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Large House Beside Sea On Large Private Grounds

Bedrooms 8
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

8 bedrooms,Spacious house and grounds,private,tennis court,indoor Studio/table tennis

Unusual circular house on extensive private grounds, suits two families, extended family. Large circular living room, tennis court, separate games room. All on ground floor,3 bedrooms with sea views separated from other bedrooms by bathroom and kitchen..Circular living room, 3 couches,wood panelled,open fireplace.Wood panelled diningroom. 3 bathrooms,2 with showers,2 with room has a bunk.

one room has one single bed only.2 rooms have 2 single beds.

There is a travelcot.

Adequate privacy due to spaciousness of house.

More Details

Grainne Vahey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 6, 2018

About Grainne Vahey

Grainne & Brien Vahey are both artists and have gained inspiration from the peaceful and beautiful surroundings of the Wexford coastline. We have two children a dog. They have had many great holidays. The house has developed to accommodate and entertain children.

Grainne Vahey purchased this house in 1960

Why Grainne Vahey chose Ballymoney Lower

Ballymoney is still a lovely simple place with spacious beaches with an ice cream shop on the beach. It is family friendly, safe for children, with shallow areas for the littler ones.

Even in busy times it never feels crowded.

It is also near the exclusive Seafield golf club and Spa Hotel.

It has the famous Marlfield House hotel in nearby Gorey.

The Duck restaurant at Marlfield [estab.2015] is both elegant and family friendly.

Locally there are two gastro pubs which always welcome families.These pubs serve food in high season. Gorey hosts Italian, Chinese and Indian restaurants.

Forest Park pool,gym and outdoor activity center are great for family entertainment.

For garden lovers,the Bay garden on the south of Camolin is open Sundays,3.00 - 5.30,and serves teas.

The Farmers Market 10-2 Saturdays, Gorey for truly local produce before you come down to the house.

What makes this house unique

The house and garden are extremely spacious,very secluded and private.There is a tennis court and a large Studio space seperate to the house with table tennis and table football,great for kids!

To lie in bed with the sound of the sea is the most restful thing, particularly when you can open your curtains and look out at it from your bed. The circular end of the house is unique and the three double bedrooms, kitchen and dining room are arrayed around the large circular living room with open fire place All these rooms are wood panelled giving the feeling of a ship. The long passage is home to all the single rooms, ideal for children. Also there is the 4th double bedroom which parents with small children find the best as a cot can be set up and they are near other small children.


Ballymoney Lower House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • Bathroom 1 bath separate loo Bathroom 2 bath with shower Bathroom 3 spacious with shower and bath
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (8 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 double bedrooms 1 with room for cot 3 rooms with two single beds (1 with bunk bed) 1 room with 1 single bed We strongly recommend a maximum of 12 people.
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Space ,space and yet more space.That is what this house has.All our visitors comment on this aspect.We feel our photos don't explain this clearly enough.There is loads of space inside and outside the house.The garden is enormous,a garden gate leads to the path to the beach.It is a very long house,so that grandparents may be in the furthest bedroom away from the smaller children,they don't hear them first thing in the morning! We prefer the house to have max.12 people. Outside: Private sundeck with dining table and sun loungers Separate games room with table tennis and table soccer. Private tennis court. Enormous front lawn for ball games and badminton Barbeque. Utility Room: Washing machine, condenser dryer, clamp iron, regular iron, hoover. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Sheets, duvet covers, bath towels, tea towels included in rental. Other: Large dining room with walnut table seats 10/12 bay window cane armchairs, serving table.


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Large House Beside Sea On Large Private Grounds
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

