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Shrek and Bertie our pet donkeys, looking for attention and maybe some food from our visitors

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Rose Cottage can be booked with Fern Cottage (Holiday Home Reference 66658) for families and friends wishing to holiday together and is one of three holiday homes on the family farm which lie in the shadow of the lovely old watermill, built in 1851 by Austin's Great Grand Uncle. With rustic, lovely stone walled exterior (originally built in the 1800's) the cottages have been restored and refurbished to Four Star accommodation. There is lots of outdoor space and outdoor seating, plenty of room to play games of football and basketball in the back garden while the smaller children have the safety and fun in their own special play area, fun house and sand pit. Table tennis on site too. The village is a very short walk - 5 minutes. There are two pubs in the village, Murphy's and the Oak Tree, with the Oak Tree serving food at the weekends.

Mill Farm is an ideal base for touring and visiting County Wexford's magnificent attractions: The Hook Lighthouse said to be the "oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world and voted by Lonely Plant Guide as the no.1 Flashiest Lighthouse in the World" John F Kennedy Park, The John F Kennedy Homestead and Duncannon Fort - annually hosts Military re-enactments during the summer. Sand sculpting festivals & Kite surfing take place throughout the year on Duncannon beach. Golfers can choose from 6 championship golf courses as well as 3 magnificent 3 par courses. Bird watching in Wexford slobs and the Saltee Islands

Horse riding, surf boarding, hill walking, family days out at one of the 3 magnificent swimming pools in Wexford all within 20 mins. drive.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cullenstown Strand 8 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Waterford 28 km, Nearest railway: Wexford Town 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Fern Cottage: Sleeps up to maximum of six people. It is a two storey cottage and does not have any steps leading to it. Downstairs has entrance hall, open plan living room and kitchen area (TV, dvd, radio supplied); Downstairs single bedroom with adjacent wash room; The upstairs has family bathroom, with power shower over bath); There are two bedrooms: one with double bed and one bedroom with double and single bed; Cot and highchair available if needed - no additonal charge.

There are plenty of games and books available for our guests use. A selection of dvds provided also.

Further details outdoors

Located in the yard of an 18c watermill and to the relaxing sound of the flow of the mill race the cottage is one of three cottages in a cluster like setting; Group bookings are also an option. During the school holidays the children are within eyeshot but can run around, play games and have lots of fun with their new friends while the parents can sit and relax with that glass of red wine and a good barbecued steak.

Austin does a great job maintaining the lawns and the flower beds. He keeps a close on the outside toys to make sure they are in perfect working order for our very busy smaller guests. There is lots of room for the adults to take a stroll over a beautiful country lane away from all traffic. Children can run around and play games and enjoy the open spaces. There is room too for a 'friendly' football game just to keep Dad trim while on holiday! We have little ride on tractors, diggers, cars and a sandpit just waiting to be played with. Also a wonderful play house decorated with characters from the film SHREK and of course SHREK himself features on the outside.

The children love to feed the rabbits and of couse our very own 'Shrek' and 'Bertie' (the resident donkeys) are a huge attraction. They call around each evening to say hello and hope to get an apple or carrot along the way. They love being scratched and talked to and really are a huge hit with everyone. Adjoining the play area the sheep and calves graze in full view of the guests.

There are patio sets and garden furniture for picnics, barbecues or just to relax with a great book.

Further details

Austin or Catherine will meet all guests on arrival; Welcome pack includes Tea/Milk/Sugar/Dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, toilet rolls etc.

Each cottage has own outdoor seating area;

There is an enclosed garden and play area, which has basketball, football and table tennis on site. There is a separate area including play house, outside toys and sand pit for the smaller children.


Private parking available for two cars.

An information pack is provided with information on places to visit, things to do, restaurants, beaches and local news/events as they occur.

We live nearby and are available for our guests at all times if needed.

The South East Ireland region

Beautiful scenery with a mild climate - County Wexford known as the sunny south east of Ireland. Hugging the coastline of the Irish Sea on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Many beaches to explore, cliff tops to walk on and magnificent views to be enjoyed visitors can take a trip across to the bird sanctuary - the Saltee Islands - from the old fishing village of beautiful Kilmore Quay.

Regular horse race meetings are held in Wexford racecourse and weekly greyhound racing in Enniscorthy town. Top class golf courses all short drive.

Wexford Town is an excellent shopping town with the Marble City of Kilkenny within an hour's drive. A guided tour of Kilkenny Castle is highly recommended. There are many top class restaurants in the locality - Dunbrody House under the guidance of owner and famous chef Kevin Dundon is twenty minutes drive. Horetown House is 1.5km from Fern Cottage - work up an appetite and keep fit by walking to Horetown House and avail of the courtesy car for the return journey - best of both worlds! Excellent food is served in the Horse & Hound Bar/Restaurant too which is just a ten minute drive from Fern Cottage - children are most welcome too.

With its large number of rivers and lakes Wexford is an angler's delight. Fishing licences can be purchased in Wexford town.

Proud of its heritage visits to Hook Lighthouse, Duncannon Fort, Wexford Heritage Park are not to be missed.


