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Guide to Alternative Accommodation

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There is nothing like the comfort and convenience of a hotel, however there are times when we need accommodation that offers us more independence to come and go as we please; dine where and when we want or even get closer to the great outdoors.

Kilkenny offers a variety of self-catering; camping, B&B and rental accommodation to choose from. Here we have selected some of our most popular alternative accommodation choices: 


Camping & Glamping

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Butterfly Valley Glamping is a unique luxury camping experience located in an area known locally as the ‘Happy Valley’ of Thomastown. Located about two kilometres from Thomastown in the heart of beautiful Kilkenny countryside, the glampsite overlooks the woods and the river Nore. This intimate site offers luxury bell tents and wooden pods with comfy beds, that will convince even the most reluctant camper of the benefits of enjoying the outdoors. A converted wooden lodge accommodates a fully equipped kitchen/dining/chill out area where tea/coffee and board games are available. Also in the lodge are our luxury bathroom facilities. An outdoor BBQ and play area allow you to reconnect with the outdoors. At night a campfire area allows stargazing and toasting marshmallows while sipping a cold beer while the sun goes down. They are located within easy access of Thomastown in a secure, secluded site and is also centrally located to explore the Sunny Southeast.

Call: 086 8610116
Visit: butterflyvalleyglamping.ie

nore valley park


This family run site is located in a quiet, peaceful valley overlooking the River Nore. There are beautiful wooden lodges, a total of 35 Caravan Sites and 35 Tent Pitches on site with Free showers and hot water. A high standard of cleanliness is priority throughout the site and amenities with no noise or socialising after midnight. Situated on an open farm, patrons have free access to the farm and children are encouraged to assist in animal feeding along with numerous fun activities throughout the day.

Call: 056 7727229
Visit: www.norevalleypark.com

Jenkinstown House Shepherds Huts 00023


Jenkinstown House is the perfect glamping hideaway located just 15 minutes from Kilkenny City. Located on the grounds of a truly magnificent residence are self catering Shepherds Huts, the perfect choice for those seeking to immerse themselves on a relaxing escape in the stunning Kilkenny countryside. Plan your bespoke getaway in one of their Shepherds Huts located on the grounds of Jenkinstown House. Each hut is self-catering with a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Each hut has it’s own patio complete with deck chairs, table and parasol. A garden door gives you direct access into Jenkinstown Woods which offers lovely walks, woodland trails and picnic areas.

Call: 087 09 15 087
Visit: jenkinstownhouse.com


Self Catering



Mount Coggill self catering Kilkenny is a delightful, contemporary country house, built within the ruins of a traditional farmhouse on the Kilkenny, Carlow boarders in South East Ireland. The house was re-modelled in 2000 using green oak. This Kilkenny self catering accommodation consists of a spacious house and will sleep 8 comfortably. It is sitting on top of a hill over 400 feet above sea level and has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Kilkenny plain. It is set in 30 acres of farm land and forest – the garden is semi-wild with grassed areas. It is a very unusual house set in splendid isolation down a rough country boreen (small lane) which leads only to this house.

Call: 087 1314994
Visit: www.mountcoggill.com



Welcome to the charmingly charismatic Killure Lodge, a four star, Fáilte Ireland approved self-catering holiday home, set in the rich countryside of Kilkenny. The unique farmhouse, made of Limestone is located in the heart of Ireland’s “Sunny South East” and boasts rural beauty, country seclusion and ancient land. The family home and cottages cater for small groups looking to escape the busy city life for some fresh air and an active, exciting holiday. The lodge is fully self-contained with complete facilities, offering you comfort in a home away from home setting.

Call: 059 9775567
Visit: www.killure.ie

Croan Cottages


Set on the ground of an eighteenth century Irish Manor House, Croan Cottages are 5 recently built, traditional style cottages offering self catering accommodation in Kilkenny. The cottages are set around a charming courtyard, surrounded by beautifully mature Lime trees, with a duck pond, boules court and games area close by. Visitors will appreciate the extreme comfort, relaxing nature and high end facilities Croan Cottages has to offer. Relax and enjoy splendid surroundings with Castle Morres demesne just next door, an impressive forest park of almost 2,000 acres, walled gardens and Orchards providing plenty of fresh produce for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Call: 056 7766868
Visit: www.croancottages.com


Bed & Breakfasts



Oldtown Farmhouse is a spacious and friendly Kilkenny Bed and Breakfast based on a family run farm, situated on an elevated site with scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Oldtown Farmhouse B&B is home to an award winning and world renowned propagation nursery and 2000-year-old Ring Fort, where guests can receive a complimentary guided tour. Nearby attractions and adventure activities are just a stone’s throw away with Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Club just 1km away and Kell’s Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, Jerpoint Glass and Kiltorcan Raceway Karting just 5 minutes away.

Call: 056 7728224
Visit: www.oldtownfarmhouse.com

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Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast Kilkenny is situated in a quiet country setting, yet only 5 minutes by car from the small historic city of Kilkenny. This Kilkenny B&B Kilkenny promotes Ireland and the Irish way of life to all their visitors. Each guest room contains a brochure giving information concerning Kilkenny and the surrounding area with regards to RestaurantsBars, Music VenuesAttractionsHistorical sitesCraft centresWoodland walksShopping etc. They are here to help you enjoy your stay in Kilkenny and in Ireland and are on hand to help make it most enjoyable one. Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Twin Oaks includes a triple, or family room en-suite, a double room en-suite, and a double standard room with it`s own private bathroom. Relax in the evening after your travels in our comfortable guest lounge, where TV is available. Every morning, in the spacious dining room guests can choose the breakfast option from the varied menu including home-made bread and jams. Options for vegans and vegetarians can also be accommodated upon request. Evening dinner can be booked in advance, or if booked prior to 5 pm at the latest, on the day of arrival. 

Call: 056 7729082

Visit: twinoakskilkenny.com

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Kilbawn Country House is a family run Bed & Breakfast situated in the heart of County Kilkenny, surrounded with magnificent views of the countryside including Mount Leinster. Our rooms are furnished with King size orthopaedic beds and electric blankets for extra comfort. We are just a 20-minute drive from Kilkenny City and Medieval Kilkenny Castle, 10 minutes’ drive from Jerpoint Abbey & Park, 15 minutes from Duiske Abbey in Graiguenamanagh, while Kilfane Glen & Waterfall is just 5 minutes away. We are ideally situated to tour the South East with Wexford, Waterford Crystal, Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle in Tipperary all within a 1-hour drive.


Visit: kilbawnhouse.com