200 metres from the dunes, on the final reach of the River Mahon, this brilliant white beach bungalow is a seaside escape through and through.
Luxurious and spacious, a short stroll to the village, great coastline, cycling, fishing and golf, this is a unique family vacation choice. Just two hours from Dublin and less from Cork.
Contemporary and airy, with a Scandavian aesthetic
At the heart of this lustrous beach bungalow is an expansive open plan living space that absorbs the kitchen and dining area.
To one end, a modular sofa and TV define the sitting room section.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 8 guests
From €3,500 per week
Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
Two twin bedrooms
- Other Rooms
Open plan Living room, Dining room & Kitchen
Entrance Hall, Utility room
Barbecue Patios front & rear
Fire-pit and seating
Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception
High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday
Children over 12 are welcome
Sorry, pets are not permitted
The dining table is assigned an entire glazed bay with panoramic views down to the river.
Clean lines, ample storage and uncluttered surfaces characterise the kitchen.
In the centre there is a preparation island flanked by a pair of breakfast bar stools – brilliant for socially inclusive catering.
The sink and dishwasher have a dedicated zone screened from the main living area, that continues through to the sitting room.
A utility room and guest WC are also reached from this section.
A pair of glazed doors open directly onto a sheltered and sunny rear barbecue patio.
Facilities & Ameneties
• 4 ring induction hob with Black Hole extractor
• Electric Oven
• Freezer, plus another in utility room
• Washing machine
• Sizes – Two Zip & Link double beds
• Two single beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Geo-thermal heating
• Wood burning stove
• Charcoal Barbecue
• Multiple outdoor seating/dining
• River access
It’s difficult not to be impressed by views of the meandering river through the large picture window wall in the sitting room. Glazed French doors to the surrounding terrace blur the boundaries and expand the already generous interior.
This is a terrific spot for dining al fresco at any time of day.
An almost invisible balustrade of glass is a special touch.
There is a wing of four bright bedrooms off the dog-leg hallway on the opposite side of the cottage – two doubles and two twin.
The master bedroom has a mirrored wall of Sliderobes and an ensuite bathroom.
The others share a family bathroom with walk-in shower and his & her basins.
The cottage sits on six acres of landscaped woodland and wildflower meadows that gently sweep down to the River Mahon which is tidal at this point.
A small section to the rear is fenced off for additional privacy.
There’s is 200m of private river frontage to enjoy with several judiciously placed seats for contemplating the busy wildlife – a fox’s den, heron’s nest (particularly noisy), numerous birds of prey, squirrels, even our own resident otter passes by occasionally. A birdwatchers paradise.
The river itself is alive with salmon, sea trout, mullet etc and a fishing platform has been constructed to enjoy this amenity. And of course there is a delightful fire-pit circle for sundowner stories.
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Out & About
This is Ireland’s Copper Coast, packed with undiscovered gems. Here’s a few suggestions to whet your appetite…
For unique ways to make the most of your stay on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
• Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival (end of August)
• Waterford Spraoi (start of August)
• Christmas Festival Waterford (22rd Nov – Dec 23rd)
Here are some of our favourites…
- Paddle around in Kayaks
- Munch a lunch in the Tannery
- Make a bet at The Races
- Enjoy a pint in Mother’s
- Sink a hole in one at West Waterford
- Cycle a stretch of the Waterford Greenway
- Music and a pint at the Local
- Trek a pony on the Copper Coast
- Golf the Gold Coast links
- Catch something serious in the ocean
- Get surfing at Bunmahon Surf School
- Walk along the Anne Valley
- Play a round at Dungarvan
- Sample some glass with class
- Visit Reginald’s Viking tower
Directly across from the cottage, Bunmahon Beach stretches for about half a kilometre. Its sand dunes offer protection to an abundance of unusual flora and fauna.
This region, known as the Copper Coast, gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the mid-19th century. Remnants of the engine rooms and chimneys are still evident, the most locally prominent being Tankardstown, a couple of minutes away.
Directly above the house, overlooking the village, is the Copper Coast Geopark centre where you can discover much about the legacy of the region. Don’t miss the wonderful cakes and sandwiches in the café.
It is a sometimes stormy margin and the coastline is littered with ship wrecks.
You will notice The Engine House Bar and cafe at the corner of the village – great for lunch or dinner.
Dungarvan, about 30 minutes West, is a busy seaside town with good restaurants. The main attraction is King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification (1185) which would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.
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.
Tramore is about 25 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well-deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along roads from Fenor to Annestown.
Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.
Waterford, about 30 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.
photo Mike Searle
About 45 minutes away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just over two hours from the cottage.
Cork Airport – approx 1 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two hours from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is one and half hours from the house.