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Joe & Agnes Hegarty

Member since: 2010
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Speaks English

Luxury Award Winning 4 Star Holiday Farmhouse with spectacular sea views

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Ireland - Hillcrest Farm

Beautiful Award Winning Farmhouse overlooking Ahakista harbour

Traditional Style farmhouse, 3 en suite bedrooms, sleeps up to 7.

Hillcrest Farmhouse has been the family home for 5 generations. Since 1990 it has been tastefully restored and was operated as an award winning Guesthouse and is now available for your self-catering holiday home. It is 4 star Irish Tourist Board approved. Located on the beautiful ‘Sheep’s Head’ peninsula, it is a 5 minute walk to Ahakista village where you will find a small sheltered beach, pubs wtih traditional Irish music, Herons Gallery and cafe, restaurant , sailing fishing and boating, church and school, overlooking Ahakista harbour and Dunmanus Bay. Two pubs Arundels by the pier and the Tin pub. The farmhouse has superb sea and mountain views, large garden with lovely mature trees and shrubs, patio area and on site parking. Located on the sheep head way walk and cycling route. The popular sheep head way achieved the Eden award of excellence in Europe in 2009.

There are many scenic loop walks for the visitors to pursue. Or long walks for the more enthusiastic walkers. Maps are available on the premises

Just 3 miles to the village of Kilcrohane where you will find good restaurants and Irish music pubs, playground and beaches, shop and church, . The coastal village of Durrus is just 5 miles with its restaurants, pubs supermarket shops and cookery school, also lovely gardens open to the public. Bantry town just 20 minutes drive, which has many attractions. The farmhouse is furnished with some antiques and is equipped to a high standard. A baby cot and high chair are available, electric blankets, clock radios hair dryers in all bedrooms and power showers. Not equipped for wheelchair mobility. Linen, towels and toiletries supplied.

WiFi Internet access available.

At the back is the owners accommodation where we offer breakfast to our self catering guests should they require same. It is totally independent and separate to the rental accommodation.Home made scones are served as a welcome pack on your arrival. Our friendly collie dog Shep will be waiting to greet you and guide you on the walking trail. Our lovely cat roams around the farmyard. Our two donkeys love the visitors especially when they feed them a carrot and our free range hens are there for you to view and the rooster with its singing voice throughout the day.

Ideal base for touring West Cork and Kerry.

Please visit our website for more information. www.ahakista.com

To check availability:-

Email:- hillcrestfarm@ahakista.com


Telephone + 353 27 67045

Thank you.

Agnes & Joe Hegarty

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Joe & Agnes Hegarty (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Joe & Agnes Hegarty

I, together with my husband Joe, have worked together in the B&B, Self-Catering business for 50 years. We have had the pleasure of meeting visitors from all over the World. Many of our visitors have enjoyed returning to our beautiful part of the World for their vacation each year, and we have developed great friendships as a result.

We have seen many changes in B&B and Self-Catering since our commencement in the 1960's. It has been a fantastic learning experience and we are so proud of our many award winning achievements to date.

We look forward to welcoming you and we will do our utmost do ensure that you have an enjoyable vacation.

Kind regards,

Agnes & Joe


based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

Luxury Award Winning 4 Star Holiday Farmhouse with spectacular sea views
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Everything we hoped !

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults travelling throughout Ireland, and used this wonderful, spacious and clean farmhouse as a base for our exploring of Southern Ireland. The views are spectacular, and the countryside is everything we hoped Ireland would be. Agnes, our host, was very helpful and informative, and provided us with fresh scones and preserves upon our arrival. Our stay at the Hillcrest Farmhouse couldn't have been better !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr and Mrs Prigge and friends, Thank you so much for posting your great review for my Farmhouse to HomeAway website. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay so much in the Ahakista area on the "Sheep's Head" peninsula. We hope to see you return some day to enjoy yet another holiday with us at Hillcrest Farm. Best Regards to you all. Agnes .
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coming back next year

  • 5 of 5

highest compliment available- we booked for next year before we left. great central location for sheepshead peninsula and all of southeast ireland. best equipped kitchen we've ever experienced. wonderful views. best hosts anyone could ask for.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Douglas and Joeanne, Thank you so much for your great review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your vacation so much at Hillcrest House, Ahakista on Sheep's head Peninsula. We look forward to your return visit in 2016. Best Regards, Joe & Agnes.
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Nice and cosy cottage with lovely views

  • 4 of 5

Hillcrest farm is beautifully situated between the sea and the mountains. The house is really clean and spacious. We enjoyed having a fireplace in the living room. The outside terrace is sunny and sheltered from the wind.

Agnes and Joe were very kind and they were happy to answer all the questions we had about the house and the surroundings.

Sheep's Head is a beautiful peninsula and we enjoyed walking the Sheep's Head walk up the mountain behind the farm, horse riding at Sheep's Head pony trekking in Gortnakilla, and eating at Arundel's in Ahakista. Another nice idea for a day trip is to go to Mizen Head and Barleycove beach.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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I did not want to leave!!

  • 5 of 5

Out of the four weeks spent in Ireland, we spent 7 of those days at Hillcrest Farm in Ahakista. We did not rent a car and took a taxi from Bantry to the farm. Upon arrival we were greeted by Agnes with a plate of scones she had backed that day! The farm is located on a hill top that looks out of the bay and mountains. It is also located on what they call "Sheeps head way", a fantastic hiking trail that spans around a stone ring, through woods, over hills, past ruins- including a small castle, seaside cliffs, and even a horse pasture!

