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About this listing

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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.
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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.

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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.


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

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: €15 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: €40
Security Deposit: €300
Weekly Discount: 10%
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!


Cancellations

Strict

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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

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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.

Erica User Profile
August 2016
This was a fun place to stay and the kids really enjoyed it. The location was beautiful and we were very lucky with the weather. It was all very clean and tidy and linen and towels were all provided. The only thing I would mention is that you need to be nimble to get to the upper beds and those with young children might be worried about little ones sleeping up high. However, a fold up mattress with bedding was provided so our youngest able to sleep on the floor.

Nathaly User Profile
August 2016
The Puffin Café Nest has got it all: a beautiful beach a few steps away, a gorgeous view over the bay from your veranda, a beautiful interior which is comfi, stylish and full of nice details. This place makes our heart beat faster and it is a sure thing that we will return. On top of that ; owners Spencer and Kate are really nice and welcoming people. Don"t forget to visit their nearby Puffin Cafe and enjoy great coffee, lunches an serious ice creams!

Kate User Profile
August 2016
The Puffin Cafe Nests are the ideal escape for anyone looking to explore the wild Atlantic way and nearby town of Clonakilty. If you are looking for something a little different and special this beautiful place is a haven where you can soak up life on the coast and immerse yourself in nature all around. The view from the Puffin Nest is truly amazing overlooking Long Strand and just a stone's throw from the Puffin Cafe where you can relax and enjoy a coffee or ice- cream! The nests are exactly like sleeping high up in a tree in a nest. This accomodation is a truly unique experience. Relax and unwind on the decking outside while reading a book and listen to the waves lapping on the beach. The kitchen and it's appliances provide ample opportunity to make yourself at home as does the cosy stove and furniture. Why not play a game of jenga/scrabble or monolpoly which the host provides or tune in and listen to the radio. The host Kate made us feel very at home and welcome and her hospitality will make The Puffin Nests top of my list when I want a little break and some quality me time in future. I'll certainly be returning here again and hope to make it an annual summer break.

Robert User Profile
August 2016
The Puffins nest is the perfect retreat for a family of up to 5. This was our first big family road trip holiday - it didn't disappoint. Travelling from the North coast of Ireland it immediately felt like home & makes you appreciate life in its simplest form. We stayed with our two daughters, 16 & 14 and one son 12. The newly renovated cottage is the ideal blend of contemporary & rustic mix, both inside & out. Well equipped, cleverly designed spaces with more extras than excepted, allow for a cosy but relaxed hideaway. Like its owners Spencer & Kate, it is very quirky & full of character. Kate responds to any email queries immediately & Spencer is on hand to both welcome & provide very informative info on anything from restaurants to travel routes. Protected from the elements on one side of the hill & celebrating the amazing view on the other. It is extremely well insulated & you might just wonder are your neighbours still alive, as you hear nothing only the odd bird over head. We used the cottage as a base over 4 days to explore the surrounding areas going as far as Mizen Head - brilliant scenery, this was true unspoilt Ireland. Unfortunately, we just didn't have enough time to do everything and you'll find something for all ages during the day. The evenings consisted of long walks on the beach, returning to enjoy R&R on the veranda with card & board games. The kids didn't ask for wifi or TV & as parents it was nice to enjoy mealtimes with conversations. The only argument was actually who would get to climb the ladder to the fun mezzanines in the eaves, with its deep mattresses & cosy amazing smelling bedlinen. Whether you want to read a book or write one you'll find the inspiration here to do so - my husband particularly liked reading his, wrapped in a blanket with a glass of red in the rocking chair, to watch the sun go down and the light show begin opposite from Galley Head lighthouse. We spent a lot of time watching the experienced surfers enjoy the large swells at Long Strand beach. However, we opted for the blue flag Inchydoney beach for swimming which doesn't have the same rip current, on the other side of the bay about 15 mins drive. You can hire surf boards at the beach front for all ages and have the added reassurance that the kids are being watched by the life guards. If you don't want to go far this is the place to recharge. At the bottom of the hill sits the Puffins cafe which offers great coffee, ice-cream & of course friendly banter. I can honestly say I don't have anything negative to say about this hidden gem. We just hope that others go to experience & love it as much as we did. Next time we'll light the stove & snuggle up & just enjoy.
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Response from Kate:
Wow! Robert thank you so much for your kind words... it really means a lot to us. We would love to welcome you and your family back anytime to the Puffin's Nest. So glad you enjoyed your stay it is a magical part of the world. Thank you for your feedback about additional seating and the shower curtain its noted! It was great to have you guys as our first guests as you were patient with us and appreciative! Hope to see you soon, Kate and Spencer
August 2016

Rainer User Profile
June 2017
Ein wundervoller Ort mit einem sensationellen Blick auf den Strand und sehr freundlichen Gastgebern.

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