Turtle Cottage

Turtle Cottage

Turtle Cottage

The Way We Were…

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AS SEEN ON BBC 1 television Counytryfile on Sunday 24th April 2022…
On a private island off the western shore of the singular Strangford Lough, is an enchanting 250-year-old cottage. A historical home of unique character where generations of families have escaped.
Secluded, and with stunning views and bird-life; direct access to the lough and a tennis court, it’s hard to believe you’re just 45 minutes from Belfast.

Heritage with a good dollop of fun

The eponymous Turtle family lovingly restored this cottage in 1935 as a summer retreat, and sensitive extensions over the years have retained many original features, including deep-set window sills, quarry-tiled floors and Belfast sinks – quirks and curiosities have been deliberately left unchanged.


The rambling layout of interconnecting rooms divides naturally into two wings, and is ideally suited to a couple of families holidaying together or multi-generational (3G) families.

The principal entrance is through the original kitchen. Idiosyncratic lemon panelling and hand-built furniture are typical to the cottage, as is the sizable Victorian hand pump, once the water supply.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    6 to 8 guests
    From €2,250 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    Two triple bedrooms
    Two Bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room and Living room
    Family Kitchen
    Entrance Porch/Conservatory
  • Features
    Wood-burning stoves
    Oil fired central heating + electric heaters
    All-weather Tennis Court
    Loughside Jetty & Slip
  • Contempo
    2 Flat screen TV, WiFi internet, DVD players
    strong 4G Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children are welcome
    Pets by arrangement
  • CHECK HERE

The main living room has an eclectic collection of sofas with a wood burning stove as the focus.

There is also a vintage piano for sing-songs, and a gramophone with a selection of old 78 rpm records to explore.

Here a wonderful bay-window dining area with a panoramic view of the lough extends southwards.

A short hallway connects to the second sitting room, carpeted, with an enameled stove, and its own cushioned bay window.

Between the two, is a family bathroom, and opposite, a sunny porch-conservatory opening onto the South-facing lawn.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Rangemaster twin oven
• With 5 ring gas hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine and dryer in Bathroom
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, six single beds
• Travel cot
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• 2 DVD players

Other

• Large selection of books
• Large selection of DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Children’s books
• 2 woodburning stoves
• All weather Tennis Court, racquets and balls
• Charcoal Barbecue

Bedrooms

There is a double bedroom and a triple in both wings, with some reached through the adjoining bedroom, and two having  direct access to the garden.

Again, with a nod to the past, the conspicuous flower pattern on the curtains in one room, is an exact copy of one used to decorate some of the first-class cabins on Titanic.

The black cooking range used by a series of evacuee families during the second World War, is still to be found in “The Kitchen Bedroom”.

Beyond the last bedroom in the West wing, is a large, rustic, pine-paneled bathroom that also serves as a laundry room. It can also be reached directly from the garden.

Its vintage, cast-iron shower/bath has been adapted for modern use with an electric shower.

Outside

The lawn gently slopes to a rocky shore where there is access to a slip and a concrete jetty for launching. In addition, you may utilize a second slip for trailer launching via the lane that runs down the side of the house  – so if it floats, bring it!

In addition to the shoreline, there are amazing walks through woods (award-winning arboretum) and some breathtaking birdlife.
There is also an all-weather tennis court on the property.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
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

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

Christmas 2022 – 23rd to the 27th December – €2,800
New Years’ 2022 – 
29th to the 2nd January – €2,6800

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to April €2,250 €1,300 €1,300
May to September €2,800 Not Available Not Available

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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.
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Restrictions

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

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Out & About

The lough is home to a multitude of yacht clubs – the local one around the corner caters for water sports – canoes, paddle boards, etc, – better still, bring your own water toys…

There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

Mahee is a small privately owned island on Strangford Lough, the last in a chain linked by road causeways to the mainland. The nearest neighbours are a couple of fields away – mostly with woods between properties – but the nearest sizeable town is Comber, on the mainland 25 minutes away.

This is an island steeped in history, starting with the ruins of Mahee Castle (1570) and Nendrum, a 5th century monastery at one end of the island with its own small museum, and Europe’s oldest known tidal-mill site from the 7th century.

More recently the island became home in the 17th century to the industrious immigrant Andrews family from Scotland, who subsequently achieved diverse acclaim, including the design of the Titanic.

You may be interested in a recently published book curated by the daughter of the eponymous Helen Turtle – Midnight Again – a collection of poignant letters written to her mother and sister in America before and during the war when she lived here with her young children.

