Hunters Lodge

Hunters Lodge

Hunters Lodge

Recherché River Nore

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County Kilkenny

This opulent, spacious and peaceful country cottage sits in the heart of rural Ireland, with classic period interiors and exceptional views of the Kilkenny landscape.
Just half an hour from the delights of the Medieval City itself and less than an hour from the south coast, it’s an ideal location for cycling, kayaking and canoeing.

 

Spacious and glamorous

From a southerly terrace overlooking the River Nore, you enter an unexpected world; a magical classic interior in the Grand style, set within a country cottage.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-one ensuite
    One twin bedroom
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, dining room
    Kitchen, Utility room
    Guest WC
  • Contempo
    Four Flat screen TVs
    WiFi internet, integrated sound system
    Good Cell phone reception
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The greater part of the ground floor is given over to the main reception room, part study and part drawing room. A couple of steps lower than the rest, it is heavily ornate with moulded shelving, vintage leather bound books, gilded mirrors and substantial drapes.

Here too is a large recessed television. Happily, the abundance of table lamps are centrally controlled.

Persian carpets feature throughout the house, and there are premium controls for the lighting, as well as recessed ceiling loudspeakers in the reception rooms.

There is an intimate oak furnished dining room to the other side of the entrance hall, which comfortably seats six in fully upholstered contentment.

The charming and well equipped kitchen is naturally adjacent to the dining room, with the utility room beyond that.

An elegant guest WC is located below the stairs.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin electric Ovens
• Electric 4 ring ceramic hob
• Microwave
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Krups coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Bosch washing machine
• Bosch tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, one King-size double, and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 1 large Flat-screen TV
• Plus TV in each bedroom
• Sonos multi room audio system
• Multi dimmer light switches

Other

• Good selection of books
• Gas fired Barbecue

There are three spacious dormer-windowed bedrooms spanning the upstairs floor, all beautifully appointed in period style, with heavy tasselled drapery and Roman blinds, pleated valances, luxurious quilts and upholstered occasional chairs.

The twin bedroom and the second double bedroom have fitted wardrobe space incorporating sconce lit dressing tables.

The master bedroom enjoys an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.

There is also a chic family bathroom with marble framed bath, a separate shower cubicle and dressing mirrors shared on this floor.

Outside

The tranquil gardens which afford magnificent views across the Nore valley, cascade downwards from the front terrace, and feature an ornate fountain and pond and a broad sloping lawn.

The cottage forms part of the estate of an expansive stud farm, and is reached via a dedicated private driveway. There is ample parking.

A delightful backdrop for a sunset Barbecue.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

All Year €3,000 per week

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

We really enjoyed the couple of days….

… Hunters Lodge was the perfect hideaway from the world, surrounded only by beautiful horses!

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C. Hookway, December 2020

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Out & About

 

For Arts and Crafts, History and Tranquillity, it’s hard to outshine Kilkenny.

There’s loads to do and see, we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites…

Local Festivals include:

JFK Dunbrody Festival celebrating the Dunbrody famine ship. The festival is held on the 3rd weekend in July each year and attracts crowds in excess of 25,000.

Inistioge Vintage Rally August Bank Holiday

 

The Locality

 

 

The pretty village of Inistioge is just 5 minutes away, and has several nice pubs and cafes. It also has a splendid 10-arch classic stone bridge dating from about 1765, the only one of its kind in Europe.

Should you yearn for a good walk, the Inistioge to Thomastown trail is a couple of hours hiking along the sleepy Nore Valley past ancient castle ruins and through woodland.

Thomastown itself is home to a plethora of craft outlets, and well worth spending some time in.

New Ross is the nearest large town for groceries and other supplies – 20 minutes by car. Situated on the River Barrow just below the confluence with the River Nore, its Ireland’s only inland port, and is about 32k from the coast.

Just outside New Ross a park and homestead exhibition is dedicated to the memory of U.S President John F. Kennedy whose great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, was born here. The property is still farmed by his descendants.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

In New Ross harbour there is also a popular replica of a square rigger, the type of ship used to transport emigrants to America during the “Great Hunger” of the mid 19th century.

Kilkenny is the craft centre of Ireland, but it is also the most successful county in the game of hurling, which is thought to have been played for over 3,000 years. Villages would contest games involving hundreds of players, which would last several hours or even days.

