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Lovely cottage in quiet location
Lovely cottage in quiet location


Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

3 Beds


Entire home/apt

5 Guests

3 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

We bought the cottage in a run-down state in 2007 and had to completely renovate it. But it has thick stone walls and lots of character and is now very comfortable. We live here much of the time but need to rent it out to pay the mortgage!


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

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 10%

Description

The space

Old and beautifully renovated cottage in pretty small harbour town. Fantastic countryside and coastal walks.
Cottage only a few minutes from Bay and shops but set back with pleasant views of the fields etc.
Fire and Aga/Stanley, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Garage. Small garden and roof terrace.
Homely decoration and very comfortable.
Rates don't vary much because we don't charge extra for electricity etc, and bills are much higher when it's colder! We charge a bit more in July and August and at Christmas because we would like to be there ourselves.

The house is detached and is on a quiet road five minutes from Bantry town centre, where there are shops, pubs, restaurants, banks, a cinema and a very good outdoor market every Friday.

There is a regular bus service (Eireann 236) between Bantry, Cork and Glengarriff.

Guest access

The cottage is let out as a whole (three bedroom) house.

Interaction with guests

If I'm not around my friend Zora, who runs a nearby riding stables establishment, is always available for help and advice.

The neighbourhood

West Cork is a very beautiful part of Ireland but doesn't suffer from the coach-loads of tourists you get in Kerry and Galway. Lots of things to see and do but this is genuine rural Ireland, not a synthetic tourist destination.

Getting around

Parking is available in a garage attached to the house or on a track by the side of the house. There is a good bus service to Cork. Bicycles can be hired from the local bike shop, a ten-minute walk from the cottage.


House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

We wash sheets and towels and clean thoroughly between visitors but it helps if – as most people do – mess is kept to a minimum.

Dogs are not allowed as there is only a small garden and the fields at the back of the house are often occupied by sheep. Farmers tend to shoot on sight any dog seen worrying their sheep.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

6 Reviews


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Emmanuelle User Profile
April 2017
Nice place, very charming, quiet, next to the city centre. Bantry itself is not so nice but all around there are plenty of beautiful landscapes to see.

Pauline User Profile
April 2017
We had a lovely stay at Bluebell Cottage. Robert made sure we had everything our family of five (including three small kids) needed and the cottage was spacious enough for all of us. The cottage is in a rural location next to a farm, but only a couple of minutes walk from the shops and everything Bantry has to offer. There are lots of local pubs serving fantastic food and the people of Cork must be the friendliest in the world! The lady in the tourist office was incredibly helpful and the walk along the river she recommended was one of our favourite things. Such a lovely, mountainous area. We'd recommend going to Bantry House if it's open. Loved hearing the story of the family there and it has a great tea room. All in all, a great stay.

Richard User Profile
September 2016
This was the first time we stayed in a real Irish Cottage with the thick stone walls, slate roof, and and fireplace. The bedrooms were wonderful. One of them had its own deck right off the second floor. This Cottage was built into the hill that surrounds the town of Bantry. The Ambiance was just so Charming. We used the writing desk to plan our trips every day. Perfect light to read maps by. Just a short walk to the Quay with its shops pubs and restaurants. We hope we will be able to stay there again on our next trip to southern Ireland.

Bonnie User Profile
April 2016
We fell in love with Bluebell Cottage.We were met by Robert's charming property manager"Zora" who was great about explaining,and showing us how the Cottage functions.Robert had a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us on dinning table,and a stack of books,brochures,and maps perfect for first time Visitors to Ireland. Cottage is so Cozy, cute, comfortable,and charming ! Robert and Zora both were very easy to contact by email,with quick responses .We stayed for a month at Bluebell,and were sad to leave.
Robert User Profile
Response from Robert:
Hi Bonnie, I'm really please you had a good time in the cottage and it was a good base for seeing something of Ireland. A month is a long time, so it's great that you found plenty to do and didn't get bored. I love it there too! Thanks for the suggestion about beach towels and picnic blanket. I can see they might be useful additions!
April 2016

Lea User Profile
August 2014
We spent five nights in Roberts lovely cottage. It's really lovely, very much like a home and with funny details such as his collection of horror movies. When we arrived, Roberts friend Zora had left the key in a secure place so we could get into the house very late at night without anyone having to be there. That was very comfortable. There was an instruction sheet with information on everything, so we easily washed our clothes etc. We spent our days sleeping in the comfy beds (the location is definitely quiet), having extended breakfast (buy "Mum's bread" and scones at "Box of Frogs" café!), preparing incredible fish for lunch and walking or driving around the really beautiful landscape nearby (we recommend trekking on Sheeps Head and walking through Glengarriff Nature Reserve). Bantry itself is sleepy but nice - one night we had some drinks at "Ma Murphy's" pub, where we were almost invited to a wedding the next day. Altogether we really felt at home in your home, Robert - thanks a lot for sharing it with us!

Molly User Profile
December 2013
We had an excellent time staying at Bluebell Cottage over Christmas. Robert's home is authentic, intimate, homey and exactly what we hoped for. We cooked frequently and the kitchen is well appointed. The cottage is a short walk down hill into the Bantry shopping/eatery/pub district. Robert met us upon arrival and provided complete instructions on the house. Just an extremely positive experience. Molly Hatfield

London, United Kingdom · Joined in October 2010
Robert User Profile

I'm a retired professor still writing a lot about film.

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