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Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Traditonal Irish Cottage 3 bedrooms Sleeps 5, Private Garden, Private Parking

Cosy comfortable self-catering traditional Irish holiday cottage located in the village of Kinnitty at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountain midway between the east and west coast of Ireland, The tastefully decorated cottage is set in it's own private grounds on a quiet country road. The central location makes it the ideal base for exploring Ireland being just 90 minutes drive from Dublin and Galway on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and less than 60 minutes driver from Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. There are many local attractions such as Ireland's most haunted castle Leap Castle, Birr Castle Gardens with it's Giant Telescope, Tullamore Dew Visitor's Centre , Kilbeggan Distillery, Lough Boora Parklands and Sculpture Park where you can hire bicycles to cycle the many looped trails. Nearby heritage sites include Clonmacnoise, the Georgian town of Birr, Emo Court House and Gardens.

Not to be missed on Wednesday nights there is a wonderful traditional music and singing session in a nearby pub.

The house is situated in it's own private grounds with private garden and off road parking. There are 3 bedrooms 2 double and 1 single.

More Details

Christina Byrne
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 4, 2017

About Christina Byrne

Hi. My name is Christina and I have been running a bed and breakfast just across the road from O Brien's Cottage for the last 20 years. I am a keen walker and can help you choose the best walks locally. If you wish I can organise for you to join the local Slieve Bloom Walking group on a guided walk at the weekends or horse trekking in the Slieve Blooms. I play Irish music and will take you along to the traditional music session on Wednesday nights. I am on hand if you should require anything while you are here.

Christina Byrne purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Christina Byrne chose County Tipperary

O Brien's Cottage was built in the 1950's. The traditional Irish cottage is set in it's own grounds of 1 acre and has a lovely setting with views onto the Slieve Bloom Mountains.The location of this cottage at the crossroads of Ireland makes it the ideal base for touring Ireland. You can be in Galway Connemara, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny in less than an hour and a half, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Blarney in less than 2 hours If you want to meet the locals and have a real Irish experience in a small country village country this is the place to be.

What makes this cottage unique

Tranquil area, central touring location, private. Just walking distance from the local pub and shops.Central location ideal base for touring Ireland.


Leap Castle
"If you would like to experience a haunted castle Leap is the place for you. Sean the owner w..."
Slieve Bloom Mountains
"The Slieve Bloom mountains have looped walking trails at Kinnitty Cadamstown, Clonaslee, Gle..."
Lough Boora Parklands
"Lough Boora Parklands, a beautiful wild landscape just 35 minutes drive from Kinnitty.There ..."
Slieve Bloom Bar
"The Slieve Bloom Bar is just a 2 minute walk from O Brien's cottage. The very friendly barma..."
"A picturesque village at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains midway between the east and ..."
Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre
"A wonderful whiskey tasting experience. Guides give an excellent history of Tullamore Dew an..."
Birr Castle
"You will need an afternoon to explore all Birr Castle has to offer, with it's Giant telescop..."
Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Slieve Bloom Bar
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
27 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Sli Dala Kinnitty Castle
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Located at the crossroads of Ireland makes O'Brien's Cottage Kinnitty the ideal base from which to explore Ireland. In less than 2 hours you can be almost anywhere in Ireland- The Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Rock of Cashel, Cork, Blarney Castle, or Waterford . Kinnitty is far removed from the commercialism of busy resorts like Killarney, Dingle, Galway or indeed Dublin, while still retaining a charm and pace more reminiscent of Ireland of the past than that of today. Kinnitty has a Castle Hotel - Kinnitty Castle well know for romantic fairytale weddings, two quaint pubs - the Slieve Bloom Bar and Giltraps, 2 village shops, 2 churches, a children's playground a school and it's very own Pyramid. Just 6 miles from O' Brien's Cottage Kinnitty is Leap Castle on the R421, reputed to be Ireland's most haunted castle and a former castle of the O Carroll Clan.

