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The Stables Farmhouse and Lodge

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Ballyhale, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

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This property sleeps: 13 with 6 Doubles, 1 Single room(s)

Set in idyllic landscaped gardens and grounds, complete with tennis court and stunning views over the rolling Kilkenny countryside, this beautifully restored farmhouse and adjacent Lodge and separate games room (converted from the original stables), is a true hidden gem for those seeking a rural holiday base close to Kilkenny city and the wonderful villages and historic sites nearby. 

The 2 properties and games room are accessed off a quiet country lane, through electronic gates – totally self- contained.   It is the perfect choice for a large family gathering, special occasions with friends, or just a really relaxing break.  It is located close to the beautiful village of Thomastown (10km) and the
Mount Juliet Estate.  

The decoration and furnishings are modern and comfortable yet remaining true to the original farmhouse style with an old world ambiance.  The main house comes complete with an Aga at its centre, cosy living rooms, complete with open fires, TVs (SKY) and music centre; and 2 dining rooms, one opening on to the sunny patio and rolling views, the other a sunny conservatory with patio doors. 
The Lodge is opposite and easily accessible for get- together meals whilst the games room is perfect for rainy day activities for everyone.
The Main house sleeps 8, all in double bedrooms on the first floor.  One bedroom (ensuite) is accessed from a stairs adjacent to the kitchen; the other 3 are accessed by stairs from the hall adjacent to the living room (1 ensuite, 2 share a shower room).  There are 2 living and dining rooms, large kitchen, utility room and beautiful patios to enjoy the sunshine all day.  The converted Lodge, which sleeps 5 people (and has wheelchair access) has a lovely living/dining room, complete with open fire, ground floor bedroom and wheelchair access bathroom and a double and a single bedroom on the first floor.

Ballyhale is 1.6 km away and has a pub, and in Knocktopher, 3Km away there is a local shop and post office.  Just 10Km away is the larger town of Thomastown on the River Nore, right in the heart of the scenic Nore Valley and it has a variety of shops, traditional pubs, restaurants and historic ruins which include the well-known
Jerpoint Abbey, Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Craft Shop/Café and Moth to a Flame candle maker – just a few examples of the fine crafts which Kilkenny is so famous for. The medieval town of Kilkenny itself is just 20 minutes away with its beautifully restored historic buildings, charming narrow alleyways, craft shops, boutiques, traditional pubs and many restaurants. There are a number of impressive historic sites in the town such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, the imposing Kilkenny Castle and Rothe House & Gardens.

There is a wide variety of outdoor pursuits on offer in the local area including golf at the excellent Mount
Juliet Golf Club or Kilkenny Golf Club, horse riding at Warrington Stud, water sports at Go With the Flow River Adventures and a huge choice of marked walks and trails through this lovely countryside. 
Gowran Park Racecourse is just 20 minutes’ drive from the property and hosts both National Hunt and Flat Races according to the season.

  • Ballyhale to Kilkenny – 25Km
  • Ballyhale to Rosslare Harbour – 82Km
  • Balllyhale to Dublin – 134Km


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This property is amazing. It was perfect for a large group. The directions on google maps brought us straight to the door and we didn't want to leave! Thanks for a great weekend - Would recommend it to everyone and would love to return again during the summer!

Catherine - 06/02/2017 12:10:38

My family reunion stay in The Stables was hugely enjoyable not least because the property suited our need perfectly. It was homely but spotless and the facilities ensured that there was never a dull moment. Ballyhale and the surrounding countryside is magnificent. PJ and Catherine were most helpful also.

Frank Murray - 30/06/2016 14:50:29

This property was wonderful. Very comfortable and clean. Tennis Court and Games Room were a great asset. Wi Fi would be a benefit and also a bbq would be great. Really enjoyed using the Conservatory as It was ideal for our large group and was bright and sunny. The property was difficult to find so clearer directions would also help. Thank you to Kathleen and PJ for all their help. Hope to return someday 👍👍

Marie Connell - 31/05/2016 23:23:04

Fantastic property and stunning location, lovely warm welcome on arrival. There were 8 in our group but plenty of space without feeling on top of each other.
Facilities were great - bbq, tennis courts, pool table etc. Also the fabulous weather allowed for bbq’s and relaxing on the terrace in the evening.
Have already recommended to friends and family and we will definitely be back

Emma & Rob - 26/06/2015 12:35:14

This property was amazing. The grounds and setting were fantastic. It was a great size as there was 7 adults and two babies staying so plenty of space for us all.
Location wise the house is in a lovely rural setting but only 20 mins from Kilkenny City.
The house is extremely well furnished and very comfy.
The only point I would make is there are three stair cases between the two houses and plenty of steps which is not very safe when traveling with two small children but I should have inquired about this beforehand.
Would definitely recommend this property and would return again.
Brilliant holiday.

Michelle Hagan - 19/08/2014 10:53:44

A really great and secure location to hang out and relax with the family. Well serviced [although wifi would be a bonus] in a peaceful and picturesque setting. Would happily return again.

Ciara Borland - 29/07/2014 22:42:17

Great house, great grounds and even the weather was great on that weekeng we rented it, so we could enjoy the tennis court and a nice picnic on the big south-facing terrace. We truly got away from it all. Thanks to P.J. and Catherine for being most helpful and welcoming.

Jesus Mera - 04/06/2014 10:34:51