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Sion Hill House
Ranked #14 of 24 Waterford B&B and Inns
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

  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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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 miserable sleeping environment for my mom and I. The rooms are spacious, and the bathrooms nice, but given the distance to the city, and additional care needed on the house…it wasn't an ideal spot for us.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank misctravels
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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. To stay in such an old city like Waterford, I couldn't think of a more fitting place.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with family
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Thank David T
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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. Needless to say, we did. We were pleased with everything especially the service, and the breakfast. The room was spacious, comfortable, and clean.

Stayed: September 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 beds were well sized, but were extremely hard. It was like sleeping on the floor. The breakfast was fine, but nothing special. Antoinette was helpful with information about Waterford, whee to park, where to eat, etc. It would be difficult to walk into Waterford from this property, given the long driveway up to the house and the busy road to the bridge leading into town.

What was off-putting about the property was the extreme clutter of excess antiques, decorative accents and the like. Though clearly they were expensive furnishings, there was just too many of them. This would not be a good place for small children. The exterior property and gardens looked to be lovely at some time in the past, but unfortunately are overgrown and seem to be abandoned. It almost looks like the upkeep of the property is getting to be difficult for the owners.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kathleen K
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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:
Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Waterford
Price Range: €38 - €58 (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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