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3 holiday cottages (1 with harbour views) in Scilly Village, Kinsale - Cara's Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi



Cara's Cottage

A charming 19th century fisherman's cottage Cara's Cottage has been thoughtfully converted to provide bright and comfortable accommodation with every modern convenience, including a pressured plumbing system (for a proper shower; not a drip!). Suitable for both families, or friends holidaying together, the cottage has views of Kinsale Harbour, its own patio garden and is tucked down a small pedestrian laneway leading to the water's edge and is within walking distance of all Kinsale's attractions. Free WiFi. Freesat TV.

About the property

Scilly House Rentals

Marian Cottage , Cara's Cottage, and The Chart House are in the grounds to Scilly House, a period property overlooking the harbour and dating back to 1760. They can be rented together or individually for thos who want to enjoy the extensive leisure facilities available locally or the many friendly pubs and restaurants that have led to Kinsale being called the Goumet Capital of Ireland. All 3 properties are a 7 minutes' walk from Kinsale town centre where you will find many interesting shops, art galleries and museums. The properties have off-street parking and free WiFi. A mobile phone is also available free of charge if required.

The Chart House sleeps 4. 2 bedrooms. 1.5 baths. Great harbour views. Garden.

Cara's Cottage sleeps 4. 2 bedrooms. 1.5 baths. Master en-suite. Glimpses of the harbour from living room. Patio garden.

Marian Cottage. Sleeps 2+1 on sofa bed. Studio layout. Large bathroom with claw foot bath and separate power shower. Patio garden suntrap.

Kinsale:: Winner of European prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Florale, National Tidy Town, Gourmet Capital - one of Ireland's oldest towns, with narrow streets and many historic buildings to explore; all sheltered by a beautiful harbour.

Museums, historic forts, art galleries, craft shops, not to mention the 40+ bars and restaurants that give Kinsale its reputation for good food and that Irish only phenomenon called 'craic'. Oh, and the Guinness is good too!

For the active: Choose from 3 golf courses including the spectacular and world renowned Links at The Old Head of Kinsale, deep-sea fishing, sailing or perhaps a harbour cruise. Maybe spend a day at one of the many 'empty' beaches nearby or perhaps visit the Norman built 12th century church of St Multose and 15th century Desmond Castle which houses the International Musem of Wine, or the twin 17th century forts guarding the entrance to the harbour to learn about our town that is one of the oldest in Ireland.

Whatever is for you, you will find it here in Kinsale.

Getting here: Is easy with direct flights to Cork from most UK and many European airports. Coming from America? Cork is only a 3 hours car journey from Dublin and 2 hours from Shannon Airport.

If you're arriving by car Cork Ferryport, serving Roscoff in France, is only 14 miles away.

And finally, as our properties are in the grounds of Scilly House we are on hand if you need us. Just ask!

FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND PHOTOS please contact us for our website address.

More Details

Mark Houston
Member since: 2000
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We were delighted with the very high standard of accommodation....When we return to Kinsale it will be as much to experience staying in the Chart House and its wonderful gardens as it will be to experience Kinsale itself' Craig & Wendy R. July 2003

Many thanks for beautiful five star accommodation....its by far the best self catering we've had. Alan, Val & Jill B. March 2004

Your property is even more beautiful than the Internet pictures – Thank You for providing such a fantastic place to enjoy during our time in Kinsale. SB. Sept 2006

Thank you for a super holiday. The cottage and garden were fantastic (especially the tree house!) John & Michelle M. Chart House April 2005

The house was exquisite, and was exceptionally equipped, maintained and clean. We loved our stay there! A.D March 2007

Would like to thank you for our stay in Sam's Studio which was just a perfect holiday cottage. We were so comfortable and relaxed and the views were spectacular. T&J Oct 2007
Nov 2007
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Available Rentals

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Linen and towels included in rate.
Minimum stay 1 week from 12th June to end of August. 3 night minimum at all other times.
Please note where occupancy exceeds 4 persons there will be a supplement of €10 per person per day


Accommodation and facilities for Cara's Cottagein Scilly in Kinsale

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite shower room,Ensuite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom,Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1,Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2,Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin or superking beds
  • Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. European King size bed. Second bedroom has 2 singles which can be put together to make a Super King bed.,Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. European King size bed. Second bedroom has 2 singles which can be put together to make a Super King bed. Please note where occupancy exceeds 4 persons there will be a supplement of €10 per person per day including children, tho' not for babies in cots.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The TV has an integrated DVD player. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room. For more photos of Cara's Cottage please contact us for details of our web page.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

