Knocknalosset – it stays with you!


If you’re looking to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing break surrounded by stunning rolling hills, why not stay at the historic Knocknalosset near Bailieborough, in County Cavan, where contemporary comfort meets timeless heritage. Faithfully restored just last year by Irish Landmark Trust, Knocknalosset is an endearing two-storey farmhouse, which oozes character and rustic charm.

Georgian maps show that a house has stood at Knocknalosset before 1775, and this unique building is an intriguing mixture of architectural features from early-Georgian through to the Victorian era. Located on a quiet boreen, just 15 minutes’ drive from Bailieborough and 10 minutes from Cootehill, this peaceful country oasis sleeps four people, is child-friendly and can accommodate up to two pet dogs.

Cavan is known for its many beautiful hiking and walking routes, and wellies are provided for guests in order to make exploring the area more comfortable and fun! There is also a large secure south west facing garden to the front of the house, perfect for playing games and relaxing for hours on a summer’s day.

The house is just a short distance from all manner of interesting attractions and heritage sites, such as the Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff, St Kilian’s Heritage Centre in Mullagh and Dún a Rí Forest Park near Kingscourt. Nearby Killinkere Visitor Farm is a sure-fire hit and a great place to keep the little ones entertained.

With 365 lakes in Cavan; one for every day of the year; Cavan is an angler’s paradise and a stay in tranquil Knocknalosset is the perfect complement to this relaxing pastime, with a wood-burning stove providing a warm welcome home after a day’s adventure.

If you don’t fall hook, line and sinker for the lure of fishing, there’s still plenty of aquatic fun to be had in the vicinity, and a visit to Cavan Canoe Centre on Lough Oughter offers a range of fun family activities from guided tours to supervised ‘Splash ‘n’ Dash’ sessions.

In an increasingly sterile and standardised modern world, a stay at a house like Knocknalosset is a real treat. It’s a home with real personality and Irish Landmark Trust has managed to retain its quirks without sacrificing comfort. Whether you stay for a weekend or for the week, this experience will stay with you for a lifetime.

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