Strangford Lough is one of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe, with over 2,000 marine species spread across 150 km2. It is the largest sea inlet in the British Isles, and boasts at least seventy islands and multiple drumlin islets.

The narrows are also subject to a highly energetic tidal race. With water moving backwards and forwards at up to 15kph twice a day the channel has become a test-bed for experimental power generation, most lately by a Swedish company who are currently trialing their fascinating “sea kite” technology.

For a bird’s eye view over the lough, the tower at the top of Scrabo Hill, 20 minutes north, is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known landmarks and the views from the platform at the top of the 122 steps are spectacular.

Migrating Brent Geese in their thousands arrive from Arctic Canada to Strangford Lough from October through the winter months to eat the lough’s eelgrass before the long journey back to Arctic Canada to breed. It is a spectacular sight and a great venue to see this is WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, 5 miles from the Cottage and one of the venues for BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch 2021/2022.

From the Strangford village at the bottom of the lough, there is an entertaining ferry – every 30 minutes – across the narrows to Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula, where there is a small Aquarium (Exploris ) that is popular, and an important lifeboat station.

Shellfish is the name of the game around these parts, with pot fishing, mainly for prawns and crabs and licensed shellfish farming within the lough, so it’s not surprising that you will come across some of the finest seafood restaurants in Ireland. For divine Fish and Chips, make a wee journey to the pier at Ardglass farther down the coast…

Castle Ward is an 820-acre walled demesne owned by the National Trust on the edge of Strangford with terrific sheltered woodlands and trails, great for walking, running, cycling. The historic farmyard was the location of Winterfell where the deadly Game of Thrones® series is set in motion.

If you’re fond of the odd G&T you must be sure to try some of the home-grown local varieties that have sprung up in recent years. The Echlinville Estate lists Jawbox amongst their brands, and invite you to enjoy a tour of their distillery, or you may prefer to try Shortcross from the 500-acre Rademon estate.

The Titanic, which has strong links to the nearby town of Comber, has its own “Comber Titanic Audio Trail” which guides you to special places of interest throughout Comber that relate to the Titanic story. If you are going to Belfast – don’t miss a visit to the renowned Titanic Belfast Experience.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is about 2 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airports – Belfast International is just over an hour from the cottage & George Best’s City Airport, Belfast, is 35 minutes away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Ferries from Belfast, about an hour away, run to Liverpool and Scotland
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about two hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 4 hours from the cottage.

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Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Cove Lodge

Ultra Chic Coastal cottage

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County Waterford

Tucked away beneath the rocky escarpment that leads to a secluded tidal strand, this completely refurbished cottage oozes luxury and charm in equal measure. With a surprisingly spacious interior and versatile French door garden, Cove Lodge is a unique vacation escape.
Discover a coastline that probably remains Ireland’s best kept secret…

 

Cosy inspirational interiors

The entrance hallway unexpectedly spacious with a high ceiling and atmospheric concealed lighting.
Busy floor tiling and the stunningly coloured walls of pale apricot bring a Moorish Mediterranean quality to this space.

The original cottage was considerably smaller, with its little lattice-leaded windows.
Rooms to be discovered can be glimpsed through a variety of doorways.


AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,100 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    One bunk bedroom
    All with ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living, Dining & Kitchen
    Sitting room
    Kids TV Den & Playroom
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    BBQ Patio
    Wheelchair-friendly
    Outdoor shower
    Close proximity to beach
  • Contempo
    3 Flat screen TVs, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    nb. Poor Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Dogs are welcome
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A short passage, punctuated with French doors to the rear garden, opens into a more recent and unanticipated addition – an expansive and airy, living space.

The kitchen zone spans one side of the room, with appliances and storage tucked under a stony white work surface, behind stainless steel doors.

A generous eight-seater circular dining table occupies the centre, but the centrepiece of the room is undoubtably the dramatic luminous brushed-scarlet, modular corner-seating, that will bring a smile to your face.

French doors in the end wall open onto a white flagged patio – for those sultry summer sunsets.

At the opposite end of the room, a broad archway framed in a teal green wood panelling unveils a cosy carpeted sitting room, with an open-hearth fireplace and wall mounted TV.

You also get to see where that stable half door from the entrance hall leads…

Bedrooms

Sumptuous double bedrooms are located at either end of this long cottage.

The master bedroom boasts French doors that open onto a small side yard.

