About This Listing
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.
Lovely place to stay, very remote. Accommodation was great, lovely views
We had a wonderful time at the Black Gate Loft in Kilcrohane. Annette helped us with everything from the very beginning and the communication was just perfect, she was always ready to help and made our stay really comfortable.
The house is beautiful and has everything you may need. The views are amazing. If you think the ones in the pictures are good, wait to see the real ones!
The Sheep Head Peninsula is the perfect place if you like to hike. Mountains, lakes, cliffs, the sea, you have it all. And of course a couple of nice pubs to chat with the forthcoming locals in the evening.
We would definitely come back and heartily recommend the place!
Annette was extremely flexible with our check in. Upon checking in there were flowers, milk, and coffee available in the adorable apartment. They were not kidding when they said the view from the bedroom was SPECTACULAR!!! The Sheep's Head peninsula was fabulous as well as the drive to Mizen head. The only negative I can say is that although there appeared to be wifi the signal was too weak to access it. We had 5 different devices and we couldn't access wifi on any of them. We were very careful to choose a location with wifi so this created a HUGE problem for us. Other than that two thumbs up!
Nous avons été très bien accueillies par Annette, une amie de Sheila. Elle s'est montrée très disponible, nous donnant des indications sur les visites à faire, des informations sur les routes et le climat. Nous avons eu un problème de micro-onde, elle est venue tout de suite le changer. La maison est très bien située, le cadre est magnifique mais il est indispensable d'avoir une voiture!
Le logement est agréable et bien équipé, conforme à la description. Prévoir, comme dans toutes les maisons irlandaises, qu'il n'y a pas de volets, on se réveille avec le jour! Nous recommandons vivement The Black Gate Loft.
Sheila and the community made us feel very welcome, and the place is lovely (and such good value!). The view outside the bedroom windows is stunning, and Sheep's Head was such a breathe of fresh air. We were greeted with some fresh towels, milk, tea, coffee and beautiful fresh flowers waiting for us. This is a great place to explore west Cork from.
About the Host, Sheila
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.