About this listing
Welcome to the Gardener's Shed, a rural escape with stunning views of the rolling green Leinster hills. We're very near Carlow's most famous places - Huntington Castle, Rathwood, Altamont Gardens and more. The two-storey open-plan layout gives ample space for two or for a young family. You'll be at peace and in comfort. Wifi included.
This cosy, modern living space is ideal for a single, couple or young family. The peaceful, rural setting, has enchanted our guests. surrounded by rolling green hills with a beautiful view of Leinster's Blackstairs Mountains, you are within easy touring distance of Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, and Carlow towns. The famous Altamont Gardens, haunted Huntington Castle and brewers of the tasty O'Hara's Beer are close by.
A fully furnished cottage (kitchen, bed & bath linen, etc) and breakfast starter pack (milk, bread, butter, eggs, coffee, tea, sugar) are part of the package.
We like to greet you and will give you as much guidance as you seek. Otherwise, we tend to let guests do their thing.
You'll need wheels. Most people prefer a car to a bike, as Ardattin is the nearest village (3km), with Tullow, Clonegal, Bunclody and Carlow offering a huge range of shopping, restaurants and other attractions within a 10-20 km radius. We are near the River Slaney with 3km of river beat and woodland for our guests to explore. Fishing (trout and sometimes salmon) is popular on the Slaney, from March-August - please enquire. Riding, golf (Mount Wolseley), micro-brewery, haunted castles (Huntington, Shankill), award-winning gardens (Altamont, Hardymount), and kayaking (via a local outdoor adventure company) provide a surprisingly rich and diverse set of activities for our guests - though many opt to relax by the stove and enjoy the quiet!
You'll have the house and garden at your disposal. Three km of private Slaney river beat and ancient woodland are just down the hill from you - not always fully accessible in summer. Parking right next to the cottage. Recyling / composting area is tucked just behind the adjacent granite wall.
Interaction with guests
Our cottages are self-catering. We're 500 m down the road from you, and on the phone; if you have questions and are happy to guide you, and we'll stop by from time to time to mow and see how you're getting along. Otherwise we tend to leave our guests to do their own thing, which is what most of our guests seek.
Peace. Views. A bit on the wild side. Sheep, horses. Organic hay fields. A resident yoga teacher. The perfect place from which to tour Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Waterford, beaches, historic sites, breweries, shopping malls... and then come home to rest.
We recommend having a car, though we can highly recommend cycling as a touring option, and occasionally guests have relied solely on walking and cycling. We are 3km from the nearest village, Ardattin, with several other towns and attractions between 10 and 50 minutes' drive (Clonegal's Huntington Castle, award-winning Altamont Gardens, golf resort Mount Wolseley, riding schools, kayaking, the historic towns of Kilkenny and Wexford, etc).
Buses run from Tullow (8km from here), buses and trains from Carlow (25km from us).
Taxis are available.
Please see our Airbnb Guidebook for more information on local things to do.
Other things to note
Utilities are not included in long term (1 month +) stays. We take a meter reading when you arrive and settle up according to ESB rates when you leave (or monthly, for longer stays). You can expect €50 - €100 in utilities.
3G Wifi is included.
For short term lets, we provide a breakfast starter pack of tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, eggs and butter.
No smoking indoors, please.
Guests are welcome with our prior agreement at no extra charge, usually limited to 2 extra guests. No parties, please.
Long term bookings: You are responsible for managing your waste: compost bin, recycling and rubbish bin are provided. Instructions about how to go about separating recycling is provided.
If rubbish/recycling is left behind, we charge a Service Fee of €50 per bag of rubbish (in good faith).
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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Mom of four, yoga teacher, lover of walks in the woods. We try to communicate clearly what it's like living in our beautiful rural spot, and hope our guests love the place for what it is: an increasingly rare clean-air, clean-water (both cottages have their own well) place to potter around and relax. Writers, teachers, artists families and executives all seem to revel in the "slow holiday" aspect of the place.