Wexford's Newbay House to open five years after it closed its doors
ONE of County Wexford's best-known country houses is to re-open in the spring after a three-year refurbishment by businessman Denis Reid.
Newbay House and Gardens on the outskirts of Wexford town has been closed since December, 2010 when then-owners the Scallans said the high cost of operating a business in Ireland made the decision inevitable.
Now, three years after beginning the long job of repairing and refurbishing parts of the house, Denis, who bought the house in 2012, is about to relaunch it, after investing a significant amount of time and money in the project.
'2016 is a very exciting and historical year for Ireland, and in particular for the people of Co Wexford and Newbay Country House which is associated with this history will hope to contribute to the celebration with the opening in the spring,' said Denis.
Newbay House has undergone extensive renewal with major repairs to most areas of the building and the final phase, which is the interior decorating, will commence in the new year in time for completion for the new tourist season in late spring of 2016
The main house will be available for functions for family and corporate events including weddings, parties and functions or for a special afternoon tea in the drawing room .
'We have 11 beautiful period bedrooms all with ensuites all of which have been fully refurbished . There is a magnificent bridal suite, a must- see for any one planning their wedding,' said Denis.
A new Bistro + Bar called "101 @Newbay" will offer modern and artisan meals specialising in fresh local fish and beef.
'The Bistro plus Bar will be open seven days a week irrespective of whether a function are being held in the Main House,' said Denis.
Denis says the bar will be an ideal location to drop in for a casual bar meal or a quite relaxing drink and take in the ambiance of the beautiful gardens and sourrounds
'We hope to create employment for approximately eight people initially and will start recruiting in the New Year.
Denis, who owns a hotel in Australia, said previously that the Newbay project entailed a major refurbishment 'which has taken longer and more money than planned. But all is achievable with good fiscal management and discipline.'
Denis self-funded a major part of the work, however, secured funds from the Bank of Ireland for the final phase.
'It means we must be very careful and budget properly both in the restoration and when we open the business.'
The first mention of Newbay dates from 1540 when Hore's History of Wexford refers to the township of Newbane as consisting of a castle and 60 acres of land in the tenure of Richard Roche as part of the possession of the late Priory of Selskar.
When it was sold in 2012, Newbay House was valued by the auctioneers at €650,000.