REA Spratt offer a unique opportunity of acquiring this superb riverside property comprising of two detached houses. One, a substantial 4 or 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, plus the adjacent traditional thatched fishermanâ??s cottage with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, ideal for extended family or guest accommodation. Swallow Lodge and Jackâ??s Cottage are accessed by a meandering laneway, bordered by stone walls covered with natural flora. As you come to the end of your journey prepare to be spellbound with the wondrous sight that awaits your arrival. These homes enjoy a magical setting on the banks of the Blackwater River with spectacular views and have access to the river via their private jetty. The owners have from time to time favoured taking a leisurely boat ride to Cappoquin or Youghal, depending on the tide, to do the weekly shopping. Swallow Lodge has evolved from an original stone cottage. Designed in an open plan â??New Englandâ?? style, it retains many of the original features, such as the wooden ceilings and fireplace. This can be fully appreciated on viewing and it is evident that no expense has been spared. The attention to detail is exceptional with the fabulous design ensuring one has river or garden views from every window. The impressive sheltered deck on the south side of Swallow lodge offers a perfect atmospheric area to sit and reflect or watch the sun go down over the Blackwater valley on those long summer evenings while enjoying a glass of wine or two with friends over an enjoyable barbecue. A personal inspection will reveal just how special this home is. Jackâ??s Cottage is presented in a superb condition throughout and retains all the charm of a bygone era, yet has all the conveniences for modern living. One of the last thatched cottages still inhabited in this part of the Blackwater Valley. It has been enjoyed by family members, friends and paying guests from all over the world, as a self-catering holiday home for the past 22 years. â??I don't believe there is a better place to stay in all of Ireland. What could be better ... a thatched cottage ... a beautiful garden ... a meander to the river ... clean and delightful inside ... fires in the evening ... and beautiful countryside to enjoy a walk!!! There is nothing NOT to love about this home!!!â?? A review from Arnell Jul 2017 Both homes are surrounded by mature extensively landscaped and lawned gardens, providing an explosion of colour and scent, with something flowering every month of the year. In addition to the vast array of trees and shrubs, there is a vegetable garden, incorporating fruit bushes, apple trees, potting shed, glasshouse, polytunnel. Other outside buildings are a pumphouse for the well, a workshop,a dog kennel/storage shed and a hen house with an enclosed chicken run. There is also an original stonebuilt stables now used as a fuel store and garden machinery shed. The Blackwater valley is located between Cappoquin and Youghal and is a short drive from Dungarvan Town Centre. The Blackwater river, renowned for salmon fishing and known worldwide as the â??Irish Rhineâ?? is designated a â??Special Area of Conservationâ??. The river is home to many protected species, including Otters, Peregine Falcons, Buzzards and Little Egrets, which can be observed from the hide by the dock on this property. The building of new houses along the river is very restricted. There are many opportunities for outdoor activities nearby, such as river tours, kayaking, riverside walks as well as pony trekking, cycling on the Waterford Greenway, hill walking, sailing, fishing, numerous beaches and beautiful coves and golf courses. At the seaside village of Ardmore, which boasts a Michelin star restaurant, you can also enjoy cliff walking and whale and dolphin watching. The Blackwater Valley is also home to the annual Opera Festival and the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing at Lismore. The bustling town of Dungarvan with its lively Irish music scene, numerous award winning restaurants, bars and cinema has a very cosmopolitan feel. Downstream from the property at the mouth of the river is the historic walled town of Youghal, with its connections to Sir Walter Raleigh and Elizabethen England. Indeed the centuries old trade between England, Wales and the continent to this area continued until the 1960â??s, with sailing ships, such as the recently restored Kathleen and May, coming up the Blackwater river as far as Cappoquin and along the Bride river.