The Puffin Cafe Nest #1

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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.

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

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Restaurant review: The Puffin Cafe, Long Strand, 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

Amenities
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Indoor fireplace

Prices
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 please only put toilet paper down the toilet all other sanitary waste and nappies etc must be disposed of in the bathroom bin otherwise the tank will get blocked. Thanks!


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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

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

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Rob User Profile
August 2017
Amazing views. Funky space and although all the living /sleeping spaces are just one room its well laid out so doesn't feel claustrophobic even with kids. Proximity to beach is fantastic. We recommend!!

Tony User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time at Kate's. The accommodation has everything you need - a well equipped kitchen, dishwasher, clothes washer, lots of piping hot water, etc. We had our adult children drop in to stay while we were there; lots of space for everyone with two loft beds and a pull out sofa bed. Best of all was the little log burner (which we set a few nights even though it was August). The outside porch is great too with its view of Long Strand. The location itself is a perfect base for exploring West Cork, including the beautiful towns Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Schull, Glandore, Rosscarbery, Schull, Baltimore and all the way to Mizen Head. Lots of interesting walks too, Long Strand, Castlefreke, Galley Head and more. For eating out, Pilgrim's in Rosscarbery is excellent as is Good Things in Skibbereen and of course the Puffin Cafe on Long Strand itself has excellent pizza, coffee and ice cream. We really enjoyed our stay, Kate is really nice and very helpful. We hope to be back.

Siobhan User Profile
July 2017
The Puffin Nest has been one of my favourite places to stay in a long time. Very well put together with lots of homely touches, but also quirky. A perfect get away from it all peaceful spot. But still only a quick hop to Rosscarberry or Clonakilty. But the views are so beautiful you won't want to leave. I'll definitely be back. Hosts were lovely & so flexible & easy to deal with.

Edwina User Profile
July 2017
We had a wondeful stay at Kate's place. Kate was really welcoming and couldnt have done enough for us. The accommodation was ideal for our needs and the view of the beach was spectacular. The cabin itself is unique and beautifully designed. The food in the cafe is delicious! Higly recommended!

Jenny User Profile
July 2017
Wonderful.location and awesome views

Karen User Profile
April 2017
The host canceled this reservation 110 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Lisa User Profile
August 2016
Thanks Kate and Spencer, was a super holiday and so lucky with the weather. A really cool chillout spot. By the end of it we were in love with Long Strand and felt the need to go no where else. Might bring my bike next time though, great cycling I imagine, as I saw them all zoom down the hill.

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