About this listing
This cute little cottage is a little piece of history in a beautiful seaside village. It dates back over 300 years and has all the character and charm to prove it. We'll do our best to make you feel at home here in Myrtleville House:)
Beautiful country living by the sea, doesn't that sound nice. Well it is but that's only a hint of what's to come if you wish to stay with us here in Myrtleville House.
Come and relax in a 300 year old farmhouse set in the sheltered confines of a Victorian walled garden with spectacular sea views. The farmhouse pre-dates Myrtleville House and has a lot of its original period features. Once said to be used as a small monastery, it is a truly unique building in a gorgeous setting.
We have two large double rooms which and a beautiful single room too. If needed I can add an extra single bed to accommodate larger numbers.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, with a cosy antique wood burning stove its the kind of room that's perfect for tea drinking and long chats.
Breakfast is provided and will leave you fully satisfied:) I try my best to gather and serve as much as I can from the garden depending on what's in season. There are farm fresh eggs from free range hens, there could be loganberries or gooseberries for smoothies or apples, carrots and beetroot for juicing.
There is a community garden (Allotments) on the grounds where neighbours and friends come to grow their own vegetables.
Last year we planted a Bee Meadow to help out our pollinator friends and give them some thanks for providing us with our honey supplies.
Myrtleville beach is a two minute walk down the hill and there are a whole host of beautiful coastal walks in the area. You won't even need to get in your car!
The bus is regular and passes the cross just 5 minutes from the door. It services the city and surrounding villages.
We are a mere 30 minute drive from Cork City and only 15 from Cork Airport, but still in the heart of the countryside.
Fountainstown is just 15 minutes by foot, the beach there is perfect for low-tide walks and there are many secluded swimming holes between here and there. Kids and adults alike can partake in the Funkytown Adventure Centre, where it is possible to do kayak rental and guided tours of the coastline, wake-boarding, tubing and lots more. If you want to try it out let me know before you arrive and I can book ahead for you.
Just a 5 minute drive (or a lovely seaside walk) from Myrtleville is the fishing village of Crosshaven. Home to the oldest yacht club in the world, The Royal Cork Yacht Club, and the spectacular Fort Camden where you can get a tour of the battlements and tunnels that helped to keep the harbour safe during war times. There is couple of charming little cafes where it is very easy to while away some time over a coffee, lunch or breakfast.
Crosshaven offers great drop-in yoga classes, chartered fishing trips, sailing courses, pitch and putt, tennis or just relax in one of the local cafes, restaurants or welcoming pubs and enjoy a relaxing meal in a friendly environment.
You might be lucky enough to get here in time for one of our local festivals, like the crazy Red Head Convention, the Traditional Sail weekend or the annual Folk Festival.
Kinsale is also close by, 20 minutes drive and such a beautiful town with lots to do there too.
For night-time entertainment you wont have to go far, there's always great live music happening locally from traditional folk sessions to some hefty blues rock in the Pine Lodge.
Two minutes down the road, just above the cliffs and the crashing Atlantic sits Bunnyconnellan (check it out on trip advisor) our local restaurant with a setting that is second to none in Cork and perfect for a romantic evening.
Come see for yourselves! :)
Guests will be staying in their own cottage, three bedrooms, living room/kitchen and bathroom.
The living room has a beautiful french stove which will be lit before you arrive and in the morning for breakfast. Firewood is provided and cut on the grounds.
Guests are free to roam the gardens, there are 25 acres of farmland for walks and a Victorian walled garden with community gardens which provide a nice space for relaxation.
I encourage guests to use the produce from my vegetable and herb garden for there own meals.
If you want to collect the eggs from the hens in the morning, or help to feed them, just let me know:)
Interaction with Guests
I will certainly be present and more then willing to give my time to guests. This is a very personal service at the best of times but if my guests require time and space then they will have it in abundance in Myrtleville.
I like to sit and chat with guests when I can, give them some recommendations and share a few cups of tea. It often happens that I will have dinner with guests or maybe share a beer or take them to the local pub for a few pints and some live music. It all depends on the guest or what is going on in Myrtleville on the day.
