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Woodbrook House is a large Georgian family house set in it's own parkland in the shadow of the Blackstairs Mountains west of Enniscorthy in County Wexford.
Woodbrook house dates from the 1770s but was damaged in the 1798 rebellion and substantially rebuilt. The result is a spacious, warm house with an exceptionally large drawing room and a dramatic flying spiral staircase. The home cooked food is excellent, being made with largely organic and local produce.
Giles and Alexandra FitzHerbert and their four children have lived at Woodbrook House since 1998, seeking to restore both house and grounds to their former glory and adding bathrooms and central heating. More recently, they have opened the house to provide country house accommodation. Giles is a former ambassador and Alexandra is of Anglo-Italian-Irish-Chilean extraction, so they are both accustomed to entertaining guests from all over the world. Alexandra is an excellent cook, the walled garden provides her with fresh seasonal vegetables and the hens with fresh eggs every day.
Guests can wander in the woods or play on the newly re-sown grass tennis court beside the house. There are wonderful mountain walks in the Blackstairs, Slieve Ban, and along Mount Leinster as well as salmon fishing on the River Slaney at nearby Bunclody and trout fishing in several local streams. Each summer there is usually a first class opera production, either in the garden at Woodbrook House or in one of the other country houses in the neighbourhood
Woodbrook makes a good base for the Wexford Festival Opera and for visiting this largely unspoilt region.