Swiss cottage, Cahir

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The Swiss Cottage, Cahir.

The Swiss Cottage is located at Kilcommon near the town of Cahir, County Tipperary in Ireland.[1]


The Swiss cottage was built around 1810 and is a fine example of cottage orné, or ornamental cottage. It was originally part of the estate of Lord and Lady Cahir, and used for entertaining guests. The cottage was probably designed by the architect John Nash, famous for designing many Regency buildings.

Cahir, alternately spelled: Cahier, Caher, Cathair Dún Iascaigh, may have been built by Richard Butler,[2] 10th Baron Cahir, 1st Earl of Glengall (1775–1819), who married Emily Jeffereys from Blarney Castle in 1793.

After some years of neglect, restoration of the cottage started in 1985. The restoration was overseen by a partnership of the Irish Georgian Society, the Port Royal Foundation and Sybil Connolly. The Swiss cottage opened to the public as a historic house museum in 1989.[3]

Similar buildings[edit]

Similar buildings exist at Burrenwood; Derrymore, Bessbrook, Newry, Co. Armagh (National Trust); and the Petit hameau de la Reine at Versailles.

Milady Cahir is referred to by Napoleon's Josephine in connection with the Château de Malmaison.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ "Swiss Cottage". Heritage Ireland. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Swiss Cottage, Tipperary South". Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ David,, Skinner,. Wallpaper in Ireland 1700-1900. London. ISBN 9780955024672. OCLC 890809472.