Site closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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.
Seasonal Opening Times
Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the Summer months.
Sundays and Bank Holidays – No buses after 12.00.
All Groups of 10 or more must be pre-booked.
052 74 41144
- 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