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Driftwood country B&B located in a lovely rural area (5 km from Skibbereen town).
We have a large garden to relax in after a days exploring lovely West Cork. We offer bed & breakfast/room from 58 euro/room, there is also a communal kitchen.

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The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly discount: 0%
Cancellation: Flexible


The Space

Accommodation is in a lovely twin room, a bathroom is shared with one room. We have a spacious common area and kitchen for guest use.
Driftwood Bed & Breakfast/Hostel is located 5 km/3 miles from the lively West Cork town of Skibbereen and about 10km/6 miles from the closest point to the sea; which makes it an ideal base to tour West Cork and Kerry.
If you are looking for total relaxation this is the place, we are in a lovely rural location, with the nearest town 5 km.
You can walk to Skibbereen in 45 minutes.
We offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation ( 28 euro per/person/sharing) We take pride in offering a good selection of food sourced ,when possible, locally.
Guests are welcome to use our guest kitchen.
When in service you are welcome to use our hot tub for a small charge 2.50 euro/person for running costs.
We are located in a peaceful rural setting, our garden is for
everyone to relax in and we welcome guests to enjoy their surroundings.
Guests with dogs are welcome, once their pets are supervised. We have a shed in the garden to accommodate pets for a good nights rest.
You are a 10 min. drive from stunning nature reserve Lough Ine (Europe's largest saltwater lake) or 20/30 minutes from the coastal villages of Baltimore, Glandore, Schull & Bantry.
(see some pictures within 20 minutes from Driftwood house)
If you venture a little further you will find the villages of Goleen & Crookhaven, Mizen Head (Ireland's most southerly point) and Barleycove Beach, all accessable in 40-45 minutes.
The more adventurous can venture into Kerry and visit beautiful Kenmare or a little further Killarney National Park.
We will also be glad to help you find local activities you might enjoy such as: Cycling & Walking , Kayaking; Dolphin Watching; Deep Sea Angling or River/Lake Fishing; Arts, Crafts & Music.
There is plenty to do and explore locally and during the Spring and Summer season West Cork offers lots of festivals around the small towns and villages.
We have lived in the West Cork area for the past 25 years and have explored the area extensively and will be happy to point you to the most beautiful spots.
After exploring for the day you can relax in our hot tub in the garden.

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Guest Access

Guests are welcome to use the large garden area and our garden hot tub.

For guests who would like to use the hot tub there is a charge of 5 euro/person. If you stay 3 nights or more the use of the hot tub is free.

We also offer massage and personal training sessions on request.

Interaction with Guests

While our accommodation is totally separate, we love interacting with our guests. Share information and tips where to find the nicest spots to see, where to eat or listen to a bit of music in one of the local bars.

The Neighborhood

We live in a lovely relaxing rural area. There are gentle country walks right outside. With a short drive you will be able to explore beautiful coastal towns such as Baltimore, Glandore, Schull and many more. There are lovely beaches and the nature reserve Lough Ine is only a 10 -14 minute drive from our house.
People who used our bikes cycled to some of these beauty spots which is a lovely way to spend a whole day. A picnic maybe??

Fishing & Angling



Also very popular in Skibbereen is Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing on the Ilen River.
The River Ilen is a medium sized spate river about 21 miles (33kms.) long and flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in West Cork. A large part of the river is managed by the River Ilen Anglers' Club based in Skibbereen. The season for Salmon & Sea Trout opens on February 15th and closes on September 30th for Salmon and on October 12th for Sea Trout.


Spring Salmon begin to move into the river during March. The main runs of Salmon occur in April, May, June. From June continuing on through July, August and September there are steady runs of grilse known locally as peal. In August and September the Autumn Salmon appear. Salmon average about 8-10 lbs (4 kgs) and grilse 4-5 lbs (2 kgs). Salmon at 10-15 lbs (5-7kgs) are not uncommon and larger fish up to 21 lbs(10kgs) have been taken. As with sea-trout, the best runs and fishing is when the river is in pate and the Spring tides are on.


Runs of sea-trout into this river have remained steady over recent years. They begin to move into the lower beats during March. During April, May and June there are runs of fish averaging about 2 lbs(1 kg) with some up to 4 lbs (1.8 kgs). July, August, and September sees the run of 'juniors' as they are known locally, fish averaging 1 lb (.4 kgs) with superb fighting qualities.


For Salmon and Grilse, spinning and worming is favoured by local anglers. On some stretches and following a spate, the fly can be very effective. The use of prawn and shrimp is not permitted. Worm fishing begins on March 1 st until September 30th.

During the day sea-trout are taken on light tackle with worm and small spinners. The fly is most effective on a windy day. However, the cream of sea-trout fishing is with the fly from dusk onwards. There is a great variety of suitable pools and no restrictions as to night fishing are imposed on visitors.


Angling on the River Ilen has its own special charm. The river has great variety and beauty. Not confined to beats, the angler can relax and wander freely, surrounded by nature. Sightings of heron, duck, kingfishers, various song birds, bats, mink and otters are quite common, and the fox and badger are never far away.


If angling is to be combined with a family holiday, Skibbereen is an ideal centre from which to explore scenic West Cork. As a town it is goahead and welcoming, well provided with amenities and sevices, inviting shops, attractive restaurants and bars, a public library, indoor sports-centre, golf links, children's playground and of course the beach is only a few miles away.

Full details of the wide range of holiday activities available in West Cork holiday centres such as Skibbereen and Baltimore are available from the Tourist Office, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.


Both the above are required to fish salmon and sea-trout. There is no brown trout fishing on the river.


Also available in the area is brown and rainbow trout fishing and sea and course fishing.


State licences, club permits, maps, club angling regulations, information about the river and angling methods and other fishing in the area is available from Mr. Tony Kelly of Fallons Sports Shop, North Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

The Sports Shop is not open on Sundays. Anglers expecting to arrive late on a Saturday are advised to purchase the State licence and club permit in advance by post from Fallons Sports Shop.

Further information about angling in Co. Cork and Kerry is available from the South Western Regional Fisheries Board, 1 Neville Terrace, Macroom, Co. Cork. Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Getting Around

There is no public transport from our property. Skibbereen has a bus service to Cork city and some of the smaller towns around.
Cork airport is about 80 km. It would be best to have a car, but there is a bus service from Cork airport to Cork city and then to Skibbereen. Once in Skibbereen pick up can be arranged if prior notice is given.

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Check-in is after 4PM

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Heidi & Des

Heidi & Des

Skibbereen, Ireland · Member since August 2012

We have been living in West Cork close to the bustling town of Skibbereen, for the best part of 30 years.
We love sharing our experience of living in such a beautiful part of Ireland.
Des is a musician who plays anything from folk, irish traditional and some more modern music. We both love the outdoors and enjoy walking and cayaking.
We are happy to point our guests to all the local beauty spots and can advise you on where to walk, eat or hear some music in one of the many local pubs.

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