Blackstairs Mountain House

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2


Great Value

Blackstairs Mountain House offers a contemporary take on a traditional building; blending both ancient and new styles for a modern-rustic, independent home nestled within a spot of unparalleled tranquil seclusion.

Brimming with rural charm, set off the beaten track down a country lane, this striking home casts an impressive silhouette, with floor-to-ceiling glass fused with local timber in an atrium style, for a  discreet and sympathetic blend of ancient stone, slate and local raw materials.

Set on a hilltop location within the ruins of a rustic farmhouse on the Kilkenny/ Carlow borders, there are views across Mount Leinster and the Castlecomer hills. On a clear day, visitors can look across to the Wicklow Mountains.

Imagine sitting back on the terrace overlooking the panoramic views illuminated with buttercup fields as the sun softens over the hills with a glass of wine; this home offers true restorative peace and beautiful isolation, ideal for creatives, writers and artists and those who wish to escape the madding crowds.

The interiors offer subtle luxury, a home-like atmosphere of comfort and warmth, along with quality and style. The open-plan ground floor is naturally divided into sub spaces, offering a farmhouse style kitchen with central breakfast bar, exposed timber beams and slate tile flooring, for a finish epitomised by understated taste.
The characterful living space offers an eclectic blend of oil paintings, polished antique timber furnishings as well as bottle green leather upholstery, accents of powder blue and vivid cobalt. The lavish, ornate candelabras and sleek marble accessories provide an exotic feel!

Abundant natural light pours in, with floor-to-ceiling glass and lofty ceiling height punctuated by the mezzanine level; there is a natural fusion of indoors and outdoors, with striking views from every angle.

Opulent style jostles alongside post-modern; a contemporary marble and chrome chimney breast contrasting with gilded-framed oil paintings and ornaments; fire logs piled into an oriental porcelain pot, salmon pink cushions scattered on soft cream sofas; ideal for curling up in front of the open fire at the end of the day.

This sumptuous home can comfortably sleep eight guests. The bedrooms are elegantly finished, with pretty floral wallpaper, crisp cotton bedlinen and charming side lamps for a restorative and tranquil space. Abundant with natural charm, the exposed natural timber, crisp cotton linen and fluffy towels provide a boutique hotel ambience and a sedate air of understated sophistication, whether it be the soft blue tones, or antique dressing table.

Blackstairs Mountain House offers additional services such as catering, all the modern appliances as well as twice weekly housekeeping. This unique home with its tone of understated luxury offers unparalleled seclusion, and the very best of a hotel experience along with flawless tranquillity!

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What you should know…

  • Winter heating bills are surplus to the rental fees due to the size of this majestic home
  • The owners live in an adjoining flat, albeit their presence is discreet
  • Unfortunately, the home does not allow children under the age of 8 due to the open staircase, interior balconies and garden pond

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Ground Floor
- Open-plan living and dining area with woodburing stove
- Fully equipped kitchen with Liscannor stone flooring (Co. Clare), microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Bathroom bath and shower

First Floor
- Mezzanine seating area & library
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bathroom with shower

Second Floor (accessed via spiral staircase)
- Living area with excellent views of Mount Leinster & Carlow hills

Exterior Grounds
- Lawned area
- 4 acres of accessible grounds
- Terrace
- Dining facilities

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- TV & DVD
- Laundry facilities
- Plenty of parking


About the surrounding area of Blackstairs Mountain House
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Blackstairs Mountain House is ideally placed for outdoors and nature lovers; from this stunning home, visitors can amble out for river or mountain walks (rivers Barrow and Nore, Mount Leinster, Brandon Hill and the Blackstairs Mountains) exploring the Counties of Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford.

Blackstairs Mountain House is an artist’s, or writer’s paradise. The area is known for it festivals: music, arts and cultural events such as the Festival of Writing and Ideas in Borris House, County Carlow. It is also within easy reach of craft centres, individual craft workshops, historic sites, the Wexford coast line and both the Mount Juliet and Borris golf courses. County Kilkenny is recognised for its arts and crafts population. Dublin is just an hour and a half away.

