Old Shell... New Pearl
Walkers Cottage, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
You encounter an idiosyncratic collection of artworks in key locations throughout the house.
A winged headboard tops the sumptuous double bed in the crimson bedroom, where floor boards creak with age from a previous century.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home - from WiFi to smart television, clothes dryer to microwave..
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
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.
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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..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
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
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
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About the Locality
The tranquil village of Stradbally 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.
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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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