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Kitchen and Dining Room, Clarahawn House, Kilkenny

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Clarahawn House sits in its own private and secluded three acre (1.2 hectare) garden with stunning uninterrupted views of the Blackstairs Mountains. The garden has large lawned areas with seating and a firepit, an area of woodland and private river frontage onto the River Barrow (the main photo is the bottom of the garden). It is just over a kilometre from the pubs and shops of Graiguenamanagh (Village of the Monks), 40 minutes drive from the popular historic Kilkenny City, ninety minutes drive from Central Dublin and sixty minutes from both Rosslare car ferry and the sandy beaches of the Hook Peninsula.

The house is a nineteenth century cottage with a modern architect-designed wing built onto it. Both the house and gardens have been luxuriously renovated in 2013. Inside the house is a comfortable mix of antique and modern furniture and contemporary artwork.

Downstairs there is a large hallway with limestone flags which leads into a huge open plan room with a seating area, a dining area and a large open plan kitchen. The seating area has a log burning stove (free logs provided) and three sofas. There is free WiFi access, a large flatscreen tv with satellite (sky) tv, iPod docking station/CD player and a DVD Player with an ample supply of DVDs.

The dining area, by the kitchen island, has seating for ten around a scrub top table and antique chapel chairs. The kitchen is well equipped, with everything you could need to cook up a feast, and features stone topped counters, an integrated dishwasher, fridge and freezer and large five ring Falcon Range Cooker.

The huge open plan room overlooks the gardens on all four sides with a wall of glass doors taking advantage of the views and opening onto a large decking area which is the perfect spot for having a drink or just watching the swallows. The room also has two other sets of doors which opening onto the seperate patio courtyard garden and with herb garden.

There is second sitting room downstairs featuring the house's original beams and houses an additional TV and DVD player, sofa and log burning stove and Donegal linen curtains. The Utility Room is fitted out with storage, a sink, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer as well as ample hanging space for coats and boots. There is also a downstairs shower room with toilet.

Upstairs there are four generous bedrooms. The huge master bedroom has an antique Kingsize French bed, an antique wardrobe and chest of drawers and wingback chair. The bedroom is double aspect and has French doors that open onto the balcony which overlooks the River Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains. There is an ensuite bathroom which features a large free standing roll top cast iron bath, large separate shower enclosure, and marble topped counters.

There are two further large Kingsize bedrooms and a generous twin bedroom (two single beds), all with antique furniture and storage and showcasing blankets from the local Cushendale Woollen Mill. The bed linen throughout is luxurious white cotton with feather duvets. There is also a baby's cot with bed linen provided and a high chair.

There is also a huge family bathroom that overlooks the neighbouring fields and features a large bath and separate large shower. All the bathrooms have been designed with Carerra marble counter tops and tongue and groove panelling.

The gardens surround the house and include a courtyard garden, a herb garden and an acre of stepped lawns with local stone walling that overlooks the valley and has patio seating for ten and a firepit. There is also a large woodland area leads down to your own private watermeadow on the banks of the River Barrow. The wooded area is a fantastic spot for hide and seek and has a wooden swing set made from trees felled from the wood. The views as you enter the property are breathtaking. There is ample private, secure parking for five or more cars next to the stream that runs alongside the garden.

Picturesque Graiguenamanagh (the nearby local village) was founded around a medieval monastic settlement and still boasts the historic Duiske Abbey on the site of the monastery. The village is a very short drive, or easy walk away from the house. It has numerous traditional Irish pubs which often feature Irish music sessions. There is a supermarket, pharmacy, a couple of restaurants, a cash point and children's playground. The village also boasts Cushendale Mill, one of the last historic woollen mills in Ireland. Most of Graiguenamanagh is based around the riverfront, making it a haven for boaters, rowers, cyclists, walkers and anglers. Nearby are the equally picturesque villages of Inistioge, Borris and Thomastown, each of which has a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes.

There is a constant calendar of local festivals, including the Kilkenny Arts and Comedy Festivals, the international Wexford Opera Festival, the New Ross Piano Competition the Barrow River Arts Festival and Griaguenamangh's own Town of Books and Regatta and Rowing Festivals.

Clarahawn's accessible but peaceful location makes it perfect for exploring the South East of Ireland, including the cities of Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Carlow, Nearby activities include rambling, hill climbing and dog walking, fishing, golfing, cyling and watersports. With Dublin an easy ninety minute drive (or 65 minute train journey from nearby Bagenalstown), Clarahawn House provides the perfect venue for family holidays, couples getaways and family reunions. The house is available to rent by the week year round and for short breaks between October and April.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Arthurstown/Duncannon Beach 40 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dublin 140 km, Nearest railway: Bagenalstown 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking

The South East Ireland region

The South East which consists of the five counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Fondly referred to locally as the 'Sunny South East', the region is famous for its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts.

The landscape of the South East comprises a mix of rolling hills, woodlands and farmlands, picturesque river valleys of the Blackwater, Barrow, Nore, Suir and Slaney, and a craggy coastline adorned by a necklace of quaint fishing villages and coastal resorts.

Early visitors, invaders, and raiders, merchants and traders helped create many structures, distinguishing marks and locations. Visitors from overseas are attracted by the richness and variety of heritage sites in the South East. Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel are among's most visited sites. Likewise the Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Heritage Ship in Co Wexford draw a huge number of visitors.

Craft and culture enthusiasts flock to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to view master cutters create the world famous glassware and enjoy Ireland's National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny. There are a myriad of arts and cultural festivals thoroughout the year including the Wexford Opera Festival and the Kilkenny Arts and Kilkenny Comedy Festivals. The major towns have interesting galleries including the newly opened and impressive Visual in Carlow and the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny.


