About this listing
Sleep well in a comfortable bed, have a tasty breakfast, stroll to the city centre or take a bus to the heart of the countryside.
I know what's on in local pubs, theatres, gallery openings and events.
Homely, relaxed, close to city and country.
1 guest room with comfortable bed
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, various 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 of interesting sights, e.g. the University Campus, Glucksman Gallery, Fitzgerald Park (with children's playground), City Museum, City Gaol and Shandon Bells, the English Market and St Finn Barre's Cathedral.
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!
Supermarket, pharmacy, laundry, Chinese take-away or Fish 'n Chipper nearby. A pub and restaurant overlook the Lough. There is a playground for littlies and plenty of space to run around, with ducks and geese to feed - ask me for leftover veggies.
2 buses pass by the end of my street - one goes to a shopping mall, the second to the 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, there's a free presentation of theatre works-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 check out all these places online.
This is a quiet 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 sightseeing or studying in Cork.
Do not leave rubbish in your room, I can give you a bag to place in the outdoor bin. No smoking.
In the shower, please remove hair from the filter on the drain to prevent any blockages - or an impromptu foot bath! Close the toilet lid, both for good Feng Shui and good hygiene.
Check out time is usually 10:00 am. Please keep to the arranged check-in time. If you are unavoidably delayed, do get in touch by WhatsApp.
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.
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 …