You could be forgiven for thinking that Edmund and Eunice Power’s fine B&B in Dungarvan has been here for generations - although quite new, the garden has matured well and this, together with traditional country house style of both the house and furnishing, gives it an unexpected sense of age.
Antiques and interesting fabrics create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere throughout the house, including a comfortable, homely sitting room as well as bedrooms which have been individually decorated and finished to a high standard, with smart bathrooms and all the necessary comforts.
For anyone interested in food it is an especially interesting place to stay, as Eunice is an enthusiastic professional cook and her work revolves around local produce and their own productive vegetable garden. She teaches cooking classes in house (details on application), and at The Tannery Cookery School, nearby; she also runs a successful outside catering company, and is well known to Irish Times readers for her beautiful seasonal baking ideas.
The breakfast offering depends on what’s in season, and it's always a treat. Much of the produce used is organic and eggs are from the their own hens, happily scratching outside. Don't expect a formal menu though, or an elaborate buffet. Instead, Eunice explains what’s available to guests, and she will happily prepare pretty much anything requested.
Delicious seasonal dishes might include stewed gooseberries with yogurt and granola, served with fresh raspberries, and perhaps Ardsallagh goat’s cheese served on toasted bread with grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and toasted hazelnuts - a very refreshing and healthy change to the more usual ‘Full Irish’ (which, of course, is also available).
Powersfield is a lovely, friendly place to stay and would make a good base for exploring the area; Eunice can give you all the local lowdown, especially if it's food-related - and it's worth staying here for the breakfast alone.