We stayed at Gingerbread cottage the first week in August. The cottage is set in a lovely location, far enough into the countryside for peace and tranquillity yet close enough to civilisation so as not to leave you feeling isolated, with Tallow only a 5 min drive away.
The cottage itself is set in lovely surroundings and although the weather was not good enough for us to enjoy the outside area, I can imagine in nice weather that it would be a lovely place to relax and unwind outside. The interior of the cottage is simply lovely, with some very interesting ornaments adorning the various rooms. We didn't expect to need the log fire but there were a couple of evenings when the weather was really dire and so we lit the fire. It really made a difference and we were really cosy playing our board games.
It is by far the most well stocked cottage we've ever stayed at. It has everything you could possibly need. There was plenty of toilet paper in both bathrooms, (nothing worse than arriving somewhere only to find one and a half toilet rolls or even worse, none at all!). There were dishcloths a scourer and tea towels in the kitchen, washing up liquid as well as plenty of dishwasher tablets and detergent for the washing machine. There were DVD's and a couple of drawers full of CD's. There is a CD/radio in the kitchen and it was lovely to listen to the radio in the morning. All the kitchen utensils you could possibly need were there. These things all made our stay totally hassle free and I only wish more places realised what a difference these little touches make.
The owner was a marvel and put up with us phoning with queries about the hot water and sent a plumber out straight away to check that everything was as it should be for us.
The cottage was spotless for us when we arrived and on the day we were due to leave, although we had vacated the cottage by ten o'clock as we were meant to, we had not finished loading up our vehicle. The cleaners arrived as we were doing this and were absolutely lovely, telling us not to worry and to take our time.
When we arrived back in Wales, my son realised he had left his neck chain behind that was given to him by his Grandfather. He knew where he had left it and so once again we contacted the owner. The chain was found and the lovely owner is going to post it back to us.
The cottage is ideally located and we made the most of every day by getting out and about. We visited the Mitchelstown Caves which were a definite must. We all enjoyed the visit, including the teenagers!
We explored the local area as well as a few places further afield. We visited Waterford and took a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory. We also visited the Viking triangle and went up the tower. All these were worth a visit and good value for money.
We also visited Dungarvan, An Rinn, Ardmore and Youghal. All these were not too far away and all well worth a visit.
Further afield we visited the Cliffs of Moher, which took about 2.5 hours to get there. The cliffs were majestic and once again, we all enjoyed the visit, including the teenagers. We also visited Dingle to see Fungie the dolphin. It took about 3.25 hours to get to Dingle but was well worth it as we felt very fortunate to see Fungie. Although both the Cliffs of Moher and Dingle are not much more than 100 miles from the cottage, it's the country roads that extend the journey. No dual carriageways! However, if you're up to the drive then the journey is absolutely worth it and the scenery is breathtaking.
Another thing I must add is that getting out and about was really easy and nowhere was difficult to find.
All in all we had a lovely stay and although the weather wasn't great it did nothing to spoil our holiday as there were so many places we could visit. I highly recommend Gingerbread Cottage.