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Hawthorn Cottage - Thatched Cottage
Hosted by Dee
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4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
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As featured in YourHome Magazine, January Issue 2017!
Why not have a relaxing holiday in this beautiful sympathetically restored Traditional Thatch Cottage, dating back to around the 16th/17th Century making the central rooms of the cottage as much as 400 years old!

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Why not have a relaxing holiday in this beautiful sympathetically restored Traditional Thatch Cottage, dating back to around the 16th/17th Century making the central rooms of the cottage as much as 400 years old!
Great care has been taken to keep the character of the cottage. The thick stone and mud walls are wonderfully uneven with little nooks and crannys for books and lanterns. Two lower than average doors (leading off the oldest room in the house) still hang on their original hinges. The sash windows with their deep window cills, flagstone floors, the old hobs by the fire with rare wattle and daub hood, together with the original oak beams, complete the picture. The cottage is set in totally private grounds, at the end of a private country lane about 3 miles outside the small market town of Mountrath.
This cottage really has the WOW factor.
The accommodation offers, 2 double bedrooms, 1 with original oak beams, bathroom with shower over bath bath, character living room with original oak beams and fireplace with turf burning stove, kitchen/diner with all mod cons ie. dish washer. electric ovens/gas hobs, microwave & fridge/freezer. Utility room with washing machine. Oil fired heating through out. However you will need to light the stove in the living room in the evenings during the colder months of the year. With the very high ceiling in this room that extra bit of heat is sometimes needed to keep everything cosy (especially if you are coming from a warmer climate than ours!) The cottage also offers FREE WIFI.
Lovely rural location, nearest town with mini supermarkets, butcher, shops, take aways, postoffice = 3 miles.
County town with bars, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, banks = 7 miles.
Nearest motorway junction 7 miles.
Nearest railway station 7 miles.
Although the cottage location is rural and private it is not isolated. It's in the heart of a traditional farming community with the family farm just a short distance away.
Just 15min drive from the lovely Slieve Bloom mountains with popular outdoor activities: walking, horse riding, fishing & golf. Or just take a picnic and relax by a mountain stream.
About 1 hours drive from Dublin airport.
The cottage has been built on a southfacing slope which means there are some steps both inside and out which may present a challange for people with limited mobility.
Not suitable for children.
Sorry no pets.

The cottage is normally let as a 2 bedroom accommodation suitable for up to 4 people. However the cottage can take a maximum of 6 people as there is an additional twin room which can be made available upon request when making your booking, for only €20 per night.
There is a security deposit of €100.

June, July and August bookings are minimum 5 night stay.

Please contact me for weekly rates.
Reduced Off Peak weekly rates also available.
'Off Peak' is from 1st Sept - 10th Nov and 31st March - 31st May.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $36
Security Deposit $122
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 10AM

No smoking.
Sorry no pets.
Not suitable for young children due to pond and old well in grounds.
I try to be as 'green' as possible with regard to household waste and I would love if my guests could embrace the green living spirit too!
So please put organic waste in organic bin provided for disposal in compost heap ie:(raw veg peelings/fruit/small pieces of paper/cardboard/tea bags).
There is a seperate bin for normal waste.
Please keep glass, cardboard & plastics seperate from normal bin waste.
Please help yourself to some veg and fruit from the garden when it's in season.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

29 Reviews

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Nancy User Profile
June 2017
Centrally located to all of the must-see sites in Southern Ireland, Hawthorne Cottage is a hidden gem in the Irish countryside. Our family of four had plenty of space for relaxing. We were able to pick some rhubarb from Dee's beautiful garden. We would love to stay at Hawthorne Cottage again!

Brenda User Profile
May 2015
The stay at Hawthorne cottage was everything I hoped it would be. I didn't get to meet Dee, but her mom, Mary, was very helpful and answered all our questions. The cottage was perfect and my mom and I especially enjoyed hearing the birds every morning. For a relaxing, traditional Irish vacation, I highly recommend Hawthorne Cottage!

Joni User Profile
August 2014
This place was perfect for a few days of solitude!! It's a beautifully restored home, and the pictures are just a tiny snapshot of how sweet this cottage is. Dee's Mother, Mary was very kind in helping us check in. Sadly, we didn't get to met Dee at all, but she left such a wealth of information on surrounding attractions and local eateries, as well as facts on the house that we felt very welcome here! We only stayed for two nights, but it was such a lovely time! This was a highlight of our trip; we'd stay again and recommend to friends.

