Explore – Tipperary
As it turns out, it’s not such a long way to Tipperary and there’s plenty of great reasons to visit. This is the Ireland you have been looking for – base yourself in any village or town in County Tipperary, relax with friends (and the locals) and take in all of Tipperary’s natural beauty. Make the iconic Rock of Cashel your first stop, then choose between castles and forest trails, mountain rambles or a pub lunch alongside lazy rivers.
Things to do
One of the minority of Irish counties not bordering a coast, Tipperary proves that there’s more to see than the sea in Ireland.
The Rock of Cashel boasts the most stunning medieval architecture and collection of Celtic art, unmatched in Europe. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland and featured in the Queen’s itinerary on her historic visit to Ireland in 2011.
Twenty minutes down the road in the town of Cahir are a few architectural treats which deserve a visit. First on the list is Cahir Castle. Built in 1142, it is one of the largest castles in Ireland and one of the best preserved. Scenically situated on the River Suir, it’s hard to imagine a more impregnable structure. Thankfully, the entrance fee is reasonable.
A few minute’s drive further is the delightful Swiss Cottage. A beautiful example of ‘cottage ornee’, it was designed by the renowned architect John Nash in the early 1800’s. The cottage was used by the estate of Lord and Lady Cahir, to entertain their aristocratic guests while playing peasants.
Tipperary’s natural beauty can be found in the “Mountain of the Women”, Slievenamon by her Irish name. As her name might imply, the views are stunning and can be explored in many ways, walking and biking being the most popular.
Places to Stay
Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses
Bed and Breakfast
Ashley Park House
Ashley Park House sits peacefully in the middle of 76 acres of beech woodland and formal gardens in the heart of County Tipperary, six miles north of the busy market town of Nenagh with its famous circular keep, on the road to Borrisokane and Birr.
Lismacue Is a luxury Georgian House, owned by the same family for over 300 years, is set in 200 acres of parkland in the Golden Vale of Tipperary. It is approached by one of the oldest Lime Tree avenues in the country. There is excellent trout fishing on the River Ara, which runs through the estate. Within easy reach are 5 golf courses, while horse riding, hill walking and cycling can also be arranged.
Rathenny Gate Lodge
Rathenny Gate Lodge to Rathenny House c.1780. This comfortable Lodge has 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, sitting room with open fireplace, bathroom and shower room, and use of new tennis court at the House. Perfect to explore Ireland or just relax. Within easy distance of Birr Castle, Rock of Cashel, several race courses, the golf courses of Nenagh and Roscrea, fly-fishing or boating on Lough Dough or hiking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Even the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and surfing on the West Coast are only 1 1/2hrs away. Directions Take the M7 towards Limerick. Exit MONEYGALL. Turn left onto N7 through Moneygall (direction Toomevara). After village take 2nd right turn at Jim Duignan repairs sign. After 2miles, turn right at T junction, after 200yds pass first set of iron gates (Rathenny Lodge)
Rathenny House is a beautifully maintained Georgian manor house dating from circa 1780. As Duff Hart-Cooper famously mused, it is difficult to say whether it is a small large house or a large small house. Either way it is a strikingly light, welcoming and warm home. Carefully restored and comfortably furnished by the granddaughter of the Irish American Countess Mirbach who rescued the property in the 1960’s, the house retains its many fine original features from fireplaces to decorative plasterwork. The entrance Hall faces out toward the Silvermines Hills and Devil’s Bit and every room enjoys wonderful views across the outlying Irish countryside. Perfectly situated in the middle of its own 160 acre working farm, in the middle of Ireland near Moneygall, Co Offaly this is the ideal location from which to explore Ireland. Within easy distance of Birr Castle, Rock of Cashel, several race courses, the golf courses of Nenagh and Roscrea, fly-fishing or boating on Lough Dough or hiking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Even the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and surfing on the West Coast are only 1 1/2hrs away. Or simply enjoy the quiet isolation of the estate, the walled garden, the odd game of tennis on the new all-weather court or fun on the trampoline. The elegant drawing and dining rooms and even the TV room each have working fireplaces. The kitchen is fully equipped and welcoming, with adjacent servants stairs leading to the back entrance, boot room and laundry. Upstairs, off the large open hall there are 3 double bedrooms (each with working fireplaces, and one comprising s a suite with baby/sitting room and own bathroom), another large bedroom with 3 beds, and 2 further bathrooms. The converted servants’ rooms to the rear provide a further double bedroom and sixth bedroom with twin beds and shower room. In the vaulted basement there is a large games room with table tennis and darts board for those odd rainy days. Also by arrangement, horse riding locally, hunting in season, clay pigeon shooting on the farm, cookery lessons in Cloughjordan, a visiting chef or pre-prepared meals, shopping to order, and a daily to clean.
The Granary, Grenane House
This late 19th century stone farm building behind listed Greenane House has recently been fully converted and restored to a very high standard. Visitors can enjoy the gardens and park, explore the Galtee Mountains and the Glen of Aherlow, or visit a number of major historic sites in the area, including Holycross Abbey, Cahir Castle, Swiss cottage and the world renowned Rock of Cashel.