About this listing
A bright and sunny converted stable in the grounds of a period house, surrounded by extensive gardens, including a listed walled vegetable garden. The cottage has the feel of a country retreat, but is walking distance from the local village.
The Cottage reflects its past while it embraces its lovingly restored present! A small entrance hall leads to a bright but cosy modern kitchen with a kitchen table big enough to sit around and chat. (there is an electric oven, microwave, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher.) We have fully equipped it with utensils and plates etc for up to four people to self cater during their stay.
Leading from the kitchen, the living room is inviting and opens on to it's own private south facing garden. A wood burning stove provides the option for atmosphere or additional warmth on a cold evening. Handmade paper with Japanese woodblock prints hang on the walls of this room alongside some work by other Kilkenny based artists. Guests are welcome to make use of the bookcase we have filled with a mixture of interesting reading matter. The coffee table has been designed and made locally using recyled materials and is a good place to rest a cup of coffee while reading the papers.
Although the main bathroom is located upstairs there is a small downstairs cloak room/toilet off the entrance hall.
Two bedrooms on the upper floor provide ample space for up to four people. The main double bedroom is a large light filled space with good storage.The smaller bedroom also has a double bed, due to its size it has no storage. We can provide a travel cot if required for either room.
An eclectic mix of furniture and art adorns the walls and corners of the cottage which reflects both its owners and the local availability of art and craft in Kilkenny. The cottage has ample parking for up to 3 cars.
Guests will have full use of the cottage and their own private south facing garden.
They are welcome to visit the walled garden where we grow fruit and vegetables and keep chickens.
Interaction with Guests
We will welcome our guests on arrival and familiarise them with the accommodation. We are happy to help and advise if needed but will very much respect their privacy. We will also provide a complementary basket of logs for your first night stay.
The cottage is a short walk from The Castlecomer Discovery Park on the grounds of the Wandesforde Estate with it's arboretum,with woodland walks, tree top walk adventure, children's playground and fishing lakes. There is also a visitors centre housing a mining museum and an award winning cafe. Artists, craftspeople, jewellers, hand painted up cycled furniture and a stone carver can also be found in the Craft yard adjacent to the woodland walk. Horse riding can be arranged at the local riding stables Local supermarkets, vegetable shops, butchers, pubs, chemists, beauticians are all within walking distance from the house to the village. Other local attractions include Haywood gardens / Craft trail / Kilkenny City / Trail Kilkenny River walks
The cottage is located 19 km from Kilkenny City and a five minute stroll to the heart of Castlecomer village and it's local amenities.
It is 100 km from Dublin (one hour and 20 mins) or 115 km from Dublin airport ( one hour 30 mins) drive. You can get a bus from the airport to Castlecomer, which also goes on to Kilkenny. Bus Eireann has a service from Kilkenny train station to Castlecomer.
Other Things to Note
The Cottage was a former stables, as such it is attached to the main house. However there is enough distance from the main house to ensure a quiet stay as my art studio situated in the old coach house, separates the main house from the cottage in such a way it ensures the cottages privacy. The cottage is not over looked in any way.
This is a non smoking house but you may smoke in the garden
Our first encounter upon arrival was the lovely Saiorse - a family dog.
Shortly afterwards, Ivan came to us and Welcomed us as Polly was at a meeting, which she previously texted us notification of.
The purpose of our stay was to attend an event about 30 minutes from Castlecomer and we wished to stay with a fellow airbnb host.
We found the accommodation adequate for our two day stay.
Polly did not meet us during our time there and we were asked, by Ivan, for our departure day "could we be out early that morning" as they had some new long term guest coming with a lot of stuff.
We loved Polly's decorating style and connecting with a fellow artist. The cottage was very tastefully decorated that provided a very inviting and comfortable atmosphere with original art. The cottage afforded us the independence that we sought, but still offer some wonderful exchanges with Polly and her family. Being close to the village made it easy to walk to buy our groceries.
We were very happy with our stay at the cottage using it as a base while in the area and Polly was a great host. The cottage is a cozy get away, true to the description in the add and Polly provided info we needed prior to our arrival was there to meet us and accommodating throughout. While it had the cottage feel all the facilities worked (fire, heating, cooker, shower) and it is self contained with a private garden.
This is a very charming house with loads of history that Polly loves to share. I appreciate everything about this booking, from the communication and engaging personally of the host to the accommodations, the scones left for breakfast, and the 25/50 welcome poster. (We were celebrating our 25 & 50 year anniversaries. )
Thank you so much, Polly.
We had a lovely, relaxing week in Polly's cottage - it was a real home from home, and we could easily have stayed longer. Polly was there to greet us the evening we arrived, and she made us feel very welcome. She is a wonderful host, relaxed and friendly, and always ready to help with anything you might need. Our girls were allowed to collect the eggs laid by her chickens and have them for breakfast (a big hit!), and she also kindly lent them some books. The walled garden is lovely, and the cottage itself, with its cosy, beautifully decorated rooms and wood burning stove is the perfect place to unwind. Castlecomer Discovery Park (a short walk away) is definitely worth a visit - our kids loved the treetop adventure (for ages 7+) and junior trail (3 - 8), and there are woodland walks, craft shops and a fab café too. Kilkenny is less than half an hour away and has some great pubs, cafés and restaurants, and a castle too. All in all, we were very sad to leave Polly's cottage, and hope to make it back one day!
Impressive cottage. Very good with children. They can play alone in the garden while you can be relaxed in the private terrace. The house is near to Castlecomer Discovery Park. We were very comfortable during our stay. Thanks Polly!!!
Many thanks to Ivan and Polly for our extremely pleasant two night stay in this very cosy and beautifully decorated cottage, and for the scones and other provisions. It was a pleasure to come home to and relax in front of the wood burner after a day's sightseeing in Kilkenny. Everything was as described and Ivan was a very congenial host.
About the Host, Polly
I am an artist who runs the primary arts education programme for The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. I live in a period house next to The Cottage at Donaguile, with my husband Ivan, our two teenagers, Max & Eloise, our beloved dogs Rosie & Saoirse and Angel Boy the cat. We love to travel as a family and appreciate new cultures and experiences.