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Lovers' Lodge

(Ref. 927006)

Kilkenny, County Kilkenny Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "This property was lovely and well maintained, very clean, and felt very comfortable and homely during our stay."

    We had a lovely time and if we ever return to Kilkenny would absolutely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Adelais5.0Apr 2024

  • "I was going to stay downstairs as I've had an operation on my leg, but the downstairs flush didn't work."

    So I ended up walking up/downstairs a lot.The bed is on a slant, the rubbish is not explained well. The rubbish is collected weekly, one week rubbish next week recycling. When we got there, the rubbish bin was full. Leaving bags out, meant the wind blew it around the garden. What a nightmare, upstairs shower is absolutely rubbish. No Internet, if cost us £95 on Internet. So happy the little ones didn't stay, it would have been a holiday from hell. The tv didn't have a lot of channels as stated and was tiny. It's a beautiful home, but for that amount of money, you would expect what you paid for. WiFi shouldn't be in add as its not included. I'm coming to kilkenny 3 times a year, but will be looking for somewhere else next time.

    The response hereunder has already issued directly to this customer on 27th December last immediately post the customers stay and is published here at the request of the letting agent as it is most important that factual inaccuracies are corrected. "I refer to your recent stay in Lovers Lodge Kilkenny and am contacting you regarding your factually incorrect feedback on your stay which has been provided to us by the booking agent. We pride ourselves on providing a service and accommodation of the highest standard and you will see this reflected in the many very satisfied customers in the published online feedback . I must take issue with you on your factually incorrect commentary in your feedback. Your booking ended on Saturday morning last and I attended at the property at 12 noon that day. In fact I facilitated one of the customers in retrieving his passport that he had left behind in the house when he called. You state that the toilet flush did not work. This is correct as we discovered on the Saturday morning post your stay and are currently arranging for this repair at a cost for the parts and the labour involved. Not an easy thing to organise at Christmas. The factual position is that this toilet was operating fine at the end of the booking immediately preceding yours. We had no direct contact from you or indeed contact to the booking agent by you during your stay advising the toilet was not working during your stay. Had it been advised by you, it would have been repaired. This is one of 3 toilets in the house. The collection schedule for refuse is very clearly explained in the house information folder contrary to your comments. Collection is on Fridays and the information folder advises leaving the bins out early. The refuse had not been left out for collection on the Friday prior to my visit on Saturday morning last as all bins were full. The bed is not on a slant. In fact new mattresses were fitted on all beds in November last. The Internet is working as is the TV . In fact I checked both of these myself last Saturday morning as I do in advance of arrivals. The TV is a standard size for the room and is of a size found in hotel bedrooms. This is the very first time I have found it necessary to respond directly to a customer in this manner , in the many years we have been letting the house, but inaccuracies and untruths must be challenged and it is not acceptable for anyone to publish such inaccuracies and believe they can remain unchallenged. I note in fact that on the 13th December last that you sent a what's app message saying " beautiful home" accordingly it is even more difficult to understand the incorrect and negative tone of your feedback comments thereafter." Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline1.6Dec 2023

  • "The house was fantastic."

    Spacious, beautifully fitted out, light and airy, clean and comfortable, very well equipped. Just one issue. The WiFi was patchy and unreliable so we couldn't use it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was our third or fourth stay in Lovers Lodge in Kilkenny, we had booked the house for a week to attend a family wedding."

    The house was a really nice place to stay when we first booked it a few years ago but just now it is a bit tired and in need of some updating. The television is very difficult to use and we had no access to any more than 5 channels, we couldn't access any BBC, ITV or Channel 4 television for example. Our bedroom (the master bedroom) had an ensuite shower which worked only in a dribble and a lavatory which gave off a "sewagy" smell, our towels were clean but had the smell clothing can develop when it hasn't beed dried properly or quickly enough. All in all our stay was a bit disappointing this time but with some updating and attention the accommodation could be upgraded to be a very nice place to stay. Its unlikely that we will book to use the house again though.

    Reviewed by John2.8Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful house, ideally located, has everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Would definitely return and recommend to anyone else!

    Reviewed by Edel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Overall very nice property, great bedrooms and kitchen facilities."

