Cottage in Laois, Ireland - Very Popular Restful Retreat At The Foot Of Slieve Bloom Mountains.two Miles From Village
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About Michael Wood
I moved to Ireland from London in 1998. Having searchd for the ideal place to build a home we settled on a lovely spot in the heart of the Slieve Bloom Environment Park. Slowly over time the dream developed. A local architect was commisioned with the brief to use local materials wherever possible. We were lucky to have a wonderful builder. Next up came the garden and we hadn't a clue at first. A friend told me gardening would become addictive. It did. During one rainy day in march 1999 three of planted over 1000 trees and shrubs often using crowbars to remove the rocks. This formed the backbone of the garden. Later friends introduced Vytemis who was working on the sculpture Park in Lough Boora at the time. We clicked and so much of of what you see now has come from that collaboration.
Michael Wood purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Michael Wood chose Clonaslee
I was working Tullamore and wanted to build my own house and garden in the most beautiful spot within commuting distance. It quickly became apparent that this was the Slieve Bloom Mountains and particularly around the village of Clonaslee. The project took shape and it became our passion. When my job brought me to Dublin we didn't have the heart to sell the house and garden having poured so much of ourselves into it. So we kept it on and over the last three years have been letting it out to holiday makers looking for a quiet and paeceful environment. Feedback has been really positive and very encouraging. This is the first year that we have decided to go it alone without the use of an agency. And have got a website professionally designed.
What makes this Cottage unique
Peace. Time to kick back and relax and slow down. A joy for gardeners and nature lovers. A beautiful garden to explore. In the Slieve Bloom mountains, very much the undiscovered Ireland - many of our guests have refeerd to it as the Real ireland. Also a good central location for a touring holiday
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The house and property were just as beautiful as the pictures. We had easy contact with the host. Such a lucky find!
A cosy, spacious and lovely house
We really enjoyed our stay. The house is spacious and cosy and well equipped. Michael was always very helpful and answered all our questions very quickly and gave nice recommendations. The only thing we would have liked to be better is the description of how to find the house. We drove in the dark and it was difficult to follow the description and unfortunately we didn't have the most accurate navigation system either. However, we really enjoyed our stay! Thank you.
First I want to say, this is a beautiful home in the mountains of central Ireland. Ideally located to travel all over the country. The grounds, the gardens,the wee "hobbit House", the tree house and the little creek are all very fun for kids to explore. But, because we do have children I feel the need to warn everyone that there are bats in this house. We discovered this the first night when our 6 year old son brought a toilet roll to us that had a bat inside. It was screeching loudly and flew out of the toilet roll so then we had to trap it and get it outside which took about an hour. Our last morning there we were eating breakfast when all of a sudden a bat swooped down to the table. Again, we had to trap it and get it outside.
When we first arrived at the house I noticed a lot of animal droppings on the windowsill. Being in the country, I figured it was mouse droppings. But now I am convinced it is bat droppings. There is one window screen that is covered in what I now know is bat droppings.
We contacted the owner the first night about the bat and his response was, "Thank you for your message. The house is in the heart of the Slieve Bloom Conservation area. One of the features of this is that we are surrounded by wildlife.. Pipistrel bats are rare in Ireland and are a protected species here. In that respect we are lucky that they sometimes visit the house and garden over the summer months and can fly in through an open window. Especially at night. I believe they are most active between dusk and dawn." We researched the pipistrel bat and see no evidence of it being protected as it is a very common bat. Also, we did not leave windows open. The owner needs to do some serious cleaning in his attic because this house is not safe for children.
Cosy relaxing break
This house was very charming. We stayed here 3 days to relax and 4 days on business. The grounds were not what they once were but still had lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We enjoyed the peace and quiet but also plenty to do in the area. Our only problem was not being able to time the heating/ hot water system which only mattered on our business days when we were out early and back late. Michael was in touch by phone and very helpful. We're already looking forward to our next stay.
Maeve & Seamus
Beautiful house and wonderful garden. A great place to get away.
