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Large Irish Farmhouse in centre of Ireland


Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

Morette House

Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Less than an hour's drive from Dublin Airport, this is a four bedroom, two storey, stone-built farmhouse, located on a working family farm. The property was originally built in the early 1800s, first appearing on the census of 1830. In 2006, it was completely redeveloped. It was knocked, rebuilt and extended, using all the old, original stone. It has a large kitchen/dining area, utility room with laundry facilities and downstairs bathroom.

It also has two reception rooms downstairs. Upstairs comprises a master bedroom, ensuite and two more bedrooms, one double, one triple and the main bathroom. A fourth bedroom is currently used for storage of owner's possessions. .

The house has wireless internet, satellite TV, underfloor central heating, a wood burning stove and an open fireplace.

It also has an original well dating back almost 200 years, now incorporated into the kitchen floor! It's visible through more than 30 mm of toughened glass.

The large garden and orchard is a peaceful retreat and views around the house are mainly rural landscape, with a working farm to one side. Close by are the homes of two other family members who operate the farm.


Located in the heart of Ireland, county Laois is the perfect base from which to explore the country.

Hiking, fishing, golfing and historical sightseeing holidays are the tourism staple of the region.

The house is located near the village of Emo, a charming village which boasts the spectacular Emo Court and Gardens which offers a range of parkland walks.

The award winning golf course and five star resort The Heritage is a ten minute drive away. The property is also close to the Slieve Bloom mountains which offer hikes and walks for all abilities.

Dublin is only an hour away by car. Cork and Galway can be done at leisure in under two hours.

The house's location makes it ideal for day tripping. One of the country's most visited attractions, The Rock of Cashel is under an hour away, and this could be combined with a trip to the charming medieval city of Kilkenny. It's only a 20 minute detour off the motorway that takes you to Cashel. Kilkenny boasts a beautiful castle of its own and is a hive of activity with bustling shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants.

Newgrange is possibly the country's most significant historical site. It's about an hour and 20 away and could be easily taken in, along with any of Dublin's many attractions.

Clonmacnoise in county Offaly is another hugely important ancient ecclesiastical site. It's situated on the River Shannon, and it's a trip that could be done, along with a tour of some of the river's charming villages, most notably Killaloe and Dromineer, which are on the banks of the river's largest lake, Lough Derg.

Otherwise, the Cliffs of Moher are two hours from the house, and Bunratty Castle and for sustenance, the famous Dirty Nelly's pub, could be done on the way there or back.

And for the traveler with the greatest stamina, Killarney is two and a half hours away, and all the possibilities that that opens up.

The country's two longest rivers the Shannon and the Barrow provide rich angling. The Barrow rises in the Slieve Bloom mountains and dominates county Laois' eastern border - the river at numerous points is a 10 to 15 minute drive from the house. As mentioned, the Shannon can be accessed, principally at Lough Derg, which again is less than an hour away.

The house would also be an ideal accommodation for either the Punchestown national hunt racing festival, or any of the four classics run at the Curragh racecourse, including the Irish Derby. The Curragh is a 20 minute drive from the house, Punchestown, about 35 minutes.

A car is a must for the house due to its rural setting. But Portlaoise and Portarlington train stations are each about a 12 minute drive from the house. Driving to the station or getting a cab and then taking the train to Dublin, for instance, gives a certain freedom from having to find and pay for parking, to being able to enjoy a Guinness or two in the gravity bar at the top the Guinness Storehouse, the country's most visited attraction.

The house is also well served by bus. Bus Eireann and a number of private companies operate daily services to and from Dublin and beyond. But the most comprehensive service is offered by It operates 24 hours a day, between Dublin Airport and Portlaoise, with services leaving either location every hour. Further information can be found on dublincoach website.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dublin 80 km, Nearest railway: Portlaoise 8 km
Notes No pets allowed, 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 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

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Review 1-6 of 6

26 Sep 2014


"A beautiful, warm, peaceful place to stay having all you need at your finger it!!"

I stayed in the house with a group of colleagues as we were delivering a course in portlaoise. We wanted to find a place we could stay that was a home away from home and we got that and more! It is a … More

5 Aug 2014


"fabulous farmhouse"

we stayed at the farmhouse as we had a family wedding nearby. The house was perfect, really tastefully decorated and beautiful garden surrounding it. We were three couples and a child and there was pl… More

26 Jul 2014


"Wonderful house for families in the middle of Ireland"

Me and my family stayed in this wonderful house in the Irish countryside, and we loved it. The garden is nice and the house is very spacious with everything you need during your stay there. Furthermor… More

30 Jun 2014


"Dream house in the Irish Countryside"

Myself and my family cannot say enough about how amazing this farmhouse is and how much we enjoyed our stay here... not to mention that Vivienne and Justin were absolutely wonderful, and so accommoda… More

16 Jun 2014


"Morette House, Fantastic stay would definitely come back"

Morette house is a beautiful family home and we loved staying there.Vivienne and Justine made us feel so welcome, it was like a home from home.All the family members fell in love with the house, the … More

8 May 2014


"The perfect home base from which to see all of Ireland"

This is a lovely property ideally located with easy access to the motorways that will take you to every part of the country. The home is beautifully appointed and maintained! We spent the majority… More

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