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Self-Catering Georgian Getaway in the Heart of the Midlands
We are delighted that you have found our beautifully restored 18th Century Georgian House, with a private courtyard and wooded garden, located on the Main Street of the picturesque Heritage Town of Abbeyleix. Preston House is the perfect space to unite friends and family for private self-catering parties.
Boasting the home from home comforts of a fully equipped country kitchen, a drawing room, sitting room & two dining rooms, our six luxurious suites are individually decorated with a quirky mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, providing ample living space to comfortably accommodate 14 people.
Preston House is the perfect base
to explore Ireland’s Ancient East & Hidden Heartlands.
Rooms & Suites
Spacious Suites for Individuals and Groups
The Pembroke Suite was named after Pembroke Terrace, a group of four impressively designed houses built as part of a dowry by the 11th Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery when his daughter Emma married Thomas De Vesci the 3rd. At the turn of the century a constabulary barracks, an inspector’s house and the post office occupied Pembroke Terrace.
The Preston Suite was named after a previous incarnation of this fine premises which was a post-primary school. Mr A. E. M. Charleton of Galway Grammar School was appointed Head Master in 1895. Two months later the school opened to both boarders and day pupils. It served as an excellent educational establishment until it closed in September 1966.
The Heritage Suite was named after our local tourism and community centre Heritage house: It was a Boys National School until 1995, it now serves as heritage centre with a museum, meeting rooms and playground. It’s open to the public for guided tours, cultural events and exhibitions. Exhibits include ancient artifacts and recent traditional craft from Laois as well as artifacts from the Titanic Carpet factory here in Abbeyleix.
The Sexton Suite was named after Sexton House. On the retirement of the last sexton (an officer of a church), the house became somewhat derelict but as it forms a significant part of the town’s heritage its restoration was widely welcomed and it is now a notable stop on the Heritage Trails around the town.
Bramley’s premises on lower Main St dates back to the early 19th century. The first business was a saddlery and post office. Early in the 20th Century, the first automobile garage in Abbeyleix was opened at the rear of Bramley’s premises. The property beside Bramleys was formerly the site of the Abbeyleix Carpet Factory, which closed in 1914.
De Vesci Suite
The Suite is named after Abbeyleix House, home of the De Vesci family for over 300 years. It is a magnificent building built beside the Nore and situated in the rolling pastureland of the estate. It is now in private ownership. The estate is rich in history with the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey and the tomb of Malachy, King of Laois on its grounds.
Our self catering country manor kitchen was originally designed to cater for up to 50 people so perfect for large groups, family gatherings or celebrations. We have also ensured that it is an ideal set up for individuals looking to put together a quick meal. The kitchen is a mix of commercial facilities as well as old world timber features complete with a large Aga Cooker.
Each of our Function Rooms are the perfect setting for dining, relaxing with friends or lively social gatherings. They can also be easily transformed into event or workshop spaces, from live music to yoga rooms.
Large comfortable and clean. Space rented for nine friends and myself. The house was huge and more than accommodated to our needs. Ross was lovely, friendly and so helpful. Would come back.
Would definitely recommend staying here. Ross was very helpful throughout our stay. The house is very clean and was ideal for our stay.
We booked out the whole house, six rooms, for a week. We traveled with grandparents, parents and young children. All the party really enjoyed the house, it's a step back in time and has so much space everyone has room to breathe. Every bedroom room is ensuite and to a high standard. The owner Ross is a top guy who was available within five minutes if anything was needed. I'd highly recommend a stay at Preston house, we have already booked our next stay and are really looking forward to it.
Lovely place, lots of room and the host was so helpful and friendly and always responded very quickly ! Would definitely recommend for a group of guests and will be back again.
We had a wonderful stay. The house is amazing. Ross couldn't have been more helpful and even had a fire set for us. Beautiful rooms, well equipped kitchen and very comfortable beds. An ideal space for large families or groups.
We absolutely loved preston house. John was fantastic, nothing too much trouble. we were much later than originally agreed but there wasn't a bother with John or Ross. John came on Saturday and set the fire for us in the lovely old sitting room, fabulously furnished, to light later when ever we wanted. we just loved our weekend and the house and we very much look forward to coming back to stay there again.
Preston House makes for a phenomenal stay! The building is spacious, beautifully decorated and is seeped in history. We had a wonderful, comfortable stay and wish we had booked a longer visit. We will definitely be back and thank you to Ross, our fantastic and accommodating host.
Lots of character in this historic old property. Great facilities. Self catering , host very helpful and recommended some nice places to eat. Would recommend and will return in the future.
A Very Enjoyable Stay
Loads of space, huge rooms and great kitchen facilities
This is an excellent property for a large group - clean, spacious, comfortable. Photo's do not do it justice.
Family Get Together
Location, Parking, cleanliness, friendly and welcoming host, very spacious
Will definitely be back again
The Heritage Town of Abbeyleix and Queens County
Rich in history, Laois has been home to the Vikings, Quakers, French Huguenots to name but a few. All have left their mark around the county making it a wonderful place to step back in time. Discover lavish country estates and woodlands, climb ancient castles, and visit round towers. Explore the towns and villages and meet our most unrivaled treasure, our people, who are warm and friendly, and easy with a smile, always ready to let you in on the amazing local secrets.
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