A splendid wood-panelled walkthrough bathroom, with double monsoon showers and his-and-her basins, is neatly concealed around the back of the truncated bed head.


 Following the peachy colour theme, the second double bedroom is delightful.

Softly feminine, the adjacent ensuite bathroom has a fabulous, deep if short slipper bath, in addition to a more traditional shower.

Decidedly steep stairs climb to a diminutive nursery-style kid’s room that utilises the attic space above the bathroom. It comes with sub-adult ceiling and door heights, and a vivid citrus paintjob.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with oven and 5 rings
• Fridge, Freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron
• Vacuum cleaner
• Remote control skylight blinds

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size and single bunk beds
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 3 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player

Other

• Children’s playroom with cots
• Outdoor Shower

Off the main entrance hall there is a bantam-bedroom with a set of bunk beds, and its own charming ensuite shower room that children will love.

Above the bunk room, occupying the loft space, is a TV den ideally suited for kids, and furnished accordingly. 

Outside

Stradbally Cove, with its sheltered sandy beach is just 50 metres down the narrow lane that cuts through the property. Across the lane is a spacious and well-maintained garden bordering the river for your exclusive use.

Around the cliff side of the cottage, an outdoor shower is being fitted – very handy for sandy people and wetsuits.

Aside from the lawn and patio, the gardens to the rear of the house feature a delightful rose arched walkway. There is a large gravelled parking area with dedicated access beyond that.

Within the portico at the back entrance, there is a separate laundry room.

The cottage is adjacent to an historic Estate which ranges for 340 acres West of Stradbally Village and is bisected by the twisting river Tay. It is home to 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid-18th century.

The owners occupy the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Provisional Booking Form

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

ONLY WEEK LONG BOOKINGS FROM SATURDAY TO SATURDAY DURING JUNE/JULY AND AUGUST ARE BEING TAKEN,

Christmas and New Year are at high season rates as are Easter and Halloween.

Rates for Public Holidays 2022:
Easter Week
 14th-  19th April 2022 – €2,600
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €2,600
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,600
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,600

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

Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to May €2,100 €1,100 €1,100
June to August €2,600 n/a n/a

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Yes, we all enjoyed our stay at Cove Lodge..

We would have appreciated nicer weather but we still enjoyed our short visit. The one very good day we had showed just how beautiful county Waterford is. The house was amazing and so well equipped. We all enjoyed being so close to the sea and the lovely river. My husband and I enjoyed watching the birds on the river and on the cove. My 2 granddaughters loved the extra rooms up the staircases.

Linda Laurenson, April 2022

 

Out & About

 
This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours

 

The Locality

 

 
Stradbally is a short uphill walk from the cottage, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan, a 15-minute drive along the coast is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the 13th century disputes between two noble Waterford dynasties, the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a 20km stretch of sometimes-stormy cliffs and beachy coves that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

About half an hour away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.

photo Mike Searle

They are mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it. It is fitting that one of the country’s most loved cycle route the Waterford Greenway runs through the region.

In Dungarvan, King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well-deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Clonea Strand is much closer, is one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along roads from Fenor to Annestown.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous thereafter, so don’t miss it.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – approx one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – just over two and a half hours away.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hour’s from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare which is approx. 1.5 hours from Stradbally
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over two and a half hours from the cottage

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Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Walled Garden Cottage

Lough Dergs Heartland Gem

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County Tipperary

Deep among the woods that border Lough Derg, is a uniquely private cottage with formal gardens, tennis courts and exclusive lake access.
Just over an hour from Galway, and with the lower reaches of the Shannon to explore, this is the perfect rural retreat.

 

A linear spread

This is a commodious cottage, just a single room deep, that spans one side of the walled garden.
From a south facing patio towards one end of the cottage, the entrance opens directly into an expansive living space.

Comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove define the sitting room at one end. An eclectic country-cottage style kitchen features a large eight seater rustic table at its centre.

Curtained French doors to the gardens mimic the entrance.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    4 guests +1
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    both with large ensuite bathrooms
    plus fold out bed in vestibule
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room, Dining room & Kitchen
    Central Vestibule
    large Sunroom
    separate Bar with washroom
    Pantry / Utility room
  • Features
    Wheelchair accessible
    Furnished Terrace
    Stunning Walled garden
    Two tennis courts
    Private woodland walks & access to the lake
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Bose Bluetooth players
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Children under 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

A sizeable pantry off the living area doubles as a larder and utility room.
Rough stone whitewashed walls and unpolished timber flooring are testament to the original cottage.

