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, 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 Swiss cottage opened to the public as a historic house museum in 1989.
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