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“Staying in a Garden Heaven”
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The Bothy
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The Bothy
The Bothy Living Room
The Bothy, view from the Living Room
The Bothy, the main bedroom
The Bothy, another of the Living Room with new wall paper.
The Bothy, Birr Castle Demesne, small bedroom
The Bothy kitchenette
Gate from the Bothy garden into the Formal Gardens
The Formal Gardens, Birr Castle Demesne.  The Bothy has a gate straight into this part of the garden
The other side of the gate. From the Formal Gardens into the Bothy garden
Birr Castle Demesne, balooning festival above the lake
The lake in summer
The Fernery, Birr Castle Demesne
View of the Castle from the river, Birr Castle Demesne
The Castle from the Terraces, Birr Castle Demesne
The Formal Gardens from the air - the Bothy is only just out of the picture!
The Cherry Avenue. Spring time.
The town, Oxmantown Mall just outside the castle gates
The town of Birr, Main Street from the Square
Print of the telescope with Lord Rosse overseeing work.  Birr Castle Demesne
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Birr, County Offaly

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SunnyUnli...
Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Staying in a Garden Heaven”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 for a stay in May 2013
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I stayed at The Bothy for the last week of May, 2013. The cottage is within its own private walled garden, completely isolated from any paying Demense visitors. The Bothy has a quintessentially lovely ivy-covered stone exterior and a cozy interior. I had a housekeeping issue upon arrival and happy to say the situation was rectified ASAP and we enjoyed our stay. In addition to unlimited access to the Demense (garden), the Giant Telescope, the Science & Photography Museum and a Tour of Birr Castle, we especially enjoyed the Bothy turf fire and the lay-out of the cottage with the bedrooms on either side ( one step up ) of the central living room & kitchen. Beds were very comfortable, shower & bath clean. CableTV, movies, books games- yes. Info of the area-yes. Washer-dryer-yes If you opted not to cook dinner there were plenty of great walkable dining options in town and easily within 10 mins driving. This is a great cottage for Romantic Couples as well as families with kids because of the private walled enclosure. brink bikes. Far from the cottage a children's play area is being built with a massive ground level trampoline and tree houses.
I MUST admit to totally enjoying driving up to the castle entrance and typing in the code for access. :)

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Liked best: garden & turf fire
Liked least: attention to housekeeping
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Feb 2017
so happy you enjoyed the Bothy. Hope you will be back one day.
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MJFP101
Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Refuge from the world”
Reviewed March 13, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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We had a really fantastic time at the Bothy in Birr Castle. The weather wasn't perfect but that didnt matter as the cottage was warm and we had a huge pile of turf to burn in the fireplace. The gardens were just recovering from a big storm but ever so beautiful. We went for long walks everyday and even had a picnic at the lake. The cottage was so cosy and quiet but still walking distance from the local shops, cafes and pubs. We could see the stars so brightly almost every night. The beds were very comfy and the place was nice and clean - good shower and bath too. Top marks!
Hope to go back again soon.

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Liked best: feeling like we it was our own private hideaway!
Liked least: weather could have been better
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
15 Mar 2014
Thanks so much for that. So glad you enjoyed your stay. We had given the cottage a bit of a make-over to upgrade it, and glad it was all satisfactory. Look forward to having you again!
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jbinOhio
Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delightful old-fashioned cottage complete with an amazing garden and castle”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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The greatest thing about this rental is the amazing walled formal garden just out the back door and through the secret door. We had total access to the beautiful gardens and the outside of the huge castle with moat and the awesome telescope. The cottage was charming, though it had not been updated in a good while. The kitchen is tiny and the shower didn't work, but there was a bathtub. If you love gardens you will enjoy this place.

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Liked best: The gardens
Liked least: non-working shower and heat only on 4 hours/day
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
25 Oct 2013
Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. The garden is always especially beautiful in the autumn. Thanks for the review.
Alison Rosse
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