Welcome to Ard na Farraige our holiday home in beautiful Ballinglanna, Clonakilty, West Cork. The house is on an elevated site only a few yards from the sea-shore. At the edge of the village, it benefits from extra privacy and has most spectacular views over Clonakilty Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The large open-plan living/ kitchen/dining area has uninterrupted views to the south and west. The living area is comfortably furnished and has TV, video and internet connection. The well-appointed kitchen has cooker (with four-plate hob and oven), fridge, dishwasher, microwave, food processor, coffee-maker. Glassware, crockery and cookware are to highest standard. Utility room has washing, drying and ironing facilities.
The living room has an open fire and the entire house is centrally heated. There are four bedrooms, one double (en-suite), and three twin-bedrooms sleeping 8 in total. All bed linen and towels provided
How to Find Us: From Cork city take the N71 to Clonakilty (via Bandon). In Clonakilty, at the first roundabout you meet, take the first exit on left sign-posted to Ring (supermarket on right)..
In Ring village take the first turn right by the water.
Continue on to a T-junction. Turn right. At next junction veer left. Continue on that road for 1.5 miles until you reach the holiday village by the sea. Ard na Farraige (No. 18) is at the far end.
The caretaker’s house is a pale orange cottage at the descent to Ballinglanna. (‘Pump Cottage’). Our caretaker is always on hand to give assistance.
Food and Drink: Restaurants around Clonakilty cater for all tastes and budgets. These range from take-aways to pub-grub to elaborate gourmet fare. Local specialities and seafood are included in their menus.
Clonakilty pub-life is unique, providing an extensive range of entertainment, from traditional music, story-telling, set-dancing, cabaret, to blues and jazz
Wildlife, Birdwatching and History : The rock formations below the house and the Sea Pinks in bloom are sights not to be missed.
Birdwatching around Clonakilty Bay can be very rewarding. It provides easy access and viewing all around both estuaries and lagoons Sea watching can be done from the house (Ard na Farraige ), from Dunmore and from Virgin Mary's Bank on Inchadoney Island. As you travel to Clonakilty you notice the vast bird population on the estuary and large numbers of Duck and Waders feed and roost here from late Autumn to early Spring.
The area is extremely rich in ancient monuments and dwelling places of its early and pre-celtic settlers.
Historic Houses and Sites: Timoleague Abbey, Droumbeg Stone Circle, Castle Salem, Coppinger's Court, Michael Collins's Birthplace at Sam's Cross, Ballinacarriga Castle and Castlefreke.
Other Places to Visit: The Model Village, The Old Mill Library, Lios na Con Ring Fort, The Animal Farm at Darrara College.