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Sweet Cottage on a Headland -Beside a Beautiful Beach on the Wild Atlantic Way

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps max 7)

West Cottage is a unique 3 bedroom cottage nestled in the outstandingly beautiful surroundings of the Seven Heads, West Cork.

The cottage sleeps 7 people and if extra room is needed our Coach House can be rented.


An open plan sitting room & kitchen downstairs is floored with rustic slate and beautiful rugs & overlooks the a stunning vista of rolling West Cork countryside.

Kitchen contains all mod cons and cooking utensils.

Two steps lead up to a charming dining area which can comfortably seat 8 people (see Catering notes below!)

Next to this is a double bedroom with a window leading outside into the herb garden.

Upstairs to the left is the second bedroom which contains both double and single beds.

From here a small stone balcony has steps leading down into the garden and overlooking the rolling hills and Maloney’s beach.

Along the corridor upstairs is a bathroom including both a bath and a shower.

Beside this lies the master bedroom which has a a breathtaking view of the surrounding hillsides.

All double beds are king size & the duvets & pillows are all feather & down.

For those who can’t totally embrace the seclusion of wild West Cork, we have WIFI set up in the cottage free of charge so you can keep in touch with the outside world!

To make booking restaurants etc. easier we also provide you with a free landline to call other landlines in UK & Ireland, free of charge :)


** (advance booking for this is essential) **

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner are all available, just ask Gilly for more information & pricing!

We use our own organically minded, fresh produce from our garden & locally sourced meat to create some utterly delicious food.

All allergies & dietary requirements can be catered to.

Or, If you'd just prefer dinner, a delicious 3 course meal with locally reared meat & vegetables plucked straight from our organically minded garden is €30 per person.

We can serve food in the comfort of the Cottage.

You can save a fortune on restaurant-priced wine by drinking your own bottles at dinner!

For sample menus, photos & reviews check our FB page by searching for Dunworley Cottage.


For extra accommodation we also have a coach house (VRBO Listing 42688) which sleeps three and has one bedroom on a balcony overlooking the sitting room which has a single bed in it. It also has a bathroom and a kitchen with all the necessary appliances in it. This can be booked at an extra cost.


Dunworley is on the breathtaking Seven Heads Peninsula, part of the Wild Atlantic Way route.

A sandy tidal beach lies just a moment's walk away and offers a tranquil swim, a rugged coastline climb, or just a wander around the beach.

The walks along our headland are absolutely incredible, with a 17th century watch tower, a secluded cove and a salt tower among it's delights.

The surrounding countryside is dotted with small colourful towns and villages, which provide a range of food from irish pub grub to high restaurant quality standard.

Clonakilty, the home of Michael Collins, is just seven miles from the cottage and has a wide variety of delicious restaurants and, in particular, a traditional Irish pub where many renowned bands play, De Barra's.

There is also the spoiling Incheydoney Spa with an indoor sea water pool and a thalassic health spa.

Bandon and Lisselan offer great golf clubs - Bandon (18 holes) and Lisselan (six holes).

Bandon also offers fishing on the sea trout and salmon river, day passes are available.

Kilcoleman fishery is well worth the day.

You can follow the Wild Atlantic Way from Dunworley to Kinsale for a stunning drive.

Be it during the day for some sightseeing (from 17th century forts to rugged walks along the headlands Kinsale is a haven for tourists) or by night for an uplifting irish experience, lively pubs host some excellent bands.

Courtmacsherry is another beautiful harbour town, just 5 miles away and has sailing, riding, sea fishing, and windsurfing facilities along the beautiful strand.

Barryroe Co-Op is the nearest shop, 2.5 miles away.

And the nearest pub is 1.5 miles away.

Keywords: Cottage, Wild Atlantic Way, The Gathering, Beach, Clonakilty, Cork, Ireland

More Details

Gilly Murphy
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 April, 2017

About Gilly Murphy

I own a small holding in West Cork which I farm organically.

I have two cottages on the land which I rent out.

