DescriptionREA Spratt offer a unique opportunity of acquiring this superb riverside property comprising of two detached houses.
One, a substantial 4 or 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, plus the adjacent traditional thatched fisherman’s cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, ideal for extended family or guest accommodation.
Swallow Lodge and Jack’s Cottage are accessed by a meandering laneway, bordered by stone walls covered with natural flora. As you come to the end of your journey prepare to be spellbound with the wondrous sight that awaits your arrival. These homes enjoy a magical setting on the banks of the Blackwater River with spectacular views and have access to the river via their private jetty. The owners have from time to time favoured taking a leisurely boat ride to Cappoquin or Youghal, depending on the tide, to do the weekly shopping.
Swallow Lodge has evolved from an original stone cottage. Designed in an open plan ‘New England’ style, it retains many of the original features, such as the wooden ceilings and fireplace. This can be fully appreciated on viewing and it is evident that no expense has been spared. The attention to detail is exceptional with the fabulous design ensuring one has river or garden views from every window. The impressive sheltered deck on the south side of Swallow lodge offers a perfect atmospheric area to sit and reflect or watch the sun go down over the Blackwater valley on those long summer evenings while enjoying a glass of wine or two with friends over an enjoyable barbecue.
A personal inspection will reveal just how special this home is.
Jack’s Cottage is presented in a superb condition throughout and retains all the charm of a bygone era, yet has all the conveniences for modern living. One of the last thatched cottages still inhabited in this part of the Blackwater Valley. It has been enjoyed by family members, friends and paying guests from all over the world, as a self-catering holiday home for the past 22 years.
“I don't believe there is a better place to stay in all of Ireland. What could be better ... a thatched cottage ... a beautiful garden ... a meander to the river ... clean and delightful inside ... fires in the evening ... and beautiful countryside to enjoy a walk!!! There is nothing NOT to love about this home!!!”
A review from Arnell Jul 2017
Both homes are surrounded by mature extensively landscaped and lawned gardens, providing an explosion of colour and scent, with something flowering every month of the year. In addition to the vast array of trees and shrubs, there is a vegetable garden, incorporating fruit bushes, apple trees, potting shed, glasshouse, polytunnel. Other outside buildings are a pumphouse for the well, a workshop,a dog kennel/storage shed and a hen house with an enclosed chicken run. There is also an original stonebuilt stables now used as a fuel store and garden machinery shed.
The Blackwater valley is located between Cappoquin and Youghal and is a short drive from Dungarvan Town Centre. The Blackwater river, renowned for salmon fishing and known worldwide as the ‘Irish Rhine’ is designated a “Special Area of Conservation”. The river is home to many protected species, including Otters, Peregine Falcons, Buzzards and Little Egrets, which can be observed from the hide by the dock on this property.
The building of new houses along the river is very restricted.
There are many opportunities for outdoor activities nearby, such as river tours, kayaking, riverside walks as well as pony trekking, cycling on the Waterford Greenway, hill walking, sailing, fishing, numerous beaches and beautiful coves and golf courses.
At the seaside village of Ardmore, which boasts a Michelin star restaurant, you can also enjoy cliff walking and whale and dolphin watching.
The Blackwater Valley is also home to the annual Opera Festival and the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing at Lismore.
The bustling town of Dungarvan with its lively Irish music scene, numerous award winning restaurants, bars and cinema has a very cosmopolitan feel.
Downstream from the property at the mouth of the river is the historic walled town of Youghal, with its connections to Sir Walter Raleigh and Elizabethen England. Indeed the centuries old trade between England, Wales and the continent to this area continued until the 1960’s, with sailing ships, such as the recently restored Kathleen and May, coming up the Blackwater river as far as Cappoquin and along the Bride river.
Ground Floor- Entrance porch, original cottage livingroom, guest bedroom, office, living space, conservatory, laundry room, cold larder, rear hall, bathroom and two bedrooms.
First Floor- Gallery landing, library area, storage room, studio/bedroom, shower room and bedroom.
Old kitchen, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility, 3 bedrooms, rear hallway, studio, shower room and bathroom.
Rooms'Swallow's Lodge' -
Cygnum Timber built home incorporating original cottage.
Entrance Porch - 1.52m x 1.5m
Slate tiled floor, timber panelling, generous glazing.
Original cottage Livingroom - 4.0m x 3.9m
Feature original traditional fireplace incorporating fire crane, original presses, original doors, traditional ceiling, spotlighting TV Point.
Guest Bedroom - 4.0m x 4.0m
(Measurement includes Ensuite)
Original ceiling, overhead storage area with loft ladder.
