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Sion Hill House

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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good13%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
  • 3 Apr 2016
  • 28 Sep 2014
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Have stayed in SIon Hill a couple of times when visiting Ireland from the USA, found the hosts to be very friendly, rooms clean and a great Irish breakfast, will definitely stay there the next time I visit Ireland

Date of stay: May 2015
2  Thank tonygoughuk
Reviewed 29 September 2014

This is a certified historic property and all that entails. The views are beautiful, and the home has potential, but the hosts - while welcoming and kind - seem overwhelmed. We have terrible allergies and the clutter and antiques around the home made for a...More

Date of stay: September 2014
2  Thank l1baker
Reviewed 27 September 2014

We recently stayed at Sion Hill B&B. The hosts - Antionette and George were extremely hospitable, most welcoming and extremely helpful in learning about Waterford and how to make the most out of our few days there. The B&B is a very charming Georgian property....More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank David T
Reviewed 21 September 2014 via mobile

We stumbled on this jewel by accident. While having lunch, we asked our waitress if she had a recommendation for a local B&B. Another one of the customers commented that her parents ran a B&B, and would we like for her to check on availability....More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank Bluesford
Reviewed 4 September 2014

Overall, this B&B was perfectly adequate. We stayed recently fo 2 nights with our adult daughter on our 8 day driving tour of SW Ireland. We had 2 rooms. Both rooms were nicely sized, with quite large bathrooms (ours had a tub with shower). The...More

Date of stay: August 2014
Thank Kathleen K
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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 More 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.​ Less
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Non-Smoking Hotel
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US$43 - US$66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$43 - US$66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Waterford
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Room & Suite (3)
Dining (2)
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"I didn't see the other rooms but I imagine they are all tastefully decorated, comfortable and clean."
15 Jun 2014
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"Any room would be a treat, we stayed in a corner room at the front of the house overlooking the water front."
21 Oct 2013
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"If a room overlooking the river is available, ask for it....the view, day or night, is very nice!"
22 Apr 2013
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"Ask for front Room facing the river! Second Choice room facing down river or perhaps just as beautiful..."
29 May 2012
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