About the property
- Estate4000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 3 nights
Estate, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
Aghaboe House was finished about 1730. It was the home to the famous Irish Antiquarian Edward Ledwich circa 1790. Ledwich was the author of 'Antiquities of Ireland' a two volume set with spectacular woodcuts published in 1795. A pristine copy may be inspected by prior arrangement.
The views of adjoining Aghaboe Abbey are enhanced at night with floodlights. The views of the nearby Slieve Bloom Mountains, winter home of Finn MacCool and the Fiana or Irish warrior class, are spectacular from the back patio and most of the bedrooms and common rooms.
The newly completed motorway system in Ireland makes the central location of Aghaboe House an ideal base for touring. Nearby golf and historic attractions are plentiful.
If you are looking for a real Irish 'Country Estate' experience this is it.
Large American pellet stoves keep the house warm and aired. The large oil fired AGA stove in the kitchen is an added experience.
There is a separate large sitting room and a separate large dining room as well as an eat-in kitchen.
Aghaboe House is both unique and unforgettable.
Keywords: Irish Period House, Georgian Manor House, Irish Country House, Irish Heritage House
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About Mike Fitzpatrick
My daughter was born here in 1986 and after completing her medical training in the States may return and run her clinic here. I stumbled upon the historic property while researching my roots. It turns out that both my great-great grandparents on my Fitzpatrick side were born and raised in Aghaboe before emigrating in the time of the 'Great Hunger'. I guess that this type of venture could be called a 'labor of love' and never really ends. I hope that you will find it as enjoyable to be far from the hustle and bustle but near enough to everything you need. There is a concierge/handyman living in a nearby building on the Estate to assist you.
Mike Fitzpatrick purchased this Estate in 1984
Why Mike Fitzpatrick chose Corbally
Unique Country House built almost three hundred years ago with care.
What makes this Estate unique
I maintain a large wine cellar to which the concierge has access. The prices for the French and Spanish wines will be based upon continental prices that I paid not Irish prices. My personal preference is for Rioja Crianzas and Reservas so they will be in greatest supply. I also have a decent library which you could peruse and enjoy.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
I recently brought a group of writers and actors from New York to Aghaboe House so that we could perform on the Word stage at the Electric Picnic and we had a wonderful stay. We loved the long driveway up to the house with grass growing in the middle of it, the field full of cows to our right, and the ruins of Aghaboe Abbey at the bottom of the hill.
The house had plenty of room for our group of men and women artists and was even able to accommodate a couple with a child. The spacious kitchen was a great place to gather in the mornings as well as in wee hours of the night.
We greatly enjoyed the living room as well, where we could sit by the fire and talk, eat and drink, rehearse scenes from a play, play guitar, and sing songs. There is also a large dining room that we never had a chance to use.
Our host, Mike Fitzpatrick, was a font of information about Aghaboe House, the local area, and its history. He has even written academic research papers on the house and the nearby abbey. Mike was able to tell us about where we could shop for supplies, provide us with the numbers of cab drivers, and give us time-saving directions to the Electric Picnic, which helped us avoid traffic.
I’d recommend Aghaboe House to any group or family looking to enjoy a quiet, hospitable visit to the countryside of the Irish midlands.
Thanks for your review. Hope to see you and your group again sometime.
A charming setting to remember!
The mix-and-match decor was not of the period, but comfortable. I was disappointed that the AGA stove wasn't working, but the pellet stoves did a great job taking the chill out of the evening air. The layout is a bit awkward. The kitchen sink is in an adjacent scullery and the dining room is around the corner and down the hall. I suppose the original owners would have had servants and had no incentive to consider the floorplan! If you are looking for a spacious, country house, this is the one for you.
Aga is under repair but often too hot for a good summer in any event.
Furnishings are a bit eclectic but seem to work well for most.
Glad Laura and family had a good stay.
Amazing Home full of Irish Charm
My family and I met for a mid tour break in August of 2013 and decided to stay at this location. What an amazing place. Full of old world charm and excitement. Beautiful (and warm) pot stove pellet stoves in the guest rooms and an amazing aga stove in the kitchen. The Abbey is within walking distance and full of history. The cows and sheep add to its amazing character. Centrally located and easy to get around the country from. Highly recommend this property.
Wonderful house, centrally located for driving.
The house and grounds were amazing. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful. The house was a perfect location for driving to the major cities and sites. Our family had a great time there. Quiet peaceful area, was great to return home to after a day of sightseeing. I would highly recommend the house, especially to large families, plenty of space for everyone.
Very cool old house.
For sure this is a beautiful old house and the surrounding pastures and old abbey are gorgeous. The Aga stove in the kitchen is a beautiful thing and fun to cook on. Everything works though there are quirky things to be sure like the sink, dishwasher and stove sort of being in separate rooms but it's charming and workable. I do have to say that depending on how interior design oriented you are, you may find yourself distracted by elements of the decor. What really did me in were extra unmade (old) beds in more rooms than not including in the dining room and foyer! I have two quirky old houses and am truly not that picky but old mattresses and boxsprings are NOT appealing! On the other hand, if you are a party of 15, they will be made up for you (and therefore covered) and you will be happy for them. This did not bother my husband or son nor it seems, the other reviewers, so maybe it won't bother you! The caretaker is super helpful and friendly.
Perfect Irish Vacation Home
Photos do not do this beautiful manor house justice. The approach to Aghaboe Abbey with our vacation home behind it was breathtaking, not to mention the driveway up to the estate. A gorgeous green patchwork of color from every window-of which there are many-never got old. Ten of us in one house for ten days (six of us relatives) never got old. We shared many meals around the large wooden kitchen table and the Aga stove was both delightful to cook on and warmed the room pleasantly. A big favorite? Sleeping with the windows open and the pellet stove going. Many day trips and the on-site caretaker was not only helpful but very kind and entertaining. Even shared a home-cooked meal with us with a beautiful bottle of wine from the wine cellar. Best part of this trip was returning to this magical place every night with so many people I love!! Will do this again!!
Kilkenny is some 35 miles away by scenic roads.