Suaimhneas, Self Catering Holiday Home Schull
- Type: House
- Sleeps: 8 (4 Bedrooms)
- Nearest Beach: Dunmanus Cove (0.1 km)
- Change Over Day: Saturday
- Access: Car Advised
- Long term lets considered
- Owner will consider house swap
- Pets allowed
- Non smoking only
- Pets considered
- suitable for children
- Winter lets available
Suaimhneas is a charming cottage with a natural stone facade. Inside it's quite large,but feels cozy. We have superb views overlooking Dunmanus Cove,being situated on the coast road between Durrus and Barleycove. Suaimhneas is blessed with a scenic location on the Mizen Peninsula that is both secluded and yet convenient to all the main tourist attractions in this beautiful part of West Cork. There is a quiet sheltered beach 5 minutes walk from the house and Ballyrisode, a very safe sandy beach, is 10 minutes drive away. Barleycove beach has been listed inTripAdvisor's 'Top 10 Irish Beaches' for 2017; awarded a Blue Flag in 2017 (again !), it's about 20 minutes drive from here.
Activities available nearby include: Sailing (junior courses in Schull and Crookhaven), Golf - in Skibbereen, Bandon, Schull, and Bantry Park; Hiking/Biking Trails, Horseback riding, and Scuba Diving. Other interesting places to visit include Cape Clear Island, Bantry House, Glengariff, Garnish Island and the Beara Peninsula. The nearest towns are Schull (7 miles), Durrus (8 miles) and Bantry (15 miles). Cork city is 68 miles away. Other leading tourist attractions like Killarney or Kenmare, Blarney Castle, Fota Wildlife Park - these are all within 70 miles, and are easily accessible as day trips.
The Sheep's Head Way (Irish winners of the "European Destination of Excellence" (EDEN) competition in 2009) is located just across the bay and offers a long distance walking route, which traverses a number of Special Protection Areas, which are preserved for birdlife. It also has a wealth of wildlife habitats many of which are protected as Special Areas of Conservation, and offers visitors loop walks, coastal, hill top, cliff side and river walks, angling, cycling, local food produce and much more. The Wild Atlantic Way is right on your doorstep !
The Cork Region
West Cork (Irish: Iarthar Chorcaí) in South-West Ireland, lies in Ireland's largest county, County Cork. Road signs may be found around Cork City and elsewhere directing traffic for "The West", or "West Cork". Some of the colourful and interesting towns nearby include Schull, Ballydehob, Bantry, Glengariff, Dunmanway and Skibbereen.
The West Cork region is famous for the rugged beauty of its peninsulas, such as the remote Beara, Sheep's Head and Mizen Head Peninsulas which attract many walkers and cycling visitors. The magnificent scenery and leisurely pace of life makes West Cork one of the finest places to holiday or live in Ireland.
The Mizen Peninsula divides into two headlands, Mizen Head itself, where you can visit the Mizen Vision Centre. The other headland, called Three Castle Head, has magnificent castle ruins overlooking a lagoon - these are on private land and can be accessed on foot by the more adventurous and is certainly worth visiting. Other interesting places to visit include the Sheep’s Head; Cape Clear Island, Bantry House; Glengariff; Garnish Island and the Beara Peninsula. Both of the neighbouring peninsulas, the Sheep's Head and the Beara, have notable waymarked walks for hikers.
There are some quality restaurants locally—the New Haven in Schull, Blair’s Cove in Durrus, and Heron’s Cove in Goleen. Skibbereen and Bantry also have several noteworthy restaurants with locally caught fresh seafood always available.
Noteworthy events happening this year include;
Schull - Fastnet Short Film Festival May 25 - 29th
Schull Fastnet Triathlon June 11th
Mizen Looper Cycle July 23rd
(This is in aid of West Cork Down Syndrome Support Group)
Calves Week August 2 - 5th
Bantry - West Cork Chamber Music Festival June 26 - July 4th
Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle (commencing in Bantry) July 9th
21st West Cork Literary Festival July 12 - 18th
Masters of Tradition Music event August 19 - 23rd
Glengariff - Ring of Beara 140km cycle - May 28th
Availing of the many local Watersports activities, you can decide between windsurfing, sailing dinghies, kayaks or going under for a bit of scuba diving. Wander down to Schull pier and check with the local adverts. If sailing is your chosen adventure, be it novice or just for a tune-up, the Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre offers '5 day sailing courses' throughout the summer.
The waters off our picturesque coastline are filled throughout the summertime with dolphins, seals, whales and sharks (if you go to the right areas). Schull is blessed with a variety of boatmen who would be able to deliver you to just the spot. Stop on one of the islands and take a snapshot or two of the lazing seals (if you've got a keen eye, you can usually spot a seal or two playing peek-a-boo around the pier).
