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County Cork

Rathclaren House

Price starts from €6,500 per week

Gracious Georgian living in the heart of West Cork

This classic regency rectory has been sensitively modernised and is situated in its own extensive grounds with pastoral views south to the Courtmacsherry estuary and the ocean beyond. Generous rooms, large windows and classic period detailing, plus the versatility of split accommodation augment the magic of this home.

Half way twixt the West Cork Meccas of Kinsale and Clonakilty and just 40 minutes from Cork International Airport, this is perfect spot for a multi-generational gathering.

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At a Glance

Bedrooms

Sleep up to 11 guests including annex

Main House:
Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
One single bedroom
Family bathroom

Annex:
Three double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
Bathroom
Family bathroom

Other Rooms

Main House:
Two reception rooms, Study
Family Kitchen / breakfast room
Entrance Hall, Utility room

Annex:
Living room, Kitchenette

Features

Open Fire places, wood burning stoves
Large private gardens

Availability

Availability
High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Weekends: Friday to Monday
Midweek: Monday to Friday

EV Charging

This home does not have an EV charger. Click here for more information on EV charging and locations.

Restrictions

Children over 10 are welcome
Sorry, pets are not permitted

Property Features

The Main House

Through the entrance gate a sweeping drive leads up via 6 acres of mature private gardens planted with flourishing examples of rhododendron, and azalea to the main entrance at the side of the house.

The two very large drawing reception rooms lead off one side of the hall. Divided by lofty double doors, the rooms span the southern façade of the house and share wonderful views of the garden through beautifully proportioned Georgian windows.

Marble fireplaces, sumptuous sofas, vintage furniture and Persian carpeted wide floorboards, evoke the understated elegance of Georgian living.

Also off the hallway, through classic double doors, is a snug oak-panelled study; book lined and with a large open fire-place.

Beyond the study, is a large dining room that can seat ten in comfort. This bright room is a recent addition, and features a dazzling glazed roof light, controllable by way of push button automated blinds.

There is also access from here to the lawns for the summer months.

Off the northern side of the hallway, there is a generous, modern, well-appointed kitchen and breakfast room.

The budding gourmet will delight in the substantial oil-fired range (AGA) with four ovens supported by a four-ring gas hob. The preparation island has a second handy sink.

As an informal dining room, the breakfast area caters comfortably for six around a circular table. Two French doors give out onto the courtyard with access to the converted stable that is the Annex.

Leading off the kitchen is a large utility room containing washer and drier.

Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 11 guests.

The two main double bedrooms lead off the landing and overlook the lawns. Softly lit by grand south facing windows, they are both spacious and sumptuous.

Across the landing is a neat family bathroom with double ended bath.

The master bedroom incorporates a luminous en-suite bathroom, with an elegant double ended slipper bath, shower cubicle and marble lined double basins.

A small but delightful bedroom, perfect for kids, is at the end of the landing with windows that look out to the stable block annex.

The Annex

A modest pea-gravelled courtyard is all that lies between the main house and the converted stables, most easily reached through the breakfast room’s French doors. This is a stand-alone apartment, albeit with a bantam kitchen – and it is wheelchair friendly.On the ground floor is a sizeable sitting room with a wood burning stove and a large flat screen TV.

Just off that is the small pantry kitchenette.

Adjacent to the sitting room is a charming double bedroom with en suite bathroom.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower and twin pedestal basins. It is also equipped with support for elderly guests.

Two bedrooms and a large bathroom are accessed from an upstairs corridor that runs the length of the stable building.

Facilities

Kitchen Appliances

Aga oil range with 4 ovens and 4 gas rings
Electric Oven
Fridge-freezer
Dishwasher
Twin sinks
Toaster
Microwave

Utility Appliances

Washing machine
Spin dryer
Iron

Bedrooms

Sizes – Two double beds, Three King-size and one Single
2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

Wi-Fi Internet
Flat-screen TV

Other

Good selection of books
Barbecue
Croquet set

Out and About

West Cork is inundated with fantastic food, dramatic vistas, coastal adventures and historical treasures.

Things to do

The Locality

Kilbrittain

Immediately behind the house is the seventeenth century church which until recently was served by Rathclaren’s rector.

Kilbrittain is the nearest village. Its castle, is thought to date from 1035 and remains a family home to this day – reputed to be one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland.
Annually in August, Kilbrittain Village hosts a Family Festival which draws large crowds.

In the winter of 2009, an 18-metre (59 ft) fin whale became stranded on a beach in Courtmacsherry Bay. The Lifeboat laboured without success to get the whale back into the sea, and it subsequently died. The skeleton is now on display in a small park to the east of Kilbrittain village.

Timelogue

Timoleague, (10 mins) at the head of the bay, has a ruined abbey dating back to the 13th century. The town is notable for its Brown Pudding sausage – but also has a long tradition of Bee-keeping and obviously honey. Here is also the nearest petrol station with a small Centra supermarket.

On the far side of the bay is the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry – a short 15 minute trip along the water’s edge. 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.
It is also home to one of the first and one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the country.

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.

Ballinspittle

Off 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.

About 10 minutes east of the house is Ballinspittle. In the summer of 1985, the town received international attention when inhabitants claimed to have witnessed a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary moving spontaneously. As news of the phenomenon spread, thousands of pilgrims and spectators flocked to the site – many claiming the same experience.

The bustling market town of Bandon, 15 minutes to the north, is the largest town in the region, and stages a Saturday morning farmers market.
Graham Norton, BBC chat show host, lived in Bandon and attended Bandon Grammar School.
The town is host to a 3 day Music Festival Jun Bank Holiday.

Kinsale

Kinsale town, extolled by Conde Nast as one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns, is the Southern limit of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s 2,500km route that follows the coast to Inishowen, in the North.


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Just 20km away, the genuinely picturesque town has a long and chequered history as a strategic port, but it’s current status as ‘The Gourmet Capital of Ireland’ derives from the quality of its acclaimed restaurants, of which there are many.

The are also the remains of two impressive forts built by the English to protect the narrow entrance from the sea. The 17th-century pentagonal bastion of James Fort, and its successor, Charles Fort on the opposite side of the estuary, which is one of the finest surviving examples of a star-shaped fort from the period. Charles Fort continued to be used by the British Army until February 1922.

In 1915 on a trip from New York to Liverpool, the luxury passenger steamship Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat 18 km off the Old Head of Kinsale. Taking 18 minutes to sink, there were only 764 survivors.

The loss of 128 Americans in the tragedy is thought to have contributed to their active involvement in WW2, however a number of controversies and conspiracy theories relating to the disaster persist to this day. A museum and memorial garden at the Signal Tower on the Old Head, commemorate the event.

Garrettstown Beach

There are myriad of sandy swimming beaches dotted along the coastline – at least 7 nearby – so we’ll leave it to you to explore here.

How to get there

Car advised.

By Air:
Flights to Cork, Kerry, Dublin or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – about 40 mins from the house.
Kerry Airport – about one hour 50mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – about 3 and a half hours from the house
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from house.

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

Pricing Options

This home is let by the week, except for weekends/midweek between October and May.

Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday – 7 nights
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend bookings run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights

Christmas, New Year and some Public Holidays are at the high season rate.

A refundable breakage deposit of €450 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Please Note: This house does not accept pets, thank you.

Months 5 nights 6 nights 7 nights
May and April €5,000 €6,000 €7,000
June to September €6,000  €7,200  €8,400
October to December €5,000  €6,000  €7,000
Christmas/New Year N/A N/A  €8,400

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