Self-catering restored Georgian house - private, peaceful and fully-equipped
James O Brien
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Excellent Home Away From Home In A Quaint Location
The four of us thoroughly enjoyed Jame's property during our five night stay in Ireland. The home was comfortable - it maintained it's rustic feel as an older home, but contained all the modern amenities you will need.
As for the home, we had plenty of room (four bedrooms to choose from), which could easily accommodate four couples. The kitchen and living quarters were plenty spacious. There is no main grocery store in the town of Kinnitty, but James recommended one to go to prior to our arrival. The home had plenty of accessories (pans, utensils, spices, etc.) for cooking. Should you need a last minute item, there were two stores in town within walking distance that carried the common necessities. But the best feature we enjoyed was coming back every night and starting a fire and burning peat in the fireplace - it warmed up the room quickly, and gave off a wonderful smell while it was burning.
Kinnitty was an excellent central point for our travel plans. We could wander off in any direction and be there within an hour and a half (Dublin, Galway and Tipperary). If you wanted to take the train (as we did to Dublin), it was just up the road in Tullamore. At night, there were two local pubs within walking distance - with Slieve Bloom Bar being right next door. There is Irish music sessions performed by local musicians on Wednesday nights. It moves between villages every week - we missed the session in Kinnitty by a week, but one of locals at Giltrap's Pub told us about the one being held in Cadamstown (Dempsey's Pub) - just 5 Km up the road. We also found the Dungeon Bar up at Kinnitty Castle as a great place for food and entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights. Being at the base of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, there were plenty of easy trails to take in (I'm sure there were more challenging ones too, but they were not in our agenda).
Thank you James for being a great host, and readily accessible when we needed you. We look forward to a return visit to the area, and hope your home is available when we do come back.
Great home for visiting the Central Region
James' house was perfect for our group while flying in the hot air balloon meet in Birr. James was a wonderful host and even had a roaring fire going when we arrived in the evening to check in. The house was perfect with a bedroom downstairs and 3 upstairs. Everything was clean and in great condition. The people in Kinnitty were friendly and welcoming, and we had a wonderful week long stay.
We hope to visit again sometime and would gladly stay here again.
Great place right next to a great Irish pub. James even came to help when we locked ourselves out.
My family and I spent a comfortable week here. We enjoyed it immensely, from the friendly village and great pub so close and lovely Mr O'Brien next door on hand to help, to discovering the heart of Ireland and all it has to offer. I would thoroughly recommend Lismooney House to anybody.
We loved Lismooney House. Jimmy O'brian was a wonderful host.
The property had everything we needed. And we liked the small town of Kinnitty.
Great location for day trippers
Great house for 4 adults, we took day trips all over, even had a trip to the Giant's Causeway! We kept saying we were going to the pub, but we were so comfortable in the house we never made it. Next trip!
This is a wonderful base for exploring and discovering the Slieve Bloom and its Environmental Park, there are many walking trails, two equestrian centres, Kinnitty Castle Hotel, the ancient monastic site of Clommacnoise, Birr Castle Gardens and Telescope, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Lough Boora Parklands, Birr Heritage Town and much more.
There are also three full Golf courses within a 20 minute drive with many more in close proximity to Kinnitty.
The Shannon river is only a 20 minute drive, while one of it's most magnificent lakes, Lough Derg, and it's array of activities, is only 35 minutes away.
Fishing is very popular in the area, both on the Shannon and its many tributaries.
Local Festivals include Birr Vintage Week (Aug), The Tullamore Show (Aug) Tullamore Phoenix Festival (July), Slieve Bloom Storytelling (October), Irish Fleadh Ceoil in Tullamore (Aug ) as well as weekly organised walking trips with the local club.
Kinnitty Castle is a centre of Irish music.
Other Activities: Birr Castle's magnificent gardens (10 min); Water sports on Lough Derg (30 min); Lough Boora bog Parklands; Kinnitty Castle; Falconry
Golf: For the golf lover, there is an abundance of golf courses in the vicinity, some within a ten minute drive and many more that are easily accessible.