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Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Traditonal Irish Cottage 3 bedrooms Sleeps 5, Private Garden, Private Parking

Cosy comfortable self-catering traditional Irish holiday cottage located in the village of Kinnitty at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountain midway between the east and west coast of Ireland, The tastefully decorated cottage is set in it's own private grounds on a quiet country road. The central location makes it the ideal base for exploring Ireland being just 90 minutes drive from Dublin and Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and less than 60 minutes driver from Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. There are many local attractions such as Ireland's most haunted castle Leap Castle, Birr Castle Gardens with it's Giant Telescope, Tullamore Dew Visitor's Centre , Kilbeggan Distillery, Lough Boora Parklands and Sculpture Park where you can hire bicycles to cycle the many looped trails. Nearby heritage sites include Clonmacnoise, the Georgian town of Birr, Emo Court House and Gardens.

Not to be missed on Wednesday nights there is a wonderful traditional music and singing session in a nearby pub.

The house is situated in it's own private grounds with private garden and off road parking. There are 3 bedrooms 2 double and 1 single.

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Christina Byrne
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 February, 2017

About Christina Byrne

Hi. My name is Christina and I have been running a bed and breakfast just across the road from O Brien's Cottage for the last 20 years. I am a keen walker and can help you choose the best walks locally. If you wish I can organise for you to join the local Slieve Bloom Walking group on a guided walk at the weekends or horse trekking in the Slieve Blooms. I play Irish music and will take you along to the traditional music session on Wednesday nights. I am on hand if you should require anything while you are here.

Christina Byrne purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Christina Byrne chose County Tipperary

O Brien's Cottage was built in the 1950's. The traditional Irish cottage is set in it's own grounds of 1 acre and has a lovely setting with views onto the Slieve Bloom Mountains.The location of this cottage at the crossroads of Ireland makes it the ideal base for touring Ireland. You can be in Galway Connemara, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny in less than an hour and a half, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Blarney in less than 2 hours If you want to meet the locals and have a real Irish experience in a small country village country this is the place to be.

What makes this cottage unique

Tranquil area, central touring location , private. Just walking distance from the local pub and shops.Central location ideal base for touring Ireland.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Highly recommend . Very clean, very comfortable, very warm house.

  • 5 of 5
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Excellent value for money. Stayed for 3 weeks and really enjoyed it. The house was what we had hoped for and the area excellent, very quiet but very centrally located for driving around Southern Ireland. Christina was helpful and welcoming. Would definitely go back

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy New Year, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay here in O Brien's Cottage and found the cottage and the area to be everything you wanted. Hope to see you again in Kinnitty when next you return Chris
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Cozy just like home !

  • 5 of 5
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Great location to travel anywhere you want . Was nice and clean and cozy! Chris gave us soda bread and jam that was great. She is a wealth of information where to go and things to do .The cottage is great you can cook and wash your clothes and relax at the end of a long day . We will stay with Chris again when we travel back to Ireland in a few years !

Thanks Chris


  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed your holiday and found the location to be a great way to visit the rest of Ireland from. Looking forward to meeting you again in Kinnitty.
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A perfect place to stay for visiting Ireland

  • 5 of 5
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A perfect place to stay for our visit to Ireland. Christina, the owner, is a great hostess willing to help in ideas of places to visit and things to see and do. She also made sure we hear traditional Irish music as she plays with a group of musicians in pubs in the village nearby. The 3-bedroom cottage was clean and tidy and very inviting for a family. The grounds around the cottage are spacious and there is also enough space to park a car or two. Being in the centre of Ireland, it is a perfect base for visiting Ireland cities. During our stay, we took several day trips to, Cliffs of Mohr, Galway, Limerick, Rock of Cashel, Cork, Dingle and other towns.

We would highly recommend this property, its owner and the location in the village of Kinnitty.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joseph, Thank you very much for the very nice review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time here and found it so easy to see many of the great sites Ireland has to offer. Chris
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Great Place in Kinnitty in the Mid-lands

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to stay for our visit to central Ireland. Chris, the owner, is a great hostess with lots of ideas of places to visit and things to see and do. She greeted us with a loaf of home baked soda bread – the best we’ve had in Ireland. She also made sure we heard lots of great traditional Irish music as she plays with a group of musicians several nights a week in pubs in the village and nearby towns. The 3-bedroom cottage was well appointed and we had plenty of room. We were there a month and appreciated having a good size kitchen with a washing machine and a large refrigerator. The grounds around the cottage are spacious and there are also views of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the distance. Being in the center of the midlands, it was a perfect base for visiting sites in the center of Ireland, both east and west. We’ve decided the midlands region is underrated as a tourist destination as there is so much history there and many great points of interest to visit. We would highly recommend this property, its owner and the location in the village of Kinnitty.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Richard and Alan. It was lovely to meet you and share my favourite parts of central Ireland with you. I enjoyed the chats. Hope you enjoy the remainder of your trip.
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Lovely Environment