Players use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents’ goalposts. It is a fast and furious business where a good strike with a hurley can propel the ball over 93 mph

Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – an hour and a quarter from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from the cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and an hour and a half an hour from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about an hour from the cottage.

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Ridge House

Ridge House

Ridge House

Picture Perfect Panoramas

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County Kerry

Slotted into a stunning landscape on the Ring of Kerry, this chic stone home enjoys world class views of Derrynane bay, and the Atlantic. With ample space both inside and Al Fresco, and bundles of local activities to try, here is great all round family escape.

 

Enchanting and eclectic design

Mostly, you’ll enter through one of two large sliding doors that span the front terrace. Inside is a long, lofty living space; ringside seats to what must be on of Ireland’s most spectacular panoramas.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite shower room
    & walk-in wardrobe
    One family bedroom with double bed and 2 singles
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
    Bathroom with shower
    Living room, guest wc, utility room
  • Features
    Furnished barbecue patio
    Sunken stone seating pit
    Elevated viewing area
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    integrated sound system, underfloor heating
    Good Cell phone reception

A walk-around contemporary fireplace floats in the centre, partitioning the living from the dining area.

Gleaming white, with a rhythm of exposed natural timber beams, an oak floor, and the trappings of a well-loved family home.

The kitchen area marries in seamlessly via a heavy pink granite preparation island. A pair of breakfast bar stools brings a splash of orange that echoes in small decorative touches. Elegant Scandinavian dining chairs feature here and out on the stone patio.

Aga cooking is a nod to the country cottage; it is supplemented by ceramic hob and other premium appliances.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Aga range with 2 ovens and 2 plates
• Ceramic four ring hob
• American Fridge-freezer with ice / water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Twin sinks

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Ground floor master with King-size bed.

• First floor two double bedrooms

• Family room with double and two singles
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky TV with Sky sports
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books
• Underfloor heating
• Two open fires

Beyond the kitchen, the house is on two levels. To the front, a cosy corner study with dual aspect picture windows, an open fireplace and TV with all the bits.

To the rear, there is a tastefully rustic utility room, and a guest bathroom with walk-in shower.

The master bedroom at the ground floor gable end, is superbly located. It has an ensuite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe.

A fabulous French door opens onto its own sunrise side patio – a really nice touch.

Up open tread stairs, angled attic ceilings and distinctive rustic grade flooring unite three bedrooms that open off the sky-lit landing.

Choose from China blue or contemporary canopy double beds; or a delightful and generous family room, featuring two single cast iron beds and a double. They all share a vaguely translucent family shower room.

Outside

Notched into a steep incline, the house faces south, with stunning views of Scariff and Deenish islands, and the Beara Peninsula in the distance. Aside from the previously mentioned terrace, there is a clever sunken seating area sculpted into the stone at the eastern corner.

To the rear, a Jacob’s ladder of heavy timbers climbs to a splendid viewing area above the house.
There is additional parking tucked away into the bank beside the main gates – “the sheep’s dip”.

Provisional Booking Form

Note: This Home is has a minmum booking of 7 nights, May to August.

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

May, June, July and August €3,000 per week N/A N/A
September to April €3,000 per week Weekend €1,500 Mid-week €1,500

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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Out & About

 

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed destinations. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
we just can’t list everything…

Visit https://www.theringofkerry.com/ for more…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is off a narrow road just below the Coomakista Pass – itself the highlight of any tour of the Ring of Kerry – roughly halfway between Caherdaniel and Waterville; each about 10 mins drive. The road twists its way down to Derrynane Harbour, once busy with fishermen, now a jump off for ever-popular tours to the Skellig Islands. There is a small sandy beach there.

It is also the start of the 6 km Mass Path – a furtive footpath used by parishioners in 17th Century secretly attending open air services at the Mass Rock – that leads to Derrynane strand.

The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great Blue Flag strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the great 19th century, lawyer, politician, statesman and abolitionist. It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands, the house displays relics of O’Connell’s life and career.

The nearby uninhabited islands of Scarrif and Deenish are not to be confused with the towering Skellig Islands – just visible, rising steeply from the ocean about 25 km West of Derrynane. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement that bears testimony to the hardiness of sixth century monks.
Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are also home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.
The outcrop features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.

Waterville in Ballinskelligs Bay is a busy little town, the nearest shopping location for most supplies, with a petrol station, some fine restaurants, and two excellent golf links.