Mary E User Profile
April 2014
Absolutely wonderful 5 days in this beautifully renovated old cottage! Wished we could have stayed longer. Spent a lot of time walking around inside & out, taking photos. Everything was up to modern standards & technology, but Dee retained the best elements of the centuries old home. She & her mother were available for anything we needed. Such kind & thoughtful people! They even helped me with my ancestor search! I will never forget them & Hawthorn Cottage.
Dee User ProfileDee is a superhost.
Response from Dee:
Awwe Mary, thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure having you both to stay. It means a lot to us to get a review and even more if it's a really nice one. Dee & Mary.x
April 2014

Russ User Profile
April 2013
Our stay at Hawthorn Cottage was like a dream come true.Centrally located we were able to take day trips in all directions and then have a modern 400 year old cottage to return to in the evenings to relax and enjoy.Dee's parents,Mary and John, were simply delightful even extending their own hospitality to our wives while my brother-in -law and I played golf at the local golf course. Secluded but easily accessible we found quiet that made Ireland even fonder to our hearts. We will always remember Hawthorn Cottage and would recommend it highly to anyone wishing Irish serenity.

Robannie User Profile
July 2011
Staying at Thatch cottage combines the magical experience of living in a genuine Irish cottage with modern conveniences and comfort. It's located in a charming farming community nestled away on it's own hillside surrounded by trees. The garden is lovely with rolling green grass, beautiful flowers, a serene pond to sip tea by, and a small vegetable patch. It's only an hour away from Dublin airport and centrally located making days trips in any direction easy, although we weren't always eager to leave the cottage because we enjoyed its uniqueness and serenity. Port Laoise is approximately 20 minutes away and is a convenient place to purchase groceries. Dee is an amazing host! She put together a folder of directions and information tailored to our interests and was helpful in anything we needed. Thank you, Dee!

Sophia User Profile
September 2017
Beautiful old house, lovely decorated. Peaceful and quiet, we really enjoyed out stay!

IrelandJoined in August 2010
Dee User ProfileDee is a superhost.

Hi my name is Dee and I am listing this lovely 'Thatch Cottage' located in Ireland.
I love travel, meeting new people, hill walking, crafts, art, gardening, floppy eared rabbits and dogs (not necessarily in that order) but what I love most of all is to renovate particular old buildings. My thatch cottage -which in its former life was a busy farmhouse- turned out to be a real labour of love. I had to rescue it from becoming a ruin....and it took nearly 4 years, on and off, to get the cottage & the garden to the condition you see in the photos today. After all the toil and trouble, I now love to sit in the living room (which was the old farmhouse kitchen) on a chilly evening with my feet up in front of the turf fire gazing up at the bog oak beams wondering what life was like for the person who carved them 400 years ago....and wonder about his decendants who can't have been very tall, because the door leading off to the bedrooms is only a little over 5 foot high!
So do come and enjoy a holiday in my lovely cottage and have a fantastic time exploring Ireland.

In case you are interested in a little bit of architectural history of the cottage..........
The central room and the little bedroom next door once formed what was probably a barn dwelling, people living at one end (the fireplace end) and animals kept in the other end. The fireplace design is typical of cottage fireplaces from around 1600. Sometime in the 17th century or early part of the 18th this room was divided into a seperate bedroom and living area and a barn built for the animals outside. The design of the little door and its hinges are typical of this period in history. Next to be added was probably the dining end of the kitchen, maybe as a barn and then knocked through to form extra living space. I found a evidence of a large door opening (where the French doors are now) which had been filled in to accommodate a window in the wall. The end of the kitchen which houses the dresser was added next, with the twin room and dairy room/bathroom being added last. These last two areas were originally built as outhouses and are built in stone whereas the rest of the house is built with mud. The twin room was the stable and was knocked through to form a bedroom in the 1950's. I knocked through into the dairy room/bathroom end of the house in 2008. So the cottage has evolved over many hundreds of years which leaves us with a variety of different doors, windows, ceilings, alcoves and fireplaces throughout, giving each room its own character and its place in history. It really is a unique place. I just love it and I hope everyone who comes to stay will to.
Unfortunately for me, my work takes me away from home a lot, so I thought rather than leave the house empty it would be a great idea to let people come and stay and enjoy a holiday in Ireland in a truely authentic Irish cottage!
If I ever win the lottery my dream would be to rescue other unloved neglected little cottages down forgotten lanes all over Ireland and turn them into great places for people to stay!

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