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Cool Cliff-top Coastal Retreat

Boatstrand Beach House, County Waterford

Perched on top of a cliff, with breathtaking views across the glistening ocean, this brilliant white beach home is a seaside escape through and through.
Luxurious and spacious, with direct access to secluded cove, great beaches, cycling, fishing and golf, this is a unique family vacation choice. Just two hours from Dublin and two from Cork.

the cliff view

Bright and Breezy

the view table in garden

A portico entrance butts onto the broad tiled hallway crossing the house.

the entrance hall

At the core of the bungalow is a substantial, lofty, and informal open plan living area where classic sofas, generous and plump, are grouped around a raised open hearth.

the fireplace

At one side of the living room, there is a relaxing kid’s nook ideal for games and DVD’s.


  • Sleeps
    Up to 9 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Triple bedroom
    with ensuite shower/bath
    Double bedroom
    Twin bedroom
    Kids bunk bedroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Dining room, and Kitchen
    Family bathroom
    Entrance hall
  • Features
    Beach frontage
    Furnished patio with charcoal BBQ
    Wheelchair friendly
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player
    WiFi internet, Sound system
    Patchy Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

view of the house from lawn sofa in living room

On the sunny south, and almost outside, the lustrous dining area occupies the middle one of three bays that extend from the south-facing façade, opening up multi-faceted views of the sparkling Celtic sea, and obliging sunshine to flood into the house.

the dining table

From here, French doors spill out onto a furnished gravelled terrace, and pastoral meadowed lawn, superb for barbeques spiced with the tang of the ocean.

the terrace
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas cooker with 2 ovens
• Electric 4 ring induction hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron


• Sizes - One double bed, and one Super King-size
• Three single bed, and one Kids bunk bed (2)
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix
• DVD player
• Sony sound system


• Some books
• DVD movies
• Table tennis table
• Children’s high chair
• Charcoal Barbeque
the dining area

A breakfast bar separates the dazzling kitchen, which fills another of the angled bays, still with the stunning view – full length.
Note that an excellent chef can be provided for luncheon or dinner.
Arrangements need to be made in advance. Contact us for menu if required.

breakfast bar 
the kitchen 


A short corridor lined with presses to the rear of the kitchen, passes a delightful double bedroom with a large picture window, with a twin bedroom beyond; both with curvy cast iron beds, and separated by a family bathroom.

double bedroom Twin bedroom

The principal bedroom is a grand space at the far end of the hallway, and includes an ensuite bathroom. In addition to the King size bed, a single bed has been included for use as a family bedroom.

painting on wall wardrobe in bedroom

Here also is the third southerly bay window, a very special escape with a matching pair of classic armchairs, and more of those ubiquitous vistas.

master bedroom king size bed toilet

Conveniently adjacent to the master bedroom, the kids bunk room forms part of the suite.

kids bunk beds
the principal bedroom
table on terrace


A short but private Fuchsia lined driveway leads to the house, but the real magic happens at the other side where just beyond the lawn, fern feathered cliffs tumble to the pebble beach and clear waters beyond.

view from garden

Through a little gate, a winding path lead to a secluded cove only used by three neighbours. At low tide, it is an exhilarating walk below the cliffs to boatstrand harbour to buy your lobster straight off the boats.

the beach the harbour FAQs the garden shed tennis raquets

Out and About

This is Ireland’s Copper Coast, packed with undiscovered gems. Here’s a few suggestions to whet your appetite…

Tramore town seafront
For unique ways to make the most of your stay on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

• Dunmore East Blue Grass Festival (22nd – 25th August)
• Waterford Spraoi (2nd – 4th August)
• Christmas Festival Waterford (22rd Nov – Dec 23rd)
• Christmas Day swim (for the brave!) at Kilmurrin Cove five minutes’ drive away


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About the Locality

Boat Strand is the small fishing harbour you can see from the garden, and if you time it right, you can get your lobster, crab or fish straight from the guys on the pier.
The nearest town for supermarkets for everything else would be Tramore 10km away.It 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.

Tramore Beach

Dungarvan, about 30 minutes in the opposite direction, is a busy seaside town with good restaurants. The main attraction is King John's Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification (1185) which 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.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century when the cliffs either side of Bunmahon were mined for lead, silver and copper.

Probably the most popular local attraction is a spectacular 46-kilometre off-road cycling/walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan known as the Waterford Greenway. Bikes can be hired locally and of course you can stop or start wherever you like.

the cycle track

photo Waterford Camino

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.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien about 25 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.

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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.

lismore castle

photo Mike Searle

It is a sometimes stormy coast that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks, and consequently some great diving.

Waterford, about 30 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.

a man blowing glass

photo Jim Woodward-Nutt

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – just over 2 hours from the cottage
Cork Airport - under 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also approx 1 and half hours from the house.

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