About this listing
This snug, grass-roofed cabin offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a warm Irish welcome, mountain walks on the Beara Way or snorkling on nearby reefs. Sample local seafood or stoke up the wood-burning stove and savour the tranquility!
This remote and peaceful location offers an opportunity to unwind, enjoy an unspoiled and breath-takingly beautiful environment and recharge your batteries! Ten minutes walk will take you to a local swimming spot, fishing point, pre-Christian archaeological remains, picturesque ruins or cliff views. You may see seals, dolphins, basking sharks, diving gannets or, if you are lucky, the local otters. It is an ideal place to kick back and relax. In bad weather you can just sway in the hammock seat in front of the fire, listen to music and daydream...
We are on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Beara Way Waking Route, the Ring of Beara, the Beara Cycling Route and near some designated Shore Fishing Points. There are Art Galleries, a Sculpture Garden and a Buddhist Retreat Centre within a 30 minute drive.
We can lend you snorkel gear, hiking maps of the area, help you to take the plunge at the nearby swimming spot, recommend nearby loop walks and lend you books, music, hats and scarves! There is wifi internet access (which can be intermittent - see Other Things to Note below), and we can facilitate you with landline access by pre-arrangement.
Interaction with guests
Thanks to a neat system of red flags and green flags both the nearby hosts and the guests can indicate how much interaction they are open to at any given time! This allows for guests and hosts to get to know one another and for the hosts to share their wealth of local knowledge and suggestions about things to see and do, while also allowing both parties to respect each others peace and privacy. It's a balancing act appreciated by both sides!
Usually, we are happy to have guests join us when we are walking the dog, swimming, fishing, beach-combing or collecting driftwood for the stove. It's a great way to get to know the area and the locals(URL HIDDEN)
I am an experienced CELTA teacher of English as a foreign language, so can offer English lessons tailored to your needs for an additional fee.
Other things to note
1) 'Arrival/Survival Supplies' (Tea, coffee, sugar, condiments) are provided to guests on arrival to keep them going until they can shop for supplies. (NB The closest local shop is 9km away and there is no local transport"!)
2) Guest Pets are welcome, but please see also under House Rules below)
3) WiFi is available. However, it comes from a mast transmitter on a mountain across the bay. Occasionally, in bad weather, (high winds or thick fog) internet access can be intermittent. Basically, if you really need guaranteed constant connectivity, the Cabin is not for you! (On the other hand, it's a good chance to 'go dark' and really enjoy being present in this wonderful place!) Up to each guest to decide.
4) There is a double bed (standard bed with mattress). If you don't wish to share a bed, or if there are three of you, you should note that the other bed is a small double sofa bed, (but pretty comfortable) which is folded out in the living space at night. We have another child-sized bed and a travel cot which can be erected in the bedroom beside the double bed if necessary so that a child/baby can be put to sleep while the parents stay up.
5) Although the location itself is remote and our nearest neighbours are over 1km away, you should be aware that we (your hosts) live just behind the cabin. (Hence the need for our red flag/green flag system!)
However, you have part of the garden (a viewing platform with a bench/picnic table) for your exclusive use, and all the cabin windows face the sea to the west and south, not towards the house. (Look at the aerial picture - the cabin is towards the sea on the right). So it feels quite private.
6) Lessons in English (as a foreign language) are available by arrangement for a reasonable fee. Introduction to Irish/Gaelic may also be available.
7) Hikers on the Beara Way Walking Route please note, we may sometimes be able to provide a drop-off, pick-up service by arrangement for petrol costs .
8) This is Ireland - (in)famous for having four seasons in every day. The weather is very changeable and it is wise to bring good hiking boots, waterproof clothing, and a hat and scarf, even in summer. That said, hikers and bikers can rest assured that there are clothes-drying facilities in the cabin and there access to a washing machine on a donation basis. We also have drier for damp articles. (You can borrow from our selection of visitor wellies if things get really muddy!)
9) Although the local swimming spot is very popular and (mostly) safe this is the Atlantic Ocean - it can be treacherous. Always ask locals for advice before you swim. There can be strong currents, underwater rocks or an undertow. Freak waves after storms are not uncommon. We are happy to take you swimming and give you tips on how to stay safe when near the shore.
10) This is a wooden building with a grass roof and we live in the wilds of the countryside - so be prepared for some spiders and other small insects to enter the Cabin at some stage during your stay. (It's unavoidable - like traffic noise in a city!) We feel it's preferable to have a few spiders' webs than the many insects they remove! They do not bite and we have no poisonous insects (or snakes of any kind) in Ireland.
1) For obvious reasons, there is a very strict No Smoking policy in the (wooden) cabin!
2) Well-behaved pets are welcome. (Please note that, for the sake of guests with allergies, pets must sleep in the annex directly adjoining the cabin). Our dog is friendly, (and neutered!) and we have two cats. Be aware, there are sheep locally so your dog must be kept under control. We have a 'dog anchor' to which you can attach your dog on a long line to ensure s/he doesn't stray, but gets to run around in the fresh air. Dog owners are requested to 'scoop the poop' within the garden area and around the house and cabin. Bags are supplied.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Chatty, polylingual, intercultural communication trainer who loves to eat! Travel addict. Enjoy swimming, hiking, dogs, kids, beachcombing, flea-markets, playing pool, food foraging, theatre, cooking, movies - there's not much I'm not interested in.
As a host I am happy to recommend you interesting stuff to do or, (if I'm free), accompany you for a walk or a swim off the dock nearby. If you prefer to explore on your own, or enjoy the peace and quiet in the hammock with a good book - outdoors if it's sunny or snuggled up in front of the fire if it's stormy - then I'm quite happy to give you plenty of privacy.
Live 2km from nearest other house and 10km from nearest settlement on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in West Cork, Ireland where I beach-comb and forage for wild food obsessively. Very peaceful but it's nice to go somewhere there are other people from time to time.
As a guest I don't need any babysitting, very able to entertain myself but like to mingle too. Am very happy to do my own thing if the host needs peace and quiet.