|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A complete restoration of a traditional Irish farm cottage has produced this most delightful modern accommodation of great charm and character. A careful design of the living areas has produced a spacious feel with good natural lighting and heating. The living and dining areas on the first floor enjoy lovely views over the Traharta strand, its sheltered bay and the many nearby Islands. The glass panneled front door to this area allow the views to be enjoyed from inside while the balcony provides a vantage point outside. The fully fitted kitchen is neat and spacious and a fireplace with a Morso stove provides a focal point for the open plan beamed upstairs area. Downstairs are two snug sleeping rooms each equipped with two comfortable single beds each. The modern bathroom contains a bath and shower and the utility room is equipped with a modern washing machine and dryer.
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.
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 cottage in 1994
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.
Location to die for. Difficult to appreciate until have been there, but just amazing at all times of the year.
we spend 4 days there in the cottage, what a blast, It was very clean and had everything that was needed, close to a grocerie market. We would go back there on our next Irish Trip. I do believe we were there in 2012, can't remeber at this time.
We loved our week in this cosy cottage by Traharta beach. Had a very warm welcome by the caretaker, the property was very clean and well equipped. Great base for touring West Cork, those who like water sports, walking and enjoying the pubs and restaurants in Skibbereen. Fantatsic views to the beach and big skies, a little disappointing that the weather did not allow much use of the patio.
Wonderful location right next to beach - we swam and snorkelled in clear water every day. Comfortable cottage with all mod cons, also well stocked shops only a 15 minute car ride. Highlights of holiday - whale watching with Colin Barnes from Reen Pier (saw Minke and Fin whales) and Mizzen Head cliff views.
We are just back from our holiday in Traharta Cottage.
The cottage was just perfect and very well equipped for all our needs. The views over the Atlantic were magnificent. Both children and our dog had great freedom to roam the stoney beach, the sandy cove and the rocky cove and being able to see them kayaking and swimming in the bay from the cottage was breathtaking. They enjoyed the fishing and searching for crabs along the rocks and walking over to flee island when the tide was out. Looking out over the bay while having a barbecue and eating dinner was so relaxing in the evening with friends. It is so calm and peaceful, away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday. We will definately be returning again next year. Both children and I cannot think of a nicer place to have our holiday. It is a little bit of Heaven.
have just returned from the most wonderful holiday.We had gone with the intention of exploring the area but found that we couldn't pull ourselves away from the cottage and the little beach at Traharta, it was so perfect. With its beautiful views over the beach, the sea and the islands beyond it really is the most idyllic retreat. having breakfast with the door open onto the sea, swimming in the bay, discovering the deserted sandy beach around the headland will all be memories we will treasure. Definitely somewhere to go back to.
We had an absolutely fabulous time in this idyllic cottage. The kids could run about freely and we practically had the pebble beach all to ourselves. We went on lots of walks, the boys had a go at go-karting, and we went across to flee island at low tide. We had a lovely log fire in the evening, the kitchen is well equipped so eating in was easy. I have not seen a view like that, with literally no people houses around for a long time. We would have stayed longer but half term was only a week! We'll be back for sure.
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.