My cottage really suits people who love the country cottage feel and relaxed atmosphere, if you love monotone hotels and convenience to towns/shops/arcades this is not for you. The entertainment on offer can be having a cuppa and homemade scones while watching the two baby bunnies rooting in my garden and somehow avoiding my visiting fox who almost daily pops by.....also we have some great nights in the local pubs.
Short and long term rentals are possible, small or large groups, ask and we shall see if I can make it possible for your situation.
It's a quiet neighbourhood, occasional tractor factor, rabbits, foxes, migrating swallows....you get the picture....relaxation, views, perfect for romantic get aways.
I'm glad you dropped in to read my profile. My cottage is about 100 plus years old. It is open plan down stairs with kitchen diner one side and sitting room with stove. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. I restored it and lived in it since 2003....it had been derelict with roof falling in no windows or doors so it has been a labour of love and now I happy to share it with people who will enjoy it and have a great experience on the penninsula. I rent it out now as I have built an extension to the cottage and I live in the "West Wing" mostly although I often go for a weekend of R and R into to my cottage where I read books and invite friends over and have tea in front of the fire and play scrabble.... There is something magical about it....everybody loves the cosy feeling.
I prefer to only accept minimum of 3 nights bookings. It is a lovely penninsula and I'm sure you won't regret 3 nights staying here. I can offer a variety of accommodation as in if it's a larger group you can have the "West Wing" which has another 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and dance floor. I can put in a futon or pull out couch in the cottage just ask and see if I can sort out your situation.
I am in the middle of nowhere but there's nowhere else I'd rather be having been around the world I've come home to Ahakista. 1 hr 45 mins drive from Cork city/airport, 17 km from bantry town, bus services to Ahakista once a week on Sat. No trains down here etc. You need a car and a Sat Nav and a good sense of adventure. It's beautiful and is perfect for folk who like hill walking and going off for picnics or lunches out and drives to ring of Kerry and the five penninsulas. Perfect base to go explore from.
Thanks for checking out my profile, I'm now almost 2 years being a member of Airbnb and really excited by the concept of making the global community welcome in my home . I backpacked around the world for 2 years and wish this concept was available back then. I used to wander into villages and ask to be hosted for a fee, I do believe that it enriched my experiences greatly. I will take you out/ guide you/give directions/ advice if you want or leave to discover by yourselves as you wish.
I have lovingly restored my stone cottage and built on a large extension. The original cottage is over 100 years old and I have retained as much of the original features. I've got underfloor heating and a lovely stove which is not only good for atmosphere but it's cosy in the not so balmy evenings. Wooden floors, rustic feel, open plan kitchen diner/ sitting room. I have two double bedrooms in the cottage (means small, cute and cosy) and one bathroom with electric shower. The cottage can be booked if I am heading away which I like to do for hols myself. One room can be booked almost the whole year round unless I have friends etc staying ( I also do house exchanges and am a wwoofing host). My guests all rave about how amazing the house, the views, the hills, the sea, the fresh air and how refreshed they are having spent even just a weekend on the Sheeps Head Penninsula. There are panoramic views 360 degrees here and the Sheeps Head Way walks have won the acclaimed Eden award.
If it's a wet weekend and you can't get out and about walking! You could paint, draw, read, write, cuddle up on the couch in front of the fire. I like to play board games and have a large selection and books/dvds/music. There is also the local bars which can be really lovely with open fires and live music or sitting out and having a BBQ and a cold beer watching the sun setting over the bay.
I teach full and half day workshops on variety of woodworking/ technical drawing/ construction topics, for further information please ask and I'll send you on details or I can tailor make a weekend for (website hidden) (Design your own home using computer software) wood turning/ wood carving/ dry stone wall construction/basic DIY etc.
Food: I have an organic vegetable garden which could mean that I have lots to share depending on the season. The local fishermen often sell their catch depending on the season and what's available. I wowed my last guest with smoked mackeral pate, crab claws, prawns and scallops. Yum! so the food can be an option depending on the time of the year and what my plans are. If I cook for you, local fish, fresh organic veg from my garden, meat or vegetarian (3 course meal) €15 should be average cost. €20 if wine to be included. Breakfast is included in the price tea, toast cereal, but if you want a full Irish breakfast, you need to book that in advance so that I can buy it and be available to cook it Full Irish (€5 per person). It is my intention to have tea and homemade scones for all guests on arrival or at least at some stage of their stay.
