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Secret hideaway in world famous garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

A cottage hidden away beyond the walls of the formal gardens

The Bothy has three bedrooms. One with single bed, one with double bed and one with two single beds. There is a living dining area and a small kitchen. There is one bathroom with shower over the bath.

You will have the gardens to stroll around at all times and in the daytime there is a children's playground and coffee shop. You will be within walking distance of the friendly market town of Birr.

Property Manager
Alison Rosse
Member since: 2014
Speaks french
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Alison Rosse

The Parsons family, now Earls of Rosse, have owned the property since 1620. You can enjoy beauty of the garden which has been landscaped and planted for many centuries.

Why Alison Rosse chose County Tipperary

You will be staying in what was once a cottage for the young gardiners.

What makes this house unique

Access to the gardens and science centre and playground and within walking distance of shops and resteraunts in the friendly market town of Birr.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Townparks, Ireland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet and wash hand basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , 1 cot
  • 1 bedroom with double bed and single bed 1 bedroom with double bed and large cot
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • golf pass optional
Walking. For hikers this is an ideal area. The Slieve Bloom mountains are close by and also the area of the Shannon. For shorter walks ask in the Birr town library to get ideas. And of course there are walks every morning in the grounds of the Castle itself.


4.5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Secret hideaway in world famous garden
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Charming cottage in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. It does help us to hear what people think. So glad you even saw the hedgehog. And also that you enjoyed the town of Birr. Hope you will come back one day. Best wishes Alison
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Allen, TX / USA

Magical Irish Cottage in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such a lovely review. So happy that you enjoyed it all so much. Birr is indeed a wonderful place! Alison Rosse
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Townparks, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$174.22

The Birr Castle Domain is a gated property and you will be given a code to get in the main gate when you arrive.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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