This is Why We Love West Cork
Teach Poll Gorm, County Cork
On an elevated site overlooking the cluster of islands that shelter Roaringwater Bay, this
gossamer grey coastal cottage is a sanctuary of contemporary design and comfort.
Crafted stonework terraces define the lawns, apple orchard, and percolating water cascades that climb the slopes above the house - occasionally assisted by outcrops of natural granite bedrock.
This is where West Cork works its charm..
Stylish pleasures to come home to
Situated in a bewitching coastal landscape the south-facing house invites you to enjoy barbecues and breakfasts al fresco, and is perfectly positioned to explore the delights of this magnificent region.
Attention to detail, sensitive design and quality fittings were the drivers when this home was completely renovated and modernised in 2014, and the result is a haven that’s hard to leave and seductive to return to.
A sunny corner conservatory introduces us to the house, where stable style doors lead through the tiled entrance lobby and into an exquisite contemporary kitchen.
Central to this room is a stunning high-stooled dining island that can comfortably seat ten. Here solid iroko kitchen surfaces, a six ring gas range, Nespresso machine and premium kitchen equipment set the standard for the home.
A study with oak writing desk adjoining the kitchen, is mostly used for music practice and creative hobbies.
This is just one end of a living area that flows along the full length of the ground floor.
Delicate hues of khaki, coffee and charcoal feature throughout the home, as do the leaded glass casement windows.
Sumptuous high-back leather sofas in harmonious tones face a wood-burning stove and a modestly alcoved television.
French doors at the far end let onto a sheltered dining terrace that captures the evening sun.
On the ground floor, there is an elegant twin bedroom and bathroom which are off the central hall – perfect for wheelchairs.
Stairs from the hall lead up to two tranquil double bedrooms, each ensuite, and each with magnificent window alcove dressing table views across the bay.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home - from WiFi to barbeque (gas and charcoal), clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
The landscaped garden, with its sunny south sloping aspect is neatly terraced with rustic stone walls.
There is about 1 acre of private lawns and orchard, with sublime views across Roaring Water Bay, to Cape Clear and the Fastnet rock.
A large decked terrace accessed through French doors at the western end of the house is a sheltered spot ideal for dining and Barbeques.
A five minute walk at the foot of the gardens is a secluded quay complete with occasional swans and even otters – that’s our swimming pool.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.
Pets – No, sorry - although guide dogs are of course welcome.
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Out and About
Teach Pol Gorm is perfectly located for exploring all the points of the West Cork compass.
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.
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Catch a wave at Barleycove beach
- Cross the bridge to Mizen
- Fish off the Fastnet
- Roaring Water Bay by boat
- Catch up on history
- Great music on Sherkin Island
- Whale watching from Glandore
- Dine out at Rolfs
- Play a round at Skibbereen
- A bowl of mussels in Bantry
- Trek a pony in Bantry
- Cycle around Sheeps Head
- Go moonlight kayaking
- Yoga at an Sanctoir
- Dive off Baltimore
Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week
About the Locality
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.
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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.
The closest shops are 3 km away at Ballydehob, renowned for its 19th century 12 arch railway bridge.
Kilcoe Castle which you see from the house, was the McCarthy clan’s only coastal foothold, and has been extensively restored in recent years by its present owner, Jeremy Irons.
The thriving market town of Skibbereen is ten kilometres away to the East. Every Saturday there is a lively farmers market here with excellent artisan food and crafts.
Bantry, just a twenty minute the North, has its own farmers market and the inspiring Bantry House and gardens which are well worth a visit.
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
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.
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 bustling town of Clonakilty has a strong musical tradition with much else to offer, well worth a visit.
The Fastnet rock lies 19km to the south of Baltimore. Its lighthouse flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.
Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles.
In 2013 the last boat to cross the line, a 101 year old gaff yawl, took 6 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the course.
In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring about 157 feet (48 m) in height.
Cape Clear island is Ireland's most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
The islands remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland's only manned observatory.
Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year - dolphins constantly.
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