Facing south over Roaring Water Bay and Ballydehob, this old cottage has recently been restored to a high standard: it is warm and dry and provides lovely self-catering accommodation for year round living. The setting, not far from the sea, is rural and peaceful: Mount Gabriel stands to the west, hills and forestry are behind (to the north), just over the hill are Dunmanus Bay and Bantry Bay. To the east is the vibrant market town of Skibbereen and to the west the village of Schull, the sailing centre of Roaring Water Bay. This is wonderfully beautiful scenery.
Though just minutes from the bustling market towns of Skibbereen and Bantry and the salt laden air of seaside Schull you'll find the tranquil rural west Cork countryside of Lisin Na Cre rejuvenating. Imagine a relaxing Easter holiday walking the narrow lane-ways bursting with Spring growth and colour, pale primroses, the brilliant green of young ferns, the singing of robins and wrens and the murmuring of a fresh mountain stream. Leave the world behind and really experience the beauty of Ireland in the heart of west Cork!
Because of the warm Gulf Stream, tender and special plants grow luxuriously in wild and secret gardens like Garnish Island and Dereen. A whole holiday can be planned around garden visits.
There are ferry boats out to the islands in Roaringwater Bay - that's another world again. Ferry boats leave from Schull in the summer months and Baltimore throughout the year.
There are many beautiful sandy beaches for enjoying picnicking, swimming, body surfing, kayaking and sailing.
This is a fabulous place to tour from - and west Cork and Kerry can be explored in day trips from Lisin na Cre. The Beara Peninsula is my favourite, but the choice is endless.
Golf courses offer plenty of choice, horse riding can be arranged. Archaeological trips, local hill walking and exploring can be undertaken by anyone.
We are real "foodies" in west Cork with local, organically grown fresh produce sold everywhere and at farmer's markets. So cook well at home and try local meat, fish, cheeses and vegetables and salads with just the very best breads.
Or be tempted to eat out by any of the excellent restaurants and pubs. Just over the hill at Durrus, Carmel Somers (used to cook at Bibendum and at Sally Clarke in London), runs The Good Things Cafe in July and August, and then cooking courses for the rest of the year. Book well ahead for both these. On nearby Heir Island John Desmond and Ellmary Fenton run the gourmet Island Cottage restaurant but be sure to book early.
Yoga, belly dancing, tai chi, alternative therapy like reiki and heavenly beauty treatments and massage are all options too.
The Ballydehob Jazz Festival, is a must for May bank holiday. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival, is held at the magnificant Bantry House from June 27th - July 5th. Also taking place in Bantry during July is the acclaimed West Cork Literary Festival featuring some of the top authors and poets of our time.
Perfect for four people, this pink-washed and single storied cottage has a large living room/kitchen. There is a wood burning stove with comfortable sofas on each side, books, paintings, satellite TV and a music system.The kitchen has a painted pine table to eat around, 4 gas rings, a double electric oven, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Electric central heating.
- First log basket and a bowl of free range eggs on the house
- White cotton linen and fluffy towels provided
- Outdoor dining and barbeque
- Satellite TV/DVD
- Wi-Fi internet
The master bedroom has double French doors opening onto the yard and with a small garden opposite. A comfortable double bed is 5'..The second bedroom has another full sized double bed which can unzip to make two single beds. Plenty of books in each room.
Both bedrooms have their own bathroom - one with a roll top bath and the other with a shower. The bathrooms have beautiful pebble floors.
Duvets and pillows are goose down, the bed linen is white Egyptian cotton and there are large fluffy towels on heated towel rails.
At the far end of the cottage, the old piggery is now a play castle, complete with dungeon, canon and skull and cross bones! My grandchildren are making a museum in the hen house and contributions are welcome! It is known as "the Guggenhen"!
There is a meadow, recently planted as a romantic orchard with wild flowers and roses and spring bulbs, and a small wood at the bottom.
For large family or group gatherings you may wish to rent the Pink Cottage in conjunction with one of both rental units available from Richard Speir just down the lane in Glensallagh.