My husband and I booked a week long stay with Maggie and Mark in their beautiful stone cottage for our honeymoon. It was the best decision we could have made for our newlywed getaway! The moment we arrived, we were greeted with warmth, happiness and humor from this husband and wife team. Of course the cottage itself is beautiful (the pictures you see on the internet don’t really begin to do it justice), but it’s really Maggie and Mark who make this place so special. They are incredibly accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful, which we really appreciated as first time visitors to Ireland. We used the cottage as our “base camp” to come back to every night after exploring the surrounding areas of Inistioge, Thomastown, and Kilkenny. The kitchen was perfect for us to cook full meals in, which we would then eat by candlelight in front of the wood stove (romantic, eh??). We even had the opportunity to enjoy fresh eggs for breakfast from Maggie and Mark’s chickens!
If you are lucky enough to stay at the cottage, be sure to check out the little village of Inistioge - the pubs and restaurants there are filled with locals who are friendly and talkative. In fact, during our entire time in Ireland, we did not run into anyone we wouldn’t have enjoyed sharing a pint with. Maggie and Mark are certainly top on that list!
Our only complaint about our stay is that it went by WAY too quickly. We hope to do it again very soon!