Perfect Holiday Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Immediately driving down the 1/2 km private driveway we knew this was going to be good, past the private tennis court, through the lovely plants, rounding to see the sea and the "round house" in front of us. We were met by the very charming owner Grainne, who gave us a tour of the property, the panelled large dining room, the panelled large circular living room, the panelled bedrooms off, the more modern extended bedroom block and games room.We half expected Hercule Poirot to show his face as this building is straight out of the 40's, literally, it is delightful, albeit a bit tired. Whoever built it back in the 40's was obviously ahead of their time. There is everything you need plenty of bathrooms, large cooker, fridge, white goods etc and lots and lots of space. The gardens are huge and a delight, the sea views from the front panelled bedrooms and gardens, beautiful. It is remote without being totally isolated, shop and pubs within walking distance, the beaches right on your doorstep. The art on the walls exceptional, along with the finishing touches, (lovely blankets, bed linen, period knicknaks, games, books aplenty,etc). It is missing nothing, a well equipped laundry room, quiet reading room, secluded seating areas and above all character. As previously mentioned the whole property could do with a bit of upgrading, but then again this would probably take away the absolute charm of the place. It is quirky in a good way, there is no TV, radio, clock, wifi or similar "mod cons", which surprisingly none of us missed (a 10 person family group with ages varying from new bourn, teens, 20's, mid and old aged), it was nice to bbq, chat, play games and just relax, relax, relax in a ideal setting. Thankyou Grainne for letting us use your idyllic family holiday home, you are very fortunate to have such a serene retreat.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou Tony! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family;an initial comment which I overheard during the house tour between two of the ladies was "Oh look,books!" - Music to my ears! We have since put another book shelf in the living - is a great house for reading. Also,Gorey,the nearby town has a great Book Cafe,full of 2nd hand books. Modernisation versus losing original character is an ongoing subject for conversation in our family.... ongoing....... Thankyou for your lovely review! And the chocolates,flowers and card! Regards, Gráinne
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Many Happy Times

  • 5 of 5

St. Roch's has the feel of a house that has been enjoyed by a large extended family for many decades. The double height round room lined in wood pannelling has a sense of enclosure that few sitting rooms enjoy today and at the same time it opens out to a suntrap patio where many a good meal has been enjoyed as friends wander up and down to one of the beaches to each side of the headland. It is an ideal house for giving noisy children their own quarters and at the same time provides a kitchen, and dining room and the round room that are the gathering places for all kinds of conversations. Books and paintings and a sense of good cooking contribute to the atmosphere. On days when the weather closes in there are gardens to visit in the vicinity, and the town of New Ross and Enniscorthy and their charming small Museums. Waterford City Museum with the sunning display of gold copes is within an easy distance.One wonders as you relax in from of the fire in the round room why so few houses dare to stray from the idea of the rectangular room and at the quality of space that is enjoyed in the round part of this early 20th century seaside house. A few privileged guests can sleep with a view out to sea and the sight of the navigation lights of ships as they pass. Outside many corners give shelter to the seaside breeze in whatever direction it comes from and form spots to take one's ease on one's own or with others. The walk past hedgerows to the beach on either side of the headland adds to the surprise of the view of the beach and whether you are a swimmer or not a walk along the various small beaches can be enjoyed with small scrambles over rocks when the tide comes in. One walk leads to a stream that forms a pond and is perfect for small children to paddle in. The other walk leads to a decades old shipwreck where imagination can take over as you look out to the sandbanks that lie in the Irish Sea.

I brought a baby godchild for a walk around the garden last August and trust that as she breathed deeply of the good sea air that it will be the first of many visits that she will make to a well loved seaside house that is in constant use and is a joy and a privilege to visit and to stay in.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal solution for us

  • 5 of 5

We will make our third visit to St Roch's in July 2015. We've visited many parts of the country, I moved to North Carolina in 2005, searching for a location that would allow us interact with all members of our extended family. St Roch's has proved to be a perfect solution, enough accommodation should anyone want to stay over, entertainment facilities for everyone and easy access to the beach for grandchildren and grandparents alike. We have, what we now call our gathering, on the first Sunday of our stay, all the immediate family, in-laws, ex-wives and husbands all show up for a relaxing afternoon. So far the weather has been very kind to us.

Like all older houses it could benefit from a little modernisation but that would probably remove part of the charm of this house. A not so perfect house makes us all feel a little more relaxed, someone described it as "quirky". We spend some time each visit wondering what the original design intent was, but no matter, we soon forget the architecture and watch a movie with the kids. Yes we bring our tiny projector and there is a perfectly placed picture hook to hang our screen.

We're all looing forward to visiting St Roch's again.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A feast for the senses

  • 5 of 5

Like a few of the other reviewers, I've stayed in this house numerous times over the years and hope to return for many years to come. I love many things about the house, but overall, its amazing sense of calm is what strikes me most, aided by the beautiful wood panelled walls, spacious surroundings, comfortable beds (several of which have electric blankets - what a treat!) and couches, carefully chosen furniture, furnishings and artwork, eclectic book selection and quirky details at every corner. Children love the 'hidden' door into the kitchen and the older (round) part of the house is reminiscent of being on an old ocean liner (or what I imagine an old ocean liner would be!). The dining room is beautifully decorated and the large table big enough to accommodate a large group. The round living room is particularly atmospheric and the perfect place to gather together a group of friends and share some tea (or wine!) in front of a roaring fire after a dip in the Irish Sea.