Beyond the kitchen, a central vestibule comes as a hiatus to the remaining accommodation, with a liberal mix of furnishings that include a gilded Diwan day-bed which can be used as an additional single.

Opposing French doors open onto the walled garden terrace, and a generous sunroom complete with leather swivel armchairs to the front.

Along the corridor, the first bedroom is snug Queen sized double. It is wheelchair accessible with a spacious bathroom, complete with double ended Drummond bath and delightful Victorian fittings.
The bathroom also has a door to the corridor which can be used if the vestibule Diwan is utilised.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring range with 3 ovens br>
• Fridge plus Fridge-freezer in pantry
• Additional fridge in bar
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Queen size beds
• Daybed single (Diwan) in Vestibule
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• 2 BOSE Bluetooth speakers

Other

• Two tennis courts
• Large walled garden and greenhouse
• Access to the lake (Lough Derg)
• Separate Bar
•Gas Barbecue

The master bedroom reveals an impressive mahogany Queen sized bed and a wood-burning stove.

A step up, the substantial master ensuite has an elegant walk-in twin shower and ample wardrobe space.

There are crisp white 800 thread count linen and luxury towels throughout.

The Bar

At the west end of the cottage, with access from either the walled garden or the front, is an autonomous bar, which is a relaxing social nook to chill out in at the end of a day.

The counter is fashioned from storm toppled trees on the estate.

There is an exclusive WC adjoining the bar.

 

Outside

The cottage is obviously named for its spectacular private walled garden. Beautifully maintained and with a magnificent glasshouse spanning the northern facade which will delight the horticulturist.

There is a broad and fully furnished terrace here which is perfect for barbecues.

In addition, guests have access to the two tennis courts, walks around the estate and of course the lake.

Provisional Booking Form

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

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

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

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
November to May €2.500 €1,400 €1,400
July to September €2,500 Not Available Not Available

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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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Out & About

 

The Shannon and its lakes dominate the midlands, and with that there comes fishing and food.

Just jump right in…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Terryglass, less than 15 minutes from the house – has a scenic harbor on the lake with Watersports and fine Gastropubs.
Portumna, 20 minutes away, is the nearest sizable town, home to the Workhouse Museum, an chilling example of this much hated alternative to starvation.

Nenagh is a little further away in the opposite direction, but is considerably better served with shops and restaurants.
While you’re there, you might like to check out the medieval Nenagh castle, and climb its 101 step spiral staircase. Access to the tower is through a passageway within the base of the wall.

Lough Derg at 118k sq in area and 39k long is the third largest lake in Ireland, and the last lake on the Shannon system before it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The river Shannon itself is the longest river in the British Isles, and more importantly, the most navigable…
The best way to explore the lake is by boat, as it is deeply indented with no handy shoreline cycle route.

Cycling is best done in the 1,500 acres Portumna Forest Park at the top end of the lake, which is also home to the annual Forest Marathon and 100k Ultra Marathon.

Fishing is one of the main attractions to the region, and the Pike which is the largest of the freshwater predators, is a prime target. There is no close season for pike in Ireland and anglers may fish for pike all year round.

The heritage town of Killaloe at the southern tip of the lough is the birthplace of Brian Boru, high King of Ireland at the dawn of the second millennium. It is also home to Limerick University Sports Adventure Centre – which provides a wide range of activities.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 1 and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Cork Airport – is also less than 2 and a half hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2 and a half hours
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 3 hours from the cottage.

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Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

Castlehaven Lodge

A whimsical haven in an historic harbour

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West Cork

A quaint and deceptively roomy 19th century cottage, Castlehaven Lodge has been completely modernised and re-furbished. Surrounded by acres of rambling gardens, dazzling views of the Atlantic, it enjoys a private walk through an historic glen to a secluded west Cork cove.

 

A modest lodge with an eastern twist

Built mid 19th century as an annex to the expansive parsonage with which it shares this 20 acre coastal property, the cottage makes a perfect base for walkers and watermen alike.

An open log-burning fireplace is punched into the rustic stone wall, a feature of one end of the open living space. The dining area occupies the opposing end.

For larger groups, Castlehaven House which sleeps 10 may be used in conjunction with the Lodge. More here …

1AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,100  per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms-both ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining Room
    Kitchen
  • Contempo
    Paved Patio
    Wheelchair Friendly
    Logs and Turf
    Barbecue
    WiFi
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Hardwood marine decking floors unite the rooms throughout.

