About this listing
Set on the edge of one of the few old growth oak forests in Ireland, this architect-designed home with a very large guest room, offers 5-star amenities. It's well located to explore the Beara peninsula, West Cork, and Kerry. Awarded 2014 Super Host
Enjoy Bed & Breakfast in a luxury home in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve's 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 the Wild Atlantic Way.
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 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.
Guests enjoy a large king-sized bed in a very generous bedroom, their own bathroom (shower and bath), access to living and dining areas, including a library, satelite TV and a large DVD collection. Fast wifi is also available.
Interaction with Guests
If you want privacy, you will find it here, since my quarters are well removed from the rest of the house. If you want conversation, I'm happy to visit, and hope I'm always helpful.
The house is 1.5 miles from Glengarriff village, a charming, small cluster of pubs, shops, and activity. Walking in the surrounding woods, is mostly off-road, and is extraordinarily beautiful. You have access to more that 20 km walking trails from the house.
There is public bus service to Glengarriff several times a day.
Other Things to Note
Because you will be a guest in my home, I would appreciate it if you would complete your profile and tell me a little about yourself as you make a booking.
This is a non-smoking home with a small, friendly, curious and very clean Boston terrier living here who doesn't like to share the house with other animals. You are welcome to use the kitchen for simple meals, and to use the living room to listen to music or sit by the fire, or use the television room to watch DVDs or TV.
Please let me know when you are likely to arrive and leave so that we can coordinate the exchange of keys.
It was a joy to stay in Catherine's beautiful house in Glengariff. Her house is absolutely gorgeous and the accommodation is luxurious just as described in the ad. Location is perfect for hiking since Beara Way is practically just outside the door. The calm and quiet location combined with a super comfortable bed guarantees a good nights rest.
Catherine is a very lovely person and the most accommodating and attentive host. We felt truly welcome in her house and had a wonderful, relaxing stay. She also had great tips on what to do while in County Cork. I highly recommend staying in her house if you get the chance to travel to Glengariff.
We had a very nice time at Catherine's place.
She was a great host and was very helpfull.
The house is beautiful in a great environment.
Listing description was as described on the site. Really was in the middle of the woods. Could have sat all day in front of the windows looking out. A fine modern house to have a 2 night break and would like to return someday (with less rain). Most inportantly lots of tea available and breakfast laid out in the mornings.
Catherine is an incredible host and this is a beautiful house in a spectacular spot. Staying here was the absolute highlight of our holiday in Ireland and we were sad to depart. Catherine is really knowledgable about the area and gave us fantastic recommendations for places to visit. A treasure.
Luxurious, immaculately clean and very welcoming. Hostess is charming and accommodating. I hope to be back!
A luxury secret hideaway overlooking an old growth forest; what a treat. We stayed in a huge private suite in Catherine's home and were made to feel very much at home. Catherine is an unimposing yet very helpful host.
Private. Luxurious without being fussy. Spectacular views of Caha mountains and its native old-growth woodlands. A real find in a country of beautiful places to stay. Catherine's home -- and the surrounding Glengarriff Nature Preserve -- was for me the highlight of a month-long sojourn to Western Eire. Even prior to arrival, Catherine was flexible as we adjusted our stay by a couple of days. She provided precise descriptions for getting there -- her driveway is wonderfully off the GPS. The guest suite is enormous and beautifully appointed with clean-lined, artistic decor. Out the many windows are spectacular views of the Caha mountains and her gardens. Catherine opened up her whole home to my husband and me, and was both respectful of our privacy and yet, supportive in providing breakfasts, ideas for out-of-the-way places on the Beara Penninsula, and information on the abundant trails just outside her door that are a part of Glengarriff Nature Reserve. Off the beaten path, yet only minutes from the lovely and unspoiled, authentic town of Glengarriff. Catherine seemed genuinely interested in first learning what we found interesting and enjoyable, and then directed us accordingly.
In short: We loved it! What you get is way better than what you see from the photos... We will definitely be back!