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
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
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 PhD! But she also enjoys working in the garden and has a stall at Bantry market (each Friday) selling Glensallagh produce. Daisy is a Very Small Terrier. She enjoys greeting new primates.
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!”
Whale and dolphin watching, The West Cork Garden Trail