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The Black Gate Loft, Kilcrohane

Entire home/flat

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Entire home/flat

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


Extra people: No Charge


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.

The neighbourhood

community spirit, there is always something going on especially in the summer.... the criac in the local pubs is great.

Getting around

You need a car as public transport almost non existant.

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,

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.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

67 Reviews

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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

Kate User Profile
January 2017
We had a lovely time at Annette's cottage getaway. Beautiful view to wake up to and lovely place to explore. The accommodation was well equipped and clean.

Cedric User ProfileCedric is a superhost.
December 2016
Black Gate is a perfect location to enjoy the quiet and beauty of the Sheep's Head peninsula. The apartment is very spacious and includes everything you need while supporting a great local cause. It is 4km from the small shop in Kilcrohane, so if you're walking the Sheep's Head Way (well worth it), plan on buying food before getting to the listing.

Tony User Profile
November 2016
Great location and accommodation convenient access to hiking. Would stay here again!!!

Anette User Profile
October 2016
Annette is a really nice person. Communication was really easy. The loft is an amazing place with a wonderful view towards the Atlantic. Annette picked us up in town because we were not able to find it right away. Thanks again! The Sheeps Head is close by and worth it hiking the Loop.

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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