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County Waterford

Melon Cottage

Price starts from €1,250 per week

This Classic Cozy Cottage Life

This stylish country cottage, in the heart of the historic and exclusive Woodhouse demesne offers everything for a truly relaxing break.

The private estate is itself a tranquil valley oasis adjacent to a beach on Waterford’s Copper Coast. There are five other unique and awesome cottages dotted around this rambling property making it ideal for a multi-family retreat.

Other homes available on the Woodhouse Estate

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At a Glance

Bedrooms

Sleep up to 4 guests in
One double bedroom
One Twin bedroom

Bathrooms

Family Bathroom
Guest WC

Other Rooms

Living room
Sitting room
Kitchen / Dining room
Entrance lobby

Features

Three Flat screen TVs
Good WiFi internet
Wood burning stoves
Outdoor patio
Tennis courts

Availability

High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday

EV Charging

This home has no electric charging point. Click here for more information on EV charging and locations.

Pets

Small to medium-sized dogs are accepted downstairs only and with an additional cost of €60.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – As with all traditional country properties we would urge caution with young children in an unfamiliar environment.

Other

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

Mobile phone coverage indoors can be patchy.

Property Features

Contemporary Country Cottage Styling

The everyday entrance to the cottage is through French doors that open from a rear patio into a raspberry and cream kitchen, which has a four seater dining table at its centre.

The living room, tiled like the kitchen, opens out to one side – mind the step. At the centre of the house, with stairs to the two bedrooms on the upper floor, and stable style doors to the formal entrance and lobby, where you will also find a petite guests WC.

Almost hidden, along a short hallway, is a generous sitting room, carpeted and cosy, and busy with bookshelves. Here too is a woodburning stove to match the one in the living area, and a large TV for evening entertainment.

Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 4 guests.

The cottage charm continues in the floral walls and rustic sheeted wardrobes of the master bedroom, which is spacious and has an integrated washstand and lighted mirror.

The second bedroom has twin single beds, dramatic yolk yellow walls, and canted cottage ceilings.

An apple candy-stripe bathroom is shared by both and features a rainfall shower with the bath.

Outside

The cottage occupies a central location on the historic Woodhouse Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally village. It is surrounded by its own lawned garden which is fenced in and safe for both children and pets to explore.

There is a large sunny patio adjacent to the kitchen which is ideal for alfresco dining.

The estate is bisected by the meandering river Tay, which swirls below the cottage 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.

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.

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates.

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

Facilities

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin electric ovens
• Ceramic electric hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in kitchen
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One King-size and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs

Other

• Selection of books
• Secure garden
• Central heating
• 2 Wood burning stoves

Out and 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…

Things to do

The Locality

Stradbally is a short uphill walk out of the estate, 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.

Stradbally Cove with its stunning, sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates. It is ideal for swimming but a fair hike out across the sand at low tide.

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.

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.

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.

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, kite surfing 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.

How to get there

Car is 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

Pricing Options

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 are not currently available
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas, New Year and Public Holidays are at the high season rate.

A refundable breakages deposit of €250 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Months Per Week Weekend/Midweek
May to September €1,400 N/A June, July, August
October to April €1,250 €850

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027