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- Type: Lighthouse
- Sleeps: 10 (4 Bedrooms)
- Nearest Beach: Barleycove beach (5 km)
- Change Over Day: Saturday
- Access: Car Essential
- Not suitable for small children
- Wheelchair inaccessible
- Winter lets available
- Pets not allowed
The original cottage dates from 1843 and was fully renovated in 1999.
2008 saw the completion of an architect designed, light-filled new cottage.
The daring design, with the living space upstairs, makes the most of the spectacular views from Ballydevlin Bay, Carberry Isles, Alderman Rock, Fastnet Lighthouse to Streak Head.
It is the perfect location for the ultimate escape. Come and experience West Cork at its best.
There are two parts to the property but they are one unit. In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built Crookhaven lighthouse and the adjoining cottage. Perched over the entrance to the natural harbour of Crookhaven, for over 160 years the cottage sheltered the Lightkeepers' families. When the Lighthouse was first automated (it is still fully operational) the Commissioners no longer needed the accommodation provided by the cottage and ownership changed hands.
The new owners have fully refurbished the 1843 cottage and this part of the property now comprises 2 double bedrooms with an additional room containing a double pull-out bed and a stairway to a large living space converted from what had been the quarters of three families. This large living room contains extensive seating, satellite TV, DVD, a music system and views in all directions. Also downstairs is a shower room, kitchen and dining area. The structural integrity of the 1843 cottage has been preserved with the layout of the downstairs rooms reflecting the original plan.
Across the small yard is the extraordinary light filled space that is the 'longhouse'. In 2008 the owners completed a radical design consisting of a rectangular glass walled cuboid resting on two new bedrooms and a second bathroom. This wonderful addition allows for spectacular views from the upper level through 270 degrees.
The upper level contains a fully fitted kitchen, a dining table seating 8/10, a wood burning fireplace, a High Definition TV and Blu-ray disk player together with comfortable seating throughout. Along the length of this level is a balcony from which the views need to be seen to be believed, ranging from the natural harbour of Crookhaven past the world famous Fastnet Lighthouse 7 miles off-shore to Baltimore, Cape Clear and Roaring Water Bay with its many islands.
Although built on 'Rock Island', this is not a true island, at least for the past several hundred years. Access is along a beautiful stone-walled 'lighthouse' roadway which undulates across the fields of heather and gorse for a mile or so. Just 2 miles away you will find Goleen with its shops, pubs and first class restaurant. Across the bay is the sailing village of Crookhaven, which for centuries was the first port of call for vessels arriving from the New World destined for the North West of Europe.
In winter there is always a welcoming fire awaiting you there in O'Sullivan's Bar and in summer a flurry of activity on the harbourside as sailors and boat people of all ages and nationalitiies set to sea or disembark in search of one of the mouthwatering seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront.
Around the next bay is the start of the Mizen Peninsula with its rugged coastline, the surfing mecca and golden sands of Barleycove Beach and at the end of the road a mile or two further on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. There you'll find the Mizen Lighthouse and visitors centre which is open year round. Next stop America!
Images of Crookhaven Lighthouse
The Cork Region
Home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland
Goleen village was built during the nineteenth century at a crossroads where a cattle fair was regularly held. You will notice the wide road winding through the village where all the houses were originally built as shops. Falling away left of the village is the hidden harbour from which the village takes its name. 'Goilin' (little inlet) is easily recognisable once you venture down the lane beside O'Meara's pub. Although the harbour dries at low tide, giving great feeding for a variety of wildlife including fox and a pheasant, there is a deepwater quay at the entrance to accommodate fishing boats and yachts.
Crookhaven Harbour is as picturesque today as it was useful in its heyday, being a large and sheltered harbour. You pass the old Roadstone Quarry on the side of the mountain, which provided metalling for the roads of Wales until 1939. There are numerous Bronze Age field monuments scattered trough the hills surrounding Crookhaven. (The Ordnance Survey Discovery Series map 88 will indicate the whereabouts for you.) The village of Crookhaven has a distinguished history as the last port of call for ships journeying to and from America. Over the centuries ships stocked up with provisions here before tackling the Atlantic Ocean. All the shipping lines had agents located here to tell the ships in which port their cargo had been sold. At the beginning of the 20th century it was said that you could cross the harbour on the decks of boats. 700 people lived and worked in the village against the 40 permanent inhabitants who reside here today. Marconi came here to try to send his first radio message across the Atlantic and he fitted the first telegraphic equipment to the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse to communicate with the passing ships.
