Seabird House is situated in the heart of County Wexford, which is known for its excellent verdant countryside, picturesque mountain ranges, white sandy beaches and charming character villages. Located on the southeast of Ireland, Wexford forms one of Ireland's sunniest regions and is commonly known as the Sunny Southeast.
The house is set in the unspoiled idyllic countryside of west Wexford where the Normans landed in 1169 and where the thriving medieval town of Bannow once stood but now buried under the sand, an Irish Heracleion, an Irish Pompeii.
Bannow Bay is designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) by the state heritage body Duchas ensuring the protection of rare and vulnerable bird species. You can follow the Norman Way and Bannow Drive along the coast here.
The busy town of Wellingtonbridge with every convenience is a five-minute drive away - it has a fine supermarket, small department store, petrol station, hardware and garden centre. There's a post office, pharmacy, a vet, some cafes and a popular pub. Also nearby is the village of Carrig on Bannow known for its summer music festival, lively pubs and the lovely Cullenstown Beach.
Rosslare (34 km) and Wexford Town (30 km) are two large neighbouring towns which both provide a wide range of shops, culture and professional services. Wexford is the county town in this area of the southeast of Ireland and is located at the mouth of the River Slaney. A harbour town, it is widely regarded for its rich arts scene and culture. It is also known for its medieval lanes and the opera festival held in the modern National Opera House. The festival is recognised worldwide for introducing new artists and audiences to the forgotten masterpieces. West Gate Heritage Tower is a restored 13th century toll gate. It is next to the old town walls and ruined 12th Century Selskar Abbey.
Rosslare, located a short drive from Seabird House is a picturesque seaside town which has emerged as one of Ireland's most popular seaside resorts. The town has a lot to offer including white sandy beaches, delicious local restaurants and cafes, lively pubs and scenic walks along a number of different trails including the 5-kilometre stretch of sandy beach and Rosslare Harbour with magnificent views over the Irish Sea. Rosslare is also home to the renowned Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa.
Sporting and recreational facilities are extensive in the area with the sandy Bannow Island Beach being a surfer's paradise. Sea swimming is popular too and for novices and children, natural warm pools form with every tide. Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with nearby courses at Wexford Golf Club (30 km), Rosslare Golf Club (35 km), and St Helen's Bay Golf Club (36 km).
There is an abundance of excellent primary and secondary schools situated nearby.
This architect-designed, open plan, contemporary home has views to the sea and Bannow Island. It is set in a heritage wildlife sanctuary on 0.78 acres with two beaches, Bannow Island and Bannow Bay, within a few minutes' walk.
The house (approx. 258 sq m) has an entrance dining hall (rare in the Irish market) which opens onto the large, vaulted living room/kitchen. There are three double bedrooms, a children's den or office and four bathrooms.
A large south facing deck is perfect for outside dining and entertaining. In addition, a covered west facing deck and a granite terrace provide an afternoon and evening sun trap with sea views to Bannow Island and Sliabh na Coillte beyond. The sunsets are incredibly beautiful here - a spectacular feature from almost every room of the house and so rare for an east coast location.
Through the farm gate, a natural sea pebble drive leads to a granite, stepped entrance terrace with olive trees and lavender - a perfect breakfast spot. To the front of the home, fine Iroko teak double doors are flanked by large glazing through which you can see the dining hall and stunning views beyond.
The generous dining hall has floor to ceiling glazing and sliding doors to the sunny west terrace, a perfect entertaining space with wonderful views. The stove, a design classic by Danish designer Bent Falk, is a major feature of this bright hall. Glass doors "hug" the stove's round sides and when open has the effect of an open fire but with superb heating efficiency. The heat from this stove can be felt throughout the house.
The vaulted living room has wonderful sea and countryside views from its large glazing on three sides. There are doors to the south deck and sliding doors to the covered west deck and terrace. This is another great entertaining room or just cosy up in front of the log fire and watch a movie - the big white chimney breast doubles as a cinema screen.
The kitchen with its almost 3m long quartz island works superbly. A large, fitted wall mirror captures the estuary and fields beyond, fields which provide barley for Waterford Distillery's Bannow Island Single Malt Whiskey! The low-level kitchen cabinetry which blends discreetly with the living space is by Peter Bernard Kitchens and integrated appliances are from Siemens.
The bedrooms located in the private side of the house are bright, spacious, comfortable spaces. The triple aspect master bedroom with dressing area has lovely sea views. It has a big feature window to the west and south facing French doors to the back terrace - perfect for your morning coffee. The current owners never tire of waking up to the sea views from bed and the sound of the waves when the seas are wild.
Bathrooms again are finished with natural stone, porcelain and glass tiling. A candle lit relaxing bath in the stunning Luna freestanding bath crafted from pure Danish limestone composite is the ultimate luxury. This stone bath has a wonderful ultra-smooth matt finish which holds heat for that long soak. Or on most days the overhead shower will offer a good morning refreshing wake up. Italian Catalano sanitary ware and Axor Starck taps by designer Philippe Starck add to the luxurious finishes.
Seabird House is a lovely family home, accessible weekend retreat or a sanctuary from the busy world outside.
The garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity in which to lounge on the decks or take the binoculars to bird watch. Below the western boundary hedgerow, at the bottom of the garden, lies an expansive estuary with its reed bed and wild yellow irises and a stream that runs down to the sea.
The natural lawned garden is bordered by heady coconut-scented bright yellow gorse and is loved by bees and tiny finches that flit from flower to flower. The only maintenance required is to cut the grass during the growing season, although some years the owners allow it to grow into the most beautiful indigenous wildflower meadow where birds, butterflies and bees thrive. There is also a small herb garden just next to the kitchen where you can pick parsley, sage, thyme or lemon balm for tea.
Little white egrets and Brent Geese have come to make the estuary their home. Sand pipers and oyster catchers are plentiful as are the many garden song birds. There are lots of finches, tits and sparrows who visit the garden and even a pair of love doves. Some evenings you can catch the starling murmurations that pattern the sky.
The Beach Hut log cabin studio (5x3m) to the side of the house has lovely views to the sea and Bannow Island; it is painted in Traffic Grey. It has a raised deck with timber railing and outdoor lighting and could make a fine detached office space, an art studio or an independent teenage retreat.
The Eircode is Y35 K766