Re-opening of luxurious Newbay House 'imminent'
THE re-opening of one of County Wexford's best-known country houses, Newbay, is said to be 'imminent' following a four-year refurbishment bringing old world style, elegance and luxury with a modern twist to the historic building.
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.
Since being acquired by Denis Reid, Newbay House has undergone extensive renewal with major repairs and improvements to most areas of the building.
'We are delighted that after several years of hard work and commitment that we are ready to unveil the new look Newbay House Hotel and the opening is very imminent but it will have been worth the wait,' said newly-appointed general manager Michael McBride.
'It is our intention to create the perfect customer experience where people will feel recognised and special from the very first moment when you walk through the door,' said Mr McBride.
'Newbay has been lovingly restored to blend its historic past with a dash of contemporary elegance and what could be better that having a boutique oasis where you can relax and unwind in such calming surroundings,' he said.
'Newbay will be a leading wedding luxury destination where everything must be perfect and unforgettable.Such a wonderful property like this will inspire any bride to be on the day as the property is majestically set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and woodlands.'
Denis, who owns a hotel in Australia, said the Newbay project entailed a major refurbishment 'which has taken longer and more money than planned'.
He self-funded a major part of the work, however, secured funds from the Bank of Ireland for the final phase.
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.
'Alfie's Bar and Bistro' will offer modern and artisan meals specialising in fresh local fish and beef and will open seven days a week. Newbay is currently recruiting for chefs of all grades, a duty manager, restaurant, bar and house-keeping personnel, staff for events, front of house and porters.