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The Dunes, Thatched Cottage, Wexford-Long Sunsets, 70 Steps to the Ocean. – Home 5713094 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Dunes, Thatched Cottage, Wexford-Long Sunsets, 70 Steps to the Ocean. – Home 5713094

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 45 reviews

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Set in the beautiful South East of Southern Ireland, with unspoilt sandy beaches which stretch for miles along the coastline, recently featured in the 2016, Oscar nominated move "Brooklyn " and previously in 1998 "Saving Private Ryan". The Dunes is a traditional 300 year old cob cottage set in its own ground just the other side of the Sandy dune, with the sea 70 steps away from the front gate!

Ballinesker beach is a long sandy beach north of Curracloe, about 15 minutes drive from Wexford. It is a noted beach for bird watching and its fine white sand is rich in seashells. Ballinesker is one of the only beaches in North Wexford that roads runs parallel to the beach. It easily accessible for older people and disabled community.

The Beach is a 3 mile section of a long stretch of sandy coastline extending from the Special Area of Conservation at the Raven Point to Ballyconniger Head, which is approximately 10 miles long. The Beach has an easterly aspect overlooking Wexford Bay and the Irish Sea and is bordered on the west by a line of sand dunes.

Ballinesker Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag Beach 2015

The cosy thatched cottage has a living room with satellite TV, WIFI, log burner. Master bedroom with beamed roof. Second Bedroom with double bed and single bed. Kitchen breakfast rooom. Toilet/shower room with power shower. Hall area with log burner. Extensive gardens with outside shower for washing down after the beach. Bikes, wind surfboard available.

Please note that additional fees apply for electricity and internet

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

Our caretaker Mary will meet you at the property and show you around. Mary is your local contact should you need anything an I am always available by email and phone if needed


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: (£86.43) €100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

We accept a maximum of two dogs, subject to prior arrangement
Cleaning issues as a result of not adhering to the house rules results in a minimum of €25 charge per dog which will be deducted from deposit.
Only persons named on the original booking form are allowed to use the cottage and surrounding facilities.
Under no circumstances can tents be erected in the garden or overcrowding allowed.
If in doubt it is always better to check with us prior to confirming your booking


About the owner

Deirdre M.
Average reply time:
1 hour 10 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
16 Oct 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 19 Jan 2015. Located in County Wexford, it has 45 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £792 to £1237.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Oct 2019.


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Guest reviews

45 reviews

Very Good

“Wonderful cottage - beautiful dunes and beaches right on your doorstep”

Reviewed 28 Oct 2015

We stayed with two little children (2 and 6) and had a wonderful time! Although it was already too cold to take advantage of the big garden, we cuddled up in front of the open fire place every evening and enjoyed the cosy atmosphere of this lovely cottage. The cottage is full of beautiful details plus DVDs, games and books. It has everything you need. We also made a lot of day trips around County Wexford and there are plenty of places to visit. We will definitely come again!

Owner's reply: Dear Meike Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review> We are so pleased you had a good holiday at The Dunes and thank you fro the lovely photo of your family enjoying The Hook Lighthouse. We would love to welcome you back when next in Ireland All The Best Dee

“Holiday at The Dunes, Ballinesker”

Reviewed 31 Aug 2015

We arrived at the cottage on Saturday ready for a week holiday and was greeted by Mary the caretaker who gave us a brief tour of the cottage and its facilities. There is also a book with information in case you are not able to absorb all the information. We have never stayed in a thatched cottage and were pleasantly surprised at its character and facilities, containing everything you need to enjoy a week away, including indoor games to keep the kids entertained in the evening. The cottage contained a utility room so we were able to wash clothes. The garden is lovely and spacious and the kids enjoyed playing in it after a day at the beach (weather permitting of course!). We cannot fault the location of the the cottage, being about 10ft from the dunes of Ballineskar beach which has got to be the best beach in Ireland. The beach was quiet and was perfect for everything from taking a stroll, swimming or running. The weather was not perfect but close to it and we were able to enjoy most days outside. In terms of local amenities, we used Blackwater (about 5-10 min drive) which contains shops, a takeaway and pubs. We would recommend the cottage / location to others and are already missing the cottage.

