Courtyard Cottage | Bed & Breakfast in Co. Limerick | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Courtyard Cottage - Bed & Breakfast in Co. Limerick

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Askeaton, Co. Limerick
Munster, Ireland

Donagh O’Grady

+353 (0)872 133 698(mobile)

A swish, beautifully converted cow shed (choose B&B or s-c) in the heart of farming country invites you to unwind. Outside, 500 acres call

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Tiny Askeaton is one of the oldest villages in Ireland, tucked between the ruins of Desmond Castle and the Franciscan Friary: the area buzzes with medieval history. Slip through simple iron gates and up a long track to Inchirourke (still a working organic farm) and your converted cow shed. Yasmin and Donagh, whose family have lived here for 400 years, will be there to greet you with an assortment of friendly dogs. Step inside and rusticity is forgotten! Here you find something more akin to a smart Chelsea apartment: white ceramic floors heated underfoot, a high loft ceiling with exposed beams, an open fireplace at one end, and light streaming in through a wall of windows – just lovely. The kitchen is a good and bright place to cook, but you can have breakfast and dinner brought to you if you prefer – choose B&B or just do-it-yourself. Bedrooms are at either end of the living room, one with a bath, the other with a tiled wet room; both have antique furniture, great beds and softly patterned Roman blinds at small windows with deep sills. There are 500 acres to wander, woodland for scampering and the river Deel for fishing.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Tennis court
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Guest feedback
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"The welcome by Donagh O'Grady made one almost feel part of his family from the start. This is a beautifully converted outbuilding which is extremely comfortable and set in delightful unspoilt countryside. Would be delighted to stay there again."

David - Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom

August 2017
"I stayed here with my family. My 2 kids, ages 8 and 10, saw the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and the Burren while in Ireland. None of those compare to the joy they felt staying here. Getting to join Donagh around the farm, playing with the dogs, and just being on the farm were the highlights of their vacation. They were both crying when we left. My only regret was we didn't have more time at the cottage. My youngest made me promise we could return. "

Ed - New York, United States of America

April 2017
"We headed for Courtyard Cottage straight after a tiring flight and quickly recovered in a beautiful and homely setting, dogs and all. The cottage was modern, well-stocked and very comfortable. We joined Donagh on his morning round of the farm... a great way to get our fill of fresh air and exercise. The kids had an unforgettable experience rounding up a cow and bull in the afternoon, part of it on a quad bike!! Donagh was a warm and thoughtful host, interesting company and amazing with the kids who were very impressed with the frosted chocolate cake he made. A great place for a family holiday."

Premila - MUMBAI, India

July 2016
"I loved this place...was one of our favorites stays in three weeks traveling UK and France. I just wished we had more time to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful settings. The owner, Donagh, was awesome. I highly recommend, especially if you have children."
June 2015
"Simply perfect. We were welcomed with warm cake and vauses of freshly picked flowers. The children loved helping out on the farm almost as much as their Mum enjoyed her lie in surrounded by Irish linens, beautiful furniture and the sounds of the countryside drifting in through the open window. "
April 2015
"What a wonderful place! Donagh and Yasmin are wonderful hosts, the cottage is so beautiful you want to stay there forever and our boys had so much fun with the animals on the farm. "
August 2014
"This was a slice of heaven on earth, delightful cottage in idyllic tranquil location with hosts who were so hospitable.They left the fridge full of essentials, including a turkey egg (a first for me, and very tasty too!) bedecked the rooms with beautiful blooms and have furnished and supplied it with everything you would expect to have in your own home. I challenge anyone to pack up and leave without a :( face, I really didn't want to go back to reality."
June 2012
"Our travel agent found this lovely B&B for us and are we glad she did! This is a country farm setting and we received a warm welcome from Donagh and Yasmin and the family dogs at the Manor house. The cottage itself is set about 200 feet away from the house and is very private with a stone wall surrounding the garden. A former barn, this cottage has been completely transformed inside to a comfortable 2 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen cottage. It is completely furnished and tastefully decorated. In the morning, we walked on heated ceramic tiles - what a luxury! We arrived about 5 p.m. and were immediately invited in for tea. We were impressed with the whole family's involvement and the interaction we had with their lovely, well-mannered children at the dinner table. Although we could have reserved it as a self-catering bungalow (the kitchen is fully equipped), we enjoyed a delicious farm breakfast which was cooked by Yasmin, our hostess. Askeaton is a darling small village in a rural setting; just a 20 minute drive to Adare or 30 minute drive to Bunratty castle. We feel that we got to know our hosts and their family. We would love to return, and if the oppotunity presents itself, we will definitely reserve some time at the Courtyard Cottage again."
May 2012

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  • 1 Cottage for 4
Price:(i) 100 to160 per night

€550-€650 per week.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.


Dinner, 2 courses, €25.




Askeaton, Co. Limerick

B&B 1 Cottage
Self-catering option available €550-€650 pw.
Price: (i) 100 to 160 per night

Donagh O’Grady

+353 (0)872 133 698(mobile)