Cara's Cottage
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 24 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We rented Sams Studio for 4 nights in feb 09 ans were generally impressed with the quality of the accommodation,the situation and the garden-especially for the children!Plenty of the essentials were supplied and more-eg toilet paper,dishwasher tabs,tea/coffee/cooking ingredients etc.We would recommend it to friends and family and hope to use it again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous location on the Scilly Hill overlooking Kinsale. Very well equipped kitchen, spotlessly clean, comfortable property. 2 excellent spacious bedrooms. Brilliant showers. Pretty outside space was great as the sun shone for 5 days. Only a 15 minute walk down into Kinsale for a huge range of eating and drinking opportunities.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

A gem overlooking Kinsale Harbour

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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Cara's cottage. A Jewel

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned from a three week stay in Kinsale Ireland—a long time dream trip for us. It was our good fortune that we came across a wonderful looking two bedroom cottage on Scilly owned by Mark and Diane Houston. It was so perfect looking we assumed the pictures might be showing only the “best parts”.. We booked it, hoping for the best and arrived on a rainy afternoon. We called Mark to see if the cottage was open and planned to get a taxi. Mark insisted on picking us up and taking us by the Super Market to get things we would need for breakfast. In my lifetime of travelling I have never had an owner pick us up and care about our breakfast needs! When we walked in Cara’s cottage I knew I was home. It was bright, light with lots of windows, wood floors and a spacious well stocked kitchen. On the kitchen table was a vase with hot pink hydrangeas and little chocolates. I love cozy and this was the most comfortable, cozy, lovely place I could ever have imagined. The walled garden with its gorgeous hydrangea bushes was such a calming and blooming place to sit with our morning coffee. Cara’s cottage is the perfect location; a nice seven minute walk to town center, and a one minute walk downhill to a path (Scilly Walk) that takes you by the harbor under a canopy of trees. If we were too tired at night to go far, across the street is The Spaniard, that serves delicious food (the best fish chowder we had) and a bar with the friendliest bartenders you can find. Kinsale itself is a glorious and beautiful town full of good restaurants, great art and welcoming people. My husband is a professional photographer and videographer. He thought he had died and gone to heaven for everywhere you look are flowers , the sea, cliffs, sail boats in the harbor and hills with hundreds of shades of green--beautiful green everywhere It is obvious that Mark and Diane take tremendous pride in their property and will do what it takes to make your stay easy and comfortable. I don’t think we have ever stayed anywhere where the owner was so thoughtful and generous. I have read all the five star reviews and I ditto every one of them. Kinsale is not to be missed. If you can stay the week stay at one of the Houston’s cottages. You will not be disappointed.

Sybil McCullen and Hal Pope

Columbus Georgia, U.S.A.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cara's Cottage rental

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I stayed at Cara's Cottage for five days at the end of May and it was a wonderful retreat. It is clean, comfortable, convenient and charming. We could easily walk into the village and, though we drove, Charles Fort is also an accessible walk. The Spaniard, just across the street, was excellent and if they have the lemon meringue pie, by all means order it! We went back a second time just for dessert! Diane greeted us on arrival and let us know that she was available to answer any questions. We really felt at home here and hope to one day return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

I spent two weeks in Cara's Cottage and would recommend it to anyone. The location is ideal--an easy walk into Kinsale, equally easy access to the Scilly and Harbour walks. The cottage is quiet, spacious, and well equipped. The view from the garden patio is stunning. I'd been traveling for some weeks before arriving here and it was wonderful to unpack and relax. Mark, the owner, was polite and helpful, popping by to ask if I needed anything and otherwise leaving me to enjoy a lovely time.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Spaniard
Nearest Ferry
22 Kilometres
Ringaskiddy, Cork
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Man Friday or Spaniard Pub
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Kinsale is situated on the south coast of Ireland, at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, and just 15 miles from Cork and its International Airport. The town is the gateway to the wonderful countryside of West Cork and is famous for its gourmet reputation. Pub and restaurant within a minutes walk. Walk to town centre in 5 minutes, to find many many others. Charles Fort, museums and other historic sites all within walking distance. Beaches and sporting activities, including sailing, kayaking, horse riding and golf are only a few minutes drive away.


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