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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

Cahir House Hotel

The Square, Cahir
3.8
of 5, from 135 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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 Bay Lough are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£52
Kilcoran Lodge Hotel

Kilcoran Lodge Hotel

Cahir, Cahir
4.0
of 5, from 25 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. Bay Lough is 6.9 mi (11.2 km) away.

£72
Clonmel Park Hotel

Clonmel Park Hotel

Cahir Road, Clonmel
4.0
of 5, from 176 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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).

£65
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 9 miles (15 km) of Swiss Cottage, Bay Lough and Cahir Castle. Saint Patrick's Well and Marlfield Lake are also within 12 miles (20 km).

£105
Baileys Hotel Cashel

Baileys Hotel Cashel

42 Main Street, Cashel
4.7
of 5, from 228 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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.

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, Marfield Lake and Main Guard. South Tipperary Arts Centre and Saint Patrick's Well are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Ballinacourty House

Ballinacourty House

Glen of Aherlow, Tipperary
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Aherlow, this bed & breakfast is within 16 miles (25 km) of Athassel Abbey, Mitchelstown Golf Club and Cahir Castle. Swiss Cottage and Hore Abbey are also within 20 miles (32 km).

£46
Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel

Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel

Limerick Junction, Tipperary
4.5
of 5, from 59 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Limerick Junction, this spa hotel is within 16 miles (25 km) of Athassel Abbey, Hore Abbey and Bolton Library. Grange Stone Circle and Cashel Folk Village are also within 20 miles (32 km).