About this listing
Park the car, the city centre is only a 20 min stroll, a bus to the country is 30 min away.
I know what's on in local pubs, theatres, gallery openings and events.
Relax by the fire and chat with a cuppa, sleep well in a comfortable bed.
Homely, relaxed, close to city and country.
1 guest room with comfortable double bed, a desk and chair (for those messages home)
1 cosy attic room with double and single futons
Downstairs toilet, upstairs in-bath shower
Bed linen, towels, robes, shampoo, etc.
Shared sitting room, stove fire, television. Wifi.
Help yourself to good coffee, varied teas, meusli, porridge, fruit, natural yogurt.
For longer stays we may come to an arrangement about using my kitchen. You can use my spices if you show me a new recipe!
Interaction with Guests
When you are booking, please send me a message about your visit to Cork - otherwise I may not see your request until too late.
I like to greet visitors and have a chat with you, but you are independent in my home and can come and go as you please.
I can tell you where to go for meals, drinks and entertainment.
Ask for Michelle's Meander - a tour to the University Campus, Glucksman Gallery, Fitzgerald Park (with children's playground), the Shaky Bridge, City Gaol and Shandon Bells, ending up in the city centre.
This is a safe, family-oriented area, only 6 minutes stroll from Europe's only city-centre wildlife sanctuary, where you can overhear all kinds of conversations: for a laugh, search for 'The Lough Birds' on YouTube!
A pub and restaurant overlook the Lough.
Supermarket, pharmacy, laundry, Chinese take-away or Fish 'n Chipper nearby.
2 buses pass the end of my street - one goes to a shopping mall, the second to city centre in one direction, Cork University Hospital at the other. It is a short walk or bus ride to the city centre, a 10 minute taxi to the airport.
As recommended by a guest (thanks Ryan!) I suggest that you get The Heritage Card, which guarantees free admission to fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country - in the southwest alone there are more than a dozen sites, so well worth it.
Other Things to Note
If you have a choice of nights to stay in Cork, the first Friday (of a month) is the best - that's the night the local musicians have a "busman's holiday" with an impromptu gathering in The Corner House from 5:30 to 9ish. Some of Cork's best traditional players can be heard for free.
Also, on most Fridays, TDC (Theatre Development Centre) have a free presentation of work in progress at Triskel Arts Centre.
Of course, there is always music, for example in The Oliver Plunkett, which also serves Irish-themed food.
You should be able to find all these places online.
This is a family home, with friendly neighbors on either side, so we would appreciate guests who intend to use the house as a base for sleeping and relaxing while touring, sightseeing or studying in Cork.
No smoking please!
Do not leave rubbish in your room, I can give you a bag to place in the outdoor bin.
In the bathroom, please remove hair from the filter over the shower drain and flush down the toilet to prevent any blockages - or showering in a foot bath! Close the toilet lid, both for good Feng Shui and good hygiene.
Check out time is usually 10:00 am.
This is my home and my work space, so I'm sure that there are all kinds of little things that I don't realize yet! We can have a chat when you arrive.
Michelle and Joe are wonderful people, we had a lovely chat the first night I stayed there. The room was comfortable and I really loved having a desk, because I'm a writer and I haven't had access to one very often during my travels.
Unfortunately, I came down with something during my stay so I didn't get to experience Cork the way I would have liked, but I enjoyed what I got and Michelle has some really great suggestions of where to go and what to see - personally tailored to my interests, even!
Had some trouble with the wifi, but Michelle made sure to warn me of the issues beforehand.
Short but lovely stay.
Michelle was very accommodating. We arrived at an odd time, but she welcomed us and let us store our bags at her house much earlier than check in time. We really appreciated her hospitality.
Three friends and I stayed here and it was perfect for us! It was a nice walk into the city center that only took about 15 minutes. Michelle made us feel right at home from the minute we walked in the door! She pointed out things for us to do in Cork and was more than helpful with any questions we had. Great option for spending time in a great city!
thank you for the kind comments - it's easy to be a good host with guests like yourselves.
When you say misleading on ceiling height, do you mean it is higher or lower than the 5'6" max I warned you of? In any case, I'll take my tape measure up there again ;-)
j'ai été très bien accueilli par Michelle
sa maison mitoyenne se situe dans la banlieue de Cork (20mn à pied environ)
je la remercie de nouveau de m'avoir laisser une place pour garer mon véhicule
Michelle sut me prodiguer de bon conseils et nous avons eu des échanges cordiaux
Michelle was a great host. She was very easy to talk to. We rented both the upstairs and downstairs rooms and both were comfortable. It was an easy walk to town. I would recommend staying with Michelle!
Michelle is a great host and I felt very welcome in her house. Although I stayed there only for one night she provided me with all the conforts, including a wardrobe! Thank you Michelle.
Michelle was the most gracious host. She greeted us on our arrival and gave us some great tips about the city.
The room was clean and just what we needed for the night.
Michelle was very helpful beforehand answering any questions we had.
Would definitely stay here again.
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About the Host, Michelle
Joe and Michelle are well travelled - we love everything about food, though we try to combat the calories by walking and swimming.
He works part-time in Dublin and has a house in County Galway.
She manages the website for Firkin Crane dance centre and is involved with community and art projects in the city.
In recent years we have enjoyed visits to the Loire Valley, Liguria and Catalonia. This year airbnb'd in Croatia and had a great time - despite the weather …