The town was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.

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A short drive east of Caherdaniel village is Staigue Fort, the largest pre-Christian, circular stone fort in Ireland is worth a visit. Over 2,000 years old, its wall is 5.5m (18ft) high and 4m (13ft) thick.

The Kerry Way walking route which passes just above the house, is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trail and also one of the most popular. The 200km trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside in the country, avoiding the country’s highest mountains. Most people will just opt to do a section.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 5 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 5 hours from house

 

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Westerly House

Westerly House

Westerly House

A halcyon waterfront haven

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County Cork

This spacious American-beach style timber home is set amid glorious gardens that slope down to the lapping shores of Bantry Bay, with a private pontoon, moorings and exquisite Atlantic sunset views.
For family breaks, Westerly House is one of those unique treasures that are exclusive to wonderful west Cork.

 

A delightful and idiosyncratic home

A broad canted bay window with panoramic views of the shoreline fills one wall of the living room and introduces a bright interior of mellow timber flooring where conventional leather sofas and quirky Christo-style wrapped armchairs provide the seating.

The contemporary kitchen morphs into the dining area where a generous oak dining table takes centre stage in a corner of grid latticed windows.

For quick informal snacks there is the hi-stool breakfast bar, and just outside a alfresco terrace that straddles one end of the house and overlooks the rambling garden.

The upstairs accommodation is accessed by two separate stairs.

The Victorian bedroom is sublime with an unexpected but delightful free standing slipper bath, an open fire place, king size bed, and an eclectic mix of furniture and lighting.

The ensuite master bedroom is on the ground floor and has a king size bed.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

These two rooms share a bathroom and may be twin or doubles.

Outside

There is more than one-and-a-half acres of mature garden with random pathways, benches, and swings for kids.
A large outdoor heated Jacuzzi nestles among the trees and shrubs keeping watch across the water.

A private floating pontoon on the bay is accessed from the pine fringed shore via a gangway, making this a perfect spot to sip a sundowner.

Facilities

The house comes equipped with pretty much everything you would expect in a luxury home. In addition there’s a large outdoor jacuzzi, a charcoal barbecue, a 65” flat screen TV with DVDs as well as lots of books and games and internet. The freezer is in the utility room.
Three Kayaks are available on request.

Provisional Booking Form

There is a breakages deposit €800 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.
This Home is only let by the week in High Season.
Note. 7 night minimum stay over Easter period as below
Special Offer- 5 nights for Christmas at Westerly House: €3,200
From the 29th December – 5 nights Minumum; Maximum Booking 6 Persons due to Restrictions 

2020 Per Week 4 nights  3 nights
3rd October-19th December €2,800 €1,900 €1,400
19th December-3rd January €4,500 n/a n/a
2021 Per Week 4 nights  3 nights
3rd January-13th Febuary €2,800 €1,900 €1,600
13th Febuary-26th March €3,100 €2,000 n/a
26th March-10th April €3,900 n/a n/a
10th April- 29th May €3,300 €2,100 n/a
29th May- 3rd July €3,900 €2,400 n/a
3rd July 28th August €4,700 n/a n/a
28th August – 2nd October €3,900 €2,400 n/a
2nd October-30th October €3,300 €2,100 n/a
30th October-22nd December €2,800 €1,900 €1,600
22nd December-6th January €4,500 n/a n/a

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking is not permitted in this home
Pets and Dogs – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Care obviously needs to be taken with young children with so much accessible water!

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Our stay at Westerly House was just perfect…

Annette did a great job of introducing us to the house and preparing us for the week. We had great weather and enjoyed all that West Cork has to offer. We will definitely consider Unique Irish Homes in our next trip.
[The] Westerly House was a solid house with all the amenities. Well stocked for cooking. Great setting. Quiet and conveniently located.
One suggestion: Getting in and out of the driveway was a challenge. We had two vehicles which I would assume is common for a house this size. A well placed “Traffic Mirror” would make the entry and exit so much easier.

Tom Duddy, August 2018

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Many thanks to Rose & Graham in Unique Irish Homes for their courteous & informative help when I booked the lovely house “Westerly” in Cork, for the celebration of my husband’s 70th birthday. We were a party of 9 adults & 4 children.

