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Lismacue House
Ranked #2 of 3 Bansha B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Lismacue House is everything you think it will be. The experience begins with the long Lime tree lined drive which leads to the house. We were warmly welcomed by both  Jim and Kate and of course Luther their dog. We as well as our two children were immediately smitten.  Jim led us to the drawing room which was filled with charming family  photos and  offered us a drink while Kate went to see to the dinner she had prepared for us. What a great start. 
  After settling in to the huge comfortable rooms with lovely views and en suite, very contemporary bathrooms, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner including souffle', soup, lamb with the most delicious mint sauce and  an assortment of strawberry themed deserts. Everyone enjoyed the meal including our two sometimes finicky teenagers. Kate is a talented chef. 
Feeling the need to walk off our dinner, we went outside to explore. Our daughter and son fell in love with Luther who was up for any kind of exploring we had in mind. 
   The Nicholsons have a very large horse property, made up of  green meadows as far as the eye can see,  a lovingly tended  garden in the back yard,  a stream,  and a wide variety of trees and plants. It is the perfect place to wind down, wander,relax and enjoy yourself. Despite the calming atmosphere and old world charm, our children, twelve and fourteen, were never bored. Kate and Jim gave them free rein  to explore the house and property with only a few guidelines for safety around the animals. 
 From our base here, we visited Glengarra Woods,  Cahir Castle, Glen of Aherlow, and Rock of  Cashel,  but horse riding, fishing, and walking activities are also within easy reach.  I can't imagine a more lovely or hospitable environments from which  to explore  southern Ireland. The views, the hosts, the food, all of it was perfect. 

Room Tip: The Lime tree room has lovely views and gets morning sun.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

It was a georgous day at the end of June when we arrived to the warmest of genuine welcomes from Kate Nicholson. Kate honoured our booking even though her husband Jim had been moved unexpectedly to hospital the previous evening.

Even though our stay was only for one night, it was deeply impressive. This is a lovely house and we happened to be the only guests that night. In the afternoon, we drove from Lismacue House to Tipperary , just nine kilometers down the road, and from there another ten minutes saw us gazing in awe at the Glen of Aherloe, really stunning scenery. This whole area is a walkers paradise.

Our room in Lismacue house was huge, about 30 feet square with high walls, about 20 feet high, all recently refurbished and with an adjoining en-suite almost as big and again refurbished in a lovely olde worlde style. Our bedroom blackout blinds were the working wooden shutters closing out the llight from the large sash windows.

Our dinner was a beautiful lobster salad followed by chilled carrot soup and then tender rack of lamb served with baby new potatoes and delicious spinach. Our dessert was a wicked chocolate baked mousse. We moved to the Drawing Room for freshly brewed coffee and handmade chocolates as we watched the sun set on the Galtee mountains.

Breakfast in the Breakfast Room was equaly impressive with lovely touches, great attention to detail as we watched an energetic doberman frighten the life out of a young foal in the field outside the Breakfast room. We are already saving up for our return trip. Thank you for a lovely stay in your house.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

If you want to get the perfect Ireland experience, stay here! With incredible home cooked feasts at night, port by the fire, hearty breakfast, and feeling like you were staying with your Irish relatives. Kate, Jim, and Rachel felt like family from the moment I walked in. Waking up to incredible views of the Irish countryside, listening to sheep in the distance, while laying in a plush bed, and smelling breakfast cooking. It doesn't get any more idealist than here. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Although I travel extensively, this is the first review I have ever posted on Trip Advisor. I was moved to write it because of Lismacue House so far exceeded our expectations. My husband and I stayed here (together with two friends) because we were attending a wedding at Kilshane House. It was truly wonderful. Both outside and in, the house itself is beautiful. Don't expect a ritzy, boutique hotel style experience, expect a warm welcome from a lovely family and faded, comfortable grandeur and the smell of freshly baked soda bread - like staying at the country home of old friends. The food was superb. My husband and I sat in the lovely dining room overlooking the garden and enjoyed freshly baked bread, smoked salmon, delicious lamb and a lemon posset, with lovely wine out of crystal glasses. Our bedroom was large and comfortable (again, don't expect mod cons, flash showers and fancy toiletries - it's not what this place is about - but do expect everything to be spotlessly clean, lovely crisp linen, antique furnishing and beautiful views). Breakfast the next day was a home-cooked full English - just delicious. Truly one of the best breakfasts we've had - and served delightfully - - a little bit of chat, but you are largely left to relax and do your own thing. We walked around the land with the dog - there are lovely wooded areas, horses to see and the air is gloriously fresh. Before the wedding, we were made a lovely light lunch of sandwiches, cake and cookies - all fresh - a large pots of tea. Just heavenly. I cannot recommend it highly enough to someone looking for the sort of things I've described.

