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Swiss Cottage

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Kilcommon, Cahir, Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)527441144
F: +353(0)527442324
E: swisscottage@opw.ie

Swiss Cottage was built by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall, it is delightful "cottage orné", or ornamental cottage, was built in the early 1800s, , located about 2km south of the Heritage Town of Cahir, and close to the River Suir.

This delightful "cottage orné", or ornamental cottage, was built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall. Cottage is located overlooking River Suir and surrounded by lawns with mature trees and bounded by rustic metal fencing and a veranda designed to appear as natural trunks and branches.

Based on a design by the famous Regency architect, John Nash, and inspired by nature, the cottage's unusual and rustic features include a distinctive thatched roof while its external woodwork resembles branched trees. The nature theme is continued throughout the former guest cottage's internal furnishings and wallpaper.

Its interior contains a graceful spiral staircase and some elegantly decorated rooms. The wallpaper in the salon, manufactured by the Dufour factory, is one of the first commercially produced Parisian wallpapers. Swiss Cottage is situated on an elevated site with access by stone steps.

Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the Summer months. No bus tours on Sundays or Bank Holidays. All Groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked. Maximum group booking: 48 persons. Limited access for people with disabilities.