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County Cork

Westerly House

Price starts from €2,800 per week

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A halcyon waterfront haven

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.

At a Glance

Bedrooms

Up to 12 guests
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

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!

Property Features

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.

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.

Out and 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.

Things to do

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.

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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

Pricing Options

This home is available by the week, except for weekend and midweek stays detailed below.

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 Public Holidays are at the high season rate.

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

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

2024 Per Week/7 Nights 4 nights Weekend/3 nights
29th June – 30th Aug. €4,950
31st Aug. – 27th Sept. €3,900
28th Sept. – 1st Nov. €3,600 €2,300
2nd Nov. – 20th Dec. €2,800 €2,100 €1,800
21st Dec. – 3 Jan. €4,800
2025 Per Week/7 Nights 4 nights Weekend/3 nights
21st Dec – 3rd Jan 2025 €4,800
4th Jan – 28th Feb €2,800 €2,100 €1,800
1st March – 11th April €3,300 €2,200
12th April – 30th May €3,600 €2,300
31st May – 27th June €4,100
28th July – 29th August €4,950
30th Aug – 26th Sept €4,100
27th Sept – 31st Oct €3,600 €2,300
1st Nov – 19th Dec €2,800 €2,100 €1,800
2oth Dec. – 2nd Jan 2026 €4,800

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.
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