This is my first experience at using Unique Irish Homes & I can honestly say I would use them again. In an age where everything is booked online it was great to have a person at the other end of the phone to guide me & also answer questions that I had. Everything ran very smoothly. There was paperwork involved which was tiresome but I understood that it was necessary. Having done it once now it won’t be a chore next time round.
I have received my deposit for breakages back from Unique Irish Homes in a seamless transaction.

 Marie & Annette from Westerly House made our stay very welcoming & comfortable. My family had a wonderful three days in Westerly. The house was large, very comfortable & very nicely decorated. My adult kids thought it was amazing. The stunning view was visible from nearly all the rooms. The outdoor Jacuzzi was used by the youngest to the oldest. Great fun & merriment was had in it. We lit a fire in the lounge that brought atmosphere & comfort to all.

A lot of thought has been put into the set up of Westerly & all 13 of us had a wonderful time. Thanking all involved.

Geraldine Flanagan, October 2018

We recently stayed at Westerly House,

Cork and had the most amazing holiday, all the finishing touches and welcome gifts was actually why we chose not use air b n b.
Annette our house keeper was exceptional and made us feel so welcome on arrival. The house really works for a large group as there was plenty of space between bedrooms and living areas that everyone had peace and quite when needed. We loved this house so much we’ll hopefully be back soon and the photos and description online was very accurate. Thank you again!

James, April 2019

 

Out & About

 

Bantry is ideally located in magical west Cork between the isolated Beara peninsula to the north and the remote Sheep’s Head to the south. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore…

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include:

 

The Locality

 

 

Westerly House borders Bantry Bay at Ballylickey, in the crook of the sound 5 minutes from the vibrant town itself. There is an excellent gourmet café and deli just two minutes walk from the house. Bantry is host to a fine farmers market on Friday mornings, and there are several supermarkets, restaurants, and Pubs.

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Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing, and there is a deep water harbour at Whiddy Island (need to take ferry).
The island once served as an oil terminal for berthing supertankers until in 1979 the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded in what remains the biggest maritime disaster in Irish history.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

The narrow Sheep’s Head peninsula spans the southern shores of Bantry Bay and has a pedestrian loop that makes for a completely unique walking experience.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance. Fuchsia abound, and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.
Glengarriff, only 10 minutes away by car, is the jump off point for visits to the magnificent and quirky and exotic gardens on Garnish Island.

The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this rugged headland that forms the northern part of Bantry Bay, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Ireland’s only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make traveling by boat hazardous.

With magnificent views stretching from the Skellig Islands to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

 

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Walkers Cottage

Walkers Cottage

Walkers Cottage

Old Shell... New Pearl

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County Waterford

This impressive old Georgian country house sits on a bluff with commanding views of the woodlands, walled gardens and walkways that make up Waterford’s Woodhouse Estate.
Capacious enough to cater for a large family, it is ideally placed for cycling trips around the headlands and coves of Ireland’s Copper Coast, hill-walking in the Comeragh Mountains, or just traipsing around this elegant estate.

 

Space for all the family

A finely proportioned building with generous room sizes, Walkers Cottage has recently been extended to the rear, and completely refurbished to a very high standard.

A house of two halves, the original 19th century home which first greets you has thick walls with the original six over six, three section sash windows bracketed by simple solid shutters.

The living room to one side of the lobby is perfect for family games, both board and more high-tech.

There is an abundance of logs from the estate to power the wood burning stove.

To the opposite side of the hall, a rustic dining table seats eight for large meals or entertaining on with painted Van Gogh chairs. There’s even a blackboard for murals or menus.

Moulded ceiling friezes and solid panel doors are of traditional country house style, augmented by a beautiful white limestone floor, soft buttermilk tones and flush lighting.

A deep arch to the rear opens seamlessly through to the bright family kitchen of the extended house.
The two rooms are united by walls of pale pumpkin, and bleached oak floor boards.

French doors open southwards from the kitchen into the panoramic gardens.

The remainder of the ground floor consists of a large stylish bathroom and a spacious utility room and boot lobby.

You encounter an idiosyncratic collection of artworks in key locations throughout the house.

 

A carpeted winder stair takes you up to the bedrooms – one on each corner of the house – and a second family bathroom complete with dual head shower.

Children get an irresistible twin bedroom of their own. Candy pink with very special AA Milne wallpaper.

A winged headboard tops the sumptuous double bed in the crimson bedroom, where floor boards creak with age from a previous century.

