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High Nelly Cottage

Clough near Abbeyleix, County Laois (Ref. 923044)

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved High Nelly cottage- it is a real gem."

    So much character! The children loved sleeping in the mezzanine. It is charming, comfortable and cosy and a great base for exploring the area. We hope to stay again.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Only problem we had was that the electric shower was only Luke warm and really needs replacing. We enjoyed our stay and will recommend.

    Reviewed by TimDec 2019

  • "As we visited in November it was cold, so we used the old range for heat."

    You need to buy coal and it requires attention to keep alight. This was fine for us but might not be to everyone's liking . In general it was a lovely cottage .

    Reviewed by RosemaryNov 2019

  • "The tranquillity of the cottage was second to none."

    A week of pure relaxation in a wonderful setting. A real gem of a find. The balance of old and quirky with a few modern touches such as Wi-Fi so you could stay in touch with the modern world. Limerick, Cork, and Dublin all withn a couple of hours drive easily. Kilkenny closer and highly recommended. Nearest shop 10 minutes drive and a pub literally on the doorstep. Ideal for 4 people, plenty of spaces, just watch your head when you go to bed. Only slight ask would be an addition of a toaster as facilities on the stove to make toast were as slow and relaxed as the Irish way of life.

    Reviewed by TraceyAug 2019

  • "A fantastic cottage - a step back in time but with modern facilities- great ambience- highly recommended- well done Louise!"

    Lots of little touches in decor !

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2019

  • "Lovely old character cottage which we enjoyed."

    Didn't expect luxury and that wasn't what we were looking for, however the bathroom needs attention. We would happily have paid more for the cottage if a basic, hygienic shower cubicle was fitted instead of standing on disgusting rubber matting. A shower cubicle would not detract from the character of the cottage. This should also be made clear to customers before booking! A ripped sofa hidden by a throw also says unloved, not character however this didn't really bother us. Beautifully peacefull place which we would love to come back to but not with that bathroom.

    Reviewed by JacquelineApr 2019

  • "I have contacted the owner directly about the teething issues that occurred."

    I'm assuming that they will be resolved. The cottage is beautiful. The refurbishment and rebuild of the cottage is stunning. Although some facilities should or could be a little more modern. The rustic experience was all part and parcel of the holiday itself. I'm hoping to visit Ireland again and wouldn't hesitate to book this cottage again, if the lady who owns this cottage would be happy to have us. The area is fantastic for reaching most places including Dublin and Wexford.

    Reviewed by AileenAug 2018

  • "I really enjoyed our stay in High nelly cottage ."

    its exactly as it is listed its old, fabulous looking, clean and very quirky We had a lovely time there and enjoyed the beautiful quiet surroundings of clough. There are no shops in clough so you will need to head into the nearest towns Ballacolla or Abbeyleix which we didn't mind doing! the local people are very friendly and very welcoming . If you want a quiet releaxing break and something totally different then high nelly cottage is for you. we were delighted also to be able to bring our dog Milly and the local dog up the road came in every day to say good morning to us and of course Milly made a friend too! all in all a lovely holiday and I would recommend High Nelly Cottage if you want to experience a beautiful historic quirky thatch roof cottage thank you Jane Nolan, Dublin (family 2 adults and 2 children and one dog!)

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2018

  • "High Nelly Cottage is beautiful."

    Set in a peaceful tranquil place called Clough, County Laios. You feel that you have stepped back in time. Nothing is too much trouble for the owner, who provides the holiday maker with all the essentials. The surrounding area is beautiful too, with plenty of places of interest. The Villagers are friendly, and you feel that you are part of the Community. Not a speck of litter anywhere. A true paradise.

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2018

  • "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)

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

  • "Beautiful peaceful cottage with an extremely helpful owner."

    Place to be if you want total relaxation. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by RebekahApr 2017

  • "High Nelly Cottage is a lovely little thatched cottage that was a warm and comfortable home from home."

    We were able to have our dog with us and there was a friendly local pub a minutes walk from the cottage. We had a wonderful stay in a character cottage and would recommend it.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2016

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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, Fuel, power 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. The cottage is situated right next door to the farm house on a working farm with farm workers, tractors and animals, we have a small, quiet, campsite here too.

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About the location


Rock of Dunamaise 11 miles; Castlecomer 11 miles; Slieve Blooms 20 miles; Kilkenny 20.5 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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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