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The Black Gate Loft, Kilcrohane

Entire home/apt

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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About this listing

The Black Gate Loft is a self catering accommodation situated in the recently renovated community owned Alice West Centre which is located on the picturesque, peaceful and unspoilt Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork.

€40 per person per night
€450 per week (based on two sharing)

The space

A brief history:
The “Old Butter House” building at the Blackgate dates from the 1890’s. It was once a busy trading centre for the people from the North and West of the peninsula who were able to sell home produced butter and eggs there. In 1968 English born artist, Alice Moore West bought and restored the building for use as a rural craft museum. For many years the Black gate Museum was her home as well as being open to the public. She encouraged young people to learn craft skills in her basement workshop and was an enthusiastic patron of traditional music. On her death she left the building to the community to continue her work. The Community Council has renamed the Old Butter House the Alice West Centre and today, in the recently renovated building many of Alice West’s paintings are displayed alongside her collection of rural antiquities.

The peninsula is home to the Sheep’s Head Way walking route which is justly famous, and the peninsula has been designated as a European Destination of Excellence in recognition of the unspoilt and spectacular nature of the landscape in this beautiful part of West Cork. The area is steeped in history, with an an abundance of interesting sites - stone circles and gallauns; ringforts and castles, holy wells, copper mines and signal towers.

The population of the area is approximately 1200 people and the “locals” are a very eclectic and diverse group of farmers, fishermen, musicians, artists and a celebrity or two!

The colourful villages of Durrus, Ahakista and Kilcrohane en route provide local amenities including the local farmers market, galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Directions to The Black Gate, Kilcrohane on the Sheep’s Head peninsula:

Nearest town is Bantry.
From Cork take the N71 to Bantry (or at Bandon take the R586 to Dunmanway, Drimoleague, Bantry).
Approx 3km outside Bantry on the Cork side turn left onto the R591 - following signs for Sheep’s Head/Durrus. In Durrus take the right hand fork toward Ahakista/Kilcrohane

Guest access

One bedroom, bathroom, own kitchen/dining room, own sitting room.

Interaction with guests

email between host and guests to facilitate clarification if required. i'm happy to answer all the questions you may have. I may meet you down the local one night of your stay.

Other things to note

The sheeps head way have their office in the building so always a local to advise you on where to walk and maybe give you a map,

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 6PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 6PM

No smoking in doors, Keep the apt generally clean, no muddy hill walking boots inside. Inform us of any breakages/problems so we can rectify them.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

73 Reviews

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Claire User Profile
June 2017
The cottage was everything we hoped for. It was a perfect size for a couple and was cozy to come back too after busy days. When we arrived, Annette met us at the house and gave us a quick walk through. And informed us of some local restaurants and bars. As it is community based, the locals are all very friendly and welcoming. The first night was spent settling in, in front of the fire with a pot of locally caught mussels. The stove kept us toasty as the wind howled outside. Our first morning was an early start to walk the sheeps head peninsula. Which had us in awe. We took the path leaving the lighthouse to the left which took us towards the cove and allowed for some stunning views of bantry bay. When we made it back to the house, we quickly jumped into the car and headed for arundels on the pier in Ahakista. The food didn't disappoint and the service was impeccable. On our back to the house, we stopped in Kilcrohane for a quick beer in Eileen's bar. And got a quick run down on Irish music in the area. On our third day we headed off to Mizen head and schull, which was a delight. Except for the weather. But we had appropriate clothing so it made for a nice trip. That evening we made it back in one piece and got the fire going and spent the evening reading. On the Thursday we had a late start, after enjoying the dramatic view from our bedroom window which seemed to change with the weather. But after some well earned procrastination we decided to go to Glengarriff which was cracking, the wood nature reserve walk and bamboo park where both highlights of the trip. Just don't forget your walking boots. On our last day, we headed for Dursey Island, but instead we drove the ring of beara. Which was wonderful we came back through the Healy gap, not for the faint hearted but so beautiful. Leaving the cottage, was met with a resounding "we'll be back". Thanks Annette and all involved. It is a gem.

Alice-Jane User Profile
June 2017
The views from Black Gate Loft are truly beautiful. Great quiet location, ideal place if you want to do some walking, innumerable walks to chose from! The nearby village had all the necessities with a couple charming pubs. The loft was very comfortable, everything you needed and all in good condition. Annette was a lovely host, brilliant communication and very friendly. We recommend this getaway gem.

Mags User Profile
April 2017
We had a brilliant couple of days in Annettes place. The place is quiet, clean, cute, cosy and comfortable and has lots of light for a loft apartment with skylights in the living area and a big window in the bedroom which has lovely views of the sea and the mizen peninsula. We were also happy to know that our payment for staying would be used to fund events in the local area as the building had been left to the community. Annette was super friendly and communication was easy. A great place for people looking to chill, walk and admire a beautiful quiet part of west cork.

Elena User Profile
April 2017
The host canceled this reservation 97 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Jarlath User Profile
April 2017
Great location for exploring sheeps head.

Rachel User Profile
April 2017
Booked at lunchtime on Friday for that evening and Annette was a brilliant, responsive host considering how last minute our trip was. Beautiful part of the world and would highly recommend a visit, particularly to any keen cyclist as there are miles upon miles of brilliant cycle routes. Will definitely be back!

Alvaro User Profile
February 2017
Very clean and very peaceful and the view is amazing

Bantry, Ireland · Joined in September 2013
Annette User ProfileAnnette is a superhost.

Hi there Airbnb guests,

We are the Community Council for the Sheeps head/Kilcrohane/Ahakista and surrounding areas. You will mostly will be dealing me Annette who works part time for the community. The funds from the Airbnb rentals will go towards upkeep building and fund lots of community projects such as the older peoples social club, Kids/family Easter egg hunt, Youth groups etc.

Hi my name is Annette,

I am married with 3 children. I moved to the area about 12 years ago, and fell in love with the area as well as a local man.... I work with the local Community Council and my colleague Eileen O'Mahony and I manage the loft accommodation on behalf of the Community Council. We are part of a great team of people who strive to promote our area and to provide community services for all ages within our local rural community.

All the proceeds from Airbnb are invested back into the local community. Money is used to maintain the Alice West Centre and to support local community council projects throughout the year.

When I have some spare time, I try to indulge my love of music, both Irish and County music. I am part of a group of Set Dancers that compete in local and national dancing competitions and I am also a member of the local church choir.

I love meeting new people and thoroughly enjoy when people come to stay with us at the Blackgate. It is nice to meet people from other parts of the county and from all over the world. Everyone has their own story, some come to get away from work, some to catch up with the family, and others like to take some time out to clear their head and explore the beautiful area of West Cork.

People love the peace and quiet the place has to offer.

I look forward to meeting many more people via Airbnb. See you soon.


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