Unique Seafront House in West Cork

House - Entire home/apt · Bothar Buí, Ardgroom, West Cork, Ireland

Bothar Bui is nestled on a secluded hillside overlooking Kenmare Bay on the Beara peninsula in the heart of Ireland’s scenic South West.

Designed by renowned Irish architect Robin Walker, this unique modernist assemblage of historic farm buildings and contemporary structures works as a rare family holiday retreat. The house makes the best use of its quiet location, surrounded by 12 acres of indigenous oak woodland leading down to a small harbor with private shoreline

The Space

Our house is utterly unique! It is designed as a getaway sanctuary. Because of the house being divided into separate buildings, you can stay with your friends and family but have plenty of space for yourselves and if it's just a single or a couple, the kitchen is cosy and welcoming, beautiful site,woods mountains and seaside.
The house is only rented as a whole as there is one kitchen and two bathrooms.
Sleeping accommodation:
There are two rooms in the upper bedroom house; one with two single beds and the other with one double bed; there is one bathroom between them. There are two rooms in the lower bedroom house with a double bed and a single bed in each room and a bathroom between them. There is another little out house with a double bed and in the "studio"/ big living room, there are two sofas which are also single beds and one sofa which is also a double bed. In this room is a large wood-burning stove.
The kitchen/dining-room/living-room is the original old farmhouse with an open fireplace. There is oil-fired central heating everywhere.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the 12 acres of woodland that is the property and a private shoreline below, a little stony beach which is a safe place for children to play.
Bothar Bui also has it's own website to browse for further details and watch a film.

Interaction with Guests

We meet the guests on arrival and after that if they wish to arrange boat trips with my husband Kieran or if they would like him to bring them fresh seafood, he fishes shrimp and has a mussel farm. Guests usually meet me when they visit my gallery in Castletownbere, Sarah Walker Gallery which is situated on the waterfront in an old stone boat house.

The Neighborhood

The Beara peninsula is without doubt one of the most stunning scenic areas of Ireland, most people come here to immerse them selves in the scenery, hiking, swimming, fishing etc but also there is great fun to be had in the local towns and villages. The brightly coloured villages of Eyeries and Allhies nearby, and Castletownbere hold festivals in the summer. There's a nice beach in Allihies and an exciting cable car ride to Dursey Island, a visit there feels like going back in time. For golf players there's a sea side golf course in Castletownbere. A stay in Bothar Bui wouldn't be complete without a visit to McCarthy's bar in Castletownbere, great crab sandwiches and a trip to Helen's bar, Kilmakillogue pier, for a dish of delicious mussels and homemade brown bread.

Getting around

There is a public and a private bus service to Castletownbere and a private bus service to Ardgroom, a car is recommended while staying in Bothar Bui.

Other Things to Note

There are a lot of steps around the house which get slippy in wet weather so it's not ideal for anyone unsteady on their feet.
The access to the house is via a steep driveway, there is parking for four cars.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 12
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 8
Extra people: $28 / night after 6 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $854 /week
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
  • We booked Sarah's house for a week end with a group of friends. We were 10 of us and were looking for a quiet and rustic place in the Irish country side.

    We couldn't have found a more charming house. Thanks to a beautiful weather we enjoyed the stunning view, we also went for a hike, the place is surrounded by hills and ocean.
    We spend also a lot of time enjoying the fire place and the living room. We love cooking and thanks to Sarah's husband who is fisherman, we had our best seafood ever!

    I strongly recommend this place and Sarah is a good host, she makes you feel confortable and was always available when I had questions.

    March 2014
  • We had an absolutely fantastic weekend in this amazing Seafront house in West Cork. It had been a very long time since I can remember enjoying playing board games around a fire in such a cozy living room. The view was breathtaking and the house was clean and ideal for us, as we were a group of 3 couples and it offers plenty of privacy. We LOVED the electric duvet and the sunk in baths with view over the bay, and made good use of the barbecue! Sarah is very friendly and we appreciated clear indications to get there, plenty of suggestions to make the most out of the local area, and a warm house when we arrived after a long trip at 1am! We will definitely be heading back very soon!

    February 2014
    Response from Sarah:

    Thanks for the great review Celine, I think you mean electric blankets! Delighted you were using the bbq in February! looking forward to your next visit... Sarah

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