My wife and I have taken four extended (2-4 weeks) holidays over the last 4 years and traveled all over Ireland. Summer, Spring, Fall and now a Winter trip to learn the seasons. Each season and part of Ireland has its own charm, character and also characters. We have done the bigger cities and the more popular tourist locations which were great. This time we wanted a true “Irish Countryside” experience and we got it. Knockeen is located in the Southeastern part of Ireland just across the Barrow River from the village of Graiguenamanagh. Yeah, I know…tough one to pronounce for us Yanks. It’s a quick 2-minute drive or a nice 15-minute stroll to town. No exception here and brought out the best of what Ireland has to offer.
First of all, you cannot find more gracious and caring hosts/owners of such a beautiful home and property than in Lisa and Tim. Extremely easy to work with and made sure everything was taken care of during our stay. The local caretakers are amazing and quick to respond or take a call for question or need. Of course you can always just go to the local Pub O’Driscoll’s and there is a team of Irish friends ready to assist in any way. I’m serious.
Location, location, location. Take our advice and just go ahead and book it for 7-10 days…or a month or two if you can do it. The location is ideal for many reasons. #1 it is located centrally in the Southeast part of Ireland. Use it as your home base for some great day trips to the bigger cities such Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford in less than an hour drive. There are so many hidden treasures to visit along the routes too. Or, stay near home to take a swim in the river (weather permitting) in town, stroll along the pathways. Take a pretty drive over to Mullichain Café along the river near St Mullins Monastic site. Very cool and beautiful.
Of course you can always just stay at home, cozy up to one of the 4 fireplaces and read a book. Sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee in the morning, glass of wine in the evening and watch the sunset while listening to the quiet and the sheep of course. Talk about relaxing!
Highly, Highly Recommend!!!! We plan to head back, but bring family friends to share this experience with next time. Perfect for a family vacation or reunion. Slainte'