We stayed here for a two week stay i Ireland with a group of 15 people. We also hired Coopers Cottage across the road for the extra three people.
What to say! Perfect, Magnificent, Excellent, Beautiful This house is absolutely fantastic and is well equipped. There is everything you can think of and more. Eamon and Stella were excellent hosts and took care of all our needs when asked without hesitation. They are wonderful people. The house is extremely well maintained.
The house is situated about 1 3/4 hours from Dublin. It is in the County of Tipperary, middle south of Ireland. There is a small village four minutes drive called Bansha, but the bigger town of Tipperary is about 10 minutes drive away and offers bigger supermarkets forall you food requirements.
In the town of Bansha we hired a 16 seater bus from Bansha Buses, for a day trip as a group around the Ring of Kerry. Stella and Eamon suggested prior to our visit, and then once there they organised it all for us.
Getting back to the house. The photos are exactly as it is. There are six queen & king bedrooms all with their own ensuites, and beautifully furnished and decorated. Downsatirs there is a formal lounge, massive dining room, a smaller tv room, and a wonderfully equipped kitchen with everything you need. The ;aundry area is situated outside in a outbuilding, but this proved not a problem.
As I mentioned before, we had a group of 15, originally 14! I emailed Stella after seeing this property on Trip Advisor, and asked if any of the downstairs room could accomodate a sofa bed, or something for the extra couple. She promptly emailed back and suggested Coopers Cottage for the excess, which I believe is their original home, and is literally one minute walk from the main house down the driveway. This turned out wonderfully as we had an extra guest bringing the group to 15. They did not charge us extra for this person. How often do you get that. Coopers Cottage has three bedrooms, and is well equipped, but didnt have a washing machine though. It is a wonderful extra for those groups with extra people staying with a big group.
The adtual position of the house is great, especially for the southern tourists spot we all want to see whilst in Ireland. Everything is within an hours drive of the house. Galway is about hour and half. We even did a day trip to Belfast, which was a 3 hour drive up and then back, but quite easily done on the freeways.
I would not hesitate recommending this house for any large gatherings whilst in Ireland. It was fantastic. As you can see I have done a lot of travelling all over the world, and I can honestly say that Rathellen House is probably one of the best places I have booked.
Take my hat of to both Stella and Eamon, wish you both best of luck in the future, thank you for a wonderful stay.