Discounts are available at this beautifully restored, 300 year old thatched fisherman's cottage, which is nestled in a peaceful garden on the bank of the Blackwater River in West Waterford, Ireland
A long, narrow, gravelled lane leads to Jack’s cottage; it’s the reason the cottage has retained its peaceful, traditional charm. Located on the banks of the River Blackwater, which is famed for its natural beauty, the variety of its wildlife and the fishing, the 300 year old fisherman's cottage is secluded and romantic, perfect for a get away from it all holiday. Once at the cottage the loudest sounds you will hear are made by the pheasants in the surrounding fields or the cormorants on the river. As one of our clients put it, the bird song is the perfect soundtrack to unwind to in this idyllic cottage and garden.
Recently renovated, the cottage will allow you to rediscover life’s simple pleasures. It has been carefully decorated to preserve the old world atmosphere but has all modern conveniences. Spacious and welcoming with a wood burning stove in the dining room and electric heating throughout the rest of the rooms. The brass beds under the thatched roof make for restful sleeping. There is a well-equipped kitchen and utility room. The most recent renovation took place in the bathroom, which now has a roll top bath and wet room with under floor heating.
The peaceful, well tended garden has access to the riverbank, which is a perfect retreat for nature lovers, bird watchers, artists and walkers. We have built a hide by the river to improve wildlife watching, in particular, for seeing the local otters.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price, as well as start up amounts of household items such as cleaning products and basics for the kitchen and fuel for the wood burning stove. (List available)
Well-behaved pets are welcome.
You will find plenty to do nearby, if you can tear yourself away from the cottage. There are abundant beaches and coves to explore, mountains and hills to be climbed. Historic towns and castles to be visited and many a memorable meal to enjoy. There are plenty of opportunities to sample Irish culture as there are Irish music pubs and an Irish speaking area nearby.
This is a lovely quaint and quiet cottage I really enjoyed my stay.. The check out time is very early it would b better at 12. The cottage is very well equipped with essential items and the bread and butter milk and firewood is a real bonus. The site itself is not user friendly in that you cannot reply to an email u have to begin a new one and I had difficulty in the booking of it.
Liane from Allambie Heights
Stayed 01 Oct 2011
I spent a wonderful week in "Jacks Cottage" in October 2011. Bridie and Ben made me feel so welcome and remained scarce throughout the stay giving me the privacy I craved but were always there when needed.
The pictures dont do the cottage justice, the rooms are all tastefully decorated, immaculately clean and the attention to detail such a wonderful surprise, from Bens original paintings which are exquisite to Bridies personal touches, every consideration is made to ensure the stay is comfortable for their guests.
The bedrooms are very comfortable with gorgeous views of the garden, the kitchen well stocked with everything you need to cook any meal and the living spaces cosy and well appointed with fireplace, seating and amenities.The bathroom is wonderful with a deep and comfortable claw tub and walk in shower.
You can sit outside in a gorgeous garden and enjoy the sunshine or take a short stroll down to the river which is breathtaking.
Getting up the lane which is incredibly narrow is a bit of a challenge but once you do you will be rewarded with a wonderful quiet haven away from it all.
Ive stayed in all sorts of accommodation from six star hotels to basic rooms in Asia and can honestly say this was one of my favourite places to stay, Ill definitely go back again and again if theyll have me.
Joyce from Wigan
Stayed 09 May 2009
Maybe it is that Jacks Cottage is at the end of the lane that made us feel it was our own private tranquil place and nobody elses! We came in May and the hedgerows were full of spring flowers and a few steps through the gate the peaceful blackwater river amazed us. The cottage itself has kept its traditional charm and yet has every modern day comfort. Most holiday cottages have mixed reviews this one being the exception, we could hardly tear ourselves away from this sunny relaxing haven ...........happy memories.
Jolivet from Paris
Stayed 17 Aug 2006
Our stay at Jacks Cottage began with a trip down a lane reminicient of the cart and horse era. Very narrow, very picturesque, the scenery is breathtaking. After the first day we were pros at manuevering it as we were treated to a treasure at the end of the road. The cottage is straight off a postcard and pristine in its condition. The restoration and loving care given to every detail was exceptional. Our hosts, Bridie and Ben could not have been more gracious. Some of the walls were enhanced with beautiful artwork produced by Ben, a modest artist of masterful proportions. A state of the art bathroom was sparkling! A great soaking tub and warming towel rack. How welcoming! The grounds are immaculate and conscious attention paid to living green. We were perfectly located for day trips to the south,west and east...and always couldnt wait to get back to our oasis,the wood for the wood stove plentiful and fragrant. Oh, and the birdsong was joyful! Thank you Bridie and Ben, weve just come home and we long to return already!
