Rural location amid magic landscape

House - Entire home/apt · Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland
Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons
Your host, Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons
17 Reviews
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The Space

A small cottage, we liken it to the French gîte concept, set in a mature garden beside a quiet road amidst tranquil farmland, yet within ten minutes of a great cappuccino, the majestic coast, megalithic sites, artisan restaurants and much, much more.

My wife and I are peripheral publishers with home-based office, so you can have access to all the communications you require while on holiday. However, we recommend communing with nature while here.

We are quiet and unobtrusive, but have a wealth of local knowledge to make your stay memorable. Our interests are eclectic, so you let us know what it is you would like to discover while visiting and, in all likelihood, we can point you in the right direction.

We love good food ourselves and can supply meals made with stunning local produce if required. In the summer months you may occasionally have to share our acre of mature wooded garden with swallows and grandchildren. Sometimes simultaneously.

The accommodation consists of a double bedroom, bathroom and living space, including a small kitchen, on the ground floor plus a first floor with dormer windows suitable for sleeping two children (three at a pinch).

Despite the tranquillity, and apparent remoteness, we are only 6 km from the bustling market town of Skibbereen. The area is ideal for walking and cycling in addition to being a good base to explore the rugged peninsulas at our doorstep.

Unfortunately, this part of Ireland is no longer served by the railway network. The national bus service operates buses through Skibbereen with reasonable frequency. So a car, while not totally necessary, would facilitate seeing the breadth of sights in the locality. However, we can collect you from the town if required.

This is a unique corner of the world where the community still have time for their neighbours and for the odd stray tourist. It is more beautiful than the famed Ring of Kerry but with a fraction of the visitors and none of the tour buses.

Guest Access

Our guests have a self-contained light and airy cottage with oil-fired central heating, free wifi and free to air satellite TV. More importantly, access to our garden and the surrounding nature.

Interaction with Guests

We live opposite the cottage so are always present, but we are unobtrusive and are happiest when guests feel free to organise themselves. We are more than happy to help or advise though.

The Neighborhood

The peace and quiet and our lovely neighbours.

Getting around

There is a ±5 times daily Cork to Skibbereen bus which we are happy to bring people to or collect them from. We have a couple of bicycles which are freely available. There is car rental at Cork airport and free spacious parking at the cottage.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $14 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $518 /week
Monthly Price: $841 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We love the Skibbereen area, and Gloria & Brendan's cottage was a lovely peaceful haven to have as a base - with a very comfortable bed! Weather was mixed so a shame we couldn't take full advantage of the garden. Thanks to Brendan for making sure we could park the hire car safely off the road. Always lots to explore in the area, even if you've been before, and this time our new favourite place was the Glebe Gardens and Cafe in Baltimore.

    June 2014
  • Beautiful house in beautiful countryside. Communication was smooth and we enjoyed our stay in Skibbereen. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. Thank you.

    May 2014
  • Lovely spot overlooking the Cork Countryside. We had a lovely and relaxing time and Brendan was a great host.

    May 2014
  • The photos and description don't do justice to this place - it is a wonderful cottage. For three, upto four adults, it is great. In fact, our son simply loved the loft (he is 26 yrs old, not a kid!).

    Brendan was extremely helpful and pleasant to engage with - his directions are impeccable - and his generosity is touching (even though we stayed only for one night, there were eggs, milk, bread, muesli, fruit, juice etc etc ... all placed in advance!).

    We seriously have earmarked this place as one "we must come back to", and next time definitely for a longer period. One day is totally inadequate :-)

    May 2014
  • This truly is the perfect cottage and the hosts couldn't be better. I wish I was back in Skibbereen sitting at that wonderful table looking out across the fields. The only drawback would be that it would be difficult without a car as it's a little ways from town, but it would be a great place to just stay put for a while.

    April 2014
    Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons
    Response from Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons:

    Well it was very wet here too after you left. Easter Sunday was lovely, yesterday dire and today the sun is trying to get out from behind the clouds. Daughter is not too bad thanks, but Gloria down now with a very bad chest infection, good news though (as we just had chest x-ray result back), it is not pneumonia. A small consolation! Look forward to the nicer wine and I will see if I can photograph a proper-sized rutabaga.

    April 2014
  • Great spot,
    Beautiful cottage. Nice views. Comfy bed. Lovely breakfast and accommodating hosts. Highly recommended

    April 2014
  • A really lovely comfortable cottage and very kind, accommodating hosts.

    February 2014
  • I had such a lovely time at Brendan and Gloria's cottage. It truly is located in such a peaceful, green, and quiet rural location. This was my first trip to Ireland and what I envisioned Ireland to be came true in this lovely location. The town that is close by, Skibbereen, is also a charming small town that I enjoyed as well. The location is pretty out there, so I highly recommend having transport. Gloria and Brendan generously let me use one of their bicycles and I had such a great time cycling the surrounding roads and to and from Skibbereen. I would highly recommend a stay at this cottage as it is a very unique and cozy place, but also for the chance to meet two very lovely people. You will be so glad that you did. Thanks again for everything, Brendan and Gloria!

    November 2013
  • All was just as described above, what can I add?

    The accomodation is brilliant for a couple, with or without a couple of kids. As a couple of adult kids my daughter and I had a magical week fishing prawns from lough Hyne, munching crab claws from Fields in Skibbereen, and savouring the quickness and charm of our hosts' wit.

    Gloria and Brendon are host wordsmiths in the greatest of Irish traditions and you'd have missed out if you pass them by.

    August 2013
  • Brendan and Gloria's self-contained cottage is just perfect for 2-4 people seeking a quiet, rural setting. The garden is beautiful and the cows over the back fence are very friendly. The cottage is clean, modern and spacious. It contains everything you could wish for. Gloria and Brendan were excellent hosts and we have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

    August 2013
    Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons
    Response from Gloria Greenwood & Brendan Lyons:

    I hope the rest of your European trip is memorable, I am slightly envious as I would like to be travelling in Portugal too.

    August 2013
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Married couple with eclectic interests and preoccupations. Twelve grandchildren, when last counted. Love this beautiful corner of Ireland, where we have lived since 1989, and love introducing people to the seductive way of life here.
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