Lovely cottage forming part of a beautiful 18th century School House which is set in 3 acres of mature gardens, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Perched on the hillside above the sleepy village of Kilmoganny this bright and sunny 18th Century School House, set in 3 acres, has a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs living area, taking full advantage of far reaching views across rich pastureland to the distant Slievenamon mountains. This 200 year old country retreat is centrally located and lies almost equidistant between the medieval capital Kilkenny with its magnificent castle, 14 miles away, and Ireland’s oldest city Waterford with its world famous crystal factory and golden beaches, 18 miles.
The property is surrounded by mature trees and gardens thus making an ideal spot for a peaceful break as well as an excellent touring base for exploring the sunny south east of Ireland.
A five minute walk takes you down to the local village Kilmoganny which has two shops and two pubs. The nearest larger towns are Callan, Carrick-on-Suir and Thomastown, all within a 10 minute drive.
Only 15 miles from the picture postcard village of Inistioge ("Circle of Friends", "Widows Peak", etc.).
It is situated only approximately 80 miles from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, each with an international airport. Waterford airport, with its daily flights to England, is a mere 40 minutes away whilst Rosslare Harbour is just over an hour's drive.
Activities and attractions
Fishing is plentiful and readily available on the lovely river Nore, to name but one river in the area; horse riding is in abundance; lovely walks in the immediate vicinity; golf courses in locality including the famous Mount Juliet Golf Course in Thomastown; tennis available in the village; go-karting in Ballyhale; many historic sites including Kells Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, Dunmore Caves and Woodstock Gardens are all nearby.
If you want to escape up a country lane to a beautiful rural area of Ireland then this is the place. So near to Waterford and Kilkenny but wonderful to escape to at the end of the day. Our hosts were wonderful so friendly and helpful. The rural views from upstairs lovely we saw fox and rabbits and the birds always have us a dawn chorus.
From 2391 Je Hazerswoude(dorp), Netherlands May 2009
We were satisfied with the cottage, but I have 2 remarks:
1- The discription of the road to the cottage was not 100% clear and not all local people knew where to find it, so I suggest a clear sign at the road below.
2- The lower floor where the sleepingroom waslocated selled rather dampy, probably due to the heavy rain of the weeks before.
But we really enjoyed our stay there, the view from the cottage was perfect.
Our kind regards to Maria & David
The property is alot smaller then we expected as the photo is of the whole house and its the annex we were staying in, but it was enough room for 6 of us to stay comfortably. It was a lovely setting and lovely views and very peaceful. The family greeted us and the kids were lovely and all very friendly. After helping us settle in we were left alone to do as we please. There was plenty of room for the kids to play but we were a bit worried as to what areas were private and what were for general use. It seemed we could use the garden as we wanted. If we had a problem or query we were assisted in a friendly manner like nothing was too much trouble. The only thing that worried us and was a negative was the bannister at the top of the stairs. The bars were quite wide apart and my one year old could easily put his head through. We had to barricade it with cupboard doors left open and bins in the kitchen area and a chair in the lounge area. We also could not take our eyes off him for a second. This certainly didnt stop our enjoyment of our break but thought it worth a mention. Thanks for a lovely time and great hospitality
Reply from Maria
The cottage is a totally self contained guesthouse with its own front door and 2-storey self catering accommodation and is attached to the main house, not within it, so 'annexe' we feel is an inaccurate description!
Also, just a little note re the bannisters, it is a shame this was not mentioned to us at the time because, in addition to the stairgate which is permanently fixed at the top of the stairs, there is also available in the property a childproof guard which fixes around the balustrade to cover the bars.
The apartment was lovely and in a great position near the main pool and restaurant.Unfortunately it was not quite ready and we had to wait a few days for the appliances to be connected.Not having a cooker was a bit difficult with 2 small children to cater for,but the staff were helpful and quickly got us a portable hob.Also,we were quite unprepared for the steep hills on the site,using the buggy for the children was really quite difficult.An information pack in the apartment would have been a great help and I strongly advise hiring a car if you want to venture further afield as taxis into Yalikavak cost £10-£12 a time.The complex does run a bus service into the town 4 times a day,but we didnt find out about this until well into the holiday,and it doesnt run in the evenings.
It is obvious the complex is very new and I am sure these minor problems will be resolved.
for despite the teething problems we had a wonderful holiday and left feeling that we would have liked to have stayed longer.Always a good sign of a successful holiday.
The White House is absolutely lovely - it was very clean & cosy and would be perfect for either a couple or a family with children (we travelled with our 18 month old daughter). It is situated in a very secluded location with beautiful views, yet there are a couple of shops and pubs within easy walking distance. The hosts - Dave & Maria gave us the warmest welcome & nothing was too much trouble - what a lovely family. I highly recommend this property - we had a fantastic time & will definately plan another stay sometime in the future.
Saffron from London
Great property, very easy to find, in a lovely area, loved the spiral staircase. Views from the front room on either side are fantastic. Place to feel instantly at home, didnt want to leave as David & the animals were all so welcoming. Great place to tour from, we managed to do all of the south of ireland & would highly recommend a visit to the burren & a drive along the costal route as well as the drive from avoca up through the wicklow gap. Stunning!! Many thanks again & we hope to return soon :)
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We had a lovely visit and were very welcome by David, Maria and family last October. My girls had a blast playing with the children and never wanted to leave. Definitely child friendly. Perfect center for visiting Waterford and Kilkenny.
Cooker Crockery Cutlery Fridge Glassware Iron / board
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This 200 year old country retreat has a sprial staircase leading to the upstairs living area with open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, taking full advantage of the stunning views. Bed linen provided free of charge (apart from cot linen). Cot, highchair and stairgate available and outside there is a south facing patio area with BBQ. Full Oil central heating. Oil and Electricity is payable by meter reading.