  • 4 of 5
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The cottage was lovely with plenty of parking for two, even three cars. It was homely although the sofa and chairs weren't the type to lounge about in and weren't overly comfy but if you're out and about all day it doesn't really matter. There wasn't a great deal of space in the kitchen to prepare food and some of the appliances were in need of repair/replacement. The kettle was leaking and so we put it to one side and used the other kettle for the hob instead. The hob had one ring that smoked every time it was turned on and there was another ring that was a little unstable. The iron had numerous nicks in the cord which were covered with masking tape and the shower wasn't overly powerful. Other than the appliances and lounge chairs, we had a pleasant stay.

Chris, the owner was lovely and the cottage is perfectly located round the corner from the pub, the landlord Kieran is very friendly. There are the mountains close by too that can be driven round and there are some nice places to walk. Birr and Tullamore are only a short drive away where we could browse the little local shops. Athlone is a bit further away but worth the drive.

All in all, a very nice cottage and location!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review and for drawing my attention to the leaky kettle. Unfortunately equipment will break down and as I said to you on arrival if you have any problems or require anything I will do my utmost to help you out. The cooker is new and the ring smoked because there was some oil spilled on it. The tape on the flex of the iron is insulation tape which is used by electricians, however I have replaced it. I will always do my best to ensure guests have a great stay.
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Kinnitty cottage rental, 5 star rating

  • 5 of 5
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Our stay in the Kinnitty cottage was amazing. We didn't know what to expect before hand, traveling out of country. The picture was cute was all we knew. Everything far exceded our expectations. The owner, Chris, is very gracious and kind. The cottatge was clean and tidy and very inviting. It is perfectly located for sightseeing. You can take as many back roads as desired or go directly to destinations. If we return to this area of Ireland, we will definitely rent this cottage again, or try Chris's bed and breakfast. Her home is beautifully located and gorgeous. We heard the guests raving about the food!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather I am delighted you enjoyed your stay in O'Brien's Cottage. Hopefully we will see you again in the future. Chris
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Slieve Bloom Bar
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
27 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Sli Dala Kinnitty Castle
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Located at the crossroads of Ireland makes O'Brien's Cottage Kinnitty the ideal base from which to explore Ireland. In less than 2 hours you can be almost anywhere in Ireland- The Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Rock of Cashel, Cork, Blarney Castle, or Waterford . Kinnitty is far removed from the commercialism of busy resorts like Killarney, Dingle, Galway or indeed Dublin, while still retaining a charm and pace more reminiscent of Ireland of the past than that of today. Kinnitty has a Castle Hotel - Kinnitty Castle well know for romantic fairytale weddings, two quaint pubs - the Slieve Bloom Bar and Giltraps, 2 village shops, 2 churches, a children's playground a school and it's very own Pyramid. Just 6 miles from O' Brien's Cottage Kinnitty is Leap Castle on the R421, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted castle and a former castle of the O Carroll Clan.

O Brien's Cottage is located on the edge of the village in it's own private grounds with views on to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Knocknamann the site where the ancient festival of Bealtaine was held in pre- Christian times. The Slieveblooms are steeped in history and folklore, from megalithic times though Ireland's golden era of Saints & Scholars to more modern history of settlement and conflict of the O'Carroll's. According to legend the Slieve Bloom Mountains was home to Fionn Mac Cumhaill where as a child he lived with his mother for the first 7 years of his life.

For something truly unique you can enjoy the best night of your holiday at the local Wednesday night trad session where locals play and sing with gusto for their own merriment in one of the local pubs. The session roates around 4 local pubs and Chris the owner will be able to tell you where it is at.

If you are feeling more energetic there are looped walking trails from 6 different Trail Heads in the Slieve Blooms. The nearest is at Kinnitty on the R420 and an Eco walk loop trail at Knockbarron Wood just outside the village. We can provide you with maps. Lough Boora Parklands is just 15k from O'Brien's cottage. This is a natural habitat for over 80 species of wild birds, and has numerous off road cycle and walking tracks, a mesolitic site and an Outdoor Sculpture Trail. You can arrange bike hire here any day in summer time and at weekends in wintertime.


Other attractions locally are the Georgian town of Birr, Birr Castle Gardens and Giant Telescope, the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Durrow High Cross, Belvedere House and Garden's, Tullamore Dew visitor centre to name but a few. Attractions within an hours drive of Kinnitty are Athlone Castle, Emo Court House and Gardens, the Donoghmore Famine Museum, Kilkenny City, Portumna Castle.


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Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in The Walk, Ireland

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$138

2nd payment should be made in cash on arrival.

Monthly reservations do not include heating and electricity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in The Walk, Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 single bed
  • Bedroom 1 With double bed and room for fold up bed or cot.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking