About, An American in Wexford, Ireland, Places of Interest, Travel

On the Way to Johnstown Castle

On the way to Johnston Caste, we pass a golf course John use to frequent named Rathespeck Manor.  The estate was the ancient home of the Codd family who built a castle on the vast grounds in 1351.  Now the manor house, thought to be built on the old castle grounds,  is owned by the Cuddihy family following a long journey through many generations of family successions. The house is titled, Rathespeck Manor.

The 300-year-old Georgian house is now an exclusive and pricey bed and breakfast.  Room range from in the €150-180 pernight.  The facility has a 5-star rating and receives very high recommendations from past visitors.

Manor house and B&B

The inside of the manor house was recently restored to a very high end finish with beautiful fireplaces, all restored but with all the accouterments of a modern facility.  The baths are gorgeous. A sideshow can be seen HERE

The grounds now hold the manor house which is currently run as a B&B alongside a par 3 golf course,  Additionally, at the gate to the grounds there is an old wood structure called the dollhouse, thought to have been created for the daughter of one of the previously owner from a folly that  sat at the gate site.

This building was recently renovated and is available for small groups as a holiday rental. John’s girls recently rented it out as a birthday bash for one of the daughters.

The folly Dollhouse
the side tower
The cupola


Front door

The Doll’s House was built around 1900. “It’s speculated that it may have been a folly created by the then owner of Rathaspeck Manor, Edmund Moody, who is said to have visited the Paris Exhibition of 1900,” See the article here

A local paper published some pictures of the inside…enjoy how the architect envisioned this little house as a functional home.


Sitting room with the family and architect
Side room also with fireplace
single bathroom
one of the bedrooms

So as you can see…a very well done up accommodation for visitors.  John’s girls loved their weekend there and said it was very reasonable.


So if you are looking for something unusual while visiting in Ireland, try staying at the Manor House or even the Dollhouse.  I hope to spend an overnight there myself.

Thanks for visiting…What did you think of that Dollhouse  Would stay for a weekend?


Talk soon

Take good care x


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