About this listing
Located on the scenic route between Cashel and Kilkenny in County Tipperary, this beautiful period home was built in 1886 and served as the parish priest's house for the village of Ballingarry for over 100 years. In 2008 it was completely refurbished and transformed into a stunning family residence. With spacious accommodation for 11 adults the Old Parochial House offers visitors a truly unique experience in a luxurious country home.
So, whether you wish to relax and enjoy a book in the reading room, take some time out to listen to the flow of the river at the bottom of the garden, hike the famous Slievenamon enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding counties or just relax with a cup of tea in the drawing room, this home is the perfect choice for your holiday in Tipperary.
Guests have full and exclusive use of the entire property. Key features include:
1.5 acres of mature grounds set behind stone walls with electric gated entrance and intercom
Garden with old apple trees, hammocks and seating area
Decked area with picnic bench over the King's River
Six spacious bedrooms decorated to reflect the tranquil surroundings (three ensuite)
Beautiful drawing room with marble open fire, flat screen TV, DVD player and piano
Traditional dining room with open fire for special meals
Bright modern fully equipped kitchen with underfloor heating, flat screen TV and back door opening to enclosed courtyard with barbeque and dining area
Reading room (former Oratory) with chaise longue and stained glass window
Large selection of books, CDs, DVDs and board games for your use
Interaction with Guests
The entire property is exclusively yours for your stay but we are very happy to meet you on arrival should you wish.
This property in the Slieveardagh Hills, is located one mile from Ballingarry, a small village steeped in history, heritage and tradition. With 2 welcoming pubs, 3 small shops, a post office, medical centre, church, GAA field, walking trails and playground, Ballingarry has much to offer guests staying in the area. Less than 30 minutes by car will take you to historic towns such as Cashel, Thurles, Kilkenny and Clonmel, making the options for short trips endless.
A car is recommended to get the most out of your stay as our location, just 10 miles from the M8 (Cork/Dublin) motorway, makes this home the ideal base from which to explore all the treasures of southern Ireland.
If you don't have access to a car, it is possible to travel by train or bus to any of the nearby towns and our local hackney (taxi driver) with his 14-seater mini-bus will do the rest!
Other Things to Note
This former Parochial House is located just 2 miles from the famous Famine Warhouse, scene of the 1848 uprising against British rule. The Warhouse has since been designated as a national memorial and historical building by the State. It was here during the ill-fated rebellion of 1848 that the national tricolour of green, white and orange was unfurled for the first time. Tours of this and other local sights or a trip to a traditional Irish music session in a local pub can be organised.
This house, with its spacious rooms and high ceilings, is a fantastic venue for family celebrations. We are happy to provide you with contact details for a local catering company should you wish to have a special banquet prepared for you during your stay.
We want you to feel at home and enjoy your stay and ask that you respect the house by leaving it as you found it. We regret to say that no pets are allowed in the house and that smoking is permitted outside only.
The Old Parochial House is absolutely wonderful- it was spacious and comfortable and welcoming all at once. We were a group of ten but the house had plenty of room for all of us to have our own space and feel completely at home. The grounds are lovely and green and we felt like we were in our own secluded world. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the highlights of our trip were driving the Ring of Kerry with Donal's friend Noel and dancing and singing the night away with Sinead in the traditional pub in New Birmingham. All the folks at the pub welcomed us warmly and we had a great time learning traditional Irish dance and listening to traditional Irish music. The kitchen at the Old Parochial House was large and full of light and a joy to cook and dine in. We didn't need to use the dining room because we preferred to be in the spacious kitchen!
Thank you Aileen and Donal for a spectacular visit in your beautiful house!
Aileen & Donal are lovely hosts - they went to alot of trouble to help us out when we mislaid the iPad after leaving! Thankyou!
The house is both large and cosy and the layout made it work well for kids, adults and oldies all in the same house!
When we were there it was snowing outside and we were toasty warm inside cooking in the lovely large, well equipped kitchen & then eating in the formal dining room. We also enjoyed a cosy aperitif by the fire in the afternoons.
We had an amazing time over New Year's Eve. We were 8 adults and 2 children. The accommodation was very spacious. There was plenty of room for us and a few more. Bedrooms were comfortable, great beds! The kitchen was well stocked and well designed. The key safe was very handy.
But the star of the show is the beautifully restored house, with very tasteful antique furniture and original tiles and fireplaces. I just kept walking around admiring it. The space was lovely. Perfect for a group of friends to catch up over some good food and wine in front of an open fire.
Easy to get to from Dublin and very helpful hosts (the Internet broke and they got it fixed that day!), perfect for a big group get together to remember.