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DELIGHTFUL WATERSIDE HOUSE AND COTTAGE IDYLLIC LOCATION IN WEST CORK

Graham Shenton

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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DELIGHTFUL WATERSIDE HOUSE AND COTTAGE IDYLLIC LOCATION IN WEST CORK

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Skibbereen - Traharta

Self-catering house sleeps 6, cottage 4 large garden children, pets welcome

The architect designed Bauhaus style house features a large front, a sheltered side patio and a paved terrace roof,all with wonderful views over the water. The open plan entrance, dining and living areas have counter top connection to a galley kitchen. One large double and two twin bedrooms have french door access to the front patio equipped with luxurious furniture providing a relaxing place to enjoy the clean air, breath-taking scenery and local birds,seals and fish.

The restored 18century farm cottage provides charming accommodation for 4. Its beamed open plan first floor contains dining,living and kitchen areas all of which enjoy the same views over the water as the house. Downstairs are two bedrooms a bathroom, a utility room and a private front patio for the cottage.

Although literally right on the water both properties are sheltered and enjoyable at all seasons of the year. They share a well maintained one acre garden filled with local and semi-tropical plants.

Further Details of Possible Local Activities : Excellent walking is available eg cliff top, rain-forest above Lough Hyne, Iron Age Fort Knock Drum above Castletownsend,etc. There are undisturbed archaeological sites, including ancient copper mines, Stone Tumuli eg Drombeg stone circle. Excellent local bird and whale watching.

Bicycles can be rented in Skibbereen, the quiet local roads are ideal for cycling. Try the trail above Loch Hyne

Boat trips are available for fishing and whalewatching. Good salmon and trout fishing in season.

A local kayak school teaches kayaking to all levels.

There are diving and sailing schools in Baltimore(10 miles). A ferry runs from Baltimore to Clear Island.

Golfers, Skibbereen has an excellent 18 hole course.There are also well know courses at nearby Glengarriff, Dunmore,Clonakilty and the Old Head of Kinsale. Many local gardens are open to visitors and the area is a paradise for photographers and artists because of the clean air and superb light. Local guides can be introduced

Available by Car: A great many places of scenic interest are within easy reach. East the coastal inlets are attractive and exploring the small local roads is rewarding. Small places can be found for refreshments. eg Unionhall and Glandore are within 30-45 minutes. West the road to Mizen Head takes you through places such as Ballydehob, Schull, Crookhaven and Goleen. This road leads to the site of Marconi`s first radio transmission across the Altantic. North Bantry Bay and Bantry House are only 40 minutes by car and well worth seeing. 10 miles past Bantry is Glengarriff where you can take a ferry to the delightful Garnish Island Gardens. Glengarriff is also the entry point to the beautiful Beara peninsular. Alternatively from Glengariff you can travel due north to Kenmare, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. There are also a good number of artists and craft workers in the area whose studios can be visited. Details at the Tourist Office in Skibbereen

Activities and Guest Comments : Many activities including seaching for ancestors are available through local guides and tours. Let us know your interests and we will either put you in touch with a them or make arrangements for you.

Horse riding is available in Rosscarbury and there are local Spas and beauticians to pamper you.

One Italian guest who arrived late at night and only saw the view from his bedroom window in the morning, came into breakfast and said 'They said I would be staying in a nice place,but no-one told me it would be paradise!'

Many people have arrived in Traharta stressed with pressures of work etc. and found that somehow things get into perspective just sitting on the front patio and taking everything in.

More Details

Details for holiday home House, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

In addition to providing very adequate accommodation for six adults, the house and cottage at Traharta provides an ideal centre for larger groups eg a group of 10 people can be accommodated in the house and cottage. The cottage is perfect for two adults and two children or four adults who do not require a second fully enclosed bedroom.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Graham Shenton (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks English
Response time:
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Response rate:
75%
Calendar last updated:
18 December, 2014

About Graham Shenton

Graham and Cecilia Shenton live in Swindon, Wiltshire in the UK. Graham grew up in Australia and spent his working life in electronics in Australia, Europe and the USA. Cecilia is a physiotherapist who still practices on her patients who can manage to get up to her treatment room in the attic.

Graham Shenton purchased this house in 1994

Why Graham Shenton chose Skibbereen

We were staying with friends in Castletownshend and saw Traharta for the first time one wet Saturday morning. We walked down the steps from the car park to the rocks, looked at each other and said, 'we`ve not seen the house yet, but we`re going to buy it'. We`ve never regretted it.

What makes this house unique

Location to die for. Difficult to appreciate until have been there, but just amazing at all times of the year.

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Reviews

4.9
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average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
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Skibbereen County Cork
Logan, UT. uSA
5

For a dream vacation, book this!!!

