Sitting comfortably on the dramatic and rugged Seven Heads Peninsula, above the Cork coastline, with uninterrupted views of rich pastureland leading to the Atlantic Ocean, this perfectly reclaimed cottage is the embodiment of peaceful tranquillity, where the sounds of nature and sea reign supreme.
It is an ideal base to explore the unadulterated splendour of the West Cork coastline, so grab your walking boots and head out.
Far from the madding crowd
The extensive living space that stretches from a compact, contemporary kitchen through to a sunny South facing dining room, occupies one half of the ground floor.
The middle section is comfortably furnished with a welcoming wood-burning stove – complimentary to the underfloor heating – and a sumptuous shabby-chic sofa.
AT A GLANCE
Sleeps Up to 6 guests From €1,500 per week
Bedrooms Two double bedrooms – ensuite Two single bedrooms Family bathroom
Other Rooms Open Plan Living room, Dining room, Kitchen Sitting room Entrance Hall, Utility room w shower Guest WC
• Washing machine • Spin-dryer • Sheila Maid (traditional clothes dryer) • Iron • 2x Woodburning stoves • Oil fired Central heating • Solar Panel water heating
• Sizes – Two King-size and two single beds • 2 Hairdryers
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet • 3 Flat-screen smart TVs
• Good selection of books • Selection of Board games • Wood fired Pizza oven – outdoors • Comprehensive outdoor living room • Children’s high chair on request
The stairs divide near the top – left and right – to a pair of uncluttered double bedrooms. They both have wonderful pastoral views towards the ocean, and of course, convenient ensuite shower rooms.
Two snug single rooms with traditional cushy wrought iron beds, lie to the rear and share an elegant well-placed family bathroom off the central landing.
On a bluff, at the end of a meandering traffic free rural road, the cottage lies in its own grounds adjacent to an award-winning dairy farm; it is just a 400 metre stroll from the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean, with only the main farm house for company.
A wonderful outdoor seating area is provided, and sheltered garden room, should the weather turn inclement. The log burning fire, complete with cooking racks for grilling steaks and burgers is an enchanting bonus for those long evenings.
A wood-burning pizza oven in the garden room is a recent addition, and handmade pizza bases can be supplied if requested.
Depending on the season, there is a rich treasure trove of birdlife to be seen locally. For more info, see here…
If you are intrigued by that National Milk Quality Award, early morning milking excursions can be arranged, affording you a wonderful opportunity to deeply connect with nature and immerse yourself in the best of what West Cork farm life has to offer. Your reward – a bottle of fresh creamy milk straight from the cow to enjoy with a well-earned breakfast. Don’t forget to pack your wellies!
Provisional Booking Form
2023 Holiday Breaks
Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April
Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November
Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December
New Year break
Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January
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 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.
October to April
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June to August
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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.
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The secluded rural hinterland of the peninsula is mainly given over to dairy farming, bordered by rugged coastal cliffs, sandy beaches, abundant bird life and historical sites.
The Seven Heads Walk offers over 42Km to explore, passing local eateries and small cosy pubs.
The nearest grocery shopping is available from the Eurospar supermarket in Barryroe, less than 10 minutes away by car.
The picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry is a short 15 minute trip along the meandering coastal route. Busy during the summer months the village is a centre for sea anglers, whale and dolphin watching tours, plus an array of water sports and skills courses.
Timoleague, at the head of this short estuary, has a ruined abbey dating back to the 13th century. The village has a long tradition of Bee-keeping and obviously honey.
The multi award winning historical town of Clonakilty 25 minutes away has quirky shops, cafes and pubs featuring live music sessions, as well as some fine restaurants. The town is known for its black pudding which is made to a secret spice recipe since the 1880s, but also produces other fine treats such as craft beers, chocolate and gin.
Of course these waters are a familiar haunt for Whales and Dolphins, and there are a number of experienced local boatmen offering guided trips to get up close and personal with them – an unforgettable experience.
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Standing on a headland, and clearly visible from the cottage, is the ruin known as Seven Heads Signal Tower. Built at the start of the 19th century, it is one of a chain of 81 interconnected defensible coastal towers constructed to give advance warning of an expected Napoleonic invasion. Messages were passed to the neighbouring tower via hoisted flags and balls. You can reach it from the cottage.
There are myriad of sandy swimming beaches dotted along the coastline.
Dunworley, 2Km away, is a real local gem, perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking and a surfer’s dream when the south westerly winds whip up impressive swells. Children will love exploring the many rock pools filling their buckets with a myriad of marine life. Coffee and snack trucks available during summer months.
Blindstrand and Broadstrand beaches, both hidden secrets and a short 10 mins drive from the cottage offer safe wild water swimming all year round.
The beautiful Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney Island, is family friendly and very popular amongst surfers, with a great stretch of sand backed by dunes. It’s about half an hour away – combine with a trip to Clonakilty.
15 minutes further west, the aptly named Long Strand offers a mile and a half of dune-lined sandy beach. The top end is excellent for surfers.
Warren beach in Rosscarbery (35 mins drive) is a designated Natural Heritage area and a safe sandy beach for swimming and cliff walking.
Of interest is that the surrounding dairy farm is one of five cream providers supplying ingredients for Five Farms Cream Liqueur, an award-winning premium whiskey-based beverage for export – primarily to the US.
How to get there – Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Cork, Dublin or Shannon airports. Cork Airport – is about an hour from the cottage. Dublin Airport – is just under 4 hours from the cottage. Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from the cottage.
By Sea: Ferry crossings Brittany Ferries run sailings from Cork Harbour to Roscoff in France twice a week Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under 4 hours from the cottage Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under 4 hours from the cottage.