Ballyragget, County Kilkenny (Ref. 904441)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Ballyragget 1.6 miles. A delightful semi-detached cottage next door to the owner’s home, on a working dairy and livestock farm, surrounded by the glorious countryside of County Kilkenny. Just a short drive from the town of Ballyragget, this Kilkenny cottage provides all the comforts of home, with cosy and modern accommodation to suit any group. The three well-appointed bedrooms guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep, and the welcoming sitting room is complemented by a warming stove; the perfect place to curl up with a good book. This cottage near Ballyragget also boasts a games room with a full-sized pool table, a soccer table and a darts board, along with a tennis net on the well-kept lawns, should you fancy a game! The setting of this Ballyragget cottage is one of pure tranquillity and the large garden area comes complete with a medieval castle and a quirky thatched and furnished BBQ hut, which is ideal to relax in on warm days. Guests will find an abundance of sporting equipment to enjoy, including footballs and rugby balls, tennis and badminton rackets, fishing rods and golf clubs. Enjoy nostalgic Irish farm life with a visit to the walk-in chicken run to collect eggs and feed the hens, watch or take part in the feeding of the calves and horses or the milking of the cows. There's also an orchard to peruse when in season, with apples, pears, cherries and plums available. When you're ready to leave, there's so much to see and do from this Ballyragget cottage. The nearby village of Durrow features a variety of quality restaurants including the grand Durrow Castle. There are many opportunities for fishermen along the nearby River Nore, and walkers and cyclists can easily explore the rolling countryside. There is horse riding in nearby Freshford, or visit the impressive Dunmore Caves and the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf or horse racing at Gowran Park. Kilkenny is less than twenty minutes’ drive away and is a vibrant and exciting city, with annual festivals and many shops, bars and restaurants. The famous Rock of Cashel is also within easy driving distance and day trips to Waterford city, the Wicklow Mountains and Cork city are all possible. Furthermore, you can be sampling a pint of the black stuff in Ireland’s capital, Dublin in just ninety minutes! A lovely Ballyragget cottage in a fantastic location.


All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining room with decorative stove. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove. External games room with pool table, soccer table and darts.


  • Eco-friendly central heating from external woodburner (all fuel provided by the owners) with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky, DVD, CD/radio, PlayStation3 with games, WiFi, selection of books and board games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Rear lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared front lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1.6 miles
  • Note: Although all ground floor, there is a step from the kitchen up to the dining room
  • Note: Whilst this property is pet free, it is on a working farm so dogs and other animals may be in the vicinity.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Outstanding!”
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    • “Clean, comfortable and well equipped. Great location for day trips to Kilkenny, Waterford or Cashel. Take time to explore the back roads too. On our trip we stayed at three different cottages and I could say the same for all of them. But, our stay at Cherryfield was special! I had spent summers on a dairy farm in my teens and it brought back memories. And you can't beat going out to visit the chickens to bring in fresh (very fresh) eggs for breakfast. Most special was the host's efforts to make us feel welcome and to be sure our time there was a great experience. We have returned to the States and feel like we now have cousins in Ireland.”

    Mtnorm, Kalispell, Montana, November 2015

    • “Its my home in Ireland”
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    • “After a fantastic stay last year we returned again this year but for longer.... What a welcome, it was like coming home to visit family. The property and settings have everything covered, there were four of us in our group, mother with mobility issues, typical teenager who hides away, a pre teen who wants attention and me the driver!! We thought this might me the last time i would be able to drag my teenager away on holiday, but at the end of two weeks his comment was.... 'can we come back again soon?' My mother finds it so easy to move around the property as it is on one level apart from the step into the kitchen. My pre teen is kept busy with the dogs, chickens, horses, games room and Breda in the garden! Then there is me.... Well if everyone else is happy.... so am i. Sat in the sun in the garden, beautiful surroundings with plenty of birdsong.”

    Sara H, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, August 2015

    • “Thoroughly recommended”
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    • “This property was perfect for our holiday, with the owners, Breda & Liam, being very welcoming and helpful. The dogs were very welcoming too. It was just like visiting family friends ! The property is well furnished with everything needed for a good family holiday and the views of the countryside were brilliant. It was perfect for relaxing break, but at the sane time well located for visiting Ireland at its best. We will certainly be going back again.”

