The Swiss Cottage, just outside the heritage town of Cahir, is a cottage orné – a fanciful realisation of an idealised countryside cottage used for picnics, small soirees and fishing and hunting parties and was also a peaceful retreat for those who lived in the nearby big house.
Built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall, who, we believe, managed to persuade world-famous Regency architect John Nash to design it. Originally, simply known as “The Cottage” it appears to have acquired its present name because it was thought to resemble an Alpine cottage.
Inside, there is a graceful spiral staircase and some exquisitely decorated rooms. The wallpaper is partly original and partly the fruit of a 1980s restoration project, in which the renowned fashion designer Sybil Connolly was responsible for the interiors.
17 March – 5 November 2023
23 October – 28 October:
Daily 9:30 – 17:30
Last Admission 16:45
29 October – 5 November:
Daily 9:00 – 16:30
Last Admission 15:45
Access to the interior of the cottage is by guided tour only.
Access to the interior of cottage by guided tour only and is on a first come first served basis.
Max tour capacity 10 persons
All bus groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked.
Sundays and Bank Holidays – No buses after 12.00.
Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the Summer months.
052 74 41144
2km south of Cahir Town off R670 – road to Ardfinnan (Cahir is a Heritage Town).
Access to Swiss Cottage is Via Cahir and R670 Ardfinnan Road only. Strictly no access from the R668 Clogheen Road
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- Baby Changing
- Car park
- Coach parking
- Guided tours
- On the Suir Blueway
- River Walk
- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
- Assistance dogs only
- Hold hand rail
- Limited Access
- No indoor photography
- No lift