Just over a mile away from the house is picturesque Graiguenamanagh (the nearby local village) which was founded around a medieval monastic settlement and still boasts the historic Duiske Abbey on the site of the monastery. The village has numerous traditional Irish pubs which often feature Irish music sessions. There is a supermarket, pharmacy, a couple of restaurants, a cash point and children's playground. The village also boasts Cushendale Mill, one of the last historic woollen mills in Ireland. Most of Graiguenamanagh is based around the riverfront, making it a haven for boaters, rowers, cyclists, walkers and anglers. Nearby are the equally picturesque villages of Inistioge, Borris and Thomastown, each of which has a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes.

There are plenty of opportunities for watersports, fishing and swimming in the River Barrow and walking on both the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Brandon. The area is also popular with cyclists and has great facilities for golfers, including the nearby Mount Juliet golf course.

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11 Aug 2014


"Fabulous facility in breathtaking location"

The property was every bit as good, if not better, than the description so we were in no way disappointed. Excellent facilities including good wireless broadband. Even in wet weather the views were … More

2 Jun 2014


"Clarahawn is a fabulous place to stay."

It's a beautiful house, yet easy to be in, even with young children. All three generations in our family (aged from 4 to 81) loved it - the grown-ups for the comfort and spectacular landscape and the kids for the adventure in the grounds down to the river. Graignamanagh has everything practical you need (v good supermarket, great pubs and cycling by the river) and there's loads to do in the four counties close by. It was a great fun, yet peaceful spot - with the best view I've ever cooked to!

22 Apr 2014


"Prepare to fall in love with Clarahawn..."

My children (aged 10 & 8 yrs) and I just had a truly wonderful time in 'Clarahawn House'!! We have stayed in many places but Clarahawn is, without a doubt, by far the loveliest house in which we have ever stayed.

The house itself has that 'wow' factor as soon as you enter the door. It has been lovingly restored with keen attention to every detail as well as cleverly extended making it very spacious. It has every comfort you could expect at home and more besides. The kitchen is so lovely I dare you not be inspired to cook during your stay and if you do you will find every appliance and gadget you could need. The cupboards are also stocked with an abundance of tasteful delph & cutlery. The living areas have immensely comfortable couches and Sky TV along with good internet access and a CD player make for nice luxuries should you wish to keep in touch with the outside world. The shelves and cupboards through out the ground floor are also thoughtfully lined with countless books/DVDs and CD's. The bedrooms are sublime! Crisp white bedlinen on soft feather duvets adorn beds you will find it hard to leave! A self confessed neat freak, I found the house to be spotlessly clean in every regard!!

The garden is a delight with it's many little sun traps and seating areas close to the house, The french doors from the kitchen open out onto an enormous decking with steps down to a lovely expanse of lawn from which you can descend to the river through an enchanting trail down through natural woodland. Half way down is a wooden swing set/play frame (big enough for kids of all ages) which over looks the river itself.

Graiguenamanagh is a lovely little town and the area itself affords access to lots of of lovely places to visit as well as the ability to 'county-hop' between Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford. Our host left detailed information in the house regarding where to go to eat/shop/site see etc along with a map and an abundance of leaflets.

So suffice to say we are totally in love with 'Clarahawn' and could not recommend it more! We found it hard to leave and will most definitely be back!

20 Apr 2014



We went to Clarahawn House looking for some peace and tranquility and we weren't disappointed! The setting is breath taking and the surrounding area very picturesque. Lazy mornings on the terrace, long walks along the river, drives out to nearby villages for tasty lunches and walks into the local village for a half of Guinness were all the order of the day. The cottage itself was luxurious and comfy, even better than the pictures suggest. We would highly recommend this cottage and will hopefully return ourselves very soon.

14 May 2013


"Absolutely lovely"

We stayed at Clarahawn House for a week, and it is simply splendid. We went for a holiday with our labrador (who was also made very welcome), and the journey from the ferry terminal at Rosslare was an easy 70 minutes. The house was a pleasure from the moment we arrived: the decor is stylish, and the quality of furnishing was also very high (better than most homes!), the grounds are beautiful, and the huge garden leads down to the river. The views from the house and garden are breath-taking - you can see for many miles over to the hills in the next county and beyond - and all so green, lush and peaceful. Graiguenamanagh itself is pretty, it had all the supermarkets we needed for food and supplies, and there are a number of very high quality restaurants in nearby towns (from about 15-20 minutes in any direction) if you want to go out in the evening. Kilkenny is attractive and not far away if you yearn for a small city atmosphere, and we also visited a number of pretty beach villages along the coast. All in all, we are already planning our return trip, and can't say better than that!

25 Apr 2013


"A Beautiful House in a Stunning Setting"

We spent three weeks travelling Ireland and staying at Clarahawn House had to be one of the highlights on our entire trip.
A short drive from the small town of Graignamanagh, the house is set off a back road boasting a huge garden area and a walk through your own private wood to the river's edge. A great area for walking and visiting the nearby town of Kilkenny. So often the photos don't match the reality but we found the house immaculate throughout. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it as the perfect Irish getaway. The kitchen had everything and more for the cooks amongst us not least the incredible views from the windows.
We are hoping to return in the summer to make full use of the garden!

21 Apr 2013


"Lovely spot. Lovely house!"

We stayed in Clarahawn house with some friends in April and we were absolutely delighted with the experience. My friends got into Dublin Airport at about 5pm and were amazed that they were in the hous… More

17 Apr 2013


"A Dream Holiday"

Allow yourself time to really explore the superb countryside whilst staying in this fantastic big wonderfully decorated house - don't go for a short stay but relax and lap in all in.
The holiday was perfect and the views sublime, all the lovely fresh air then the best sleep in years. We only a walk away from the small town but we could have just stayed in the garden or the river it was so nice!

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