Marybeth and Courtney Max
Jolivet from Paris
Stayed 17 Aug 2006
Jacks Cottage is a hidden gem of a getaway destination. Its website photos barely do it justice. To us it was the perfect chocolate box old world cottage that one dreams of as a child. Better still its surroundings simply could not have been bettered in terms of sheer scenic beauty and peace. Our week flew in this very comfortable, pretty cottage which was so tastefully and thoughtfully decorated within. Im ashamed to say we did not do much touring of the surrounding area as we were so content to sit in the garden, watch the river go by, bird spot or try to look out for the otters. Our only problem now is that we dont want to rent other cottages in the future as we feel nothing can live up to this wonderful experience. Our huge thanks to the owners Ben and Bridie who were so kind and welcoming and made sure that we wanted for nothing. They really made the week for us!
We loved the cottege, very quiet and very good support from Bridie and Ben,
Thank you for the graet time at your place!!!
We will be back!!
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Spent a wonderful week here, end of August/early September, 2010. A 5 Star cottage and a 5 Star bathroom!
Beautifully maintained cottage and gardens in a unique location by the River Blackwater.
Had no problem with the access lane it is well maintained, no potholes keep in a low gear and enjoy the views!
Great area for canoeing and boating - I used the slipway at nearby Villierstown Quay (10 mins drive) for good access to the river.
Cottage is equipped as a home, rather than a holiday let. Very cosy old character maintained, but with all mod cons.
Great place for wildlife: kingfishers, herons, otters.
Interesting area for touring too- beaches, mountains and historic towns all in easy reach.
The friendly owners live just behind the cottage but the cottage itself is very private.
Just loved it here! Highly recommended.
We’ve just returned home from our second visit to Jack’s cottage. Without a doubt this is the perfect hideaway for a stress free break. From the minute you step into this charming cottage, you will fell relaxed it’s hard not to in such peaceful surroundings. When you open the half door it is obvious the care and attention that the owners Bridie and Ben have poured into the restoration of this 17th century cottage. It is not so much a holiday cottage but a “home from home”. The cottage has every modern convenience you could want and has wonderful touches the bathroom is fabulous!!!
We found lots of great beaches and nice towns nearby. Our children (age four and two) had a wonderful time here enjoying the surrounding area and making new memories and have not stopped talking about it since we returned home. We’ll definitely be back and look forward to making new memories of Jack’s cottage in the years to come.
All in all Jack’s cottage is the perfect getaway for a relaxing, stress free break.
25th Aug - 1st Sept 2007What a wonderful cottage! The peace and quiet was a far cry from our normal city life and we all felt at home here. Visited Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Lismore Castle and Ballysaggartmore Towers. Had a gorgeous meal at the Mill restaurant in Dungarvan and explored the town. I think this will be the first of many visits to Ireland, so we may well return to this beautiflu little hidey hole.Many thanks fromCorinne and Ben FisherKiristie JohnsonJo HealExeter, Devon, UK
7 October 2007What an amazing, awe-inspiring, peaceful place on earth. We had an incredible weekend of hiking, canoning, nature watching and listening and simply relaxing. There is no question in our minds that we will be back...and not in the too distant future. Thank you so much for everything.Megan and Jack HoganKilkenny, Ireland
14 Nov to 5 Dec 2007What a paradise, so peaceful, quiet and love the view over the reeds to the river. I came here stressed and go away feeling much better. Bridie, Ben and family your cottage, surrounds and hospitality are priceless. Thank you.Jody and Bruce Bradfield New Zealand
Electricity is not included in the price per week. It is measured by meter reading at beginning and end of rental period, and the amount due is payable on departure to the owner. The unit price is 20 cent.
The cottage is very comfortable and spacious with wood burning stove in the dining room and electric heating throughout. Recently renovated and tastefully decorated to preserve old world atmosphere with modern conveniences. The bathroom has a wet room shower and free standing bath. The brass beds under the thatched roof make for very restful sleeping. There is a well-equipped kitchen and a Peaceful, well tended garden with access to riverbank.
The Long Narrow Lane which leads to Jack’s Cottage could be the reason its such an unspoilt and special place. Originally created to take a cow to pasture, and as the people from the cottage used boats to get around, it was only upgraded relatively recently to take a car. It’s not unlike sunken roads found in rural England, however we find that depending on your driving experience the lane can be quite challenging, especially it is often the last hurdle after a long days travel to get to the cottage.
About the owner
I came to renting Jacks Cottage by happy accident. I have a lot of experience in administration and management in various niche businesses. My husband Ben is an accomplished artist and has a lot of experience in the renovation of old houses. We are both keen gardeners and nature lovers. We were lucky enough to come across the cottage while on a river trip on an idyllic afternoon in August 1996 with some friends. It was nestled on the bank of the river, in need of some renovation. We spent the next year working on it and were able to have our first guests in August 1997. We are delighted to say that its been a great success, with many happy holiday makers and guests who are regular return visitors and in turn have become our firm friends.
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