White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

White Strand Lodge

Intimate and Informal for Two

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County Clare

From a derelict Victorian gate lodge, this contemporary restoration celebrates its origins, in a unique location overlooking White Strand Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Just 50 minutes from Shannon Airport, in the Banner County, home of Traditional Irish music, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, this is the consummate hideaway for a romantic break.

 

Stylish yet restrained

In this cottage the traditional stucco cottage walls continue on the interior, and together with the local Liscannor stone floors that feature throughout, create a natural bridge to the outside world – assisted of course by full-height panoramic glazed doors that wrap around the corner of the seating area.

Underfloor heating is supported by a magnificent free-standing wood-burning stove.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    2 guests
    From €2,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Bathroom
    Indoor & outdoor shower rooms
  • Other Rooms
    Living room
    Kitchen area
    Patio area
  • Features
    Wood-burning stove, Pizza oven
    Outdoor stove & BBQ
    Outdoor Seaweed Bath & shower
    Ocean views
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For sandy showers – and this is that kind of location – there are two enclosed shower options, one is open to the stars. We love the beautifully hand finished walls.

Audacious use of exposed and unfinished natural materials such as rustic timber, stonework or gleaming copper, combine elements of the yesteryear with today’s Steam Punk style.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 2 ring induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Microwave

Bedrooms

• One double bed
• Showers – indoor and outdoor

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Selection of books
• Children’s travel cot

​The extended living space that is the back garden patio allows you to conclude your day by enjoying oriental bathing in the oversized ‘Ofuro’ outdoor seaweed bath – with hand harvested seaweed from the shores of Spanish Point. The deep design is perfect for a full-body immersion, and straight after, pop under the plunge bucket shower to re-energize.

Dining al fresco has never been easier, with Barbecue and muti-sided chic wood burning stove to warm the cockles.

 

The lodge shares a gritty drive with Armada Farm, a fascinating project which celebrates a no-dig sustainable form of growing, notably by feeding the soil with loads of sea weed.

This gives the produce the traditional flavours delivered for generations of farming along this coast.

During your stay you’ll be greeted by various animals which could include Alpacas, donkeys, sheep and lambs.

Provisional Booking Form

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Rates Table

Per week Weekend
September to May € 2,400 € 1,295
June to August € 2,800 Not Available

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  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Young children – are welcome
Pets – Please inform us of the breed

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Out & About

 
Golf, Beaches, Cliffs and Craic – what’s not to love about County Clare?

Lahinch Golf Club

Miltown Malbay, Ennistymon, Doolin and Ennis all host farmers markets where you can taste and purchase homemade local produce such as farmhouse cheese, chutneys and free-range home bakin.

The Willie Clancy Festival – starts first Saturday in July every year – is a week long Traditional Music & dancing festival with classes and events on throughout.

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The small town of Miltown Malbay, a three-minute drive away, caters for visitors, three supermarkets and as many restaurants. It’s one of the centres of traditional Irish music and has a selection of pubs with regular traditional entertainment.

The town is home to the annual Willie Clancy Summer School and Festival, held annually since 1973 in memory of and to honour the uilleann piper Willie Clancy.

photo: Zinnman

It is less than 1km to White Strand Beach. This relatively small sandy beach with a rocky shoreline has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award on a number of occasions, and has a summer life guard on duty. There is a beautiful easy cliff walk which starts here.

A few minutes further South is the beach at Spanish Point which is better for surfers. It is so named after the Spanish who died here in 1588, when many ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked during stormy weather.

photo: lukemcurley

Lahinch beach, 10 minutes north, is a long golden strand directly facing the swells of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it is one of Ireland’s most popular surfing beaches.

A bit further on are the Cliffs of Moher. Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic cliffs are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

They are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

Farther North, 35 minutes from the lodge, comes the Burren with its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes). It is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.

This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Doolin Ferries and Cliffs of Moher Cruises both operate a passenger ferry service to The Aran Islands from Liscannor and Doolin during the months of April to October.

Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

Dun Aengus photo: Tourism Ireland

The renowned songwriter and entertainer Percy French has long been associated with County Clare. In the late 1800s, he was badly delayed on a journey from Dublin to a gig in Kilkee when his train broke down making him some 5 hours late for the show. He successfully sued the Railway, and the incident led to the song Are ye right there Michael? which became one of the most popular numbers in his repertoire.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 hrs from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 2 and half hrs from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – about 50 mins from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and about 3 hrs from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about 4 hrs from the cottage.

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Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Sruthán Pier House

Awake to Inescapable Ocean Panoramas

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County Galway

Perched above one of the most active boating piers on the Southern Connemara shores of Galway Bay, and only recently completed, this formidable home employs local materials and the most compelling masonry skills this side of Peru, to exploit its location to the utmost.

Contemporary, cosy, and spacious – yet within forty minutes of Ireland’s most bohemian city, this is a very special place for rest, rejuvenation and making memories.

 

Abundant light and unobstructed views

The house rises from the floor of a disused stone quarry, with the main entrance charmingly accessed via a contemporary drawbridge style walkway.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests in main house
    plus 3 in Annex
    From € 7,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms
    ensuite with walk-in wardrobes
    One twin room
    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room with wood-burning stove
    Dining room with wet bar, and TV lounge
    Kitchen with breakfast bar & dining
    Fitness room with Sauna
    Entrance Lobby, Utility rooms
  • Features
    Large duel temperature hot tub & swim Spa
    Breakfast balcony
    Wood burning stoves, large patio
    Dual gated entrances, Ocean access
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Annex Apartment
    Triple bedroom
    Living / Dining room
    Shower room & galley Kitchen
  • Offices
    Open plan twin computer stations
    Fast WiFi internet
    Kitchenette & WC
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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From the lobby, a short hallway to the left leads into a spacious sitting room, with a lofty limestone chimney breast that bisects the dazzling view of the Bay.

For winter comforts, there is a woodburning stove and substantial flat screen television.

Velvet upholstery and drapes, together with oak floors are typical throughout this home.

Heavy sliding barn doors open through to a cool sea-green kitchen, with bold walls of white and black quartz. A cooks dream, this kitchen is fully equipped with everything from a coffee machine and nutribullet, to an air fryer.

Panoramic full height glazing maximises the omnipresent ocean views, with a broad, glazed sliding door onto a balcony. From here, external stairs connect to the paved patio below.

A black quartz breakfast bar with stools, divides this inclusive dining space.

This living area is at an angled junction in the floor plan, with a main corridor back to the entrance, and an archway through to a generous and chic panelled dining room.

A more formal affair with a table that can seat the entire compliment of visitors on convivial suede buttoned benches, and with a cocktail bar, wine cooler and ice machine in the corner, surrounded by sable stained panelling and stunning views.

Beyond and behind a sliding glass wall, a monumental flat-screen tv monopolises the adjoining television lounge.

A modern electric fire and a well cushioned sofa group complete the home-movie harmony. A Nintendo Wii is a welcome addition for Children (and adults!).

 

Bedrooms

Off the main corridor back to the entrance hall, a family bathroom boasts a super double ended, extra deep, Corian slipper bath.

Beside it, is the only bedroom on this level, with double bed and generous wardrobe space.

Oak return-stairs at the corner of the house lead to bedroom accommodation on the lower ground floor, with hallways running in two directions.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Twin Siemens electric ovens ovens
• 2 gas rings plus wok ring
• Domino induction hobs
• Fridge and freezer
• Dishwasher
• 2 Quooker taps
• Food processor
• Air Fryer
• Twin Toaster
• Nutibullet
• Barista Sage coffee machine
• Wine cooler
• Ice machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

Sizes: Main house
• Three Queen-size
• Two 4ft double beds in twin room
• One 4ft 6 Double
Sizes: Annex
• One single and one Queen-size zip & Link (2x 3ft)
• 4 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet (2x Fibre Optic, one dedicated for office)
• 4 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Sky sports & Movies, Disney+, Paramount+
• Nintendo Wii
• Foozball & Airhockey table
• Chess Board

Other

• Good selection of books and Games
• Traditional steam Sauna
• Full body Infared Lights for use in Sauna
• Multiple exercise machines and equipment
• Dual temperature Spa swim Pool
• Hot Tub
• Outdoor shower
• Patio furniture
• Office printers and equipment

The elegant master bedroom lies at the end of one. With windows in two walls, it has a generous walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite shower room.

