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Cottage in Birr Castle Demesne (World-Acclaimed Garden)

Drumbane, Co. Offaly, Ireland
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

This secluded cottage (named 'The Bothy') is in Ireland's top heritage garden, the Birr Castle Demesne. The Demesne also includes Ireland's Historic Science Centre, whose galleries are centered on the achievements of the scientific Parsons family, Earls of Rosse. The massive telescope built by the 3rd Earl can be seen in the grounds. The town of Birr is within walking distance and has restaurants, many pubs, a small theatre, and other entertainment in summer.

The area is close to the Slieve Bloom hills, great for walking and cycling, and is only 30 minutes drive from the Shannon for windsurfing and boating in the summer. Fishing is available, as well as horseback riding. Its central location also makes it a good base for touring Ireland - Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Galway can all be reached within two hours.

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alison rosse

Member Since 2000
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About alison rosse

The Parsons family has owned this land since 1620. The Bothy cottage was built for the young gardiners about 100 years ago. (We have done a few make over since then!!)

alison rosse purchased this Cottage in 1620

What makes this Cottage unique

In a beautiful garden - indeed one of Europe's top gardens.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Double Beds (1), Twin Beds (1) single bed (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • the bathroom has a shower above the bath and a toilet and wash hand basin

          Location Type

            • Village
              Birr is a friendly small town. There are several pubs and resteraunts and shops and supermarkets. All these are within walking distance.


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Fireplace
                      wood and turf provided
                    • Heating
                      oil central heating
                    • Internet
                      mobile internet device
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      small living dining room
                    • Parking
                      Park out side the cottage
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Fireplace


                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          small kitchen, but well equipped. You will eat in the living room.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          electric oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          electric stove with oven
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              dining area in the living room
                            • Dining Area


                                • Books
                                • Television


                                    • Golf
                                      There is a golf club at Birr some 5 kilometres away
                                    • Lawn / Garden


                                        • arboretum
                                        • botanical garden
                                        • churches
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • bird watching
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • groceries
                                                • laundromat
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • cycling
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • wind-surfing


                                                        • Open fireplace with fuel provided, oil central-heating, The cottage, called the Bothy, is over 100 years old, A gate in the wall opens on to the famous Millennium Gardens, The Parkland is a must for nature lovers and gardeners

                                                          1 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          We loved our stay in the Brophy, it was cozy and comfortable.

                                                          Lynice R.

                                                          We enjoyed our trip to Ireland and staying in the Brophy on Birr Castle grounds was the highlight of our stay. Everyday we enjoyed walking down all the different paths on the grounds. We took a lot of pictures of our walks, to keep the memory of how beautiful the grounds are alive. Our stay incorporated hurricane Ophelia and the Brophy kept us comfy and warm. We look forward to returning to Ireland and the Brophy, in the future.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Bothy . And I'm glad you got safely back after all the drama of Ophelia. Thank goodness it didnt do too much damage, though the Demesne was in an awful mess with branches all over the place - and you saw the big tree down opposite the drive.

                                                          It would be lovely to have you back here again.

                                                          Best wishes

                                                          Alison Rosse


                                                          Drumbane, Co. Offaly, Ireland

                                                          Located in the garden Birr Castle Demesne, and Science Centre Museum. Home of the great telescope of the 3rd Earl of Rosse, 1845. Located within walking distance of the town of Birr, a charming market town with pubs, two hotels with resteraunts, churches, a small theatre. Great walking in the Slieve Bloom mountains about a 10 mile drive away. Histroical sites and castles. Fishing can be arranged in season. Very central in the country with most attractions less than a two hour drive. Train to Dublin for the day at Tullamore, half an hour away.

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