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Reviewed October 9, 2011

The very moment I stepped under the generous canopy of the ancient Holm oak at the gate entrance, I knew that I was entering an entrancing world, serene, welcoming and oozing with personality.
The hall door opens onto a restful green library styled hall. It is filled with an eclectic range of books on gardening, archaeology, historical biography, riding books, all generously provided for the perusal of the guest.
Even from the hall, looking through the reception rooms, you can see the broad expanse of the Suir Estuary and Woodstown Beach.
All the reception rooms and most bedrooms face the sea. The bedrooms are lovely; chintzy, and airy with generously wide beds and large adjoining bathrooms. Resting in the bed, you can daydream while looking at the glorious sea or else read from an ample generous supply of Country Life magazines.
“Gaultier Lodge on the Beach” means that you can run on the beach before breakfast and take a leisurely stroll after breakfast. Breakfast is deliciously cooked. Homemade spotted dog bread, brown soda bread with caraway seed, fresh kippers and delicious fresh fruits are served in the dining room. As you breakfast the sunshine streams in and the sand and sea beckon outside.
The drawing room is serenely restful with soft sofas and yet more Country Life magazines, historical biographies, gardening, hunting and interior decor books are to hand.
The pulchritudinous Sheila is very generous with her time and conversation. Her interests are diverse, spanning from politics to genealogy, cultural heritage, and rural pursuits. Sheila even makes her own sloe gin. After Sheila’s deliciously cooked dinner, a stroll along the beach to the Saratoga pub and back again in the moonlight is a very enriching experience.
Well mannered dogs are welcome and there is stabling for two horses. I brought my horse there and he was able to help himself to the apples hanging from the apple tree near his stable. A couple of gallops on the beach make his holiday also.
“Gaultier Lodge on the Beach” is better than most hotels.
This is the real Ireland at its very best.

Room Tip: Our Horses were housed in their stables.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Edward S
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

My husband and I stayed in Gaultier Lodge recently and we would highly recommend it.
Firstly the location is stunning, the lovely Woodstown Beach is literally a stones throw away and there are amazing views from the bedroom, dining and drawing room.
Sheila is a great hostess, very friendly and a great cook.
Breakfast was lovely and we had dinner there one night which was really good. Sheila served us with some hors d'oeuvres in the drawing room before our meal....I would recommend the apple cake for dessert......
We found this wonderful place in the Hidden Ireland brochure. This is the place to go if you are tired of the impersonal services in hotels. Sheia will certainly make you feel welcome.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AnnieBOD
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

Stayed here for our first night off the ferry from Rosslare before travelling down to our friends in West Cork.
This was a wonderful find - the house oozes charm and classic elegance without being fussy and you feel relaxed from the moment you enter. The surroundings are beautiful - the lovely garden and the beach in front - where we often saw galloping horses.
Sheila, the host, was charming and very helpful and was most kind in letting us bring our dog. He had a lovely time with Sheila's dog Poppy!
Our room was beautiful and very spacious. We loved the large windows with fantastic vviews and the very large bathroom.
More than anything though, the food was spectacular. We had a fantastic four -course dinner which was of the highest standard. Breakfast, again, was exccellent aand very varied. Not your average "Full English/Irish" - the selection of fruits, muesli and smoked salmon was very welcome indeed.
You will understand from the above that this is not a stay to be hurried, but rather a place to linger and relax, which was why we did not stay here on the journey back to the ferry - it would simply have been too rushed.
One thing to watch out for: if you take the scenic route from Rosslare (turning off the N25 just before Wexford at the Clonard roundabout following the R733 to Ballyhack, you will have to pay 8 Euro for the Passage East ferry ( a little steep, but it's a lovely route and saves time over the N25 to Waterford)
After checking out from Gaultier Lodge, we took the South East scenic coast before re-joining the N25 at Dungarvan. A lovely route, but it was a mistake to stop at Tramore (which we thought was a ilttle tacky)
All in all, Gaultier Lodge was a lovely placce to stay for our first night in Ireland. We have already recommended it to our friends in West Cork and hope to return one day.
Many thanks to Sheila for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank plymsunlover
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

Gaultier is a very special place. The house is a wonderful old-fashioned Irish home and with well appointed large ensuite bedrooms and very comfortable drawing and dining rooms. Dining was first class; Sheila Molloy is an excellent cook, and we had the choice of our own wine or a several good choices that Sheila keeps for guests. We found the other guests varied and convival, and enjoyed good conversation - especially over an outstanding breakfast.
The house has a good library and if you are curious about Ireland and painting there is plenty to read and see. The garden (beautifully kept) opens straight onto the beach in a delightfully old-fashioned way.
Sheila made us, and our two year old very welcome indeed. Its not an ideal house for small children but if you want your child to experience somewhere a little bit magical, Gaultier is perfect. There are very few places as welcoming, and as original.
The local town Dunmore East,is pretty with a beautiful old harbour, a variety of good restaurants and excellent beach for youngsters.

Room Tip: All rooms were good
  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Pad73
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

Arriving at Gaultier Lodge in the pouring down rain after our cab driver got lost for 30 minutes was a breath of fresh air. Running through the front gate, under the arbor and entering to meet Daisy (the dog) and Sheila. Sheila showed us to our room, facing the bright green lawn and ocean. With new nightgowns on, the lodge to ourselves (being the only guests) and warming up by the fire with a bottle of red and some good reading material, we headed to bed ready to crash. Waking up to the sun shining brightly, people horseback riding on the beach and an amazing breakfast served by Florian (the French boy there to learn English) made the 300 year old orginal hunting lodge feel like we were in a movie. We spent the morning on the beach and then decided to hike to Dunmore East for the afternoon. It was amazing to be on dirt rodes, hiking through farmland and catching glimpses of the ocean, now so far away. We grabbed a few pints, some lunch and continued to walk around this small town thinking we were in the South of France, not South Eastern Ireland. Running into the local Tesco and picking up some more wine and dinner we hiked along the main road home. We decided it was time to rest our sore legs and go sit on the beach and drink a bottle of wine while talking about nothing and everything (one of my favorite moments from the trip). Finally getting back inside for a bite and good conversation with Florian and Sheila, we finished off one more bottle and went to bed. I was sad to go the next morning but hope to return to Gaultier Lodge in the future.
Recommend: If you do not have a car you can easily be taken from Waterford to Woodstown by taxi. Maybe copy the directions off the internet to help your driver because it really is in the middle of nowhere. Also, I would suggest arranging for bikes. We enjoyed the walking but bikes would have saved a chunk of time and would have been fun to ride on the beach or the country roads.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank gleasonjohnston
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