    Waymontk, Tunbridge Wells, July 2015

    • “Enjoyable visit”
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    • “Recently stayed at this wonderful house on a lovely farm. From the day we arrived we got a very warm welcome with the brew on soda bread and apple tart with cream. I visited the farm a long with my brother mum and nephew we enjoyed every minute of the holiday. The fresh eggs in the morning were delightful I will definitely use this location again and highly recommend it. Thank you ☺”

    Steveni20, Glengormley, July 2015

    • “Great property, wonderful hosts and lovely experience!”
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    • “Warm welcome from firstly Liam and then Breda who showed us around and introduced us to not only the cottage but also other areas of their farm. Home made scones and cake to help us settle in. Cottage is spacious, clean and very homely. There was also a lovely garden to spend time in and other activities for youngsters. This property is well situated to enjoy not only South East Ireland but also has easy access to other parts of the country. Living on a working farm was a most enjoyable experience and one that I would guess young children would find a wonderful adventure. We had a truly lovely holiday made all the more enjoyable because Liam and Breda made us feel so welcome. We would most certainly recommend this holiday cottage to family and friends.”

    Mjvaughan25, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “A memorable week in Ireland on a working farm”
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    • “Our week started with a warm welcome, lit fire, fresh scones and cakes and the kettle on the boil. We felt so much at home. The children loved their time on the farm and want to go back. We were never short of things to do in and around Kilkenny and the surrounding counties. We could have spent another week there easily. The cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed - if there was anything else we needed, we only had to ask. I'd recommend Cherryfield to any travellers heading to Ireland looking for relaxation and Irish charm. A car is a must.”

    Partyoffivefromaus, April 2015

    • “Fantastic cottage, fantastic hosts, fantastic holiday!”
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    • “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.”

    Stefan P, Newry, United Kingdom, April 2015

    • “An unforgettable holyday over the New Year”
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    • “We enjoyed erverything there:) We had a great time in this beautyful recently interior designer refurbished, stylish and charmy cottage.The bedrooms and bathrooms were like in a 5 star Marriot on ! The Lounge with the fireplace was romantic like those from the Boutique syle Bed & Breakfast guide. The kitchen and dining room was country Living style...absolutely lovely. We had a good time with the owner family, they were very friendly and helpful, if you need anything their there , without intruding your space. We loved the fresh organic eggs from happy chickens and the homemade irish brown bread and muffins too. It was a paradise for our son and ourselfs too; with the farm , the animals, the football playing dogs, the horses and the spacious country grounds with absolutely great vibes.Ideal location for sightseeings too, because its very central to many exhiting places to see.We will recommend it to our friends..good experience..great value.. and we look forward to come back soon .”

    Gabriella M, Marbella, Spain, January 2015

    • “Cosy cottage in the countryside.”
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    • “We stayed here for a week over Christmas and it was immensely enjoyable. It's in the countryside, which is lovely and peaceful, and it's only a short drive to Kilkenny, which is a delightful city. Breda and Liam were very welcoming and friendly, we couldn't have asked for better hosts. The cottage has loads of room, with everything you'd need, including a cosy fireplace. We would definitely recommend Cherryfield to our friends, and we'd love to return.”

    Stephanie M, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, January 2015

    • “a warm Irish welcome”
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    • “A beautiful cottage set on a working farm with a warm Irish welcome and wonderfully tasty and freshly homemade brown bread and scones on arrival. An ideal location for exploring South East Ireland. Not that we did much exploring, the children were more than happy to stay on the farm. There was plenty to do, with a huge shared lawn, complete with a miniature castle and a shed full of sporting equipment – hurling, tennis, golf, badminton and football, although use the old flat ball and the two friendly dogs will keep you busy, wanting you to kick the ball while they chase it and bring it back to you. Or if you prefer something indoors, there is a games room with a dart board, table top football and a pool table. For the animal lovers there are the owner’s two dogs plus the two dogs from the farm house across the driveway, all of which are friendly and play together. There are seven hens which the children enjoyed feeding and collecting the fresh eggs (yummy), the cows being milked, calves being fed as well as the three beautiful horses that can be fed. If all this was not enough to keep you entertained, there is sky TV with a wide range of channels, DVD player, a play station 3 and free Wi-Fi. All of this and at the end of the day curl up in front of a real fire! The owners, well not just the owners, but their whole family were so welcoming and nothing was ever too much trouble, even to rebuilding the fire for us!! We are all looking forward to going back next year!”

