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!
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.
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.
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.