Sometimes the rainbow does end in our garden.The cottage, the red barn, after which our publishing business is named, and the garden from the air. You can also see where the car parking spaces is! Photo courtesy of Lara Fritz.
Skibbereen: the end of the rainbow
Skibbereen: the end of the rainbow

Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

The space

A small self-contained independent cottage – akin to the French gîte concept – set in a mature garden beside a quiet road amidst tranquil farmland, yet within ten minutes of a great cappuccino, the majestic coast including the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, megalithic sites (we have a cairn within walking distance), artisan restaurants and much, much more.

We are quiet and unobtrusive, but have a wealth of local knowledge to make your stay memorable. Our interests are eclectic, so you let us know what it is you would like to discover and, in all likelihood, we can point you in the right direction.

We love good food ourselves and can offer pointers to stunning local produce if required. In the summer months you may have to share our acre of mature wooded garden with swallows and grandchildren. Sometimes simultaneously.

The accommodation consists of a double bedroom, bathroom and living space, including a small kitchen, on the ground floor plus a first floor with dormer windows suitable for sleeping two children (three at a pinch).

Despite the tranquillity, and apparent remoteness, we are only 6 km from the bustling market town of Skibbereen. The area is ideal for walking and cycling in addition to being a good base to explore the rugged peninsulas at our doorstep.

Unfortunately, this part of Ireland is no longer served by the railway network. The national bus service operates buses through Skibbereen with reasonable frequency. So a car, while not totally necessary, would facilitate seeing the breadth of sights in the locality. However, we can collect you from the town if required.

This is a unique corner of the world where the community still have time for their neighbours and for the odd stray tourist. It is more beautiful than the famed Ring of Kerry but with a fraction of the visitors and none of the tour buses.

Guest access

Our guests have a self-contained light and airy cottage with oil-fired central heating, free wifi and ‘free-to-air’ satellite TV. The more important ‘freedom’ however, is access to the surrounding nature right at our doorstep.

Interaction with guests

Our own dwelling house is opposite the cottage so are generally around and about, but in an unobtrusive manner. We are happiest when our guests feel free to organise themselves, but more than happy to help or advise on any aspect of your stay.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $12 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 13%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is flexible

The accommodation is better suited to those who seek peace, quiet and a modicum of contemplation rather than nightly raves. Because of our location we have to dispose of our own rubbish, so we love people who tread lightly on the earth. The cottage is ‘no smoking’. As we are surrounded by farmers we do not accept pets.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector

2 nights minimum stay

57 Reviews

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Emma User Profile
June 2017
Lovely and warm house, perfect for our needs. Peaceful environment. The little touches such as milk, eggs and fruit were really thoughtful.

Bridget User Profile
June 2017
This cottage will truly provide a piece for respite to your journey. Our hosts made sure that we were comfortable and well cared for. We definitely found a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow! We especially loved the outdoor patio and gardens which added a special flavor to our breakfast each morning.

Sarah User Profile
June 2017
You need to stay here if in the area!! We loved the cottage - homely, ever so spacious and extremely comfortable! So grateful for Gloria and Brendan's responsive communication, thoughtful generosity with food and lovely greeting. Their garden is so beautiful, so be sure to take a stroll through!
Gloria User Profile
Response from Gloria:
Thanks Sarah. What a lovely review. I have even cut some grass since your departure so, along with the sun, the garden is beginning to take shape finally.
June 2017

Nic User Profile
June 2017
Thanks to Gloria and Brendan for a lovely stay in Co Cork. They went above and beyond to help us out during our time there. If you're looking for somewhere scenic and quiet with character and charm this is the place for you. It's close proximity to Skibbereen means you've access to amenities in the town while also having the benefits of the rural area. We will definitely be back again!

Jill User Profile
June 2017
We had a wonderful stay at Gloria and Brendan's. What a beautiful spot if you are looking for a quiet stay out in the country, but still close enough to enjoy the attractions in town and around Skibbereen. The set up is perfect with your own private cabin with all the amenities. We would highly recommend staying here.
Gloria User Profile
Response from Gloria:
So glad you enjoyed the trip to Ireland, notwithstanding crazy roads and drivers!
June 2017

Ignacio User Profile
March 2017
Great stay, hosts were very kind and house was exactly as depicted on the pictures. I highly recommend it!

Tara User Profile
February 2017
I travelled with my grandfather at the last minute and cannot thank Brendan enough for his hospitality. From the lifts (I couldn't find my driving Iicense before leaving - a must really in this neck of the woods!) to the fresh, organic food that he supplied, our stay was a very comfortable and happy one. The accommodation is perfect for a relaxing stay in the Irish countryside. Highly recommended!

Gloria User Profile

Married couple with eclectic interests and preoccupations. Twelve grandchildren, when last counted. Love this beautiful corner of Ireland, where we have lived since 1989, and love introducing people to the seductive way of life here.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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