3 bedroom house to sleep 5, real fire, Aga style range, roof terrace.
- English, Some French
About Robert Murphy
I bought the cottage in January 2007 when it was very run down – though as this was the height of the Celtic Tiger boom it was not cheap! I spent the next two years – with my partner Jill and some very expensive and then some very reasonable builders – renovating it. It's a lovely cottage now! I am now a retired professor in Film Studies, so you will find a big collection of books and DVDs in the cottage.
Robert Murphy purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Robert Murphy chose Town Lots
I came on a horse-riding holiday here with my teenage children in 2005 and decided to move over here. Bantry is a lovely town: small and friendly and there's always something going on. I liked the cottage from the start. It is very old and very quiet but there are always people walking past the window going into town – which is only a five minute walk away.
What makes this Cottage unique
The rooms are a good size and the ceilings aren't too low (I'm 6 foot tall). It feels solid (as it should do with those thick stone walls) and it's pleasant both on hot summer days when you can eat out on the roof terrace and inside by the fire during winter storms when it feels safe and warm.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 5
Robert Murphy was great.....the house was just as I expected.Best experience I had in Ireland......would certainly recommend this cottage to anyone going to Bantry
Nice to meet such likeable and friendly Canadians – I'm sure you were popular in Bantry! I'm really pleased you all liked staying in Bluebell Cottage and thanks a lot for looking after the place and leaving it clean and tidy. You are welcome back any time. Robert
A True Taste of Ireland
If you're looking for a true taste of Ireland, look no further than Bluebell Cottage. We recently had the good fortune of enjoying a stay at this well-appointed vacation home in the seaside town of Bantry.
After getting off to a false start in booking this rental LAST year, (I was waylaid for over a year due to a major health scare), the owner of Bluebell, Robert, was kind enough to hold a spot for us until I was recovering well enough to make the trip from the US to Ireland.
So my wife, my sister, my brother-in-law and I landed at Shannon Airport on a soggy Saturday morning where I quickly learned the challenges of driving on the opposite side of the road.
We made our way to Bantry and met Robert at the cottage. He showed us around the place, explained the ins and outs of operating the Stanley stove, directed us to the firewood cache, pointed out the best local supermarket, and left us to our vacation.
We used the cottage as a base camp of sorts as we explored the southern coast and environs. We visited Skibereen, (for family research), we lunched in Cobh, (the last stop of the Titanic), we explored the Beara Penninsula, and hiked the Sheep's Head.
We dined at O'Connor's in Bantry and fueled up on espressos from Organico, but check out some of the even smaller mom-and-pop restaurants and pubs for some real tastes of Ireland.
Four nights was nowhere near enough time, but we had reservations further north, so we had to say goodbye to Bluebell too soon. But we all agreed that we'd love to go back again. And we will.
So pleased you got to Ireland in the end and had a good time. It's been a real pleasure meeting you and your family and having you stay in my cottage. There will always be a welcome for you in Ireland!
Great holiday in cosy cottage
Bluebell cottage is situated a few minutes walk from the beautiful town of Bantry which has eating and drinking establishments in abundance as well as all other types of shops. The cottage is well kept and clean, there is plenty of bed linen, towels and all other daily requirements such as coal, logs, toilet rolls, cleaning products as well as essential food stuff. I was given a huge amount of information before I arrived and felt confident that if help was needed it would be given, promptly. We had a great holiday thanks to Bluebell cottage.
Really nice to have people come here in the middle of winter and have a good time. Denise and her brothers were ideal guests and left the cottage looking immaculate.
A great home base for a stay in western Cork, exactly as advertised. Loved wireless & clothes washer
Park your car and walk to everything in beautiful Bantry. The Bluebell Cottage is clean, spacious and comfortable. So much of western Cork is an easy day trip away, and it is nice to return home to Bantry. Then walk down to the pub and restaurant. Our favorite pub was J.J. Crowleys. Clean & friendly. Our favorite restaurant was The Snug. The freshest seafood at a reasonable price.
So pleased that you had a good time. Sounds as if you got the best out of the cottage, Bantry and West Cork generally. I know it's a long way to come but you know you will always be welcomed back here!
Clean comfortable house in great location
Stayed in Bluebell Cottage for a week In August. This house has maintained its old style charm, as well as having all the mod cons and was exceptionally clean and had all the home comforts. The bottle of wine on arrival was a lovely welcoming touch. Ideal quiet location with parking, 5 minute walk to great seafood restaurants, bars and bay area/beach of Bantry town so no worries about driving home after a few pints, Taxi only 5 Euro from town to house . Great vantage point for touring West Cork, Wild Atlantic Way and Beara Peninsula. Owner extremely helpful and approachable. Would highly recommend for both a summer or winter break..
Bantry is a small coastal town in West Cork, with a lovely harbour and beach within ten minutes walk from the house. There is a raised walkway which now makes it possible to walk along the coastline even when the tide is in. The coast and countryside around here is stunningly beautiful. The Sheep’s Head, Mizen Head and Beara Peninsulas, with their villages, inlets and beaches are a short drive away. There are wonderful hill walks through dramatic landscapes and passes, and quiet country lanes around the Borlin and Mealagh Valleys, which are ideal for cycling and horse riding.
Numerous literary and music festival are held in the Bantry area during July and August.
Bantry House and its lovely gardens and dramatic views of the bay is open from Easter to October.
Fresh fish and Bantry Bay prawns and mussels are for sale in the town.
Golfing, fishing and pony trekking nearby.
Bantry has a lively market on Friday where everything from fresh vegetables to live animals to second-hand tools and furniture are sold.
Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course,the 3rd best in Co Cork according to 'Golf Digest' magazine,autumn 2010. Call ++3532750579