Surprising seaside sanctuary
Mullarkey's Chalet, County Waterford
Mullarkey’s is whimsical little chalet overlooking the pier in Ardmore, Co. Waterford.
The house balances on the cliffs with commanding views across the Bay. It is a compact, cosy wooden cottage on its own private grounds, including an enclosed lawned garden that is slightly larger than the house.
The area of the building is 250 square feet.
Compact Comfort in Cliff Chalet
The chalet is spatially very economical inside. A galley kitchen with electric cooker, sink and fridge, copes wonderfully with those surprise dinner guests.
The rest of the ground floor makes up the living area, with table and chairs, and a couch that can convert to a double bed. A wood burning stove keeps everyone snug.
Above the small bathroom with shower, there is the loft bedroom, accessible by a custom made ladder.
The ceiling in this area is low, but the double bed is just perfect.
French doors open onto the veranda – the best place for breakfast – where you can survey activity below on the pier.
Smoking - no, sorry
Only two persons may stay overnight.
Children - The property is not suitable for toddlers or children or pets, due to its scale and proximity to the sea cliff.
Out and About
Ardmore is perfectly located between Waterford and Cork Cities. You could write a book on each of them – Since we haven’t the space, here are a few of our favourites..
It was magical :) We'll definitely be back again!
Aine, New York City, June 2015
We really enjoyed our stay. The views from Mullarkeys were stunning. I think it has to be the cutest place we ever stayed in. The way they fitted everything into such a tiny space was amazing.
It definitely was unique.
Anne Fannery, August 2016
About the Locality
Mullarkey’s Chalet derives its name from the butler who originally occupied the cottage during annual Ardmore holidays of his mistresses.
It is located within the village of Ardmore which has a supermarket, post office, pharmacy and a number of restaurants and galleries.
The Michelin Star restaurant of the Cliff House Hotel is located just 100 meters away.
Ardmore may well be the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland, dating back to the 5th century, and associated with St. Declan. A 30 metre high round tower monk’s refuge dating from 12th century still dominates the village.
The two hour Cliff Walk will take you past many of the interesting local ruins, including the wreck of Sampson, a large crane ship.
Wreck diving is popular along this stretch of coast. The hull of the ocean liner SS Folia lies just 4 miles south of Ardmore under 38m of water. It was torpedoed during a transatlantic passage in 1917 by a u boat 53.
The Blackwater River which rises in Co. Kerry and travels east to enter the sea at Youghal, is perhaps the foremost location for Salmon and sea trout angling in Ireland.
They are mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.
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The region is popular for its beaches and there are three of them separated by headlands north eastwards from the village, with two more, to the West. They are as excellent for anglers as for swimmers.
Eight miles west, Youghal is the nearest large town.
Sir Walter Raleigh became mayor of Youghal in 1588/9, and it is said that the first potatoes to reach Europe were planted here.
Midleton, half an hour’s drive west on the Cork road, is home to both Jameson and Paddy whiskey distilleries.
You can find the world’s largest copper pot still in the Old Distillery visitor centre.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cork Airport – under 1 hour from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
By Sea: : Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Roscoff/Cork Ferry is 1 hour from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 2.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 hours from house
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