Skibbereen rural accommodation

Other - Private room · Cork, Cork, Ireland
Heidi & Des

Driftwood country hostel located in a lovely rural area (5 km from Skibbereen town).
We have a large garden to relax in after a days exploring lovely West Cork. We offer self catering accommodation from 40 euro/room or 54 euro bed & breakfast/room.

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Driftwood country hostel located in a lovely rural area (5 km from Skibbereen town).
We have a large garden to relax in after a days exploring lovely West Cork. We offer self catering accommodation from 40 euro/room or 54 euro bed & breakfast/room.

The Space

Driftwood Bed & Breakfast/Hostel is located 5 km/3 miles from the lively West Cork town of Skibbereen and about 10km/6 miles from the closest point to the sea; which makes it an ideal base to tour West Cork and Kerry.
You can walk to Skibbereen in 45 minutes and guests are welcome to use 2 bikes that we keep on site.
We offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation ( 27 euro per/person/sharing) We take pride in offering a good selection of food sourced ,when possible, locally.
We also offer selfcatering accommodation from 40 euro/room.
Guests are welcome to use our guest kitchen.
When in service you are welcome to use our hot tub for a small charge 5 euro/person for running costs, if staying 3 nights or more the use of the hot tub is for free.
We are located in a peaceful rural setting, our garden is for
everyone to relax in and we welcome guests to enjoy their surroundings.
Guests with dogs are welcome, once their pets are supervised. We have a shed in the garden to accommodate pets for a good nights rest.
You are a 10 min. drive from stunning nature reserve Lough Ine (Europe’s largest saltwater lake) or 20/30 minutes from the coastal villages of Baltimore, Glandore, Schull & Bantry.
(see some pictures within 20 minutes from Driftwood house)
If you venture a little further you will find the villages of Goleen & Crookhaven, Mizen Head (Ireland’s most southerly point) and Barleycove Beach, all accessable in 40-45 minutes.
The more adventurous can venture into Kerry and visit beautiful Kenmare or a little further Killarney National Park.
We will also be glad to help you find local activities you might enjoy such as: Cycling & Walking , Kayaking; Dolphin Watching; Deep Sea Angling or River/Lake Fishing; Arts, Crafts & Music.
There is plenty to do and explore locally and during the Spring and Summer season West Cork offers lots of festivals around the small towns and villages.
We have lived in the West Cork area for the past 25 years and have explored the area extensively and will be happy to point you to the most beautiful spots.
After exploring for the day you can relax in our hot tub in the garden.

Also view our other options at the following links
https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/2779052
https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/2761149
https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/2757542

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FISHING IN SKIBBEREEN
Just a few km(river Ilean 2.5 km) from Driftwood
FISHING ON THE RIVER ILEN
SALMON
SEA-TROUT
METHODS
FREEDOM TO WANDER
ABOUT SKIBBEREEN
STATE LICENCES AND CLUB TICKETS
OTHER ANGLING
INFORMATION ABOUT ANGLING
TOURIST OFFICE

FISHING ON THE RIVER ILEN

Also very popular in Skibbereen is Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing on the Ilen River.
The River Ilen is a medium sized spate river about 21 miles (33kms.) long and flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in West Cork. A large part of the river is managed by the River Ilen Anglers' Club based in Skibbereen. The season for Salmon & Sea Trout opens on February 15th and closes on September 30th for Salmon and on October 12th for Sea Trout.

SALMON

Spring Salmon begin to move into the river during March. The main runs of Salmon occur in April, May, June. From June continuing on through July, August and September there are steady runs of grilse known locally as peal. In August and September the Autumn Salmon appear. Salmon average about 8-10 lbs (4 kgs) and grilse 4-5 lbs (2 kgs). Salmon at 10-15 lbs (5-7kgs) are not uncommon and larger fish up to 21 lbs(10kgs) have been taken. As with sea-trout, the best runs and fishing is when the river is in pate and the Spring tides are on.

SEA-TROUT

Runs of sea-trout into this river have remained steady over recent years. They begin to move into the lower beats during March. During April, May and June there are runs of fish averaging about 2 lbs(1 kg) with some up to 4 lbs (1.8 kgs). July, August, and September sees the run of 'juniors' as they are known locally, fish averaging 1 lb (.4 kgs) with superb fighting qualities.

METHODS

For Salmon and Grilse, spinning and worming is favoured by local anglers. On some stretches and following a spate, the fly can be very effective. The use of prawn and shrimp is not permitted. Worm fishing begins on March 1 st until September 30th.

