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Escape to Preston House

200 Years of Georgian Splendour


We are delighted to present to you our beautifully restored 200 year old 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, and to enjoy everything the County of Laois has to offer.

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 mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, providing ample space to comfortably accommodate 14 people.

Caoimhe Maguire
Caoimhe Maguire
We had an amazing time at Preston House on our family trip away to celebrate my husband's 40th. The house is so impressive while also being very comfortable and welcoming. The kitchen is really well stocked with equipment, and you can light a fire in the sitting room (with the bar only a few steps away). Ross the owner was so helpful on the lead up to our trip, and over the weekend he left us to it unless we needed anything, in which case he was only a text away. It's in a great location too, with parking out the front. We will definitely plan to go back
Martin Andrews
Martin Andrews
Had a wonderful experience in Preston House. Ross could not have been more helpful, everything we could think of and more was provided. The room was beautiful and we recommend anyone who is anywhere near Abbeyleix to stay in Preston House. Ross really is a wonderful host. Martin Andrews
Mary Browne
Mary Browne
Great house, lovely comfortable beds. Lovely setting in town with plenty of places to eat and drink. Kitchen is lovely for easy food prep and outside area great for relaxing. Great for a weekend getaway!
John Richardson
John Richardson
Love the space here. Very comfortable beds
Bernie Kelly
Bernie Kelly
Beautiful old house, being restored by the owner. Everything you need for stay is there and available for you..
Ivaylo Peev
Ivaylo Peev
Great place! An old house being reconstructed in its old glamour.
elaine o'riordan
elaine o'riordan
Preston house was a perfect location for my Dad's 80'th birthday celebration. The house is beautifully restored, comfortable, spacious (really spacious) and a joy to spend 3 nights in. We had 6 bedrooms, 13 people. We could have fit many more people than we had on this trip, and there was even space for tents. On arrival, Ross brought us around and showed us the features and practical workings, sharing his experience of the restoration and his love for the project. He did a very good job in restoring this house. We had 2 children, and 2 dogs in the group. All welcomed, and Ross's dog Juno also called in to say hi. The house was set up in a way that there was no concerns about breaking things - although really beautiful - it's very child friendly. The children relaxed and so could the parents. The biggest challenge was finding the children as they found plenty of spaces to play. Some highlights were the campfire, roasting marshmallows and the Italian restaurant (Papa Noni's) for our Saturday night feast. Tiramisu as the birthday cake. I need to go back there for more food. Being able to bring dogs on a weekend away was a massive bonus. They had free reign of the house and a lovely garden to roam around in. This saved us so much anxiety in finding someone to mind them while we went away. Abbeyliex surprised us. Lots of little interesting shops, walks, interesting churches, buildings and people. It's a heritage town, and had plenty of activities on offer. However, the house was so comfortable, we did do a lot of sitting about chatting instead. Any issues or questions that arose were rapidly resolved by Ross. The house felt safe (fire systems, doors, stairs etc), and easy to clean up after ourselves. We had a bar in the big sitting room, we moved furniture to suit our needs, there were 4 sitting room areas, one that was used as a bedroom.The largest sitting room was where we spend most of our time - comfortable seating, a bar, tables where we could sit while still in the group. Easy access to a beautiful kitchen. I have nothing negative to say about this place, and will happily recommend it to anyone. Thank you Ross for creating this very special place for people like us to create lifelong memories. Elaine.

The Venue

Preston as a Venue has a variety of multi-functional spaces that easily allow clients to tailor their experience

Three Floors 

Six Bedrooms, All En Suite. 

Large Country Manor Kitchen

Dining Room for 50+ People

2 Large Drawing Rooms

Enclosed Courtyard 

Lawn and Patio

Off Road Parking if Required


At Preston, we have years of experience helping our guests to tailor different experiences to their needs.

Below are some of the examples of the types of events we specialise in.

If you would like us to tailor an event for you, simply get in touch.


Corporate Team Building

Family Gatherings

Conference Room Hire

Hen Parties


Rooms & Suites

Spacious Suites for Individuals and Groups
Pembroke Suite
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.
Preston Suite
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.
Heritage Suite
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.
Sexton Suite
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 Suite
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.


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.
We offer a unique room and group package

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