This is an old house and it has its quirks - if you are looking for flatscreen TVs, tarmacadam driveways and fluffy robes, this is not the place for you. However, if a big, beachy, fun house in the Irish wilderness with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore is what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A family home not a rental

  • 5 of 5

I've visited this house many times with family and friends and I've always loved it! I've stayed in groups varying in size from four to twelve as the design of the house lends itself to different sized groups. The original circular house clearly dates from the 1930s and is entirely lined in original wood panelling. The double height living room in the centre of the house is amazing!

There are three beautiful double bedrooms in the old part of the house with very comfortable beds, starchy white Irish linen, thick duvets and beautiful wool blankets. The kitchen, dining room and one bathroom are also in the old house. I use this part only when with a small group.

The more recent bedroom 'wing' has more bedrooms, two bathrooms, a massive utility room and a tiny sitting room which is useful for those looking to escape the crowd!

We generally use the beach to the left of the houses beach gate. The second beach often has lifeguards. The grassy path is about two feet wide and was a good source of blackberries last time I was there! There's a sweet shop just at the end of the path before the beach.

I usually do my shopping in Gorey which has a buzzy high street, a farmers market in summer and a few supermarkets.

This house doesn't feel like a rental property it feels like a family home. Grainne Vahey is always an absolute pleasure to deal. I couldn't recommend the house more highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your lovely comments ,Mrs.C.Those woolly blankets are chosen for their colour,and are intended to reflect the colours outside the windows,and bring them into the room.I am so glad you find the beds comfortable.A lot of research went into getting the right mattresses,and in the end we chose Ireland's best! The blankets are from Eddie Doherty,weaver, in Donegal town. The Saturday Farmers' Market in Gorey gives one great opportunity to stock up on locally produced food[cheeses,meat,organic vegetables,breads,crafts] for your week ahead in Ballymoney,or present buying for those going back home. Gorey is a great town,if you get there early enough,parking is available right ouside the shop!
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Another fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

I have visited Ballymoney a number of times over the last 15 years and this character-filled house never disappoints. The long corridor of bedrooms means it's a perfect location for large families or a group of friends and it's big enough for everyone to have their own space. We've stayed with up to 12 in the house and have had a ball Barbequeing, sun-bathing, swimming at either of the nearby beaches and even squeezing in the odd game of tennis. It's a real escape from the world, I'm looking forward to me next trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beaches are accessed through garden gate. From our garden gate onwards, you are on a grassy, uneven, public path, called the Wexford Way. 2 mins walk to one beach, 5 minutes to 2 other beaches.

North beach child friendly with lifeguard [high season] and ice cream shop.

South beach more secluded.

2 mile walk to Courtown.

Forest Park Adventure Center, Courtown and indoor pool, open year round.


50 Miles From Dublin Airport

30 Miles From Rosslare Ferry Port (Pembroke-Rosslare)

40 Miles From Dunlaoghaire (Holyhead-Dunlaoghaire)

Irish Rail Station At Gorey 2 Miles


Spa And Golfcourse At Seafield, 1 Mile Away.

monart Spa , Enniscorthy 40 Minutes Drive.

Wexford Town, and Glendalough a half hour in opposite directions.

Gorey With 4 Supermarkets And High St Shopping and Restaurants, Cinema 2 Miles.

Further Details:

Newtownbarry House,Bunclody,1/2 hour's drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $369.19

Booking Notes:
Booking deposit 1/2 rental on booking.
Full rent due 3 months before arrival.
Damages deposit €400 fully refundable 1 month after departure.

Changeover Day:
House is available at 4pm on Saturday of arrival.
House to be vacated at 10.00 am sharp on Saturday of departure.

Notes on prices:
Please refer to owner,Gráinne Vahey,as prices vary throughout year.
The rental price is the same whether your party includes 2 or 12 people
Prices include bin tag for one wheelie bin of rubbish,and 2 recycling bags.
Guests are expected to bring their bottles to local bottle recycling centres,and comply strictly to local recycling and rubbish requirements.
Failure to do so will entail the owner to withhold part of your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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