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Member since: 2006
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Fabulous Luxury Waterfront Duplex Penthouse on Kinsale's Marina

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Top of the range in heart of Kinsale -2 bed 2 bath sleeps 4 - Free WIFI

Fabulous large luxury top of the range Duplex Penthouse (2 floors own hall door) in Shearwater. Shearwater is Kinsale's most prestigious address in an unprecedented location on Kinsale's marina. It is right beside Kinsale Yacht Club and the famous Fishy Fishy Restaurant in Ireland's gourmet capital. There is secure private parking so forget driving as you just stroll out to restaurants, bars and galleries - you are in the heart of everything - not just looking at them across the bay! Stylishly fully equipped the duplex is furnished to 5* star standard. The stunning vast airy New York loft style living room, with windows at each end, has a very high vaulted ceiling with rooftop velux windows making delightfully bright. There are flat screen TVs in the living room and in the large master bedroom, as well as DVD, and free WIFI for laptops. Ideal for 'Old Head' golfers and discerning visitors.

The apartment facilities: Shearwater is a small exclusive luxury development on a prestigious site right on the waterfront on Pier Road right beside Kinsale yacht club and between acton's hotel and fishy fishy. Shearwater is Kinsale's top of the range of accommodation, overlooking the marina and myriad of yachts and yachting lifestyle. There is an airiness, lightness and brightness feel. It is impossible to capture on camera the height of the main room ceiling with its airy velux windows but it is delightful. On the ground floor of Shearwater is a cafe wine bar so if you don't want even to cook breakfast on your holiday you can pop down to vista for your croissants and cappuccino, otherwise take them back up up and relax with your newspaper in the little Breton boys casual dining section of the kitchen. There is also a formal dining area with a beautiful solid walnut dining table seating 6/8 people for that more formal dinner. There is also free wifi internet access for your laptop

Kinsale: Kinsale is awash with fab restaurants from Fishy Fishy, to Max's wine bar, Toddie's, the Blue Haven, the Shanghai Express with Jean-Marc's great Asian food, so you will never be hungry. And all 2 to 5 minutes stroll. There are lots of art galleries, including one on the ground level of Shearwater and always just so much to do in between sips of wine! Kinsale is a friendly relaxed place, perfect for all the family, and for all interests. Everyone is very helpful and friendly and there is nothing like the Corkman's banter and wit. You will fall in love with the place as we did and end up returning year after year! It is just twenty minutes down the road from cork airport on an old country road. Kinsale is the perfect base for visiting the south west of ireland. Arts week 2013 5th - 14th july. Gourmet festival 2013 11 - 13th Oct. Come for The Gathering!

Apartment info: our 2 floor duplex penthouse is one of very few in the development to have its own steps up to its own hall door from the large communal landscaped patio deck area where you can sit out, or lie out, and take the sun. It is also one of the biggest available. There is also a small deck area right outside our hall door at the top of the steps where you can also sit and take in the sun or sit and sip! With its very high cathedral loft ceiling in the main living room the atmosphere and feel is airy spacious lightness and brightness not seen in normal apartment and difficult to capture on camera. I think you will see from our review from previous guests that everyone has loved the whole atmosphere and ambiance, the lightness and brightness of the whole place. It is really special and magical at night looking out over the lights of kinsale and the yachts bobbing up and down on the marina. Access is from the car park is by swipe card and elevator to the first deck. STRICTLY NO SMOKING IN PROPERTY. NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE COMPLEX.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mary (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Christmas 2006 in Kinsale - Just wanted to thank you for everything. It was amazing. MARTY + LORI, Maine. USA.

'Thank you. We had a lovely time in great luxury...' Dr. HELEN A. Worcs UK. August 2006

The apartment was perfect...pretty, convenient, comfortable, all conveniences laid on! The beds were positively snooze worthy. We clearly not only stayed in the most attractive spot but in the most attractive and comfortable place. We thank you for that.' SALLY MURRAY. USA MAY 2007.

