This was a wonderful vacation rental experience. The owners are kind and helpful, and live just next door which is nice if you have questions. The home's exterior looks traditional to my eyes but the interior is nicely updated and clean, with lots of amenities and a kitchen that is well stocked with cooking equipment relative to the average rental, including a convection oven and an induction cooktop. The larger beds were comfortable and the showers and bath worked well. The wi-fi worked great, and there is a small stereo with Bluetooth for music. There is also a small TV with both OTA and a small set of satellite channels. Plenty of storage space in the house as well, particularly in the larger bedroom. There's a wood fireplace that drives whole-house floor heating which was beautiful and neat to use for the first few colder days of our trip.
And my goodness, the property is amazing. The owners have a beautiful garden, many fruit trees, and (currently at least) a couple of friendly dogs and a horse you can go say hello to. And lots of flowers! Nearby are some mowed fields with lots of trees--one of which borders the stream behind the property--good for playing in with kids or for having a picnic / yoga / meditation / etc. (These are beyond the low stone wall you can see in a couple of the photos.) The outside seating areas in the pictures are clean and were well used by us. The picnic table now has a large umbrella over it.
The location is somewhat remote by Irish standards, but I think that's what you're after if you're looking at this. Beautiful setting, though, with gorgeous mountains nearby, a small area where you can wade in the (cold!) creek if you wish, and even a natural bubbling well about a 20 minute walk away, with trails beyond that allow you to hike up parts of the mountains. The small quiet country roads are wonderful for morning and evening walks. There are a couple places to eat and a petrol station that has basic essentials located in Bansha, 10-15 mins' drive away. More amenities such as larger supermarkets and additional dining-out options would be in either Cahir or Tipperary, each a 20-25 min drive. The largest nearby supermarkets we found were the Dunnes Stores in Tipperary, or if you're going to Cashel for sightseeing there's a decent Tesco there.
As is true of most Irish homes, there is no clothes dryer, air conditioning, or fans. There are plenty of places to hang clothes dry both indoors and outdoors, though, and even though we visited during a heat wave we did not feel the need for AC, as long as windows were kept open at the right times. I think these things will be normal for European readers; I mention it mostly so you know what to expect if you're coming from the US as we did.
The owners have created a great place here that truly came to feel like home for us during our three-week stay, and that we're already missing. If we visit Ireland again, odds are high we'll be returning to the cottage!
We had a lovely warm welcome from Marion and yummy chocolate cupcakes too along with coffee, local apple juice and jam waiting for us. A typical rural idyllic scene around the cottage and a fantastic base to explore Counties Tipperary, Cork and Limerick. Lovely to come back home to a very well furnished kitchen to make meals and an high quality finish throughout the cottage. We went through many logs in the fire, which were readily available in the woodshed, as it was chilly and also to make sure we had enough hot water (the solar panels missing the sun while we were there).
This has been our third stay in Aherlow Cottage and it continues to delight. From start to finish, we had a perfect stay. Marion had kindly baked a delicious Easter lemon cake for our arrival, and had also left with some local apple juice and jam. There were also some spring/Easter decorations around the house so it was very seasonal :) When we visited previously around Christmas, it was decorated too.
The house itself is gorgeous and every time we visit, I always come away wishing my own house was as nice! It’s so bright and airy, with natural stone and wood throughout. The kitchen has more utensils than my own at home, and there is even a nespresso coffee machine with pods. As with every visit, the place was spotlessly clean.
I would highly recommend staying here. I’m already looking forward to our next visit! We love Aherlow Cottage - thank you so much again Marion :)
We loved our stay at Aherlow Cottage. The house itself is so well equipped, we had everything we could possibly need. The house is modern, yet cosy and homely. We really liked the little touches, an easter wreath and tree, the local apple juice and jam. Beautiful surroundings, lovely to look to the mountains. Thank you so much.
Aherlow Cottage is situated in the western part of the Glen of Aherlow, a nice valley in between the bald peaks of the Galtee Mountains and the wooded hills of Slievenamuck. The Aherlow river runs next to the house. Bansha (a 10 minute drive) has a small but reasonable supermarket for daily needs; Tipperary (20 minute drive) has all the shops you might need.
The house has a fine atmosphere with lots of lovely details and is (more then) fully equipped. If you forgot what silence is like, you can retrieve it here. One car on the small road next to the house every two hours and only one at night (early in the morning; probably the same person every day). Lots of birds around. As a guest, you have a large private garden space next to the house. Must be very suitable for a family with kids (we were three adults). Marion surprised us with coffee and sweets at arrival. Swiss Cottage and the Castle at Cahir and the famous Rock of Cashell are only a stone throw away.