|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
The cottage was built in the early 19th Century and is reputedly the oldest in Bantry. We renovated it four years ago and fitted new doors, floors, roof and windows while retaining as much as possible of the original character. There are wood floors throughout and a large kitchen diner to seat six. The kitchen has a dishwasher, oven, hob, washing machine, tumble dryer and Stanley traditional range cooker. The cosy but spacious living room will seat six and has a coal/log fire. The futon sofa will convert to a single bed and there is an additional guest mattress. There are three bedrooms, two double and one single. The single bedroom is accessed through one of the double bedrooms. The bathroom has a large cast iron bath and a shower, and an immersion heater for hot water. All the bedrooms have pleasant views of the countryside of West Cork. Outside there is a patio enclosed by a ‘living wall’ full of flowers and birds nests. Upstairs is a sunny roof terrace with views over Bantry and the surrounding West Cork countryside.
Festivals: In 2017 the West Cork Chamber Music Festival takes place in Bantry from June 30 to July 8; the West Cork Literary Festival (also in Bantry) is on from July 14–21; the ‘Masters of Tradition’ traditional Irish music sessions are held at Bantry House between 23–27 August. All of them are very popular, reasonable priced and highly recommended. See http://westcorkmusic.ie/
Music pubs: Several local pubs in Bantry, Glengariff and Ballydehob host lively traditonal Irish music sessions
Horse Riding: Zora Feurer has a livery yard just outside Bantry, with around twenty lively and attractive horses. She will give lessons and take riders with previous experience out on hacks. Her phone number is 00353 868691294
The Bantry Equestrian Centre, offers pony trekking and is particular suitable for inexperienced riders. Contact : http://www.bantryponytrekking.com
Address: Coomanore South, Mealagh Valley Bantry, Tel: +353 (0)27 51412
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 but I still have quite a few debts to pay off!
Robert Murphy purchased this cottage in 2007
I came on a horse-riding holiday here with my teenage children in 2005 and finished up buying a horse. She didn't settle very well in England so I thought it might be a good idea to move over here. Bantry is a lovely town: it's small and friendly and there's always something going on. I liked the cottage from the start. It's very old and very quiet and I like the fact that there are always people walking past the window going into town – which is only a five minute walk away.
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.
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..
Cottage absolutely charming and full of character with all the essentials and very comfortable. Located perfectly; away from noise and traffic but a stone's throw from the fabulous array of shops, pubs and eateries in Bantry. Also easy to get North or South to explore outside Bantry. Plenty to do and see in this area ... a week was nowhere near long enough. Definitely recommended! x
Before and after booking Bluebell Cottage I inundated Robert Murphy with emails on every aspect o the Cottage, Bantry, and surrounds. He always responded promptly, and with even more information than I'd requested. The cottage turned out to be everything we could possibly want, in comfort, kitchen cookware, proximity to shops, and the many wonders of West Cork. Our week's stay there was idyllic, and I plan to return next year. What's nice about Bantry is that everything is within walking distance, including excellent restaurants, the waterfront, and a plethora of unique shops, including The Craft Shop, and Cafe Organico. I also liked that tour buses aren't in evidence. Quiet, peaceful, with all the amenities, including great books and DVD's it can't possibly get better than this.
Bluebell Cottage was just a short walk from the town which we found useful in the evenings to get to the pubs and restaurants. The house had a homely lived in feel to it and had everything we needed for our week long stay. We had glorious weather and enjoyed the wonderful coastal scenery,especially Mizen Head and Sheepshead and Cape Clear Island.
Views over Bantry Bay from the roof terrace were obstructed by trees, but it was still a pleasant place to sit and drink the bottle of wine that Robert had kindly left us.
The minute I walked into Bluebell Cottage I knew we would have a memorable stay in this beautiful, welcoming, characterful cottage. The location is ideal for Bantry and the Bay and surrounding beautiful attractions, and is really sweet to stay in - a home from home. Robert the owner was a star and very flexible with my arrangements; accommodating me on a Sunday to Tuesday stay and fitting in around us. I had lovely friends come to stay during the week and we all reconnected on the beautiful terrace under the stars :) ah it was a week I shall never forget. Thank you so much Robert :) I recommend this cottage wholeheartedly and will definitely be back one day :)
After being in the Bluebell cottage for a couple of days, it begins to feel like home,
Your home! You fall in love withe the cottage and it will be difficult to depart.
It has all you can want: atmosphere, anything you possible can need is there, a pretty fireside (withe coal and logs) and much more. I had many times contact with Robert Murphy, the owmer, and he (or Zora) will help you (if needed) with anything. I'll highly recommend this place to everybody. If you ever want to stay in Bantry, don;t search any longer. This is the cottage to be.
It's very close to the centre, just a few hundred meters. There are lot of good pubs and restaurants. Visit Ma Murphy's. For walkers there are many fine loops to make in the surroundings.
We had a great time!
Rinus and Marianne Baggerman, Tiel - The Netherlands
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
No extra charges. Short stays negotiable. Changeover day normally Saturday. Payment through Paypal, Internet banking or cheque.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.