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Preston House

Abbeyleix, County Laois, County Laois (Ref. 1035225)

Hogans Irish Cottages rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


  • Over-three-floors
  • Six bedrooms: 2 x super king-size with en-suite shower basin and WC, 4 x king with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room
  • Reception room
  • Reception room with open fire
  • Oil central heating with 2 x open fires
  • Cooker and gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV, a selection of DVDs and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter packs for fires inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towel inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for six cars
  • Enclosed courtyard with both lawn and patio
  • One well-behaved dog allowed downstairs only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles

The property

Preston House, which was built circa 1820, is a striking Georgian dwelling sitting in the heart of Abbeyleix town, Ireland.

In its many histories the building has been a residential building, a school, an auction house, a building society and a guesthouse to name but a few.

Most recently, Preston accommodated a fine dining restaurant, but this magnificent and spacious accommodation is now the ideal location for large families looking to self-cater or groups of friends looking to celebrate a special occasion in the stunning Laois County.

Step into the warmth of the arresting hallway and make your way into the well-decorated sitting room with pretty wallpaper, to gather on the sofas as you admire the excellent art and charm of the original fireplace whilst catching up with friends and family, sharing fond memories and laughing at the fun times from holidays gone.

Feel like a famous chef as you prepare a feast for all in the commercial kitchen to be served up in the grandeur of the dining room where you will find a charming original fireplace and an impressive bar area, the perfect place to gather in celebration with a chilled bottle of champagne as you toast to memorable moments and a lifetime of happiness with your nearest and dearest.

Wander through the corridors of the mesmerising ground floor and discover two wonderful reception rooms.

The first of the receptions has been decorated with a lovely green wallpaper and traditional furnishings including a large dining table where guests can spend the evening playing entertaining board games as they listen to the musician of the group take to the piano to fill the room with peaceful symphonies.

Curl into the armchairs in the second of the receptions and watch as light and warmth flicker from the open fire and indulge in some quiet time as you lose yourself in gripping tales from your favourite book.

Head up to the first floor to find two roomy king bedrooms and a super king room, each boasting traditional mahogany furniture and an airy en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, a basin and WC.

A further three bedrooms can be located up a second flight of stairs, two of which are home to king suites and also feature shower rooms with walk-in shower, basin and WC.

The final bedroom is a spacious chamber with a mahogany super-king-size bed, furniture to match and steps leading down to a bright en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, double basin and WC. Laugh in the garden as you dine alfresco on a warm summer's day and sip on refreshingly cold beverages whilst basking in the sun. Every day, there is an adventure waiting to happen in Laois.

With its mountains, canals, forest trails, rivers & lakes, Laois is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Preston House and Abbeyleix is the perfect location starting point to explore.

Rich in history, Laois has been home to the Vikings, Quakers, French Huguenots to name but a few.

All have left their mark around the county making it a wonderful place to step back in time.

Discover lavish country estates and woodlands, climb ancient castles and visit round towers.

Explore the towns and villages and meet our most unrivalled treasure, our people, who are warm and friendly, and easy with a smile, always ready to let you in on the amazing local secrets.

Preston House is the perfect base for discovering Laois and Ireland’s Ancient East, it’s so close to everything.

Enjoy a group outing to Castlecomer Discovery Park where you can while away the hours fishing on the lake or embarking on a stunning trail through the woodland. Visit the historical Donaghmore Workhouse and Agricultural Museum to learn of the town’s rich history and farming roots before heading to Aghaboe Abbey and then making your way back into the centre of town. Abbeyleix is a real hiker’s destination of late with the fantastic bog walk on the doorstep of Preston and the many leafy loops of Durrow.

The Sleive Bloom mountains are cyclist’s paradise.

Quiet lanes, gentle and challenging slopes and a new Mountain Bike trail is a huge attraction not to mention a labyrinth of walkways amongst the forests and streams.

Preston House is close to the famous and medieval Rock of Dunamaise, Emo Court and Parklands, Timahoe Round Tower, Heywood Gardens, and only up the street 200m from the Preston is the Abbeyleix Heritage House and Museum show casing all the amazing history of our town.

Laois is a county of festivals from the Ploughing Championships, the Electric Picnic, Twin Trees Heywood Art and Culture Festival, the National Steam Rally, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, the Gordon Bennett Classic Car Run and much more.

Grab a bite to eat at one of the many well-established restaurants in the area and share a pint or two with the locals down at the pub.

Celebrate in style with all your family and friends at Preston House.

Discover Abbeyleix.

Discover Laois.

Discover a great getaway waiting for you!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of €300.

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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
  • Christmas