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Killee Cottage

Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

Once one of a number of bothies stretching along this quiet country lane, Killee Cottage and its neighbour are now the only two thatched cottages remaining.

  • Sleeps 2

  • 1 Dog Allowed

  • From €340 for 2 nights

  • Wood Burning Stove

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  • Once one of a number of bothies stretching along this quiet country lane, Killee Cottage is one of only two thatched cottages remaining.  The boundary of this property ends at a small stream and there is a large garden with endless views stretching over the neighbouring fields.  Originally the cottage was probably a lobby entry one or two roomed labourer’s dwelling that was tied to the Montgomery Estate (Field Marshall Montgomery’s family).  Later it was extended towards the river to provide a bedroom for the expanding family and farm economy as the cottage became linked to a small farm of approximately 12 acres.

    Facilities:

    • 1 Double Bedroom
    • Oil Heating
    • Wood Burning Stove in Sitting Room
    • Electric Oven
    • Microwave
    • Fridge under counter with icebox
    • Towels and Linens provided
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron and ironing board
    • Cooking Utensils and Equipment
    • Washing machine and tumbler dryer
    • Bathroom, with walk in shower
    • Wild Meadow Garden
    • Radio
    • Parking for 1 car

    WiFi Free Zone:  Irish Landmark believes that digital detox is good for the mind, body and soul.  This is why Irish Landmark properties advocate the properties in our care as WiFi and television free zones. Reconnecting with our lives, nature, our surroundings, books, as well as family and friends, is vital for a happy life. This continues to make us very proud and happy to be a WiFi Free Zone.

    Special Notes:

    There is a step down immediately on opening the front gate so please take extra care on arrival at the property.  This is an early C19th cottage so there are a number of low doorways so please mind your head!

    Please note:  Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures.  It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay.

    A contribution towards light and heat is applied to all bookings.   As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs.   It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.

    Before and after Restoration

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    before
    after
  • Once one of a number of cottages stretching along this quiet country lane, known locally as The Mall, Killee Cottage and its neighbour are now the only two thatched cottages remaining.  The boundary of this property ends at a small stream and there is a large garden with endless views stretching over the neighbouring fields.

    The cottage is located in a landscape that has changed very little since the mid 19th century.  The buildings that appear on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map are generally still in existence and there has been no excessive rural development since.

    Killee Cottage appears on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map (surveyed 1841-42) as one of a collection of three dwellings facing the public road with shared commonage to the rear.  The stream forms the East boundary.

    The larger scale 1897 Ordnance Survey map has the same arrangement except that the middle dwelling has been lost and the land to the rear is divided between the two remaining dwellings.  The later map also shows the cottage having been extended to the west (outbuildings) and the enclosed yard to the front is also shown.

    The cottage is likely to date from the early 19th century or may even be late 18th century.  It was probably built as a direct entry two room cottage and is a good example of the vernacular farm cottage typical of the South of Ireland.  As is often found in such houses, the room on the East side nearest the stream would have been the byre, with drainage directly to the stream.

    The walls are constructed of local rubble stone and mud.  Externally the thickness of the walls allows for window seats to the cills which take advantage of the south-facing elevation.  The walls to the east end of the cottage nearest the stream are of a much later concrete construction.  The porch is also of relatively modern construction.

    Originally Killee Cottage was probably a one or two roomed labourer’s dwelling that was tied to the Montgomery Estate (Field Marshall Montgomery’s family).  Later it was extended towards the river to provide a bedroom for the expanding family and farm economy as the cottage became linked to a small farm of approximately 12 acres.  The bedroom extension may have replaced the byre or may have been built to replace a previously existing room behind the current hearth.

    Though the cottage now consists of a direct-entry plan, it may originally have been of a lobby-entry plan type with a room behind the main hearth.   This room was possibly removed to allow for the construction of the outbuildings.  If so, the recess to the left of the hearth was the entry from the main room to this additional room.

    The remains of the early, battered, stone-built windbreak jambs either side of the front door inside the porch suggest that this was the main entrance from an early date, if not originally.  The battered walling at the two front windows may have been constructed as a built-in buttress as part of the original cottage as well.  This walling now forms two deep window seats to use to enjoy the sunshine.

    When Irish Landmark took on the restoration of this cottage it looked very different from how it does today.  The most obvious change is the hearth.  The cupboards on either side of the hearth were removed along with the inserted 20th century fireplace enabling the hearth to be opened up to its original size.  Even the original bressumer beam was still in place supporting the opening.

    The current kitchen/living room had been divided up to provide another bedroom with a bed loft above. This partition wall was removed to bring the room back to its original proportions.  There was evidence that there was originally a door in the back wall of the kitchen, but it had been partially blocked up and turned into a window.  This was opened up again to give access to the back garden.

    The bathroom was originally a single bedroom and has been turned into a smart shower room.  The double bedroom was retained in its original location and repainted a similar deep pink colour.

     

     

     

  • Loc8: Q85-46-W52
    GPS: 52.271612 , -8.335655

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY:

    Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in.  Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired.  Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting.  In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at bookings@irishlandmark.com.

    Arrival and Departure Time?

    Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m.  Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm.   Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.

    Is there a TV?

    No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.

    Is there WiFi?

    No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life:  beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.

    Can I bring a dog?

    Yes.  Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.

    Is linen supplied?

    Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.

    Is there an open fire?

    No.  However there is a wood burning stove in the sitting room.  There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay.  Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property

    Can I bring a dog?

    Yes.  Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.

    Can I light a fire?

    Yes.  You can light the wood burning stove in the sitting room.

    Do I need a car to get here?

    It would be preferable to have a car otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops etc as the lodge is situated on a country lane.

    How do I get the keys?

    When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access for your arrival date.

    Can I arrive early?

    Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager.   The standard earliest arrival is 4pm.  A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.  Actual arrival time MUST be agreed in advance with the local House Manager.

    What is the latest departure time?

    10.00am.  The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.

    How far to the nearest town?

    Mitchelstown is 10 mins drive away.

    Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?

    We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.

    Is it suitable for children?

    Property welcomes 2 adults and 1 infant under the age of 2

    Is it suitable for older people?

    Yes.  Please note that there is one step inside the property.

    Does it have facilities for disabled people?

    No.

    Is it suitable for a wheelchair?

    No.

    Is there central heating?

    Yes, there is oil heating.

    Is the cooker electric or gas?

    Electric

    Is there a shower?

    Yes  - there is a walk in shower in the bathroom.

    How many bathrooms?

    1

    Do you supply towels and bed linen?

    Yes.  The bed will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.

    Can I get to the house by public transport?

    Yes. You would get a train to Mallow or a bus to Mitchelstown and a taxi could take you onwards from there to the lodge. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.

    Where is the nearest train station?

    Mallow.

    Can I book for just one night?

    No.

    What is your minimum booking period?

    Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties.  Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.

    Is there a garden at the house?

    Yes, there is a garden and wildflower meadow.

    Is there parking on site?

    Yes.

    How many cars can I bring to the house?

    1

    Is there outdoor furniture?

    Yes