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Secluded Cottage In A World Famous Garden

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights


Townparks Cottage Rental Photos and Description

The Bothy Is A Very Special Hide-Away At A Corner Of Birr Castle Gardens

The Bothy is definitely a cottage, small but cosy. It is an old building and was once the house for the young gardeners. A door in the wall gives onto the Famous Walled Garden, full of flowers in summer. It has three bedrooms, one with double bed and one with two single beds and the third with 1 single bed. There is one bathroom. The kitchen is small but well equipped and next to the living room/dining room. It is within walking distance of the town, and also close to the Science Centre with its coffee shop and playground.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Alison Rosse
Member since: 2014
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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About Alison Rosse

The Parsons family, now Earls of Rosse, have owned the property since 1620. You will be staying in part of the historic Domain and can enjoy the beauty of the garden which has been landscaped and planted for many centuries.

Why Alison Rosse chose County Tipperary

The cottage, once the home of the younger unmarried gardeners, was built about 1860.

What makes this cottage unique

Access to the gardens and science centre and playground on a daily basis and very close to the friendly market town of Birr.


1 traveler review

Secluded Cottage In A World Famous Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Allen, TX / USA

Magical Irish Cottage in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

The Bothy is right out of a fairy tale. The kitchen is small but very well appointed, the beds are super comfortable, and there's plenty of peat and logs for a cozy fire every night. The grounds of Birr Castle provide hours and hours of beautiful walks among the gardens, waterfalls and stunning views. You could spend your entire Irish holiday in Birr (several great pubs, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance), but day trips to other great sight-seeing places are easy. Magical!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such a lovely review. So happy that you enjoyed it all so much. Birr is indeed a wonderful place! Alison Rosse
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Very central area for touring Ireland. Almost all areas within reach of a day's drive. The property is on the edge of Birr, a small town with all the amenities, restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.You will be within walking distance of one of the best restaurants in town, Spinners, in Castle Street. The main attraction for many is that the property is situated within the grounds of Birr Castle Domain which has a science Gallery celebrating the Parsons family and the great telescope once the largest in the world. The garden is world famous and you have this beautiful park to yourself in the evenings. You can also bring your dog if you come by ferry. Birr Castle itself is the family home of Brendan and Alison, The Earl and Countess of Rosse. The Castle is open to visitors in May and July and August in the mornings. Otherwise it is lived in as a family home, but there are occasional concerts in the Gothic Music Room. The Slieve Bloom mountains are a 15 minute drive away and are ideal for walking and gentle climbs in unspoilt forest and open scenery. Many historical sites are in the area, which is sometimes known as the Monastic Midlands for the many early Christian sites and ruins. Clonmacnoise is especially famous. You can visit Dublin by train from Tullamore, only half an hour to Tullamore and then 1 hour by train.


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7 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $131

The Birr Castle Domain is a gated property and you will be given a code to get in the main gate when you arrive.

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Townparks Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom with shower over the bath and toilet and wash hand basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • 1 double, 1 with two beds, 1 single bed
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf privileges optional
Walking. For hikers this is an ideal area. The Slieve Bloom mountains are close by and also the area of the Shannon. For shorter walks ask in the Birr town library to get ideas. And of course there are walks every morning in the grounds of the Castle itself.

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