If you’re looking for somewhere homely to stay in the new year, there’s a really lovely place in Ireland that comes with its own self-catering pub.
So yes, you can pretend you’re a barman. Or get your pal to pretend they remember your ‘regular’. The dream.
Conroy’s Old Bar is a self-catering pub stay in Tipperary village, that you’d easily mistake for a running bar – but it’s actually a holiday home.
It belongs to a couple named Dave and Erron, who have owned the entire property – a five bed house, former village shop and Conroy’s Bar – for over 15 years.
When the couple bought it, the licence to Conroy’s had already been sold off and the village shop and post office had been closed, so the couple decided to convert Conroy’s into a holiday home. However, it was never actually meant to be for the general public, and was, and still is, mostly just part of their family home.
At first, the pub was used purely by Erron and Dave and their family and friends.
Dave tells Metro.co.uk: ‘A random conversation with my brother where he stated we really ought to “share” such a unique piece of Irish social history and truly unique accommodation experience with the general public set us on the road to renting it out as quirky and unique accommodation.’
Conroy’s is not an unlimited bar filled with alcohol – as it no longer holds an alcohol licence.
However, guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol and use the bar as they please. So yes, you can have a go at playing barkeep for the night.
Dave continued: ‘We still use Conroy’s as our family home, enjoying the likes of family birthdays, Christmas, our granddaughter’s communion and our son’s wedding afters in Conroy’s all in the past year. So we only choose when to rent it to the public to fit around our family and visiting friends.
‘We have found over the 13+ yrs of renting it out that it has been a huge hit with guests from all over the world (Antarctica, USA, Australia, Iraq, Hawaii, China, Malaysia and New Zealand to name a few) that they book a stay to experience a slice of Irish social history as it unfolds before their very eyes.
‘The fact that Conroy’s has such a unique atmosphere which you can’t actually explain to guests, it’s something they experience themselves, we find that more and more people are coming to Conroy’s to get away from it all and not actually venturing out too far.
‘They love just being sat soaking up the atmosphere chilling in front of the roaring fire, reading, chatting or playing one of the many board games. They also love the fact that they have the whole pub to themselves and can wake up to “breakfast at the bar”.’
The pub bit is a typical, traditional, characterful Irish rural village bar.
The stay sleeps four plus a cot for two nights at a time.
It’s perfect for families or couples wanting a winter break, as it features an open fire in its old-style bar, which has bar pumps and the original till.
There is also a fully functioning kitchen with a fridge and full-size cooker for meals.
The bar area, with its Liscannor stone floor, is also home to the darts board and the skittles game.
The lounge has lots of pub games, books and maps so you can settle down in front of the warm fire for a cosy night in.
It’s described as ‘the perfect place to relax and toast your toes after a long day of taking in the beautiful and very often overlooked area of rural Ireland’.
The old snug next to the lounge is now a double bedroom with en-suite and what was once the cellar/barrel store is now home to a super king-sized bed, complete with the old beer barrel delivery door and sloping floor to aid the moving of the barrels.
The pub is available for £85 a night, not including a service fee which is £26 for two nights.
For what it is, it’s a pretty decent price in a lovely area – where you get to pull your own pints all night. What’s not to love?
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