    Very close to the town centre which was convenient. However, if having a good WiFi connection is a top priority for you this is an issue as the property unfortunately has a very poor internet connection. Additionally the TV only has seven working channels, although this didn't impact us too badly. On the whole though a very nice place to stay.

    Reviewed by Yasmin3.4Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    . really couldn’t fault in anyway. We didn’t time how long the walk to Kilkenny was but 2 of us walked back from the centre, while a couple went in the car and the walkers were back first. The owner was just lovely to communicate with too. Would use again without hesitation and would recommend to anyone. Thank you :)

    Thank you Colette for your very positive response. You are very welcome anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lover's Lodge was a spacious, well maintained home."

    There are four double bedrooms that are all squeaky clean as are the living, dining and kitchen areas. Plenty of information about the property and surrounding areas is available. I would certainly stay here again. Lynn

    Thanks veryuch Lynn ,glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn Dora5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was great."

    Access to City was a short walk. Kilkenny fabulous City Good entertainment food and venue.

    Thanks very much Eileen glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0May 2023

  • "My family stayed here before a family wedding - couldn't have been more perfect."

    The cottage is spacious, clean and has everything you would need for a comfortable stay. We loved it. It's a 20 minute walk to Kilkenny City and there's a lovely Eurospar around the corner. Could not recommend enough. The owners communication was great and they were very kind when they heard we were prepping for a wedding! A lovely house for a group or family wanting to stay in Kilkenny

    Thanks Padraic,much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Padraic5.0May 2023

  • "Good location lovely house but needs more attention to detail definatly should have been cleaner as dirty underbeds and soap scum and hairs on all the showers also ridiculous place the fridge freezer was in ."

    Arrived at chek in time after being up for 12 hrs only to be told to come back at 4 . Kilkenny is a great place to vist and the locals our so friendly. We enjoyed our stay over all

    Reviewed by John2.5May 2023

  • "The house itself is lovely but I wouldn't recommend it for families with young toddlers/ children."

    The stairs are not carpeted so very slippy and noisy , even without shoes. The kitchen is well equipped and the bedrooms are a good size but again you can hear everything throughout the house, it's like an echo. The bathrooms are a good size too , however the one in the master bedroom upstairs was quite smelly. The odour seemed to be coming from the shower and it left a damp smell in the bedroom. It was a little overpriced for a 2 night stay considering you can't collect keys until 3pm and you have to leave by 10am. This was a struggle with 3 under 3 babies as you need to clean before locking up.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovers Cottage is lovely little house to stay in."

    It's a good 30 minute walk in to Kilkenny, where you can find lots of places to eat and drink and of course the castle. It has easy access to routes if you want to explore further than the city its self. It has a fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals, washing machine, tv (there is a knack to get the viewing box working and we still aren't sure how to do it, it seemed to be more luck than anything) It has a lovely open fire for those chilly evening and you can easily buy kindling and logs from most supermarkets in the area. Spacious bedrooms with comfy beds. There cycles in the outside shed should you wish to explore the area by bike. The fresh daffodils on the table were a lovely touch. There's a lovely little nature reserve opposite the house and if you want to go out and sample the nightlife, it' easy enough to order taxi's My only niggle is the dog glitter that appeared during our stay if people have allergies to animal hair (we didn't have a dog with us, so definitely not from us) Overall, it is a nice play to stay and Mary kept checking in via email to make sure everything was ok for us.

    Reviewed by Jeremy4.4Mar 2023

  • "This property exceeded all our expectation."

    The property was well maintained, clean & handy for the city centre. We will re-book next time we visit the City.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Oct 2022

  • "It is a lovely house in nice setting."

    Close enough to shops etc. for convenience but on the edge of the city so nice and quiet. Excellent dog-walking in the park area directly opposite and the adjoining nature reserve was a bonus. We agreed with a previous review that the property would benefit from some coat hooks in the hall. We also felt that towels rails and toilet roll holders in the bathrooms would also be good and a clothes airer for longer stays or bad weather as there is not a tumble drier.

    Reviewed by Pauline3.8Sep 2022

  • "The cottage met our needs very well and was a good base for exploring the area."

