About This Listing
Nestling in the heart of the picturesque village of Inistioge, The Pottery is a four bedroom house that sleeps up to 8. Formerly three cottages, which have been lovingly renovated into an exceptional and unique home, it forms an ideal base for families and friends to enjoy Inistioge and to discover the delights of the surrounding area.
Originally 3 artisan cottages which were transformed into a potter’s workshop, the Pottery is now a warm and welcoming family home. Elegantly situated in the centre of the village, the house is situated in a secluded private site off the main square. Off street parking leads to the peace and quiet of the carefully tended gardens, where one can sit overlooking tranquil views of the river Nore and surrounding countryside.
The Pottery has a warm, homely atmosphere; from the moment you step through the old stable doors, you enter an eclectic, old world ambience with all the conveniences of a modern home. The large family dining room, an invitation to many a long, languid meal and the rear patio for al fresco dining can make for an unforgettable experience. The accommodation offers four beautifully furnished and decorated bedrooms; 3 doubles (one ensuite with shower) and one twin, main bathroom; a modern kitchen with all mod cons (electric oven & hob, Stanley stove for special home-baking, fridge, utility room with all washing facilities and second fridge/freezer). A large comfortable living room with original fireplace seats up to ten on a variety of sofas and chairs.
Outside, the front yard provides a perfect setting for breakfast, capturing the morning light, and in the rear garden you will be transported to the Irish tropics! Unusual and exotic plants create a wonderful setting for evening barbeques and gatherings. A terraced garden to the side of the house over-looks the river Nore, where fishing and canoeing are worthwhile activities!
The village amenities include three local pubs, a well-stocked shop, a café and restaurant open year round, gift and antique shops.
If you are a keen fisherman or a novice, arrangements can be made with the local guide for fishing trips during the season along with canoeing adventures, so please do not hesitate to ask for more information on these activities.
Inistioge is a beautiful rural Irish village surrounded by woodland and scenic countryside, the perfect place to take a break and enjoy the natural world of Woodstock Gardens, 5 minutes’ walk from the house. Escorted tours can be arranged locally of this beautiful historic estate as well as walks along the river. Located just 7km from Thomastown, 16km from Bennettsbridge and 25km from Kilkenny city, the Pottery 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 at the nearby Mount Juliet Hotel, scenic fishing spots along the Kings River and River Nore, and various other attractions (Kilkenny Castle, Black Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey and Dunmore Caves).
Access to the nearest beach at Duncannon is approximately 40 minutes’ drive.
From the newly built motorway from Dublin, take the exit to Thomastown which is ideal for travelling to Inistioge, along the picturesque high road between the two villages.
Inistioge has easy access from Dublin airport & city (122 km by highway), Rosslare Harbour (64 km), Cork (121km), and is an ideal base for south and central Ireland.
Kilkenny: The medieval 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 artist’s studios & 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.
To see various places of interest for crafts, sports and entertainment in County Kilkenny please visit the following websites:
Kilkenny Craft Trail
ENERGY & FUEL EXTRAS
FUEL & ENERGY COSTS: a meter reading for electricity will be taken at the start and end of your stay.
FUEL & ENERGY COSTS: a meter reading for electricity will be taken at the start and end of your stay,
During the winter months a surcharge of 10.00 euros per day/night are applied for heating. The central heating is on set for 2 hours in the morning & for 4 hours in the evening.
The extra costs are calculated on standard utility rates.
On your arrival we provide a complementary basket of logs for the fire in the living room.
The local shop stocks all the fuel you will need for the open fire...
Stunning walks, historical sites, hidden beaches, local craic!! (good fun! in Irish), great food and anything you are interested in, just let us know and we can recommend our favorites!!
Interaction with Guests
We always give our guests the option of hanging our or just being available for anything that you may need. It is your trip and we just want you to have a fab time!!
The people, the scenery, the location and of course the local pub!!
Bus into Kilkenny City..
Train station in Thomastown (7 Klms from Inistioge) to many other towns & cities..
We simply ask that you look after this special house like it is your own!
Check in by 2pm on arrival day & check out at 12 noon. Any times outside these times must be arranged by prior appointment.
Where do I start? We took a family trip to Ireland (6 of us total). After staying in Dublin for a few days, we could not have found a more wonderful place to enjoy the Irish countryside.
