About this listing
Old and beautifully renovated cottage in pretty small harbour town. Fantastic countryside and coastal walks.
Cottage only a few minutes from Bay and shops but set back with pleasant views of the fields etc.
Fire and Aga/Stanley, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Garage. Small garden and roof terrace.
Homely decoration and very comfortable.
Rates variable depending on time of year from £50 per night during off season to £75 during July and August.
The house is detached and is on a quiet road five minutes from Bantry town centre, where there are shops, pubs, restaurants, banks, a cinema and a very good outdoor market every Friday.
There is a regular bus service (Eireann 236) between Bantry, Cork and Glengarriff.
The cottage is let out as a whole (three bedroom) house.
Interaction with Guests
If I'm not around my friend Zora, who runs a nearby riding stables establishment, is always available for help and advice.
West Cork is a very beautiful part of Ireland but doesn't suffer from the coach-loads of tourists you get in Kerry and Galway. Lots of things to see and do but this is genuine rural Ireland, not a synthetic tourist destination.
Parking is available in a garage attached to the house or on a track by the side of the house. There is a good bus service to Cork. Bicycles can be hired from Nigel's Bike Shop, a five-minute walk from here.
We wash sheets and towels and clean thoroughly between visitors but it helps if – as most people do – mess is kept to a minimum.
Dogs are not allowed as there is only a small garden and the fields at the back of the house are often occupied by sheep. Farmers tend to shoot on sight any dog seen worrying their sheep.
We spent five nights in Roberts lovely cottage. It's really lovely, very much like a home and with funny details such as his collection of horror movies. When we arrived, Roberts friend Zora had left the key in a secure place so we could get into the house very late at night without anyone having to be there. That was very comfortable. There was an instruction sheet with information on everything, so we easily washed our clothes etc. We spent our days sleeping in the comfy beds (the location is definitely quiet), having extended breakfast (buy "Mum's bread" and scones at "Box of Frogs" café!), preparing incredible fish for lunch and walking or driving around the really beautiful landscape nearby (we recommend trekking on Sheeps Head and walking through Glengarriff Nature Reserve). Bantry itself is sleepy but nice - one night we had some drinks at "Ma Murphy's" pub, where we were almost invited to a wedding the next day. Altogether we really felt at home in your home, Robert - thanks a lot for sharing it with us!
We had an excellent time staying at Bluebell Cottage over Christmas. Robert's home is authentic, intimate, homey and exactly what we hoped for. We cooked frequently and the kitchen is well appointed. The cottage is a short walk down hill into the Bantry shopping/eatery/pub district. Robert met us upon arrival and provided complete instructions on the house. Just an extremely positive experience. Molly Hatfield