The entrance hallway unexpectedly spacious with a high ceiling and atmospheric concealed lighting.
Busy floor tiling and the stunningly coloured walls of pale apricot bring a Moorish Mediterranean quality to this space.
The original cottage was considerably smaller, with its little lattice-leaded windows. Rooms to be discovered can be glimpsed through a variety of doorways.
A short passage, punctuated with French doors to the rear garden, opens into a more recent and unanticipated addition – an expansive and airy, living space.
The kitchen zone spans one side of the room, with appliances and storage tucked under a stony white work surface, behind stainless steel doors.
A generous eight-seater circular dining table occupies the centre, but the centrepiece of the room is undoubtably the dramatic luminous brushed-scarlet, modular corner-seating, that will bring a smile to your face.
French doors in the end wall open onto a white flagged patio – for those sultry summer sunsets.
At the opposite end of the room, a broad archway framed in a teal green wood panelling unveils a cosy carpeted sitting room, with an open-hearth fireplace and wall mounted TV.
You also get to see where that stable half door from the entrance hall leads…
Sumptuous double bedrooms are located at either end of this long cottage.
The master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a small side yard.
A splendid wood-panelled walkthrough bathroom, with double monsoon showers and his-and-her basins, is neatly concealed around the back of the truncated bed head.
Following the peachy colour theme, the second double bedroom is delightful.
Softly feminine, the adjacent ensuite bathroom has a fabulous, deep if short slipper bath, in addition to a more traditional shower.
Decidedly steep stairs climb to a diminutive nursery-style kid’s room that utilises the attic space above the bathroom. It comes with sub-adult ceiling and door heights, and a vivid citrus paintjob.
Stradbally Cove, with its sheltered sandy beach is just 50 metres down the narrow lane that cuts through the property. Across the lane is a spacious and well-maintained garden bordering the river for your exclusive use.
Around the cliff side of the cottage, an outdoor shower is being fitted – very handy for sandy people and wetsuits.
Aside from the lawn and patio, the gardens to the rear of the house feature a delightful rose arched walkway. There is a large gravelled parking area with dedicated access beyond that.
Within the portico at the back entrance, there is a separate laundry room.
The cottage is adjacent to an historic Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally Village and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. It is home to 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid-18th century.
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.
- Gas range with oven and 5 rings
- Fridge, Freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Remote control skylight blinds
- Sizes – Two King-size and single bunk beds
Tech & Entertainment
- Wi-Fi Internet
- 3 Flat-screen TVs
- Sky sports and Netflix
- DVD player
- Children’s playroom with cots
- Outdoor Shower
Out and About
This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems.
Stradbally is a short uphill walk from the cottage, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast 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 13th century disputes between two noble Waterford dynasties, the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.
This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a 20km stretch of sometimes-stormy cliffs and beachy coves that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.
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.
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. It is fitting that one of the country’s most loved cycle route the Waterford Greenway runs through the region.
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, is one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.
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 Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.
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.
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hour’s from the cottage.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare which is approx. 1.5 hours from Stradbally
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two and a half hours from the cottage