Woodland song is a very beautiful place to stay. We have stayed in the house for a week in May this year with 4 adults and three little kids. The house itself is quiet big and there is lots of space for everyone. There is so much to discover in the house like the huge collection of various books (thriller, fiction, kids books, etc.) and the different rooms. You can relax in the living room by the beautiful fireplace or sit upstairs in a lounge area. We really loved the garden. It is huge and there is so much to see. There is a pond, a tree house, three bbq area's and a little river which flows through the garden. We have spent lots of hours just wandering through the garden or sitting at the pond. It's also fun to sit and eat in the bbq hut. You could also sleep in the bbq hut but we did not do it this time around. There are so many different flowers and trees, it's really lovely and quiet. In the house is no internet which did not bother us at all because it gave us the perfect opportunity to get away from the daily busyness and just relax and enjoy the time with our friends and kids.
We did several day trips to differents sights of ireland like the cliffs of moher, Belvedere gardens, Tullamore, Trim castle, Kilkenny castle and the closest city to Woodlandsong Clonaslee. Latter one, we have walked which is a shorter hike from the house. In Clonaslee you can can find different little pubs, a grocery store and a take out restaurant that serves fish & chips and local food.
We had an incredible time at Woodland song and we will definetly try to visit again. The owner of the house is very nice and he helped us whenever we had a question or wanted to know where we should go and what is a must-see in Ireland. There is also a folder in the house with the history of the house, shorter trips and longer trips with various flyer's inside.
Ireland is very beautiful and our most incredible trip was to the Cliffs of moher. If you visit Ireland you defintely have to go there. It is amazing.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write such a helpful review. It was such a pleasure to have you and your lovely family. We really look forward to the possibility of welcoming you all again,and will take pleasure in helping you with some more items on an itinerary to explore from our home in the heart of Ireland.
Could not have been any better!!!!
Our stay at Michael's Clonaslee home was such an amazing experience. We spent two glorious weeks in the heart of Ireland. The home was incredibly quiet and comfortable. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical knowing there was no television nor internet, but it was much needed to get away from the crazy politics in the United States. From the home base we traveled to every corner of the country. We relaxed and read by a beautiful fire each evening. It truly was a home away from home and we hope to return in the near future.
Thank you, Michael. You've created a beautiful space......
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to make a review.,I am glad that you had such a good time and felt that you found peace and quiet amid the noise. The Internet is a tough one. I know that possibly we possibly lose business from guests at the time of booking, But feel that in this sometimes crazy world it is so important to rest deeply and recharge our batteries. That was our vision when we built Woodlandsong and we try to uphold it. Certainly guests who stay with us really appreciate the call. The garden, chats by turf fires, a glass of red wine, good home baking and our well stocked library seem to be what our guests enjoy. The feedback is that our guests enjoy the opportunity to slow down and relax. Thanks again Cheri
Special interest holidays:
There is a falonry in Kinnity and a lovely pony trekking centre in Birr.
There is a designated and popular area for river swimming (about the size of a small/ medium swimming pool) near the source of the river Barrow seven miles away. The GPS Coordinates of the Cathole river pool are: 53-5-37N and
7 -26-13W. In Glenbarrow there is paddling and bathing safe for children - this can be a popular spot with locals on a sunny day.
Dublin airport is one hour and twenty five minutes away (120 km)
Clonaslee 2 miles. Glenbarrow waterfall 6 miles. River swimming 8 miles. Kinnity 10 miles. Tullamore 12 Miles. Birr 14 Miles. Roscrea 18 Miles. Portlaoise 12 miles. Kilkenny one hour. Galway and Dublin one and a half hours.
Tullamore is a buzzing market town, full of coffee shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, cinemas, hotels and public leisure facilities. It also has two distilleries you can visit. Kilbeggan and Tullamore Dew (open 2014). Birr is a lovely old Edwardian town, Slower paced but great for of cafes, pubs history and interest. Visit the castle gardens and the biggest tree house in Ireland there.