Stunning thatched property: Nanny Murphy's Cottage


Earth house hosted by Michael

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Featured in the Irish Times, Independent & sustainable building websites; this unique property is all about traditional Irish culture, heritage & passionate craftsmanship. Quiet, cosy and romantic, it boasts many authentic features (cob walls, open fireplace, exposed beams) that transport you back to old Ireland! Includes modern conveniences for comfort. Great central location in beautiful countryside - ideal for exploring Ireland's gems. This isn't just a place to stay - its an experience...

The space
Unwind, relax and kick back in this very special property. If you're intrigued by Irish history and want to experience old Ireland, or if you're seeking artisitc inspiration - this place is for you.

Authentically furnished with pretty patterns and traditional textures, the cottage has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to five people. The kitchen is well equipped and the bathroom cosy with a large shower. The main living area is true to traditional form: stove fireplace, drop-leaf sliding dining table (to create space for Irish dancing and singing), timber mezzanine walkway, Irish trinkets on shelves, exposed beams, curved cob ceilings, cute sash windows and the famous Bodhrán (Irish musical drum). All this, with the sensitive introduction of modern conveniences to ensure a comfortable, safe, enjoyable stay.

With links to the Irish Department for Culture and Heritage, it's the only rentable thatched cottage in the whole of County Longford! Renovated using century-old techniques, local building materials and labour, you'll be able to touch and smell 24" thick walls made from mud and straw. You'll be able to experience living under a thatched roof made from Irish reed; make your own fire in the stove fireplace by hand selecting your Irish turf blocks from the 'home-pile' and experience the aroma of burning peat - a familiar smell for Irish inhabitants for thousands of years.

Intimate tours can be arranged with the host (popular stonemason, poet and history buff) who can answer most questions about local and Irish history - a rare character. He can also show you his private collection of traditional Irish farming implements (free on request), the Haggard (on-site arts/entertainment space, on request) and if you ask...he'll even demonstrate the Bodhrán drum!

Freshly ironed bed linen, extra towels, blankets and basic toiletries provided. Free off-road parking (up to 4 cars). Alternative sleeping arrangements and camp bed can be organised on request

This is 'the' quintessential, immersive, Irish experience.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 single bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer

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4.96 out of 5 stars from 158 reviews


Where you’ll be

County Longford, Ireland

The cottage is located in a small, tight-knit community who will welcome you with open arms. Local shop (4 min walk), Arvagh town (5 min drive - pharmacy, pubs, banks, post office, petrol station), larger towns of Longford or Cavan (30 min drive). Nearest pub (5 min drive). Arvagh is famous for being the only place in Ireland where you can stand where three provinces meet (Ulster, Leinster and Connacht).

For walkers: there's Bruse Mountain, many lakes (e.g. Lough Gowna), beautiful Irish countryside with trails. Fishermen: you'll be spolit for choice. Interested in history, there's: heritage sites including Aughnacliffe’s 5,000-year-old portal dolmen, abbey ruins, Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre (Iron-Age bog road) and more. Explorers and Sports: kyaking, boating, water sports, equestrian, golf, hiking & cycling. Fun lovers: sample Ireland's finest, rural pubs and local hospitality. Don't mention the Guinness?!

Nearby: Lough Rynn Castle - a luxury castle hotel on the shores of Lough Rynn, Leitrim (20 min drive). The birthplace of 'Margaret of New Orleans' in Carrigallan (10 min drive). Lady Baltimore's Statue in Bornacoola (20 min drive). For those attending functions or require accommodation for fishing parties, the cottage is an ideal choice.

Hosted by Michael

  1. Joined in July 2014
  • 158 Reviews
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Self employed and self taught protector of vernacular buildings..I have a passion for the stories surrounding the people who built and lived in them. And then to make these stories and buildings come to life and bring them to a new audience....
Self employed and self taught protector of vernacular buildings..I have a passion for the stories surrounding the people who built and lived in them. And then to make these stories…

During your stay

The owner (/cottage-builder/poet/historian) can have as little, or as much interaction with you as possible - you decide. If you’re a solo adventurer - great. If you fancy a personal tour guide, there's fewer better people than the owner himself. With an extensive network of contacts, he can put you in touch with someone who'll provide you with nearly everything you might need on your trip. There'll always be someone available if you need.
The owner (/cottage-builder/poet/historian) can have as little, or as much interaction with you as possible - you decide. If you’re a solo adventurer - great. If you fancy a person…

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
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