Owner's reply: H i Daniel Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Dunes and all your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you and the children had a good week despite the Irish weather. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Le gach dea-mhéin Dee

“a beautiful cottage in an ideal location”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2015

We had a blissful week in the Dunes Ballinesker. The cottage is the perfect place for young children with access to the beach just across the road. The cottage has a real charm and is so well equipped with a contained garden and movies for every genre. Mary the caretaker was very friendly and helpful and the little touches including the blanket box made it very special.

Owner's reply: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Dunes and all your lovely comments. We appreciate all feedback to ensure we deliver on every occasion. All the best Dee

“Very enjoyable and peaceful week at The Dunes Ballinesker”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2015

Previously stayed at The Dunes on a number of occasions, this most recent holiday surpassed our expectations. The fact that we had a week of glorious sunshine was the icing on the cake. Thank you Deidre and your local support team.

Owner's reply: Hi Peter So pleased you had a good week at The Dunes and the weather was favourable. Thank you for taking the time to review our cottage and for your kind comments. I will pass on your thanks to Mary, our caretaker, she will be so pleased We look forward to seeing you again in the future and enjoy the rest of the summer All the best Deirdre

“Sun, sand, seashells and a very cozy cottage - pure recreation!”

Reviewed 10 Jun 2015

We very much enjoyed our stay at The Dunes. The hosts thought of everything a family might need or enjoy during their holidays. From postcards to dvds for children, from electric heaters to knitting books, from a radio to a fully equipped kitchen, from a maritime bathroom to toilet paper - we didn´t miss a thing.

Owner's reply: Dear P & S Thank for for taking the time to review The Dunes, we really appreciate your comments We very much look forward to welcoming you back again in the future All The Best Dee

“A little gem behind the Dunes :D”

Reviewed 7 Jun 2015

This was out 3rd time staying at this little cottage and we absolutely loved it, once again! It's such a treat being literally 10 paces up the dune from Ballinesker beach, which is a safe and immaculate blue flag beach. All and any shop/restaurant you might need is also only 10-15min drive away in Wexford town.The beautiful cottage itself has also seen some improvements this year and myself, husband and two young children felt completely at home there. Something which I welcomed was the lack of phone reception and optional internet - which I opted out of :D ... (but if you do need GUARANTEED reception here's a tip: place your phone on the ledge of the first sash window in the sitting room, you can then also answer phone calls on speaker phone.) This little cottage is a genuine piece of Irish history and is one in a million in terms of its accommodation type and location. We would definitely recommend a visit !

Owner's reply: Dear J Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review of our cottage in The Dunes. As new owners we are keen to hear from our guests and delighted that as a returning family that you had a good experience. We are so pleased you liked the improvements we have made to the cottage. We hope that you will stay with us again in the future Kind Regards and many thanks Dee

“Great Escape at the Dunes”

Reviewed 5 Jun 2015

Stayed at the magical 'Dunes' cottage in March and the weather was kind to me and the family which made the experience one to remember. The cottage is of the period and very clean with everything having a place and function. The romance of the nicely appointed rooms, and lovely fire in the lounge made the time spent indoors very special as the kids played board games, watched movies and surfed the net with the excellent Wi-Fi. With the beach literally on your front step it made it very easy to keep the kids entertained and on the dunes (lovely white sand 30ft high and full of adventure for children) they found great adventure. For myself and my wife we really enjoyed the unspoilt 8km of sand for walks and fresh air. Overall a lovely place to unwind and relax, with the lovely village of Curracloe nearby with choice of places to eat & drink (the hotel is family friendly and provides good food and choice for all), I would recommend a stay for a romantic getaway or a family activity weekend!!

Owner's reply: Hi Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the our little cottage in The Dunes. As new owners we are keen to have as much feedback as possible so that we can continue to improve the cottage and make it a great experience for our guests. We look forward to having you stay again in the future. Best Regards Dee

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