Dunbrody House: Luxury Hotel Arthurstown Ireland

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When after a stay at Dunbrody House in Arthurstown Co. Wexford in Ireland Rock Star Pink says “I want to tell the whole world to go there” we knew that we had to visit.  Dunbrody House, one of the top hotels in Wexford, also happens to be a member of Blue Book Ireland of Country House Hotels  and has welcomed famous guests such as Bono and Graham Norton.

In 2016 Dunbrody Country House hotel was named Luxury Country House of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide.

Dunbrody House Hotel is a Georgian Manor House owned by Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon and his effervescent wife Catherine. Kevin has cooked for Bono, President Bush as well as Queen Elizabeth.

Back in 1994, the famous Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin headhunted  Kevin to come on board as Executive Head Chef.  In 2005 Kevin launched Raglan Road, an Irish Gastropub based in Disney World Florida.

In 1997 Kevin and Catherine founded Dunbrody Country House in Arthurstown in County Wexford.  They offer luxury accommodation, with contemporary Irish country house cooking in their Harvest Room restaurant, a Champagne and Seafood Bar, a Cookery School and just recently added a traditional Irish Pub “The Local at Dunbrody” to their grounds after the local Pub closed down. A luxury Spa was opened in 2005 offering steam and mud baths, massages, therapies and treatments.

Kevin has appeared on ESPN Cable, CBC Live, Canada, RTE Live, Ireland and No Frontiers Travel Show as well as being the Resident Chef on RTE’s popular Afternoon show and a regular on Irish Radio. If that is not enough to fill in his already busy days he has written 2 books ‘Great Family Food’ and ‘Recipes that Work’ as well as many others (you can see them below and order them through the Amazon link).

Catherine is an excellent host, we had a night of great food and wine and lots of laughter and good fun chatting with her about Dunbrody House and life in general.

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Where is Dunbrody House Arthurstown

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Map of Dunbrody House Arthurstown Co Wexford

How to get to Dunbrody House

Dunbrody House is in Ireland’s Ancient East.

  • 30 minutes from Wexford Town
  • 30 minutes from Waterford City via the Passage East Car Ferry
  • 2 hours from Dublin Airport
  • 2 hours from Cork Airport
  • 40 minutes from Rosslare
  • 500m from Arthurstown
  • 500m from Ramsgrange
  • 2km from Ballyhack
  • 2km from Duncannon
  • 12km from Hook Lighthouse

Dunbrody House History

Dunbrody House was built in 1819 by Lord Spencer Stanley Chichester and is a detached nine bay, 2 storey Georgian Country House with a dormer attic situated on over 200 acres. Dunbrody House was the home to several generations of the Marquesses of Donegal.  Patrick Chichester the 8th Marquess sold the home to Kevin and Catherine.

Kevin and Catherine have kept the original 1830s Irish oak floors and have created 22 magnificent rooms all individually decorated, some are suites, deluxe, superior and standard rooms are available as well as a guest lodge.

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Our Experience at Dunbrody House

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Our sitting area

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Crisp white cotton linen, orthopedic mattress with duck and goose feathers pillow creates a very restful nights sleep

After a warm welcome from Margaret, we were taken to our Suite on the ground floor that led out into the garden area. Just as we were enjoying our Nespresso Coffee (available in the bedroom) there were sounds ‘just like a helicopter’ taking off on the lawn, we rushed out to join other guests watching on as the helicopter hovered and then left, still not sure who the VIP guest was.

Our bed was so comfortable with its orthopedic mattress, duck down toppers and crisp white cotton bed linen.  Dunbrody House uses goose and duck feather pillows and can also supply non-allergenic pillows and duvets on request.

We also enjoyed their luxury toiletries range.

As we were staying for 2 nights we decided to eat at “The Local at Dunbrody” the first night and enjoy eating at the Harvest Room the 2nd night.

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“The Local” Pub at Dunbrody House

“The Local” has loads of character and very popular with the locals and tourists.  It is open from  Thursday/Friday 4.00 pm and 1.00 pm Saturday/Sunday.  You can enjoy pizzas,  fish and chips as well as daily specials.

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Champagne and Seafood Bar

Dundon’s Champagne Seafood Bar is open from 11.30am for a more casual dining option.

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The view from the Harvest Room Restaurant out into the garden

The Harvest Room Restaurant is open daily from 6.30pm.  There is a choice of either the 5-course Seasonal Menu or the Tasting Menu of 8 courses with or without Wine Pairings.

We enjoyed the 5-course seasonal Menu with an Austrian White Wine from Loimer Wines as recommended by Catherine.

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Seasonal Menu examples

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Dishes from the Seasonal Menu

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Vegetable soup as part of the Seasonal Menu

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Lamb from the Seasonal Menu

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Vegetarian Options are available from the Seasonal Menu

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Chocolate Dessert

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Meringue – Seasonal menu desserts

We hear that Sunday Lunch is popular from 1.30pm to 3.30pm (reservations required).

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Breakfast at the Harvest Room Restaurant

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Breakfast at the Harvest Room Restaurant

Breakfast is served at the Harvest Room Restaurant each morning.

