I am going to take you on a short tour to a special cottage. A cottage that is one of kind and the only one to be found on the island of Ireland. The name of this place is SWISS COTTAGE for it was meant to represent an abode in the Alps.
The River Suir 2km east of Cahir in Co. Tipperary.
After parking our car we walked along a path through the woods
and down to the river bank and across an iron bridge.
Up the stone steps to the arched entrance and under a stone carving.
The Cat with two tails a symbol of the Gobán Sáor.
The legend is that one day Gobán Saor was wandering and looking for a job so he saw a church being built and asked the site master if they needed a worker. The master asked Gobán what he was able to do, and to test him he asked him to carve a cat with two tails out of a block of stone while the other men stopped for lunch, because nobody could carve something like that in such a short time. Which he did. When they finished their lunch the stone was finely carved with a cat with two tails.
We entered a long white tunnel to enter Swiss Cottage.
A delightful "cottage ornée" built in 1810 by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall to a design by regency architect John Nash. The interior contains a spiral staircase in the hall linking two downstair rooms to the two bedrooms all of which are elegantly decorated. The wallpaper in the Salon and bedrooms is a cotton linen paper by the Dufour factory and was one of the first commercially produced Parisian wall covering.
I was told by the guide that the four roomed cottage cost £10,000 to build an enormous sum of money. No expense was spared every window pane is a different size, no two walls or doors are of the same shape or thickness, every step of the spiral staircase is of a different height and width. Even the exterior designs on the outside change.
In this cottage the Lords and Ladies played at being peasants, for them it was an entertainment, not so for their servants who still had to prepare the food in an underground room and deliver it to a doorway at which they were not allowed to go beyond. For here they were met by her ladyship dressed in similar garb as themselves only of better quality.
The Dining Room
The Salon - a place of entertainment and horseplay.
The two likenesses of her Ladyship: herself in formal wear
wearing a hat and in peasant costume.
You my readers need to visit Swiss Cottage for yourselves to truly appreciate the place.
I have visited twice and found that to be sufficient for me, I can best describe it as a unique experience and building is definitely