Romance in the stone
Ballilogue Lodge, County Kilkenny
Two other delightful cottages are available in this sensitively refurbished Kilkenny village hamlet, making a unique setting for a family gathering or special celebration ... find out more here
This contemporary take on a country cottage is one of a group of charmingly modernised farm buildings that together make up Ballilogue Clochan. The interior is ultra contemporary, generous and bright, with lots of personal space.
Equidistant from Dublin, Cork and Limerick, Ballilogue is superbly located for exploration of the south east of Ireland and it’s ancient history...
Integrity in materials, restraint in design
This is a home of contrasting textures where rustic stone walls juxtapose smooth contemporary surfaces, and un-skirted stained wooden floors enhance muted tones of coffee and chalky grey.
A large room right-angles out from the dining area into a single story pitched roof living room furnished with classic leather sofas, a flat screen TV, where a recessed and raised wood burning stove is punched into the white gable wall like another picture.
The dining room, at the heart of this country cottage, has a semi partitioned kitchen confined to one end where smooth panel cabinets - as simple as you like – balance the primitive limed boards of the bulky eight seater dining table.
Opposing French doors spill onto crunchy gravel gardens rear and front.
Across the den is the wheelchair friendly ground floor ensuite double bedroom.
Central stairs lead up to two contemporary ensuite attic bedrooms, while a separate narrow stained stairway from the dining area culminates in a third.
Pocket sprung mattresses and luxury Egyptian cotton bed linen are echoed in each bedroom.
Wardrobes are a paragon of simplicity, handle-less yet functional; vertical slab central heating radiators augment the contemporary style.
Subtle travertine walls and designer sanitary ceramics exude ensuite luxury.
Facilities and Extras
Most of the luxuries of an exclusive home are here, including flat-screen TV, Netflix, DVD library and Wifi internet.
The cottage is reached via a gated driveway into a large gravelled yard and informal sunny flower garden.
There is a private lawned garden to the rear of the home which is ideal for family barbeques.
Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
A number of other refurbished buildings make up this tiny village, including a small cottage museum which is separately available for music or entertainment
The owners can also offer a range of exceptional food and wine options, with exclusive dining and entertainment locations within the hamlet.
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Out and About
For Arts and Crafts, History and Tranquillity, it’s hard to outshine Kilkenny.
There’s loads to do and see, we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- See some glass blowing
- The best of Brid’s ceramics
- Down a pint in the Woodstock
- Have a super supper at Mannion's
- Loop walk Brandon Hill
- Jump on a pony
- Fish in the Nore
- Stroll around Woodstock Waterfalls
- Go inside a famine ship
- Take a summer canoe course
- Buy a basket at Baurnafea
- World class golf at Mount Juliet
- Tap into the Tapestry Project
About the Locality
The pretty village of Inistioge is just 15 minutes away, and has several nice pubs and cafes. It also has a splendid 10-arch classic stone bridge dating from about 1765, the only one of its kind in Europe.
Should you yearn for a good walk, the Inistioge to Thomastown trail is a couple of hours hiking along the sleepy Nore Valley past ancient castle ruins and through woodland.
Thomastown itself is home to a plethora of craft outlets, and well worth spending some time in.
New Ross is the nearest large town for groceries and other supplies – 15 minutes by car. Situated on the River Barrow just below the confluence with the River Nore, its Ireland’s only inland port, and is about 32k from the coast.
Just outside New Ross a park and homestead exhibition is dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy whose great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, was born here. The property is still farmed by his descendants.
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In New Ross harbour there is also a popular replica of a square rigger, the type of ship used to transport emigrants to America during the “Great Hunger” of the mid 19th century.
Kilkenny is the craft centre of Ireland, but it is also the most successful county in the game of hurling, which is thought to have been played for over 3,000 years. Villages would contest games involving hundreds of players, which would last several hours or even days.
Players use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents' goalposts. It is a fast and furious business where a good strike with a hurley can propel the ball over 93 mph
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport - approx 2 hours from the village.
Cork Airport – just over 2 hours from the village.
Shannon Airport - just over 2 hours from the village.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke or Fishguard to Rosslare Europort.
Rosslare Port is approx 1 hour from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 hours from the house.
Gallery of photographs