Restaurants/café/bars with food in the area, information pack/maps/guide books/walking maps etc. available in the house.
Hope to see you here.
Full use ofen 2 bedroom cottage bathroom and kitch
I live next door at weekend and invite people for chat over a cuppa.
peaceful countryside with panoramic views.
sailing, hiking sightseeing having fun.
Sheila's home is in a beautiful location and very cozy! We had a great night, enjoyed the fireplace and the moonlight outside. The home is well equipped with everything you need: she even provided us a crib for the baby. It was easy to find and I wish we had longer to stay!
Sheila's cottage is soooo lovely we didn't want to leave at all! With its cosy stone and wooden interior, romantic stove, warm floor heating & proper insulation and amazing views of the ocean & surrounding land and the stars at night, it was the perfect location for a chilled out winter getaway. We can only imagine how amazing this place will be in the summer, when one can sit outside, or as Sheila suggested, lie on the trampoline and gaze at the stars for hours. Sheila is a lovely and very welcoming host and she showed us her 'West Wing' as well. We're very impressed with her renovation of the cottage and building the extension - you can see she did it with great care, skill and passion!
We'll be back!
Hi Maaike and Eamon,
Thank you for a wonderful review. I can tell you guys will enjoy it even more when the hot tub and the pizza oven and bbq and all the other dreams I have for the place.....I wish for you to return and see the progress regularly, thanks to all my Airbnb guests, your money goes back into the house/garden/hot tub etc in the future.
Sheila was unable to accommodate us, but her friend Michael did and it was a beautiful place picturesque remote, and I would highly recommend.
The entire experience was magical. Sheila's home and hospitality was gorgeous, I felt so lucky to have found it. Although we didn't meet, Sheila & I messaged regularly and it felt like I was staying at a friends place. The house itself is inspirational, and the views sublime. I loved it, can't wait to return and can't wait to meet Sheila herself.
Sorry we didn't get to meet you Sheila. Your cottage is beautiful, unique and very homely. A very beautiful and remote part of the country. Everything was perfect and we thank you for allowing us to stay. Hopefully we will see you some time in the future.
Mark Simkins & family
We stayed in Sheila´s part of the house, i.e. not in the cottage she usually rents out, and we spent a lovely week there.
Sheila spent a couple of nights there, too (in the second bedroom), but she let us have her bedroom because the bed was larger which meant that we could be more comfortable - which was very nice of her :-)
We had the use of a fully equipped kitchen and a full fridge and kitchen cupboards, so we didn´t need to buy any of the staples like e.g. salt, pepper, oil, etc.
Sheila was very generous and hospitable and also great company.
We enjoyed discussing where the new wardrobe might fit best and we are curious to find out where the wood burning stove will be installed in the end. We hope to come back and visit you again one day, Sheila!
I bought the wardrobe and it is now in the front bedroom and I shall post new photos with it installed and I think it looks lovely. The stove is still on to do list but mid term break is around the corner and I intent to get it done then I hope the upstairs downstairs living situation suits you till you find your perfect home.....Come back to visit soon, we'll have to have a nice chat and toastour feet at the stove once it's in and working.
Our first time in Ireland we stayed for 3 nights in Sheila's cottage. If it represents all of Ireland Ireland is very cosy, welcoming, rural and beautiful. We loved the view on the bay and the stars at night. A 15 minute walk to one of the pubs with great food. And some cows in the garden in the morning:-)
Little easier to find with the GPS coordinates
N 51° 36.429 W 009° 38.962
Thanks for a great stay!
Fran and Lukas
Fantastic cottage, very well equipped, beautiful renovation job, fabulous location. Sheila was extremely helpful and accessible. We loved the area, great fishing, walks, good for small kids. Highly recommended. We'd go back for much longer next time.
We had a very nice stay at Sheila's cottage. Even Sheila wasn't there, she prepared everything, so we didn't miss anything. I Hope I could visit this beautyful Place sometime again.
Wunderbares Ferienhaus in atemberaubend schöner Landschaft. Sheila hat mit viel Geschmack ein einzigartiges Feriendomizil geschaffen. Wer Ruhe und erholung sucht, findet hier wirklich Stille und saubere Luft. Neben vorbeituckernden Treckern (einmal am Tag) kommen nur Hase und Fuchs zu Besuch.
Sheila ist eine großartge Gastgeberin. Wir empfeheln das Cottage gern weiter.