Wellingtonbridge (R733) village is five minutes drive from the village of Foulksmills; A thriving business centre comprising of supermarket, drapery, fuel station and Costcutters, hairdressing salons (4), hardware/garden centre, also beautician, optician and local chemist are available.

From Wellingtonbridge the following routes are signposted

1) The main route to Wexford Town -

2) the historic Bannow Bay - Normans landed here in 1169

3) Duncannon Beach/Fort - tours given

4) Ballyhack Car Ferry - trip to Dunmore East & Waterford

5) FOULKSMILLS & Clongeen .

Foulksmills is a first prize winner in the County Wexford Environmental awards which are held annually. The Corach river flows gently through the pretty village park and used to turn the wheel of the old watermill when in operation.

Foulksmills is set amidst a historic setting of the 1798 battlefield; The old RUC Barracks, now a private dwelling house, retains almost of its original exterior features and is now a beautiful cottage located in the centre of the village.

There is an active Tidy Towns Committee and their hard work ensures that the village performs well each year in the National Tidy Towns Competition.

Fern Cottage, one of three cottages, located directly behind and in the yard of the 'Mill' . The cottages are idealy located for touring the south east.

Co Wexford has lots to offer for both the young and the not so young and most activities are only twenty minutes drive in any direction. Lovely country roads to walk on, overshadowed on each side by mature trees.

Children are well entertained too - they are welcome to play in the village park which is a short stroll from Fern Cottage; At the back of Fern Cottage is an enclosed garden and play area - many important soccer matches played here!

A short drive brings them to lots of water activities in nearby Duncannon or Tramore beaches; A selection include -pony riding, quadding, visit to animal farms, JFK Park, and of course the public playground (in Wellingtonbridge)for the good weather days;

Wexford is proud to host Ireland's first All Digital Cinema recently opened and a treat for the odd rainy day. Also there is an up to-date bowling alley and play zone area all in Wexford town district.

Afternoon tea is served in historic Horetown House and from the beautifully restored Drawing Rooms guests overlook the lawns where battles were fought in front of the 'big' house.

International Polocross events take place annually in Horetown Equestrian Centre from May to September organised by the Young Family.

Fern Cottage & Mill Farm were very proud to provide accommodation for the 2007 American Polocross Team, though the Irish Team was successful on this occasion, the visiting team had a fabulous time competing at the event.

We are always delighted to accommodate the visiting teams for these Polocross events.

Foulksmills village has a post office, a local grocery shop and two pubs for nightly entertainment all of which are a short stroll from Fern Cottage.

The watermill, built in the 1800's by an ancestor of the present owner was in full operation until about fifteen years ago. However with modern technology and more efficient methods of grinding corn - the demand for stone ground wheat meal produced in this way regrettably declined.

The wheel and its inner workings are still in the mill and Austin (present owner) is willing to give a tour of the mill when asked to do so.

Gaelic games play a huge part in the local activities with games being played throughout the summer in the local G.A.A. park - generally admission is free - visitors are most welcome to come along and experience the 'clash of the ash' as the players play for the pride of their parish - sometimes, it could be said, with more passion than skill - the old saying - "the best hurler is on the ditch" could well apply to the many excited supporters who surround the pitch for the games.

There is lots to do - quadding, fishing, cycling (Bikes available for hire in Wexford Town); Wind surfing - lessons are provided on Tramore Beach in Co Waterford. Courtown Harbour and Tramore provide lots of seaside activities - Aqua parks, carnivals etc.

Beaches are a great place to spend the day with little cost -pack a picnic and enjoy. Buckets and spades are available at the Cottage.

Foulksmills is a wonderful base for families or couples to stay. The holiday can be relaxed or active whatever the visitor desires. Try out : -

Hook Lighthouse;

Dunbrody Ship;

John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross;

Wexford Heritage Park;

Kilmore Quay;

Courtown Amusement Park;

Tramore Splashworld;

Quadding in Clonroche;



Wexford Strawberries

One of the many golf links

Shopping in Wexford Town, Waterford, and Kilkenny with its many beautiful boutiques and restaurants is highly recommended.

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28 Apr 2014


"excellent place for a total unwind"

Lovely place as described in their ad , peaceful and very comfortable and clean accommodation. The cottages are very well appointed for adults and children alike. There are lots of activities for chil… More

Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday, we are really glad that you both,and of course Dev too, enjoyed your stay and also got to experience the lovely beaches that County Wexford has to offer. We would be delighted to have you make a return trip next time you want a relaxing break. All the best - Austin & Catherine

1 Nov 2013


"THis was the perfect place for us, comfortable, clean, peaceful and the owners are the nicest folks ever."

