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Farmhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Portlaoise, County Laois

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stephenbe...
New York City, New York
1 review
“Magical retreat for family”
Reviewed June 3, 2021 for a stay in April 2021

It's very difficult to describe just how awesome Justin's place is. We (me, my wife, my 2 year old and 6 month old) were coming back from the US to visit family and needed a place to quarantine before getting COVID tests. Beginning two weeks before we got there, Justin was so helpful. He called me to keep me apprised of the updated government guidance on restrictions for entering the country, it was a really thoughtful. We arrived early in the morning and had lost the directions, and Justin responded to us at 7am, which was greatly appreciated. Then throughout the trip, he was quick to respond to any questions we had. The house itself is on a working farm (although it is not noisy at all) and my 2 year old loved seeing all the animals. Also, and this might seem a bit unusual, there are rabbits everywhere. At any time of the day when you look out the window, there are a bunch of rabbits hopping about. Again, my son thought this was amazing. Easy drive into Port Laois to get supplies, although we could have skipped buying eggs as Justin's dad dropped us over fresh eggs from the farm. It is only a few minutes from the magnificent Emo Court House and gardens, which is well worth a visit. The house is exceptionally clean and comfortable with loads of awesome details (like the well in the kitchen!). And coming from New York, it was incredibly peaceful. We loved our stay here and will definitely be back.

Date of stay: April 2021
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Steve_Har...
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Charming & spacious”
Reviewed August 2, 2020 for a stay in July 2020
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Morette House is beautifully rustic, spacious and charming. Although it is in the countryside it’s a short drive to pubs, restaurants and shops.

Our host, Justin Treacy, could not have been more helpful and was always there when we had a query.

The house is perfect for a family or group of friends. It’s a real home from home, with the kitchen packed with all the basics.

The photos will show the house off but in essence it’s a large detached farmhouse. There is a private drive to it and a large garden to the rear. The kitchen is large with a table with seating for 8 plus and an island with bar stool seating. It has a convention hob, oven, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher etc and everything you’d expect in a well equipped kitchen.

There is a utility room with a washing machine as well as a downstairs toilet and shower room.

There are 2 large living rooms both with TV’s. The one room is set up with plenty of toys and games for young children. There are also plenty of books for those that want to totally relax in the peace and quiet of the place.

Upstairs has 3 large bedrooms, one of which is ensuite. There is a large family bathroom with an incredible shower. All 3 bedrooms have a double bed with one also having a single bed in the room.

We arrived at Dublin by ferry. Morette House is approx 1 hour 10 minutes by car. It is just off the M7, and between the towns of Kildare and Portaoise. You also have designer shopping at Newbridge which is not far.

Portlaoise has a train station that is well connected as is the M7, so it would be quite easy to tour Ireland from here.

The nearest bar and restaurant is Treacys which is approx a 2 minute drive. The Guinness is superb and the meals are delicious and hearty. They also serve breakfasts which were popular with the locals.

For day trips to Dublin, you can catch the train from Portaoise but the easiest way is to drive on the M7 to the outskirts (Red Cow) then park and get the tram in which you can hope on and off all day.

Emo House is only a few minutes drive away and the grounds are beautiful to walk around.

We had an amazing family holiday here and would highly recommend it. Various ways to book. The owner can be reached on icloud com.

Owners email address - justintreacy@icloud.com

Date of stay: July 2020
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Mark P
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Excellent”
Reviewed October 3, 2018 for a stay in October 2018

The farmhouse was just as advertised....clean, welcoming, and homey. Justin stayed in touch throughout our stay. Socks greeted us every time we came home. Highly recommended!

Date of stay: October 2018
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523keithb
Manorville, New York
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Irish farm house in the country.”
Reviewed July 4, 2018 for a stay in June 2018

Spacious house to enjoy as home base for traveling to scenic spots in Ireland. House is beautiful and Justin is very accommodating. Loved Socks greeting us when we came back every day. Beds are comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.

Date of stay: June 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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sarahgeth...
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
“Beautiful house with great facilities”
Reviewed October 15, 2017 for a stay in October 2017

This was a perfect base for 7 adults attending a wedding in nearby Portlaoise. It has everything you need for your stay. The patio/garden area is beautiful, and made for some lovely pre-wedding photos. The kitchen is very well equipped. The bedrooms are spacious. The entire house is very clean. Justin was very easy to deal with, and was easily contactable and responsive to messages.
Justin's dad lives nearby and his two very friendly dogs visited the house frequently, which was enjoyed by all guests!

Date of stay: October 2017
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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K Y
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44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolutely best place to stay and see Ireland”
Reviewed August 12, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Was greeted by Justin (and not turned away) as we drove in earlier than expected. He quickly went over everything and departed knowing what a long trip we had. The beds were comfortable, so nice for everyone to have their own room. Very safe area, great places to eat very close by, at least 3 grocery stores in town, but plenty in the house to get you started. Coming back from a long day & being greeted by the pups was wonderful. I really can't complain about anything. Oh, the portable hot spots were life savers on the road. Thank you Justin!

Date of stay: July 2017
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Reviewed November 9, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Date of stay: April 2016
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