Irrepressible Contemporary Coastal Cottage
The Beach House, County Wexford
Overlooking a sweep of more than a kilometre of fine sandy beach on the sunniest stretch of Ireland’s coast, this eponymous home perfectly combines alfresco living with the demands of multi-generational family holidays.
Very centrally located – an hour from the metropolis of Dublin and equally close to the Rosslare to UK ferry – locations don’t get easier than this.
From sun-room sofa to lazy lounger
This awesome cottage is defined by the broad elevated sun deck that surrounds it like a balcony hovering above a dazzling beach spectacle.
Opening on to the decking, a series of living spaces meld together in a fluid open plan space that occupies the elbow of this L shaped home, embracing a variety of informal seating and dining areas and incorporating a contemporary cottage kitchen.
White walled with panelled ceiling, there’s always a panoramic backdrop of windows designed to exploit this unique location.
Whether it’s lethargic alfresco summertime luncheons or the cosy open fire at the end of a blustery beach walk, here is a holiday home for all generations and all seasons.
There is also a dedicated television room – plastered with pictures and wall to wall movies and games – and across the entrance lobby, a smaller library with exercise bike option.
Boisterous with the paraphernalia of family vacations, there is no shortage of books, and no shortage of corners to read them in.
This is a home from home, equipped with everything you would expect in a contemporary family residence - barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, freezer, books, games, videos.
There is WiFi internet, but the signal can be a bit slow in this location.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…
The two principal bedrooms are at opposing extremes of the cottage, each with French doors to the omnipresent perimeter decking, azure skies and lapping tides.
Both have ensuite bathrooms, though the master one shares with a twin bedroom via separate doors.
It’s impossible to avoid the seductive horizon view and seascape horizon beyond the hardy New Zealand flax that shelters the extensive decking.
There is a gravelled drive and lawned areas front and back if you fancy a bit of croquet, but with Clone Strand just metres away, sandy feet and salty hair beckon to the main beach attraction.
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Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets – Possibly, check with us.
Out and About
County Wexford is at the centre of Ireland’s Ancient East, with magnificent beaches, fascinating history, festivals and wildlife - plus it’s all within easy reach of Dublin city...
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Stretch your ears at Wexford Opera
- Board a Famine Ship
- Take a Fatbiking tour
- Shoot some arrows at Wells House
- 7 screens of movies
- Top 100 European Golf
- Eat artisan at Partridge's
- Go beach trekking by Pony
- Back a winner at Wexford Races
- Explore our local Craft Trail
- Witness how we lived at the Heritage village
- Down a pint at Katie's
- Try your hand at stunt driving
- Gallavant around Wexford
- Do dinner at The Duck
About the Locality
The Beach House is located on the coast half way between the largish towns of Arklow and Gorey – both 20 minutes drive away. Dublin city is just over an hour by motorway to the north.
The nearest pub is the Golden Anchor - a 5 minute walk.
This is the region that receives the most sunshine in Ireland, averaging more than 7 hours a day in the early summer. Boasting some 50 kilometres of white beach, not surprisingly, it is also a very popular retreat, with multiple holiday homes along the coast.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin airport.
Dublin Airport - approx 1 and a half hours from house
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare ferry port, which is less than 1 and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 1 and a half hours from house
There are terrific walks locally - north or south along the beach - but also there is a spectacular trail across Tara Hill, clearly visible form the house.
The fine weather also encourages the fruit and veg industry, most famously strawberries, which can be bought from stalls along the roadside throughout the summer. The Strawberry Festival is an annual event in the town of Enniscorthy, when a festival Queen is coronated.
Off the strand below there is excellent fishing for codling, bass and flounders especially where the river crosses the beach. The area fishes particularly well after a strong easterly wind.
photo - David Barrie
Wexford town lies just over an hour to the south. Founded by the Vikings around 800 AD it is probably best known for its International Opera Festival, which takes place every year in the Theatre Royal, and runs for several weeks.
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Gallery of photographs