WE arrived at our cottage after a long trip across the ocean and a long day driving and touring. A fire laid in the hearth and a friendly greeting welcomed us to a comfortable, cozy place to unwind. … More

We are really glad that you and your friends found the cottage relaxing and a good place to unwind following your long trip to Ireland. We loved having you stay and meeting everyone. Austin and I really appreciate your taking the time to review your holiday at Mill Farm. Thank you again. Catherine

14 Oct 2013



I'm not Joseph but another person in the booking party (Jamie Ledford) and I must say that this was an excellent place to stay! Neat & clean, great beds, delightful owners who even brought their… More

Jamie, thank you for taking the time to review your stay, we would be delighted to have you back to stay and next time we'll make sure you get to meet 'Beans'. Best wishes - Austin & Catherine

2 Oct 2013


"Home from Home"

Our family had the pleasure of staying at Mill Farm cottages this July. We must say, that the place was beautiful, clean and had all the home comforts anyone would need. It was very reasonably priced … More

It is wonderful to hear from you and thank you for your lovely words - Austin and I are really glad to know that you and the children have many happy and fun memories of your holiday at Mill Farm. We were really delighted to have you stay. Best wishes to everyone. Austin & Catherine

25 May 2013


"Mill Farm Cottages were charming and just as the website protrayed."

We spent a month in Ireland in one of the Mill Farm Cottages(Brook Cottage). Our sons and their famiies visited part of the time and our grandchildren especially enjoyed the freedom of the country se… More

Austin and I are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Mill Farm Cottages. We know that you all travelled a long way to meet up and it was a special time for you all being together. Really glad that your grandchildren enjoyed the spaces to run freely, the animals are certainly missing all their attention. Thank you both again for taking the time out to review your stay with us and hope that you will look back with many happy memories on your 2013 holiday in Ireland. Catherine

28 Apr 2013


"Our perfect family holiday"

We read the positive reviews here before our visit to Mill Farm and it is a privilege to add ours to the list. We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday at Mill Farm. The cottage was well presented and welcoming on our arrival. The open fire was lit ready for us, we had milk and a lovely cake waiting for us and Catherine and Austin greeted us and our children having remembered all of our names from our booking. There were games, DVD's and magazines in the cottage for us to use as well as an array of leaflets and information so we could plan our days out. Nothing was too much trouble for Catherine and Austin. At the mention of us heading to find a swimming pool, we found an envelope through the door with printouts of directions, opening times etc which was just one of several kind gestures we received from the lovely Redmonds. Mill Farm is such a pretty setting for a relaxing break. So quiet and peaceful. The donkeys were the reason we chose this holiday and they were a delight, especially when we woke one morning to see Shrek had had her foal! The highlight of our holiday!! We will treasure the memories of our special Mill Farm holiday and it would be a joy to return somewhen. If you are looking for a comfortable and peaceful family holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life, we can recommend Mill Farm. The cottage is a home from home and Catherine and Austin are incredibly kind and welcoming.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write up the review on your stay at Mill Farm. It means a lot to Austin and I that you and your family enjoyed your holiday and we hope that you brought home many happy memories. Herbert, is doing really well and getting bigger each day. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we would be delighted to have you all visit again in the future. Best wishes always. Catherine & Austin.

8 Apr 2013


"Couldn't be Better"

From the moment we were welcomed by Bertie, Shrek and Rosie, the donkeys, we were hooked. Authentic cottages with all the modern conveniences, fire lighting in the hearth, books and jigsaws for the ki… More

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Austin is delighted that his tractor was a big hit with the children. The hens have only started laying again after the winter so it was great that they delivered on Easter Sunday. We hope that you have happy memories of your holiday at Mill Farm. Best wishes. Austin & Catherine

30 Nov 2012


"peaceful setting"

Just back from a week staying at Mill Farm. We were met on arrival by Austin who had a lovely fire lit in the wood stove in our cottage. Lovely accommodation. Good quality furnishings and very comfort… More

We are really happy that you enjoyed staying with us and that you had a relaxing week at Mill Farm. Austin is delighted that you enjoyed the "lit stove" and that it added to the comfort of your cottage. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us.


15 Sep 2012


"Perfect for relaxation, peaceful surroundings and lovely views of the river."

Just what we needed. The cottage (brook cottage) was more beautiful than the pictures we had seen. Our daughter was over the moon about her bedroom where her bed had been thoughtfully made with hello kitty covers and a huge teddy bear placed in there too. Very helpful and friendly owners. Loved the donkeys and the play area. Would definitely return for another visit!

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review of your stay with us at Mill Farm, Foulkesmill; We are really glad that you found the cottage welcoming and comfortable to stay in and especially that 'Hello Kitty' helped your little girl settle in for a fun holiday.

Best wishes always

Austin & Catherine

1 Jun 2012


"At at the end of the rainbow"

This was our second stay at Mill Farm, and we were not disappointed!We spent last ST Patricks weekend in Brook Cottage. We arrived in the cold rain to find Austin had the wood stove lighting and the c… More

We were absolutely delighted to have you back to stay at Mill Farm for a second time and it is our genuine pleasure to have you back for a third time again in the summer; Loving the very kind and warm description of the cottages and of your Spring Holiday. Looking forward very much to seeing you all again soon; be sure to keep a watch out for that rainbow you never know what treasure lies at the end of it. Best wishes always.

Austin & Catherine

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