Room Tip: We had the blue room which was very spacious and nicely proportioned with a good sized bathroom.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

There is little I can add to the four other reviews listed here, except to add a note of thanks to Kate, Jim and Rachel for their unrivaled hospitality. The sincere welcome we enjoyed is of the kind one often reads about, but seldom experiences. Coming from the US, we had often visited stately manor homes of the 18th / 19th century, from the Hampton Mansion in Maryland to Jefferson's Monticello, but the opportunity to step 'behind' the velvet rope, and actually "live" for a short while in that environment was priceless. I slept better than I have in months, waking up to a gentle September sunlight cracking through the shuttered windows. Letting in the crisp morning air, I woke to rolling green pastures dotted with sheep, cattle and the occasional horse, all framed by a crystal blue sky and the mountains on the horizon. A hearty breakfast, with home-made jams, yoghurt and farm-fresh eggs & bacon made for a start to the day that just couldn't get any better.

This is a place where you just want to 'be', neither getting ready to go somewhere else, nor pondering what to do tomorrow. The library and drawing rooms entice you with welcoming sofas and loveseats, the antique wallpapered walls exuding currents of history both told and unknown. It is the sort of place you remember what a gift it is to just be alive, to converse with friends, make new ones and just enjoy being together.

Thank you.

Room Tip: If you must have an attached bath, two of the rooms do not (although a convenient, large modern bath...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Peaceful, bucolic setting with freindly hosts, satisfying meals, ample refreshments, and comfortable rooms & furnishings. A short walk into the village of Bansha; convenient and easy driving to all of southern Ireland.

Extended family of 10 (including 2 young children) occupied all available rooms for a week at Lismacue House, and all were made to feel welcome and well accomodated in every regard.

Jim & Kate are excellent hosts--they are as engaging as you wish them to be, and eager to discuss the history of the place if you like (with a nice library at hand). Rachel has extensive training and practice in providing wonderful meals. She was very sympathetic to special requests, and had no trouble meeting particular dietary needs (including vegetarian and gluten-free).

Although scaffolding covered much of the older half of the home for extensive stonework and repairs, this in no way interfered with our use of the grounds, disturbed our peace, or distracted from our absolutely relaxing stay.

The immediate grounds afforded a lovely garden with many interesting specimens, all bordered by working pastures, a stream, and a fern-filled wood with several trails. Luther is happy to tag along if you like a four-legged companion, but will certainly understand if you are not in the mood to toss a stick for him, or otherwise wish to be left alone.

Drive from (and return to) Dublin airport was pleasant & simple. For day trips, we ventured as far north as Galway, west to Ring of Kerry, south to Ballycotton, east to Waterford, to include several rocks & ruins; cathedrals, churches, & castles; villages, pubs, and other fun & interesting stops in between. Had we stayed longer, we could have traveled farther with ease, but there is also much to enjoy a lot closer by. Jim, Kate, & Rachel were always ready to endorse sightseeing plans and to offer helpful suggestions.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Patrick F
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Kate and Jim provided superb accommodations and wonderful meals. We thoroughly enjoyed our restful stay, as well as the pastoral scenery. The convenient location allowed us to travel to the many castles, scenic drives, and quaint villages in the surrounding vicinity. Also, the manor houses many interesting antiques, paintings and family heirlooms that would arouse even the most experienced of collectors. I highly recommend a stay at the Lismacue Guest House!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Bansha, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Bansha
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Bansha
Number of rooms: 2

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