Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Bantry Bay - Bluebell Cottage
3 bedroom house to sleep 5, real fire, Aga style range, roof terrace.
The cottage was built in the early 19th Century and is reputedly the oldest in Bantry. We renovated it four years ago and fitted new doors, floors, roof and windows while retaining as much as possible of the original character. There are wood floors throughout and a large kitchen diner to seat six. The kitchen has a dishwasher, oven, hob, washing machine, tumble dryer and Stanley traditional range cooker. The cosy but spacious living room will seat six and has a coal/log fire. The futon sofa will convert to a double bed. There are three bedrooms, two double and one single. The single bedroom is accessed through one of the double bedrooms. The bathroom has a large cast iron bath and a shower, and an immersion heater for hot water. All the bedrooms have pleasant views of the countryside of West Cork. Outside there is a patio enclosed by a ‘living wall’ full of flowers and birds nests. Upstairs is a sunny roof terrace with views over Bantry and the surrounding West Cork countryside.
Festivals: In 2014, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival takes place in Bantry from 27 June to 5 July; the West Cork Literary Festival (also in Bantry) is on from 6–12 July; the ‘Masters of Tradition’ traditional Irish music sessions are held at Bantry House between 20–24 August. All of them are very popular, reasonable priced and highly recommended. See http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/chambermusicfestival/programme
Music pubs: Several local pubs in Bantry, Glengariff and Ballydehob host lively traditonal Irish music sessions
Horse Riding: Zora Feurer has a livery yard in the Mealagh Valley, a ten-minute drive away, with around twenty lively and attractive horses. She will give lessons and take riders with previous experience out on hacks. Her address is Drombrow, Bantry, Cork and her phone number is 00353 868691294
The Bantry Equestrian Centre, a similar distance away, offers pony trekking and is particular suitable for inexperienced riders. Contact : http://www.bantryponytrekking.com
Address: Coomanore South, Mealagh Valley Bantry, Tel: +353 (0)27 51412
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
I bought the cottage in January 2007 when it was very run down – though as this was the height of the Celtic Tiger boom it was not cheap! I spent the next two years – with my partner Jill and some very expensive and then some very reasonable builders – renovating it. It's a lovely cottage now but I still have quite a few debts to pay off!
I came on a horse-riding holiday here with my teenage children in 2005 and finished up buying a horse. She didn't settle very well in England so I thought it might be a good idea to move over here. Bantry is a lovely town: it's small and friendly and there's always something going on. I liked the cottage from the start. It's very old and very quiet and I like the fact that there are always people walking past the window going into town – which is only a five minute walk away.
The rooms are a good size and the ceilings aren't too low (I'm 6 foot tall). It feels solid (as it should do with those thick stone walls) and it's pleasant both on hot summer days when you can eat out on the roof terrace and inside by the fire during winter storms when it feels safe and warm.