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High Nelly Cottage

Clough near Abbeyleix, County Laois (Ref. 923044)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • Reviews

    Mr Warner

    “High Nelly Cottage, what can I tell ...”

    High Nelly Cottage, what can I tell you about it... ...

    High Nelly Cottage, what can I tell you about it... We wanted a location central to the West and Dublin as we had trips planned with my Mother to visit family in and around Dublin and we also wanted to head out to Athlone to relocate our family home near Tubberclare. High Nelly in Clogh was the perfect spot with an easy drive to the nearest motorway in one direction and the town of AbbeyLeix in the other. Visit Papa Noni in AbbeyLeix for some nice home cooked Italian food in a simple, clean unpretentious restaurant. All in all the cottage and its location were a delightful place to stay for the week. Something visitors should be aware of is that there are two ways to spell the villages name, Clogh and Clough and the road signs can be a combination of either. A bigger issue which gave us a fun talking point is that there is a second village around 20Km away with the exact same name also spelt both ways. There's also a little white cottage on the corner... So be careful if you rely on your SatNav and haven't read the directions provided... Schoolboy error but gave us some funny memories. The cottage itself is deceivingly large, the pictures don't really do it justice. We were very pleased with almost everything with 2 exceptions. Whilst there was everything you could want in the kitchen a simple toaster would have been appreciated. The biggest thing though that all four of us agreed on was that we loved the rustic charm of the cottage but we all also agreed that the shower could do with been a little LESS rustic. If an extractor fan was installed, a proper shower tray and some sort of screen rather than rubber matting and a slightly mouldy shower curtain it would lift the whole ambience of the bathroom. Sadly we didn't get time to visit the pub which is literally at the end of the garden but we did meet the landlord who was very friendly and chatty. The advert does list WiFi in the facilities, it is a Pay As You Go device for which the owner asks for a minimum 20 euro payment by bank transfer if you use it. All in all 9 out of 10 and we would happily stay there again if the bathroom was addressed. Paul & Tracy, Maura & Elaine (Mum &Sister)


  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Abbeyleix 8.5 miles.

A charming stone-built cottage, finished with a neat thatched roof and located in the rural hamlet of Clough, near the town of Abbeyleix in County Laois.

High Nelly Cottage offers a characterful holiday home, and with its typical exposed beams and old range set in the kitchen, it provides the perfect place for your traditional Irish getaway.

Enter the property through an old-fashionable stable door into the sociable open plan living area.

To the right you’ll find a kitchen complete with a range cooker, the heart of this captivating cottage, where you can prepare delicious meals for all to enjoy, and to your left you will find the sitting area, with a dining table separating the two spaces.

So after dinner, you can retire to the comfy sofas and relax with your feet up in front of the electric stove whilst planning tomorrow’s adventures.

Set over two floors, two bedrooms with character beams and sloping ceilings sit on the mezzanine level, overlooking the living space below and offering compact and comfortable accommodation and a wonderful night’s rest.

Back on the ground floor, a second stable door opens out to the rear garden where pets and little ones can play as you sit with a well-earned drink and enjoy the summer’s breeze.

Just a short walk down the road and you’ll find the local pub.

The small town of Rathdowney is less than ten minutes’ drive away and has a convenient selection of amenities and a golf club should you wish to work on your swing.

Less than 9 miles away is the town of Abbeyleix with a number of historical attractions and the city of Kilkenny is within driving distance.

Or why not put on those walking boots and visit the stunning Slieve Bloom Mountains to enjoy the superb scenery?

A terrific thatched cottage, brimming with charm and character for your traditional break in central Ireland.


Two mezzanine bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area with electric woodburner-effect stove. Utility.


  • Electric radiators with electric stove
  • Multi-fuel range, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Saorview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for range inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms with limited headroom

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About the location


Durrow 6 miles; Castlecomer 11 miles; Ballyragget 11 miles.

The town of Abbeyleix lies in the south of County Laois, not far from the border of County Kilkenny. Founded in the 18th century, the town is home to a large range of historical structures, from ancient ringforts, burial grounds and churches, to beautiful estate houses and the town once had a carpet factory, which produced some of the carpets used on the Titanic. The town also offers a number of shops and pubs, including Morrissey's, one of Ireland’s finest and best loved pubs. Heritage House is a heritage centre which provides visitor information and an exhibition on the county's history and local attractions. It also provides guided tours of the museum and runs workshops throughout the year. Original antique carpets and vintage costumes are on display, alongside archaeological and historical artefacts, while the enclosed playground on site has attractive wooden play equipment with a maritime theme, to tie in with the Titanic connection. Abbeyleix is a wonderful base to explore Laois, Kilkenny and the rest of the South East.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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