A unique Georgian residence offering luxury 
guest accommodation, on its own estate.



Sherwood Park House
Co. Carlow

tel:+353 59 9159117
fax:+353 59 9159355


Timeless elegance and a warm family welcome await you at Sherwood Park. A period Georgian residence built circa 1700 by Arthur Bailie, it nestles amid rolling parklands and tranquil countryside. Situated just off the main N80 midway between Dublin and Rosslare, it is an ideal touring base for the south-east. Sherwood Park House is an accessible country retreat for anyone who enjoys candlelit dinners and brass and canopy beds. You will be indulged by the delights of Irish Country House cuisine, using the best fresh local produce.

Golf, fishing, horseriding and the renowned Altamont Gardens are just some of the local attractions.

Open all year. Dinner is served at 8pm. You may bring your own wine.

A few words from some of our visitors:

Scott Burris from the NY Times Travel stayed in Sherwood. See his article  Five Days To Dublin, On Foot

Here is what "Special Places to Stay" said about Sherwood:

"Sherwood Park would grind to a halt without Maureen; as I was leaving, Patrick bounded down the stone steps at the front to hurry her up. "They need you in there, Maureen," he said, and she was led away, one arm raised in farewell. The only rule she seems to lay down is that you enjoy yourself; with her boundless generosity and Paddy's gift for hilarious one-liners, it is not hard to have a good time here. Sherwood is a fine example of early Irish Georgian approached through an original stone entrance. Its four storeys are unusual for the simple reason that houses from this period were never built on foundations, so the higher you went, the more likely the building would sink; as a result, the house has subsided six feet since it was first built in 1730. There are some interesting sloping floors but the graceful design remains intact with high ceilings and big, welcoming rooms. In the main hallway past the well-played piano is an elegant staircase that leads to comfortable bedrooms with half-testers and four-posters. Downstairs, breakfast is served round a large dining table that must take weeks to polish. An enchanting house and popular with Dubliners."

Here is what a recent guest had to say:

".....Our room was a suite - HUGE - and BEAUTIFUL - with an antique 4 poster canopy bed with burgundy satin brocade bed spread and canape and burgundy velvet head board. The dresser was antique, set with antique lace dresser cloth and antique hair brush and hand mirror. Next to the fireplace was an antique wash stand with brown marble top and green stained glass back. On it sat an antique wash bowl and pitcher, a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel and a hot pot to heat water. The small bedroom off the main bedroom contained a single bed and small night stand. You entered the bathroom through the small bedroom. It had a full tub with shower......."     read the rest

You can find lots more information about activities and thing to do in Carlow and the surrounding areas at the 'Carlow Rural Tourism WebSite' and lots more information about travelling to Ireland in general at the 'Irish Tourism Board' website.

There are browseable maps of Ireland here which are very useful.


Getting There:

Directions: From Dublin head South toward Naas, take the N9 south to Carlow, then N80 towards Wexford to Ballon. Straight through Ballon then left at the second cross roads - it's about three miles from Ballon. Sherwood is the second house on the left about a half mile from the cross roads..


A number of publications are available on the county and the area. These include:

Carlow - At the Centre of a Great Holiday - a full colour county promotional guide featuring Carlow's principal attractions and accommodation providers.

A Guide to Co. Carlow - a paper guide produced on an annual basis featuring opening times, A Calendar of Events and further information on Carlow's principal attractions.

Pleasure Cruising on the River Barrow - A Celtic Waterway of Great Charm" - a full colour brochure detailing boat hire operators on the River Barrow and the towns and villages through which the river flows.

A Gardeners Guide to Co. Carlow - a short guide to the many fine gardens in the county.

In addition to the above, there are some local town and village guides available and almost every individual operation has a separate brochure. All of the above brochures may be ordered by contacting Carlow Tourism:

per email: info@carlowtourism.com
per telephone + 353 (0) 59 9130411
per fax + 353 (0) 59 9130477 or
per post - our address is 36 Dublin Street, Carlow.

A range of historical books are available on the county details of which may be obtained by contacting Carlow Central Library, Tullow Street, Carlow. Telephone + 353 (0) 59 9140080.

South East Tourism produce a range of promotional literature featuring five counties in the South-East region of Ireland including Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Details of such publications may be obtained by contacting South East Tourism, 41 The Quay, Waterford on Tel: + 353 (0) 51 875788 Fax: + 353 (0) 51 877388