Ensuite: Electric shower, Timber ceiling, timber panelling, timber flooring.
Office - 2.95m x 2.65m
Living Space - 8.9m x 7.1m
Extensively glazed incorporating French doors maximising views over river Blackwater, Painted timber ceiling inspired by the original ceiling of the cottage, Floor & eye level units, Rangemaster Classic 100 having 2 electric ovens, grill and gas hob, Fisher Paykel dishwasher, Samsung Classic Fridge Freezer with Ice maker, Pine flooring, Tiled splashaback, 2 sinks for food prep.
Conservatory - 6.0m x 4.5m
Extensive glazing having 3 French doors opening out with access to South facing patio area with overhang, fabulous tranquil setting with views over Blackwater, slate floor, pine ceiling Hot Tub, Sauna off, shower cubicle off, 2 velux windows.
Laundry Room - 2.7m x 2.3m
Washing Machine & Dryer, shelving.
Cold Larder - 2.65m x 1.65m
Vented from floor to ceiling.
Rear Hall - 5.8m x 2.7m
Pine flooring, velux windows, bathroom off, steps to Bedroom 2 and 3, Ground floor level.
Bathroom - 3.0m x 1.83m
Tiled floor & walls, shelving, spotlights with bathroom and walk in wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 - 4.37m x 3.55m
(Measurement excludes built in wardrobes,'window door' to stone steps leading to upper garden.
Bedroom 3 - 4.4m x 4.2m
Pine flooring, dual aspect, 'window door' to deck and stone steps leading to upper garden.
First Floor -
Gallery Landing -
Study area incorporating Library.
Library Area - 6.26m x 6.4m
Having storage area off, velux windows.
Storage Room - 2.8m x 1.8m
Studio/4th Bedroom - 5.0m x 4.2m
Plumbed, 2 velux windows, spotlights.
Shower Room - 2.45m x 2.3m
Pine flooring, timber panelling, Tiled shower cubicle, rain shower.
Master Bedroom - 4.54m x 4.1m
Generous French doors, leading to spacious balcony having fabulous views over Blackwater river.
'Jack's Cottage' -
Old Kitchen - 4.7m x 4.3m
Woodburning stove, Traditional ceiling, Slate floor, hotpress off.
Sittingroom - 4.2m x 3.45m
Bedroom 1 - 4.55m x 3.5m
Painted timber floor, wainscoting, traditional ceiling.
Kitchen/Dining - 5.0m x 2.15m
Floor & Eye level units, Built in Finlux oven, electric hob, Tiled splashback, wainscoting, timber worktop, Traditional ceiling.
Utility - 2.3m x 2.0m
Painted floor, Candy washing machine, Indesit dryer, Finlux dishwasher.
Bedroom 2 - 4.0m x 2.3m
Timber flooring, double wardrobes having overhead storage.
Rear Hallway - 2.25m x 1.2m
Studio - 4.35m x 2.25m
Timber flooring, French doors to patio, exposed Beam, shower room and toilet.
Shower Room - 2.2m x 1.4m
Fully tiled, vanity unit, electric shower.
Bedroom 3 - 4.0m x 2.3m
Timber flooring, traditional ceiling, built in wardrobes incorporating overhead storage.
Bathroom - 4.0m x 2.0m
Heated towel rail, walk in shower, freestanding rolltop bath, Mira electric shower, Timber flooring, wainscoting.
Features- Spectacular setting on Blackwater River offering a peaceful tranquil setting.
- Extensive glazing to maximise the views.
- Balcony off Master Bedroom has fabulous views -an ideal relaxation area.
- Cygnum Timber frame built home.
- Range of activities on and off river nearby.
Services: Private well, Septic Tank, WiFi and phone.
BER DetailsSwallow Lodge- BER D2, BER No.112331970 Energy Performance Indicator:294.5 kWh/m²/yr
Jacks Cottage- BER G, BER No.112328455 Energy Performance Indicator:635.35 kWh/m²/yr
DirectionsFrom Dungarvan proceed to Aglish Village, take the upper road for Clashmore. Take the first right after the hump-back bridge. Continue up-hill to the lay-by on the right (scenic viewing point overlooking river) and the laneway leading to the properties is on the left of this.
Viewing DetailsViewing Strictly by appointment only.
InclusionsSwallow Lodge: Light fittings, Rangemaster Classic 100 Cooker, Fisher Paykel dishwasher, Samasung Classic Fridge Freezer with Ice Maker, Washing machine & Dryer, Hot Tub, Sauna.
Jacks Cottage: Built in Finlux oven, hob, Candy washing machine, indesit dryer, Finlux dishwasher.