A friend and I stayed one night on our journey toward Dublin. Des had been kind enough to send driving directions by email prior to my trip, so we had no trouble locating the property. Upon arriving we were offered tea in the sitting room. Des is wonderfully friendly and helpful. The house and grounds are beautiful and the rooms spacious and comfortable. Waterford is a short drive away. We wandered the back garden, explored the adjoining ruins of what was once a grand home adjoining the property, and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. I indulged in whole wheat pancakes with warm maple syrup and plenty of fresh fruit, coffee and tea. My favorite B and B of those we stayed at during our trip around the south of Ireland. Lovely and relaxing.
Waterford crystal is no more, and hasn't really been produced in the traditional fashion for many years now, in order to make it cheaper and more competitive. But Waterford is still a great place to visit. For traditional, hand-crafted Irish lead crystal, go to Kinsale. Two families of former Waterford craftsmen make the real deal there at Kinsale Crystal (33% lead and very heavy and thick with 90 degree cuts). Far more sparkle and fire than the recent watered-down, disappointing, shallow-cut mass market version of Waterford crystal that was being made and marketed (Marc Jacobs Waterford crystal?- gag me). I bought a lovely piece from Kinsale Crystal. No tours, but the product will not disappoint and the prices are reasonable if you are after traditional hand-made Irish crystal. You can also order through their website. Yay!
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