We're all about nature here in Myrtleville House, love to get out and about and enjoy the world around us.
We had a wonderful time in Mark's little cottage. My children were enchanted with the garden, and really enjoyed feeding the chickens, getting to know the ponies, and picking herbs and salad. The other reviews are pretty accurate. The cottage is old and quirky, and definitely not luxe, but it is charming and we would love to come back. Mark was a lovely host, very pleasant, generous and laid-back.
We (2 adults and one 7 yr old child) had a wonderful time at Mark's charming cottage (attached to but separate from a larger house). A great beach, replete with shells and sea glass is a 3 min walk away. The town itself is all of 15 houses but has a little convenience store and a wonderful, posh restaurant overlooking the coast. As other reviewers have noted, Mark is a great host and shares absolutely fresh eggs, produce, etc from the small attached farm. He even lent us his dog so we could take her for a walk along the beach. The house is rustic as any 300 yr old place is. The kitchen is small but adequate and the beds were great and warm on the chilly nights. General heating is via an old-style wood stove (although bedrooms had space heaters). We found Cork about a 30-45 min drive. For things to do, Mark is a great resource but we enjoyed the English Mkt (should have done it the first day and stocked up on delicacies), Kinsale and James Fort (40 min away), FOTA zoo and mansion (30 min away), and Ballycannon (?) Cliff walk (45 min away). This is not for those looking for a cosmopolitan locale or a posh, hip or luxury stay but it absolutely suited our small family. We would return again in a heartbeat.
Mark was an OUTSTANDING host. If you're looking to get "away from it all" yet have access to southern/western Ireland, this is a wonderful place to stay.
Our stay in this very charming original farmhouse was fabulous. Mark has created a gorgeous country kitchen come diner come lounge with a restored antique French pipe stove at its heart. This is back to basics country living at its finest. Mark had the stove lit and food in the fridge for us on arrival, he made sure we weren't lost en-route and made us comfortable as soon as we arrived. The location is fantastic, only a few minutes from the coast in a lovely part of Cork which is only 20 min from Cork city center. Would differently recommend if you want to get away from a busy life for a spell.
Difficult to find...no signs along the road, blown by the recent storms...a beautiful village...even more enticing to find the place. Finally, when found...a little gem. Very authentic experience, the 300 yrs old cottage with all its imperfections it's charming and welcoming. Beautiful stove, super comfy bed and duvets. Mark is a great host. We loved your dogs greetings, your smile, your Irish music and even the tamarind! Had a good time watching the rugby at local pub and the restaurant by the sea was a great recommendation. We hope all your projects for the place go well and thanks for going the extra mile and even posting my forgotten jacket back!
A fantastic experience all round. Mark is a true gentleman and very accommodating. The house and the surroundings are really quite incredible and it is a privilege to stay in such a beautiful part of the world. Mark also has an exceptional knowledge of Ireland and was better than any tour book, everyday Mark was able to suggest amazing places to visit and eat to suit my needs. Couldn't ask for more. Highly recommended.
Mark is a lovely and helpful host and his annexe cottage is cute, quirky and comfortable. He gave us homemade honey, fresh eggs, veggies and herbs so we could cook up a breakfast feast. He recommended us a couple of places to include on our trip and was a generous, kind and interesting individual! Our only regret was not having longer to stay!!! X
Staying with Mark was amazing.
It was four of us and we rented out the little cottage out the back. It is very rustic and rural and so true to nature. We picked a carrot from the green house, watched the bees and explored beautiful Myrtlebeach. Mark is seriously one of the nicest and most welcoming hosts I've ever had. He was uncomplicated, kind and warm. The breakfast he provided of fresh bread, eggs, homemade jams, cheeses, butter and veggies beats any B&B. If you found this place, get excited, you are in for a real treat. This is a true experience. Thank you for everything Mark, we will be coming back for sure.
And Tom, Silvia and Dario.
we were traveling with our 9yo kids and overall had a good experience. The house is big (2 dble bedroom & 1 single) and authentic; I guess it was a former farm reconverted ages ago.
Mark did everything he could to facilitate our stay. Breakfast was provided, a very old heater was always kept warm, and he gave us couple of good advice. Mark was easy to access and very kind to us.
It is not a 5* hotel but it a true, authentic and kind 3 days week end.
we definitely recommend it.
Lovely host. Running a great place for a summer experience of a beautiful art of Ireland . Thanks mark
Mark is a good natured person. We enjoyed the family's stay with us.