About this listing
The Long Barn is an old stone, single-storey, whitewashed barn. It has private entrance, accommodation and outside space, set in tranquil and secluded gardens down a quiet country lane leading, in a few minutes amble, to a safe and secluded beach.
Driving distances can be deceptive, but everywhere from Killarney in the north to Blarney Castle in the east is a relatively easy day trip. But you needn't go further than a couple of miles for spectacular beaches and great food!
Renowned as an artistic retreat, the headland of Reen must be one of the most tranquil spots in Europe, let alone Ireland. You might possibly hear a fishing boat chugging the old trawling grounds off the coast. Otherwise your aural landscape is likely to be limited to birdsong, the wind in the leaves, and the distant crash of surf. It is an ideal spot for relaxation, unwinding, de-stressing and generally taking a time-out from the frantic pace of modern life.
In conjunction with (URL HIDDEN) a specialist writing consultancy, we also offer writer's retreats, a stay in The Long Barn coupled with your choice of editorial input on your current writing project. Check out the (URL HIDDEN) site for more details.
Guests have their own front door to the barn which comprises two bedrooms, bathroom, utility room, kitchen/living space and large private outside terrace. They are welcome to explore the rest of the grounds, and help themselves to seasonal produce in the kitchen garden, polytunnel and orchard.
Interaction with guests
Guests can be as private as they like. We do have a wealth of local knowledge as to restaurants, pubs, music venues, outdoor activities and sightseeing if needed. There are a selection of brochures, maps and guides provided to read at your leisure.
On The Wild Atlantic Way, Reen headland sits between Glandore and Castlehaven harbours, ideally placed for all sailing, whale watching, sea kayaking and simple swimming (and paddling!) activities. Catch crabs off the pier. Walk in Rineen Woods and see the Fairy Houses.
Reen is two minutes walk from a secluded and safe beach, and easy cycling distance from many other local beaches. It is a few minutes walk from Reen Pier and The League, centre for whale watching and fishing tours and Atlantic Sea Kayaking and four minutes drive from the nearest village of Union Hall, comprising three pubs, local mini-market, a Post Office, a Coffee Shop and a Fish Shop, a further few minutes drive from Glandore, with its pubs and restaurants, and then on to Skibbereen, Castletownshend, Baltimore, Ballydehob and west. There are great music venues both locally, Connolly's of Leap, ten minutes drive away, or the famous DeBarras pub in Clonakilty, half an hour away
Other things to note
We have a dog, cats and chickens free-ranging over the grounds. All are very good with children (they haven't eaten ours yet, anyway), but probably not a good idea to feed them anything, because if you do they then won't leave you alone.
First rule: Relax! Enjoy the peace and tranquility.
It would be appreciated if you could remove external shoes when inside, as the floors mark easily.
We request that you don't smoke inside, more for the benefit of other visitors who might be fussy about a smoke free environment.
Dogs are very welcome, we have one of our own, but not to sleep inside the Barn please (again, subsequent guests may be allergic). Also, be aware that we have free ranging hens. The eggs are for the eating, not the hens. Some dogs might not realise this.
We do not request a deposit, as we trust guests to make good any damage.
It would be appreciated if you could strip the beds and leave the sheets and towels in the utility room when you leave.
Check out time on your last day is 10:30am sharp. It may well be possible to stay later (we know how lovely a languid "last morning" is), but please discuss that with us in advance.
From Dec 21, 2016 - Jan 03, 2017 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
We moved to West Cork in 2007 via Belfast, Dublin and London
We live with our 2 children age 11 and 13
We love music, arts, food and the great outdoors, sailing, kayaking and running.