I'll start with Jadzia and her husband Dave. They were incredibly responsive and very flexible. We had to adjust our check-in time the day of and they were completely accommodating. Dave met us upon arrival and gave us a complete overview of the home and recommendations on how to best enjoy Inistioge, including how to properly pronounce it.
Moving on to the facilities, the Pottery was just perfect. From the exterior, you have a historic and quaint façade that fits the feel of the landscape around you. The inside is warm and cozy, but was plenty spacious for our group of 6. Sitting in the living room with the wood burning fire place going was perfect for evening conversations as we wound down our days. All of the appliances are modern and well maintained - we stayed in and cooked a pasta dinner with no trouble!
Moving to Inistioge itself, we could not have enjoyed it more. Driving up to the gardens at the top of the hill gives you one of the most amazing views you will ever see. The river Nore runs through a stone arch bridge, surrounded by luscious green grass and grazing sheep. It exceeded our already high expectations of how beautiful a country Ireland would be.
If you are looking to make a trip into the Irish countryside for a few days, I really can't imagine where else you could stay and enjoy yourself more than we did at the Pottery. We highly recommend it!
Our Inistioge, Ireland visit was wonderful. When we arrived at The Pottery Dave was there to greet us and show us the house. We loved it from the moment we stepped inside. The interior of this beautifully restored cottage met and even exceeded our expectations and so did the grounds with its beautiful flowers and shrubs. Dave and Jadzia made us feel very welcome and even left eggs from their chickens, delicious brown bread, apples and yummy Irish butter!
Dave mentioned that he would be playing music with a group in which he is a member, at Kyteler's Inn (established in 1324!) in Kilkenney that night. We decided to go and we were so glad we did! The group played traditional Irish music. Dave, by the way, has a terrific voice! The food, the beer, and especially the music, made for a fun and memorable evening!
Midweek Jadzia visited with us to make sure all was well and brought us homemade banana bread that we thoroughly enjoyed!
Jadzia and Dave are a wonderful couple and great hosts, who made us feel welcomed!
Inistioge is in a perfect location to explore the surrounding area. Our week seemed to pass by too quickly but we have many endearing memories to last for a long time.
Our host was amazing. He was there to meet us and show us all the important features of the cottage as well as where to eat and get the best Guiness in town. The cottage is absolutely lovely and exceeded our expectations. Our family of 6 was very comfortable. The area amenities were perfect. The forest and river are situated nicely for an evening stroll or early morning hike. The beds were clean and comfortable and we were all thankful for the well supplied kitchen. We could not have asked for a more amazing stay.
The Pottery Cottage, Inistioge and our hosts, Jadzia and Dave were wonderful. A great experience in a small Irish village. The cottage is like stepping back in time. Jadzia and Dave took the time to make us feel so welcome. In fact, the village is full of interesting and friendly characters. A quick and easy drive to Kilkenny. A real highlight of our trip.
The house was really cosy and looked exactly as the pictures. It's big enough (we were 8 adults and two babies), and very well furnished.
When we arrived, the fire was already set, and we found some bread, butter, cookies and milk for the first cups of tea.
Our hosts also provided us with good advices for the restaurants in Inistioge and Thomastown, and the things to do or see around.
We really enjoyed our stay in the house and hope to come over again.
Again, thanks you so much for your kindness.
The Pottery is a quaint quirky cottage in a beautiful calm restive location in the heart of the village of Inistioge.Restored tastefully from what we're originally 3 separate properties the traditional cottage feel has been retained with the addition of modern day conveniences. From the moment we arrived we were made feel welcome by Dave who had a wood fire lighting and had gone to the trouble of buying some staples such as milk and butter and biscuits. The interior of the house was spotless and cosy and had everything one needs for a self catering holiday. The gardens are beautiful and the gravelled area in front of the house is a perfect sun trap and is so peaceful. The village has 3 pubs and a restaurant and cafe with more options available in Thomastown or Kilkenny a short drive away. The scenery is picturesque with a riverside walk literally a stone's throw from the front door. A little further afield are numerous sightseeing and walking opportunities in what is a very beautiful part of the country. The hospitality shown to us by Dave and Jadzia was warm and welcoming and our only regret was that we were not staying longer something we will remedy on the next occasion. This place is a gem and we would recommend it without hesitation.
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About the Host, Jadzia
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.