Westerly House

Westerly House

Westerly House

A halcyon waterfront haven

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County Cork

This spacious American-beach style timber home is set amid glorious gardens that slope down to the lapping shores of Bantry Bay, with a private pontoon, moorings and exquisite Atlantic sunset views.
For family breaks, Westerly House is one of those unique treasures that are exclusive to wonderful west Cork.

 

A delightful and idiosyncratic home

A broad canted bay window with panoramic views of the shoreline fills one wall of the living room and introduces a bright interior of mellow timber flooring where conventional leather sofas and quirky Christo-style wrapped armchairs provide the seating.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €2,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms- ensuite
    Two double OR twin room
    Three Bathroms – Two Shower Rooms
    Other Rooms
  • Sitting room, Open plan Kitchen/Dining Room
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Floating Pontoon
    Paved Patio
    Logs and Turf
    Barbecue
    Fibre internet
    Outdoor Heated Jacuzzi
    65″ Flat Screen TV
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The contemporary kitchen morphs into the dining area where a generous oak dining table takes centre stage in a corner of grid latticed windows.

For quick informal snacks there is the hi-stool breakfast bar, and just outside a alfresco terrace that straddles one end of the house and overlooks the rambling garden.

The upstairs accommodation is accessed by two separate stairs.

The Victorian bedroom is sublime with an unexpected but delightful free standing slipper bath, an open fire place, king size bed, and an eclectic mix of furniture and lighting.

The ensuite master bedroom is on the ground floor and has a king size bed.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

Designer basins are plumbed into ensuite vintage genre furniture in the bathrooms.
Lime washed floor boards and furniture prevail throughout.

These two rooms share a bathroom and may be twin or doubles.

Outside

There is more than one-and-a-half acres of mature garden with random pathways and benches.
A large outdoor heated Jacuzzi nestles among the trees and shrubs keeping watch across the water.

A private floating pontoon on the bay is accessed from the pine fringed shore via a gangway, making this a perfect spot to sip a sundowner.

Facilities

The house comes equipped with pretty much everything you would expect in a luxury home. In addition there’s a large outdoor jacuzzi, a charcoal barbecue, a 65” flat screen TV with DVDs as well as lots of books and games and internet. The freezer is in the utility room.
Three Kayaks are available on request.

Provisional Booking Form

There is a breakages deposit €800 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.
This Home is only let by the week in High Season.
Note. 7 night minimum stay over Easter period as below

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2022 Per Week 4 nights  3 nights
6th Jan – 19th Feb €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
19th Feb – 9th April €3,100 €1,900 n/a
9th April – 23rd April €3,900 n/a n/a
23rd April – 28th May €3,300 €2,100 n/a
28th May – 2nd July €3,900 n/a n/a
2nd July – 27th August €4,950 n/a n/a
27th August – 1st October €3,900 n/a n/a
1st October – 28th October €3,300 €2,100 €1700
29th October – 6th November €3,900 €2600 n/a
7th November – 16th December €2,800 €1,800 €1600
17th December – 2nd January 2023 €4,700 n/a n/a

 

2023 Per Week 4 nights  3 nights
7th Jan – 2nd Feb €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
3rd Feb – 6th Feb €2,100 €1,700
7th Feb- 10th Feb   €2,100 €1,700
11th Feb – 18 Feb €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
18th Feb -16th March €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
17th March-20th March €1,775
21st March- 31st March €2,800 1,800 €1,700
1st April -14th April €3,900
15th April-28th April €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
28th April – 2nd May €2,400 €1,800
3rd May – 26th May €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
27th May – 30th June  €3,900
1st July – 1st Sept  €4,950
2nd Sept – 29th Sept €3,900
30th Sept – 27th October €3,300 €2,100 €1,700
28th October – 3rd November €3,900 €2,600
4th Nov – 19th December €2,800 €1,800 €1,600
20th Dec -3rd Jan 2024 €4,800

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking is not permitted in this home
Pets and Dogs – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Care obviously needs to be taken with young children with so much accessible water!

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Reviews

 

Our stay at Westerly House was just perfect…

Annette did a great job of introducing us to the house and preparing us for the week. We had great weather and enjoyed all that West Cork has to offer. We will definitely consider Unique Irish Homes in our next trip.
[The] Westerly House was a solid house with all the amenities. Well stocked for cooking. Great setting. Quiet and conveniently located.
One suggestion: Getting in and out of the driveway was a challenge. We had two vehicles which I would assume is common for a house this size. A well placed “Traffic Mirror” would make the entry and exit so much easier.

Tom Duddy, August 2018

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Many thanks to Rose & Graham in Unique Irish Homes for their courteous & informative help when I booked the lovely house “Westerly” in Cork, for the celebration of my husband’s 70th birthday. We were a party of 9 adults & 4 children.

This is my first experience at using Unique Irish Homes & I can honestly say I would use them again. In an age where everything is booked online it was great to have a person at the other end of the phone to guide me & also answer questions that I had. Everything ran very smoothly. There was paperwork involved which was tiresome but I understood that it was necessary. Having done it once now it won’t be a chore next time round.
I have received my deposit for breakages back from Unique Irish Homes in a seamless transaction.

