Duncannon, Wexford, Luxury Holiday Home
  • Type: House
  • Sleeps: 6 (3 Bedrooms)
  • Nearest Beach: Duncannon (.1 km)
  • Change Over Day: Flexible
  • Access: Car Advised
  • Long term lets considered
  • Owner will consider house swap
  • Non smoking only
  • suitable for children
  • Winter lets available
  • Pets not allowed

This lovely house is located in Fort Haven, which is just off the quiet country Main Street in the pretty village of Duncannon. An excellent location, within a very short walk to the beach and village pubs/restaurants.

The house is very luxurious and furnished to a very high standard. It has an unusual layout: the living room is upstairs, with a high vaulted ceiling, giving a lovely airy feel, and a large arched window leading to a balcony. This is the main attraction, as there is a beautiful view from here down over Waterford bay. Fishing boats and ships can be regularly seen en route to Waterford Port or Duncannon Harbour.

The master bedroom leads off the living room, (upstairs), with ensuite shower-room/wc. The dining area and kitchen are downstairs, along with two further bedrooms and the main bathroom. There is a rear enclosed garden, decked, with garden furniture and kids' playhouse. There are a lot of extra comforts, e.g. TV (Satellite), DVD player, 2nd TV (Satellite), Hi-fi (CD/Radio), microwave oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, etc. (See further details below).

The holiday home can sleep up to six as follows:
Main bedroom (upstairs): Double Bed, sleeps 2; (Ensuite)
Bedroom 2 (downstairs): Single Bed with option of extra single bed, sleeps 1 or 2;
Bedroom 3 (downstairs): Bunk Beds, sleeps 2.
(A Travel Cot is also available).

Duncannon village has a lovely family holiday atmosphere. It is a pretty seaside resort that has, somehow, managed to remain fairly un-commercial. Duncannon's main attraction is the huge sandy beach, with views out over Waterford Bay towards Hook Lighthouse. There are two good pub/restaurants in the village (both family friendly), a more formal restaurant ("Sqigl"), two cafés (seasonal opening), a "take-away", pizzeria, post-office, small hotel, and a convenience store, all near the house. For more gourmet tastes, there are also a number of other high quality restaurants within 5km (e.g. Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Aldridge Lodge). Right at the beach, just a couple of minutes from the house, there is a great children's playground, tennis court, and basketball court. There is plenty to see and do in the area, the most popular being: Hook Head Lighthouse, Duncannon Fort, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Whale Watching trips, Kitesurfing, Wexford Heritage Park, JFK Arboretum, amongst others. You can also reach Waterford quite easily via the Passage East ferry, (about 3km away), worth it just for the scenery!

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The Wexford Region

Wexford is located in the south east corner of Ireland, one of the most popular visitor destinations. It is within easy reach of one of Ireland's main ferry ports, Rosslare. There is a wealth of historical sites of interest in the county, many very close to Duncannon.

Popular with families in the Summer because of its fabulous beaches and generally sunny weather, County Wexford also attracts many other types of visitors for fishing, golfing or just "get away" relaxing breaks.

There is plenty to see and do in the area, the most popular being: Wexford Heritage Park, Hook Head Lighthouse (one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world), Duncannon Fort (the location used for the film "The Count of Monte Cristo"), Dunbrody Famine Ship, JFK Arboretum, Dunbrody Abbey and Maze, Tintern Abbey, and much more.

Duncannon Area

Duncannon is a pretty seaside village that has a lovely family holiday atmosphere. Its main attraction is the huge sandy beach, with views over Waterford Bay out towards Hook Head Lighthouse. Very popular in Summer with families; also popular with couples, groups all year round.

The village has a nice intimate feeling that has made it very popular, yet never overly-commercial. Two local pubs ("The Strand Tavern" and "Roches") serve great food and, for more gourmet menus, there is a good selection of restaurants in the area, e.g. "Sqigl", "Dunbrody Country House Hotel", "Aldridge Lodge", etc. There are two cafés (seasonal opening), "Sandy Dock", for barista coffee and tasty home-made cakes and breads and "The Officers' Mess" up at the Fort. There is a small local "Take Away" Restaurant that operates in high season (June to August), which is always popular with holiday-makers and, just opened in 2011, a great Pizza/Fish Take-Away "Off the Hook".

There are numerous festivals and special events held regularly throughout the year in the area, usually drawing plenty of visitors (and these dates usually book first, so get in early)! Here is a taste of what will be on locally this year:

St Patrick's Day
Genuine traditional Parade to be held through the village and down on to the beach. A fabulous fun atmosphere for all the family, 2014 is just the fourth year for Duncannon to hold its unique parade.

