Monday, 21 July 2014

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

On the way to Aherlow I decided to stop at the Cahir Castle (Cahir, Co. Tipperary). By accident I approached Swiss Cottage. Both Castle and Swiss Cottage belong to the same, Buttler, family. It is one of the largest and best preserved Castles in Ireland. You can go around, look at the castle and explore different rooms yourself or you can join the Guided Tour. We were late for the Guided Tour so decided to go around ourselves.And if I will ever go to Cahir again I will definitely stop at the Cahir Castle again!!!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Swiss Cottage, Cahir

Swiss Cottage

I found this cottage by accident when I was on my way to Cahir Castle. It was a fair over 2km walk through the little forest area but it was worth it! And this is what I found!

This beautiful ornamental cottage was built in 1810 for the owners of Cahir Castle - Richard and Emily Butler. They would spend time in the cottage with their friends but we were told that actually Richard and Emily NEVER spent a night in the cottage. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs - one for Richard and Emily and one for the visitors.

The cottage was built in a way to be close to nature. It should appear to blend with surrounding landscape. Everything in the house blends with the nature - roof is irregular, the oak tree trunks supporting the veranda are meant to resemble the roots of the cottage. Veranda extends all around the cottage what gives the false impression of the size of the cottage but in fact there is only four rooms in the house.

The original name of the cottage is "Cottage Orné" which means the ornamental rustic cottage. The name "Swiss Cottage" is only a nickname given to it by local people because they thought it looked like a Swiss chalet.
It was great experience to actually see the cottage like this from the inside, hear the history of the renovations and see the original parts of the cottage (renovation took place 1985-89) but also stories about how Richard and Emily were spending their time in the cottage. Just wonder if anyone else have so great experience from visiting the Swiss Cottage...

Monday, 29 July 2013

Kells Priory, Co. Kilkenny

New day, new trip and new memories!

On Sunday, together with my fiance, we went to see Kells Priory. I hoped for the sunny day that would be perfect for the trip like this but unfortunately it was raining now and again. Did a little bit of rain  stop us from going? Not at all!

I was positively supprised that there was few places to see in the Kells area as it is only a small village. First we stopped at the old watermills. One of them was smaller and had a lovely view on the bridge. We went for a walk at the river and decided to go for a cup of coffee in the watermill. We had a  nice and strong cup of coffee and piece of cake and after talking to a lovely lady who gave us directions how to get to second and bigger watermill and to Kells Priory, we were all ready to check what the road brings on.

So we went to the big watermill and after passing it we were on the way to the Kells Priory. First when you have a look at the place it does not look like a Augustine priory but more like a small village. It consists of 7 tower houses which locals call 'castles'. At first, priory was found in 1183 by Geoffrey FitzRobert de Marisco and at that time it was a Norman church. Nearly a decade later Geoffrey invited Augustinian canons to settle at Kells and that is how the Priory was established.For more information about both Priory and Watermill you can also go here.

After visiting Kells Priory, we walked through the field and saw a map what showed what else can we visit in Kells area. I discovered that if we will walk 2 kilomiters, we will get to the Kilree Round Tower (some history and pictures can be found here).
Across the field from the tower there is amazing  9th century orgin Highcross. It is amazing that it is still there even that condition of it is not the greatest anymore.

Had a lovely day and was amazed with the condition of some of the places. Where can I go next? Any propositions?

Friday, 26 July 2013

The John F Kennedy Arboretum

The Park is based outside New Ross town. Park is dedicated to the president of United States - John F Kennedy. This is one of my favourite places to go for a walk and I enjoy it in any weather. While walking around the park I am passing some amazing types of plants that were brought there from different parts of the world. My favourite are rhododendrons in a big amount of different types and colours! Pure beauty!

Spring - my favourite part of a year when everything is full of colours. Anyone can enjoy beautiful scenery. In the park there is a lovely playground where older and younger children will find somewhere to play. Beside play area there is a shop and cafe. What do you enjoy in the Kennedy Arboretum?

Monday, 15 July 2013

Shell House, Cullenstown

I know many people heard about it, many people are looking for it and many people did not manage to find it at all. The Shell House - shell decorated cottage. Amazing! Have done a little research and found out that it is possible to actually stay in the house for a week. I live half an hour from there and quiet often visit the beach in Cullenstown. I also go for a walk beside the shell house but would love to see it from the inside.
The link to the page where bookings to stay in the Shell House can be made: The map is also available to help you get there.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Johnstown Castle and Gardens, Co. Wexford

Johnstown Castle and Gardens

I love this place to go for a walk at the lake. Castle is going to be renovated inside and hopefully will be opened for visitors. Gardens are available for wedding photography and parties. On the grounds there is café, picnic area and Irish Agricultural Museum as well. Well worth visiting and I was there few times already and every year I keep coming back there!

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park