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Sion Hill House & Gardens

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Sion Hill House & Gardens
Sion Hill, Ferrybank , Waterford Co Waterford
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George and Antoinette Kavanagh have been welcoming guests to their lovely hillside house above Waterford city since 1996 - immaculately maintained and with classically proportioned rooms furnished with fine antiques, anyone who enjoys beautiful old things will find this a wonderful place to stay
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Town Centre
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open New Year
  • Romantic Venue
  • Smoking Area

Sion Hill House & Gardens

George and Antoinette Kavanagh have been welcoming guests to their lovely hillside house above Waterford city since 1996 and the story of how they came to be here is an interesting one.


The Kavanagh family were devastated when their three acre garden in Waterford city was compulsorily purchased some years ago, and this house on the opposite hill became the focus of their dreams; it was built in 1746 and is one of five houses built by the Pope family, who made their fortune as wine merchants during the Napoleonic embargo.


George and Antoinette managed to buy it in 1995 and moved in, transplanting 2,000 plants from their previous garden. They also planted 20,000 daffodils and over 400 species roses and - thanks to a map in the National Archives - rediscovered the original paths in the upper part of the garden, which lies in Kilkenny.


And they have been restoring and replanting ever since. So this is more a garden with a house in it, rather than a house with a garden attached - but what a house, all the same. Immaculately maintained and with classically proportioned rooms furnished with fine antiques, anyone who enjoys beautiful old things will find this a wonderful place to stay and George and Antoinette are great hosts, who really enjoy sharing their home and garden with visitors.


Their many plans for the house include restoring the ballroom, and adding a spa in the basement. Magic.

Rooms 4 (all en-suite & no smoking, 2 shower only); B&B €45 pps (€35 low-season), ss €10; children welcome (under 6s free in parents' room, cot available free of charge, baby sitting arranged); free broadband wifi. Gardens; walking. Equestrian, fishing & hunting all nearby. Closed 22-27 Dec. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 28-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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300 metres from Rice Bridge roundabout and Plunkett Train station on the R711 road to Wexford/Rosslare

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