Set on a remote headland in West Cork with the sea and its inhabitants for company, Ardra Cottage, is an ideal escape for couples or families. The village of Union Hall with its pubs, general store and Post Office is two miles away.
Welcome to our little piece of heaven! This special house with unsurpassable 180 degree ocean views is tucked away on a headland outside the beautiful fishing village of Union Hall in West Cork, Ireland. It boasts only the sea and it's inhabitants including whales and dolphins, as well as handful of coastal farms and homes as neighbours. Located along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, making Ardra Cottage the perfect base from which to go exploring.
At night, listen to the silence, see the night sky without light pollution....... with the nearby calming, waves lapping over the rocky foreshore. During the day, look out for the distinctive vapour columns of blowing whales, the unmistakable splashing of passing pods of dolphins along with the frenzy of diving gannets!
Escapism in the truest sense of the word, this is where, in the un-light-polluted skies you will be able to enjoy the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets along with Perseid meteor showers on clear nights as well as the reassuring loom of the Fastnet Light shining over a neighbouring headland.
Turning left out of the private driveway takes you you on a two minute stroll down to the local strand (beach) from where it is possible to swim, fish and generally enjoy the sea air. A little further in the other direction (beautiful ten minute coastal walk) takes you to Squince strand for swimming, lazing on the beach, beachcombing and kayaking.
The house offers comfortable accommodation for eight people in two double bedrooms, one bunk room and a teenagers' sitting room/twin sofa beds.
In addition, the kitchen and utility rooms are fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer and microwave where the wonderful view can be enjoyed whilst preparing the evening meal!
The comfortable galleried lounge offers a cosy wood burning stove to sit around recounting the day's activities or simply to read or play a board or card game.
PLS NOTE THAT THE MOST RELIABLE MOBILE SERVICE AT ARDRA COTTAGE IS 02 HOWEVER, WE RECEIVE VARIABLE SERVICE FROM OTHER NETWORKS.
3 bedrooms (2 double, one bunk)
Galleried living room
Separate sitting room/TV room/sofa beds
1 shower room
Fully equipped kitchen
Gardens front and back
Outdoor garden furniture
Plenty of parking
There is public bus transport operated by Bus Eireann to and from Cork City. The nearest stop is Leap which is three miles away.
A car is essential.
The entire house, car parking area, garden, patio and paddock is available to all guests.
Interaction with Guests
Our neighbour and friend is available 24/7 to offer advice on activities or help with any problems. She lives two hundred metres from Ardra Cottage. We have experienced considerable difficulty with the AirBnB site as it will not allow display the weekly rates. Ardra Cottage also appears on the Irish property website Daft which you may wish to use to contact us.
We love the fact that we are located, quite literally, overlooking the ocean, the lovely walks, morning swims in the sea, kayaking, whale watching from our windows or simply sitting back watching the changing colours and moods of the ocean from the conservatory or the patio.
Our drinking water comes from our own well and is of the highest quality.
A car is needed as there is no public transport in the immediate vicinity apart from taxis.
Pls note that the most reliable mobile telephone service at Ardra Cottage is 02.
Other Things to Note
Minimum Rental ONE WEEK
Please leave the house as you find it. The price for cleaning the house at the end of your stay is 60 Euros.
Water Mains, blue door to the left of back door pull open and both levers on the wall to the right should be parallel for water to the house
Hot Water, Switch outside upstairs bathroom to the right of small corridor.
Appliances; Cooker, the clock must be on before the cooker will work. If the clock is off then follow these instructions to set it on:
Turn on the main power switch which is located on the right side wall of the cooker. The clock light will then start flashing.
Look at the 3 buttons under the clock face. Press and hold the right hand button until the correct time is displayed, then release the button.
The main oven, the lower cabinet, is the fan oven. Select the knob to the left of the clock and turn it clockwise 2 positions to turn the fan oven on.
Select the knob to the extreme left to select the temperature setting.
The knob to the extreme right is for the top oven.
