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Swiss Cottage

Nestled deep in the County Tipperary countryside, on the western banks of the River Suir and just a little south of the Cahir Park Golf Club, Swiss Cottage is a rural house in every respect. Ireland has ancient stonemasonry in abundance, but it is rare to find such an excellently preserved example of a 19th century cottage as this one in Cahir.

Built in 1810, Swiss Cottage was once a guesthouse for visitors to the Cahir Estate. It is believed to be a creation of the celebrated 19th century architect, John Nash. Complete with a delicate thatched roof and botanically inspired wooden designs, the exterior of the cottage is curvaceous and rustic. It is also somewhat ahead of its time, for while it is traditional in its design, it has a bucolic and almost art nouveau elegance to it.

The sylvan theme continues inside, with a splendid spiral wooden staircase that begs to be touched, and delicately decorated rooms. This includes some of the first ever in-situ examples of Parisian Dufour wallpaper. Despite having been left to nature for many years, Swiss Cottage was rescued from ruin in 1985 and renovated. It has been a popular tourist attraction since it was reopened as a museum in 1989.

Open every year from April to September, the cottage is accessible only by guided tour. However, the fee is nominal and it is worth every penny to be transported back in time by this fascinating and unusual piece of County Tipperary heritage.


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Cahir House Hotel £62
Cahir House Hotel

Cahir House Hotel

The Square, Cahir
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 146 reviews
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    Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage. Saint Patrick's Well and Marlfield Lake are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Kilcoran Lodge Hotel £53
    Kilcoran Lodge Hotel

    Kilcoran Lodge Hotel

    Cahir, Cahir
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 39 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Cahir, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage and Mitchelstown Cave. Saint Patrick's Well and Cashel Heritage Centre are also within 16 miles (25 km).

      Clonmel Park Hotel £64
      Clonmel Park Hotel

      Clonmel Park Hotel

      Cahir Road, Clonmel
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 195 reviews
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        Situated in Clonmel, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Saint Patrick's Well and Marlfield Lake. Old St. Mary's Church and Main Guard are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Kilmaneen Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast £63
        Kilmaneen Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

        Kilmaneen Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

        Newcastle, Clonmel, Tipperary, Ardfinnan
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 5 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Ardfinnan, this bed & breakfast is within 12 miles (20 km) of Swiss Cottage, Cahir Castle and Saint Patrick's Well. Marlfield Lake and Old St. Mary's Church are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Baileys Hotel Cashel £88
          Baileys Hotel Cashel

          Baileys Hotel Cashel

          42 Main Street, Cashel
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 241 reviews
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            Located in the heart of Cashel, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cashel Heritage Centre, Bolton Library and Saint Peter the Rock Cathedral. Cashel Folk Village and Dominics Abbey are also within 5 minutes.

            Fennessy's Hotel £63
            Fennessy's Hotel

            Fennessy's Hotel

            32 GLADSTONE STREET, Clonmel
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 2 reviews
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              Situated in Clonmel, this hotel is steps away from South Tipperary County Museum and Main Guard.

              O'briens Cashel Lodge £76
              O'briens Cashel Lodge

              O'briens Cashel Lodge

              Rock House, Cashel
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Cashel, this campsite is close to Hore Abbey, Rock of Cashel and Bru Boru Cultural Centre. Also nearby are Cashel Folk Village and Dominics Abbey.

                Glasha
                Glasha

                Glasha

                Ballymacarbry (via Clonmel) ,, Ballymacarbry
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Ballymacarbry, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Old St. Mary's Church, Main Guard and South Tipperary Arts Centre. Saint Patrick's Well and Marlfield Lake are also within 9 miles (15 km).