Sometimes the rainbow does end in our garden.The cottage, the red barn, after which our publishing business is named, and the garden from the air. You can also see where the car parking spaces is! Photo courtesy of Lara Fritz.
Skibbereen: the end of the rainbow
Skibbereen: the end of the rainbow

4 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

1 bath

4 guests

2 rooms

4 beds

1 bath

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Extra people: $11 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 13%


A small self-contained independent cottage – akin 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 including the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, megalithic sites (we have a cairn within walking distance), artisan restaurants and much, much more.

My wife and I have a home-based office – we offer publishing consultancy services – so you can have access to all the communications you require while on holiday. However, we recommend the best communication you can have while visiting is with ‘nature’.

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 and, in all likelihood, we can point you in the right direction.

We love good food ourselves and can offer pointers to stunning local produce if required. In the summer months you may 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.

Our guests have a self-contained light and airy cottage with oil-fired central heating, free wifi and ‘free-to-air’ satellite TV. The more important ‘freedom’ however, is access to the surrounding nature right at our doorstep.

Our own dwelling house is opposite the cottage so are generally around and about, but in an unobtrusive manner. We are happiest when our guests feel free to organise themselves, but more than happy to help or advise on any aspect of your stay.

We live rurally, so there is not much to ‘do’ here except ‘be’ and luxuriate in the unparalleled peace and quiet. We have lovely neighbours, none of whose houses we can see, but we know they are there if needed.

There is bus service from Cork to Skibbereen (±5 times daily). We are always happy to bring or collect guests from the bus.

There is car rental at Cork airport and free spacious parking at the cottage.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

We do not enforce a strict monastic regimen, but the accommodation is probably better suited to those who seek peace, quiet and a modicum of contemplation rather than nightly raves. Because of our location we have to dispose of our own rubbish, so we love people who tread lightly on the earth. The cottage is ‘no smoking’. As we are surrounded by farmers we do not accept pets.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector

2 nights minimum stay

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Ignacio User Profile
March 2017
Great stay, hosts were very kind and house was exactly as depicted on the pictures. I highly recommend it!

Tara User Profile
February 2017
I travelled with my grandfather at the last minute and cannot thank Brendan enough for his hospitality. From the lifts (I couldn't find my driving Iicense before leaving - a must really in this neck of the woods!) to the fresh, organic food that he supplied, our stay was a very comfortable and happy one. The accommodation is perfect for a relaxing stay in the Irish countryside. Highly recommended!

Patricia User Profile
October 2016
We felt very welcome. Could have stayed a week here.

Michael User Profile
October 2016
Despite their own absence on Holiday during our stay. Brendan did everything he possibly could to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The brochure description of the cottage is pretty accurate, although given the rather small dishwasher and limited cutlery, there could be problems if occupied by more than two guests. With its central heating and double glazing the cottage is very cosy for a relaxing evening after exploring the stunning countryside of West Cork, the Android TV box is a little quirky but can provide a vast range of evening entertainment

Steve User Profile
September 2016
Great little cottage with all of the amenities you need. Nice sized kitchen and a very comfortable bed. Very quiet and peaceful for anyone wishing to get away and enjoy the countryside. 10 minute drive into Skibbereen and both Brendan and Gloria were extremely helpful with local information. Highly recommended!

Eilis User Profile
September 2016
This is a beautiful cottage about 6 km outside Skibbereen. Brendan was there to welcome me on arrival and show me around. The house very tastefully decorated with muted colours and there is a huge window in the living room so it is very bright. And there was bread, butter, milk, juice and tea and coffee left for us in the small but perfect kitchen. Two friends joined me for the second and third nights and they slept in the extra mezzanine bedroom and said it was very comfortable. There is a private small garden to the back - sadly the weather didn't oblige so we didn't get to make use of this, more's the pity. The location is quite remote - but easy enough to find if you follow Brendan's great directions. Try to arrive in daylight! Skibbereen's a great town, with a really well stocked supermarket, and it's a wonderful location for exploring the Sheep's Head and Mizen Head peninsulas.

Eileen User ProfileEileen is a superhost.
September 2016
We enjoyed our stay at" The end of the Rainbow" very much. We needed a restful, relaxed holiday & that is exactly what we got. The cottage is a great base from which to visit all the many beautiful places in the area--Baltimore & its ferries to the islands, breath taking views & info at Mizen Head, local shopping in Skibbereen & Clonakilty, country markets to beat the best, hidden coves & rugged coastline, the tranquillity of Lough Hyne, not to mention the scrumptious local food available in the many eateries around the area. Brendan & Gloria looked after us well & were on hand whenever needed to give local knowledge & interesting conversation. The cookies were very good too---Thanks for the provisions left ready for our arrival.
Gloria User Profile
Response from Gloria:
I think Eileen should be hired as a PRO by West Cork Tourism as she has done a wonderful job promoting the area.
September 2016

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Gloria User Profile

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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