From here one of three doors open onto every bodies favourite dining area, the alfresco terrace with views out towards the bay, and the tang of the ocean.

There is an alternative dining table in the solid wood all electric kitchen.

The bedrooms are given a Japanese twist with dramatic Shoji sliding doors, concealing contemporary ensuite shower rooms clad in mottled grey marble.

Outside

The extensive grounds are shared with Castlehaven house, which features elsewhere on this website, and include a picturesque private walk along a woodland fern glade pathway 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.

Restrictions

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

Facilities

The lodge is Wheelchair friendly, and is fitted out to a high standard with Wi-Fi, Dishwasher, Clothes dryer etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

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This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
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

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,100
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,100
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,100
New Years’ 
30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€1,100

 

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

All Year €1,100 per week Weekend €800 Mid-week €700

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Please tell the house owners of Castlehaven Lodge that we had the most special holiday in their house.

Noel was absolutely brilliant, really looked after us. The house was perfect, a total sanctuary from a wonderful, but very busy West Cork. The house was beautiful inside and so well equipped, we just loved how generous the bedrooms and bathrooms were. The glen was the perfect family hang out for swimming and supping. We absolutely loved it and hope to go back again next year. Thanks so much

Aoife & Dave Porter, August 2020

We felt relaxed as soon as we went in the door…

the lodge is comfortable and light filled, surrounded by nature, perfect for reading, dinner/ socialising or taking it easy. The layout is well designed and the kitchen is well equipped.
The walk to Castlehaven old church and Harbour through the woods is fun, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the bay. Good base for exploring the area eg Lough Hine, Castletownshend, Baltimore, Lis Ard, toe head, loads to do if you have some nice weather. Look forward to going back soon!

P&G Wall, June 2019

We had a lovely stay in Castlehaven Lodge…

We’ll definitely be going back next year, hoping we can go for longer next time. Noel was very accommodating and a really nice guy.
Thank you for making our holiday so smooth and very enjoyable.

Lorraine, September 2017

We were warmly greeted by our host and he made every effort to make sure our holiday was enjoyable and comfortable. Whether it was chopping wood for a fire or giving advice on the local area, he made himself available without intrusion. The Lodge was home away from home, that is if your home has a little forest walk at the bottom of the garden leading down to a secluded beach cove.
Our accommodation had comfortable beds and lots of white fluffy towels in a spotlessly clean bedroom. Plenty of hot water and great shower pressure in the spacious bathrooms. The kitchen was well equipped and our host very kindly supplied fresh provisions on arrival.
The surrounding area of West Cork is spectacular even at the time of year we chose to visit. We went to Mizen Head to see the light house on the day storm Doris broke and the breaking waves were particularly powerful along the coast that day. Inchydoney beach and Owenahincha beach are beautiful but Barleycove was our favourite, and as you can imagine, completely deserted in February.
Castlefreke woodland walk and the history of the area is captivating but make sure to stop at Union Hall on the way back and pick up some fish for supper.

David and Fiona, February 2017

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Out & About

 

Castlehaven Lodge 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.

photo Robert Wilcox

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 Whale Watch West Cork

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
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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.

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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Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Sheltered behind a small woodland just above Dunmanus Bay, this eco-friendly sea-side home has been designed to blend in beautifully with its surroundings.
It is spacious, luminous, and contemporary, and enjoys some extra luxuries, like an outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sauna. An ideal remote retreat for families who relish walking and water…

 

Modern, bright, and roomy

The broad entrance lobby, impressive kitchen, and ample dining room, flow effortlessly into each other. Dove grey and white tones, polished concrete terrazzo floors and clean minimal lines unify these contemporary ground floor rooms into an inclusive family home.


Magnificent glass sliding doors separate the interiors from an expansive south facing terrace that overlooks the woodland and river, sucking in the sunlight.

Typical of the quirky delights in this home, a relaxing coffee area occupies a corner of the kitchen – complete with colourful cocktail chairs, but there are also stools around a central island for casual grazing.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (one ground floor)
    Two with ensuite showers
    One twin bedroom
    One triple, with double and single bed
    Two bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen with Coffee area
    Landing with Sauna
    Utility room
  • Features
    Hot Tub Jacuzzi, Large Terrace, Pizza Oven, Barbecue
    Woodland paths & Gazebo
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, Netflix, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday, September to March
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The ample artisan dining table began life as an Ash tree in the woodlands below, and the floor boards in the sitting room similarly were fashioned from beech trees on the property. Other surplus timber ends up in one or other of the two wood-burning stoves.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 4 ring electric hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer in utility room
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, three King-size, and three singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Sauna
• Outdoor Hot Tub
• 2 Multi head showers • Good selection of books
• Kids toys
• Children’s high chair
• 2 Wood burning stoves

The large sitting room also faces directly onto the sunny south terrace – a very magical spot for the whole family to enjoy a barbecue or something from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

Built to be environmentally conscious this home employs the most efficient modern technologies, with a heating system that ensures endless supply of hot water, a heat recovery unit, with vents located throughout the house, and triple glazed Doors & Windows.

