I only wish we could have heard Dave play while we were there and that we could have stayed longer. Walking through Kells Priory at dusk was amazing, and as they work to preserve it, should only get better. We loved the cd Dave gave us and hope to be back to hear him live.

    June 2014
  • Absolutely wonderful. The cottage is beautiful and Kells (email hidden). Will have to come back and visit the chickens, Dave and Jadzia again!

    June 2014
  • Jadzia and Dave were fantastic hosts, a warm welcome on arrival, they explained everything about the house and made us feel very comfortable and at home. We were able to listen to some lovely local Irish tunes on the cd player while enjoying a slice of local soda bread and butter provided by Jadzia and Dave. The house is beautiful the pictures do not do it justice and the garden surrounding it magical. Lots of information about the local area with more little places to visit and explore than we could fit into our short stay. The house is well appointed, a large shower area feels luxurious, the bed is big and comfortable with nice dark curtains so you can sleep in. It is an old house so I was expecting it to be a little cold however the heating was great and there were extra oil heaters and hot water bottles if you needed them. We were traveling with a baby and enjoyed sitting by the fire in the evening with a glass of wine while she slept, it is a great house and get away for a baby lots of interesting places for them to play inside and outside and lovely walks just out the front door. I could not recommend a stay here highly enough if you are trying to decided between a couple of options just stay here, we were in another place for a couple of days prior and lamented this after our arrival. With such great hosts a house that is comfortable, homely and warm and so much going on in the area there is no other choice. We will certainly be coming back for a gig at the red shed

    June 2014
  • I could no possibly boast enough about how amazing this stay was! Jadzia and Dave are terrific hosts and the cottage is absolutely perfect! The perfect quintessential Irish cottage, Jadzia has done an amazing job perfecting the warm and comfortable feel inside and out! The hospitality was second to none! Dave is the man! Had a great time hanging with him! Also ontop of all of that, the cottage is in a great location, only an amazingly beautiful 5 minute walk to the Kells Priory (which is a ruins from the 12th century) It is like having your own castle in your backyard to explore! Also only a short drive to Kilkenny, and if your really lucky you may catch one of your hosts putting on a great Irish Music Session in the local pubs! Thank you Jadzia and Dave for the wonderful memories!

    May 2014
  • I found out about this cottage completely by chance while planning a trip with my parents to Ireland. It seemed (email hidden) to stay and something "off the beaten path", but since my plans didn't really include that part of Ireland, I passed it by and continued making my original plans. However, somehow the image conjured up by the cottage kept coming back to me. I discussed this with my wife and she said "it doesn't make any sense to change your entire plans just to stay in one "enchanting" cottage". Even though this made total sense, I couldn't seem to get the idea of staying in the cottage out of my mind. Thus in the end, I changed around a good portion of my trip "just to stay in that cottage". Well, my gut instincts proved correct. The cottage and the whole atmosphere was indeed enchanting. And our hosts Jadzia and Dave, were extremely hospitable, friendly and outgoing in their desire to make you feel right at of the family. And if someone likes "off the beaten" path then this is the perfect choice. Yet this doesn't mean there is nothing to do in the near area. There is plenty to do and this area gives you a feeling of the real Ireland...especially the priory and mill right down the road. My only regret is that 2 nights passed by rather quickly and we definitely could have stayed longer. I plan on returning someday soon with my wife and kids. This was truly a great experience.

    May 2014
  • Jadzia and Dave were the perfect hosts! We became instant friends and I cannot wait for them to visit us in California! As for the cottage? I cannot say enough good things about it...a 300 year old thatch roof cottage, within walking distance to the priory, town, pastures full of playful sheep, the mills and the river...we could not ask for anything more. But we got more...fresh eggs, butter and bread to greet us, and enough wood for several fires. Yes, this become home...thank you Jadzia and Dave!

    April 2014
  • Really wonderful place, and excellent hosts. Had a great time.

    April 2014
  • Dave had the fire already burning on our arrival, and Jadzia left us fresh eggs, milk and bread which set the scene for a wonderful 3 nights in this beautiful, cosy cottage. Kells is a small, picturesque village with the nearby Priory and Kilree round tower great places to explore. We can recommend Shirley's Pub for a hearty lunch. Jadzia and Dave were delightful hosts, ready to help and suggest places to see and things to do.

    April 2014
  • We only stayed 2 days which we thought would be plenty, but we unfortunately underestimated how hospitable Dave and Jadzia would be and how amazing Kells Village/Kilkenny is. The cottage is so welcoming and there is bound to be a return visit.

    March 2014
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Hi, I'm Jadzia and I have a beautiful cottage in Kells, Co Kilkenny. Ireland. My interests are walking, the open countryside, a love of nature and a passion for gardening & music.
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