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Four-star retreat in the heart of Ireland close to walking, fishing, boating

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 140 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Self-catering restored Georgian house - private, peaceful and fully-equipped

No visitor to the house fails to appreciate the painstaking time and effort that has gone into restoring this residence to its original splendour. From the artfully refurbished original floorboards to the magnificent nineteenth century iron bath, this tastefully restored Georgian residence is a real treat to anyone looking for a refreshing and authentic alternative to the sterile and characterless accommodation so prevalent today. No expense has been spared in combining the original character with all the comfort and trappings of modern convenience. Three of the four bedrooms are en-suite while the kitchen comes equipped with an array of accessories. All that you could possibly need to make your stay both restive and restorative is included.

The house is situated in the very heart of the beautiful village of Kinnitty, nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Magnificent walking trails are at your door while the Shannon river is close, for quality fishing and sailing

Setting: The private and spacious environs are the perfect compliment to the authentic charm and beauty of the tastefully restored Georgian residence. Through double doors, the soothing sounds of the passing river offer those relaxing on the patio a chance to savour the rugged beauty of the majestic Slieve Bloom mountains. This idyllic setting will be perfect for any couple enjoying the vista of the retreating sun or indeed for any family enjoying the space and sanctuary of the private garden.

On your doorstep: Take a step outside and find yourself in the very heart of the beautiful village of Kinnitty, nestled at the foot of the Slieve Blooms. Take a stroll through the centre or stop at the 'Slieve Bloom Bar', where live music is often found or at the Black and White award-winning pub 'Clendenings' where a turf fire and a friendly welcome is guaranteed. A pleasant walk East of the village will bring you to the world famous Kinnitty Castle where all the opulence and luxury of the original castle is combined with a host of activities from equestrian trips to mountain hikes to Falconry.

Lots to do and see: The sheer range of activities available is astonishing. From falconry to fishing,hill-walking to water sports, there is something for everyone. Enjoy the music and atmosphere in the local pubs or take in some of the native Irish field sports played in the area. Walk through the heart of the Bog of Allen and admire the extraordinary sculptures in Lough Boora parklands. Stroll around the heritage town of Birr where the award-winning Birr Castle Demense Gardens can be found. Take a boat on the Shannon down to Lough Derg to fish or simply relax and enjoy the stunning scenery. Marvel at the immaculately preserved Monastic ruins at Clonmacnoise. Catch one of the many festivals or explore the mountains on your doorstep with the local club. Truly, you won't be bored.

More Details

James O Brien
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within 2 days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in The Walk, Ireland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • En-suite 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    En-suite 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , en-suite
    En-suite 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , en-suite
    Main Bathroom - toilet , bath (no shower) , Restored Iron bath
    Downstairs Toilet - toilet
  • The property has four bathrooms including three en-suites as well as a downstairs toilet. The highlight is the perfectly restored original iron bath in the main bathroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed
  • Three of the bedrooms are en-suite and all are newly restored to their original elegance including original wooden floors and restored period sash windows.
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Free broadband access in the house while a pre-pay wireless broadband modem (dongle) is also available for tenants to take with them as they travel around Ireland. Children always welcome as are pets (as long as they're suitably house-trained!).


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Four-star retreat in the heart of Ireland close to walking, fishing, boating
average rating of 4.7352943 based on 34 reviews

Fabulous Experience in a Small Village

  • 4 of 5

My husband, grandson and I stayed in Lismooney House for 1 month. The house is very comfortable and large enough to accommodate the many cousins that came to stay with us over the month. We felt welcomed by the warm and friendly people of Kinnitty. We found so many great things to do and see nearby, such as Lough Bora and Birr Castle. The location of the house was perfect for day trips, such as to the Cliffs of Mohr or The Rock of Cashel. If we needed anything, Mr. O'Brien was next door. After 1 month, Lismooney House felt like home. The only down side is that the WiFi can be spotty. We will definitely stay here the next time that we are in Ireland!

  • Review Submitted: 20/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Centrally located.. spacious.. well furnished..enjoyed the peat burning fireplace..historic charm

  • 4 of 5

Jimmy was a kind and welcoming host full of information and local history ..the house was large and spacious and with the 4 bedrooms and bathrooms very convient . The kitchen well equipped and we prepared several great meals... We enjoyed our evening beside the peat burning fireplace. The village was an interesting place to walk around and explore with many unique sights.. who would of ever thought you could find a pyramid in the middle of Ireland

We look forward to coming back again. Besides Jimmy we were welcomed by 3 beautiful cats they guarded the place for us while we were out.