The Mizen Peninsula, at Ireland's most southwesterly point, is world renown for the beauty of its rugged landscape and ancient heritage. A tour of the Mizen Ring gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the various strands that make the Mizen unique. From geology, flora, birds and fauna to the influence of man and his history on the landscape.
Mizen Vision, the Irish Lights Signal Station Visitor Centre, had been developed as a local tourism co-operative. The Signal Station was built in 1905 to protect shipping from the cliffs during fogbound journeys. It is a spectacular location with its folded rocks and high cliffs. The Signal Station is on an Island joined to the mainland with a fine example of an arched bridge. If you have plenty of puff you can return up the 99 steps but there is an easier path for the less energetic. Well worth a visit! Another gem of the Mizen Peninsula is Three Castle Head, where the three castles, which are three Tower Houses with curtain walling. Built in the 15th century on the site of a Bronze Age Promontory Fort, the Castles stand sentinel beside a cliff top lake. Stay a safe distance as the castle stonework is unstable.
Barleycove is a large sand beach backed by sand dunes. Reputedly the sand dunes were thrown up in the tidal wave which swept Europe after the earthquake in Lisbon in 1755. Today the dunes have been partially eroded but are protected like much of the coastal area round this area as European designated Special Areas of Conservation. The road goes to the east of the beach across a causeway bisecting Lissagriffin Lakes and at the t -junction you turn left to Mizen Head.
100 km from Cork airport
105 km from Cork port with services from France
car hire available at the airport
Nearest Travel Links
- Airport: Cork (100 km)
- Ferry: Cork (105 km)
- Railway: Cork (100 km)
Suitable types of Holiday Goleen
- Golf Course
- Horse riding
- Tennis courts
- Mountain Biking
- Hill Walking
Exterior Facilities in Crookhaven Lighthouse
- Parking space
During peak season the Long House and the cottage are rented out as one. Outside July and August the Long House can be rented on its own.
For rates and availability please check out our own website: www.crookhavenlighthouse.ie
Facilities in Crookhaven Lighthouse
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Dish washer
- DVD player
- Internet access
- Linen provided
- Log fire
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Bedrooms / Bathrooms
- Bedrooms (4)
- Bathrooms (2)
Sleeps a Maximum of 10 people:
- Single Beds (4)
- Double Beds (2)
- Sofa Beds (3)
- Cots (1)
- Dining Seats (10)
- Lounge Seats (12)
"We couldn't have hoped for a better place to stay -and in the company of gannets! We've enjoyed exploring and discovering - and our experience of Rock Island and the area has been all the more enjoyable thanks to your collection of books about West Cork. We have been delighted with everything about the house and think it's design completely fits into, and fully exploits its' wonderful position. We will be back!!"
Hillary & Allison, England
"We have really enjoyed our three days at the Lighthouse. What a very special place on earth! Rain or shine, the beauty was spectacular. The sea gulls, birds and even a seal visited us. The walks down the private drive were awe-inspiring. We will fondly remember this stay forever."
The Reillip' and Chana's, South Florida, USA
"We had a fantastic time here in Crookaven. What an incredible spot!"
Eileen and Tim, Conneticut, USA
"We came from Toronto/Brussels/Dublin - what a fantastic place to stay - even better than on the internet. We had 2 weeks of good to goodish weather -saw dolphins, swimming opposite, sometimes fed the seagull when het got cross enough, fished off the Rocks, Enjoyed the views in all weather...."
Came for a week, ended up staying and extra four days. What a lovely place. Never knew West Cork was so beautiful. Amazing views from the Longhouse.
Theresa & John, Ireland
"I can't think of a holiday when I felt more relaxed. The Longhouse is lovely & the views breathtaking." Peggy, Illinois, USA
"Stunning location, a very relaxing time and loads of crab, yum!" Karen-Louise, Oxford, England
"The perfect honeymoon location" Magdalen & Robert, England
"Super, we won't forget the view and the house" Joelle, France
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