The Tractor Shed Loft Apartment is spacious and airy, located above the barn/tractor shed set amongst the tree tops in this lush woodland garden. It truly is unique, with the entire gable end comprised of a 40 ft floor to ceiling (south facing) double-glazed window offering magnificent views of rural West Cork, Roaringwater Bay and the distant Atlantic.
There are two double bedrooms, one with a 6ft bed (which can also be made into twins on request) and a twin bedded room. Both have en suite bathrooms with showers and whirlpool baths situated below sky light windows - where you can relax and watch the star filled night sky; might we dare suggest with a glass of wine in hand?
This really is the place to get away from it all, a true rural retreat in the peace and tranquility of Glensallagh Gardens. You are invited to explore the 47 acres of woodland at Glensallagh including open heaths, shady woodland, wildflower meadows and more than 200 species of trees and shrubs in a 15 acre wild woodland garden. Great exploring for children though we suggest adult supervision for younger children due to ponds and ditches.
The surrounding lanes are bordered by an incredible wild flora. Just wonder off and explore the forests and moors from the propert or go further afield to the 55 miles of marked trails on Sheeps Head peninsular with breath taking views of Bantry and Dunmanys Bays and the distant Kerry mountains, only 5 miles away.
The Tractor Shed Apartment is suited for both large gatherings (the tables can accommodate 20 at a sitting should you wish to entertain!) and for more intimate getaways. For really large gatherings we can also arrange accommodation in our nearby Yard Cottage which sleeps 4 (one double and one twin bedded room).
We can arrange for the hot tub to be set up al fresco, if you give notice when booking, in a secluded area of the woodland near the apartment. There are so many things to do and explore in this beautiful part of West Cork, walking, sight-seeing, garden visits... but above all come, with friends, family, a loved one and relax!
Keywords: Loft, Flat, Apartment, Mezzanine, Farm Building
Richard is an exploration geologist who has worked in Africa since 1975. When pushed he has been known to give long winded accounts of his adventures in Africa and while sailing in the Western Indian Ocean. He is also an enthusiastic gardener, both vegetables and landscape, the latter on a ridiculously ambitious scale and can drone on superficially on quite a range of subjects. He is also a keen cook and likes entertaining. Jules is a medical anthropologist who has also spent time working in Africa. She can often be found in the converted goose shed trying to complete her latest paper. She also enjoys working in the garden and preserving produce for the winter months. Pola is a Very Small Terrier. She enjoys greeting new primates. Monty is a very shy collie.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 1990
Stepping off the plane in Ireland the first breath of Atlantic air redolent with turf smoke and tranquility told me This is Home! Smitten by the wind and sea washed landscape I found a derelict property for sale in West Cork and it's been home ever since. In the 1800s Somerville and Ross, authors of the locally set Irish RM series of tales, said: “West Cork should be kept as a reserve for idlers, artists and idealists!” Can’t say fairer than that.
Peace!! Above all. And a kind of benevolent time warp. Hurry to get here and then just let go completely. There ARE loads of things to do but above all come and enjoy the tranquility. A lexicographer who collects local sayings once stepped into a pub in Ballydehob. He asked if there were any local sayings. Pat Joe, Sean’s brother, asked what he meant. “Well in Spain, when they want to put something off, they say they’ll do it ‘Manana’ “, the lexicographer explained, “In the morning”. “O Jasus!” said Pat Joe, “we don’t quite have that sense of urgency round here!”
Having been apprehensive about a week without telly with a flock of kids from 4 to 12 and iffy weather, it took the kids no time at all to take to the good life, feeding chickens, exploring the extensive grounds, and making friends with the resident dogs. We need not have worried. For a family looking for somewhere to recharge their batteries Glensallagh is the place. We took the barn conversion while our friends took the yard cottage. We ventured to Sneem, Barley Cove, Skibereen and of course nearby Ballydehob. We took Richard's advice and drove to the top of Mount Gabriel where the views were magnificent!!!! We sampled Jules and Richards homegrown produce coupled with magnificent fresh fish from Schull. We spend hours at night eating and drinking ( as the pile of empties left behind will attest to! ). We even managed a barbeque!!! We rediscovered boardgames we hadn't played for years,read loads of books and the kids were even inspired commit their surroundings to canvas. Our Barn was very well equipped with information available on the surrounding attractions. They even have broadband if you really must surf!!!! And they will find a telly if you really want one!!!! A bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort of getting there. All in all a holiday for the body and soul
Our family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers have stayed twice at this wonderful property and are smitten. It is tucked away in the rolling hills north of Ballydehob village but only 6 or 7 minutes drive from there. A splendid, panoramic view of Roaring Water Bay and the West Cork countryside dominates the vista over tree tops from the floor to wall window of the lofted accommodation. This is spacious, very well laid out and equipped and so comfortable with a huge dining table to entertain at. Outside there is a beautiful natural wood to explore, ducks, geese and hens clucking and quacking around and a giant bbq/spit area with lovely views. The owners are very helpful and friendly and Albert the 2nd, their new gander, is much more benign than Albert the 1st was although his female companions are definitely territorial. To sum up this is a must stay place if you are visiting West Cork where you can relax, switch off and chill in comfortable but enchanting accommodation at tree top level and appreciate to changing view as the 4 seasons pass by the panoramic window, typically for Ireland all in the one day!!