    It was clean and well equipped. We didn't meet the owner but she was very friendly and helpful on the phone. There is a lot to see and do in Kilkenny and its surroundings and we easily filled our week with a lot more things that we could have done given another week. The buildings and history are very interesting with their own unique twist and there are lovely drives in the nearby countryside. If I had one request to the owner I would say please put up some coat hooks. There was absolutely nowhere to hang up coats when coming back from a trip. The space under the stairs would be ideal.

    Reviewed by Hugh4.7Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful home to stay in!"

    Plenty of communal space to sit with friends Would recommend Lover’s Lodge to any of my friends and if I or the group of us are to visit Kilkenny again, this would be the first place I try to book.

    Thank you Liam ,much appreciated Mary Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Aug 2022

  • "A very pleasant stay in a beautiful area."

    House near enough to town to walk (15 mins) but can catch a bus on the main road (5 min walk). Everything you could need was found in the house including bikes if required. Host Mary had left cakes as a welcome and she kept in touch by whatapp. Would definitely recommend and stay here.again

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic week as always in Kilkenny."

    House in a great location. 15 min comfortable walk into the city centre but only 5 mins drive from McDonagh Junction for a spot of retail therapy. Depending on walking capabilities the train station is only 8-10 mins walk too with several trains daily (Dublin Heuston on 1hr 20mins by train) There is a football pitch, all weather pitch and The Ken which is a Biodiversity area straight across the road with a relaxing circular walk around the perimeter. It is brilliant for those with kids who prefer some outdoors energy burning after sightseeing in the stunning city. The Orchard House bar and restaurant is just a stones through from the house with relaxed feel and delicious menu to suit everyone's tastes. The house was more than adequate for our stay, stocked with games, books, WiFi and lots of brochures for nearby attractions. House was spacious and well equipped with bikes and patio furniture in shed for use if required. Lots of towels per person per room provided and beds comfy and clean. It's a quiet area so easy to have a lie in or late breakfast in the garden and kitchen was fully equipped for any dining requirements. As a local to Kilkenny and bringing my children, husband and in laws home it really helped make it a relaxing & enjoyable holiday. Would recommended any age range stay at Mary & John's house in Lovers Lane as there is a downstairs double bedroom & full bathroom to accommodate any needs. I will definitely be booking again when I return to Kilkenny.

    Reviewed by Brede4.1Apr 2022

  • "Please update your listing to state that WiFi access is in the property."

    It would have saved me £100 on buying a dongle I didn't need. Otherwise this property is outstanding and incredible value

    Reviewed by Diarmuid5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have stayed at Lovers Lodge previously and it is a very comfortable, spacious and well situated place."

    The facilities are very good and the addition of Wi-Fi is a very good idea. Mrs Breen had done a really nice job of preparing the home for Christmas and she had very kindly left biscuits and sweets as a welcoming gift. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kilkenny and would re3commend the cottage to anyone looking to stay in the City.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great place to stay"

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2021

  • "The oven did not work in the kitchen and we spoke with the owner of the property but they could not get it to work either."

    The television was hit and miss as well but overall we really enjoyed our break

    Reviewed by Catherine4.1Sep 2021

  • "When we arrived the Irish TV Channels were not working."

    We reported to the owner, but this was not addressed prior to leaving. Also, large number of empty glass bottles at the back door was unsightly, these should have been disposed of prior to arrival. The door to the en-suite bathroom would not close. The kitchen and utility cupboards were not clean. There appeared to be what was dog hairs on the bed downstairs, both on sheets and Duvet.

    Reviewed by Fiona3.4Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely week."

    Lovely bright spacious house. Lovely Christmas decorations up to make it feel like a home from home,

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Dec 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time in ths cottage it's absolutely lovely inside and out."

    It's in a lovely and peaceful location not too far from city centre. I think thare is only a few things that need updating : The downstairs shower and th shower in the main bedroom as they run off the hot water supply, also WiFi as there's none, but apart from that it's w wonderful place and give credit to the owners for a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Jac4.4Mar 2020

  • "Everything was absolutely prefect and we all enjoyed the stay and loved the house, garden, parking fireplace and big kitchen with all equipment."