Why Gilly Murphy chose Ireland

Dunworley is somewhere that we used to visit a lot, being the most beautiful beach in Ireland! The property used to be the famous organic restaurant, Dunworley Cottage Restaurant, where we we would often eat.

When it came on the market we fell in love and moved here with our family to start out own organic small holding.

We couldn't resist having the most breathtaking vistas on our doorstep!

What makes this cottage unique

You can have a delicious gourmet dinner cooked by a professional chef.

Incomparable walks on the Seven Heads Peninsula (on the Wild Atlantic Way) with incredible views.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Windswept coastline, absolutely beautiful. The two houses we rented were clean, neat and ruggedly fabulous. The coast is right down the narrow lane that leads to the house. We had breakfasts from our host 4 days during our stay - all delicious and all 6 of us got to enjoy visiting while the whole meal was brought to us. Gilley and Richard are kind and accomodating - We had never driven on the left before nor gone into the outlying countryside of Ireland. It is a challenge to find the cottage but we did it and got better and better as the days went by. Our Irish friends were impressed with the natural feel of the house and the thoughtful restoration.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in County Cork in Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bath & Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • 3 x King size beds , 1 x Single Bed, 1 x Baby Crib
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have delicious, organically grown seasonal fruit , vegetables, free range eggs, pickles , jams etc which are all available for purchase! They make great presents for those you've left at home!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Sweet Cottage on a Headland -Beside a Beautiful Beach on the Wild Atlantic Way
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Perfect. Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Ireland, and I chose this cottage on a whim. It was absolutely perfect! We stayed nearly a month at Dunworley Cottage with our two small boys in April. I can't say enough about the cottage, Gilly and Richard and the surrounding area! The cottage itself is warm and cosy, very spacious and comfortable for our family of four. Our boys spent hours playing in the bright rooms and outside in the yard. Daily walks to the beach and headlands were among our favorite activities, there were days we never bothered to get in the car. Clonakilty is a short drive away, and found everything we needed and more. We took lots of day trips around West Cork, but found Dunworley to be our favorite place to come back to. Richard and Gilly are lovely, we truly enjoyed our time as their neighbors. The farmers' markets in the area are incredible, but we bought most of our produce and eggs directly from Gilly. We ordered dinner the first night -- superb!

The surrounding countryside is stunning, so much to see by foot! We are already scheming for our next trip to this cottage....

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, gorgeous views, had everything we needed, didn't want to leave!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the cottage. It was well equipped with everything we could possibly need including a few nice treats from Gilly & Richard. They were very warm and friendly without being overwhelming. Gave great advice on day trips and grocery shopping. Lots of sweet dogs which made my daughter happy and she's still talking about them. Plenty of room and comfy beds. We slept peacefully listening to the rain at night and not a drop came through with the windows all open. Nicely decorated and clean. The views were stunning and we really enjoy walking the area. We stayed at several top notch places during our trip but this honestly was our favourite, my daughter and I both cried to have to leave (the men weren't as sentimental though!). I would highly recommend it, and hope to return one day myself.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North Bay, ON

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This clean, spacious, and well-stocked vacation retreat was just perfect for our family vacation. Our hosts, Gilly and Richard were extremely informative, helpful and accommodating. The meal Gilly made for us was one of the most memorable we had during our trip to Ireland. Day trips to Kinsale and Clonakilty were great. The beach was a short walk with breathtaking views. A great place to swim in the surf or explore the caves during low tide. The only downside was that it was not within walking distance to town, which meant that we were always driving everywhere. Overall, we highly recommend the cottage - you won't be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cumberland, RI USA

West Cottage - Dunworley at it's finest

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the West Cottage. The proximity to the ocean and beautiful surroundings were extremely relaxing. My husband, son, niece and some local cousins stayed on with us at various times during our 1 1/2 week stay. The cottage was roomy & accomodating for 7 people with no problem. I highly recommend this cottage for those seeking a getaway and a hideaway, that is full of beauty, good company and fresh air.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingston Springs, TN USA

