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.
Details for holiday home House, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
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.