A hidden gem packed with class, history and personality, this Regency home comes with an extensive River Slaney frontage, walled garden, stables, and bundles of premium contrivances.
Discreetly tucked into the landscape of hills and trees, The Deeps is just 10 minutes from both Wexford Town and Ireland’s longest, and sunniest beach.
Rooms of eclectic opulence
Approached from a gravelled driveway, the house is stepped into a site on two levels – with a formal entrance at one end of the upper level, and more everyday access via the lower ground-floor sunny courtyard.
The classic Hall Door, flanked by partly stained sidelights, opens into a vaulted entrance lobby. A smaller room to one side serves as a study.
An impressive corridor runs the length of the house – with pilasters supporting groin vaulted ceilings centred on oval roof lanterns.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 6 guests
From €8,500 per week
Access to river
Two double bedrooms – both ensuite
Two Single bedrooms
Family Shower Room
WC with shower
- Other Rooms
Living room / Dining room
Two TV rooms, Study
Family Kitchen / Breakfast Room
Large BBQ Terrace
Entrance Hall, Laundry, Larder
Guest WC, Coat room, Wine cellar
- Rustic Annex
Gym, and Pilates room
Additional apartment available
2 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
Naim and Sonos Sound systems
Good Cell phone reception
Weekly basis only: Saturday to Saturday
Adjacent reception rooms, punctuated with tall plantation-shuttered Georgian windows, span the classical eight-bay loggia style façade that overlooks the gently sloping lawns to the West.
South African surfing paintings are typical of the eclectic collection to be found throughout. The “basket weave” timber parquet floor has been lifted and completely restored by the owners.
The centre-most of these is a living space – once the music room – with a formal dining table that can stretch to accommodate twelve.
Both ends of this generous room are comfortably furnished seating areas – one with a formal marble fireplace; the other with a piano and state of the art sound system.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Aga range with 5 ovens, 2 cooking + warming plate
• Electric Oven and 5 ring ceramic hob in Utility room
• Double door Fridge
• Twin horizontal Freezer drawers
• Additional Freezer in Utility room
• Traditional dual boiler Italian Coffee Machine
• 2 Washing machines
• Tumble dryer
• Steam Iron
• Sizes – Two King-size and two single beds
• 2 Hairdryers
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs with Soundbar
• Sky sports and Netflix
• Naim and Sonos Sound systems
• Large selection of books
• Shared dual aspect wood burning stove
• Big Green Egg barbecue
• Assorted gym equipment
• Walled garden + herbs
The dual aspect drawing room bookends this level, with another stunning fireplace and antique furniture collection.
The sash windows have panelled shutters, and the original door panels feature classic relief figures. French doors here open onto the terrace.
Lower Ground Floor
Accessed by an inconspicuous stairway there is a spacious and familiar living area. Mainly consisting of an excellent galley kitchen and an open breakfast area, fitted out in a painted country style.
Features include an Aga cooking range, double door fridge, Sonos sound system, and a fabulously functional circular table – part curved banquet seating and part brilliant “Bars” leather armchairs.
A double sided wood-burning stove serves two rooms.
On the opposite side of the stove is a cosy television lounge, with internal Gothic lattice windows looking onto the stairs.
Hidden in these Wedgewood wall panels is the connecting kitchen door.
Bedrooms are on the upper ground level.
The master bedroom and a double bedroom border the corridor to the East.
Featuring fabulous furniture, they both have substantial ensuite bathrooms – one with a walk-in monsoon shower, and the other with a bath; both espouse marble mosaic floors.
Also on this wing, two delightful single bedrooms; and two shower rooms – one a flamboyant scarlet surprise.
Below stairs, besides the kitchen, there is a handy guest WC and a labyrinth of utility rooms, which include a larder, wine cellar, boiler house.
Chief of these is a comprehensive canary-yellow laundry room, with two premium washing machines, a large laundry sink, and an additional electric oven and ceramic hob.