 Marie & Annette from Westerly House made our stay very welcoming & comfortable. My family had a wonderful three days in Westerly. The house was large, very comfortable & very nicely decorated. My adult kids thought it was amazing. The stunning view was visible from nearly all the rooms. The outdoor Jacuzzi was used by the youngest to the oldest. Great fun & merriment was had in it. We lit a fire in the lounge that brought atmosphere & comfort to all.

A lot of thought has been put into the set up of Westerly & all 13 of us had a wonderful time. Thanking all involved.

Geraldine Flanagan, October 2018

We recently stayed at Westerly House,

Cork and had the most amazing holiday, all the finishing touches and welcome gifts was actually why we chose not use air b n b.
Annette our house keeper was exceptional and made us feel so welcome on arrival. The house really works for a large group as there was plenty of space between bedrooms and living areas that everyone had peace and quite when needed. We loved this house so much we’ll hopefully be back soon and the photos and description online was very accurate. Thank you again!

James, April 2019

 

Out & About

 

Bantry is ideally located in magical west Cork between the isolated Beara peninsula to the north and the remote Sheep’s Head to the south. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore…

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include:

 

The Locality

 

 

Westerly House borders Bantry Bay at Ballylickey, in the crook of the sound 5 minutes from the vibrant town itself. There is an excellent gourmet café and deli just two minutes walk from the house. Bantry is host to a fine farmers market on Friday mornings, and there are several supermarkets, restaurants, and Pubs.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing, and there is a deep water harbour at Whiddy Island (need to take ferry).
The island once served as an oil terminal for berthing supertankers until in 1979 the French tanker Betelgeuse exploded in what remains the biggest maritime disaster in Irish history.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

The narrow Sheep’s Head peninsula spans the southern shores of Bantry Bay and has a pedestrian loop that makes for a completely unique walking experience.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance. Fuchsia abound, and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.
Glengarriff, only 10 minutes away by car, is the jump off point for visits to the magnificent and quirky and exotic gardens on Garnish Island.

The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this rugged headland that forms the northern part of Bantry Bay, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.

At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Ireland’s only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make traveling by boat hazardous.

With magnificent views stretching from the Skellig Islands to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
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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Mount Corrin

Mount Corrin

Mount Corrin

An authentic Country House of exceptional charm

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County Cork

West Cork is a very special place. Here, sheltered in the crook between Mizen and Sheeps heads, Mount Corrin exudes all the ambience and atmosphere of a neo-classical house; an oasis in a wilderness landscape.
Wonderful detailing, paintings, curios and objets, delight at every turn, illustrating the very personal and sensitive restoration project that this home epitomises.
The extensive gardens too, with their organic vegetables, hermitage and heated swimming pool, confirm that this is a very special place indeed.

 

Elegant Country style living

The main house is Georgian and was constructed in 1750. It has recently undergone a spectacular restoration.
Tracery on sash windows, bold colours contrasting with warm washes, together with original and salvaged fittings, add quirky authenticity to the Strawberry Hill Gothic design.

There is a self contained cottage, a fitness centre in the Granary annex, and an enclosed garden hermitage in the grounds.
The splendid organic kitchen gardens are magnificently maintained to ensure fresh herbs and vegetables, while a relaxing jacuzzi tub compliments the heated swimming pool.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests. incl. Cottage
    From €5,000 per week(without cottage)
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    two ensuite
    One Single Bedroom with walk in bathroom
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Two Living Rooms
    Kitchen with Breakfast Table
    Dining Room
    Conservatory
    Study
    Utility Room 
    Boot Room
  • Features
    Cottage with Two Double Bedrooms
    Living Room
    Kitchen
    Bathroom
    WC
  • Contempo
    Heated Swimming Pool
    Jacuzzi
    Gym

The crimson dining room adjoining the kitchen, has period furniture and Persian rugs floating on wide-board pine floors that feature throughout the house, and were characteristic of the era.

Much of the interior is reminiscent of simpler and more genteel times. The kitchen illustrates this perfectly with open shelved walls of glossy white tiles to the ceiling.

An Aga range and plenty of pots and pans anticipate an ambitious culinary experience, or simple breakfast around the table. There is a separate utility room off the kitchen for laundry.

The living room and drawing room interconnect via double french doors. Each room has a wood burning stove set in a classical fireplace. Books, paintings and sofas contribute to that wonderful meeting of comfort, library and gallery.

A typical Georgian circular skylight or roof lantern, floods the stairs and landing in the centre of the house, bringing to life the white stair treads and Tivoli Blue walls.

There is a magnificent conservatory annex built into this end of the house which opens out onto the side terrace – great for barbeque feasts and romantic nights.

Bedrooms

The exquisite porcelain basins and classic taps of the master ensuite are typical of the surprises that greet you throughout this home. A second double bedroom has a bath set into a tiled alcove, while a third has a separate walk-in wardrobe, and a magnificent walnut sleigh bed.

