Traharta House and Cottage
About Graham Shenton
Graham and Cecilia Shenton live in Swindon, Wiltshire in the UK. Graham grew up in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. He spent his working life in electronics in Australia, UK and Europe and the USA. Cecilia is a physiotherapist who still practices on patients who are well enough to climb the stairs to her attic treatment room.
Graham Shenton purchased this House in 1994
Why Graham Shenton chose Castletownshend
We were staying with friends in Castletownshend and saw Traharta 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 viewed 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. Very peaceful and relaxing.
There is a charge of 25 euros pet per stay
The cost of the electricity used will be deducted from the security deposit at the end of your stay
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Traharta is in the most stunning location. Although it is directly next to the sea, it is part of a coastal inlet and so is protected from the weather and was tranquil even in mid winter. A very special place.
Great to hear that Sarah and her family loved Traharta and also enjoyed all the upgrades to the house which make it such a cosy place even in the depths of Winter.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Traharta House. The house was well equipped for 5 adults. The views and scenery were beyond belief and the location was convenient for exploring local attractions. If you're looking for a quiet country setting overlooking the ocean, this house is for you. It's a true delight.
It’s always great to hear when someone else is so enthusiastic about Traharta. We love it, but thanks Catherine. I hope your comments will be helpful for those still looking for a place to stay in West Cork
We had a wonderful stay at Traharta. The house was as advertised, and better. The 3 bathrooms had recently been renovated to a high standard. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was perfectly appointed for food preparation. The nicest aspect of our stay was spending time on the spacious patio with large table with umbrella and plenty of chairs. The view onto the strand and water is gorgeous, with easy access to the strand for swimming. The location is very quiet and private, yet only about 2 miles from the village of Castletownshend.
Overall, a memorable stay. We are looking forward to another visit in the not too distant future.
So pleased Brendan and family enjoyed what we did to the house at Traharta, especially the bathrooms and kitchen. We wanted to modernize without spoiling the character, The front patio, furniture and views over the water are always favourites with guests, especially when the weather is good. It will be great to see Brendan and family back in the future.
We were really lucky and had beautiful weather during our stay in June. The setting is beautiful, overlooking a picturesque tranquil bay, with crystal clear water, pebble beach and some of the best views in Europe.
The house itself is spacious and comfy although showing it’s age a little in places. Wish we could have had access to a small boat or kayak but understand why this might present liability issues!
There are lovely garden areas surrounding the house which are very well maintained and a large terrace with a good range of high quality furniture.
The house is about 15 mins from skibereen and about 90 mins from Cork. The Church restaurant in skibereen was very impressive and had a vegan main course option that was delicious. Trip to Bantry House was well worth a visit - also wish we’d had the time to go whale watching nearby.
Would definitely recommend a stay here.
We couldn`t agree more with Jackie`s thoughtful review. The house is an architectural gem of the Bauhaus style from the late 60s, and we have long struggled with the problem of how to update it, but not loose this style. Well for the many guests who, over the years have loved staying in Traharta and for the many still to discover its magic, I can reveal that we are planning a major refurbishment this Winter. The plans are extensive and the result will hopefully be a modern interior with a strong feeling of the original style.
Not having access to a kayak or boat of some sort at Traharta is a pity. Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer our boats to guests. The solutions are either to bring a boat with you as many now do, or go to Jim Kennedy`s Atlantic Sea Kayaking at Reen Pier opposite Castletownshend. He has a large range of kayaks and can arrange trips and/or lessons to suit all.
This has got to be the most beautiful spot in the whole of Ireland. If you want to get away from it all; this is it. This is raw, natural beauty. Pictures simply can't do justice to the sublime, tranquil view of the bay that this property feels like it owns all to itself. We, a family of four, have rented both the house and cottage for the last 10 years in the Summer. We're well travelled, but nothing compares with this location. Either property is perfect with children, they are on the beach in 30 seconds. Our children love rock pooling, swimming, kayaking and clambering over the rocks; especially to the near offshore island at low tide. There is none of the hassle of getting mucky children into a car or finding a toilet, it's all on the doorstep. We take out our kayak daily to catch mackerel, which go straight onto the BBQ. Fish don't come fresher than that. This year, we were lucky enough to be joined by dolphins and seals swimming around our kayak near the cottage, even though they were also after the mackerel! The quiet lanes around the area are adorned with wild flowers, dairy farms and idyllic panoramas of the dramatic Atlantic coastline of W Cork. Both properties are cosy and comfortable and have everything you need. The smaller property is a beautiful Irish cottage with ample room for 4. The larger property is huge with its top and front gardens, stunning terrace and panoramic flat roof. The internet works fine but don't expect mod cons here like a massive flat screen TV. It's not that kind of place. The Irish weather inevitably has its occasional risks, but take jigsaws, board games and baking stuff for rainy days. The children love it. Take wet suits to enjoy swimming in the sea for long periods and aqua shoes for rocks. The water is crystal clear and well suited to snorkelling. It's near Skibereen, where you can stock up on fresh, local supplies. Also near local villages with good pubs . Excellent fishmonger at Union Hall. A car is absolutely necessary. Enjoy it, but don't let too many people know! Once you've found it, you'll want to keep it a secret.
We stayed for one week (couple without children) in the small cottage. Despite the fact that we could not enjoy the lovely terrace with the view, we enjoyed every moment of our stay. We liked the area, magnificent view, richful heritage and interesting stories. The cottage was fine, well equipped with a small but sunny terasse at the back.
Traharta or 'strand' is opposite Horse Island at the entrance to Castletownshend Harbour on the South West coast of Ireland. It`s unique location on the water is surrounded by green fields and dairy cattle. A perfect place to relax and get away. The environment is one of the cleanest in Europe. It is a paradise for photographers and artists, because of the subtly changing lighting and sun filled evenings. The property has its own steps to the rocks and beach. Is only 1.5 miles from Castletownshend, 4 miles from the active historic market town of Skibbereen and 50 miles from Cork and its International Airport. Google for special deals on flights and car rentals which are usually available. The location is surrounded by tourist activities including golf, sailing, canoeing, diving, walking, whale and bird watching and gardens. Places to visit include Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, Mizen Head, Schull, Bantry and the the Bera peninsular, Glengarriff, Garinish Island, and even Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry are accessable in a day trip
Other Activities: Observing life in the rock pools, visiting local archeological sites,kayaking,whale watching
Golf: Skibbereen Golf Course has 18 attractive and variously challenging holes. It is a public course open to non-members and is located on the Baltimore Road just outside Skibbereen.