During the day sea-trout are taken on light tackle with worm and small spinners. The fly is most effective on a windy day. However, the cream of sea-trout fishing is with the fly from dusk onwards. There is a great variety of suitable pools and no restrictions as to night fishing are imposed on visitors.

FREEDOM TO WANDER

Angling on the River Ilen has its own special charm. The river has great variety and beauty. Not confined to beats, the angler can relax and wander freely, surrounded by nature. Sightings of heron, duck, kingfishers, various song birds, bats, mink and otters are quite common, and the fox and badger are never far away.

ABOUT SKIBBEREEN

If angling is to be combined with a family holiday, Skibbereen is an ideal centre from which to explore scenic West Cork. As a town it is goahead and welcoming, well provided with amenities and sevices, inviting shops, attractive restaurants and bars, a public library, indoor sports-centre, golf links, children's playground and of course the beach is only a few miles away.

Full details of the wide range of holiday activities available in West Cork holiday centres such as Skibbereen and Baltimore are available from the Tourist Office, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

STATE LICENCES AND CLUB TICKETS

Both the above are required to fish salmon and sea-trout. There is no brown trout fishing on the river.

OTHER ANGLING

Also available in the area is brown and rainbow trout fishing and sea and course fishing.

INFORMATION ABOUT ANGLING

State licences, club permits, maps, club angling regulations, information about the river and angling methods and other fishing in the area is available from Mr. Tony Kelly of Fallons Sports Shop, North Street, Skibbereen, (website hidden): (phone number hidden)

The Sports Shop is not open on Sundays. Anglers expecting to arrive late on a Saturday are advised to purchase the State licence and club permit in advance by post from Fallons Sports Shop.

Further information about angling in Co. Cork and Kerry is available from the South Western Regional Fisheries Board, 1 Neville Terrace, Macroom, (website hidden): 026-41221/2

The Neighborhood

FISHING IN SKIBBEREEN

FISHING ON THE RIVER ILEN
SALMON
SEA-TROUT
METHODS
FREEDOM TO WANDER
ABOUT SKIBBEREEN
STATE LICENCES AND CLUB TICKETS
OTHER ANGLING
INFORMATION ABOUT ANGLING
TOURIST OFFICE

FISHING ON THE RIVER ILEN

Also very popular in Skibbereen is Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing on the Ilen River.
The River Ilen is a medium sized spate river about 21 miles (33kms.) long and flows through some of the most beautiful scenery in West Cork. A large part of the river is managed by the River Ilen Anglers' Club based in Skibbereen. The season for Salmon & Sea Trout opens on February 15th and closes on September 30th for Salmon and on October 12th for Sea Trout.

SALMON

Spring Salmon begin to move into the river during March. The main runs of Salmon occur in April, May, June. From June continuing on through July, August and September there are steady runs of grilse known locally as peal. In August and September the Autumn Salmon appear. Salmon average about 8-10 lbs (4 kgs) and grilse 4-5 lbs (2 kgs). Salmon at 10-15 lbs (5-7kgs) are not uncommon and larger fish up to 21 lbs(10kgs) have been taken. As with sea-trout, the best runs and fishing is when the river is in pate and the Spring tides are on.

SEA-TROUT

Runs of sea-trout into this river have remained steady over recent years. They begin to move into the lower beats during March. During April, May and June there are runs of fish averaging about 2 lbs(1 kg) with some up to 4 lbs (1.8 kgs). July, August, and September sees the run of 'juniors' as they are known locally, fish averaging 1 lb (.4 kgs) with superb fighting qualities.

METHODS

For Salmon and Grilse, spinning and worming is favoured by local anglers. On some stretches and following a spate, the fly can be very effective. The use of prawn and shrimp is not permitted. Worm fishing begins on March 1 st until September 30th.

During the day sea-trout are taken on light tackle with worm and small spinners. The fly is most effective on a windy day. However, the cream of sea-trout fishing is with the fly from dusk onwards. There is a great variety of suitable pools and no restrictions as to night fishing are imposed on visitors.

FREEDOM TO WANDER

Angling on the River Ilen has its own special charm. The river has great variety and beauty. Not confined to beats, the angler can relax and wander freely, surrounded by nature. Sightings of heron, duck, kingfishers, various song birds, bats, mink and otters are quite common, and the fox and badger are never far away.