Richard and Jules’s Tractor Shed accommodation is set in the most beautiful idyllic landscape. It is a place where nature thrives; wildflowers blossom all around, ferns & trees galore, a gorgeous vegetable garden, nature paths, rose garden and the many briars where our kids went picking fresh berries everyday to add to their breakfast yogurt. There’s a beautiful forest walk down to a lovely stream, a BBQ area with spectacular views out to Dumanus bay where we had a fantastic Friday night. The BBQ setting is a triumph of imagination and ingenuity. You can tell R&J have travelled the world and transposed their experiences into this place. They have left the wild things as nature intended and created wonderful living and recreation areas around them. The furnishings are natural and work perfectly to ensure you feel part of the stunning West Cork landscape.
The pictures on the website are great but they cannot do the place justice. It really needs to be experienced. Light, space, comfort, character and style in abundance. Jacuzzi baths in the bedrooms, great beds, everything carefully thought out. My family joined us for a couple of nights and they were simply blown away by the place. The scale of the glass wall has a real wow factor.
5 minutes to Ballydehob. 10 minutes to Bantry & Schull. You really are in the heart of west Cork. Each day we explored a new town/ beach but looked forward to coming home each evenings to cook and relax. The meals were very often supplemented with the vegetables grown by R&J. A rare treat for City folk to eat something that was just pulled from the ground minutes earlier. The kids loved the farm setting and the freedom it afforded. Daily explorations to discover new paths occupied them for hours. Feeding geese/ a fairly mad drake and Tilly the super shy duck. Fresh eggs daily from the 20 or so resident hens. Great fun and many happy memories.
We took so many pics to remind us of the place. We fully intend on coming back.
The hosts, Richard and Jules were great in every way. I very much miss the random conversations we had with them as they went about their daily duties on the farm. 2 wonderful characters!
We have been holidaying in Ireland for the last 6 years and this place is easily top of the pile- no comparison!!!. We are looking to do a weekend trip in the autumn / winter- any excuse ;-)
Four months later, I can't think of a way to improve on our stay at Glensallagh. It was a beautiful, peaceful, FUN getaway for 3 generations of our family, always to be remembered.
A bright, clean and wonderfully spacious place, simple but very well-appointed, the house itself suited our party beautifully. (The photos don't quite do it justice.) Extremely quiet and off the beaten path (tucked down a quite lane and through a tunnel of fuscia), but ideally located for West Cork touring and treks.
Trails for picking one's way through the hosts' (Richard and Jule's) remarkable plantings of natives and exotics. Fresh eggs in the morning (collect them if you like!) from the flock softly clucking nearby, and greens from the garden for the evening salad. Also from the hosts, excellent advice and fascinating conversation, if solicited. And the finest company (also on request, not underfoot) from the resident jack russell terrier and border collie (Morrie?) who won our hearts.
The house, grounds, and hosts were very welcoming to children -- we had three between the ages of 1 and 9. The main house was plenty big for our two families (7 people total) and could've taken more. Others in our party rented the smaller house, which is older, more rustic, but equally charming. If we could hop the pond as often as we'd like, my family of 5 agree that we would be back at the earliest chance.
We spent the first two weeks of August here. Richard and Jules are such wonderful hosts. From vases of wild flowers on the bedside tables to fresh free range eggs in the morning, it certainly is a taste of the good life!
The accommodation itself is really well done and thought out, amazingly spacious. Our 18 month old loved it. You could spend the days just looking out over the trees and we watched the bats fly at dusk. There's loads to explore around the farm and forest, perfect for young children.
Glensallagh is also very well situated for exploring west cork, you do need a car though. Although we cycled our bikes along quiet country lanes into the village of Ballydehob.
We are hoping to make another trip down to Glensallagh in winter for a long weekend.
I would highly recommend this place for families with young children or for people who really just want to get away from it all.
Though the photos on VRBO attracted us to this rental, they practically didn't do justice to the place. We were floored by the lovely simplicity and spaciousness of the apartment which felt like a tree house. It was clean and comfortable, bright, stylish, and luxurious. The cook's kitchen and huge dining table made us wish we had loads of friends with us to share our meals. Fresh eggs and vegetables from the farm pretty much sent it into the realm of perfection for us, not to mention the big Jacuzzi tubs in both bathrooms. Ballydehob is a great location for exploring the South West of Ireland- nothing was far and the area is crazy beautiful. We loved the farmer's market in Schull, Glebe Garden Cafe in Baltimore, going to the top of Mount Gabriel for the view, and simply walking down the lane from the apartment in Ballydehob. Richard and Jules are interesting and thoughtful and are achieving a beautiful vision in their wild place in the west. Thank you so much!
I stayed at this property in the winter and still thoroughly enjoyed it, but am determined to come back in the spring or summer in order to experience the full charm of the secluded location and wonderful views. There are lovely little towns nearby for pub dinners and local products. Best of all, though, are the hosts, Richard and Jules, who make you feel at home, feed you fresh eggs and generally make this a precious personal experience. I could not speak more highly of the place.