About this listing
Our sunny Courtyard Garden Studio Apartment has a well stocked cupboard & fridge for breakfast/lunch. It has its own private entrance, is in the beautiful water side old village of Glounthaune, only 10 minutes east of Cork City by train/car or bus.
My family & I have lived in the beautiful old waterside village of Glounthaune for many happy years. Recently we converted our art studio~gallery at the rear of the house into a very comfortable large double studio apartment which is suitable for holiday guests and also for corporate guests. It has a kitchen and shower room. There is free parking just outside our gate which is always available for guests, we are also on the Cork~Cobh~Midleton Train line for guests that do not have a car. The cosy private space is enclosed by a stone courtyard with an abundance of colourful planting which is very pleasant to sit out and relax in. The apartment is furnished in a vintage country style, with pieces that I have collected and up cycled for your pleasure. The art work is done by myself, friends and family. The double bed has a good mattress with electric blanket which is surrounded by a Victorian frame. There is a little airbed with sleeping bag for a small child under the bed!. The apartment is a very comfortable and a peaceful place to hang out in, in summer or winter. Should one just wish to stay put, there is a good selection of breakfast/lunch/tea nibbles, (frozen dinners in freezer on request), lots of books, TV (for dvd's only for the mo!) eclectic selection of cd's, a large information pack for local and city sights and off the beaten track things to do in general. A mobile phone is available for our foreign guests to use locally while at the property if needed. The kitchen has a sink (instant hot water) fridge, microwave, small electric oven, freezer, expresso machine, kettle, toaster, washer & dryer. The shower room has a large electric shower unit, wc, sink, towels, shampoo & shower gel. There are electric heaters through out the well insulated apartment. Electric Blanket all year round!
Glounthaune Village is a small historic village/hamlet with no through road, with Cork estuary lapping against its key walls. The village is accessed over an old railway bridge from the main road. The village is always beautifully kept by the villagers and is especially lovely in Spring & Summer when so many flowers and shrubs are in bloom. We have a park & a playground in the village by the water's edge, a tidal estuary one minute from the house, the park is lovely for a stroll and the playground wonderful for small children.
The friendly award winning Rising Tide Bar~ Restaurant in the village serves morning coffee, lunch and evening dinner including an early bird menu or just a pint or glass of wine!
There is also a wonderful shop ~ delicatessen within a few minutes walk east of the village.
We are within 10 minutes walking distance of Glounthaune train station which is linked to the main Cork City Kent Station 10 minutes & 2 stops away. The trains run every 30 minutes.
Fota Island Hotel & Spa, Golf Club, Wild Life Park & House (beautiful!) only 10 minutes away (lovely short train journey )Historic Cobh 15 minutes away, Midleton with historic distillery 15 minutes away, Little Island just
5 minutes (very convenient for visiting staff). Undiscovered Barryscourt Castle 10 minutes. Ballymaloe House & Cookery School 30 minutes away, Historic Youghal also 30 minutes away. All of Co. Cork, Co. Waterford & Co.Kerry are easily accessible by car from our home as we live just a few minutes from major road arteries. Into Cork City and the Jack Lynch tunnel (See map on site) is just a few minutes away.
Our guests have access to the court yard & garden apartment by a side entrance of the main house, through the cream archway. The court yard is covered in climbing plants and flowers, it is a nice area to sit out and relax in weather permitting! Guests are also very welcome to use the BBQ. Our guests are also welcome to use the washing machine and dryer which are both in the kitchenette.
There is a TV (only for dvd' at the moment), Books, CD's & DVD's in the Apartment. Very Good Internet Access.
Interaction with Guests
We are members of airbnb since July 2014. We love to meet people and enjoy having guests come to our home. Having traveled frequently in Europe we have always appreciate a warm comfortable bed and a genuine welcome in the places we have stayed, usually b&b's or agritourismo accommodation. We now have the chance to do the same for our guests here in Cork. Both of us are easy going people and the atmosphere here is very relaxed. It would be our wish that all our guests feel comfortable and happy during their stay. I work from home so am usually on hand in the main house for any help, advice or a chat at any time.
We live in a small local community in the country side but within easy reach of the city. It is a wonderful sanctuary but when a bit of hustle & bustle is called for Cork City is only 10 minutes away, very handy for shopping, eating in our wonderful restaurants, and for festivals and events. The tidal estuary is literally on our door step. There are many great beaches and wonderful places to visit within half an hour's drive east and west.
East Cork is well worth exploring, Fota Golf Club which hosted the Irish Open Summer 2014 is a few minutes away also the World Famous Jemeson Brewery is down the road. East Cork is not as well known as West Cork but has its own particular beauty and interest, including its beaches,historic interests and culinary. Well worth exploring!
A car is not necessary to enjoy your stay with us, there is a great Train Service within 10 minutes walking distance of the house (Glounthaune Station) Should you need a lift from the station I am always on hand to collect. This train goes to & from Cork City Kent Station with links nationwide every half hour, also East to Carrigtwohill, Midleton, Fota Wild Life Park, Fota Golf Club Hotel & Spa and Cobh. There is also a great Central Bus Station in the city, Parnell Place Bus Station which services all areas of the city, county and country. There is a bus stop at the top of the village but the train is more frequent to and from the City.
