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Knockanore Farm - Bed and Breakfast & Self Catering Accommodation, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny Ireland
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Knockanore Farm - Bed and Breakfast & Self Catering Accommodation, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny Ireland

Knockanore Farmhouse is conveniently situated for:

  • Fishing with private fishing available on the farm
  • The Medieval City of Kilkenny
  • Mount Juliet House and famous golf course
  • Jerpoint Abbey and Kells Priory
  • Waterford City, home of the famous crystal
  • Horse Riding, at Mount Juliet and Kilkenny City
  • Mountain climbing on Mount Brandon and Mount Leinster to name but a few
  • Sandy Beaches, with some excellent beaches just over 20 miles
Jerpoint AbbeyAn outstanding Cistercian abbey, a mile to the south-west of Thomastown, founded in the latter half of the 12th century by Donal MacGillapatrick, King of Ossory. The abbey was occupied some 30 years later by the Cistercians from Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. The remarkable 12th century foundation is very impressive, even as a ruin, with a beautifully carved 15th century sculptured cloister arcade. The tower also dates from this period. Some 13th to 16th century tomb sculptures in the transept chapels include that of Felix O'Dulany, Bishop of Ossory (1178 - 1202). The small visitor centre houses an informative exhibition. Limited access for visitors with disabilities. Guided tours are provided.

Kilkenny CastleKilkenny's rich medieval heritage is evident in the city's treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks, exemplified by the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is arguably the pre-eminent medieval city in Ireland, with the current layout of the city clearly grounded in the city's medieval roots.
Mount JulietThe Mount Juliet estate, south of the medieval city of Kilkenny near the picturesque village of Thomastown, is an old hunting estate that spreads over 1,500 acres and contains the mighty River Nore and the smaller Kings River. This magnificent estate is the home of the only Jack Nicklaus course in Ireland, Mount Juliet. Host to the Irish Open between 1993 and 1995 and to the World Championship AmEx event in 2002 and 2004, Mount Juliet has all the hallmarks of a classic Nicklaus design. Close to Mount Juliet House, the Iris Kellett Equestrian Centre, stables horses and ponies which are available for basic and advanced tuition, show jumping, trail riding through the grounds and cross-country jumping on the estate's own challenging course.
Waterford CityWaterford is the oldest city in Ireland. A walled city of Viking origins, it retains much of it's medieval character together with the graceful buildings from its 18th century expansion. The parameters of the 10th century settlement can be clearly identified in The Viking Triangle. Reginald's Tower is the most historic urban medieval monument in Ireland.
Kilree Monastic SiteKilree is situated 2 km from Kells and may have formed portion of an early Christian system in Ossory. It was a monastery founded by St. Brigid of Kildare, patroness and "Mary of the Gael". The environs are steeped in Brigidine lore. Kilree contains a small early church and an 8th century celtic cross along with a 10th century round tower, which shows the importance of the site and the valuable objects that must have been found here.
Kells PrioryGeoffrey FitzRobert de Marisco brought four Augustinian Canons from Cornwall to establish Kells Priory in 1193. It suffered many vicissitudes in a turbulent period, when it was sacked twice, once in 1252 and again in 1327. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1540-41, the priory, together with a substantial proportion of its lands, was granted to James, Earl of Ormond, but continued to elect priors well into the following century. The existing extensive ruin mostly dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. It consists of a church, a chapel, prior's residence or sacristy, and a number of domestic buildings, all standing on an enclosed site of some 4 acres..
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Knockanore Farm, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.   Tel: +353 (0) 56 772 4125 Email: knockanorefarm@eircom.net
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