PLACES OF INTEREST

We are so lucky here in the sunny South East that there are so many places, things to go and see and activities to take part in, below are just some of the great places to go and see while you enjoy your stay at St. Thereses B&B.

Ballymoney Beach

Beautiful Ballymoney beach has won the  Green Coast  award. It’s only a 5 minute drive from St. Thereses B&B. There is parking available all the way back to Ballymoney village.

Lifeguards: On duty during summer months.

More info: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/ballymoney-beach-green-coast-award-2016/78263

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Courtown Forest (3 minute drive)

Courtown Woodland was planted with oak and ash back in 1870. At this time it was part of a typical Victorian estate woodland where exotic conifers and redwoods from California were planted within viewing distance of Courtown House. Oak plantations were established at some distance. They were under planted with shrubs to provide food for pheasants for shooting parties. The woodland was regularly cleared and used as firewood by local tenants

During the 1860’s and 1870’s, James Stopford, the fifth Earl of Courtown, established a pinetum, or conifer collection, in the grounds around Courtown House. A small number of these trees remain today in the Woodland and in the Coillte property across the river.

In recent years a great deal of work has been done to Courtown Woods with improvements in walk ways, while trees are carefully looked after by Coillte involving tree felling and thinning and eventually it is intended to allow a semi-natural ash woodland develop in parts. The Courtown Woodland area is situated immediately north of Courtown village. It covers approximately 25 hectares. It is bounded on the north and northwest by the Ounavarra River, on the south by the main Gorey/Courtown road and by the main car park on the north side of the village.

The Courtown Canal marks its eastern boundary. Ballinatray Bridge on the southwest boundary is a particularly fine feature. It can be viewed from within the woodland.

More info: http://www.courtownharbour.com/things-to-do/local-amenities/forest-walks.html

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Kia Ora Mini  Farm (5 minute drive)

Kia Ora Mini farm is a family run open farm in Gorey, Co. Wexford which has now been in business since 1991.

We are a hands on open farm where children get to interact with, hold and feed animals of the usual farmyard variety and some more exotic such as llamas, emus, alpacas, pot bellied pigs, chinchillas. parrots, Scottish highland, Kerry cows etc.

Our farm is a safe place for children to roam and learn about the animals and for adults to relax. We have an onsite coffee shop with mouth watering home-baking but picnics are also welcome and we have ample outdoor seating for those fine summer days.

Our farm is fully wheelchair accessible, has cement paths, toilets, baby changing facilities and we offer free car parking in our large car park. Some of our facilities include sandpits, a football pitch, a rough rider track and we have a convoy of ride on tractors.

The Easter Bunny pays a visit every Easter and we have had Santa Claus at Kia Ora Mini Farm every year since opening and his house is a magical place for children and adults to visit.

In 2008 we managed to buy 2 genuine fire engines from the local Co. Council and have had one of these customised to take our visitors on drives along a private road on the farm. The Fire Engine is fun for all the family with sing along tunes and one of the top things to do in Wexford.

We are currently growing a new forest around the farm and hope to continue to improve and grow for the future.

In 2013 we added our go-cart tracks and new genuine diggers.

We are between Gorey and Courtown and are pleased to announce that Gorey Cinema will be opening next year just up the road from us.

We also offer many animals and pets for sale which have been born on the farm such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chincillas, ducks, hens, lambs etc… Just give us a call to see what we have on offer. We also take in and rehome unwanted animals, providing we have the proper space of course.

Don’t forget your camera! Picnics are always welcome at Kia Ora Mini Farm even in our coffee shop.

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Wexford Lavender Farm (10 minute drive)

Wexford Lavender Farm was planted with ‘Grosso’ plants (approximately 6,500!) in our two acre field in July 2013.  Grosso is a hybrid variety, a cross between a true lavender and a Lavandin known for high yield oil production.

The Farm has been in our family since 1950.  Most recently a dairy farm, the focus has now changed to arable with both lavender and barley being grown here.  Registered with the Organic Trust Ireland, we grow our lavender organically with no chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.  As the farm is a working arable farm we ask all visitors to stay within marked areas, supervise children and take care when crossing open areas.

More info: http://wexfordlavenderfarm.com/

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Ferns Caslte

Info coming soon

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Wells House & Gardens (15 minute drive)

  • Woodland Walks
    Discover hidden treasures in a verdant landscape of mature plants and trees on our two woodland walks: The Lady Frances Woodland Walk & Mogue’s Woodland Walk.
  • Victorian Terrace Gardens
    Relax in our beautifully restored formal gardens based on the original Daniel Robertson plans of the 1830’s.
  • Adventure Playground
    Swings, slides and climbing frames, perfect for all kids!
  • Living Victorian House Tour
    Experience real life in a Victorian Great house through the eyes of Lady Frances and the residents of Wells House
  • Wells House Archery
    Let the resident Archer show you how to shoot a bow at the only 3D course in Ireland open to the public.
  • Wells House Falconry
    Come and meet our Falconer’s majestic birds on a hawk walk – booking required
  • Mrs Stone’s Restaurant
    Enjoy morning coffees, delicious desserts and hearty lunches. For that special treat join us for our delicious home bakes
  • Craft Courtyard The old stables at Wells House have been converted into a welcoming Craft Courtyard and provides the perfect showcase for contemporary arts, crafts & a recently opened art gallery. With numerous Crafters displaying and selling their crafts this is the perfect place to come and buy a special gift for friends, family or even for yourself!

Come to wander and explore all this historic estate has to offer and witness how the house and Arboretum, Lake and Ha Ha’s are further restored for future generations.

More info: http://www.wellshouse.ie/

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Johnstown Castle

Johnstown…..Info coming soon

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Avoca Handweavers

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The Meetings of the Waters

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Avondale House

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Glendalough

Info coming soon

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