|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Bagenal Harvey Cottage is flanked by Butlerstown Castle (Tower House), a herb garden and lavender haggard. Boxwell Cottage is next door to it.
Both cottages provide 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (1 en-suite in each cottage) on the 1st floor, and the bathrooms are traditionally fitted with bath, basin and WC.
There is a large sitting room on the ground floor of Bagenal Harvey Cottage with oak floor boards, ceiling with old wooden beams, and open fireplace. There is enough room in one end of the sitting room to put tables together so that up to 14 can be seated for a meal. The kitchen-come-small dining room is next door.
All rooms are traditionally furnished, and wood is available for the fire. In Bagenal Harvey Cottage a small lobby and cloakroom (WC) leads to the front door and lavender garden.
The castle cottages, newly refurbished, are on a heritage site, flanking a superb 1500s castle (Tower House). Butlerstown has been in the ownership of the same family for many generations, and it has been the wish of the current owners for many years that its beauty and tranquility should be made more available to the public. Set in 100 acre farm and woodland, in the sunniest corner of Ireland, we are just 10 mins drive from the closest good beach. The castle cottages have their own private Herb Garden and Lavender Haggard, and there is a small soccer pitch for children to play on. Good local restaurants, pubs (such as the Lobster Pot pub/restaurant), riding stables, golf courses, museums and bird heritage sites (such as the Saltee Islands, North Slob and Tacumshin Lake) are all within easy striking distance. Donkeys and other pet animals, and a traditionally run vegetable garden, ancient well and other special features all help to make Butlerstown a unique place.
Anna's family has been living at Butlerstown Castle for many generations. It has been her wish for many years to be able to share the tranquility and beauty of the place with others. Her husband Jim worked for years in London restoring heritage buildings, and running an architectural salvage business. He has done all the restoration and repair work himself to the two cottages (originally a 1600s cowhouse). Anna works with complementary therapies - and organizes workshops at Butlerstown.
We moved back to Anna's family home some years ago. People often say it is like stepping into another world coming here, it is so peaceful! The castle, or Tower House, is remarkable in that it is in such good original condition.
We are a mile from the sea as the crow flies and there are a number of good beaches within a 10 or 15 minute drive. There are also places of great natural and wild-life beauty nearby, such as Tacumshin lake, and the world-heritage Saltee Islands which are accessed from Kilmore Quay.
Anna has a range of pets, including donkeys, free range hens and sheep.
We are just 20 minutes from Wexford, and15 minutes from Ireland's main port, Rosslare Harbour. There is good access to excellent restaurants, pubs - the Lobster Pot is a well known pub/restaurant - riding stables, Johnstown Castle museum, Kilmore Quay fishing village and golf courses.