How disappointing, sixteen years after our first honeymoon visit, to find the Waterside so lacking in business. Not that it in any way interfered with the enjoyment of our one night stay, providing us as it did with sole occupancy and the sought-after quiet and peaceful alternative to an originally booked wedding-hosting venue.
This is a unique, pleasantly located and comfortably appointed venue hosted by an indulgent and welcoming proprietor in Brian Roberts, a well-practised hand at hospitality who had taken over the guesthouse not long after our first visit and had clearly determined to maintain the good standards of his predecessors. It is a business that deserves to flourish and deserving of far better than its apparent dependence on seasonal bookings from the walking and cycling groups attracted to the area. Perhaps suffering from the economic climate as much as its absence from the popular booking sites, this converted granary deserves to find itself firmly on the map in its own right as well as its suitability for visitors to such nearby tourist traps as Kilkenny and not-so-far Waterford. It enjoys a pictureque location with some peaceful and enchanting walks along the River Barrow (serving as border between Counties Kilkenny and Carlow), walks which more than compensated for the number of seemingly unloved and neglected river boats moored disarmingly on both sides of river and bridge. Graiguenamanagh itself is something of a town in flux but is not without character and boasts a truly original pub in Donnelly's which doubles as a hardware store. For those looking to tour the country from Rosslare this is a well-located launching pad and one where you might just get lucky enough to enjoy a true Irish Craich in a local hostlery.