Other Things to Note
A generous welcome pack is provided for guests on arrival, this will include wine,tea,coffee,bread, cereals, jams, nuts, butter, milk, water, juice, yogurts, cold meat & cheese. I can also provide homemade meals at a small cost, which I can put in the freezer to be heated up in the microwave notice of a few days would be needed, just let me know if this is something you would be interested in. When we travel we like our privacy at breakfast time especially, so we thought providing the pack in the apartment was a good idea which would afford that same privacy to our guests, in saying that I am usually around the main house, as I work from home. If guests need advice or just have a chat I am always happy to be there for our guests.
On a\the fine day! it is nice to open up the double doors of the garden studio and have breakfast in the court yard. The Rising Tide bar~ restaurant across the street is really good for morning coffee, lunch, dinner, a drink, also there is a wonderful delicatessen and a 'pub pub' 5 minutes walk down the road, they show sporting activities on the TV.
I hope you enjoy your stay with us... only two rules! I am so sorry the studio is not suitable for pets and there is no smoking in the apartment but there is plenty of space outside in the court yard to smoke.
From May 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Arrivée en fin d'après-midi après une nuit de bateau, nous avons trouvé un studio charmant correpondant aux descriptifs.
Accueil chaleureux par Jacqueline. Nous avons trouvé tout le nécessaire pour le petit déjeuné, avec beurre, lait, jus d'orange, café et brioche.
Nous y reviendrons avec plaisir.
Rodolphe et Muriel.
Arrivant un jour pluvieux et froid à Cork, nous avons été très chaleureusement accueilli par Jacqueline notre hôte.
Le gîte était très joliement arrangé et tout était prêt pour notre venue.
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans ce studio.
Jacqui is the perfect host - truly welcoming and friendly making the start of our holidays a lovely one.The courtyard garden studio apartment is really lovely, beautifully decorated with lots of lovely pictures, ornaments and a very comfortable bed with lovely squidgy pillows that suited us perfectly. As soon as you enter this beautiful studio, you feel very relaxed. The kitchen is well equipped and Jacqui really spoils you leaving some lovely food and wine goodies which was a kind touch. In addition, there are plenty of books and DVDs if needed for a rainy evening. We were able to relax fully and make good use the last couple of days of the lovely courtyard garden which is very peaceful. Glounthaune is a great location to explore County Cork and sits on the tidal estuary. I enjoyed a few runs in the area - that was a bonus! The Rising Tide pub across the road from the apartment is very nice, good food and excellent service - everyone there was very friendly. Jacqui is also very friendly and was able to help us on our quest for some of my family history as well as recommending us to go to Robert's Cove where a vintage rally was happening - so glad that we did as we were able to watch tractors racing, diggers fishing (yes actually using a digger to try and catch a plastic duck!) and some great singing and dancing. Getting into Cork is really easy, train station about five minutes walk away, trains come every 15 minutes and takes only about 10 mins and you are in Cork - perfect! I recommend this lovely place to everyone - you will not be disappointed! Thank you very much Jacqui once more for your kindness and use of your lovely apartment. :) xxx
It was unfortunate that we did not meet Jacqueline however she made it very easy with her communication. The apartment was very comfortable and conveniently located. Jackie was very generous with the items left to make our visit as trouble free as possible. It was exactly as shown in the photos and there was a great selection of videos and music for our entertainment. Our stay was thoroughly enjoyable.
Hi Brian, thank you, I too was really sad not to have met you both, had been looking forward to it, but unfortunately was taken away. By all accounts you are an amazing couple, Nicolas told me all about your World tour! Wishing you lots of happiness on your adventures, Best wishes Jacqui
Jacqui was such an amazing host. The studio was better than the pictures and the village is such a quiet and peaceful place. Jacqui was very welcoming and wonderful at communicating. This was my first experience in Ireland and I was amazed at how friendly and hospitable the people were. This studio was very cozy and had everything I needed for a comfortable stay. The city is a short train or bus ride away and the restaurant, Rising Tide, is across the street and has amazing food with fantastic service. You will not be disappointed if you choose this studio as your accommodations in Ireland.
From the moment we arrived in this lovely village we felt the warmth of both the community and especially the wonderful host. Jacqueline welcomed us to our little home from home. The accommodation was beyond our expectations. The pictures didn't do it justice. It is adorable. We loved it!! We stayed for 4 days. We could have stayed longer. If you want a quiet private space to relax and enjoy this beautiful area of Ireland it is highly recommended. Thank you Jacqueline
This was a lovely little apartment to stay in. Jacquie was an exceptional host. She left us some fruit, veggies and sandwich makings, as well as wine and milk. The apartment was cute and cozy. She was helpful with where to go and what to do around the area. There is also a nice restaurant right across the street where we grabbed a pint one night. Wi-fi worked great, which was nice to be able to plan our expeditions while we stayed there. We were also able to do a couple of loads of laundry, which was very helpful. I would definitely recommend staying here.
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About the Host, Jacqueline
I am at a great stage in my life.... my two children are healthy and happy and pursuing their own lives, my daughter is a teacher and my son is in college. I am in a happy relationship with my long term partner who is a garden designer. I am enjoying doing the things that have always interested me such as painting vintage & antique furniture, interior design, life coaching, travel, catching up with friends and creating a space at my home to receive new friends through airbnb. My partner and I love France & Italy but recently have fallen in love with the Sheeps Head Peninsula in West Cork, it is a piece of paradise. When traveling we like to get to know people in the places we visit, it gives us great joy to create genuine friendships. We usually stay with the locals to get a good feel for where we are, and find that this is very culturally fulfilling. I am looking forward to hosting guests in our new apartment and hope that they will be happy to stay with us and maybe return at a later date.
I look forward to meeting you,