A double bedroom occupies the other side of the ground floor. It is adjacent to a family bathroom – Beechwood House is wheelchair friendly.

A limed white stairway returns onto the generous first floor landing, where there is room for a relaxing seating area. Here too is the sauna – wonderful for heating up the bones after a dip in the sea or a long walk!

There are four spacious bedrooms on this level – two have ensuite shower rooms with multi head showers.

 

One bedroom sleeps three, with a double bed and a single bed, and shares a family bathroom (with bath) with a fourth twin bedroom.

Outside

Just a short stroll from the village, the house is accessed via a small bridge over the river and electric gates – there is ample parking inside. The 5 acre property slopes down towards the bay, a view that is concealed in the summer months by a magical woodland. From the terrace area you can meander down to the river on conveniently constructed paths, or just chill out in the gazebo. There is a Hot Tub Jacuzzi in a small garden to one side of the house.

Provisional Booking Form

5This Home is only let by the week during High Season.

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €3,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€3,500

Weekend stays are available October to March Only.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

NB: A refundable breakages deposit of €600 applies to this home.

Christmas Breaks €3,500 per week
October to May €2,600 per week
July & August €3,900 per week
June & September €2,900 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.

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

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Reviews

 

New to Unique Irish Homes – 2019

I had been meaning to give some feedback…

We were extremely happy with the house in Ahakista. It really is a special place and the whole experience was fantastic. The house itself is beautifully finished and really comfortable, and the grounds make it extra special. Niamh and Damian were very warm and welcoming when we arrived, and eager to help throughout.
We’re looking forward to our next stay!

Karl, August 2020

Sounds like fun…

First I’d like to express, on behalf of the whole group, our thanks for such a wonderful trip. Like for many others, Covid-19 provided an opportunity for us to explore our home country and although the situation has at times been quite bleak, it’s also helped us see what’s been on our doorstep this whole time. We had a great time and I can confidently say that we will be back to you to you in the future for more trips!

 

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Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
Enjoy amazing sailing and boat tours, and equally brilliant restaurants.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Festivals

• Ahakista Regatta( August Bank Holiday weekend) – with a Quiz hosted by TV personality & Author, Graham Norton.
• West Cork Chamber Music Festival – Nine days of concerts, masterclasses & talks in various venues in Bantry town – 28th June to 7th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Literary Festival – Week-long celebration of writing & reading for people of all ages in various venues in Bantry town – 12th to 19th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

• Ellen Hutchins Festival – Celebration of life of Ireland’s first female botanist with walks, talks, workshops all with a botanical theme – 17th to 25th August – www.ellenhutchins.com

Masters of Tradition Festival – Celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form in various venues in Bantry town – 21st to 26th August – www.westcorkmusic.ie ,/p . ,p . • A Taste of West Cork – 6th to 15th September

The Locality

 

The Memorial Garden located at the edge of the village remembers the death of over 329 people in a terrorist attack on an Air India Jumbo Jet in 1985, this being the closest spot to the bombing.

This neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking, and you may be surprised by what’s on offer in the local shops, but you will need to travel the 17km to the sleepy market town of Bantry for larger shops and supermarkets.
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 – be sure to try them.

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.

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Across Dunmanus Bay to the south is the Mizen Head Peninsula. Its lighthouse marks Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached via a dramatic bridge.

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.

There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic. 88km of walking around this narrow finger of land protruding into the wild Atlantic Ocean, although you can drive most of the way. The final loop to the small lighthouse at the very end of the peninsula, is worth the trip with its blow holes and the possibility of seeing dolphins or whales, with a rewarding cuppa & apple tart at Bernie’s Cafe once your round trip is completed !

If you are out on the Mizen, you might like to visit a megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb. It is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

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.

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.

How to get there – Car advised..

However, There is a bus service to Bantry three days per week

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 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)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house

 

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