    Highly recommended for a quiet place away from work stress and gather with your friends.

    Reviewed by Samim5.0Jan 2020

  • "The photos do not do this place justice."

    It was perfect for our stay with 2 families over New Year’s Eve. Loved the extra touches of the Christmas decorations and the festive treats on arrival. It was like home from home and our boys were delighted that there was a little football pitch just across the road. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Dec 2019

  • "Excellent."

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2019

  • "The name of the property on the front wall would be helpful"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2019

  • "4 adults and 4 teens - plenty of room, comfortable accommodation."

    All amenities as described. Owners Mary & John are very pleasant and couldn’t be more helpful. We visit Kk regularly and hope to stay here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Aug 2019

  • "We enjoyed our week at Lovers' Lodge."

    The house was clean, spacious, well-equipped and comfortable; and was nicer than it looks in the photos. It was about a 15-minute walk to MacDonagh Junction shopping centre in Kilkenny (the castle and cathedral were a further 10-15 minute walk away).

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2019

  • "We were told that it was a 15 minute stroll to town, but it was more like 30 minutes."

    I would have preferred to know that before we booked. Also there was no WiFi. I didn't specifically ask for it but I assumed that it would be standard so it was a shock to find out there was none. Other than that we had a great stay and the house was beautiful. We had scones ready for us on arrival which was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Mairead4.4Jul 2019

  • "The house is big and light but unfortunarely in a dusty even dirty condition."

    Pans are old and can't be used, we had to clean a lot in the beginning in all the rooms. Worst were lots of cables hanging unused everywhere.

    Reviewed by Karl Michael2.8Jun 2019

  • "We all loved Lover's Lodge - what a little gem, so big and spacious, photos do not do it justice."

    It is so close to Kilkenny City, ring road and local shops. We would book again as my family loved staying there.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage itself was very nice plenty of room."

    But the cooker was dirty the oven trays and frying pan had not been washed they were thick with grease and the small pan was only fit for the bin I had to go out and buy another one

    Reviewed by Marie3.4Mar 2019

  • "The accommodation is great with just about everything you need."

    There are a few bits of the cottage which are ‘unfinished’ and could use a bit of attention. Other than that it’s a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jan 2019

  • "The house was really lovely and had everything you would need there ."

    Mary and John were very welcoming and nothing seemed a problem it was a great holiday

    Reviewed by Aideen5.0Sep 2018

  • "Great holiday in Kilkenny; beautiful city and beautiful holiday home."

    Will definitely return .

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Aug 2018

  • "Very happy with the accommodation."

    It was a lovely welcoming home from home. The owners left us with some great local information and scones tea butter and milk on arrival. The place was lovely clean and quiet. We would certainly like to return. Thankyou so much.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Lovers Lodge."

    It was in a quiet neighborhood, and had plenty of room for my family to feel comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Jun 2018

  • "A group of 5 of us needed a base to explore the East Coast of Ireland and we found a real gem in Lovers Cottage."

    4 VERY comfortable bedrooms with 3 great bathrooms were very welcome after long days seeing the sights of Kilkenny. We probably spent more time in the kitchen than anywhere else though. Everything you could need was at hand and the large table came in handy for a few games of cards and scrabble that were very kindly provided by our hosts. A 15 minute amble and you are in the lovely town centre which is really worth an explore. If you have a car you are just an hour or so from so many amazing towns on the east coast of Ireland, making Kilkenny a perfect location for this side of the country. Thank you for your kindness Mary, the scones went down a real treat.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Apr 2018

  • "Cottage is well located for access to central Kilkenny."

    Large and comfortable with a helpful landlady. Wood burning fire in living room is very cosy. Three large bathrooms. Yard outside handy for exercising children! Local park nearby. Cottage was clean but not immaculate. Plenty of off road parking. You have to pay to dispose of household waste, which needs driving to a dump. Seems odd, think this should be included in the cost of the cottage. I'd recommend the cottage and Kilkenny for an Irish getaway.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.4Mar 2018

  • "Lovely house great location."