The main bathroom on the landing features a terrific wet room style shower, and a black and white tile theme, so associated with the Georgian era.

Facilities

Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home – from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, Books, DVD and games
Heating – Central and Under-floor
Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and Pilates Gym

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

The Cottage

The property comes with a separate cottage to the other side of the main house.
It is beautifully fitted out, with a spacious modern kitchen, wood-burning stove in the living room, two double bedrooms and a double sofa-bed.

 

The Hermitage

Further across the garden amongst the trees is the hexagonal Hermitage. Chill out here by the wood stove with just trickling stream and birdsong to disturb you.

 

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry !
Pets – One well controlled dog only
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – Special attention – the property is not suitable for non swimming children.

Your particular attention is brought to the Terms and Conditions applicable to this home, a copy of which will be forwarded to you with the contract as part of the booking confirmation.

Outside

The rambling garden invites exploration, with a wide variety of well maintained shrubs and trees punctuating the lawns and pathways, and “celebrating the gaiety of nature”- Walpole.

On the way to the heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, stop by the two storey Granary.
Downstairs is fitted out as a small gym with pilates equipment and shower room – up the rustic stairs is an artist studio and relaxation area.

Beyond the croquet lawn, the blending in of stone walls and rough hewn railings around the pool area complete the country house romance.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week.

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €8,500
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €8,500
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €8,500
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €8,500

The Cottage on the house grounds is only  available seperately in the off season (15th September -1st June) excluding the holidays outlined below. 

NB. There is a €500 refundable deposit applicable to this home.

Your particular attention is brought to the Terms and Conditions applicable to this home, a copy of which will be forwarded to you with the contract as part of the booking confirmation.

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23rd Dec.-9th of January €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
9th Jan.-10th Febuary €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000.00 per week  (house only)
11th Feb.- 18th Feb €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
19th – 1st April €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000.00 per week  (house only)
2nd April – 24th April €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
25th April – 31st May €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000.00 per week  (house only)
1st June – 30th September     €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
1st October – 22nd December  €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000.00 per week  (house only

 

 

 

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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Reviews

 

“The house at Mt Corrin was perfect for our needs.”

 

 Grandparents, 2 daughters with sons in law and three children. Lots of accommodation and space where everyone could easily take time out either indoors or outside. We loved the property,  the ambience, the splendid gardens and the pool. The pool was used for 6 days out of 7. 

 

Don, 2021.

West Cork still has many secrets waiting to be discovered…

and Mount Corrin House is one of them.
This is a property that keeps on giving. Around every turn there is another surprise. The gardens have been created with love and consideration. Around every bend there is another surprise waiting, from the walkways amongst the creative planting to the kitchen garden.
The house is the ultimate in comfort and understated style with the river house (my favourite) offering the ideal holistic escape. The kitchen is a chef’s dream where every detail has been considered.
This is a property where the small things make the difference.

 

Carmel Somers, February 2019
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Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
There are amazing pristine beaches for surfing and kiting, fishing, sailing and boat tours and brilliant restaurants.
With wonderful walks, splendid scenery, and legendary gardens to visit, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is in a sheltered dip near the village of Durrus, at the foot of Mount Corrin. From here you can explore both the Mizen and Sheeps Head peninsulas.
The local supermarket supplies seriously good regional produce –  this neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking!
The sleepy market town of Bantry is just 11kms away and has larger shops and supermarkets.
There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing.

The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.

Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just around the corner, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.

The Fastnet rock lighthouse 14km offshore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants traveling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. It is also extremely exposed.
The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985.

A megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
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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Castlehaven House

Castlehaven House

Castlehaven House

A Rambling Rural Rectory

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West 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. Paneled 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.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 Guests
    From €3,900 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four Double Bedrooms
    &
    One Twin Bedroom
    All Ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Two Reception Rooms
    Dining Room
    Kitchen
    Billiard Room
    Study with Double Sofa Bed
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Sauna Spa
    Logs&Turf
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Piano enthusiasts will appreciate the vintage John Broadwood, the world’s first piano manufacturer.

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.

The adjoining billiard room, has a dartboard, and for the less competitive, a wall full of books.

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.

There is also a large sauna and walk through rainfall shower tower in the basement for complete pampering.

The four fully tiled ensuite bathrooms are spacious, bright and well appointed.

Outside

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.

Facilities

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..

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

For larger groups, Castlehaven Lodge which sleeps 4 may be used in conjunction with the main house.
More here …

Provisional Booking Form

  This Home is only let by the week

Please Note: For Christmas and New Years 2021 the House is Available for Set Dates:

The 23rd to the 28th December 2021 -€4,950
The 28th to the 2nd January 2022- €4,950

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €4,950
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €4,950
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €4,950
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€4,950

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday
There is a breakages deposit €800 – refundable within 7 days – applicable to this property.

Please Also Note:  There is a caretaker resident on the estate.

May to June €4,500 per week
July to September €4,950 per week
October to April €3,900 per week

 

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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Reviews

 

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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Out & 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 some of our favourites…

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

 

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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

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.

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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