|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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The Bothy is definitely a cottage, small but cosy. It is an old building and was once the house for the young gardeners. A door in the wall gives onto the Famous Walled Garden, full of flowers in summer. It has three bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds and the third with 1 single bed. There is one bathroom. The kitchen is small but well equipped and next to the living room/dining room. It is within walking distance of the town, and also close to the Science Centre with its coffee shop and playground.
The Parsons family, now Earls of Rosse, have owned the property since 1620. You will be staying in part of the historic Domain and can enjoy the beauty of the garden which has been landscaped and planted for many centuries.
The cottage, once the home of the younger unmarried gardeners, was built about 1860.
Access to the gardens and science centre and playground on a daily basis and within walking distance of the friendly market town of Birr.
My husband and I brought our mothers to visit Ireland in January. For us it was a very nice time to be there--no crowds and the countryside is beautiful even in January! Lady Rosse was so pleasant to work with on renting the cottage and very hospitable. We arrived on a cold New Year's Day and Lady Rosse and the science center staff were very helpful with the heat. It was so nice to arrive to a kitchen stocked with bread, butter, milk, coffee and tea--all the necessities. After warming up, the cottage was quite comfortable. It is charming. It had plenty of room for 4 adults and would also be great for a family with children. The castle and castle grounds are amazing. We walked through the gardens in the evenings. There are swans and ducks on the ponds and my husband even saw a hedgehog crossing the road! The location is a great home base for driving around Ireland (as we did) and would also be a peaceful getaway to stay in one place. The town of Birr is very friendly and has everything you need.
The Bothy is right out of a fairy tale. The kitchen is small but very well appointed, the beds are super comfortable, and there's plenty of peat and logs for a cozy fire every night. The grounds of Birr Castle provide hours and hours of beautiful walks among the gardens, waterfalls and stunning views. You could spend your entire Irish holiday in Birr (several great pubs, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance), but day trips to other great sight-seeing places are easy. Magical!
Very central area for touring Ireland. Almost all areas within reach of a day's drive. The property is on the edge of Birr, a small town with all the amenities, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.You will be within walking distance of one of the best restaurants in town, Spinners, in Castle Street. The main attraction for many is that the property is situated within the grounds of Birr Castle Domain which has a science Gallery celebrating the Parsons family and the great telescope once the largest in the world. The garden is world famous and you have this beautiful park to yourself in the evenings. You can also bring your dog if you come by ferry. Birr Castle itself is the family home of Brendan and Alison, The Earl and Countess of Rosse. The Castle is open to visitors in May and July and August in the mornings. Otherwise it is lived in as a family home, but there are occasional concerts in the Gothic Music Room. The Slieve Bloom mountains are a 15 minute drive away and are ideal for walking and gentle climbs in unspoilt forest and open scenery. Many historical sites are in the area, which is sometimes known as the Monastic Midlands for the many early Christian sites and ruins. Clonmacnoise is especially famous. You can visit Dublin by train from Tullamore, only half an hour to Tullamore and then 1 hour by train.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$169|
The Birr Castle Domain is a gated property and you will be given a code to get in the main gate when you arrive.