Woodhouse Estate Cottages
In addition to the Gate Lodge, three other luxury homes are to be found on the estate, all self contained and lavishly appointed to provide accommodation for guests. Woodhouse Estate and cottages are accessible through two very scenic drives from Cork and Dublin International Airports
- Paddle around in Kayaks
- Munch a lunch in the Georgian Quarter
- Cycle a stretch of the Waterford Greenway
- Music and a pint at the Local
- Trek a pony on the Copper Coast
- Golf the Gold Coast links
- Catch something serious in the ocean
- Hill walk the Comeraghs
- Sample some glass with class
- Visit Reginald’s Viking tower
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, and there is a 46km cycling rout from Dungarvan to Waterford city. the Waterford greenway is one of Ireland top attraction with many beautiful stops along the way.
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 shipwrecks.
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 a drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season. Dungarvan has a Georgian culinary quarter boosting some of the finest award winning restaurants in the southeast.
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. 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.