'We would certainly recommend Shearwater to anyone we know ..its a great place..we hope to come back soon. TIM QUINN, USA JUNE 2007. We had a great time.. and really appreciated the apartment. Your advice on where to visit and eat was extremely helpful. NICK WARREN. JULY 2007.

How fortunate we were to have found your duplex on the net....lovely and comfortable...perfect location. Thanks to you no bad restaurant experiences ...a trip always fondly remembered. PHIL POSEN, USA JULY 2007
Nov 2007
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based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

Fabulous Luxury Waterfront Duplex Penthouse on Kinsale's Marina
average rating of 4.96875 based on 33 reviews

Perfect Location, Perfect Property, Perfect Host!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are "seasoned" travelers-(age and experience) and chose this condo almost one year before our travel date. We were not disappointed! Everything exceeded our expectations.

First of all the owner, Mary, must have been my twin from another life.-:) She was efficient in her communications-and punctuated in her humor! We received the keys, a detailed map, and four pages of restaurant/outing suggestions several weeks before our departure. She even suggested menu items. We used most of her suggestions and were delighted by the choices. We only stayed for a week-but it could have been longer.

The Shearwater penthouse has a beautiful view and is tastefully decorated. We enjoyed relaxing mornings and evenings-just looking at the harbor. The master bedroom was spacious and comfortable. The two bathrooms allowed for privacy. We walked to dinner every night. The property's location is excellent.

I have already recommended this property to a number of friends-Mary, I hope to meet you some day!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved your fabulous review. Thank you. Yes indeed I think we have a lot in common . You will have to return to Ireland so that we can meet up be it in Dublin or Kinsale.! You would love the Kinsale Gourmet Festival . It has been going for almost 40 years. And is the best food festival ever - and believe me I know! Best, Mary.
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Yes, the great reviews are correct!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back to the US and could not be happier when reflecting on a great vacation at Shearwater. Reviews do it justice: You can expect Mary to deliver on what is written. She sent us detailed instructions, recommendations, and everything we needed to land in Kinsale. The restaurants and galleries were all great and the people welcoming and fabulous. The Vista restaurant directly downstairs was such a plus and so convenient. Having the parking spot was a real plus since it is a busy area. We used this location as a base for a week, and travelled to the Dingle and Beara Penninsula's.

The accomodations were convenient to everything and stocked with essentials. Short of getting Ireland to drive on the correct side of the road, Mary did everything to ensure our stay was flawless. I would recommend this spot, and would love to come back again.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time both in the duplex and in discovering your West Cork history. I look forward to your return and I so enjoyed our communications back and forth.
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Great week in Kinsale

  • 5 of 5

The location is so central and comfortable. We toured Cork by days (Ballycotton to Bantry) then parked the car showered and enjoyed gourmet dinners and great music every night. Very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving such a lovely review and so glad too that you had such a great time in Shearwater and Kinsale.
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Lovely, perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

After 10 days travelling from Dublin to Galway, Doolin, Dingle, Kenmare and Cork, it was delightful to spend a whole week in charming artsy Kinsale. Mary's Shearwater condo on the marina is the perfect place to stay. The space is grand, very nicely decorated, the bed in the master bedroom so confortable...and it was great to cook and have dinner at home, while also enjoying Kinsale's gourmet restaurants. My partner and I highly recommend! And thank you so much Mary for your help and judicious recommendations.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving such a lovely review and for being such delightful guests. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves and that I was able to help where necessary!
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The Extra Mile

  • 5 of 5

A stunning apartment, made all the better by an owner willing to go the extra mile to make your stay all the more memorable. About a fortnight before we were due to leave we received a brilliant letter giving recommendations of where to eat, visit and shop. It certainly made the anticipation of our trip all the better. I had also asked about if there was space for a car top box to be stored so that we didn't have to drive round with it on the car for our holiday. Mary cleared out a storage cage at the apartment so that it could be locked away safely. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such wonderful and appreciative guests, and leaving such a lovely review. I'm so glad you had such a great time. Mary
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Prime location, spacious & well appointed

  • 5 of 5

Premier location on the harbour in Kinsale, ideally suited for Kinsale town sites, restaurants, pubs, shopping (all within 1 to 15 mins walk) and visits by car to the many surrounding attractions.