ABOUT SKIBBEREEN

If angling is to be combined with a family holiday, Skibbereen is an ideal centre from which to explore scenic West Cork. As a town it is goahead and welcoming, well provided with amenities and sevices, inviting shops, attractive restaurants and bars, a public library, indoor sports-centre, golf links, children's playground and of course the beach is only a few miles away.

Full details of the wide range of holiday activities available in West Cork holiday centres such as Skibbereen and Baltimore are available from the Tourist Office, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

STATE LICENCES AND CLUB TICKETS

Both the above are required to fish salmon and sea-trout. There is no brown trout fishing on the river.

OTHER ANGLING

Also available in the area is brown and rainbow trout fishing and sea and course fishing.

INFORMATION ABOUT ANGLING

State licences, club permits, maps, club angling regulations, information about the river and angling methods and other fishing in the area is available from Mr. Tony Kelly of Fallons Sports Shop, North Street, Skibbereen, (website hidden): (phone number hidden)

The Sports Shop is not open on Sundays. Anglers expecting to arrive late on a Saturday are advised to purchase the State licence and club permit in advance by post from Fallons Sports Shop.

Further information about angling in Co. Cork and Kerry is available from the South Western Regional Fisheries Board, 1 Neville Terrace, Macroom, (website hidden): 026-41221/2

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 7
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
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  • Lovely stay in this b&b. Des was really welcoming and helpful. This place is perfect for enjoying quiet and nature, and not as difficult to find as I've read. And there is a jacuzzi! I definitely recommend this b&b :)

    June 2014
    Heidi & Des
    Response from Heidi & Des:

    We glad you enjoyed your stay and the hot tub. Hope to see you sometime again in the future.

    June 2014
  • Our stay with Des and Heidi was great. The house is beautiful, and is located in the lovely rolling hills behind Skibbereen. Des was very welcoming when we arrived, and we immediately felt at home. We'll definitely be back again soon! Highly recommended!

    June 2014
    Heidi & Des
    Response from Heidi & Des:

    It was our pleasure hope to see you again sometime

    June 2014
  • Lovely home, but a bit off the beaten path. I would suggest having a car if you plan to stay here. The setting was lovely. The rooms are comfortable, and had all that you need. Des was very helpful during our stay.

    April 2014
  • I had the most fantastic time with Heidi and Desi! There home is beautiful and very comfortable, with everything you could need, surrounded by the stunning rolling hills of Ireland, and they are so very, very kind. They have a full kitchen for guests to use, so I saved a whole bunch of money just making my own breakfast and lunch. There is also a bike for guests to use (the ride into town is lovely and I did it at least once daily, but if you aren't up for the challenge, a taxi is only 5-10 euro, and hitching a ride is never a problem). Then as if the house is not great enough, the town of Skibbereen is now probably my favorite town I have ever traveled to, which means quite a bit. Everyone was so incredibly hospitable and helpful and kind; I felt that I was at home within just one day. The town may be small, but for a girl from Chicago, I never got bored. Try out Annie May's or Baby Hannah's for a night of music on your first night, then once you know a few people try out the Paragon for some more dancing and music. Then during the days you can shop or go for hikes or a bike ride or explore the surrounding towns and castles. I will surely be back very soon!

    September 2013
  • Heidi&Des house is a nice and quiet place at the top of a hill with a scenic view on the country.
    Theý re welcoming and kind.
    The house is self catering , clean, well equipped and large: It should be perfect for a big family for a long stay.
    We are happy about this stay.

    August 2013
  • Great place in a beautiful location. Clean and good value, with friendly hosts you can ask local advice from about where to go.

    Was the perfect space to relax in the evening after experiencing beautiful West Cork in the daytime. Wish I was back there right now!

    July 2013
  • Des was so friendly and the accommodations were lovely. It was comfortable and quiet, a great way to start our honeymoon. Thank you, Des! We will definitely recommend Driftwood to our friends!

    July 2013
    Heidi & Des
    Response from Heidi & Des:

    hi Robert, I am glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope you had a lovely honeymoon in Ireland.

    wishing you all the best for the future.

    Des

    July 2013
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We have been living in West Cork close to the bustling town of Skibbereen, for the best part of 30 years. We love sharing our experience of living in such a beautiful part of Ireland. Des is a musician who plays anything from folk, irish traditional and some more modern music. We both love the outdoors and enjoy walking and cayaking. We are happy to point our guests to all the local beauty spots and can advise you on where to walk, eat or hear some music in one of the many local pubs.
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