The Black Gate Loft is a self catering accommodation situated in the recently renovated community owned Alice West Centre which is located on the picturesque, peaceful and unspoilt Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork.
€40 per person per night
€450 per week (based on two sharing)
A brief history:
The “Old Butter House” building at the Blackgate dates from the 1890’s. It was once a busy trading centre for the people from the North and West of the peninsula who were able to sell home produced butter and eggs there. In 1968 English born artist, Alice Moore West bought and restored the building for use as a rural craft museum. For many years the Black gate Museum was her home as well as being open to the public. She encouraged young people to learn craft skills in her basement workshop and was an enthusiastic patron of traditional music. On her death she left the building to the community to continue her work. The Community Council has renamed the Old Butter House the Alice West Centre and today, in the recently renovated building many of Alice West’s paintings are displayed alongside her collection of rural antiquities.
The peninsula is home to the Sheep’s Head Way walking route which is justly famous, and the peninsula has been designated as a European Destination of Excellence in recognition of the unspoilt and spectacular nature of the landscape in this beautiful part of West Cork. The area is steeped in history, with an an abundance of interesting sites - stone circles and gallauns; ringforts and castles, holy wells, copper mines and signal towers.
The population of the area is approximately 1200 people and the “locals” are a very eclectic and diverse group of farmers, fishermen, musicians, artists and a celebrity or two!
The colourful villages of Durrus, Ahakista and Kilcrohane en route provide local amenities including the local farmers market, galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Directions to The Black Gate, Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head peninsula:
Nearest town is Bantry.
From Cork take the N71 to Bantry (or at Bandon take the R586 to Dunmanway, Drimoleague, Bantry).
Approx 3km outside Bantry on the Cork side turn left onto the R591 - following signs for Sheep’s Head/Durrus. In Durrus take the right hand fork toward Ahakista/Kilcrohane
One bedroom, bathroom, own kitchen/dining room, own sitting room.
Interaction with Guests
email between host and guests to facilitate clarification if required. i'm happy to answer all the questions you may have. I may meet you down the local one night of your stay.
community spirit, there is always something going on especially in the summer.... the criac in the local pubs is great.
You need a car as public transport almost non existant.
Other Things to Note
The sheeps head way have their office in the building so always a local to advise you on where to walk and maybe give you a map,
No smoking in doors, Keep the apt generally clean, no muddy hill walking boots inside. Inform us of any breakages/problems so we can rectify them.
I had a wonderful stay here. Annette was a friendly and accommodating host. The house was clean and warm, and I loved how Annette provided milk and tea for free, as well as a folder of ideas for things to do on the peninsula. The views are absolutely stunning and it is isolated but in a very relaxing way. I would happily stay again and will recommend to my family and friends
Magical. The view from the bedroom window was remarkable. You must have a car to get there, but it was worth it.
Absolutely GORGEOUS views! Very comfortable stay in this remote and charming apartment. Sheepshead Peninsula is underrated for its stark beauty. Enjoy absolute silence here. We loved our stay and would definitely return for a longer visit. Washer/Dryer is very helpful as would be the kitchen for longer stays. Thank you!
Absolutely incredible place! The scenery was spectacular, the accommodation was clean and comfortable, and our host was wonderful.
Lovely place to enjoy a peaceful holiday. The light in the flat - especially the bedroom - is gorgeous, and the views down towards the see are to die for. We had a really nice time and felt welcomed by the host who showed us around and accompanied us to the flat the first time. The apartment is comfortably equipped.
We were a bit trepidatious about the remoteness of the place, but it was entirely worth it. (Be sure to stock up on groceries in Bantry before you head out.) Its only a half hour from town, but it feels like the edge of the world.
Our stay was great, there's a large back yard overlooking the bay where our daughter played, and the quiet and calm was exactly what we needed to recharge. Even the weather was kind, giving us beautiful sunsets and sunrises over the water. The photos don't do the view justice.
Thanks again to the community for having such a place available, its a great place to stay and explore the Sheep's Head. See you next summer!
We could not have been happier with the Black Gate Loft. The property - a self-contained one-bedroom unit - was in excellent order, with a lovely view of the sea from the bedroom. Sheila was on holidays at the time of our stay, but Annette, who we dealt with was very pleasant and informative about the area. We would definitely return and highly recommend!
Hi there Airbnb guests,
We are the Community Council for the Sheeps head/Kilcrohane/Ahakista and surrounding areas. You will mostly will be dealing me Sheila on emails and Annette or Eileen who both work part time for the community and will probably be the ones who will meet you. The funds from the Airbnb rentals will go towards upkeep building and fund lots of community projects such as the older peoples social club, Kids/family Easter egg hunt, Youth groups etc.
I'm Sheila, I'm from Ahakista,
I've lived on the peninsula most of my life apart from a few years backpacking around the world and getting my degree in Woodwork teaching. I have been an Airbnb host for 3 years in my own stone cottage in Ahakista. It's always interesting to meet new people from different cultures.
Hi my name is Annette,
I am married with 3 children. I moved to the area about 12 years ago, and fell in love with the area as well as a local man.... I work with the local Community Council and my colleague Eileen O'Mahony and I manage the loft accommodation on behalf of the Community Council. We are part of a great team of people who strive to promote our area and to provide community services for all ages within our local rural community.
All the proceeds from Airbnb are invested back into the local community. Money is used to maintain the Alice West Centre and to support local community council projects throughout the year.
When I have some spare time, I try to indulge my love of music, both Irish and County music. I am part of a group of Set Dancers that compete in local and national dancing competitions and I am also a member of the local church choir.
I love meeting new people and thoroughly enjoy when people come to stay with us at the Blackgate. It is nice to meet people from other parts of the county and from all over the world. Everyone has their own story, some come to get away from work, some to catch up with the family, and others like to take some time out to clear their head and explore the beautiful area of West Cork.
People love the peace and quiet the place has to offer.
I look forward to meeting many more people via Airbnb. See you soon.