Sanctuary is situated on the former Kilfane Demesne estate in Thomastown, Co’ Kilkenny, Ireland. It comprises of two main properties, The Lodge and Kilfane House, a fully restored historic Georgian home (circa 1705 – 1798). These properties are across the road from each other. Sanctuary also includes a smaller period property the Caretakers Cottage which is situated behind Kilfane House.

Check in for all guests takes place at Kilfane House.




Kilfane House,

Kilfane Demense,


County Kilkenny,

R95 T6D0








Dublin Airport:

Dublin airport is our closest airport. You can catch a taxi from the airport directly to Sanctuary.

For more information of taxis at Dublin Airport see




Expressway/Bus Eireann has a great service from Dublin (airport or city centre) to Thomastown. Please visit their website for up to date time tables and costs:

Expressway arrives and leaves from the centre of Thomastown. It is a 30 minute walk from the bus stop to Sanctuary or you can pre-arrange a taxi in advance to pick you up from the bus stop to transfer you to Kilfane House or The Lodge. (Please note you must book this taxi in advance if required, there are no taxis in Thomastown without booking)

Phone: +353 83 889 9043



Thomastown is our local train station:

Trains to Thomastown leave Dublin from Heuston Station



Renting a car is the easiest way to get around Ireland – it is a small country and it means you can enjoy the local towns and sights without relying on public transport or taxis. As the area is rural, hiring a car is the most convenient way to reach The Lodge at Sanctuary.

Cars can easily be rented from Dublin or Shannon airports.

Dublin airport to Sanctuary: 1.5 to 2 hours

Shannon airport to The Lodge at Sanctuary: Approx 2.5 hours



Take junction 7 off the m9 with Applegreen service station (with Burger king & Costa coffee).

At the 1st roundabout take 1st exit.

At the 2nd roundabout, take the 2nd exit for R448 Gowran road.

After you have gone through Gowran village, you’ll pass by the outside of Gowran Park racecourse.

Travel further along the R448.

You will pass through the village of Dungarvan, with Cleere’s pub on the corner.

Continue along the R448 until you see a sign for the Longman pub.

After this on the right hand side you will see the roof of a gatehouse and two large pillars with a period gated entrance. This is the entrance to the estate. Kilfane House is situated at the very end of this driveway into the estate.



Eircode for SatNav: R95 D1R8

We are situated 4kms from Thomastown. Drive out of Thomastown onto the Dublin Road.  We are then situated on the right hand side a short distance before The Long Man Hotel.