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Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 20km

Available for the first time:

Berkeley Forest is a charming midsized Georgian country house, incorporating a residence built in 1690. Set on a beautiful site in gently rolling countryside and looking over undulating fields towards the Blackstairs mountains and in the midst of 25 hectares of parkland grazed with Jacob sheep and shaded with 200 year old beech trees, it is a haven of both serenity and creativity.

Berkeley Forest is unusual as a period house as it has a bright and uncluttered look with a strong Scandinavian flavour -painted floors, hand stencilled wallpaper and bedcoverings designed by artist Ann Griffin-Bernstorff who lives and works here during part of the year.

The house offers an authenic experience, as it has been little altered only to provide for the needs of contemporary living. With a beautiful faded brick walled garden with a terrace, summer house and an outdoor fireplace, it is a delight throughout the day.

In easy reach of the Wexford beaches to the South and East and the picturesque villages of Inistioge, Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh, the cities of Kilkenny (Medieval) and Waterford (Viking) are also nearby. Just off the N11 road, less than 2 hours from Dublin Airport, 45 mins from Kilkenny, 20 mins from Wexford or Waterford, the house is perfectly situated to visit a host of interesting historical, cultural or sporting amenities, or to hide away in complete peace and quiet.

The house was once the home of the family of 18th century philosopher George Berkeley and houses a 19th Costume museum which was created by Ann Griffin-Bernstorff (her original 18th century Costume Collection is now to be seen at Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin) She is also the designer of the internationally acclaimed Ros Tapestry (currently exhibited at Farmleigh House in Co. Dublin). Your hostess Alexis Bernstorff a textile specialist, is the artistic director of the Ros Tapestry and occasionally holds embroidery courses at Berkeley.

The property consists of the main house available for rent, a wing (used by part of the family), a number of buildings in a courtyard to the back of the main house, lawns and gardens; beyond that are pasture and woodland, some mature, some more recently planted; as well as original farm buildings. All of which ideal for exploring and wandering.

The main house available for rent has a * handsome hall with large open fire * drawing room (open fire) *bright and light dining room * inner hall a fine front staircase * ballroom * 5 bedrooms (with washhandbasins if not en-suite) * two bathrooms * two separate WCs * sitting room / TV room (open fire) * backstairs * kitchen (aga and electric cooker) * laundry and bootroom. [photos will be added / completed once we finish renovation work]

This remains a family home for most of the year - and it hasn't been rented out before, so there won't be any reviews for a while. So, best to call us to get a sense of what its like!


The housekeeper will come everyday to set fires (if needed), empty bins etc; and will clean and change sheets and towels once a week. If you would like her to come more often, let us know when you book (at your expense).

An excellent local cook can also be arranged for as often as you like. Again best to let us know when you book (at your expense).

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Dollar Bay 20 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Dublin Airport 100 km, Nearest railway: Enniscorthy 15 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The South East Ireland region

Berkeley Forest is just outside New Ross, at the gateway to the South East off the Dublin road.

The South East which consists of the five counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Fondly referred to by the Irish as the 'Sunny South East', the region is famous for its vibrant towns, rural getaways and coastal villages and resorts.

The landscape of the South East comprises a mix of rolling hills, woodlands and farmlands, picturesque river valleys of the Blackwater, Barrow, Nore, Suir (the "Three Sisters" which join just above New Ross) and Slaney, and a craggy coastline adorned by a necklace of quaint fishing villages and coastal resorts.

Early visitors, invaders, and raiders, merchants and traders helped create many structures, distinguishing marks and locations. Visitors from overseas are attracted by the richness and variety of heritage sites in the South East.

Notable places include Kilkenny Castle, Hook Head (oldest working lighthouse in Northern Europe from the 13th century, on the South Eastern tip of Ireland), The Saltee Islands (one of the world's major bird sanctuaries), the John F. Kennedy Arboretum (4,000 tree species) and Kennedy Homestead (the US President's great greatfather emigrated from New Ross), Tintern Abbey and gardens, the Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Heritage Ship, among many others.

The South East is washed by the Atlantic and also situated in the Gulf Stream make it a wonderful centre for a whole plethora of water sports such as Sub-Aqua, Sailing, Swimming, Diving, Ski-ing, Rowing, Canoeing, Surfing and Cruising, to name but a few. It wouldn't Ireland if there weren't plenty of horses available to ride at several equestrian centres in the area; or horse racing.

Garden lovers have a wide range of wonderful estates to visit, including Altamont, Tintern, Johnstown Castle and Woodstock (in the lovely village of Inistioge); while river or sea fishing hardly needs further explanation.

The Wexford Opera Festival draws spectators from all over the world (October & November).

Craft and culture enthusiasts flock to the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre to marvel as they view master cutters create the world famous glassware, and those with more time on their hands based themselves in the region while enjoying all the region has to offer.

# Golf course next door (ie 5 minutes walk) - Skarke Golf, 18 hole, par 72 (see website)

# 5 Star Spa - Monart, 30 minutes drive (see website)

Fall in love with the Monart experience like Conde Nast who voted Monart 'Runner-up Best Spa Retreat Worldwide', Forbes Magazine who featured Monart as one of the top 10 destinations in the world and like the Irish Tatler who awarded Monart Ireland's Best Destination Spa... for the fourth year in a row...

# Tintern Abbey, 13th Century Abbey and fasinating gardens directly linked to Berkeley through the Ros Tapestry (see website) exhibition (16km), close to...

# Hook Head, oldest Lighthouse in Europe, on SE Ireland's point, worth several day trips for exploring, eating well, fishing, sailing, cycling

# Saltee Islands (see website) haven for puffins and seals, 5km off Kilmore Quay (45mins)

# John F. Kennedy Homestead (ancestral home of US President) and arboretum. The Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. It covers 252 hectares (623 acres) on the southern slopes and summit of Slieve Coiltia. It contains 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world, planted in botanical sequence. 25mins.

# ...and much more ( see the southeast ireland website)

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