An article about the house published in the Irish Examiner in Spring 2015.The low south facing window gives a lovely light to the bedroom.
The Narrow House
The Narrow House
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
Please set the number of adults.
Please set the number of children.
Ages 2 - 12
Please set the number of infants.
Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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A charming 200 years old house a stroll away from the city centre, lovingly refurbished over the last five years. Situated on a quiet street, this is possibly the narrowest house in Cork: and unusual 3 storey sliver of a home.

The space

The house is an (almost fully) restored characterful 2 bedrooms - Solene is an architect and this is our home.
The main living space (kitchen & dining) is situated at first floor level to make the most of the South facing sunny aspect. The ground floor comprises a sitting area and a back space, currently used for storage of diy materials (it could be a second bedroom or and office). The cosy master bedroom and brightly lit bathroom are on the top floor. If four guests are staying, two will be sleeping downstairs in the living area on the foldable sofas.
There is no TV in the house, but there is wifi and a good collection of books and graphic novels, in English and in French. We do have some decent DVDs as well in case you bring a laptop. On request, we can also leave a laptop for you to use (complete with Netflix).
You will have full use of the kitchen, including spices, tea, coffee etc.
While almost finished, like all self build this is still a work in progress. You might notice a few missing skirting boards and still to be perfected lighting quirks.

For the more technical blurb: as most buildings on Red Abbey Street, the house is on Cork City Council’s list of Protected Structures. Described by locals as “the Narrowest House in Cork”, is was probably built in the late 18th Century together with its sister house No. 21, though its floors were raised in the 1820s. After years of poor maintenance, we started full refurbishment works in 2010. This included a new roof, ground floor slab, doors and windows, insulation and lime plaster. The design aimed to respond to the unique challenges of the house (2.6m at its widest, a small 45m² spread over three floors) while making the most of its original qualities and surviving features (double orientation, South facing front façade, original doors, architraves and staircase). We designed bespoke joinery and furniture to maximise storage space and installed internal windows to provide long views through the whole house.

Guest access

You will have access to the whole house. Please note that the back room at ground floor level is currently home to stacked boxes and a ladder.

Interaction with guests

The house is only available when we are away, but we will do our best to be reachable by phone or email during your stay, in case of any issue.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

Mostly, we hope you feel at home.
It would be great if you could take off your shoes when in the house (we do) but this is not compulsory.
Also, be aware that because the walls are lime plastered, the wall paint is breathable. Which unfortunately means it is not wipe clean, except in the kitchen. Generally this means that it is a good idea not to touch the walls too much or throw wine at them (we will leave instructions in case this happens).


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Joshua User Profile
September 2016
Solene's home was great! Central location, great amenities, unique and characteristic of cork with detailed interior remodeling done (she has before pics so you can compare). You can walk to everything from here! It is a stone's throw from an old abbey bell tower. I can not say enough great things about my stay here. Her neighbor Katrina was very helpful and I can't thank her enough! Everything was fantastic and she was very reachable if I had any questions or problems. I recommend her home to anyone visiting Cork and its surroundings, what an experience!

Alicia User Profile
September 2016
Solene and her narrow house are true gems! She was so responsive to every question I had and answered every question quickly and thoughtfully. The home is gorgeous, historic and in a perfect location. It is a 5 min walk to a foodie center of town and a 10 min walk to most sights. The bed is very comfortable, and I am choosey. The shower is roomy, luxurious and the bathroom has a view of church bell tower. It is a wonderful home full of light and yet cozy for time to rejuvinate. No improvements necessary!

Simon User Profile
February 2016
Fantastic place to stay right in the centre of Cork. Solene was really accommodating, gave great directions for arrival and enjoyment of the house. Its a perfect little base for exploring Cork.
Solene User Profile
Response from Solene:
Hi, thanks for the great review. We are glad you liked the place - and didn't mind the mountain of stuff downstairs. Good luck with the end of your studies, it must be pretty intense at the moment. Solène
February 2016

Alex User Profile
October 2015
Solene was a lovely host. She was away the weekend we visited so she organised for one of her neighbours to meet us at the house with the key. Solene prepared information on the best bars,restaurants, sights to see in Cork which was well used. The house is very pretty, in a good location close to the city centre.

Lloyd User Profile
September 2015
Solene responded quickly to my email, and she's really well organized. She was out of town when I was in Cork, but arranged a key pick up very closeby and everything went smoothly all week. Immaculate renovation she's done to 'The Narrow House'. Lots of light with views of the neighbourhood. Her fantastically wide-ranging library was a real distraction! Would recommend her home, and would stay here again.

Cork, IrelandJoined in March 2013
Solene User Profile
I am a French architect in my mid thirties, living in Cork in the South of Ireland. I love travelling, a bug I probably got from my parents who took us around the world when we were kids. I grew up in Paris and Tokyo, and went on to live in the Netherlands and the UK and extensiv…
Languages: English, Français

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