  • Review Submitted: 13/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Real Ireland.

  • 5 of 5

We were traveling to Ireland for the first time and we decided to stay in central Ireland where we could basically get anywhere within a 1 or 2 hour drive. We were so glad to find Kinnitty and it's people. Jimmy was a perfect host and everyone in town knew Jimmy. We were a party of 3 women traveling together so each of us had a bedroom and bathroom to ourselves (we didn't use the downstairs bedroom). We all commented on how comfortable the beds were and we all slept well. The kitchen had all of the basics and Jimmy made sure we had fuel for the fireplace. The babbling brook next the house was so calming while we sipped our coffee in the mornings. We had a great time getting to know the residents of Kinnitty at the Slieve Bloom Bar which is literally outside of the front gate. Everyone was so welcoming even though we crashed a couple of the local birthday parties at the bar. We drove to Galway, Waterford and Dublin from our home base in Kinnitty and most were within 2 hours. Note there are no restaurants in Kinnitty (except at Kinnitty Castle) but there were some great places in Birr which is about a 10-15 minute drive. Kinnitty has two bars, two general stores and two churches (one Catholic and the other Protestant). We learned so much from the locals about their economy, church and state. If you really want to feel Ireland, stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 05/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Lovely older home in Kinnitty. Great fireplace with wonderful peat fires. Took a little while for this dumb American to figure out the electric, toilets, but once we did it was easy. Wonderful pub next door run by Kieran. Just a warning, food is not served so if you are hungry when you get there plan on going to the little village grocer to buy something to cook or drive to a restaurant . James very graciously led the way to Birr and the County Arms Hotel where we had an excellent meal. The Kinnitty Castlewas wonderful for Easter Sunday lunch. Best night in Ireland was the evening at the pub when everyone brought instruments for their once a month jam session. We were so fortunate to see and hear this. The village would only be better by having some kind of take out service or small restaurant. Although we made breakfast it would have been great to be able to grab a sandwich without driving. Other than that I would not change a thing. Would love to stop back someday!


  • Review Submitted: 22/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and wonderful hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house in a village of 200. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway with some wonderful people than this is the place for you. Kinnitty is a beautiful area with a pub next door and a castle that is a hotel and restaurant 1/2 mile away. We used it as a home base and traveled over 1900 kilometers in 7 days. Each and every time we ventured away we looked forward to returning to see our new friends in the village. Our host was not only there to greet us and to say goodbye but if we needed anything he was right next door.

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect accomodation choice for families!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed almost 2 weeks at this property and think it is the perfect choice for families. The house is huge with 4 bedrooms and bathrooms. We have three small children and they absolutely loved the house and the brook that runs past the property. My husband loved the open fireplace (which was lighting on our arrival). All the amenities one needs in self-catering accommodation are provided. The house was so lovely and warm! This property is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore Kinnitty, the Slieve Bloom mountains, Lough Boora and all of the delights of the midlands. It's also only an hour from Dublin or Galway which makes its location ideal.

  • Review Submitted: 22/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Shannon/ Dublin
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Dublin (Dun Laoghaire
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Beach
70 Miles

This is a wonderful base for exploring and discovering the Slieve Bloom and its Environmental Park, there are many walking trails, two equestrian centres, Kinnitty Castle Hotel, the ancient monastic site of Clommacnoise, Birr Castle Gardens and Telescope, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Lough Boora Parklands, Birr Heritage Town and much more.

There are also three full Golf courses within a 20 minute drive with many more in close proximity to Kinnitty.

The Shannon river is only a 20 minute drive, while one of it's most magnificent lakes, Lough Derg, and it's array of activities, is only 35 minutes away.

Fishing is very popular in the area, both on the Shannon and its many tributaries.

Local Festivals include Birr Vintage Week (Aug), The Tullamore Show (Aug) Tullamore Phoenix Festival (July), Slieve Bloom Storytelling (October), Irish Fleadh Ceoil in Tullamore (Aug ) as well as weekly organised walking trips with the local club.

Kinnitty Castle is a centre of Irish music.

Other Activities: Birr Castle's magnificent gardens (10 min); Water sports on Lough Derg (30 min); Lough Boora bog Parklands; Kinnitty Castle; Falconry

Golf: For the golf lover, there is an abundance of golf courses in the vicinity, some within a ten minute drive and many more that are easily accessible.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Reasonable usage of fuel is included in the rent
All electricity costs are is reasonable use of heating.
We do not accept arrivals on a Sunday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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