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The Bothy


Excellent 5/5 Score from 3 reviews

The Bothy

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 95 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

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.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Galway - Salthill 95 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dublin/Shannon 130 km, Nearest railway: Tullamore 35 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General Central heating, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

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.

Further details outdoors

The cottage is set behind a highwall in a wooded area. It is secluded from the main area of the park and gardens of Birr Castle - see our website which will show the river walks and gardens available.

The Offaly/County Laois region

Birr is a historic Georgian town, with beautifully laid out streets and malls. The Birr Castle Demesne, where the Bothy is located is a 150 accre garden and park which you will see on the website The historic Birr Castle is still lived in by the family, now Earls of Rosse. Lady Rosse runs the cottages - there are two in the grounds.

The area around Birr is of beautiful rural Irish scenery. The flat bogland of the Midlands, where turf is still cut, can be seen to the North of the town. The nearest large town is Tullamore, 30 minutes drive away, where you can get regular trains to Dublin for the day.


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.

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28 Mar 2014


"Staying in a Garden Heaven"

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 lovel… More

13 Mar 2014


"A Refuge from the world"

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 g… More

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!

24 Oct 2013


"Delightful old-fashioned cottage complete with an amazing garden and castle"

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 c… More

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

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Calendar last updated:25 Oct 2013

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