The Puffin Cafe Nest #2

Entire home/apt

6 guests


2 beds
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Great Family accommodation with a stunning Vista!
Uniquely re-designed & refurbished 1950s semi-detached cottages.
Open plan Loft like apartment that is fun and functional.
Strictly NO PARTIES.

The space

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Cottage high on hill overlooking stunning Long Strand on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Are you looking for a LO-FI relaxing experience - the cottage has no television or wifi, there is LW radio so you can tune into radio 4 and listen to the shipping forecast... Sip a Barrys (or something stronger) take in the gorgeous panoramic views from the comfort of the sitting room or grab a bean bag and sit out on the sheltered veranda…

the cottage comprises:
flexible living and sleeping space can squeeze up to 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 children
2 bed platforms accessed by ladders - one double and one small double mezzanine area. Sofa bed in the living space and additional roll out single mattress can be provided.
best suited for couple also cottage next door exact same lay out can be booked for bigger groups.
No Pets as there are other guests staying on the property.
200metres from the Puffin Cafe.

Interaction with guests

We are the owners of the Puffin Cafe (200m Away), so will be on hand 6 days a week during high season.

Other things to note

Restaurant review: The Puffin Cafe, Co Cork

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Joe McNamee

Should we get a heatwave, I’ll become a permanent fixture in The Puffin Cafe, says Joe McNamee.

WHEN mention was first made of The Puffin Café last year, some online snooping revealed a most appealing prospect, a breeze-block ‘hut’ painted entirely matt black on a grassy verge beside Long Strand beach, exuding that random, pop-up feel, the class of perfectly casual/casually perfect establishment frequented by bright young things who surf all day and still have the energy and domestic freedom to party all night.

My own days of luminosity and youth are long departed and any return to a long-redundant wetsuit would have concerned beachgoers dousing me with seawater and bellowing for WhaleWatch but I can still eat like a young ’un and a highly innovative menu of Pizzas, Toasties (Goat’s Cheese, Honey, Walnuts) and Bagels (salt beef, strong mustard, gherkins) is a strong lure.

We arrive on a Sunday in late January, the sky crystalline blue, our extremities bluer still in the bracing cold and decide to eat first, ‘beach’ later.

Inside, impressive virtue has been made of base simplicity: walls are white, currently adorned with a delightful exhibition of contemporary lace work, by Lily Corcoran; the entire ceiling, a ‘puffa’ jacket of silver insulation.

Modernist white tables contrast with recycled wood counter, against the far gable wall is a solid-fuel stove.

It soon becomes apparent this stove is where we need to be for the cafe has just opened for the first time in 2017 and despite the addition of several electric radiators, the room is draughty and ‘fresh’.

We retain hats and coats, trusting hot food will soon stoke inner furnaces.

Then I discover we are perusing the off-season offering of pizzas only, no bagels or toasties, a disappointing prospect as we recover from a tragic encounter with a supposedly upmarket pizza emporium two days previously.

Still, the great thing about my gloriously dysfunctional relationship with pizza is an infinite capacity to forgive even the most heinous transgressions, wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

Each pizza is named for an iconic performer or act, including a posse of hip hop heroes from back when Jimmy Cagney was still the ‘original gangsta’, a spot of cultural carbon dating reassuring for one of my vintage.

The Bambaataa (Chilli Prawns, Roasted Red Peppers, Salsa Verde) arrives for My Heart’s Delight.

The base is burnished to a reddish-brown, blistered with air bubbles, and tastes as good as it looks, crisp, chewy, a fine bed for succulent prawns swimming in creamy mozzarella.

To give the progeny their due, they have reasonably Catholic tastes, unafraid to experiment, but when it comes to pizza, they remain fundamentalist to the core, favouring a select few toppings, rarely if ever allowing them to mingle, so a Jazzy Jay (Chorizo, Red Peppers, Carmelised Red Onion, Feta) is stripped back to peppers and meat.

