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.
A really lovely few days away. The house was quirky and full of character and Mark was an excellent host, offering recommendations regarding the local area and answering any questions. Myrtleville is a beautiful place and we enjoyed lots of long walks and sampling the local pub and restaurant. Thanks for a great little holiday.
Had a beautiful 2 night stay at this cottage. What a cottage..steeped in history and character and full of interesting vintage pieces and books.
Relaxing with the fire on at night, we almost felt we'd stepped back in time, (Except for the ipod Mark has with an epic music collection)
Had our 15 month old with us and he loved the chickens and beautiful grounds surrounding the cottage.
Mark is a great host, very welcoming and made us feel at home.
We'll definitely be back.
We are a family of 2 adults and 4 children, ages 7-14. The house and garden provided a great space for the kids to explore and my daughter really enjoyed feeding the hens and collecting eggs! We also enjoyed a couple of nights in the yurt! There's an eclectic collection of books in the house, an added bonus. Mark is a friendly, laid back host and was very responsive to our requests. Sham and Emily were very warm and hospitable and the children loved to see them. Thanks for a lovely week, we hope to return next summer.
We immediately felt welcome in Mark's home. He had music playing and food waiting for us in the guest house, as well as firewood to make a fire in the wood burning stove. This place was like a fairytale and was everything we hoped it to be. We had fruits and vegetables available for picking from his garden and his beautiful dog and cat frequently came in and hung out with us. The house is in a gorgeous setting, with views of the ocean from the hill and is a quick drive from Crosshaven. Mark was very accommodating and we felt right at home!
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 :)
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