The house and grounds were beautiful, obviously a work of love for Joe and Agnes. Both were very friendly and helpful. We truly felt welcome and part of the family. You could not find more friendly people if you try.

The restaurant in town was excellent although a little pricey. A walk to the next nearest town gave us a few more options as well as a little shop. Everybody (and I do mean everybody) was incredibly nice, helpful, and seemed genuinely glad to have you!

I hope to come back and spend much longer very soon!

Thank you, Joe and Agnes!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Slava and Brenda for your great review. We really appreciate your nice comments and are so glad you and all your family enjoyed your stay so much at Hillcrest Farmhouse and in the Ahakista area. We certainly look forward to your return visit in the future. Best Wishes to you all, Joe and Agnes.
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Excellent house, location and hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Hillcrest for a week and had a really great holiday, due in large part to the hospitality and hard work of Agnes and Joe. The house is really well-equipped, so there is no need to bring any household items or equipment with you.

As we benefitted from great weather during our stay, we used the patio area for our meals, with lovely views over the bay. For relief from the heat, we made use of the shade provided by the trees in the lovely private garden.

We enjoyed a couple of trips to the Ahakista Bar (the Tin Pub), with its own garden overlooking the sea and a couple of meals in Arundel's, at the quayside. The nearby Heron Gallery serves lovely meals, beautifully presented and using fresh local produce.

The Sheep's Head Way passes right outside the house and we walked a couple of the looped trails, which are clearly marked and easy to follow. Also recommended is a trip to the end of the peninsula (take care on the very narrow roads!) and the walk to the lighthouse. We also drove to Mizen Head visitor centre, stopping off at the beautiful Barley Cove beach.

On the far side Bantry, but still within easy reach, is the village of Glengarriff, where you can take a ferry to Garinish Island and spend a couple of hours exploring the Italian-style gardens.

Agnes and Joe are very helpful in providing all the help and advice you need, and we really enjoyed regular visits from their lovely dog, Shep, who was a firm favourite with our two teenagers!

Overall, we found this to be a really excellent holiday. A very peaceful and tranquil location, but with plenty of attractions and activities to choose from.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful house in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We have been spending summers in Ahakista for many years and this is the most perfect house. The owners are a delightful couple and live close by, ready to help with any enquiries. The house is completely private, has a beautiful garden with stunning views over Dunmanus Bay and the recent construction of a lovely patio area makes morning coffee and drinks in the evening a real pleasure. The house is equipped with every creature comfort but retains the charm only found in older properties. Two of the three bedrooms are en suite and there is, in addition, a large family bathroom. The sitting room is cavernous, beautifully furnished and there is a large fireplace to relax in front of, once you have lit a roaring peat fire, for when the weather is cooler. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a large dining area with high quality furniture. There is also a useful, separate utility room, ideal for people with families, needing laundry facilities most days.

The village of Ahakista is a gem - so beautiful, with its own secluded swimming beach, unknown to most people who drive along the peninsula. There are two pubs, two coffee shops, and there is a busy pier where it's fun to watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch. Within just a few minutes are the neighbouring villages of Durrus and Kilcrohane, with stores, restaurants, pubs and post offices. Kilcrohane has a pier, off which you can jump, and the water is perfect for safe swimming.

The Sheep's Head Way runs just behind the farmhouse and the views from the top of the fells are breathtaking. There are also numerous "loop" walks in the area, both in the hills and on the cliff tops.

Further afield, but within an hour and along the most scenic drives imaginable, are the beaches of Ballyrissult and Barley Cove. Schull and Bantry are the nearest towns and are lovely places to while away a few hours. Bantry has a cinema, a weekly Friday market, some excellent places to eat and pubs full of character. Schull is boaty, bustling and from there you can take the ferry over to Cape Clear Island and the Fastnet rock - two real treats.

This is a very special part of Ireland and, in our opinion, there is nowhere better to enjoy it than Hillcrest Farmhouse. We would recommend it to couples, families, walkers and anyone in search of traditional accommodation with luxurious features.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
65 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Car: necessary

Conveniently situated ¼ mile from Ahakista village in the middle of Sheep’s Head peninsula. Quiet peaceful location with stunning views 6 miles west of Durus beside Dunmanus Bay. 7 minutes drive across mountain to Bantry Bay side of peninsula with spectacular scenery en route Mizen head and Beara peninsulas within easy reach, 15 and 25 minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Sheeps Head, County Cork

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
1 May 2016 - 31 May 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Jun 2016 - 30 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Season
20 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental rates include linen, towels and some firewood. Electricity and heating charges are extra. Should you require further information, visit our website,email or telephone us for details. A deposit of 100 Euro per week booked is required to secure booking. Deposits can be paid by MC or Visa card details.
Balance of rent will be due on arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ireland in Europe

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Beautiful view of the harbour from the bedroom 1. Sea view from all rooms. Some antique furniture.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Further attractions include a stone circle, gardens open to the public, cookery school as well as a pier/slipway for mooring boats. Living Room has an open stone fireplace and stone walls with a traditional slate floor. The accommodation is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Please enquire from hostess as to your particular requirements.

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