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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!