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“Comfort meets History.”
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Sion Hill House
Ranked #14 of 24 Waterford B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 August 2014

From our arrival to our departure nothing was too much trouble. We were welcomed with coffee and cake as well as lots of interesting information about the house, Wexford and good places o eat / visit. Antoinette's passion for her home shone through without being boring. The house is filled with a whole collection of fascinating artifacts; each time we entered a room (especially the dining room) there was something which had gone unnoticed before. Views from the property, overlooking the town are beautiful and the grounds are amazing, being restored to their original using primary resources to support the process.
We stayed in the Coleman suite, which we had requested, this being our surname too. It was grandly furnished but relaxing too. The bathroom was a good size with a powerful shower.
Breakfast was well cooked and filling, with plenty of choice. Our only regret was we didn't get to meet the legendary toast throwing George!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed one night at the Sion Hill House B&b. It was a great stay. We were in the Thomas Francis Meagher Suite - so quiet! The full Irish breakfast was the best - everything you would want. Antoinette & her husband George were nice. Place had plenty of parking.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This place was as close as it gets to staying in a castle. The dining room alone has such intriguing pieces like the Venetian Chandelier. JFK memorabilia (George is a Kennedy – royalty to an Irish Catholic Boston girl like me), Artwork and beautiful china. I felt so underdressed at breakfast like I should have been in fancy pajamas with my silk robe flowing behind me as I entered! George and Antoinette were wonderful and cordial hosts. On my arrival, Antoinette offered dinner suggestions but I was still full from a large late lunch so she brought me apple tart and tea. The room was large with a view of the garden. The weather wasn’t exactly "hang out in the lovely garden weather" but I did wonder around the morning before I left. I had some problems with email so Antoinette sent one off on my behalf to the next B&B. Breakfast was delicious and again elegant surroundings. The room was large and bed and beddings very comfortable. Waterford is just across the way and has plenty of parking, so not being in the center of town is not an issue. I would definitely stay here again and hope I get the opportunity! Thank you Antoinette and George.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

The folks at the local museum booked us here and an excellent choice. Antoinette was a great host. Checked in about 5:30, and she made us some tea and sweets. Talked with her about the area and she told us about some unmarked treasures on our planned trip. Rooms are OK size and house overlooks city on opposite side of river. Nice and quiet here. Bed very comfortable, but could use some more outlets.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Another wonderfull stay George and Antoinette are the perfect host if you want a relaxing time in Waterford this is the place try for yourself you can't go wrong enjoy there is a great hotel bar on the quay side the Granville nice food and nice selection of beers sprits and wine worth a visit

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We found this on the internet and it looked special. We saved this for our last stay in Ireland and it was fantastic! Best spot for viewing the historic waterfront in Waterford. Tucked away but perfectly placed. The welcome was excellent and the hosts George and Antoinette were lovely. We stayed for two nights and wished we had booked in for longer. The whole house is a treat. The dining room alone is amazing and the decor and interesting furnishings mean you could send a day on site, we didn't get time to view the gardens but now we know its there we hope to return and spend more time relaxing at Sion House. We had plans to view Waterford which George helped us with which meant we made the most of our stay and meant we were able to enjoy excellent meals at reasonable prices. If you like history this is definitely the best choice. The room was extremely comfortable, we had amazing views of Waterford out of the window. We had an exceptionally early start on the last day and George and Antoinette insisted on catering for an early breakfast for us which was much appreciated. In addition to all this we rate this as the best value B&B we stayed in during out week long stay. We will definitely be back.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

Really welcoming stately home with gardens and peace abounding. Hospitality second to none with the loveliest of hosts, Antoinette and George. The room was regal and spacious with a decent ensuite. The breakfast was hearty with excellent alternatives to the grilled offering for us carnivoures! Thanks for the wonderful few days in Waterford.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Additional Information about Sion Hill House

Address: Dock Road | Ferrybank, Waterford, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Amenities:
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Ranked #14 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Waterford
Price Range: £34 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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