What To See and Do at Dunbrody House

Whilst staying at Dunbrody House you can:

  • pamper yourself at their luxury Spa
  • enjoy a cooking class at their Dunbrody House Cookery School – they have available 1, 2 or 5-day masterclasses on offer
  • visit the Dunbrody Gardens and chat with their gardeners Emmet and Seamus
  • visit the Chicken and Herb Garden
  • say hi to Delago – the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig at the pond
  • enjoy the Dunbrody House Sunday Lunch

What to See and Do outside Dunbrody House

There are several walks around Arthurstown and nearby villages such as the Kings Bay Walk and  Duncannon Beach Walk, check with reception for more details.

Waterford Crystal 1 Hour Factory Tour

You’ll get a unique behind-the-scenes look at how master craftsmen create some of the world’s most exquisite crystal objects and still have time for some shopping. Take the Passage East Car Ferry from Ballyhack a few minutes drive from Dunbrody House to Passage East and then it is just a short drive into Waterford.

Duncannon Fort

Duncannon Fort is situated on the side of Hook Peninsula and is over 450 years old.

Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse was built in the 13th century at the tip of the Hook Peninsula and it has 3 stone vaulted chambers with a spiral staircase.

Dunbrody Abbey

A Cistercian Abbey founded in 1210AD and is one of the largest in Ireland.

Tintern Abbey

Founded in 1200 AD by William, the Earl Marshall, this historic complex consists of a nave, chancel, chapel and cloister.
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Dunbrody Famine Ship

The largest tall ship ever built in Ireland – 176 feet long, masts of 130 feet and weighing 458 tonnes. Enjoy a tour of 1 hour learning about life on board for its transatlantic crossing from New Ross to the USA and Canada.

The Kennedy Eternal Flame is also there.

John F Kennedy Arboretum

252 hectares with a Visitor Centre, 4,500 trees and shrubs, 200 forest plots, scenic walks, picnic area and a lake set of by the J. F. Kennedy Trust.

Patrick Kennedy, President John F. Kennedys Great Grandfather was born in Dunganstown, just outside New Ross in County Wexford in Ireland. During the Great Famine, he departed from New Ross in 1848 to sail to the USA. The rest is history. You can visit the Kennedy Homestead.

Contact Details:


Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Arthurstown, Y34 R597 Co. Wexford Ireland


Telephone: +353(0)51 389600


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Our Thanks

We would like to thank Kevin and Catherine and their team for a memorable 2-night stay at Dunbrody House.   Special thanks to Margaret who handled our check in and check out efficiently and gave us such a warm welcome.

Our accommodation was based on the media rate.

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  • jacqueline says:

    Wonderful Dunbrody House Luxury Hotel very great article and pictures…! Especially I loved the dishes…well i cant stop waiting more need to go Immediately..! Thanks a lot for sharing Your thoughts mam.

  • Anita says:

    The Dunbrody House looks just stunning and really enjoyed reading the history of it. It owuld be amazing experience to stay in a place like that, thinging how many things happened in those rooms. The food presentations looks awesome, I am sure it’s also high experience.

  • Adele Gee says:

    Dunbrody House looks elegant and seem like expensive and comfortable accomodations. What draws me is the really yummy pictures of the food – they sure look good! Good to read that the hosts were very accomodating – this is so important for an overall staying experience

  • AMAR SINGH says:

    What a quality hotel to stay in I must say and the decor compliments it truly. Great to know the hotel is part of the Blue Book Ireland of Country House Hotels which assures the quality. I love the old vintage look of some of the rooms and the exposed timber work adds so much to the character of the place. looks like the food was equally amazing and to tie it in with some of the famous celebrities who have graced this place such as Bono and Graham Norton is a testament of the quality THANKS FOR SHARING

  • amar singh says:

    What a quality hotel to stay in I must say and the decor compliments it truly. Great to know the hotel is part of the Blue Book Ireland of Country House Hotels which assures the quality. I love the old vintage look of some of the rooms and the exposed timber work adds so much to the character of the place. looks like the food was equally amazing and to tie it in with some of the famous celebrities who have graced this place such as Bono and Graham Norton is a testament of the quality THANKS FOR SHARING

  • umiko Silalahi says:

    The room has an aristocrat feeling, in my opinion. It looks grand. I fell for the lamb chop though. Looks so delicious, as well as the chocolate dessert.

  • Soraya says:

    If Pink and you both loved it at Dunbrody House, then I totally am adding this to my bucket list! And the 5-course seasonal menu dinner sounds delicious!!! The history of this place alone is so interesting, oh if the walls could speak! And there looks to be quite a bit of interesting and historical things to do around Arthurstown.

  • Kiteski says:

    The Dunbrody House looks like a really interesting place and I sure enjoyed reading about its history. I sure would love to stay in a place like that, at least for a few days. The food looks absolutely delicious too! Thank you for this lovely recommendation.

  • Wow it was built in 1813! It is so well preserved and well maintained for a luxury experience. Love the food options too. great choice!

  • I am very fond of vintage and this one looks straight from history books. Keeping the original 1830s Irish oak floors is not easy for sure. Everything looks very classy about Dunbrody house.I would love to stay and explore around too. The Famine ship has definitely got me curious. Thanks for sharing.

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