A central staircase directly facing the entrance lobby leads to the accommodation on the first floor – where you first discover a generous Kitchen and dining room that stretch the full depth of the house.
At its heart is a marble preparation island / breakfast bar with fitted ceramic hob, undercounter oven, and sunken sink.
A large and unexpected panoramic window looks out across the rear courtyard onto the raised terraced lawn at the back.
By contrast, at the dining end, a more traditional shuttered sash window with full length drapes, overlooks the village green. Broad archways link to the sitting room on the other side of the landing, both with matching windows that make up the classic triptych of the façade.
The atmosphere is informal and inclusive, with herringbone parquet flooring throughout, the rooms flow seamlessly into each other.
For TV watching there is a cushy chaise sofa and cosy open fireplace. Back at the top of the stairs, and opposite the kitchen there is a utility room for laundry.Here too is a guest WC.
On the top floor, there are three distinctive bedrooms. Across the front on either side, are two sumptuous double bedrooms.
They both have low-level shuttered cottage windows looking
across the village green, and higher versions in the gables. Double doors open onto the landing, again enhancing that airy quality.
To the rear is a mellow twin bedroom with a view to the garden.
Directly across from it is the wonderful family bathroom. Shared by all, it encompasses a separate walk-in shower room, his and her basins, and a separate toilet.
For that extra luxury, there is also a wonderful free-standing double-ended slipper bath.
Down on the ground level, French doors open onto a large private yard, split-level below an upper tier lawn.
• Electric Oven
• Ceramic induction hob
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Washing machine
• Spin Dryer
• Sizes – Two King-size and Two single beds
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Smart Flat-screen TV
• Selection of books
• Access to Woodhouse Estate
• Including Tennis Courts
Out and About
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The house probably predates its adjoining 18th century buildings, and was originally a police barracks. It overlooks the centre of Stradbally village, with a grocery shop and a couple of pubs just a few yards away. Saturday is Market Day, when the village bustles with activity.
For a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast is your best bet. There is a fine children’s playground at the top of the village.
500m downhill is the sheltered sandy beach of Stradbally Cove. On your way to the beach, you will pass the historic Woodhouse Estate which ranges for 340 acres and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. The owners occupy the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors to Stradbally House will receive a pass to enjoy the walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer, and even the tennis courts (with a bit of notice). 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – are waiting to be explored either on foot or on cycle tracks.
Above the village, 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.
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.
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.
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hours from the house.
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 house