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A gardener's cottage tucked away in the corner of an old country house estate.

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Fridge, microwave, oven, electric kettle
1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets
Living room
1 bedroom, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of A gardener's cottage tucked away in the corner of an old country house estate.

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A gardener's cottage tucked away in the corner of an old country house estate.

5.0/5 Exceptional

Entire home

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast available
Mountrath, County Laois

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationIrish High Cross Kinnitty15 min drive
  • Popular LocationAghaboe Abbey15 min drive
  • Popular LocationSlieve Bloom23 min drive
  • AirportKilkenny (KKY)53 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Bedroom 1
    1 double bed

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

A gardener's cottage tucked away in the corner of an old country house estate.

Adults-only holiday home in Mountrath
The Writer's Cottage is a tiny old stone cottage for two, tucked away in the corner of the Kitchen Garden on the early Georgian estate of Roundwood House. It sits under a giant oak tree and provides a complete escape from the the hustle and bustle of modern living. Travel writer, Pol O’Conghaile, lists it in the Irish Independent as one of the “ten best Irish hidey-holes guaranteed to erase memories of the nine to five”.
If room to swing a cat is a priority, then the Writer's Cottage is probably not for you. However, if romantic, secluded, quaint and a breath of fresh air is what you’re looking for, you’ll love it!
Guests staying in the Writer's Cottage not only have access to 18 acres of park and woodland but also to the Main House, an 18th century Palladian Villa, where dinner and breakfast can be booked. There is also an impressive Library of Civilization in the Old Coach House with a collection of over 2000 books for guests' enjoyment.
The Writer's Cottage has a small kitchenette with a 2 ring hob, mini convection oven, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge. There is no washing machine or dryer, but there are laundry services available in Roundwood House if required.
WiFi is available in the Writer's Cottage upon request. Guests that require high speed internet access are always welcome to make themselves comfortable in the Library where we have fibre-optic broadband. The only exception to this is when the Library has been pre-booked on an exclusive basis.
Guest accommodation at this holiday home offers a hairdryer. Kitchenettes offer fridges, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Hannah Flynn
Speaks English
Bookings for this property are managed through Vrbo, part of our Expedia Group family.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car required


  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Electric kettle
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Paper towels


  • Breakfast available for a fee


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Shampoo
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided
  • Toilet paper

Living spaces

  • Wood stove


  • Near a laundromat


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • Near outlet shopping

Things to do

  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 2
  • Property does not allow children

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property

About this area


Located in Mountrath, this holiday home is in a rural area. Mountmellick Museum and Donaghmore Workhouse Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Irish High Cross Kinnitty and Cadamstown Dolmen. Fishing offers a great chance to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking, ecotours and cycling nearby.

What's nearby

  • Irish High Cross Kinnitty - 15 min drive
  • Aghaboe Abbey - 15 min drive
  • Portlaoise Golf Club - 16 min drive
  • Ballaghmore Castle - 20 min drive
  • Slieve Bloom - 23 min drive

Getting around

  • Portlaoise Station - 17 min drive


  • Five star - 5 min drive
  • The pub - 5 min drive
  • Tom Delaney & Sons - 5 min drive
  • Eddie Phelans - 5 min drive
  • O'Neill's - 5 min drive

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Overall score and ratings



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5/5 Excellent

lovely quaint cottage in a very tranquil area
lovely relaxing place to chill out. cottage has a wood burning fire and the surroundings are beautiful. you'll get the best sleep of your life as it's so quiet and secluded and our host hannah was lovely to deal with and very hospitable