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Upper Wood Manor & Gardens is fabulous! – a wonderful vacation rental option for your important visit or gathering in Ireland. Designed to accommodate 14 to 30+ guests (sharing) in beautiful and fresh surroundings, this warm and ultra-spacious Manor House provides you with an ideal self-catering environment to enjoy a truly fine Gathering in Ireland. Peaceful and away from noise, you will enjoy a rare calm and creative environment, with many private spaces to relax into, and a perfect environment for pursuing trips, tours & explorations to heritage sites, the deep history of Ireland; and a delicious fresh Guinness or light Jameson to mull things over whenever need! Upper Wood delivers you into all these things, a wonderful vacation rental with superb & easy access to the outdoors as much as you want...
Sleeping from 14 to 30+ guests, we provide excellent accommodation, an intelligent backbone of broadband Wifi & satellite TV services, and superb day to day self-catering facilities for large groups. Plus our useful guides on where to go and what to do. Warm and inviting, Upper Wood is ideal for family gatherings, walking groups, nature trail discovery, heritage site & exploring the antiquities of Ireland, equestrian events, cycle groups, running groups, and much more. Superb also as a Creative Retreat – there is an excellent large hall for performance groups - acoustically-sound for musical events and performance to audiences. For Corporate events and Executive Retreats away from the ordinary, Upper Wood is ideal – here is a unique, private environment untrammelled by city noise or interruptions.
Kilkenny is situated in Ireland deeply lush central/south-east regions, with an abundance of heritage sites, walking trails, equestrian activities, farming activities, and many places of unique interest - trips, tours and excellent explorations are a joy to undertake. Freshford Village is ten minutes from busy Kilkenny City, and one hour from Dublin City – so you are never far from city activities when this is needed. Accommodation at Upper Wood House – there are 9 king or double size bedrooms, sleeping 18 guests in perfection, with four of the king rooms optional for using as Dormitory Bedrooms when this is required to accommodate larger groups (with 6 queen beds in each). Overall, Upper Wood can sleep up to 34 guests (sharing) at any one time, and supporting this are 8 bathrooms throughout the house, all with WC, WHB &/or Hot Showers, with a 24/7 supply of hot water always available.
A Self-catering Stay in Downton Abbey style, there is a wonderful, warm, traditional country house Kitchen down below - lying at the heart of the house, and fully equipped and stocked for your needs while here. Together with a beautiful adjacent large & informal Dining Room (gathering point) where it is a pleasure to sit back, enjoy a cup of hot tea & scones or home-cooked dinner, and catch up on the day. Separate to this is a professional catering-kitchen (upstairs), ideal if you wish to book our house chef for arranging the catering needs for your stay: buffets of breakfast, lunch and evening dinners.
Relaxing at Upper Wood – upstairs is a graceful Receiving Hall, two beautiful large & bright high-ceilinged Sitting Rooms - equipped with a full bar counter and equipment, WiFi & TV services, library of interesting books, chess and enjoyable board games, and a further large formal Dining Room – all this yours to enjoy while here. These rooms are spacious and elegant yet informal and relaxing – all with beautifully restored stucco, wood, stone and ceiling art work, and are an integral part of the visual history of the house. With comfortable deep sofas to sink back into, many easy chairs, fabulous large ornate fireplaces to gather around - sip a small drink, look over the history of Upper Wood, make music, sing, read poetry, catch up on stories of the day, and simply relax before heading off for a great night’s sleep… you are almost spoiled for choice in being together in this historic environment.
Upper Wood Gardens - delightfully manicured private gardens and open pasture acres are superb for strolling out and around the grounds. A Walled Garden to one side offers you insight into industrious activities at Upper Wood, and a sophisticated equestrian centre to another side invites you to see how the specialist breeding of thorough-bred show-jumping horses continues day by day.
Some Hard Work! has gone into restoring and re-engineering Upper Wood over the recent years, so important for the survival of this delightful, special and graceful small estate. Every effort has been made by the owner to retain original and natural fittings where possible; today Upper Wood is a superb, high-quality home from home, yet retains the natural elegance and style of the olde years. By staying at Upper Wood, you are contributing to preserving an important building heritage of Ireland, and we are always grateful for this.
The rental price for a stay at Upper Wood is generally euro60/- per person per night, plus a one-time housekeeping & services fee depending on the size of group. This translates to apx euro1200/- per night for a group of 20 guests, coming together for an exclusive and most enjoyable trip in Ireland. We are happy to work out a fair price for larger groups coming to stay, don’t hesitate to send an enquiry. Come along and enjoy a fabulous experience at a wonderful and historic House, truly - you will Not be disappointed! Drop us an email any time, we greatly look forward to hearing from you, Cathy Morgan, YourTimeInIreland@gmail.com, .
A separate Estate Cottage, adjacent to the Manor House, is also available for short rentals, and offers a large group a further 3 double bedrooms, accommodating 6 guests in perfection, and up to 10 guests overall (sharing) when this is required. The Cottage is bookable in addition to the Manor House; price on request.
Springtime buds... Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Easter Festival May 1 - May 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Summer days - beautiful! Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015 3 night min stay
More beautiful Summer Days! Jul 1 - Jul 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Sun & poetry on the patio Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2015 3 night min stay
September breeze... Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Sunsets & golden glow... Oct 15 - Nov 30, 2015 3 night min stay
Wintertime - House Closed... Dec 1 - Mar 12, 2016 5 night min stay
House open: St Patk's Week+ Mar 14 - May 31, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
One-time Housekeeping/preps fee of euro250/- overall.
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Year Purchased: 2013
About: Sense the magic & beauty of this stunning Manor House as soon as you walk into marbled entrance hall. It is captivating, and the restoration and renovation work achieved over the past recent years is quite amazing. For those who love period detail, the historic workings of a manor house are evident and an inspiring look at how things went in long-gone times. Upper Wood is once again a beautiful, special and private place! What could beat the combination of historic buildings & private gardens as your home base, great dining in, and excellent proximity to hertitage sites, golf courses & more gardens of Ireland. You will love staying here, it is a unique & special experience!
Why Dublin: The property is family-owned, with a small busy equestrian center to one side of the estate. It is a pleasure to offer this unique and private space to a wider audience, Upper Wood House is available to large groups at very reasonable self-catering rates.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Freshford is a very charming village with an array of neat & pretty houses facing onto the meticulously-kept village green, two beautiful ancient churches, a 'proper' village green (long-gone in many villages of Ireland today), and a beautifully designed Riverside Millenium Park for local rambles. With its array of traditional Irish pubs, cafes & grocery shops, you are quickly provided for all these important amenities. Surrounded on all sides by deep tranquility and busy mature landscapes, garden nurseries, artist's havens, and rich in heritage sites & places of great antiquity to visit - Upper Wood gives you an opportunity to step away from the ordinary, and also contribute to protecting Ireland's building heritage. A stay here is great! for the soul, fabulous! for the outdoors, and so interesting! for enjoying Freshford's & Kilkenny's Arts & Creative festivals: fabulous for curling up into at the end of a busy day...