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“Amazing and full of character”
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Sion Hill House
Ranked #14 of 21 Waterford B&B and Inns
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Amazing and full of character”
Reviewed October 11, 2010

Beautiful old house bursting with antiques set in gorgeous gardens. Close to the city centre but also feels so peaceful you could be in the middle of nowhere.

The house has amaxing views, comfortable beds with en suite bathrooms. Run by a very friendly family.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews
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Reviewed May 1, 2009

not suitable for children - too many valuable ornaments
bit musty because no bathroom ventilation
large room and ensuite
tv , hair dryer, and tea/coffe making in room
rooms all upstairs - 2 flights

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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camden london
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Reviewed March 1, 2009

this is the third time we have stayed at this hotel and we are met by george and antoinette who are the most delightfull people you will ever meet the room we stay in has the best views over waterford the beds are cosy so after a night out in the granville hotel on the quay side its easy to fall asleep as it is so peacefull and quiet the breakfast is amazing it will set you up for the day after 4 wonderfull days antoinette and george made us tea in the sitting room by a big log fire the end of a fantastic break george and antoinette are the perfect hosts we cant wait to go back next year !

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire, England
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Reviewed May 4, 2008

We have stayed with Antoinette and George before and we love the place. The views over Waterford are spectacular and the whole town is but a few minutes walk from Sion House. Within the house their is a stunning collection of many interesting and some rare artefacts, a sort of free museum! The house itself is steeped in history going back to the days when shipping thrived at Waterford. Breakfast at the very impressive dining table took me back to the good old days when civility reigned. Recommend Sion to anyone, just make sure that you spare time to talk with George and Antoinette.

  • Liked — The views, the house but most of all George and Antoinette
  • Disliked — Was unable to meet Tom!!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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bandon, county cork
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Reviewed December 18, 2007

Very central for Waterford with a good view over the water. This house is a bit cluttered. The rooms were very clean and the breakfast was fine. Unfortunately the rooms weren't ready when we arrived at 6.30pm despite having phoned twice to confirm our arrival time - Perhaps the owner had been out all day. We were plonked down in the sitting room on arrival but weren't told that the rooms weren't ready - All a bit strange!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — A bit disorganized
  • Stayed December 2007
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Wallsend, United Kingdom
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254 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2007

If you like 'things' then Sion Hill is for you. It is steeped in history and much of it is on display as collectors pieces literally all over the house on virtually every space - and you are free to look at it all. We were fascinated.
George and Annette are really friendly from the moment they greet you to all the tourist advice they can tell you.
The gardens are a delight and we spent time on both of our days there exploring them and relaxing amongst the scent of flowers and the sound of fountains.
Although the house is well up the hill from the main road into Waterford, we did notice the traffic, mainly because we never hear any at home. And there is an early waking cockerel - but we were well rested in the comfortable bed and it never bothered us.
Breakfast has a good choice and there id plenty of it. We enjoyed sitting at the large communal dining table but could have had an individual one if we had wanted.
Most people choose to drive the 1 mile into town in the evening, but we walked in in about 20m so that we could both have a drink. The drive is a bit steep on the way back but is well lit.
Overall a very pleasant and memorable stay.

  • Liked — Felling part of the family
  • Disliked — We are unused to traffic noise, even as low as here
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Milford Michigan
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2005

Sion Hill house is in a great location for Waterford. It over looks the city which is great. Antoinette(owner) was extremely helpful with recommendations for dinner and a great old traditional pub. We enjoyed our time at Sion Hill house. The only thing I didn't like about the house was the cluttered appearance in all the public rooms. Our bedroom and bath were wonderful, however the public rooms were very cluttered. We stayed at 4 different Bed and Breakfast places during our weeks stay in Ireland and the Sion Hill House came in 3rd to all the others. It was nice, but just needs to be picked up a bit. Anntoinette is very nice and helpful. If you decide to stay at Sion Hill House be sure to stop in at T & H Doolans for a late night pint. It's a real neat old pub with live traditional Irish Music.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Sion Hill House
Address: Dock Road | Ferrybank, Waterford, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Waterford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sion Hill House & Gardens overlooks Irelands oldest city, the city of Waterford, and the river Suir. Set in almost five acres of gardens, this period and listed house dates back to the early 1700's, when the artist Van Der Hagen in 1736 used the gardens to paint his view of Waterford city and its waterfront, described as " the noblest quay in Europe".Today, Sion Hill House still looks out on this noble view stretching out over the city with its many church spires and even to the church spire of Tramore , a seaside resort seven miles away which can be seen clearly in the distant horizon.​ The house was built by the Pope family who were wealthy Waterford merchants and ship owners, and remained in the family until 1917. The Pope family, descendants of William the Conqueror, arrived in Ireland with Oliver Cromwell in 1649. They were very wealthy, operating ships between Newfoundland, Canada, England and France and amassed most of their wealth during the Napoleonic wars by importing wine from France to their wine cellars here in Waterford and then exporting it again to England for profit. ​Sion Hill has not changed over the years. French and English Cavalry swords still adorn the walls together with many other artifacts and paintings, some of our guests have described the house as "a living museum". However, nowadays we have all the modern conveniences with en-suite bedrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, TV's, trouser presses and hair dryers etc. and have been awarded a five star rating with the Automobile Association.​The gardens at Sion Hill are extensive, divided between parkland, formal and woodland with many trees approx 200years old and close to 100 ft high. The gardens contain many rare plants, sourced from all over the world and are at their best in the Spring when thousands of bulbs are in bloom. The many certificates awarded by the Mayor of Waterford and displayed in the entrance hall give testament to the importance of the gardens to the city.​The house furnishings include many rare and unusual items of interest including many old clocks , two of which are in the hallway, both made in Waterford. The Grandfather clock by William Parker, 78 The Quay, was made in 1870 and the wall clock made by Mosleys of Waterford in the late 1700's , both remain in good working order. The hall chandelier and wall brackets were made by Waterford Crystal while the Murano13 light glass chandelier in the dining room was made in Venice, Italy. Stuffed Antelope heads adorn the walls of the hallway along with fishing rods and Waterford Crystal walking sticks. At the back of the hall stands a beautiful Ancient Hopsicord piano.​ ... more   less 

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