In the past year I have had the good fortune to be able to take some guests to beach bonfires where we ate freshly caught fish in the firelight, others have accompanied me on remote coastal walks with our dogs or on kayak trips with some friends.
That's what I love about Airbnb, and most of those guests seem more like friends now.
I know this sounds very cheesy but at least its true.
Myrtleville is a beach town built in a small valley. Baile an Cuainin is its original Irish name and it means town of the little cove (beach).
One thing that is often said about this place is that once here people rarely want to leave. Its just so easy to pass the day relaxing its hard to consider other options.
Once here I always encourage visitors to take to the sea-shore. There are plenty of beaches and natural swimming holes and if you want peace seclusion then you will find it there. Foraging for wild food is very easy here with blackberries, mussels, cockles and sea-spinach in abundance at the right time of year. Just ask me where to go and what to look for and take it from there.
Anyone who gets properly ensconced in the area will be charmed by the people here, its a small town with a good community of super friendly people....especially in the pubs:)
There is a bus service that goes from Cork city right to Myrtleville. Its the 220A with Bus Eireann.
To get to Myrtleville House...the easiest way of explaining our location:
to get here you must travel down the hill into Myrtleville (theres only one road here really and it leads to the beach) where you will pass a BnB on your right called Bellevue with a sign hanging outside its gate. Take the next right immediately below it and we are at the top of that little driveway. There's plenty of space to park.
We're very easy going here, you will have no problem feeling at home in the farmhouse.
I don't usually have any requests for people with pets, but if they're nice then Im ok with it:)
Smoking is allowed outside, its never been a problem before.
The house was enchanting and Mark was a more than gracious host. The two of us each had a large comfortable room. The beautiful and breathtaking beach is within walking distance. Most definitely will return!
Mark's place is the best! My kid won't stop talking about it, to the annoyance of other AirBNBrs we are gracing in Ireland. A wonderful little beach is five minutes walk, a store with all your food needs- 2 min walk. So's a pub. At the farmhouse, hens lay eggs that you can collect, then cook for breakfast. Mark loads you up with organic vegetables and firewood. THERES A YURT! And so many pretty little paths and surprising discoveries, I felt like I was in The Secret Garden. I wish we had stayed there longer.
This has to be one of the best get aways I've been to in a long time. Mark is exceptional nice person, very welcoming and will make anyone feel right at home. The house is perfect for those who like houses with a bit of character. Would easily recommend it to anyone calling down to Myrtleville :)
We loved staying on Mark's property! Mark graciously accommodated us even though we arrived late. There was a yurt on the property that we enjoyed using. Mark provided some great fresh food for us for breakfast as well as access to all the things in his gardens, + fresh eggs from his chickens! He gave us a good suggestions including the nearby restaurant Bunnyconnellan where we had one of the better meals of our trip.
Mark met us upon arrival, and showed us all of the wonderful things about his rental. I have to admit, I was a little "afraid" at first, because I am very used to the comforts that my lifestyle (I thought) required. I'm a little bit of a tech junky, so I didn't know how I'd handle living for 5 days on this "quirky" property. A day into the stay, I was ready to leave. My wife talked me into staying. Two days into the stay, I was beginning to relax more than I have in 20 years. Three days into the stay, I was enjoying things. Four days into the stay, I was loving it. Five days into the stay, I was trying to figure out a way to stay longer.
My advice to anybody staying here is to give it a chance. If you don't, you'll never know how much you missed.
We fully enjoyed our stay in Myrtleville House. It is very authentic and quaint. The living room and kitchen area is a little on the small side for a full house but comfortable for four people. The beach is a few minutes walk away and the place is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Mark was very helpful, both before and during our stay, and our daughter loved all the animals on the premises (a dog, cat and chicken).
What an enjoyable and delightful place! The day we arrived we were so tired from our daughter's wedding, we all laid down in the lovely grass and rested before moving in! We loved the house and exploring the beautiful garden and walking in the fields. Comfy beds and nice homey ambience. Mark provided lovely fruits and delicious bread for our breakfast. Our only regret was that we had to leave so soon! Would love to come back and stay longer.
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