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Birr Castle holiday cottage - The Bothy

The Bothy
Very good
3 reviews
The Bothy
The Bothy Living Room
The Bothy, view from the Living Room
The Bothy, the main bedroom
The Bothy, another of the Living Room with new wall paper.
The Bothy, Birr Castle Demesne, small bedroom
The Bothy kitchenette
Gate from the Bothy garden into the Formal Gardens
The Formal Gardens, Birr Castle Demesne.  The Bothy has a gate straight into this part of the garden
The other side of the gate. From the Formal Gardens into the Bothy garden
Birr Castle Demesne, balooning festival above the lake
The lake in summer
The Fernery, Birr Castle Demesne
View of the Castle from the river, Birr Castle Demesne
The Castle from the Terraces, Birr Castle Demesne
The Formal Gardens from the air - the Bothy is only just out of the picture!
The Cherry Avenue. Spring time.
The town, Oxmantown Mall just outside the castle gates
The town of Birr, Main Street from the Square
Print of the telescope with Lord Rosse overseeing work.  Birr Castle Demesne
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3 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom , Sleeps 5
Birr, County Offaly
The Bothy is an old-style cottage set in an idylic garden. In the evening it is all your to wander in. The Historic Science Centre in the grounds shows the history of Birr Castle Demesne and the scientific achievements of the Parsons family. The Bothy is within walking distance of shops and pubs in the charming small town of Birr. This is an ideal area for a family holiday, with the river Shannon not far away and the Slieve Bloom Hills for walking.There is an equestrain centre nearby for horse riding. For those exploring their Irish roots or wishing to tour the countryside, Birr is the ideal location as most of Ireland is within reach of a day's drive and the motorway system is now helpful in this. Birr is a pleasant small town of 4,500 people. It has good shops and stores and also a small theatre and several friendly pubs. Al... Read more
Listing #HL253128
About the Owner
alison r
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a few hours
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

I stayed at The Bothy for the last week of May, 2013. The cottage is within its own private walled garden, completely isolated from any paying Demense visitors. The Bothy has a quintessentially lovely ivy-covered stone exterior and a cozy interior. I had a housekeeping...More

3  Thank SunnyUnlimited
alisonrosse, VR Owner at Birr Castle holiday cottage - The Bothy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

so happy you enjoyed the Bothy. Hope you will be back one day.

Reviewed 13 March 2014

We had a really fantastic time at the Bothy in Birr Castle. The weather wasn't perfect but that didnt matter as the cottage was warm and we had a huge pile of turf to burn in the fireplace. The gardens were just recovering from a...More

2  Thank MJFP101
alisonrosse, VR Owner at Birr Castle holiday cottage - The Bothy, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2014

Thanks so much for that. So glad you enjoyed your stay. We had given the cottage a bit of a make-over to upgrade it, and glad it was all satisfactory. Look forward to having you again!

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

The greatest thing about this rental is the amazing walled formal garden just out the back door and through the secret door. We had total access to the beautiful gardens and the outside of the huge castle with moat and the awesome telescope. The cottage...More

2  Thank jbinOhio
alisonrosse, VR Owner at Birr Castle holiday cottage - The Bothy, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. The garden is always especially beautiful in the autumn. Thanks for the review. Alison Rosse

  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • Fireplace
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (5)
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Single Beds:(3)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
Additional amenities & feature info
I can provide a cot or fold out bed at small extra cost. The Bothy is all on one floor but it does have a step up to the mail bedroom. The kitchen is small and the mainroom is the living/dining room. We provide wood and turf for the fire, but it also has central heating.
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check out: 10:00 AM
    1 Full bath
    3 Twins
    1 Full
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R 7 910
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Additional Rate and Availability Information
We can accept payment by cheque, Pay Pal, or bank transfer in dollars, euro or UK pounds.
We would ask for a deposit of 120 euro - or dollars or pounds to hold the booking.
We cannot accept a booking for less than 360 euro.
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About the neighbourhood
Clonmacnoise, on the Shannon, is an interesting place to visit, an ancient monastic site. The Slieve Bloom mountains are great for walking.

A day trip to Limerick or Galway is also within easy reach. And for Dublin you can get the train from Tullamore. Vintage week in August is a great time to visit Birr.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Dublin/Shannon: 130.0 km
Railway: Tullamore: 35.0 km
Ferry: Dublin: 130.0 km
We are half way between the airports of Dublin and Shannon. Only about an hour and a half drive from both. We are very central here so most of Ireland can be reached in two hours or so. The town of Birr is the heart of Ireland, see www.midirelandtourism.ie.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Nearest Beach: 95.0 km.
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