This leaner, meaner rendition is also quite the edible triumph though I’d imagine even nicer with sweet onion and salty feta.

A dedicated professional, I ignore my preference (Furious Five: prosciutto, peaches, blue cheese, balsamic syrup, basil leaves) and roam the menu on the reader’s behalf, opting for The Kraftwerk, a Calzone (pizza base folded over into a ‘pasty’ parcel) of Curried Potatoes, Spinach & Chickpeas, a samosa with an Italian accent.

The filling, though, is timidly under-spiced, in need of a serious kick up the autobahn to lift this conglomerate of carbs above the merely comforting.

A Doug E Fresh salad of Rocket, Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts presents well, though I strongly suspect rather dull leaves are imported, inferior to fresh and local, a trick missed on an otherwise top notch menu.

A short sharp wine list is eminently praiseworthy: we have two organic Italians by the glass; my Costadoro Rosso is supple, fruity and fresh; MHD’s Costadoro Bianco is apple-bright and creamy.

Any meal that ends with a double whammy of Debbie Harry (apple pie) and Grace Jones (choc fudge brownie) is alright by me, especially when smothered in gelato.

The former is Debbie delicious; the latter, a tad drier than the original Grace ever was or will be, but it is chocolate — with excellent coffees to wash it down, nothing remains.

Now beach-ready, I may be no younger but I’m infinitely brighter and, should we get a heatwave, I’ll become a permanent fixture in The Puffin Cafe.

Otherwise I’ll be the very happy more occasional diner, swathed in quilts, wrapped around the stove.

Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 double bed, 1 single bed, 2 sofa beds, 1 crib

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 5PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Indoor fireplace

Extra people €15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee €40
Security Deposit €300
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price €125 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 5PM

The cottage is served by a septic tank therefore only toilet paper can be thrown down the toilet otherwise tank will block. please put any sanitary waste / nappies etc in the bin provided in the bathroom.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2017 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

17 Reviews

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Suzanne User Profile
August 2017
Lovely hide-away place by the beach with all that you need. Ideally located to visit beaches and towns around or spend hours at the beach.

Darrin User Profile
August 2017
Fabulous place in a fabulous spot.

Finn User Profile
August 2017
Wowee this place is a STUNNER. Book it. It's as good as it looks, or maybe better...great character, furnishings and details. Those wood shingles in the shower OMG...

Lillian User Profile
July 2017
Absolutely amazing spot, what can i say I'd love to own it. The views were and are amazing. Our three kids had a ball aged 5-9 as did my husband and I. Very unique and inspiring place. Had a ball from start to finish. Kate and Spencer could not have provided a better stay for us. Thank god i got to stay there. Everyone should stay here, if you're in to minds go for it you wont be disappointed.

Robin User Profile
July 2017
This is a great place if you're looking for a getaway for a few days. A cozy and well kept cabin across the road from the beach and with a great view. The Puffin Cafe across the road run by Kate and Spencer does great pizza and ice-cream too. We had a fantastic stay all-round, I'd recommend the Puffin Cafe Nest to anyone.

John User Profile
March 2017
Really lovely place offering something different, the views are amazing and the beach is a 2 minute walk away, as is the Puffin Cafe which was top notch for a coffee and cake after a walk on the beach or something more substantial in the evenings. Rosscarbery, Clonakilty, Leap and Skibbereen are not far away by car if you can manage to leave the wood stove and amazing views for a few hours. Kate and Spencer are very helpful and easy to deal with, couldn't recommend more.

Claire User Profile
August 2016
Kate is a wonderful host who is very attentive. The location is unbeatable, with views of the beach and Galley Head lighthouse from your porch and great coffee & ice cream at the cafe. The house is finished beautifully with interesting design and modern kitchen, shower and heating. The photos really don't do it justice.
Kate User Profile
Response from Kate:
Claire Thank you for your kind words! So happy to have hosted you and Sean, delighted to welcome you guys back anytime! Kate
August 2016

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