About this listing
Our sunny Courtyard Garden Studio Apartment is in its own private little courtyard. The apartment is colourful and comfortable, wonderful for relaxing in after a day sightseeing or working. It 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 and only 10 minutes east of Cork City by train, car or bus. Perfectly situated for visiting all that Cork City and County have to offer!.
My family and 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 private double studio apartment which is suitable for holiday guests and also perfect for visiting corporate guests. It has a kitchen with all cooking facilities, all basic food stuffs included. A a shower room, ironing board & iron etc. There is free parking just outside our gate which is always available for guests. We are on the Cork City~Cobh~Midleton Train line, perfect 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 courtyard is accessed through a red wooden door. 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 phone for local calls. The kitchen has a sink (instant hot water) fridge, New two plate hob, microwave, small electric oven, freezer, 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! The apartment is perfect for a Summer or a Winter break.
Glounthaune Village is a small historic village/hamlet with no through road, Cork estuary lapps 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 with outdoor gym equipment, and 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, is also good for a pint or a glass of wine!
There is a wonderful shop ~ delicatessen (Fitzpatricks) 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 every half hour, with links nationwide. Also East to Carrigtwohill, Midleton, Fota Wild Life Park, Fota Golf Club Hotel & Spa and Cobh can be reached by our local train. 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 or beer,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 can be 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 you.
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, but there is plenty of space outside in the court yard to smoke.