Bedroom with kingsize bed and sitting areaPrivate bathroom, clean, modern with shower, bath and WC.

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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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 4-star amenities. Only 5 minutes from Glengarriff village, it's well located to explore West Cork, particularly the Beara peninsula, and south Kerry. Super Host 2014-2016.

The space

Enjoy Bed & Breakfast in a luxurious 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 an adjacent, private bathroom looks out over the surrounding forest and mountains.

Enjoy access to the rest of the house that has an open-plan living room/dining room 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 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, and cereal.

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.

Guest access

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.

The garden offers a terrace with chairs to sit and enjoy the view.

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.

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. I'd also appreciate it if you could give me an approximate arrival time a few days before you come.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 8PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 35 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: 12
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM

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. The house is not suited for children or infants.

Please let me know in advance when you are likely to arrive and leave so that we can coordinate the exchange of keys.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

37 Reviews

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Maria-Jose User Profile
June 2017
Catherine, the host, is very welcoming and attentive and you are likely to feel at home immediately. She has a keen appreciation of art and architecture and both the house and its decor reflect her interest. The house is located high up on a hill overlooking an ancient sessile oak forest. It is a tranquil spot with fabulous views of the surrounding hills and wooded valley below. It is an ever-changing landscape. The interior of the house is beautifully presented and very spacious. We truly enjoyed sitting by the big picture windows and looking out on the valley below never tiring of the view. The bedroom is very spacious and the super-king size bed very comfortable. Your personal bathroom is right outside the bedroom. It is a good idea to go to the house in daytime as it is 3 km off the main road, the last few hundred metres of which are off the beaten track and a bit bumpy. Drive slowly. We had a very enjoyable and memorable stay.
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
Thanks, Maria-Jose and Mike, for your review -- I'm glad you enjoyed staying here. You're welcome back anytime! Catherine
June 2017

Barbara User Profile
May 2017
Catherines home is set in an area of outstanding beauty and the house is designed to make the most of it.As a host she is warm charming and helpful giving very good advice that helped make our stay even better.
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
Thanks, Barbara! I really enjoyed having you and Gordon in my home.
May 2017

Michael User Profile
September 2016
Lovely stay over all, I think a full Irish Breakfast should be offered and included in the price of the the room. The guest bathroom is just outside the bedroom door. I thought the room would have had an on-suite bathroom which would have made the stay that little more comfortable Lovely surrounding and house. Glengarriff is a lovely village with some nice restaurants to eat at, nice sights to be seen and places to visit.
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.
Response from Catherine:
I'm glad Michael had a lovely stay in my home. Guests are offered a generous continental breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, orange juice, cereals, toast, home-made jam, yoghurt and fruit. A cooked breakfast is available with advanced notice for a modest extra.
September 2016

Heidi User Profile
September 2016
Catherine made me feel very welcome in her beautiful home and offered tea and biscuits on arrival. Her open-plan living/dining room/kitchen has full length windows looking out over ancient woodland and the Caha Mountains, with not another building in sight. It gives you a real sense of the natural environment. It was wonderful to have so much space, and the bed and armchairs were really comfortable, so it was easy to relax and unwind. The house is tastefully decorated, reflecting Catherine's eye for modern art. Because her home is so tranquil, it is possible to have a great holiday even if the weather is not great. When it is raining outside, there is plenty to do indoors. In the evenings it is lovely to look out and not see a single light on the hills. Catherine, herself, is a warm-hearted, interesting person. Her commitment to growing her own produce and cooking using fresh ingredients (often homegrown) is inspirational. She was very helpful in suggesting good places to visit and to eat, and I enjoyed our conversations. She has such a a superb collection of quality books, DVDs and music that I could easily have spent several weeks with her. I was really disappointed when my stay was over. I'd love to return some day. Glengarriff is a great location for exploring the wild beauty of the Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head. There are excellent places to eat in nearby Bantry and Kenmare, and for anyone travelling on a budget, many of the supermarkets in West Cork have a good range of Deli salads to take on a day trip. As a woman travelling alone, I found West Cork safe and friendly. I cannot speak highly enough of Catherine and her amazing home.

Isabel User Profile
August 2016
Catherine was correct in every sense. It requieres trust to let anybody into your house knowing that you won't be there to surveil it.

Krissy User Profile
August 2016
You cannot imagine what a magical place Catherines home is. Words cannot do justice, it must be experienced. We were surrounded by rolling moss hills, dense forrest and a trickling stream. This was just the scenery, Catherine's emmaculate home was a gift in itself. A bright, oversized bedroom, a kitchen stocked for our use and a bold media room. We loved talking with Catherine over dinner about life in Ireland, local folklore and the mystical side of things. We could not have been happier. Thank you Catherine, if you're ever in California, we would love to see you.

Siobhán User Profile
August 2016
Catherine was an amazing host, she couldn't have done more to make us feel at home but still gave us our space. The house was absolutely breathtaking, with spectacular views in a stunning location. Perfect if you want to get away from it all. Car or a love of hiking definitely required to get you to glengarrif village itself (about a 30 minute walk but a stunning one). Lots to do in the area (kayaking, drive over healys pass, dursey island cable car definitely the highlights). Well worth a trip.

Glengarriff, IrelandJoined in July 2010
Catherine User ProfileCatherine is a superhost.

A multilingual expat American, I've lived in West Cork about 14 years. I own and run my own contemporary art gallery and am building a garden.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 88%
Response time: within a few hours
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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