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Situated in Abbeyleix in the Laois Region, 1.6 km from Heritage House, Blackhill Woods Retreat features views of the garden. Sensory Gardens Dove House is 1.9 km from the property. The accommodation is equipped with a TV. Every unit comes with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Towels are provided. You can engage in various activities, such as golfing and hiking. Heywood Garden is 6 km from Blackhill Woods Retreat, while Castlewood Equestrian Centre is 7 km away. The nearest airport is Waterford Airport, 106 km from the property, while Dublin Airport is 109 km away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

Blackhill Woods Retreat has been welcoming guests since 19 Jun 2017.

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Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Breakfast info

Continental, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Free private parking available on-site

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Room type
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 double bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
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High score for Abbeyleix
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  • Ellen
    I went for a four night stay, to rebalance my crowded mind and realign my tired body........I came back a new woman, Simon and Eilish are so warm, kind and accommodating. I can't wail to return.
  • Aisling
    Beautiful place to stay, gorgeous location. Warm.welcome. Room and breakfast both superb. Highly recommend.
  • Maedhbh
    Blackhill Woods is situated in a wooded site a few minutes from the lovely town of Abbeyleix. The wooded area is organic .... carefully maintained without disturbing the natural growth very much. Yoga classes take place daily. Breakfast served to...
  • Robert
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Lovely place run by a great couple. Really nice to get to know one of their children aswell as we had a 15 month old with us. Would definitely stay again.
  • James
    the rooms are very nice and the short walk around the woods was very enjoyable. The proprietor was friendly and helpful.
  • Rob
    This hotel is a beautiful and quiet place surrounded by nature. The staff member that greeted us was very friendly. The room was very clean, and I loved the healthy breakfast. I woke up feeling refreshed after the stay.
  • Eilish
    This is an enchanting , very fine, newly built quality ‘ period’ house which has all the ambiance of history , tradition and culture within the setting of a family home inviting you into this haven of tranquility for your stay .And a bonus - a...
  • Anna
    The location and surroundings were magical and very peaceful. The woodland walk on the property was really lovely.
  • Sophie
    Beautiful quiet retreat venue in a small wood. Simon and Eilish were very kind and welcoming. The rooms were clean, airy and spacious and the breakfast was delicious.
  • Anna
    Location was great and it was so quiet in the woods- loved it . Breakfast was also brought to the room so it was a winner not having to go to ‘ a hotel restaurant’ type of thing. It was peaceful

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  • Hi - We have a 9-year old dog we'd like to bring with us. Do you allow pets in the bedroom? Thank you.

    Yes that is ok. Just make sure you bring the bedding etc for your dog.
    Answered on 11 June 2021
  • Hey me and my boyfriend are making our way around Ireland we have 2 dogs as well could they stay in the room if I bring bedding

    Yes that’s perfectly fine. We are a dog friendly B&B
    Answered on 31 July 2021
  • Hi, I see you have horse riding, is this available from site or is it nearby? do you have prices? Thanks, Bobbie

    There is lots of Horse Riding of different types in Laois so the best way is to Google the type of Horse Riding you are looking for and go from there...
    Answered on 14 October 2021
  • Hello, is there an option for lunch / dinner to be provided? Thank you

    Hello, We do not do lunch or evening meals but there is plenty to chose from locally in Abbeyleix and surrounding areas. We recommend Muller & O'Conn..
    Answered on 12 February 2021
  • can I pay on arrival please

    No unfortunately you have to book and pay through booking com.
    Answered on 11 June 2021
  • Hi. Is vaccination obliged at your property please? Only one person in room

    Yes that is OK
    Answered on 7 October 2021
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Blackhill Woods Retreat
Blackhill Woods Yoga & Meditation Retreat is a beautiful country house set on 5 acres of ancient woodland overlooking the heritage town of Abbeyleix. It is our loving home that we happily share with you but also a centre for Yoga, Meditation & Natural Health Therapies. The property has many traditional large sash windows overlooking the surrounding gardens and woodland so you get to experience all that nature has on offer in each season. Most of the trees are native Irish specimens seeming almost untouched and can be seen from the woodland paths that intertwine and travel the grounds. Blackhill Woods has a special energy that supports the space with peace and a greater sense of well being. It is truly magical and we are delighted to share it with you.
Simon & Eilish welcome you and openly share the space of Blackhill Woods Yoga & Spiritual Retreat with you. They are both friendly, kind and interested in many aspects of life and creating a deeper sense of well being, naturally. Both are yoga teachers. Simon & Eilish are happy to help where needed and guide you along your journey to perhaps experience more out of Abbeyleix and the surrounding countryside. If you would like to book Yoga classes or therapy sessions just contact them for further info.
Abbeyleix is a beautiful heritage town in the south of County Laois full of charm and history. Abbeyleix is blessed to have an abundance of Nature surrounding the town, Heywood Gardens, the Sensory Gardens in the town, Sexton House, the Abbeyleix Bog with over 10km of various designated walkways, Dunmore Woods, Blackhills, St Michael & All the Angels Church, The church of the Holy Rosary, de Vesey Estate, the Heritage House & Museum & an array of good bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Then within a short car journey the rest of Laois has the famous Glen Barrow Waterfall in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the Ridge of Cappard with views across the country, walks, treks and now cycle tracks across the mountain range. The village of Durrow is 10km from us with more cafes, bars and the 5* Hotel & Gardens of Castle Durrow. The Rock of Dunamase is only a 20 min drive and boasts panoramic views of Laois from the top of an Ancient Fort dating back a thousand years! Emo Court is to the north approx 25mins from us with its own lake, walks and a cafe in the beautiful estate house which has tours throughout the day. Kilkenny City is 35 mins, Portlaoise 15 mins, Carlow 30 min
Languages spoken: English,Irish

Property surroundings *

Facilities of Blackhill Woods Retreat
Great facilities! Review score, 9.2

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Tumble dryer
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Bowling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
  • Tennis court
    Additional chargeOff-site
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Babysitting/child services
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Soundproofing
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Personal trainer
  • Yoga classes
  • Spa/wellness packages
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Irish

Sustainable initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly travel

House rules

Blackhill Woods Retreat takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 22:00


Until 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children 13 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 1 year
Cot upon request
12+ years
Extra bed upon request
€ 10 per person, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Payments by takes your payment on behalf of the property for this stay, but make sure you have cash for any extras once you get there.


Smoking is not allowed.


Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

The fine print

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Legal information

This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

FAQs about Blackhill Woods Retreat

  • Blackhill Woods Retreat offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Bowling
    • Tennis court
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Bicycle rental
    • Personal trainer
    • Horse riding
    • Spa/wellness packages
    • Yoga classes

  • The prices at Blackhill Woods Retreat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Yes, Blackhill Woods Retreat is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Blackhill Woods Retreat is 0.9 miles from the centre of Abbeyleix. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Blackhill Woods Retreat is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Guests staying at Blackhill Woods Retreat can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.6).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free