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 is a great host. She is kind and helpful. We felt very comfortable the moment we arrived. The living situation is exactly as she described, and the location was easy to use public transportation to get downtown. We had the freedom to come and go as we pleased. We would recommend her to anyone.
Michelle was great! I felt welcomed by her and her husband, and the room was very nice and cosy! We had great conversations and they pointed me out to some nice local places to go. They are very pleasant and friendly. The neighborhood is very safe, and I would highly recommend this listing!
Michelle was a wonderful host. Even though I arrived late Michelle was very welcoming. She gave me a tour of the house and also some information about a few nice places to visit close by. Not just the room I stayed in, the entire house was very cozy and arty - as described.
Thank you Michelle, for treating me as I was family :-)
No Issues. She was warm, welcoming and very honest. The location was perfect. 15 minute walk to downtown area.
Michelle is a bright and bubbly person and gave us a very warm welcome to her home. Her niece made us a lovely cup of tea on our arrival. Michelle made us feel like family and we had some lovely chats about our respective lives. Our room, on the ground floor, was very comfortable and we had all the amenities needed for our visit. There is a WC available on the ground floor and the bathroom is on the first floor. Our friend stayed in the attic room up a narrow, steepish flight of stairs which may be difficult to negotiate for those with any ambulatory issues. The room contains a double futon bed and a single bed. Our friend found the room very comfortable although it may not suit tall people. We have no hesitation in recommending Michelle as a great host.
Michelle is a very nice person and host. We spent lots of time chatting about current events, religion, and school. She is open minded and holds a great conversation. I got to also meet her niece and a regular guest of hers, who were both very friendly! The house is cozy and bathroom and room I slept in were very clean. Michelle was very helpful with her instructions on how to get to the house. She even offered to pick me up from the bus station in Cork. I only stayed for one night, but if I'm ever in Cork again I will be looking forward to staying with Michelle :)
Michelle asked me to include this in the review for future guests:
For anyone traveling across Ireland by bus, there is a ticket sold by Bus Éireann called the "Open Road Ticket" and it allows you to get on and off any Éireann bus whenever you want, and you can pick however many days you will be traveling. A 3 day pass is 60€ and after that each day is €16.50. They do not have to be used consecutively!
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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 we plan to visit Croatia so would be delighted to have contacts there.
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