Hook Head Lighthouse
Rated no 1 in the top flashiest lighthouses list by the renowned travel website Lonely Planet, Hook Lighthouse is only a short drive from this holiday home (8mi/12km). It is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, which can also be seen from Duncannon beach. Check out www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/travel-tips-and-articles/76680 AND www.hookheritage.ie.

Maritime Matters Festival
Usually held at May Bank Holiday weekend (3-5 May '14), this will have displays and manoeuvres on the water by the Irish Marine Rescue Services. Displays, exhibits and demonstrations by the Irish Water Safety, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, and more. Outdoor stalls selling local crafts, art, jewellery, antiques, surf gear, and lots more. Refreshments available all weekend.

Military Re-enactment Weekend
Held annually, usually at Whit weekend (31 May-1 June '14), this fabulous weekend draws a loyal following year after year and is guaranteed to fascinate all age groups. Authentic vintage and modern military vehicles on display up at the Fort and in use around the village. Genuine enthusiasts and re-enactment groups in military uniform will re-enact a famous battle (usually from WWII) in the sand dunes at the beach and this often attracts National TV coverage.

Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival
Probably the best family fun festival in the area, this is held in Duncannon annually (16-17 Aug '14) and is well renowned for its fun atmosphere. International artists sculpt from sand on Duncannon beach and lots of activities over three days, including sand-castle competitions, tug-o-war, kiddies' painting wall, and other activities. First night always opens with a great beach party and brilliant fireworks display. Fabulous fun and entertainment - Duncannon manages to retain its intimate atmosphere whilst hosting one of the best festivals for families during holiday time.

Wexford Kitesurfing Festival
Fast becoming a very popular sport in Wexford, Duncannon offers great facilities for this festival. In association with IKSA,this festival usually takes place in Duncannon near end of August (17-18 Aug '13 - dates unconfirmed for 2014 at time of writing). The festival offers an array of activities for young and old alike. With live outdoor music, BBQ and kids' activities, it's usually a great atmosphere for a fab weekend on the beach. Some of Ireland's best kite-surfers compete over the weekend in course racing competitions.

Duncannon Fort
This 16th Century Fort (location used for filming "The Count of Monte Cristo") is the local historical interest. Interesting and fun to explore, it has the Maritime Museum, a small Craft Shop, Coffee Shop ("The Officers' Mess"), and also CockleShell Art Gallery, well worth visiting. There is also a handy Internet Cafe at the Fort.

Whale watching trips
Often available from Duncannon Harbour aboard "Rebecca C", great whale watching trips are a fascination for all ages. Trips also available from Kilmore. These trips are generally seasonal, so please check ahead. Further information available from Hook Tourism.

Kitesurfing lessons
Available on Duncannon beach, with Hooked Kitesurfing School, these are great value (visit www.hookedkitesurfing.ie).

There is a good choice of Golf courses nearby, or within easy driving distance. Family friendly golf available at The Abbey Par 3 (Fethard), and a range of other quality courses include Faithlegg, Scarke Golf, New Ross, St Helen's Bay Golf Resort, Rosslare, Wexford and many others. Enquire with owner for more details.

There are some good walking groups/guides nearby - enquire with owner or Hook Tourism for more details.

Other Activities
Also, Fishing trips, Golf, Sailing, Wind-surfing, and other activities available in Duncannon and closeby.

Other Attractions
There is no shortage of fabulous visitor attractions nearby, notably Dunbrody Famine Ship, Dunbrody Abbey & Maze, JFK Arboretum, Wexford Heritage Park, Tintern Abbey, Johnstown Castle and gardens, newly re-opened Loftus Hall and many others.

Kids' Playground
There is a very good public Playground near the southern end of the beach, along with Tennis and Basketball courts (free, but bring your own equipment).

Bicycle Hire
Local Hotel, Fort Conan, offers bicycle hire at reasonable rates. Further information on request.

Lots of information left in house for visitors, including discount vouchers when available.

Getting There

ROSSLARE: (approx 50km from house) routes available from Pembroke (Irish Ferries) and Fishguard (Stena) in UK.
Ferry from France also available from Roscoff, Cherbourg, and Le Havre to Rosslare.
DUBLIN: Dun Laoghaire (South Dublin) and Dublin Port (approx 150/160km from house) routes available from Liverpool and Holyhead in UK .

WATERFORD Airport is nearest airport, with flights available from London (Luton), Manchester, and Birmingham in the UK; also from Lorient in France.
DUBLIN Airport is approx 165kms (100miles) from Duncannon and has a huge choice of flights (Aer Lingus, Ryanair, BA, BMI, etc).

