A Rambling Rural Rectory
Castlehaven House, County Cork
This is a spacious, charming and historical Georgian country home. Superb for family vacations, with lots to entertain, dazzling views of the Atlantic, acres of maintained exclusive gardens, and a private walk through an historic glen to the secluded seashore. Uniquely West Cork.
Something special for everyone
Built as a parish rectory more than 200 years ago, this substantial three storey holiday home retains all of its original charm while integrating liberal concessions to modern comforts.
The interior is simply stated – solid white walls, and authentic wooden floor boards stained black. Panelled shutters and roller blinds are all that frame the bright latticed sash windows throughout.
There are white marble open fireplaces in the two living rooms. An east facing bay in the larger one has stunning views across Castlehaven Bay through French doors that step down to a furnished terrace and stone barbeque.
Piano enthusiasts will appreciate the vintage John Broadwood, the world’s first piano manufacturer.
The adjoining billiard room, has a dartboard, and for the less competitive, a wall full of books.
The furniture mainly observes a wicker theme, offset by occasional vintage cabinets and chairs, as in the dining room.
A matching pair of leather wingback chairs off the reception hall are inviting to pass some time with a coffee and the papers..
Less formal meals can be taken tepenyaki style in the kitchen on stools around the central cooking island.
Room sizes throughout this home are generous, and all the bedrooms enjoy awesome views of the landscaped gardens, ‘The Stags’ and the sheltered bay. There is ample built in wardrobe space in each.
The four fully tiled ensuite bathrooms are spacious, bright and well appointed. There is also a large sauna and walk through rainfall shower tower in the basement for complete pampering.
An additional pull out double bed sofa is to be found in the study.
For larger groups, Castlehaven Lodge which sleeps 4 may be used in conjunction with the main house.
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The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury home - from Sauna to WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, piano, billiards, darts, books, games, dvds.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
A cobbled yard of beach stones and rough stone walled outbuildings, lead to a greenhouse laden with vegetables that spans its southern walls.
The garden consists of a generous 20 acres of rambling lawns, hedges, and woodland fern glade pathways, leading down to the pebble beach and pier.
There is an historic, if very small, holy well known as Saint Barrahane’s Well, within the grounds. The saint appears in a stained glass window in Castletownsend.
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Out and About
Castlehaven House is ideally situated for exploring all that’s great about West Cork.
Enjoy great scenery, lively events and festivals, a warm welcome and some great days out and about.
…there really is too much choice and not enough room.
Other interesting local attractions include:
>St. Barrahane’s Feast Day, December 3 (in Castletownshend)
>Baltimore Seafood Festival and Baltimore Wooden Boats Festival in May
>Baltimore Regatta August 1st
>Concerts at St. Barrahane’s Church in Castletownshend (festival of music) late July to Mid August
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Catch a wave at Barleycove beach
- Cross the bridge to Mizen
- Fish off the Fastnet
- Roaring Water Bay by boat
- Catch up on history
- Great music on Sherkin Island
- Whale watching with Colin
- Dine locally at Mary Annes
- Play a round at Skibbereen
- A bowl of mussels in Bantry
- Trek a pony in Schull
- Cycle around Sheeps Head
- Go moonlight kayaking
- Lake fishing at Lissard
- Yoga at an Sanctoir
- Dive off Baltimore
Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week
We had a wonderful week...
the house was very special and Noel couldn’t have been more helpful. Also thank you for referring us to Don – the cycles were there when we arrived and were well used during the week. We left the house tidy and took good care of it.
Judy, UK, June 2017
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for our wonderful week at Castlehaven House 2 weeks ago. We all had the most incredible, memorable time and the house provided the perfect back drop, helping us create some truly special memories. We loved the walk down to the cove, the gardens, the spacious, beautifully thought out living areas & the surrounding area for visits. Thank you for helping us organise an exceptionally memorable week.
Siobhan & family, UK , May 2017
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About the Locality
The deep sheltered waters of Castlehaven Bay was the scene of the sinking of a small Spanish Armada in 1602 that subsequently led to a game-changing event in Irish history known as the Flight of the Earls.
West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays - the last point of land visible to travellers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America.
photo Mike Searle
The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. Semi-tropical plants and palm trees are common in this region. Fuchsia abound and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
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Baltimore is perhaps Irelands most southern town. A 30 minute drive away, it is the terminal for ferries to Clear and Sherkin Islands. The town has a long tradition of wooden boat building.
Between 1880 and 1926 Baltimore was the largest fishing port in the country and 78 fishing vessels were registered locally.br By 1907, after the North Pier had been built, the fleet was so numerous that you could, it was said, walk to Sherkin across the decks of the boats! At one stage there were seven trains every day out of Baltimore, all carrying fish for the American market.
The Fastnet rock lies 19km to the south of Baltimore. Its lighthouse flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.
Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles. In 2013 the last boat to cross the line, a 101 year old gaff yawl, took 6 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the course. In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring about 157 feet (48 m) in height.
Cape Clear island is Ireland's most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. The islands remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland's only manned observatory. Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year - dolphins constantly.
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