Beside it is a colourful twin bedroom, also with dual aspect views and an ensuite bathroom – kids will love it. Complete with Lego, Fuzzball table and family board games.

A picture window along the apposing corridor exposes the workout room with its multiple fitness machines.

Here too you will find the traditional steam sauna – a super addition to any holiday escape.

There are two more distinctive double bedrooms along this hallway, both with ensuite shower rooms and walk-in wardrobes.



 

The Annex Apartment

A separate adjacent building has a folksy single bedroom apartment that sleeps three in zip-and-link beds that can be arranged in any combination, or used individually. It is on the first floor with a large shower room, galley kitchen, and living dining area.

Office

If you have to work on your vacation, the ground floor of the annex is home to a fully functional office with two workstations, high speed WiFi access, and assorted premium equipment.

There is also a dedicated kitchenette and WC here.

Outside

The gardens have been beautifully landscaped with wonderful traditional masonry work in local stone to accommodate its unique site and location above Sruthán Pier – just a stone’s throw from the sea.

There are two entrance gates to the property, a stunning curved driveway, and ample parking.

A brick path surrounds the house, and under the escarpment in the shady back stretch, there is a large dual temperature Spa swim pool, with separate hot tub and an outdoor shower.

Provisional Booking Form

2022 Holiday Breaks

Christmas break Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Friday 30th to Monday 2nd January € 7,000

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 7,000
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 7,000
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 7,000
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 7,000

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €800 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

Rates Table

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May € 6,000 € 3,500 € 3,500
June to September € 7,000 € 4,000 € 4,000

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  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027
Services available on request:
  • Home Cooking
  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Car service
  • Boat Hire
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Out & About

 
​Connemara is quite simply one of Europe’s great treasures. A wilderness on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is packed with almost deserted beaches of gin clear water, incredible lake and river fishing and of course brilliant restaurants.

Golfing suggestions

Connemara Isles – 13 minutes by car
Bearna – 38 minutes by car
Oughterard – 40 minutes by car
Galway Bay – 40 minutes by car
Connemara Championship Links – 1hr 13 minutes by car

Fishing suggestions

Costello and Fermoyle Fishery – 7 minutes by car
Screeb Fishery -15 minutes by car
Lough Inagh Fishery – 41 minutes by car

Here are some of our favourites…
Day Excursion suggestions

Pearse Cottage Cultural Centre, – 20 minutes by car
Wildlands Adventure Park – 40 minutes by car
St Brigit’s Gardens – 45 minutes by car
Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage – 45 minutes by car
Day Spa at Screeb House – 15 minutes by car
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens – 55 minutes by car
Clifden Town – 55 minutes by car
Connemara National Park – 1 hr by car
Oceans Alive Visitor Centre – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
DK Connemara Oysters Tour – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Killary Fjord – 1 hour 15 minutes by car
Connemara Smokehouse – 1 hr 15 minutes by car
Burren Perfumery – 1 hr 50 minutes by car
Cliffs of Moher -2 hrs 20 minutes by car
Westport House – 1 hr by car

 

The Locality

 

 

The busy Carraroe peninsula on the northern stretches of Galway Bay overlooks an Atlantic inlet crowded with islands. The area is typical of the intensely crenulated Connemara coast, with dry stone walls and boggy fields, and big skies.

A drive or cycle around the deeply indented coastline reveals many beaches of staggering beauty, and some of golden coral. You will also discover quirky little fishing harbours which provide sanctuary from the huge Atlantic swells.

The local village of Carraroe has a small supermarket, a great Fish & Chip shop and a couple of cosy pubs.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

This is a Gaeltacht area, meaning that the thriving local community speak Irish on a daily basis.