  • 5 out of 5
What to say about such a spectacular place??? The house and property are stunning. Really, everything you need for a wonderful stay is right here, whether you have friendly weather or foggy, rainy days. We had the latter, but the house was cozy with a warm fire in the fireplace and, having a car, we were able to explore the surrounding area (Baltimore, Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Glengarriff, Bantry,...).
The owner is a dream to work with -- very accomodating! We would go back in an instant.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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House
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p17860
+44 -(0)1793 644067
Skibbereen County Cork
Centertown, MO USA
5

absolutely paradise

  • 5 out of 5
This is our second year to stay at Traharta House. We love the house and we love the location. In fact, this year we rescheduled our dates to travel to Ireland so that we could have this property once more. The location is beyond words. It is a perfect spot to relax, unwind, enjoy the beauty of the sea and this lovely land. The house is welcoming and comfortable. It has all of the facilities you could want and is very inviting for your stay. We enjoyed cooking while we were here and the kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans and equipment to do so. As the evenings were a bit cook in October, we often built a fire and just relaxed in the great room, reading or watching television. On the sunny days we would sit on the gorgeous patio , watching the sea, enjoying a good cup of tea or glass of wine. The owner, Mr. Shenton, makes the reservation process easy and is a delightful person to work with in securing a stay. If we needed anything at all, Mrs. Cleary, the local care taker, was quick to help us out. There is nothing about this house, this property that you will not enjoy and appreciate. Anyone who stays here will feel the same way as we do - it is absolutely paradise. In fact , we love it so much, we are already booked for 2014. I highly recommend and encourage you to check Traharta House out.- you will be glad you did.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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House
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p17860
+44 -(0)1793 644067
Skibbereen County Cork
4

A room with a view

  • 4 out of 5
Traharta House is one of those rare properties where you can actually hear the sound of the sea as you lie in bed. Its 3 bedrooms and the living room each have french doors opening directly onto a private terrace overlooking the sea and the small sheltered beach. The location has to be one of the nicest we have stayed in. You would never get tired of the magnificent view from the verandah.

The house itself was spacious, clean and comfortable for our party of 6 and had 3 bathrooms so no queuing. It was great to have use of a washing machine, tumble drier and external washing line. The galley kitchen and large dining area were well equipped and we ate in most evenings. A large wood burning stove added character and a cosy feel to the living area and the huge store of free logs was a bonus. The local agent, Mrs Cleary, was welcoming and provided us with useful information.

Highlights and lows for us were:

Lows:-
* access lane in need of repair (apparently damaged during recent heavy rain)
* No shopping facilities or pubs/restaurants within easy walking distance

Highs:-
* chilling on the patio
* lovely coastal walks directly from the house
* kayaking to Castletownshend Harbour and to the beach over on Horse Island
* fishing just below the house
* our trips to Lough Hyne, Barley Cove and Mizen Head
* finding the short cut over the hill to Skibbereen
* discovering Fields Bakery

We would certainly recommend Traharta House to others and will definitely consider returning in the future

Rating 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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House
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p17860
+44 -(0)1793 644067
Skibbereen County Cork
5

The Traharta Treasure

  • 5 out of 5
Traharta House was the highpoint of our trip! The landscape is as beautiful as any I have ever seen. My first impression was that it has a Mediterranean feel, but with a quiet group of cows grazing just nearby it has an Irish feel, too. Unique and sweet, and well-situated for walking/exploring a special corner of Ireland, I recommend trying it off-season.
Our family of two parents and two college aged sons chose Traharta as part of our lodging as we walked and otherwise explored the Southwest of Ireland. The house is quite interestingly designed, with each of the three bedrooms possessing double doors opening onto a stone deck that overlooks the ocean. Inside, the house is well-equipped but not fussy or fancy. It feels (rightly) like a beach house and has a lived-in atmosphere that we liked. There was wood ready for fires in the stove, as the temperature does drop quickly in the evening in October. The roof of the house doubles as a rooftop deck. One evening we brought chairs up by flashlight and sat together under a sky full of stars as we listened to the water lapping twenty feet away. To our delight we all saw the biggest and brightest shooting star any of us has ever seen.
The owner has been a pleasure to communicate with. The local agents who will have the key and otherwise be available to help were a real slice of lovely Irish goodness whom I would have loved spending more time with.
We certainly do hope to cross the (Atlantic) pond again soon and spend an extended time at this hidden treasure.
  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very fortunate to have a holiday house in such a beautiful sheltered location that is possible to enjoy in all Seasons. Our local agents, the Cleary`s are gems and get great reviews from all our guests. Do come and see for yourself.

Graham Shenton
business
House
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p17860
+44 -(0)1793 644067
Skibbereen County Cork
5

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I stayed in the cottage for 2 nights in mid June. It was a pleasant surprise to pull up the driveway and see a postcard view from the car. The location was so wonderful, we changed our day plans of exploring the area via car and spent the whole day on the patio watching boats come and go and taking periodic walks along the rocky beach. The house has everything you need (3 working hairdryers!!!) and then some. The kitchen had a collection of dry goods from previous visitors which made cooking that much easier. We felt completely at home. The only downfall is that the closest grocery store is about 15min away via car and with us being a little nervous about driving on the opposite side of the narrow country roads, we made the trip for food & laundry soap once. It worked out since our stay was so short. There are lots of cute small towns near by (several within 15-30min via car), but nothing really within walking distance. After spending 2 weeks traveling, this was the perfect end to our vacation. Hopefully we'll be able to return for a bit longer stay!
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dear Elizabeth,

Many thanks for your great review. We were pleased to hear that Traharta worked it magic on you and that you had a relaxing time; also that you found the house had everything you needed. Over the years we have found it difficult to describe the location to someone who has never seen it, but hopefully reviews like yours will help share its very special quality.