Very spacious, well appointed and equipped apartment on two floors which also allowed privacy for members of our family when required.

Highly recommended by all the family (our children aged 16 and 11 years old).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Delighted you all had such a great time at Shearwater and in Kinsale. Mary
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Cork Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Kinsale is known world wide as Ireland's gourmet capital. It is a stunningly pretty little town which was visited by the Spanish Armada in the 1600's and its narrow streets bear evidence to this. They are filled with interesting little shops, cafes, galleries, bars and restaurants. Life is relaxed in Kinsale with its other major attraction being the sea and marina as well as the old head golf club and the very interesting Charles Fort. There are coves and beaches within a few minutes drive and deep sea fishing is also very popular. It is a colourful cosmopolitan spot. It is just 15 miles from cork city and is the gateway to west cork for day trips along the coast to Glandore, Clonakilty, Killarney, Kenmare before returning to one of the super restaurants in Kinsale for dinner. . Shearwater is right in the heart of Kinsale itself- not looking across the harbour at it with a hefty walk up the aptly named 'Breakheart Hill' home.

Other Activities: Gourmet Restaurants all year round plus Kinsale Arts Festival in July and Gourmet Festival in October. Sailing Courses for children in Kinsale Y.C.

Golf: There are dozens of championship Golf Courses in South West Ireland. Within a few minutes there is Kinsale Golf Club as well as the world renowned Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club. You won't have to fly in and out in your helicopter to play the Old Head of Kinsale because you will be virtually on site. Drive out further to Fota Island Golf Club, there are just so many courses to play for Ireland as well know is a golfer's paradise. We are golfers ourselves so are fully aware of its attractions!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Kinsale, County Cork

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
12 Mar 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £126

Please note our rates are inclusive of normal usage of electricity, central heating, bed linen and towels, FREE WIFI internet access, own parking space, so there are no hidden 'local charges'. Rates are for 2 Adults or 2 Adults + 2 Children. 4 Adults €100 Extra on weekly rate. Security/damage deposit €150 refundable after departure. We accept payment by credit or debit card and by PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Kinsale in County Cork

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super King size zip and link bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The bright airy and serene, bay windowed, Large Master bedroom (22 ft long) is en suite and is extremely comfortable and relaxing with its Chinese black lacquer bedside tables, and enormous super king size bed which is a 'zip and link' so can be split into two singles. The bed linen, pillows, carpeting, and everything else in this fabulous duplex is meticulous and of the highest quality. There is also a wall mounted 20' PLASMA LCD TV in the Master Bedroom for insomniacs - or just to escape from it all! There are two bathrooms - one ensuite with the master bedroom which has bath and shower. The New England style guest bedroom is cool and serene with two single beds, built in wardrobe, and there is a separate bathroom and walk in shower to service this bedroom.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This penthouse duplex condo has steps up to its own hall door from the first deck landscaped terrace area. Beautifully furnished, with 28' Plasma LCD flat screen TV DVD and free WIFI and 20' plasma LCD TV in the master bedroom. There is also an security system in place. There is a leisure centre and pool just beside Shearwater at Acton's Hotel. On the ground level a delightful cafe wine bar where you can enjoy breakfast in the morning, a glass or ten of wine, and tapas in the evening. THIS IS A STRICTLY NON SMOKING PROPERTY. Not suitable to children under 6. There is secure private parking in our car park with lift access. This is a large spacious sophisticated property - very relaxing - with a little deck area at the top of our steps - to sit and take in the newspaper - alternatively relax in the Biarritz swivel chair in the bay window watching the boats come and go across the bay- as well as large communal patio terrace area to lie out and take the sun.

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