Average guide on driving time from popular destinations in Ireland (obviously depending on route, traffic, etc): Rosslare, approx 40mins, Dublin approx 2hrs30mins, Cork approx 2hrs15mins, Galway approx 3hrs30mins. Other driving routes can also be advised. Detailed directions available on request.

Advice available on request - please contact owner.

Nearest Travel Links

Rental Details

* This is a "NO SMOKING" property - in common with most holiday homes and for the comfort of all guests, smoking is permitted outside only.

* Payment accepted in Euro, Sterling, or US Dollars. Rates quoted correct as at 1st Dec 2013 but may differ if exchange rates change significantly between Euro and Sterling or Dollars - please enquire with owner.

* Security Deposit required - fully refundable if no damage to property - usually €150 /£150 per booking.

* Electricity, bed-linen, and towels are included in rates. Central Heating metered and charged for separately - further details available from owner.

* Sorry, NO PETS allowed.

* Changeover day in high season (June/July/August) is usually Saturday. Outside of this, where possible, we will try to be flexible (please enquire).

* Arrival after 4pm, Departure before 10am, unless otherwise arranged.

* Minimum rental period is three nights, except in high season (July/August), when it is usually one week. (Please enquire with owner if you have a special request).

Suitable types of Holiday Duncannon

  • Fishing
  • Golf Course
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis courts
  • Watersports
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Hill Walking

Exterior Details

* House has an enclosed private rear back-yard, decked, with garden chairs and table. Here there is also a lovely children's wooden play-house, picnic table and "Little Tikes" slide. There is a private courtyard to front of house, with plenty of residents' parking. There is also a small lawn area here where children can play, shared with just five other houses and five apartments.

* Modern children's playground and tennis/basketball courts (public/free access) located about two minutes' walk from the house, right beside the sand dunes/beach. (Own equipment required for sports).

* Free WI-FI connection at property; please ask owner for further details. Free WI-FI also available locally in "Roches" (Pub/Restaurant), "The Strand Tavern" (Pub/Restaurant), and Fort Conan Hotel.

Exterior Facilities in Duncannon Beach, Wexford, Luxury Holiday Home

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Parking space
  • Private garden
  • Shared Tennis court
  • Children's playground

Interior Details

* Satellite TV in living room (upstairs); second smaller TV (also with Satellite channels) downstairs.

* Prior permission required to use log/coal fire.

* Please note washing machine and clothes dryer are combined (washer/dryer).

* Guests, please bring own towels for beach or garden.

* Central Heating metered and charged for separately - further details available from owner.

Facilities in Duncannon Beach, Wexford, Luxury Holiday Home

  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Cooker
  • Dish washer
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Microwave
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Video
  • Washing machine

Bedrooms / Bathrooms

  • Bedrooms (3)
  • Bathrooms (2)
  • Ensuite (1)
  • Showers (2)
  • WCs (2)

Sleeps a Maximum of 6 people:

  • Single Beds (4)
  • Double Beds (1)
  • Cots (1)


  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Lounge Seats (6)

Tarriffs Currency Conversion

Payment accepted in Euro, Sterling, or US Dollars - please check with owner.
Prices correct as at 1st Jan 2014, but Sterling or US Dollar prices are subject to change if exchange rate versus Euro changes significantly.
Please use own towels for beach.
Discount sometimes available for low occupancy (e.g. 2 guests) Oct to Mar - enquire with owner.
For an accurate quote of up to date rate for your dates, please contact owner.
Weekend rates available Sep to May - please enquire.
Longer term lets sometimes possible at discounted rates.

Euro €
May 30 to June 27 2015:
June 27 to July 4 2015:
July 4 to 11 2015:
July 11 to Aug 22 2015:
Aug 22 to 29 2015:
Aug 29 to Sep 12 2015:
Sep 12 to Oct 24 2015:
Oct 24 to 31 2015:
Nov 1 to Dec 19 2015:
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016:
* Bank Hols - please enquire:

Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.

Guest Book

"Great house, even nicer than expected. Kids loved it and made great use of the buckets and spades left here!" (Burton Family, Northampton, England).

"We had a great time in your lovely house. Duncannon is a great spot and the weather was glorious. I particularly liked the beach scenes throughout the house - it's funny how you sometimes need reminding that you are on holidays." (O'Sullivan Family, Wicklow, Ireland).

"We often look at our special photos from our trip with fond memories. We miss our Irish friends and the cute bars with the sweet locals and the bar tenders". (Melinda & Roxane, USA).

"Had a great time - village atmosphere lovely. Really enjoyed the local pubs and only a short hop home to relax in front of that great view!" (Flynn Family, Dublin, Ireland).

"We enjoyed quite a few relaxing evenings sitting on the balcony, with our glasses of wine..." (John and Louise, Belfast, Ireland).

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