Charming Amenities in the Countryside

  • 5 of 5

The Ireland adventure started for us when we (two couples traveling together) piled into our rental car at Shannon Airport and started on a scenic route to Butlerstown where our accommodations were "roughly" located. We passed through many small towns along the way and were very happy with our introduction to some of Ireland's beauty. After a few wrong turns and inaccurate guesses about where we were, we were most pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our destination. The countryside around the cottages was breathtaking and the hosts were most accommodating. A walk around the area the next morning was beyond beautiful. All of the photos and descriptions in the listing were accurate but the actual experience of being there and taking it all in was off the charts! We stayed in the carriage house with it's little stove in the alcove providing warmth and ambiance to further accentuate the charm of our home away from home. Our friends stayed in the cottage and we likewise enjoyed the comfort of their place and the view from their living room. Everything was clean and well-maintained. The pets were delightful and provided us some consolation as we left three dogs at home. The driving was confined to one person and never having ridden in the backseat of a car going down the opposite side of the road (by U.S. standards), he had to put up with a lot of muffled noises coming from passengers. There is no lack of breathtakingly beautiful places to see along with some significant historical sites that are close by. We took daily trips to towns and sites nearby, ate lunch while out and about and enjoyed coming "home" to cook a late dinner. Having an herb garden outside the door of the cottage and being graciously furnished with fresh salad fixings and eggs by our hosts was a real plus. It was easy to shop for groceries, cooking utensils, etc. in the rentals were just fine, and the meals tasted terrific after a days outing. If you want a real treat for yourself, see if the "pop-up" restaurant on the premises is open. You will be in for one of the best meals around! It was very easy to get attached to the surroundings and people at Dunworley Cottage. I would highly recommend this rental to friends, relatives, and anyone else who would listen. We had the trip of a lifetime and the comfort of a true home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hale and Hearty Irish Getaway...Time out of Time.

  • 5 of 5

We vacationed with another couple. One couple stayed in the coach house and one in the cottage. We cooked meals in the big kitchen together, yet still had our own houses. The cottage is big enough for a family though. It's comfortable, simple and tasteful.

It was the perfect rustic, laid back Irish experience for us.

The roads in Ireland can be an adventure for folks accustomed to right-side driving on wide roads with actual shoulders!

But once you get to Dunworley it feels like you've stepped back in time. (But you can still get on the internet!)

There's a wonderful herb garden right outside the door, and Gilly gifted us with fresh salad greens and eggs....tender purple topped broccoli too.

You might get a visit from friendly dogs, and a sweet cat. There are chickens in the pens and swifts singing in the hedgerow. Cows dot the fields all around....and wildflowers pop out of ancient stone walls.

We walked the headlands...and IT IS BREATHTAKING. Bring a sweater! Windbreaker too! Or wear a long Jane Eyre dress and gaze pensively out to sea as the wind tousles you dramatically. Then lie back on the tenderest pillow-bed of wild grass and listen to the the waves crashing below and the relentless wind blowing your mind. Start writing your book.

The ocean road views are plenty magnificent in these parts, so much so that I didn't feel a need to see the Ring of Kerry again.

There is a beach nearby, if you dare. I was cuddled in sweaters, but there were still some boys having a swim! I went down to watch the dramatic changes in the tide morning and afternoon. This is no pansy Florida beach!

The owners are the sweetest. They are helpful but never intrusive.

Oh and, ask Gilly about her "pop-up restaurant".

Weather didn't allow for local seafood so we requested roast chicken and it came with stuffing, potato-cakes, fresh-picked Amazing asparagus, wondrous sauces and more...all served in a candle-lit greenhouse dining room with Jasmine vines trailing overhead.

It was a one of a kind dinner experience....simple fresh food..divinely prepared.

Afterwards we just walked home!

We enjoyed day trips to Kenmare, Kinsale, Drombeg Stone Circle, Baltimore, Clonakilty and just following our noses to amazing views, and Irish pubs of course!

It would have been cool to stop at The English Market in Cork on the way, but we made do just fine in the small towns nearby.

This trip was a perfect combo of dramatic stark beauty as well as soft green pastures.

We Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £169.38
Cleaning, Gas & Electric £84.69

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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