Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lismacue House, Tipperrary, Ireland- A Hidden Ireland Property [UPDATE: Property is no longer with Hidden Ireland]

After our stay at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, we drove down the back roads to Cahir and from there back up into County Tipperrary; where we were due to stay the night at Lismacue just outside of  Bansha.  I'd booked the property through Hidden Ireland and had seen some favorable reviews on Tripadvisor.  The drive turns directly off of the N24 just on the southern outskirts of Bansha.  It's easy to miss (we did), just keep your eyes open for the white stones marking the turnout and gates.  After making our way up the lovely lime allee', we were not disappointed by our first glimpse of the property.
Lismacue is a lovely old country house, dating back to 1813, that is still occupied by the original owner's family.
The house has five rooms in the guest wing (pictured above), though one was under repair during our stay.  We were the only guests that night and were warmly greeted by our hostess, Kate Nicholson.  Well, technically, we were first greeted by our hostess' very friendly dog, Luther.
Kate showed us to our room, with a double bed and a twin bed on the second floor.
The room featured lovely views of the surrounding countryside and an ensuite bath.  After leaving our bags in the room, we went out for a stroll around the grounds.  Lismacue sits out in the fields, with a horse paddock out front and a cow pasture just beyond the ha-ha at the edge of the lawn.
Around the bend in the drive is the lime allee and a quaint little stone bridge across the River Ara'.
Luther, the house dog, accompanied us on our walk.
Kate can provide dinner to guests if arranged in advance, and we had wisely chosen to to do.  We were invited to relax in the library where drinks were served and a nice fire was burning.

How very civilized.
Dinner was quite good, and we were joined by Kate's husband, Jim Nicholson.  He proved a convivial host, and we enjoyed our dinner.  While we only stayed the one night, I think that Lismacue would be a good base for exploring County Tipperary and the environs.  Both Cahir and Cashel are quite close by and the countryside is beautiful.

UPDATE:  It appears that Lismacue is no longer with Hidden Ireland.  However, the house can still be booked through their website at : www.lismacue.com.  Interestingly, the entire house is also bookable through Airbnb.

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