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James O Brien

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english

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

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this The Walk holiday house

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
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James O Brien (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks english


based on 24 traveller reviews

Four-star retreat in the heart of Ireland close to walking, fishing, boating
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews

Lovely large property by the pub

  • 5 of 5

Really homely place with big rooms and a really comfy fire in the living room.

Good easy to spot near lots of great walks. Great that it was by the pub (the landlord Keiran, was most really welcoming), though it quite noisy in the front bedroom, which looked out across the pub front.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Gem of a property

  • 5 of 5

Five of us stayed for 10 days in mid July. The property is great for this amount of people. Four bedrooms and five toilets is always going to be a great combination! The property was clean and well maintained and the owner is right next door to sort out any requirements that you may have that are not already taken care of. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.

This place is situated right next door to the famous Slieve Bloom Bar where often there is live traditional Irish music and you will be well looked after by Kieren the proprietor.

A great location and a great property that is good value.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just like you imagine :)

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, perfect position for a spot of sight seeing. We were really lucky with the weather - which although was great meant we didn't get to enjoy the open fire LOL! Teenage sons liked having the bar and pool table right next door. Any time we contacted the owner the response was really quick and helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you're looking for a country home in a quiet village.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable home in central location

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed this comfortable home located in the middle of Ireland. We were able to access Cork, Waterford, Galway, Dublin and Ulster easily from here as well as enjoying the local area. Great pub with a friendly staff right next door. The home was large enough to accommodate all five of us and frankly, could handle a few more. Lots of room to spread out. Recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for traveling!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Les Mooney House made our trip 10x better. It was the most charming house with all the essential amenities that we needed. The pub is directly next door with some of the nicest people you will meet. Kinnitty is the best location for traveling all over Ireland with it being centrally located. Jimmy lives next door and was always there if we needed help with anything and even started a fire for us when we arrived. When we come back to Ireland we will stay in the house again. We loved it so much and cant wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 4 of 5

What a great value for the price! Very cozy, including a working fireplace. Plenty of nicely furnished rooms and bathrooms for privacy as needed as well. This house is perfectly situated within the center of Ireland as well as beside the friendliest pub in the area. And Jimmy, the home owner, living literally next door, was very accommodating and caring about our stay--it was a joy to chat with him. Yet, he never intruded the least bit on our privacy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Rental Rates for this holiday house in The Walk, Ireland

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
4 Sep 2016 - 24 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
25 Feb 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Reasonable usage of fuel is included in the rent
All electricity costs are included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in The Walk, Ireland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
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
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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!).