About this listing
There’s something special about Oysterhaven - the beauty of the location, the sheer fun of the activities, the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the training - all combining to produce an intangible atmosphere that people return for year after year and refer to as “The Spirit of Oysterhaven”.
Each of our 3 bedroom cottages is built in a traditional style overlooking the idyllic bay of Oysterhaven. Set in rural landscape, surrounded by rolling pasture and woodland, Oysterhaven is only 10 minutes by car from the attractive harbour town of Kinsale with its many attractions. With its wide range of activities on site, Oysterhaven Holiday Cottages are an ideal family holiday destination and the perfect base for exploring West Cork.
Cottages are also just a 30 minute drive from Cork City and Cork Airport.
Designed with an open plan lounge with dining area and fitted kitchen each cottage is equipped with TV, microwave oven, washing machine and dryer. With three bedrooms, one double downstairs, one twin and one single upstairs (suitable for two children in bunks) the cottages are spacious and can accommodate six. There is a toilet and wash hand basin upstairs, while downstairs there is a bathroom with shower, toilet and wash hand basin. Bed linen and towels are supplied. By prior arrangement we can can provide Infant Cots, High Chairs and BBQ
Each cottage has a patio and barbecue area, with sun lounger, table and chairs, and residents also can enjoy the large lawn in front of the cottages and free use of the tennis court. Residents have private carparking. All cottages have free Wifi access.
Electricity is an additional cost and is charged for on a consumption basis. An electricity meter reading is taken on arrival and again on departure and electricity cost is calculated on units used. For long term rentals guests can decide if they wish to pay weekly, biweekly or monthly for their electricity.
Sinead took fantastic care of us while at the cottage during our month stay while working remotely! We only had 2 small issues while at the cottage (#8). The internet connection was sometimes intermittent, or very slow. We ended up just getting a couple mobile WiFi hotspots so we didn't have to worry about it. The other was the heater in the bathroom didn't work, but the Oysterhaven Centre crew had it fixed in short order!
We really loved staying there, it has a beautiful view over Oysterhaven Bay. It's less than a 15 minute ride into the lovely town of Kinsale, which we absolutely loved to visit! There's a huge grocery store we found Supervalu which has everything you could possibly need. We also enjoyed The White House in Kinsale for live music, food, and drinks. Also a motor boat hire out of kinsale for a half day made a fantastic birthday gift for myself. You can boat around and see a lot of the coast in the area, including boating back to see Oysterhaven from the water!
The activities offered at the centre are a fantastic deal that you should absolutely take part in. I wish I had sooner, but I waited until my last week there to do so. But I did windsurfing and dinghy sailing beginner courses with an instructor. Both instructors were fabulous, and were very patient and knowledgeable in getting me going for my first time at both activities.
Overall we truly enjoyed our stay, and would highly recommend staying at the cottages. All the staff are very friendly and it was a true pleasure to stay there! And we didn't realize it until we booked, but there's also a real fireplace in the cottage! It was great to build a fire and the ambiance it created on the few chilly days/nights while we were there.
What a great place to stay - beautiful setting, plenty of room, nice hosts. We were very lucky with the weather, hosts were very accommodating when we were after BBQ facilities - adventure centre looks great - will definitely recommend and will definitely revisit :)
Couldn't stay as family member took ill. I mailed and called Oysterhaven, disappointed no courtesy callback from Sinéad or anybody. I wasn't necessarily expecting a refund as I have no notice but a response would have been nice considering we paid but didn't stay. Place looks beautiful but can't comment other than the above.
Sinead was great. She greeted us, took us to the cottage and made sure all was well. She was accessible during our entire stay. Oysterhaven is close to Kinsale - a 10-15 minute drive. If serenity, quiet, beautiful views and a night sky that Van Gogh would love then this is the place. The cottage had all we needed and then some. It was a great place to use as our home base for some family history search in west cork.
It is a lovely, remote setting. The hostess made a solid effort to ensure a comfortable stay, especially as it was off season. A good value
I stayed for a week in one of the cottages and loved it. The area is remote, quiet and beautiful but only a short drive from the Cork city and Kinsale. Sinead was very helpful in providing directions and preparing the cottage for a late arrival. Definitely recommend and I would gladly return.
The Holiday cottage was perfect! It was beautiful and clean. The location was amazing! It was exactly what we were looking for. Sinead is the perfect host! She is kind and helpful. My only regret is that we could not stay longer. I would stay again!
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