The Enchanting Mill Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Killenny Ireland, Kells, Ireland

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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 is a pleasant place 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
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • 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
  • First Jadzia and Dave were wonderful hosts. They had lots of fantastic ideas on places to see and shop. Because of their suggestions I met many lovely artists. The cottage is just charming, cozy and beautifully decorated. Between them and the cottage I felt right at home. Oh and their garden is the perfect place to just unwind. Dave gave me some Celtic music and I have just so enjoyed it. From the moment I arrived I felt like they were friends who had welcomed me into their home. I will come back and stay again.

    March 2014
  • I cannot say enough about what a magnificent experience it was for our family to stay in the Enchanting Mill Cottage. Dave and Jadzia were the perfect hosts and helped us tremendously with planning our trip even before we arrived. The highlight of our stay was when they made arrangements for our family to visit a working sheep farm, where our daughters got to see and hold one-day-old baby lambs, as we were at the peak of lambing season during our stay. This was truly priceless, and we are so thankful for the experience. The cottage is in the most beautiful location, right next to the historic Kells Priory, and you can see and hear sheep from the bedroom window. It doesn't get any more authentic "Ireland" than that. We loved everything about the cottage. The beds were warm and comfortable, and the fireplace was roaring every night when we got back from our day. Each morning Dave brought our girls out to the back yard to collect eggs from their chickens, and we loved having fresh eggs for breakfast. They also gave us two lovely CDs of Irish music to enjoy while we drove around the country in our rental car. We enjoyed visiting with Dave and Jadzia and are happy to call them our friends. We could not have picked a better place for our family's first trip to Ireland. We were sad to leave and definitely plan to return one day. Thank you for a magical week in a beautiful country!

    March 2014
  • Staying at the enchanted mill cottage was the perfect first holiday for our little family since we had a son 8 months ago. We could not have picked a more beautiful and cosy house to stay in made even better by the wonderful warm hospitality of Jadzia and Dave. They made sure we had everything we needed to have a lovely stay but more than that they really took time to talk to us and get to know us and after the few chats we had I knew that they were very special people!
    The house itself is delightful in every way - the outside made me squeal with excitement as we pulled us, it was like the pictures you see on the front of boxes of fudge! It felt so authentic and yet modernized to be really comfortable with lovely cosy heating and everything you would need in the kitchen and a wonderful shower. The bed was one of the comfiest I've ever slept in, you could get lost in it and the wonderful fluffy pillows and duvet.
    The best thing inside the house was the huge old fireplace,, it made for such cosy evenings and bathing our little boy in front of it before his bedtime is one of my fave memories so far! There are also lots of DVDs, books and CDs around the place and i loved listening to Nick Cave whilst cooking dinner!
    The location of the place is idyllic too, in a beautiful village beside a river and an old mil and just a short stroll to one of the most impressive sites I've seen in Ireland - kellys Priory. Also the house is really close to kilkenny and a good base to go for days out further afield to Wexford and the coast,
    It was one of the loveliest trips I've ever had and definitely the nicest place I've ever stayed, didn't want to leave and will be going back for sure!
    Beautiful house, beautiful area and beautiful people, could not ask for more

    February 2014
  • Myself and my girlfriend spent a fantastic weekend in the Mill Cottage in February 2014.

    Jadzia and Dave were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. The cottage is in perfect condition and our hosts were kind enough to leave milk, bread and eggs (from their own chickens) in the kitchen and have the fire lighting for us.

    The village of Kells is beautiful and steeped in history, a walk around the the ruined priory is a must (as is a pint in Shirleys pub).

    couldn't recommend this property more.

    February 2014
    Response from Jadzia:

    Thanks again Dave was great to have you and Ann stay and hope to see you again in the future..Jadzia & Dave

  • We had an amazing time at Jadzia's cottage in Kilkenny. It is a wonderful cosy thatched cottage with beautiful gardens and surroundings, right beside the river and a few minutes walk from the ruins of Kells Priory.
    Our hosts Jadzia & Dave were so lovely, friendly and welcoming and gave us delicious fresh eggs for breakfast, and showed us the 'craic' in the local pub.
    We had a great weekend and will definitely be back in the summer!
    We highly recommend a visit!

    January 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay in this lovely little cottage - what a perfect place to spend Christmas! Our only issue is that we couldn't stay any longer and spend more time with our kind, generous hosts - thanks Dave and Jadzia!

    December 2013
  • We had an amazing time. The area is just delightful. The reviews on this website do not lie, the cottage is enchanted, and so are our guests. Dave gave us a wonderful welcome, and both Dave&Jadzia were wonderful in giving us suggestions.

    The area is amazing. We picnicked in the ancient priory, made great by the fact "Bob's" (the local shop) is open 8-9pm.

    The winter evenings are just fantastic when you're warmed up by the log fire, cooking dinner and playing board games.

    Don't be too worried by the electricity. We stayed for 3 days and it only cost us £4 - so nothing to worry about here.

    November 2013
  • Great Awesome Fantastic. Our party of four had a legendary time in Enchanting mill. 300 people live in the village and the priory is absolutely the place you consider for taking your wedding ha. The house is super atmospheric the hosts are super lovely and I cant help but recommend everybody to go there! We will come back for sure!

    October 2013
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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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