Rent peace and quiet and hillwalk

House - Entire home/apt · Moulnaskeha, Ahakista, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Cork, Munster, Ireland
Your host, Sheila
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Hello there,

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 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 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 (email hidden) 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.


Guest Access

Full use ofen 2 bedroom cottage bathroom and kitch

Interaction with Guests

I live next door at weekend and invite people for chat over a cuppa.

The Neighborhood

peaceful countryside with panoramic views.

Getting around

Car necessary.

Other Things to Note

sailing, hiking sightseeing having fun.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $771 /week
Monthly Price: $2102 /month
Cleaning Fee: $70
Check In: 6:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • My wife and I had a great stay at Sheila's cottage. If you are looking to unplug for a few days, the Sheep Head's peninsula is a great option (much less crowded than other choices in western Cork), and the cottage is clean, quiet and only a few minutes from 2 pubs/restaurants and 10 minutes from the village. I highly recommend.

    July 2014
  • Really very nice house in a wounderful part of ireland. We felt like home. You should have your dinner at the restaurant down the street on the little harbor. Sheila is very uncomplicated and helpful. Thanx.

    July 2014
  • Sheila's fantastic cottage became really a home during our one week stay.
    The house is cosy, very clean, nicely furnished and the kitchen is well equiped.
    Also we can confirm that the pictures in airbnb do really show the truth!

    The cottage is placed in a beautiful landscape and in a very quite area.
    We also can recommend the pub/restaurant "Arundels by the Pier" which is just a 20 minutes walk away.

    Sheila is a lovely person and a great host without getting on the nerves of the guest. She has a open ear to her guests and is always helping with hints and tips.

    We had a great time at Sheila's cottage and we can recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quite hideout.

    And we are for 100% sure that we will come back one day!

    July 2014
  • Sheilas cottage war cosy, clean and in each way comfortable. The cottage was definately everything that we had been waiting for, as we saw the picture. Sheila was more than a friendly person, she had the most important things, we needed for the beginning in her cupbords and fridge. We also got many informations, where we can buy things in the next towns and villages, we had a great time and want to come back as soon as possible.

    June 2014
    Response from Sheila:

    You will be welcome....I enjoyed meeting you.

    June 2014
  • Sheila's place is amazing. The landscape around the area is breath taken. There are three loop walks right by the house and a gorgeous little pub looking out over the water. Sheila built the house all by her self what a woman! It's gorgeous I really didn't want to leave it. We couldn't recommend the host and the house enough. We had grandpa and two children with us..... Perfect perfect for everyone. Thanks again Sheila.

    May 2014
  • Sheila's place was wonderful :) Having the GPS coordinates to get there was very helpful.

    Sheila was waiting for us when we got there and showed us around the place. We were impressed with all the work she had put into the place. She made sure we felt at home. Also, her listing says you are renting peace and quiet and you really are.

    Sheila was very responsive to questions while we were planning our trip and also while we were there. I would recommend her place to anyone looking for a nice retreat off the beaten path.

    May 2014
    Response from Sheila:

    Hi Maureen,

    Thank you and your lovely family for staying at the my cottage. I will put your money towards building of the shed so thanks for that. Thanks to your mom I have lovely napkins for dinner on the big table in my West Wing.


    May 2014
  • We stayed two nights in Sheila's cottage, and we had an amazing time there. The house is lovely. Our favorite part, was waking up in the morning and looking through the window to the amazing landscape. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. We'll, definitely, go back.

    May 2014
  • Un séjour de 3 jours très agréable, dans une maison très bien rénovée et avec beaucoup de goût. Sheila nous a très bien accueillis ; nous recommandons cette adresse !
    Nous nous sommes baladés dans le coin dans un environnement magnifique, à pieds et en voiture.
    Merci !

    May 2014
  • We fullly enjoyed the stay ( 4 nights) at Sheilas charming house. It has an original charme, and very down to earth arthmosfere that we liked. A Fantastic view and a good place to start a walk in nearby mountains and a trip in the car to sheeps head with a nice walk and coffe at the cafe. The nearby pub had really nice food.
    Shelia is a warm and welcoming person who did all she could to make our stay confortable, we highly rercommend Sheila and her place, if you like the countryside and the heat to be supplied by a fireoven. Else and co.

    April 2014
    Response from Sheila:

    Hi Else and friends,

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday of fun and friendship and I wish you many more here in West Cork.


    April 2014
  • Stayed with Sheila for two nights and were sorry we couldn't stay longer! Sheila is a great host, nice chats and help! She spoiled us with some (lots!) of freshly baked scones one morning - lovely! Very cosy house, lovingly renovated, fully equipped kitchen with a bread-maker. Wonderful bed, didn't want to get up. Thanks ever so much Sheila, hope to see you again some time!

    April 2014
    Response from Sheila:

    I love meeting people and Claudia and her family were so nice and easy going. We had nice chats and I felt very happy to have this family in my cottage.

    April 2014
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Teacher, Weight Loss Coach, Dancercise Coach, Business woman.
Hi I'm a fun, creative person, I'm a teacher of Technical Drawing and Wood work. I've worked hard to renovate my house and am very proud of it. I often have house guests: wwoofers/Helpex/family and lots friends and basically now I'll add the airbnb guests to the long list of happy visitors. I do guided hillwalks on the sheeps head way. I will pick up in Bantry and drop you back if you are traveling by bus. I'd love a longer stay couple who will look after themselves as I'm coming and going lots during school term and often am not home at all for several nights a week. During the summer I am around mostly unless I am off to France for a two week holiday usually every summer. I speak English, Irish, French, some Spanish, Italian and Japanese. I am keen on languages and love learning them. I am also very much into nuitrition and natural and herbal and I now teach Weight loss and nutrition: If anybody is interested I also teach Dancercise and fitness classes and run Weight Loss and healthy nutrition weeks and weekends. I,ve turned my life around by changing my nutrition and getting fit. I lost 45lb and totally transformed my body from fat to fit....more than happy to help you to do the same.
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