    Sara H, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “A Lovely Irish Welcome !”
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    • “This was our first stay in Southern Ireland and we'd never heard of Ballyragget before. However, the cottage was easy to find as Breda supplied good directions... You won't find more charming, welcoming or friendly hosts than Breda and Liam. Despite having to run their farm, we were greeted like old friends with a roaring fire and the table already set with homemade bread, cake and jam and some fresh eggs when we arrived in the late evening after about a 90 minute leisurely drive from Dublin Port. The cottage was originally the family home of several generations of the family who had farmed the land before Liam and Breda built their current home on the side of it. It has retained the traditional and rustic nature you would expect of a farmhouse, but has all you need in the way of home comforts. It was clean throughout, comfortable and well stocked with pots, pans, cutlery etc. Everything you needed was in a cupboard somewhere. Plenty of books and games for children as well as SKY TV, DVD player etc. The cottage also has Wi-Fi but was a little patchy in some places of the cottage. As you would expect with it being on a farm, it is out in the countryside and is quiet and peaceful. Wake up in the morning to the sound of the cows and chickens. Liam and Breda told us to treat the surrounding gardens and land as their own and feel free to wander as we wished - in my case I got a tour of the farm and enjoyed chatting with Liam about the farm, its history and his inventions. Their friendly approach was even displayed by their three dogs too ! The small village of Ballyragget is about a five minute drive away and has a small supermarket (which seemed to stock everything), a couple of "take away" outlets, petrol station and a few other small shops. Kilkenny is the nearest large town, about 20 minutes or so away and the castle there is well worth a visit. In summary, a very comfortable holiday accommodation, but the best asset are the owners.”

    Professor_Popkiss, Central Lancashire, June 2015

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    • “Wonderful welcome from the owners who went out of their way to make sure we had a good stay. A beautiful setting on a farm where we could roam and collect eggs! Convenient to Kilkenny, Waterford and Cashel. Warm and comfortable.”

    Mrs Graham, Preston, October 2015

    • “The property is well located for visiting sites in SW Ireland. The accommodations was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The hosts were friendly and helpful and by the end of the week we felt like family. We can recommend Cherryfield without reservation.”

    Mr Calvert, Kalispell, October 2015

    • “Warm welcome; the owner could not do enough for us and we were free to join in with farm life if we wanted to. Close to motorway for easy travel to other places such as Dublin, Limerick ect. A cosy place to stay.”

    Mr Timmons, Spennymoor, October 2015

    • “This self catering property is overall the best property I have ever stayed in and I travel all around the world. The owners couldn't do enough for us.”

    Ms Covington, Sidcup, September 2015

    • “This was our second visit to Cherryfield. We had such an amazing holiday, our little boy was so excited to be going back to his farm (as he calls it). All of the facilities are great and once again it was ideal for us to be able to visit our family and friends, as well as being able to have a relaxing time enjoying the views and enjoying the facilities of the farm. We are already looking to book our third visit which will be next year, we really can't wait to get back over.”

    Mrs Baker, Henlow, August 2015

    • “Everything about Cherryfield was just fantastic and the house was very clean. The farm was great and the added bonus for the older kids was the WiFi and the play station. I would recommend this house to anyone and we will definitely stay again.”

    Miss Butler, Ballymote Co Sligo, July 2015

    • “The cottage was excellent, and the hospitality of the owners even better they were exceptionally welcoming, and could not have been more friendly. This was an ideal location for a good family holiday. We will certainly be returning again in the future.”

    Mr Waymont, Tunbridge Wells, June 2015

    • “The owners were most welcoming from the moment of our arrival and did their utmost to ensure we had an enjoyable holiday in their lovely cottage. The cottage was cosy, homely and well equipped. We had a great week in this lovely part of Ireland and would certainly recommend Cherryfield to friends and family.”

    Miss Vaughan, Waterlooville, June 2015

    • “The hosts were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The cottage is in a good position for exploring Carlow, Waterford, Laois and Tipperary. Children would be well catered for here with the games room and garden. We had a wonderful holiday.”

    Mrs Williams, Amlwch, May 2015

    • “We were made to feel at home at Cherryfield and part of the family. A lot of thought and consideration has been put into ensuring that you have a lovely holiday. Fantastic location and a super place to relax.”

    Mrs Smith, Grantham, May 2015

    • “You will not find more friendly and hospitable hosts. We were greeted like long lost relatives and told to treat both the cottage and farm grounds as our own. The cottage was very comfortable but it has kept its old world farmhouse charm but has been fitted with the "mod cons". Everyone we met was very friendly.”

    Mr Banister, Chorley, May 2015

    • “"We had a wonderful time at Cherryfield. The owners made our stay a magical experience for the children, who enjoyed feeding the hens and collecting the eggs each morning, seeing the calves fed and the cows milked. We were made to feel right at home. The Kilkenny area had so much to offer and we were never short of something to do. We would love to return to Cherryfield."”

    Ms Fittler, Cheltenham, April 2015

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About the location


Durrow 5 miles; Kilkenny 10 miles.

The small historic town of Ballyragget lies nestled in the countryside of north County Kilkenny, on the banks of the River Nore. Ballyragget takes its name from the Anglo-Norman lord who once ruled the local area back in the 1300s. The streets lining the square are dotted with brightly coloured houses, and the town has enjoyed expansion in recent years and now provides a variety of amenities including shops, pubs, restaurants and festivals. The city of Kilkenny is just a short drive away, and there is easy access to the main motorways, from which the cities of Cork and Dublin are easily reached.