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Hawthorn Cottage - Thatched Cottage

IrelandCounty LaoisLaois
Entire home/apt
4 Guests
2 Bedrooms
2 Beds
Per Night
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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!

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The Space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: $114
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space


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.

Getting Around

You can catch a bus from Mountrath to Limerick and Dublin. There is a bus service from Portlaoise direct to Dublin airport which also stops at the Red Cow station on the Luas Tram Line into Dublin. There are also buses from Portlaoise to Carlow, Kilkenny and Limerick. You can catch a train from Portlaoise to Dublin, Limerick and Cork and many more places. You can call a local taxi to get you from the cottage to Mountrath or Portlaoise if you haven't got a car. Bicycles can also be hired from Portlaoise.

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House Rules
Check-in is after 4PM

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.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay
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Ireland · Member since August 2010

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 (URL HIDDEN) 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!
This 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 doors at night the other end. The fireplace design is typical of cottage fireplaces from around 1600. Sometime maybe 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 as I found a large door opening which had been filled in to accommodate a window in the wall where the french doors are now located. The dresser end of the kitchen was added next with the twin room and dairy room/bathroom being added last. These last two areas are built in stone whereas the rest of the house is mud...and were built as outhouses. The twin room was the stable and was knocked through to form a bedroom in the 1950's and 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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