Kind regards

Graham Shenton
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House
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p17860
+44 -(0)1793 644067
Skibbereen County Cork
Bendigo Victoria Australia
5

Great escape

  • 5 out of 5
We spent a week in early March at this house and throughly loved the experience. Having now re-read the positive comments mentioned in past reviews, we recognise them to be accurate. It is a wonderful location and a spacious comfortable and clean house with great ocean views.

The house owner and local manager were both friendly and easy to deal with. It is a relatively remote property, which suited us however the nearest village was not too far, and the locals we did encounter were welcoming and a delight to meet.

There is much to see and do in the area and we were lucky to have dry conditions which enabled invigorating activity such as pleasant walks to view other spectacular sites and exploring the beach at low tide. However if the weather had been different we would almost have been pleased to be stuck indoors as there was TV, video, internet and a pleasing array of reading material available. In high season when water activities are more readily available the location would then be extremely hard to beat.

The adjoining rental option, the small cottage, also looked inviting and perfect for two people, but we enjoyed the extra space of the house particularly as we had a couple of friends from London join us for two nights.

We take pleasure in recommending this property.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2010
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Ring of Skiddy,Cork,Ireland
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Lils and Mary Annes, Castletownshend
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Cork
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Skibbereen
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Cork
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Mary Annes, Castletownshend
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Traharta
Car: necessary

Traharta or 'strand' is opposite Horse Island at the entrance to Castletownshend Harbour on the South West coast of Ireland. It`s unique location on the water is surrounded by green fields and dairy cattle. A perfect place to relax and get away. The environment is one of the cleanest in Europe. It is a paradise for photographers and artists, because of the subtly changing lighting and sun filled evenings. The property has its own steps to the rocks and beach. Is only 1.5 miles from Castletownshend, 4 miles from the active historic market town of Skibbereen and 50 miles from Cork and its International Airport. Google for special deals on flights and car rentals which are usually available. The location is surrounded by tourist activities including golf, sailing, canoeing, diving, walking, whale and bird watching and gardens. Places to visit include Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, Mizen Head, Schull, Bantry and the the Bera peninsular, Glengarriff, Garinish Island, and even Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry are accessable in a day trip

Other Activities: Observing life in the rock pools, visiting local archeological sites,kayaking,whale watching

Golf: Skibbereen Golf Course has 18 attractive and variously challenging holes. It is a public course open to non-members and is located on the Baltimore Road just outside Skibbereen.

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Rates & Availability

From €75 Nightly

Rental rates for this holiday house in Skibbereen, County Cork

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Late Autumn
9 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
€335
for 3 nights
From
€85
From
€95
Fri,Sat,Sun
€540
 
 
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
€470
for 4 nights
From
€95
From
€105
Thu,Fri,Sat
€605
 
 
Winter
11 Jan 2015 - 28 Mar 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
€305
for 3 nights
From
€75
From
€85
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
€455
€1,280
 
 
Early Spring
29 Mar 2015 - 16 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
€465
for 4 nights
From
€95
From
€100
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
€575
€1,480
 
 
Early Summer
17 May 2015 - 20 Jun 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
€490
for 4 nights
From
€100
From
€110
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
€650
 
 
Summer
21 Jun 2015 - 29 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
€800
for 7 nights
€800
 
 
Late Summer
30 Aug 2015 - 3 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
€680
for 7 nights
€680
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning/laundry per wee €80
Refundable Damage Deposit €150
Pet Fee €25
Notes The 25% booking deposit is refundable if the property is re-let. The balance is due four weeks before arrival. A 150 euro per week security deposit is also payable with the balance. The cost of utilities(electricity and oil used),breakages and any additional cleaning (20 euros per hour) will be deducted from this and the balance returned within two weeks of the end of your stay.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Skibbereen in County Cork

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each twin bedroom has its own bathroom with bath(tub), shower, basin and toilet. The basins are surrounded by luxuriously large surface areas the full width of the bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Second bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Third bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Master bedroom
  • Note there is 1 large double bedroom and two twin bedrooms, all with comfortable beds. There are also 2 cots for babies that can be provided on request. 
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Bargain flights to Cork and car hire are available, eg currently with Aer Lingus. The fridge has a good sized efficient freezer section. The garage is not available for cars, but there is adequate car parking for several cars on the private drive at the front of the house.  The garden is an acre in total, with good stretches of grass for activities. The flat roof of the house is paved and provides an excellent higher level viewing platform over the area,but small children must be supervised.    Satelite and Sky box provide free to air channels and radio. Bring your own Sky card and watch all your favourite programmes. Many local guides and guided tours are available. The house has a supply of literature and introductions can be arranged if required.
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