Separately, a coach house has been re-purposed into an occasional use, but comfortable, rustic apartment, together with a small home-gym, and completed with Pilates studio.
There is also an enclosed six-stall stable shed with associated equipment.
The Deeps sits at the end of a meandering driveway through some 42 acres of farm and mature woodland. There is a pathway adjacent to the paddocks leading to woods at the edge of the River Slaney.
The furnished South facing Barbecue terrace is a magnificent additional reception area in the summer months.
There is an expansive Arthur Shakleton walled garden sub-divided into hedged areas, busy with fruit trees, a vegetable garden, herbaceous borders, flowering plants and shrubs.
Out & About
Wexford is famous for its golden beaches that stretch for miles along a coast that few counties in Ireland can compare; but there’s loads more.
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…
- Play around on the links
- Kite surf at the Hook
- Go out Fishing from Kilmore Quay
- Sample some of Mary Barry’s Kilmore food
- Scuba dive with the guys
- Trek a pony at Hazelwood
- A night at the Opera
- Get out on a bike
- Tour the Dunbrody Famine Ship
- Discover our heritage
- A day at the Races in the sunny South-East
- Savour smoked salmon from Ronan
- Medieval horsemanship lessons
- Go walking in Wexford
- Contemporary crafts at the Blue Egg Gallery
The property is 3km from the main N11 Dublin to Wexford Road on the banks of the River Slaney, just 10 minutes from Wexford Town.
Perhaps best known for hosting the country’s premier opera event, which plays to packed audiences over an 18-day annual spectacular every October. The Wexford Festival Opera includes theatre, classical concerts, and fringe events that take place at various times of the day… and late into the night.
The village of Kilmore Quay on the South Coast, is a popular haunt for fishermen and sailors. It also has some great eateries. Many of its thatched house’s date from the early 19th century, a rare glimpse of how a traditional Irish fishing village would have looked in time gone by. Simple vernacular structures, the cottages were often constructed of mud walls, whitewashed with lime, and thatched with wheat or oat straw.
The privately owned Saltee Islands are situated approximately 5km off Kilmore Quay. A haven for sea birds including gannets, puffins and Manx shearwaters. Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland.
There is a much older Deeps Castle, a 14th century Norman stronghold further upstream. Although now in ruins, it is notable as one of the few remaining examples of a Tower House and as one of the largest ruined castles in Co. Wexford. You can find out more about it here:
Until the mid-19th century the extinct middle English dialect of Yola could be heard spoken in Wexford, and a few words still remain in use.
Wexford is home of the Irish Strawberry; you’ll find them for sale along the roadside everywhere – delicious.
For more information on Ireland’s Ancient East http://www.irelandsancienteast.com/
The Lighthouse at the tip of the Hook Peninsula is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. A 13th Century Norman structure, it is also one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland.
The tower stands four stories high with walls up to 4m thick. The upper tier which is 6m in diameter originally supported the beacon fire, which was later replaced by the lantern. Fog guns which were situated at the cliff edge, were fired every 10 minutes.
Curracloe Beach – a regular holder of the Blue Flag Beach status – just north of Wexford Harbour, is the longest beach in Ireland. It was the location in 1997 for the opening scenes of the movie Saving Private Ryan.
The dunes are currently the subject of an active conservation policy by Wexford County Council ensuring that this marvellous amenity and the plant and wildlife it contains, will be preserved for future generations.
A nature trail runs through the dunes and continues for 5 km to Raven Point, passing through the beautiful peninsula which constitutes Raven Nature Reserve.
The Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig includes various exhibits spanning 9000 years of Irish History, allowing the visitor to wander around re-creations of historic Irish dwellings, and is well worth a visit.
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 hours from the house
Cork Airport – approx 2 and half hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from the house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just less than 2 hours from the house
Rosslare Europort for Ferries to South Wales is only half an hour from the house.