Spacious contemporary family home in countryside, close to coastal scenic town

Spacious contemporary family home in countryside, close to coastal scenic town


Jan 2020

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 13
6 Bathrooms

About our home

Our new modern family home was completed in 2007 and we love it1 it is full of light, has magnificent views from the living areas , and the bedrooms. downstairs is an open plan kitchen with separate eating areas. I love my italian red kitchen with granite counter tops, two sinks, island unit with stools, dishwasher, american style fridge/freezer, microwave, fabulous coffee machine, and lots of small appliances (blender, toaster, mixer etc). Our family room is close to the kitchen with large windows overlooking a very spacious garden. The fireplace is used a lot during wintertime but we always have logs indoors and can use it at any time. Our spacious dining room can seat up to 10 people and has lovely views of the mountains so you can watch the sun go down while dining. A patio door leads from the dining room onto a lovely brick patio with table and chairs , BarBQ (gas) with scented flowers planted around the perimeter of the patio. Our children have their own "den" with TV, playstation, huge selection of games and movies and a computer you can log on to as a guest with WiFi.
Additionally we have a beautiful playroom for younger children with toys and games to keep them entertained indoors for hours.
Back indoors we have 5 bedrooms, our master suite is downstairs with queen size bed, full bathroom with shower, bathtub and bidet. All other bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers, one downstairs and three upstairs. Bedrooms all have queen or double beds with additional single beds in two rooms upstairs and a fold out bed in third room upstairs. The second bedroom downstairs has a full size cot for infant/small child. Use of travel cot and other baby equipment also available for your use. The bedrooms are lovely and comfortable, very conducive to great restful sleep with fabulous mountain views to enjoy when you wake!

I am an avid gardener and like to grow lots of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Guests are welcome to use any of the organically grown fruit and vegetables or herbs and of course take flowers inside to enjoy. Ireland has a very temperate climate and a huge array of vegetables and flowers grow here,(we even have palm trees in our area). My garden produces potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, corn, garlic, raspberries, blueberries, leeks, salad greens and herbs, however my tomatoes, peppers, chilis, strawberries and more "tropical" fruits grow better in my polytunnell. Visitors are free to pick and use whatever they like while they are at our home.

There is a great lawn area for playing football, adults and children love this on site soccer field. We have our grass mowed often so you don't have to worry about that. Outside there are swings, slides, climbing frame, huge sandbox and trampoline where kids can spend hours playing outdoors in our fresh clean irish air! Additionally there is a selection af adult and children bikes, skate boards, ride on toys, rollerblades, and football goals. If you fancy going to the beautiful beach less than 10 minutes away you can take bodyboards, buckets and spades and wetsuits, There are two great adventure centres within a short drive(Ardmore Adventure Centre and Dunmore East Adventure Centre)

We currently have two cars. The one we prefer our exchange partners to use is an automatic 7 seats Hyundai Santa Fe. It is a very comfortable car to drive, our exchange visitors have used it to tour all over Ireland. Our insurance company allows guests to drive our car provided they are over 25 years old and have a driving licence without endorsements/ penalties.

Our family dog is a golden labrador retriever called Jack. He is 12 years old and a really friendly safe pet who lives outdoors. He loves attention and visitors always want to take him home with them! Our neighbour comes over every morning and night to tend to Jack and he stays around the garden throughout the day. However if you prefer not to have Jack around while you are staying at our home we can arrange for him to go to a friends house.


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Where is it?


Our home is 6 minutes drive from Dungarvan town and a few minutes walk from the small village of Coolnasmear. The village hall is a centre for Irish traditional music sessions and a short cycle away are the beautiful Colligan Woods with trails, picnic areas beside the river, paddling areas and an array of wildlife. Our local pub is a ten minute cycle/ short drive away.
Our neighbours are our friends and are very happy to drop by and help you with any questions you may have. I can have free range organic eggs dropped off to you while you are visiting !
Dungarvan is a beautiful coastal town and is the second largest town in County Waterford. About 10, 000 people live in Dungarvan where there are many beautiful restaurants, shopping, harbour area, ancient castle museum and a host of wonderful places to visit.
Some of the key attractions are the harbour area where you can take a boat for trips in the bay or do a sailing course. Visit Dungarvan Castle and the Museum, take a tour guide to see the ancient Church of Ireland church with its leper wall, eat at the world famous Tannery Restaurant or take a course at its cookery school, (, walk or cycle out to Clonea Beach , a beautiful Blue Flag beach where you can rent canoes or participate in group camps with other children each morning.
The Deise Greenway is a 40kilometre track from Dungarvan to Waterford which affords amazing views of the coastline, aqueducts, tunnels,bridges( This is a really safe cycle or walking trail for the whole family to enjoy.
Within 15 minutes drive of Dungarvan are the season ardmore with Saint Declans round tower and Helvic where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish off the fishermen when they return with their catch. Relax in a seaweed bath at Solas na Mara spa in the Gaeltacht(irish language area) close to Helvic.
Within an hours drive is Waterford City, the oldest city in Ireland with the Viking Triangle and Waterford Crystal Showroom there. Drive home the coast road to take in the Copper Coast and Geopark and some spectacular scenery. Kilkenny with its huge medieval castle is just an hour also and take in Castlecomer caves and craft village of Leighlinbridge.
Check out Skellig Michael where Star Wars was filmed, the Cliffs of Moher with some of the steepest cliffs in europe, Aliwee Caves, Cobh where Titanic sailed from , Cork Gaol, Cahir Castle, Book of Kells, The National Stud in Kildare, Glendalough and Powerscourt in Wicklow. A great source of information on Ireland is and where you can search all the wonderful places to see close to our home and a little further away.
There is a wonderful language school in Dungarvan where you can study english as a family or in groups with other students.

Buzzy restaurants
The famous Tannery restaurant in Dungarvan is 6 minutes away, other lovely local eateries are The Moorings, the Interlude, the Cookhouse 360. Don’t miss the very posh Cliff House in Ardmore and equally tasty and less expensive is the White Horses
Cool bars
Pubs with traditional music and craic are The marine Bar, the Local. Downey’s and our local pub in Bohadoon! 2 night clubs in town are Creation and Waves
Cozy cafés
The Ormonde, Meades, Casa and Co,
Retail therapy
Lovely shopping Centre in Dungarvan with lots of boutiques, Carraig Donn for crafts and the best of all for Irish crafts is The Beach House Gallery, other great shopping in Waterford, Clonmel and Kilkenny
Bit of culture
Round tower in Ardmore, in Waterford city the Viking Triangle and great historical towers Gran meet from Viking era, mount Mellary Abbey, Kilkenny and Lismore castles,
Walks in the park
Colligan woods with 4 walks ranging 30 minutes to 90 minutes, copper coast. Waterford Greenway, Cliff walks in Ardmore all within 20 minutes
Spot of exercise
Waterford Greenway a spectacular track / walk/ cycle path along a former railway spanning 48 kilometers of amazing coastal scenery, viaducts, tunnel
Day tripping
Family Cycle on greenway, Mount Congreve Gardens. Clonea Beach and lighthouse, Jameson distillery Midleton, Kilkenny Castle. Waterford Crystal factory and Viking triangle. Michelstown caves, goat island, Fota wildlife park

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