    Owners wonderful very friendly.nice to have tea and scones cake on arrival.as our boat delayed.ever thing in house that you need. Would love to go back .

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2017

  • "This was a great cottage to stay in, whist myself and friends, stayed in the beautiful city of Kilkenny."

    The owners were extremely helpful, and welcomed us on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Dermot5.0Jun 2017

  • "Fresh scones and cake waiting for us on arrival."

    Essentials in the fridge were also very welcoming after a long journey. Beautifully presented with all the home comforts.

    Reviewed by Kelly4.8May 2017

  • "Comfortable and homey."

    Well equipped with very comfortable beds. Highly recommended. Internet access would be a plus though.

    Reviewed by Denise4.8Jan 2017

  • "Lover's Lodge was a warm and welcoming cottage where our family felt at home."

    Mary was a great host and went out of her way to make us feel settled.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Dec 2016

  • "House was great, everything was clean and tidy, when booking did not realise there was a festival in kilkenny, so that was an extra bonus."

    We met the owners of the house and they could not have more helpful. Thanks Mary, will be back

    Reviewed by Teresa4.8Oct 2016

  • "Great location for exploring town and getting onto other routes to go places - pretty park opposite the house for walking."

    Super clean, light and well appointed house.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0Sep 2016

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Owners were very helpful promoting/educating our party about the the activities and restaurants in the area. Great value.

    Reviewed by Thomas4.6Sep 2016

  • "My only critique would be that they could have advise when booking that you have to pay €5."

    50 per rubbish bag and have to dispose of this yourself. Otherwise amazing cottage and lovely owner.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, one accessed from one side only (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate shower , basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and oil-fired stove
  • Sitting room with open fire (seats 6)
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with oil stove and open fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Saorview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Patio
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Please Note: if you wish to have a short stay of 3-6 nights, please contact reservations to discuss with the owner of the possibility as owner may be open to your stay.

The property

Located just a short walk from the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny is this well-presented detached cottage.

This cottage, with its central location, is ideal for groups of friends and families looking for a holiday packed with culture, heritage and activities with plenty to see and do for all ages.

Guests can enjoy a variety of accommodation including four comfortable bedrooms, one of which boasts an en-suite shower room for extra comfort and convenience during your stay.

Cook up a storm for your loved ones in the stylish, well-equipped kitchen, which is complemented by an oil-fired stove.

Leading from the kitchen is an inviting sitting room with an open fire where you can kick off your shoes and curl up with a glass of your favourite tipple!

To the rear is an enclosed patio area where the kids can play safely and you can soak up the sunshine.

Bicycles are provided for your use and a park, playground and multi-use games area are located across the road.

Within a short walk is The Orchard House Bar & Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst the city centre of Kilkenny is further on and offers tradition, history and cuisine with no shortage of shops, pubs and eateries to sample during your holiday.

Visit the iconic Kilkenny Castle, St Canice's Cathedral or Rothe House for a trip back in time.

There are plenty of walking and cycling routes within the region to be discovered.

The gardens at Woodstock are most certainly a must whilst staying in the area, not to mention Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown.

Further afield is the historic town of Cashel, home to the famous Rock of Cashel and the sandy beaches of the South East, including Tramore in County Waterford and Curracloe in County Wexford.

A superb destination and one which won't disappoint!

About the location


The lively city of Kilkenny is the county town of County Kilkenny and is a centre for arts, crafts and design, boasting good shopping and a vibrant nightlife with many pubs, bars and restaurants. The city hosts several annual festivals, including the Kilkenny Rhythm 'n Roots in May, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June, the Internationally-renowned Kilkenny Arts Festival in July, the Kilkenny Celtic Festival in September and the Savour food festival in October. Visit the impressive, 12th century Kilkenny Castle, or Dunmore Cave, which consists of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, or the St. Francis Abbey Brewery, the oldest brewery in Ireland! County Tipperary is within easy reach, where you can visit the famous Rock of Cashel, the heritage town of Cahir and the lively town of Clonmel, the home of Magners cider.

Please note: This property cannot accept bookings checking in and out on the same day (unless it is Saturday). Please call to request if you wish to book to check in OR out on any day except for Saturday.