In addition to providing very adequate accommodation for six adults, the house and cottage at Traharta provides an ideal centre for larger groups eg a group of 10 people can be accommodated in the house and cottage. The cottage is perfect for two adults and two children or four adults who do not require a second fully enclosed bedroom.
- House1506 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
The architect designed Bauhaus style house features a large front, a sheltered side patio and a paved terrace roof,all with wonderful views over the water. The open plan entrance, dining and living areas have counter top connection to a galley kitchen. One large double and two twin bedrooms have french door access to the front patio equipped with luxurious furniture providing a relaxing place to enjoy the clean air, breath-taking scenery and local birds,seals and fish.
The restored 18century farm cottage provides charming accommodation for 4. Its beamed open plan first floor contains dining,living and kitchen areas all of which enjoy the same views over the water as the house. Downstairs are two bedrooms a bathroom, a utility room and a private front patio for the cottage.
Although literally right on the water both properties are sheltered and enjoyable at all seasons of the year. They share a well maintained one acre garden filled with local and semi-tropical plants.
Further Details of Possible Local Activities : Excellent walking is available eg cliff top, rain-forest above Lough Hyne, Iron Age Fort Knock Drum above Castletownsend,etc. There are undisturbed archaeological sites, including ancient copper mines, Stone Tumuli eg Drombeg stone circle. Excellent local bird and whale watching.
Bicycles can be rented in Skibbereen, the quiet local roads are ideal for cycling. Try the trail above Loch Hyne
Boat trips are available for fishing and whalewatching. Good salmon and trout fishing in season.
A local kayak school teaches kayaking to all levels.
There are diving and sailing schools in Baltimore(10 miles). A ferry runs from Baltimore to Clear Island.
Golfers, Skibbereen has an excellent 18 hole course.There are also well know courses at nearby Glengarriff, Dunmore,Clonakilty and the Old Head of Kinsale. Many local gardens are open to visitors and the area is a paradise for photographers and artists because of the clean air and superb light. Local guides can be introduced
Available by Car: A great many places of scenic interest are within easy reach. East the coastal inlets are attractive and exploring the small local roads is rewarding. Small places can be found for refreshments. eg Unionhall and Glandore are within 30-45 minutes. West the road to Mizen Head takes you through places such as Ballydehob, Schull, Crookhaven and Goleen. This road leads to the site of Marconi`s first radio transmission across the Altantic. North Bantry Bay and Bantry House are only 40 minutes by car and well worth seeing. 10 miles past Bantry is Glengarriff where you can take a ferry to the delightful Garnish Island Gardens. Glengarriff is also the entry point to the beautiful Beara peninsular. Alternatively from Glengariff you can travel due north to Kenmare, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. There are also a good number of artists and craft workers in the area whose studios can be visited. Details at the Tourist Office in Skibbereen
Activities and Guest Comments : Many activities including seaching for ancestors are available through local guides and tours. Let us know your interests and we will either put you in touch with a them or make arrangements for you.
Horse riding is available in Rosscarbury and there are local Spas and beauticians to pamper you.
One Italian guest who arrived late at night and only saw the view from his bedroom window in the morning, came into breakfast and said 'They said I would be staying in a nice place,but no-one told me it would be paradise!'
Many people have arrived in Traharta stressed with pressures of work etc. and found that somehow things get into perspective just sitting on the front patio and taking everything in.
Oil and electricty are metered and are charged separately.
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Nov 2018
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 working in Australia, UK/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 Skibbereen
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 seen 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.
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.
Peaceful, charming location!
We had a wonderful vacation in Ireland and loved the cottage on the water. Beautiful idyllic views of the sea and farmland surround this property. My grandchildren loved the beach for exploring and playing and being able to walk to Flea Island when the tide was out.
The kitchen was well equipped for breakfast and simple evening meals. The beds were very comfortable. The large dining table gave us a place for playing games with the children in the evening. A bathroom for each bedroom was great when we were all up and getting ready for the day.
This is a perfect spot for a low key vacation. It is a distance from any of the major tourist attractions due to the narrow and winding roads that make the Irish countryside unique and charming. We eliminated a few plans after we discovered the remote nature of the home, but have no regrets for choosing this home away from home.
There are lovely restaurants, pubs and shops in Skibbereen, Castletownsend and Baltimore. Groceries easily acquired in Skibberreen.
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.
This is our first trip to Ireland and we were looking for a relaxing home to be our base as we toured southern Ireland! What attracted me the most was the the photo of the table on the terrace overlooking the water! We arrived late at night and awoke to the spectacular view!! Each bedroom and the living room have window doors that open onto the delightful terrace! We were able to enjoy breakfast on the terrace! So relaxing after a long day of travel to take in the view and sunshine!! Everyone is so friendly. Wonderful grocery stores in town! We feel very blessed to have stayed here!!!
For a dream vacation, book this!!!
What to say about such a spectacular place??? The house and property are stunning. Really, everything you need for a wonderful stay is right here, whether you have friendly weather or foggy, rainy days. We had the latter, but the house was cozy with a warm fire in the fireplace and, having a car, we were able to explore the surrounding area (Baltimore, Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Glengarriff, Bantry,...).
The owner is a dream to work with -- very accomodating! We would go back in an instant.
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.
Additional pricing information
The 25% booking deposit is refundable if the property is re-let. The balance is due four weeks before arrival. A 150 euro per week security deposit is also payable with the balance. The cost of utilities(electricity and oil used),breakages and any additional cleaning (20 euros per hour) will be deducted from this and the balance returned within two weeks of the end of your stay.