Every child is dying to spend a day with his toes buried in the sand, and Barleycove is just the place! Waiting invitingly with its golden sand and stretching surf, Barleycove is absolutely a must. Nationally known as one of the most picturesque strands in Ireland, as the rolling sanddunes collide with rugged cliffs, children will find warm rivers meandering from the warm sandy dunes into the waiting sea. A perfect day out. If a quick swim on shallow, sandy beaches are what you're looking for, then Ballyrisode is just for you. But, make sure you leave early as parking is limited and sometimes difficult.
Many Sailing events are hosted by Schull throughout the summer: Calves Week (7 days of competitive yacht sailing), the Fastnet International Schools' Regatta, the Munster Laser Championships, European Junior 420 Championship Trials and camp and the Junior Helm Championships for the younger sailors. Golf can be played in the local renowned courses - in Skibbereen, Bandon, Schull, and Bantry Park.
Ferries are available for tours around the islands, or for those wishing to spend a day on Cape Clear, Sherkin and even over to Baltimore, a ferry will deliver you and shuttle you back to Schull in the evening.
On the first Sunday of most months the Mizen Historical Society takes off into the countryside on one of their outings. A lively group who always welcome new faces.
Sunday is also the day for the ever-popular Schull Country Market, running from Easter to Christmas - here you'll find the finest of local produce, crafts and lots more besides.
Garden enthusiasts should look for the 'West Cork Garden Trail' brochure (available in all tourist offices) with details about area gardens which are available to the public. Further afield, you could visit the Mizen Head Visitors Centre , at the outstretched tip of the Mizen finger with its famous suspension bridge. Enjoy your tour of the lighthouse.
Those interested in arts and crafts should stop at one of the Craft Centres locally and take advantage of the talents of the many excellent craftspeople in the area of West Cork. Courses are held in many local studios and galleries and give children and adults the rare opportunity to exploit their own talents and take home a treasured piece of jewellery, sculpture, pottery, or just a decorative object which only you can appreciate and cherish.
Fly to Cork or Shannon with Aer Lingus, Ryanair, or British Airways, from Dublin, Belfast, London (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, London City), Birmingham, Paris, Nice, Rennes, Amsterdam, Munich or Berlin
Fly to Cork direct from Boston or New York with Norwegian Air or WOW!
Sail with Brittany Ferries from Roscoff to Cork; and also with Irish Ferries or Celtic Link from Cherbourg/Roscoff or Pembroke to Rosslare
Car Hire is available at both the Airport or Ferry Terminals
Nearest Travel Links
- Airport: Cork (90 km)
- Ferry: Cork - Ringaskiddy (100 km)
- Railway: Cork - Kent Station (90 km)
During July and August, we prefer to let for 2-week periods, but we will try to facilitate every request so do please enquire from us about current availability.
Suaimhneas is also available for off-season rental in 2018 through to 2019 - contact the owners for details - we welcome visitors who wish to enjoy West Cork in Autumn or Winter, or who may wish to stay for a few months and experience life at our pace.
Suitable types of Holiday Schull
- Golf Course
- Horse riding
- Tennis courts
- Mountain Biking
- Hill Walking
- Cultural holiday
- Local cuisine
Suaimnhneas was built approx 15 years ago in attractive traditional design and has full oil-fired central heating and wooden floors throughout. Patio doors from the dining area lead to a spacious paved patio with sheltered gardens on all sides, offering full privacy. Table, chairs and parasol are provided for your enjoyment, and a barbecue set is provided for those long Summer evenings.
Exterior Facilities in Suaimhneas, Self Catering Holiday Home Schull
- Parking space
- Private garden
Suaimnhneas has a cosy stone fireplace with wood burning stove and attractive wooden floors. The house is contemporary in design with open plan living spaces, and features a fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Washing machine and Drier are in the garage.
There are 4 bedrooms - 2 doubles and 2 twin; and 2 bathrooms.
There is also a lovely Sun Porch where you can enjoy the view and relax in comfort, sipping a glass of your favourite tipple and listening to the sea breeze. Watching the glorious Sunsets from here is unforgettable, and on a clear night the Night sky & stars are stunning
Facilities in Suaimhneas, Self Catering Holiday Home Schull
- CD player
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Dish washer
- DVD player
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Bedrooms / Bathrooms
- Bedrooms (4)
- Bathrooms (2)
- Showers (2)
- WCs (2)
Sleeps a Maximum of 8 people:
- Single Beds (2)
- Double Beds (3)
- Cots (1)
- Dining Seats (6)
- Lounge Seats (6)
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Note: July & August - fortnightly bookings preferred - please enquire
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Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.
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