Outside

Walkers Cottage is perched above the parklands of the historic Woodhouse Estate ranging for 340 acres West from Stradbally village. The property is bisected by the meandering river Tay, which swirls right past the Lodge and escapes under the road bridge for a final dash to the Atlantic. 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – await exploration either on foot or on cycle tracks.

 

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the Gate Lodge.

The owners occupy the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Please enquire about fishing rights or other activities on the estate.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Electric Ovens
• 4 ring electric induction hob
• Fridge
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility room Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 3 Super King Size zip-link beds
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Flat screen smart TV
• with Sky Sports
• DVD player

Other stuff

• Some Books
• Some DVD movies
• Bicycles available (book in advance)

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
Please Note:
 Check in at this property is at 5pm the night of arrival.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Christmas 5 night Special from Thursday 23rd December to Tuesday 28th December.
 -€1,575.

New Year 5 night Special from Wednesday 29th December to Monday 3rd January 2022.
-€1,575.

Halloween Week – (25th to the 31st of October) -€2,100.

May to September €2,100 per week Weekend €950 Mid-week €950
October to April €1,500 per week Weekend €650 Mid-week €650

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home.
If you intend bringing a dog, please advise below whether there will be more than one, and approximate size, as large dogs may need to be cleared by the owner.

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Reviews

 

We recently visited Walkers Cottage…

on the Woodhouse estate in Co. Waterford. We were highly impressed with both the cottage and the estate. We were greeted by June who took us to the cottage and explained everything to us. June was very helpful throughout. The cottage is located on the 500 acre Woodhouse estate which has been very carefully restored to its former glory. The estate is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy nature. Its also completely private and a very peaceful place to be. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, including WIFI. There are some excellent restaurants in nearby Dungarvan, however the cottage has everything you need to cook a gourmet meal if you decide to dine in. We really enjoyed sitting on the bench outside the cottage eating lunch while the young horses grazed in the field next door. We could not recommend this place highly enough. It’s a real hidden gem.

Tom & Sylvia, Donegal, July 2020

A great week away!

Thank you so much for a fantastic week away. I will most certainly be recommending Unique Irish Homes.
Walker’s Cottage was really beautiful and was every bit as perfect as it looked on the website. The house had everything you could possibly need and if it didn’t Cathy was only a call away. We had no phone coverage in the house which wasn’t a problem as it meant we really got to switch off for a few days, well almost!
The children loved the grounds and near by beaches. The grounds are just amazing and me describing their beauty really would not do them justice!
I did selfishly consider not reviewing Walker’s Cottage, only because I would love to keep it as our own little secret gem on the South East coast!

It was by far the best self catering accommodation I or any of the group have ever rented. We would love to visit again!

Susan, August 2016

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I would need too many superlatives…

and the account of our stay might appear insincere! Suffice to say we did almost nothing for the week… in and around the cottage and the wider estate and everyone thought it had been a perfect week. We would certainly return.
Thanks again to June, her staff, Rosie and yourself

Dave Butler, June 2018

We have now all safely returned from a wonderful week at Walkers Cottage.

We took four old cars and covered nearly 1000 miles. Weather mixed but we really only had one very rainy day when we went to Waterford Crystal – so lots of sightseeing down to Kinsale and of course a few pints of Guinness!
Walkers Cottage was so tastefully furnished and the facilities were more than adequate for us. The Woodhouse Estate, its history and now its restoration was fascinating and we were fortunate to meet up with [the owners]. Cathy, the housekeeper was more than kind and provided a source of knowledge of the local area. She could not have been more attentive – a really bonus.
A perfect location and cottage – highly recommended. We all now want to revisit and explore more of Southern Ireland.

Michael, September 2017

 

Out & About

 

This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The tranquil village of Stradbally – Gold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns 2019 awards – is a short walk out of the estate, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan is a 15 minute drive along the coast and is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the disputes between the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous hike thereafter, so don’t miss it.

They’re 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.

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 bendy roads from Fenor to Annestown.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a sometimes stormy coast that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

Waterford, about 45 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.

In Dungarvan, King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) 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.

Tramore is about 35 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. Clonea Strand is much closer; one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

photo John M

About half an hour 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 Cork Airport, Waterford or Dublin.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Waterford Airport – approx 1 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 1.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 hours from house.

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