Enjoy Bed & Breakfast in a luxury home in the Glengarriff Nature Reserves old growth oak forest. Right on the boundary of the reserve, this home offers spectacular views, fabulous off-road walking trails, and is central to exploring West Cork and Kerry.
This recently built, architect-designed home is a private retreat in one of West Cork's most beautiful spots. A private large bedroom with an American king sized bed and its own bathroom looks out over the surrounding forest and mountains.
Enjoy full access to the rest of the house that has an open-plan living room/dining room/gourmet kitchen with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in spectacular views from every direction and a fireplace and jazz and classical music CDs for the evenings. A cozy library/television room has an internet connection, WiFi, and a large collection of DVDs. The energy-efficient light-filled house, filled with books and contemporary Irish art, is very privately situated on 4 acres of wild meadows and woodlands.
Breakfast is tea or coffee, juice, bread or toast, jam, cheese, yoghurt, cereal. If you want a full cooked Irish breakfast, please let me know in advance (€5 extra). You are welcome to use the kitchen for simple meals as long as you clean up after yourself!
This is a large house for you to enjoy, with plenty of privacy and an accomodating host when you need it.
The house overlooks what was formerly Lord Bantry's hunting estate, now a 250 acre forest reserve that offers over 60 kilometers of walking trails just out the door, yet the house is only 5 minutes drive (35 minute walk) from Glengarriff village with great pubs and dining. It is on the Beara Way, the long distance walking trail of the Beara Penninsula. This is a very beautiful and quiet place to be, to enjoy fresh air, bird song, spring water, a garden and terrace, and the plants and animals of the forest. It's a part of Ireland that few see, truly a magical place.
Glengarriff is a charming village on a small harbour north of Bantry. Surrounded by stunning mountains and old oak forests, its romantic position on the water has attracted visitors since the early days of tourism in Ireland. There are great pubs and restaurants, craft shops, an art gallery, a small grocery store with post office and a hairdressers and pharmacy in the village. Garnish Island (Illnacullen) in Glengarriff harbour is a world-famous garden. It is a walker's paradise, and a good base to use to explore West Cork and Kerry.
Located at the gateway to the Beara penninsula, this is one of the most rugged and beautiful parts of Ireland. Enjoying a moderate climate most of the year, it's paradise for travellers who want to take their time to discover why West Cork is one of the best places in Europe to enjoy exceptional landscape, friendly people, good walking, and good food. The house is equidistant to Bantry town and Kenmare, both lovely market towns with good shopping, restaurants and entertainment that are 20-30 minutes away. There are several golf courses within easy reach of the house, and boating and fishing in Glengarriff harbour and Bantry Bay.
Travel times to Glengarriff (by car):
Cork airport 80 minutes
Dublin (4.5-5.5 hours)
Bantry 20 minutes
Kenmare 25 minutes
Killarney 60 minutes
There is public bus service (Bus Eireann) from Cork to Glengarriff year round. Walking time to/from Glengarriff village is about 35 minutes each way. Biking in the area is fabulous.
Staying with Catherine was fantastic. She keeps a beautiful home that has stunning views from every window. There are tons of scenic places to explore close by. I really enjoyed our conversations and am so grateful for all the knowledge she provided about the area. Wish I could have stayed longer!
Great place to stay at! Catherine was a very generous and helpful host. Catherine's place truly is in a green paradise and is made for comfort and relaxation. Highly recommend.
Catherine (and Sarah, the inquisitive and adorable Boston Terrier) is a most gracious host. Her home is beautiful, and combined with the location is most certainly a slice of paradise. Catherine is very knowledgeable about the area and is full of tips to help make your visit to the area truly special. We really enjoyed our stay, and highly recommend staying Catherine during your visit to this part of Ireland.
I visited Catherine's home as a weekend writing retreat . Her house is beautiful, and its architecture is designed to highlight the spectacular forest surroundings. I had my own large room with a desk and several chairs for reading in. Her home is decorated with care and style, and the nearby walking trails are well worth checking out. I rode my bike both over to Bantry and down the Beara Peninsula, and her house was perfectly situated for that kind of exploring. I found some much-needed quiet there and got a lot of good writing done. Catherine was an extremely welcoming host who also let me do my own thing. I would definitely stay here again!
Catherine's house is simply stunning. The window front allows a spectacular view over the forest and the montains. And since Catherine loves beatiful things the house is decorated this way. It is very quiet and hence is a great place to relax from diverse day trips to the environment (Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Ring of Beara, etc.). You can also watch television or DVDs or connect to the internet via WLAN.
Catherine is a wonderful host. She is vey kind and helpful with anything. I would always be more than happy to stay there again.
I have had the best time staying at Catherine's lovely home. The house is modern, quiet, bright (even on rainy days) and spacious. The art on the walls and the views of Glengarrif Woods and the Caha Mountains are in themselves worth the stay. Add to that Catherine's kind and caring presence (think hot water bottle when you have a cold), her knowledgeability on art, many kilometres of walking paths and there's the perfect place to spend a week. Or two.
My room was very large and it had a huge bed (American king size), two comfy chairs and a desk. There was wifi and I could to listen to Catherine's cd's, watch tv and dvd's. There is hardly any mobile coverage, but I was allowed to use the land line.
Glengarriff is the nearest village, about 2,5 km away. It has shops, pubs and of course Catherine's contemporary art gallery. Her house is right on the edge of the Glengarriff Nature Reserve, so there really is no need to travel anywhere once you've arrived at Catherine's home. But if you really feel you need to: There's a lot to see in the area, from towns like Kenmare and Bantry to remote peninsulas like Beara and Sheep's Head.
I'd happily return anytime!
What a special place! Catherine's home is amazing, with views that take your breath away. Her property is right on the edge of one of the oldest original oak and birch forests in Ireland with spectacular walking trails. It is a paradise for anyone who wants to get away from the bustle of the city and enjoy peace, quiet, incredible beauty, great walking, a house to die for, and a fabulous hostess.
The town closest to Catherine's B&B is Glengarriff. It is a charming town with a small island just off shore -- Garnish Island -- that is an old Italian garden and is simply lovely. The town has fun pubs and restaurant and surprisingly good shopping. It is right between Bantry and Kenmare so if you want bigger town action, it is easily accessible. Glengarriff is a a great base for day trips to the spectacular and wild Beara peninsula, Kenmare, and the Ring of Kerry.
Catherine's home is about a 30 minute walk to town or a 4-5 minute drive. We were glad to have a car even though I could have happily stayed at Catherine's for a week or more and simply enjoyed the view, the walking, her beautiful home, her great book and movie collection, and interesting and stimulating conversations. We had our own suite and private bath with exceptional comfort and privacy. My only regret was that we didn't stay longer. Next year we'll stay at least a week.