Explore – Wexford
Wexford is a county of many firsts and is the last place you should miss on an Irish tour.
Things to do
Welcome to our unspoilt scenic & historic County Wexford . Rich in culture and tradition, Wexford is the ideal location for unwinding from your busy schedule with the lowest rain fall of any county in Ireland !. So whether you are looking forward to a leisure break, a family holiday or some more specialist activities, a warm friendly welcome awaits all visitors to our sunny, special part of the world!
You can find a beach a day for a fortnight! And we’re not joking – if you’re looking for canoeing, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, fishing, swimming, kite surfing or just relaxing in the sun, there is always a sheltered cove just waiting for you.
From undulating countryside to rolling waves, Wexford has it all. Rolling rich green fields and gardens open to visitors that blanket the peaceful idyll of rural Wexford slope gently downwards to a golden coast where the soft sand is in a timeless dance with the Irish Sea. County Wexford has been a tourism mecca for Irish people for well over 130 years now!
Elsewhere, the county’s towns and villages are busy contemporary centres where historical buildings nod knowingly at modern architecture as locals and visitors alike partake in the rich tapestry of life that is Wexford today.
There are so many Cultural treasures to visit. Here are to name but a few; Tintern Abbey, The Dunbrody Famine Ship, The Ros Tapestry, Dunbrody Abbey, Duncannon Fort, Loftus Hall, Enniscorthy Castle.
Places to Stay
Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses
Bed and Breakfast
Ballinkeele is a fine, classical house of 1840 with an original interior, in imposing, game-filled parkland with tall trees, lakes, lawns and gardens–an idyllic rural location. It’ s the ancestral home of the Maher family and the present owner, Margaret, has maintained the house and grounds impeccably. The bedrooms are all large, relaxing and beautifully appointed, the reception rooms warmand inviting, while meals in the huge dining room are a highly enjoyable experience. Ballinkeele is the ideal base for exploring the delights of County Wexford, whether walking on Curracloe beach, or a night at Wexford Festival Opera.
Clonganny House is a glorious Georgian gem nestled in the heart of the beach area of north Wexford in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. It is a classic Georgian country house, beautifully symmetrical, with a wide entrance hall giving onto the dining and drawing rooms, complete with generous sash windows, open fires, and all the cornices, coving, skirting and architraves a purist could wish for. The house was built by the infamous Hawtry ‘the alarmist’ White, a local magistrate with quite a reputation! He was declared an outlaw by the rebels of 1798 but evidently survived this, as an inscription in the brick barn shows he built it around 1823! At Clonganny House, guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the wonderful hospitality on offer from Philippe and Brona, the current owners. Philippe trained and worked in some of the best Michelin 3* establishments across the world, as well as running his own restaurant, prior to moving to Ireland, so the delicious food is a real focus of any visit. Beautifully restored and tastefully decorated, Clonganny House sits in its own gardens and parkland and provides luxury accommodation in 4 elegant and romantic en-suite guest rooms. These are located around the historic courtyard, in converted stable and coach house buildings. Each one is individually designed and fitted out to the highest standard and opens out to a delightful walled garden where guests can sit and enjoy the peaceful and serene space.
Kilmokea is a former Georgian rectory, in a quiet, rural location where the Three Sister Rivers, the Suir, Nore and Barrow, meet before ﬂowing out into Waterford Harbour. It’s rightly renowned for its seven acres of award-winning gardens, with a wide range of unusual sub-tropical plants and wonderful organic vegetables.Nearby is beautiful Hook Peninsula, with excellent coastal walks and magnificent Blue Flag beaches, or you can stay at home and relax in our private indoor pool or with a soothing aromatherapy treatment. Kilmokea is an ideal base for Wexford Festival Opera, visiting the bird sanctuaries on the Great Saltee and the North Slob, or exploring the unspoiled South Wexford coast.
Woodbrook is a ﬁne house in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains, west of Enniscorthy. It dates fromthe 1770’s but was damaged in the 1798 rebellion and substantially rebuilt. The result is a spacious, warm house with an exceptionally large drawing room–much used by guests and a dramatic ‘ﬂying’ spiral staircase. The home cooked food is excellent (using largely organic and local produce) and the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming since the owners, Giles and Alexandra FitzHerbert, are experienced hosts and enjoy entertaining. Woodbrook makes a good base for the Wexford Festival Opera and for visiting this largely unspoilt region.
Bellfry At Old Boley
Situated in a secluded corner of the courtyard of a magniﬁcent country house, The Bellfry, originally a granary, has now been converted to a beautiful, unique holiday apartment using authentic materials. Features all modern conveniences, a private terrace and evokes a feeling of old fashioned calm.
Rosegarland Estate is a unique hidden gem steeped in history. It is an old secluded 650 acre country estate located in South Wexford which is uniquely unspoilt and untouched by time. It offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
The Coach House at Kilmokea
Guests staying in the Coach House or Garden Suite on a self catering basis have access to our 7 acres of gardens.