A remote cottage in it's own grounds, complete privacy. Close to amazing beaches and stunning views. It has a cozy rural ambience, wood burning stove, slate floors downstairs, charming bedrooms. Open plan living/kitchen/diner. Sleeps 6 +cot
You can't get more 'away from it all' than this! I deliberately do not have television or internet (although both are available at any of the local pubs). There is a tv/dvd if you want to bring your own entertainment, and a small library of books for rainy days. There is a spacious main bathroom upstairs and small shower room and toilet downstairs (with washer/dryer). The kitchen has all the usual suspects, hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge.... as well as an assortment of pots and pans. If it is the right time of year and the weather has been kind, there may be fresh fruit and veg from the garden, If not there is a greengrocers and an excellent butcher in Goleen, (4miles). The house is a retreat from the everyday world, but with plenty to do locally if you wish. Walking, swimming, surfing, diving, cycling or just exploring. The big garden is perfect for children, safe and enclosed but with places to make dens... Great if anyone fancies a night under the stars (weather permitting!)
Guests will have access to the whole house except for the garage (although the garage may be used by special arrangement). The whole property is self contained.
Interaction with Guests
I will not be in the house at the time, although I may come over to tend the garden. I will normally be available on my mobile if there are any questions and am happy to help as much as possible.
I love the space at this house, being able to have breakfast on the patio in my pyjamas with no one to see :-) I love the fabulous beaches, the walks, the wildlife. There's a great atmosphere in the village pubs, where they often have music. You can be as social as you like, or hide away completely, the choice is yours. The famous Barleycove beach is at the bottom of the road (2 miles, downhill... of course coming home is uphill). I'm not especially fit, but I find cycling in the area invigorating rather than a penance :-) and bike hire is available locally. The lesser known Cockle strand is a short distance further on and is perfect for families with small children as it sits at the top of a shallow horseshoe bay, guarded by Crookhaven and Rock Island. There is no discernible current and very very small waves. Perfect for a paddle, but also great for kayaking and dinghy sailing (launch at Crookhaven slip). If you wish to bring a dinghy, there's loads of room to park it at the house.
If you are a birdwatcher, Lissagriffin lakes are also at the bottom of the road, who knows what you might see!
For a glimpse of the story of the cottage go to (website hidden)
There is a bus between Cork and Goleen village twice a day. The house is a further 4 miles from the village. Your own transport (car, motorbike or pedal cycle) is recommended.
Other Things to Note
In wet weather the track to the house may become very muddy and should be approached with care.
I expect my guests to treat my home as they would like theirs to be treated. Towels and linen are provided, but there is a limited supply, so please don't take them with you. The house is not on mains water, so the septic tank must be treated with respect. NO sanitary objects, nappies, wipes etc and please be sparing with the toilet paper. Only eco friendly cleaning products to be used.
No smoking inside the house and please dispose of the butts considerately outside. Pets are no problem, but must be kept under control as there is often livestock in the neighbouring fields.
Tess ha saputo esprimere la sua accoglienza nei nostri confronti nonostante i problemi di lingua. Al nostro arrivo ci ha fatto trovare del latte, pane, vino e frutta (website hidden) ha dato la possibilità di raccogliere ortaggi nati dalla sua piccola serra (qui non è facile ottenere molte verdure). L'ambiente naturale ed il giardino in cui si trova è meraviglioso. La sua casa ordinata e pulita è semplicemente uscita da una fiaba.
Our family of five had the most wonderful break away in Tess's very cosy cottage with the most gorgeous views. Barley Cove is really only down the road! Most days we swam in the morning, home for lunch, read for an hour or two and back out for a swim in the afternoon. Late in the evening we cycled up the hill to watch the sunset over Bantry Bay. Even my teenage sons were blown away by the view...! Goleen was the place to go for the most gorgeous melt in the mouth chocolate cookies and ice cream. Goleen does have all you need for the basic essentials and we can recommend Herons Cove restaurant in Goleen for a great restaurant experience.
Tess is a wonderful host, she kept us up to date with the latest information for dolphin watching etc. Her home is gorgeous and has everything you need. She couldn't do enough to make us feel more welcome. I was lucky enough to buy one of Tess's crafts which she sells in Skibbereen, it is now in our dining room which reminds me off our wonderful break away. We really didn't want to come home. Thank you Tess!
This is a special place. Tess has made this house cosy and quirky while maintaining the authentic feel of a West Cork farmhouse. Our week on the hill felt less like a holiday than an escape to the life we really want. I bought meat from the superb butcher in Goleen while my children picked peas and washed new potatoes from Tess's garden. No dinner could have been finer or more satisfying. A short walk behind the house brought us to a spectacular sunset view making us feel as though we had reached the edge of the world.
Tess was friendly and generous with both her local knowledge and her veggies! Her library had something for everyone, from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter to Fermat's Last Theorem.
We walked and swam and ate and knitted and went to sleep at twilight and woke at dawn.
If you want to feel clean and light and whole this is the place to go.