Photo of spiral staircase, Swiss Cottage, Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Photo of the Dufour Room, or Tea Room in the Swiss Cottage at Cahir, County Tipperary

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Photo of the music room at the Swiss Cottage in Cahir, county Tipperary

The exterior view of the cottage is well known and appears in many guide books about Ireland. The interior, with its exclusive hand-painted wallpaper and fine furniture, is less well known so we have included some internal photos here.

From the walk along the Suir, or from the Ardfinnan road route, the cottage is reached via a bridge over the river and through an underground tunnel. The kitchen and wine cellar were hidden underground and a hidden door in the hall leads down to them. The Butler family used the cottage for some time to themselves and for 'roughing it' a little with al-fresco picnics.

photo of a portion of the hand-painted wallpaper in the Dufour Room of the Swiss Cottage in Cahir, County Tipperary. This scene shows an artist's impression of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
Photo of the fireplace in the Music Room, with an ornate mirror which includes a portrait of Lady Emily Butler, at the Swiss Cottage in Cahir, County Tipperary
 Photo of the portrait of Lady Emily Butler in the Music room of the Swiss Cottage, Cahir, County Tipperary. The double portrait depicts Lady Emily as both a Lady and as a Peasant.
The photographs on this page were kindly supplied by, and are the copyright of, the department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland.
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