Alastair Sawday's 'Special Places to Stay' says I have the “warmest smile, the twinkliest eyes, an artistic temperament – “ I wouldn't go that far, though flattered, well I am a soprano with the Wexford Festival Singers since 1999 & we perform about 2 major works a year including during the world famous Wexford Opera Festival.
This modest 1920s townhouse gifted by mammy was inherited from my Charlestown Co.Mayo grand-aunt Anne (& Harry) McKeown (nee McIntyre), I think she would be proud of the refurbishment and happy to see the life I have carved out for myself. She had a stint in the USA in the 20's and I did find Cunard Line mementos. She loved to sing the Ella Fitzgerald repertoire, Harry also from her hometown was a social worker. I admire her taste and keep some of her furniture in good condition.
The B&B Guests;
(we are loyal to our regular opera-goers and are usually full from just after opening night) have included contract workers from Opera directors & design team to Eishtec employees, visitors to Teagasc & the EPA at Johnstown Castle, & the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government. We get some singers & musicians with Wexford gigs to perform or folks with roots to investigate or relations to visit, bird watchers, golfers, Bass anglers, painters for the Plein Air, students of all ages from Slaney Language School, as well as families & tourists of all nationalities. Even well behaved dogs are welcome. Sawday’s also say (about me) “Sociable and hugely caring of her guests, she cannot possibly let you leave for the early ferry without breakfast ” well that is mostly true. However the time-consuming one-night turnover is the primary reason I have converted my twin room to a kitchen cum dining. I think I am a bit of a perfectionist & a bit of a people-pleaser. I like to share with my guests my knowledge & enthusiasm for our culture, sometimes even sharing food with my guests, whether it be home-baking served with smoked salmon or preserves or cheese & chutney, tomatoes, Elderflower cordial, or whatever is going.
The owners Caitriona & Theo;
Well Theo has 2 other persuits namely fire-safety & tidal-energy, they captivate his time and interest respectively. Whereas I enjoy hospitality and all it entails. Well-over the half-way mark myself now I want to have more time with Theo, my parents, the wider family, make more leisure time & develop my mind, my interests and maintain the house. I really enjoy gardening, a new departure since 2011, and the hens followed in February 2014. Pinioned and opinionated they entertain as well as nourish us.
Once upon a time a graduate I failed to get past the licentiate stage of I.C.S.A.
I spent many years in hospitality services & sales where cut my teeth I suppose in NYC, then Cape Cod & Boston
during the last recession then back to Galway my birth place, selling tickets to the Arainn Islands then vending
rubbish from China (I cringe at the carbon foot-print) even flogging Wexford strawberries at the Willie Clancy Week to subsidize my love of culture, mar dhea. .
Now after more than 21 years B&B’ing, it's time to evolve. I did become ‘green’ somewhere along the line
but now I just cook, serve, clean, grow, nurture and keep the place cosy and in doing so as ethically as possible.
In addition I buy mostly organic produce and a selection of imported goodies from my healthfood shop, the local
Friday & Saturday Farmer's-market (from the supermarket only where necessary) but mostly from David Ward a recognized organic vendor.
So please come sample my hospitality while I still have a warm smile albeit, by now probably the wrinkliest of eyes
and God only knows what kind of a temperament. It depends on the day the weather, moon, hormones, caffeine etc.
Rated #2 in Wexford town & #4 in county on TripAdvisor B&Bs
84% of reviewers have rated Cuasnóg "Excellent"
Dates for you to note 2016
We are full now for the INTO Annual Congress 2016, the Plein Air and the opera Festival.
Ba mhaith liom fáilte is fiche a chuir roimh chuile duine as Chonnamara, go háirithe
Maire & Jimmy Sonny MacDonnchadha, chun deis a bheith agam mo chuid gaeilge a fheabhsú
agus a chleachtú. Ag dhul siar bothar na smointe anios is aoibhinn liom muintir
An Cheathrú Rua
agus na tránna álainn ansin agus ar Árainn, is ansin a bhí na 'care-free days' agam,
ag damhsa céilí sa halla nó le 'Cillín'.
Ba mhaith liom rá ag an bpointe seo go bhfuil mé ann báuil leis an locht cheoil,
go bhfuil suim agam i amhráníocht agus damhsa ar an sean nos. Go rialta dfhan mé le Stiofan Dirrane
i Tí Gilbert, Kilmurvey, Inis Mor., an fear a'tí is ansa liom ar an domhain agus file den cead scoth.
Our Facilities include FREE Wireless Broadband Internet
2 Ensuite Bedrooms both doubles, (also a camp bed)
Resident ‘chalet-girl’ meself. Lifts by arrangement. Given a little notice we will also print receipts & boarding passes etc
Equipment storage for divers/anglers/bikers/golfers/birders, complete with indoor & outdoor tap/clothesline. Washer & dryer.
Garden at front, tea outside weather pending, herbs too please just ask.
Solar panels, log burner, Kachelofen and oil-fired central heating.If you want an extra heater or an electric blanket please ask.
Towels & toiletries in bathrooms.
TV & Radio in all rooms & a mini library of books to use also some board games, DVDs & CDs. Books available to take away with you.
An Information-folder covering day trips in locality and further afield.
In a communal setting you will find a Guest book, hairdryer & kitchen supplies such as teas/coffees & all basics including oil, vinegar, condiments, milk, porridge, & cereals FOC