There are four summer schools here that teach Irish to secondary-school students from all over Ireland. It is also a centre for the Irish-language media, with the Irish-language radio station, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta located in nearby Casla, and the Irish-language television station, TG4, just a few kilometres east. Church services are conducted in Irish, as are all school and daily cultural activities.

Image courtesy Failte Ireland

10 minutes away, Trá an Dóilín is a beautiful and unusual Blue Flag beach made of very rare biogenic coral. There are lifeguards in summer months, toilets and great swimming.

photo cc: Sophie]

Keep your eyes open for the hardy Connemara Pony whose exact origins are uncertain. A breed collected internationally, they are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition, well suited to these semi barren peninsulas.

The house is just 40 minutes’ drive from Galway City, the capital of the west of Ireland and second only to Dublin in yearly visitors. With its charming streets, restaurants and nightlife mixed with culture, traditional Irish music and activities for all the family, it is worth a visit.


State-of-the-art Production Facilities in the Connemara Gaeltacht

Studio Cuan is a special Music Production Studio with one of the loveliest recording rooms in the country. It is equipped with excellent facilities to ensure the highest quality for all types of sessions. 24 minutes away by car.

Fíbín Media is an award winning, Television Production Company that have a purpose-built television studio in Galway. 9 minutes away by car.
They also have a mobile recording studio that is available to rent.


 

At the end of August, Carraroe hosts one of the largest annual regattas for Galway Hooker boats – a distinctive form of traditional Irish fishing boat. Some of these sailing boats with their conspicuous rust-coloured sails are berthed at Sruthán Pier. The boats can accommodate heavy loads and was in active service until the 1950′s ferrying supplies, turf and livestock to and from the Aran islands.

Now adays they are mainly used in competitions racing, and there are several regattas along the Connemara coast.photo credit: Ardfern

The infamous Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are famed for their dramatic cliffs and distinctive knitted jumpers. The three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.
They can be reached by ferry from Rossaveal which is on the opposite side of the bay – just 7 minutes away by car – or by plane from Connemara Airport, which is just 10 minutes away by car. The boat trip takes 40 minutes and you can bring a bike, or hire one there.
The spectacular semi-circular stone fort of Dun Aengus – reckoned to be about 2,500 years old – backs onto a 90 metre cliff and is considered one of the most important pre-historic sites in Western Europe.
Not to be missed.

photo credit: Gareth McCormack/garethmccormack.com

On your way to Galway City you’ll pass through Spiddal, a picturesque seaside village and one of the largest Irish speaking settlements in the Galway Gaeltacht. There is a unique Craft Village there, and a selection of pubs where most weekends you can catch a “live trad” night.

It has two south-facing beaches connected by a scenic walking / cycling path. The rocks behind the pier, and the pier itself, are used for shore angling when the mackerel shoals are in.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Knock or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Knock Airport – just under 2 hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – about 2 and quarter hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and quarter hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the house.

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Westerly House

Westerly House

Westerly House

A halcyon waterfront haven

Book this home

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.
New Year’s Eve 2022/23 is from 30th December to the 2nd January 2023 – €2600.

 

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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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

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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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

 

Thank you for your email. We had a most enjoyable week in Westerly House. It’s an extremely comfortable and well equipped house in a very beautiful and convenient setting.
The kayaks, hot tub and pontoon were particular highlights for us especially the children.
We will most definitely use your site to book further holidays and may well revisit Westerly House in the future.
 
Kind regards
 
Emma.  17th August 2022.

 

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
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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 – €9,500
New Years 28th December to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €9,500

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €9,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023– €9,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €9,500
New Years’  28th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €9,500

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.

2023 Rates.

The rate per week for Mount Corrin will be €9,500 per week. This rate will include the The Cottage.

Minimum stay is 7 days, from Saturday to Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

2022 Rates.

23rd December – 8th January €9,500.00 per week (incl. cottage)
9th Jan.-9th February €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000 per week  (house only)
11th February – 18th February €8,500 per week (incl. cottage)
19th February – 1st April   €7,500. per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000 per week  (house only)
2nd April – 24th April €8,500.00
25th April – 31st May    €7,500 per week (incl. cottage)
€5,000 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 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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