Keen equestrians will find there is ample opportunity for riding, golfers and those keen on fishing will also be spoilt for choice. This home offers access to country living at its finest!

Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city, whilst Kilkenny is Ireland’s medieval capital. South East Ireland offers sublime natural beauty, rich and intriguing history, diverse and creative culture and extremely hospitable and friendly locals!

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Dublin Airport


Nearest Town/City Kilkenny


Nearest Town/City Borris


Nearest Restaurant Selection in Borris


Nearest Supermarket Aldi Graiguenamanagh


Nearest Golf Borris (9 hole)



 A land of literary greatness, folktales, incomparably romantic landscapes and legendary good times, Ireland is an unsung hero when it comes to fantastic European destinations ripe for exploration.

There’s so much to love in Ireland, whatever you choose you’ll end up leaving a piece of your heart there (and returning again and again to check on it). Luckily, we’ve got a great selection of luxury holiday homes in Ireland that make the perfect home-from-home – and they’re just as welcoming as you imagine.

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Children over the age of ten will delight in this enchanting home with its never-ending and varied grounds! The eclectically styled interiors will appeal to creative types, whilst the acres of natural grounds, ancient trees, wild flowers and overgrowth offer hours of exploration.

For outdoorsy types, this part of Ireland is rich with opportunity, whether it be cycling, river rafting or horse riding, the opportunities are endless. Kilkenny Cycling Tours offer packed lunches and children’s bikes; Castlecomer Discovery Park has walking trails, lake fishing and a playground. “Footprints in the coal” audio visual is suitable for all ages on Castlecomer’s mining heritage, and there is a fabulous coffee shop also onsite, for a quick refuel!

Nore Valley Park in Bennetsbridg offers crazy golf, pedal go-karts, tractor trailer rides and a maze, whilst Go with the Flow Adventures River adventures offers guided white water adventures and river trips.

At the end of a busy day, indulging in all the pursuits on offer, Blackstairs Mountain House has a television with DVD player, cosy sofas and a woodburning fire, for children to curl up and recline after all that exertion!

* Please note that children under the age of 8 are not permitted at this property due to the open plan staircase, the two interior balconies and the pond.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD


At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!



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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid to the owner and to be refunded at the end of your stay subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the daily rent is €4 of electricity. Please note that usage of more than €4 per day is charged at 23 cents per unit.
Heating costs included? A charge is made for oil which heats the water and in Winter heats the house. There are also solar panels which provide some hot water in the warmer months. Wood for the stove is €10 per load as required. We require that people use this properly seasoned wood for the stove. In the colder months, depending on how hot people want the house to be, extra oil charges can come in at between €20 to €35 per day and electricity between €5 and €15 per day, again depending on how hot the house is kept.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Please note that there is an additional cleaning fee of €65 per stay. This should be paid in cash on arrival.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay
Pets welcome? Sorry, no pets allowed
Other Ts and Cs Please note that children under the age of 8 are not permitted at this property due to the open plan staircase, the two interior balconies and the pond.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 £1,641 £2,188 £2,735 £3,828
Sep 27th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 £1,641 £2,188 £2,735 £3,828
Jan 3rd 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 £1,641 £2,188 £2,735 £3,828
Sep 26th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 £1,641 £2,188 £2,735 £3,828

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 €1,806 €2,409 €3,011 €4,214
Sep 27th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 €1,806 €2,409 €3,011 €4,214
Jan 3rd 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 €1,806 €2,409 €3,011 €4,214
Sep 26th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 €1,806 €2,409 €3,011 €4,214

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Sep 27th 2024 $1,932 $2,575 $3,219 $4,506
Sep 27th 2024 - Jan 3rd 2025 $1,932 $2,575 $3,219 $4,506
Jan 3rd 2025 - Sep 26th 2025 $1,932 $2,575 $3,219 $4,506
Sep 26th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 $1,932 $2,575 $3,219 $4,506

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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