We were gifted a week in this delightful cottage as an anniversary present and brought our two small children (boys aged 3 and 5) and one set of grandparents.
Our stay in this cottage has been fantastic. We were welcomed on arrival by home baked cake and scones and tea, and this pretty much set the tone for the whole week.
Breda and Liam were attentive and welcoming without being intrusive. They made sure we wanted for nothing and made sure to point out all the amenities, including how the heating worked, where the extra fuel for the stove was to be found, and where the games room was. The also pointed the way to the hen run and invited the boys to check for eggs and enjoy eating any they found.
For the children, staying on a real live farm was mind-blowing. They loved seeing the cows and calves, loved being around the dogs and looking for eggs, and especially loved the attention they got from both Breda and Liam. It has to be said though, Liam was the star of the show. He allowed the older of the two boys to help at milking time, making sure the cow was letting down milk, (I hope she's recovered at this stage!) and when both of them were allowed to sit in the tractor when Liam went to feed the calves using his specially invented feeding contraption, he made two small friends for life. They were so happy to be allowed to help on a real farm (supervised by Daddy and Grandad of course) and will remember this holiday for years to come.
The cottage itself was cosy and it was lovely to come back to it after a day of exploring or visiting whatever attraction was on the menu for that day. The older boy was sure to make it to the top of the castle in the garden every day though, just so as not to waste staying in a place with a castle in the garden.
Having a gas barbeque set up outside the back door was a nice touch, and it got used several times during the week, because the weather was unexpectedly glorious for early April.
We have had an awesome holiday, helped in no small measure by having such a comfortable base, perfect for exploring the local and not-so-local attractions. We visited the Rock of Cashel as well as Kilkenny and it's environs, and the cottage is the perfect place to start from for each of these.
The roads around this cottage are also great for that early morning run, not too busy and a good mix of hills and flat sections.
All in all, we'd heartily recommend this cottage to anyone, Breda and Liam could not be better hosts, and we've been very comfortable here. We would like to thank them for making us feel so welcome, and we'd love to visit again in the future.