High Nelly Cottage

Clough near Abbeyleix, County Laois (Ref. 923044)


Very good

Hogans Irish Cottages rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Review(s)

  • Julie

    “We loved High Nelly cottage- it is a real gem.”

    So much character! The children loved sleeping in the mezzanine.

    So much character! The children loved sleeping in the mezzanine. It is charming, comfortable and cosy and a great base for exploring the area. We hope to stay again.

    - Julie, July 2020


  • Two mezzanine bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area with electric woodburner-effect stove
  • Utility.
  • Electric radiators with electric stove
  • Multi-fuel range, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Saorview, Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Sloping ceilings in bedrooms with limited headroom. The cottage is situated right next door to the farm house on a working farm with farm workers, tractors and animals, we have a small, quiet, campsite here too.

The property

This attractive stone-built, thatched cottage is in the quiet hamlet of Clough, 8.5 miles from Abbeyleix in County Laois.

This cottage is full of character, boasting exposed beams while the kitchen features a traditional range, making it an ideal location for people who are looking to escape to another era.

Step into the cottage through the quaint stable door and you are greeted with a cosy open plan living area, perfect for relaxing with the whole family.

Adventurous chefs in the group can fire up the range cooker, whipping up delicious meals while the family gather round the farmhouse style dining table planning the next day’s adventures.

After a busy day of exploring, evenings can be spent curled up in front of the cosy electric stove, enjoying quality time together.

Up the staircase onto the mezzanine level are two bedrooms which overlook the living area, each featuring sloping ceilings and exposed wooden beams adding to the traditional feel of this olde worlde cottage.

Outside, children and pets can play on the lawn, while the grown-ups enjoy a glass of wine or an alfresco lunch in the sunshine.

The local pub is a stone’s throw from the cottage and just a short drive takes you to the town of Rathdowney, with a variety of shops, pubs and other amenities.

At nearby Rathdowney Golf Club you can spend a quiet afternoon escaping from the hustle and bustle, the perfect time to perfect your swing.

Don’t forget to bring your clubs!

The surrounding area is full of interesting days out to suit everyone.

Explore the Heritage Museum in Abbeyleix and find out more about the history of the area, or go for a peaceful wander around the splendid lakes and woodlands of Heywood Gardens.

For a more energetic trek, visit the Slieve Bloom Mountains where there is a walk to suit all levels and reaching the top rewards you with views that go on for miles.

This delightful thatched cottage makes the perfect escape in the quiet Irish countryside.

About the location


Rock of Dunamaise 11 miles; Castlecomer 11 miles; Slieve Blooms 20 miles; Kilkenny 20.5 miles

The town of Abbeyleix lies in the south of County Laois, not far from the border of County Kilkenny. Founded in the 18th century, the town is home to a large range of historical structures, from ancient ringforts, burial grounds and churches, to beautiful estate houses and the town once had a carpet factory, which produced some of the carpets used on the Titanic. The town also offers a number of shops and pubs, including Morrissey's, one of Ireland’s finest and best loved pubs. Heritage House is a heritage centre which provides visitor information and an exhibition on the county's history and local attractions. It also provides guided tours of the museum and runs workshops throughout the year. Original antique carpets and vintage costumes are on display, alongside archaeological and historical artefacts, while the enclosed playground on site has attractive wooden play equipment with a maritime theme, to tie in with the Titanic connection. Abbeyleix is a wonderful base to explore Laois, Kilkenny and the rest of the South East.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute