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LOVELY CHARACTER COTTAGE, IN SCENIC, COASTAL LOCATION, BANTRY, WEST CORK.

Robert Murphy

Speaks English, Some French
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Robert Murphy

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LOVELY CHARACTER COTTAGE, IN SCENIC, COASTAL LOCATION, BANTRY, WEST CORK.

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

info@bantryponytrekking.com

Address: Coomanore South, Mealagh Valley Bantry, Tel: +353 (0)27 51412

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Robert Murphy

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
Speaks English, Some French
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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!

Robert Murphy purchased this cottage in 2007

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.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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4.9
based on 27 holidaymaker reviews

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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
average rating of 4.888889 based on 27 reviews
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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

BLUEBELL COTTAGE IS LIKE HOME.

  • 5 out of 5
WARNING!
After being in the Bluebell cottage for a couple of days, it begins to feel like home,
Your home! You fall in love withe the cottage and it will be difficult to depart.
It has all you can want: atmosphere, anything you possible can need is there, a pretty fireside (withe coal and logs) and much more. I had many times contact with Robert Murphy, the owmer, and he (or Zora) will help you (if needed) with anything. I'll highly recommend this place to everybody. If you ever want to stay in Bantry, don;t search any longer. This is the cottage to be.
It's very close to the centre, just a few hundred meters. There are lot of good pubs and restaurants. Visit Ma Murphy's. For walkers there are many fine loops to make in the surroundings.
We had a great time!
Rinus and Marianne Baggerman, Tiel - The Netherlands
  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

VERY BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE

  • 5 out of 5
Very beautiful cottage in a quiet street, but still in the center of Bantry. It has everything you need, from a fireplace to w-lan to laundry facilities. The perfect place to feel at home making holiday in a typical irish cottage!
  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

BLUEBELL COTTAGE, BANTRY

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I spent a week at Bluebell Cottage in Bantry. We found it very clean, comfortable, well equipped and maintained. The listing description was accurate. The cottage made an ideal base to visit places of interest, including lovely local islands, the sea shore and the countryside for long walks. We had pretty good weather and loved in particular the local market and Bantry House where we enjoyed a concert of Irish music.
The cottage was perfect. We could cook meals when we wanted or eat out in nearby restaurants. We could relax either in the very comfy sitting room or on the sunny terrace where we would also take meals.
We highly recommend the cottage to anyone wishing to visit Bantry and surrounding area. The owner was very nice to deal with.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

PERFECT COTTAGE

  • 5 out of 5
Loved everything about this cottage. The rooms are comfortable and spacious - lovely roof terrace. The cottage has real character and lovely features. Impressed by the helpful facilities provided. Perfect location - tucked away in a side street but minutes walk away from Bantry Bay town.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

COMFORTABLE COSY COTTAGE

  • 5 out of 5
We enjoyed our stay in Bluebell Cottage. It was clean and comfortable, tastefully decorated and modernised in keeping with the character of the cottage.

It was centrally located for exploring Cork and Kerry and was a pleasant 5 minute stroll into the centre of Bantry. There was a music festival the first weekend of our visit and there was great craic in the town!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property and the owner, Robert, was very helpful.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424397
+353 (0)87 6229808
Bantry Bay County Cork
5

WONDERFUL, RELAXED AND SCENIC GETAWAY!

  • 5 out of 5
Awesome time! My wife dealt with the owner via email to manage pre-payment etc. Robert was very accommodating. Bank transfers were completed with ease. We had travelled from Alberta, Canada to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend a wedding. After the wedding we flew into Dublin and spent two nights in Temple Bar. We were ready for a change of pace and a more relaxed setting. We had arranged a rental car but had forgotten how steep the insurance rates are. Beware! We made our way on the motorway and trusted our GPS to take us to Bantry. We got there OK but I'm quite sure the route the GPS chose included some "not so well travelled" roads. Watch that! Once in Bantry, a more detailed description of the cottage's location would have been helpful...located it using the online photo! We arrived in time to meet Robert and his wife. Lovely couple! Robert gave us a quick tour and schooled us on how to operate some of the features of the cottage. This proved to be handy, particularly in the operation of the shower/tub and the Internet/Wifi. We found the cottage very well equipped and comfortable. It is an older building to be sure, but it has been renovated nicely and maintains its original character. Its' location is ideal, only a very short walk to town and the waterfront. We particularly enjoyed the wood/coal fireplace in the evenings as we recalled the experiences and travels of our day travelling by car around this outstandingly beautiful area. We had travelled to Ireland twice before but this was our first time in the west Cork area. It offers some of the most beautiful "natural" scenery in the country. The towns of Bantry and Glengariff are lovely. The locals are exceedingly friendly. "Must Dos" include driving the Beara Peninsula, taking the Ferry to Whiddy Island, touring Mizen Head, having lunch at O'Sullivans in Crookhaven, and at Jim's Coffee House in Glengariff, travelling to Priest's Leap (Beware! Narrow and Steep road!) and most of all enjoying the people in the pubs, the grocery store, the farmers market, and anytime you have the opportunity to interact with these lovely people! We loved our visit to this remarkable area. Returning each day to the "Blue Bell Cottage" with its warm feeling of home made our visit that much more special. I would definitely recommend this property to friends, as long as they don't bump my reservation PS: If Dublin is not important, I recommend flying directly into Cork. From there it is an easy drive to Bantry. Thanks Robert!
  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Cork
Nearest Ferry
278 Miles
Rosslare
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Cork
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
N71
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Bantry
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Bantry Bay Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Bantry is a small coastal town in West Cork, with a lovely harbour and beach within ten minutes walk from the house. There is a raised walkway which now makes it possible to walk along the coastline even when the tide is in. The coast and countryside around here is stunningly beautiful. The Sheep’s Head, Mizen Head and Beara Peninsulas, with their villages, inlets and beaches are a short drive away. There are wonderful hill walks through dramatic landscapes and passes, and quiet country lanes around the Borlin and Mealagh Valleys, which are ideal for cycling and horse riding.

Numerous literary and music festival are held in the Bantry area during July and August.

Bantry House and its lovely gardens and dramatic views of the bay is open from Easter to October.

Fresh fish and Bantry Bay prawns and mussels are for sale in the town.

Golfing, fishing and pony trekking nearby.

Bantry has a lively market on Friday where everything from fresh vegetables to live animals to second-hand tools and furniture are sold.

Other Activities:

Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course,the 3rd best in Co Cork according to 'Golf Digest' magazine,autumn 2010. Call ++3532750579

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Bantry Bay, County Cork

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
Spring
13 Apr 2014 - 28 Jun 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
 
 
Summer
29 Jun 2014 - 6 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Autumn/Winter
7 Sep 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
£400
£1,200
 
 
Christmas/NewYear
20 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Winter/Spring
4 Jan 2015 - 27 Mar 2015
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
£400
£1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Half on booking; half a month before the start of the rental period.
Notes No extra charges. Short stays negotiable. Changeover day normally Saturday. Payment through Paypal, Internet banking or cheque.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bantry Bay in County Cork

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Garage ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Coffee Grinder
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Attractive bathroom with cast iron Victorian bath (renovated), and overhead shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • There are two futon sofas in the living room will convert to a double and a single bed if additional sleeping space is required. Cot for babies and toddlers available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • bay fishing
Notes:
This is a very old cottage and although it has been thoroughly modernised it has not been possible to incorporate downstairs toilet facilities or step-free access.
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