The hob will not work unless the main oven clock is set. Ti turn on the hob firstly identify the small button on the right hand edge, towards the front, and depress this button. When the red portion of this button is showing then the hob is ready to work. Press the panel beside the desired ring and turn the ring on. (It may be necessary to use a tea towel between your figure and the hob to get it working)
Coffee Machine. To turn on the coffee maker press the red button. When the machine is ready the green button will light up. Insert capsule in top, then press the green button once to activate the unit, and then press the green button again to turn the coffee flow off. Turn the machine off by pressing the red button again.
Washing machine, in press to the left when going to the downstairs bathroom. Instructions are on front of machine.
Tumble Dryer, please lift up filter on inside door to take fluff off and empty water in box on left of dryer Turn red switch up to remove small tank of water before using dryer. Usually takes an hour for towels.
Shower upstairs, pull string inside bathroom door to get red light on, then go into shower and turn to high power .
Stove, only briquettes, wood.paper and coal to be put in Stove. No Plastic!
When lighting turn bottom knobs out to allow draft to help light the fire. Move the upper vents on or off to best keep fire lighting.
Gas Stove in T V Room. make sure red button on top if gas cylinder is upwards and press black button to ignite the blaze. hear and smell the gas. Do not leave on unattended and turn off when leaving the room and house.
Underfloor heating is controlled from the fuse board in the house with the blue door, opposite the door of the main house. To turn on the underfloor heading do the following:
Go into the small house with blue door and identify the fuse board on the wall.
Identify the section called HAGER on the top right (next to unit called textsmart) This is the uppermost HAGER switch box.
There is one black switch on this panel. Push this switch upward to turn the heating on.
When leaving make sure to push the switch down.
Please note the underfloor electric heating take 24 hours to heat the house.
T V Turn on all the plugs behind the television. There are only 4 channels, RTE1, RTE2, TV3 and TnaG.
In the village there is a bottle bank at the football pitch. Keep all paper and clean cardboard separate and put in rubbish bag. You can put that bag in the small outhouse with the blue door opposite the main door. Put the remainder of your rubbish in another bag and before you leave take it to the garage on the Cork Road in Skibbereen. They will take in mixed rubbish and charge you €5.00 per bag. This garage is the first garage on your right-hand side as you approach Skibbereen from Leap. It is just opposite the South of Ireland oil depot.
Extra towels in press opposite upstairs bathroom.
Leave key under one of the blue flower pots outside the main door.
Turn off hot water switch outside upstairs bathroom.
Empty and clean out fridge. Leave plugged in.
Check all lights, water and appliances are off.
Strip beds and leave linen downstairs.
Everything was great, especially the view. We all loved the area and the house. I would recommend this place to anyone.
We spent one week in June 2014 in this comfortable cottage with the extraordiary view to the sea and we are happy to say that this was the best we ever had!
Everything was perfect and the handling was realy uncomplicated.
Thanks Mary, we are sure it was not our last vacation in your house.
Anton und Irmgard Dorn
We really enjoyed our stay here, and wished only that it could have been for longer. Mary was working in Cork when we arrived, but her neighbors Wendy and Bernadette were helpful and gracious as could be.
This cottage is obviously well loved and well lived in, with more modern conveniences (and spectacular view) in the downstairs. The kitchen is lovely and looks out over a gorgeous vista to the sea. There is no wifi, so you're going to be pretty inaccessible to the outside world. That being said, you'd really have to rent a car to visit here. The village is a few miles away, with a shop and several pubs.
West Cork was generally charming and everyone was so helpful and nice. We'd love to visit again for longer.
We are a family of five (three teenage children). Ardra Cottage is our little piece of heaven in West Cork. We love the sea and the great outdoors and this gives us the best of everything. The children sail regularly at neighboring Glandore; we kayak from our local beach (2 mins walk) and swim every day that the weather will allow. We enjoy long walks with the dogs enjoying the wonderful scenery and hidden beaches, nooks and crannies in the area.
If you, like us, enjoy outdoor life, then West Cork is the place to come!