Courtown in County Wexford has been a holiday destination for more than 100 years. T
he village was started as a famine relief project to help the local community by Lord Courtown and its amenities and facilities have expanded over the years.
There are a lot of places to stay if you are in this area. Let’s dive into some of them…
Our favourite places to stay in Courtown
1. Harbour House B&B
Harbour House is a family-run, Irish Tourist Board approved B&B a mere two minutes from the village’s Blue Flag beach. You’ll find fabulous sea views and a friendly welcome here, as well as a great breakfast as you might expect of a good Irish B&B. Guests can choose from a buffet style breakfast—cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, teas and coffees and orange juice, as well as fresh, home baked goods every day, including brown bread, scones, pancakes, waffles and puff pasties. The B&B also specialises in the full Irish cooked breakfast, made in the air fryer and grill without any extra oil for a healthier, tastier alternative to the fat-loaded traditional.
2. Forest Park Holiday Home No 13
The four bedroomed Forest Park No 13 offers quick access to the local attraction, the Courtown Seal Rescue Centre. It is also near to the Maritime Monument, Rosslare Harbour and the Beach House Eatery. The rooms have multi-channel TVs, an adjoining terrace and dining area and free Wi-Fi. There is also free parking and some of the units have a fully-equipped kitchen, with a dishwasher, microwave oven and a kettle.
3. Ardamine Holiday Homes
Ardamine Holiday Homes provides those who stay there with an aqua park, a golf course and a play area for the children, as well as windsurfing, hiking and archery for the outdoors inclined. The accommodation has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is close to local amenities such as the Courtown Seal Rescue Centre and Seal Rescue Ireland. The closest airport is Waterford, which is 75 kilometres away.
Inside the villa, you will find rooms with central heating, TVs, and seating and there is a kitchen and a patio. Take advantage of the holiday vibe with the dressing gowns supplied. Ardamine Holiday Homes don’t have access to the internet, which makes the destination popular with those who really want to escape the hustle and bustle.
Great hotels near Courtown (under 15 minute-drive away)
1. Amber Springs Hotel
Amber Springs Hotel and Health Spa is a great place for a luxury weekend or escape. Voted the best family-friendly hotel in Ireland, this four-star hotel is located less than an hour from Dublin and a is a five-minute walk from Gorey Town and only minutes from the area’s beautiful sandy beaches. There’s an Amber Kids Club, an outdoor park with go-karting, mini-golf and Playzone with a cinema. There is also a virtual reality gaming room and a chill-out room where you can play pool, table football and air hockey. The spa includes an 18-metre swimming pool and a fitness studio, as well as beauty and massage treatments you can book. There are lots of dining options to choose from, as well as the Terrace Bar where you can enjoy a drink.
2. Ashdown Park Hotel
Ashdown Park Hotel is an award-winning, boutique hotel close to the centre of Gorey and only a ten-minute drive from wonderful coastlines, activities and tourist attractions. The bedrooms are contemporarily designed and comfortable. The hotel has its own farm, Bord Bia, which supplies a lot of the produce used in the restaurants and there are two outdoor dining options, the restaurant terrace and the Ivy courtyard. The signature dish of the Rowan Restaurant is a fish feast of Grilled Lobster, Pan-fried Hake, Jumbo Prawns and Steamed Mussels served with sides and a garnish.
3. Seafield Hotel
The Seafield Hotel and Spa Resort has rooms with amazing views and big soft beds, as well as the fancy stuff, such as the big TV, the desk, bathrobes, bottled water and toiletries by The White Company. There are two- and three-bedroom courtyard suites for bigger groups.
The stunningly decorated Greenroom Restaurant complete with its bronze centaur include the O’Neill’s pork—a ham hock terrine with braised pork belly, apricot and caramelised apple, as well as a braised rib of beef with a black pudding arancini.
4. Tara Hill Estate
The Tara Hill estate is set a mere 0.6 miles from Ballymoney Beach. The accommodation offers a garden, a terrace and room service. The holiday home has both WiFi and private parking free of charge and there is a flat-screen TV with DVD player, private bathroom with a hairdryer, and a kitchen with microwave are in certain units.
Other great places to stay near Courtown
1. Hillside House (15-minute drive)
Hillside House minutes from Gorey Town has been offering B&B accommodation for the last 30 years. The B&B has magnificent views of Tara Hill, North Wexford and South Wicklow and can provide a taxi service on request for anyone attending weddings or birthday celebrations nearby. Delicious breakfasts are provided and dietary needs can be catered for.
2. Railway Country House (10-minute drive)
This eco-friend B&B is just minutes from Gorey and is set in large, spacious grounds, offering private, secure parking. Breakfast is cooked to order and served every morning in the large dining room. Pets are welcome so long as you book them in advance. Minimalist décor makes the rooms fresh and airy.
3. Stonelodge (5-minute drive)
Stonelodge B&B is a six-bedroom holiday accommodation situated in the village of Riverchapel near to Courtown Harbour and close to Wexford Town and the market town of Gorey. It’s a fantastic getaway for families or for romantic breaks. There are three large family rooms and three double rooms, all ensuite. If you’ve come to the area to indulge your love of outdoor pursuits, Stonelodge has storage facilities for surf boards, fishing rods and bicycles and dry rooms for wet clothing. Paid-for packed lunches are available on request.
4. Riverfield Bed and Breakfast (15-minute drive)
Riverfield Farmhouse B&B is in Gorey Town and set within two acres of gardens on the banks of the River Inch. There’s a children’s play area, a tennis and basketball court and everyone is welcome, including the family dog. Guests are offered complimentary refreshments when they arrive, and the full breakfast menu includes home-made bread and preserves. Nearby attractions in Gorey include the Wells House and Gardens, the Kia-ora Mini Farm, the Gaslamp Galley and the mini theatre. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the Ballymoney Beach.
Emma Baird is a lifestyle editor and novelist. She has worked in the communications industry for more than 25 years, and loves animals, the countryside and lingering in a great pub for the food and the craic.