O Brien's Cottage is located on the edge of the village in it's own private grounds with views on to the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Knocknamann the site where the ancient festival of Bealtaine was held in pre- Christian times. The Slieveblooms are steeped in history and folklore, from megalithic times though Ireland's golden era of Saints & Scholars to more modern history of settlement and conflict of the O'Carroll's. According to legend the Slieve Bloom Mountains was home to Fionn Mac Cumhaill where as a child he lived with his mother for the first 7 years of his life.

For something truly unique you can enjoy the best night of your holiday at the local Wednesday night trad session where locals play and sing with gusto for their own merriment in one of the local pubs. The session roates around 4 local pubs and Chris the owner will be able to tell you where it is at.

If you are feeling more energetic there are looped walking trails from 6 different Trail Heads in the Slieve Blooms. The nearest is at Kinnitty on the R420 and an Eco walk loop trail at Knockbarron Wood just outside the village. We can provide you with maps. Lough Boora Parklands is just 15k from O'Brien's cottage. This is a natural habitat for over 80 species of wild birds, and has numerous off road cycle and walking tracks, a mesolitic site and an Outdoor Sculpture Trail. You can arrange bike hire here any day in summer time and at weekends in wintertime.


Other attractions locally are the Georgian town of Birr, Birr Castle Gardens and Giant Telescope, the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, Durrow High Cross, Belvedere House and Garden's, Tullamore Dew visitor centre to name but a few. Attractions within an hours drive of Kinnitty are Athlone Castle, Emo Court House and Gardens, the Donoghmore Famine Museum, Kilkenny City, Portumna Castle.


The Walk Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 With double bed and room for fold up bed or cot.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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Cosy Rural Retreat Midway Between Dublin and Galway.
average rating of 4.4 based on 15 reviews

Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent value for money, we are from the area but this cosy cottage suited our needs perfectly. It was warm, clean and tidy. We travelled with two small kids and found it spacious enough for them and all the paraphernalia that came with them. Chris is very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking time to write this lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to meeting you again.
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Very practic location on the middel of Ireland

  • 4 of 5

Good beds

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very northern California

Friendly folk, sweet town and great traditional music.

  • 4 of 5

Overall we had a great experience and enjoyed watching the martins and swallows every evening as we ate dinner at the table. The kitchen is really not for serious cooks who are into self-catering vacations, but is adequate for simple meals. It was very nice to have a washing machine to do some laundry halfway through our trip and then hang it out in the nice fresh air on the laundry line. That's something you don't find it alot of self-catering spots. We were very close to 2 Irish Heritage towns, Birr & Roscrea. Tullamore was a nice stop to go to the distillery, but not as many interesting points in the town to make a day of it. The only helped us find some amazing traditional music to listen to on Wednesday night's. She herself is a fabulous fiddle player. Thanks again, Chris, for that wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara, I am delighted you enjoyed your time in this wonderful part of the Irish countryside. If you had let me know you were a serious cook and required some extra cooking utensils I could have given you any equipment you required as I am just across the road. I enjoyed your daughters' singing at the local music session. Always great when people join in. Chris
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True Irish Cottage with Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage had everything we could need for our stay. Christina was fantastic with communication and extending a warm welcome. She provided us with all kinds of travel information for our stay. We would highly recommend this vacation home and would stay here again on return visits!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place to stay.

  • 3 of 5

Great location. Close to pub. Music at pub was great way to here traditional music. Everyone on area nice and helpful.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend . Very clean, very comfortable, very warm house.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent value for money. Stayed for 3 weeks and really enjoyed it. The house was what we had hoped for and the area excellent, very quiet but very centrally located for driving around Southern Ireland. Christina was helpful and welcoming. Would definitely go back

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy New Year, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay here in O Brien's Cottage and found the cottage and the area to be everything you wanted. Hope to see you again in Kinnitty when next you return Chris
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $119.5

2nd payment should be made in cash on arrival not through this site.

Monthly reservations do not include heating and electricity.
Check in time after 4.00pm. Check out time 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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