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Charming old cottage overlooking Dunmanus Bay

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovingly restored old, 4 Bedroom cottage overlooking Dunmanus Bay

A charming old stone farmhouse nestled in a rocky hillside with views over Dumanus Bay. Cotton's Cottage has been in our family for about 50 years and is restored as a comfortable holiday home with typical cottage characteristics (traditional low ceilings and steep narrow stairs which give it a cosy atmosphere!)

A leafy lane leads to the fishing and farming village of Ahakista which lies at the centre of the Sheep's Head peninsular with its 200km walking route.

The real charm of the cottage is its tranquility and beautiful setting. For those looking for more activity there is something for the gourmet, the golfer, the cyclist, the surfer, the fisherman, the sailor, the gardener....in particular, the walker.

The ground floor has a sitting room with original inglenook fireplace leading to a semi open plan kitchen. In the next room there is a dining room with a utility area and shower room at the back and a back door.

Up to the first floor there are 2 staircases with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom each side. On one side there is a double room, a twin room and a bathroom and on the other side there are 2 twin rooms and a bathroom.

There are bay views from 3 of the 4 bedrooms. Please note one of the staircases is original, steep and narrow.

Outsider there is a terrace overlooking the view and a garden leading down to a stream. The garden is semi enclosed.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Durrus in County Cork

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 full bathrooms upstairs and a shower room on the ground floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 double bedroom and 3 twin bedrooms with a cot available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Charming old cottage overlooking Dunmanus Bay
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews

Great find

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage all you could want for self catering very present place great local people and a great local pub ( the tin shed )

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Harvey, I have been going to the Tin Shed for decades ( I have to admit) and it never fails to work its magic on me. Charlie
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  • 5 of 5

Great break away. Plenty space for all of us (Family of 5 and a dog) all very happy. Enough firewood left for our first night which was welcomed.

Plenty to do in the area, lovely walks. The kids loved the small beach down by the tin shed. The tin shed was closed for the season but Arundels open and very pleasant.

Plenty to do in the area. A visit to mizen head a must and Barleycove beech was just amazing. Went to Crookhaven for lunch and our little doggie was welcomed into the pub.

Went to garnish island which I feel would have been amazing in the spring and summer when the plants would be seen in all their glory. Unfortunately some of the island was closed due to storm damage but the ferry over was special, we saw plenty of seals.

The cottage was welcoming after a day of activities. Easy space to prepare meals and dining room offered a space where we discussed our days and plan the next. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this, you did many of the things we do each visit, like the walk on Barley Cove beach and lunch at O'Sullivans at Crookhaven - which I think is open pretty well every day of the year. I am pleased you all enjoyed your visit, Charlie
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Lovely property in a very beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this cottage. It felt like home away from home. Margaret was so friendly and helpful. The property is really clean and had everything we needed. There are stunning walks right on the doorstep and it overlooks the sea. The electricity was expensive - 70 euro for 4 days (2 people). The only downside is the cottage has storage heaters. It does heat up after awhile but it's costly. Overall I would recommend it and we'd love to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely stay!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely stay in a gorgeous part of the world. Ahakista, including the drive in, is one of the most beautiful places we've been. Peaceful and incredibly scenic. Charlie's cottage is everything you want from a stay in the Irish countryside - charming, amazing fireplace and very comfortable. Recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Heidi, I am so pleased you enjoyed it, it is a place I love. Charlie
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A lovely place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very relaxing week in this lovely cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, the special nature of the west coast of Ireland is that it is a beautiful place to slow right down and relax. I agree. Charlie
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  • 5 of 5

very comfortable, Margaret very helpful; wonderful views of the light on Dunmanus peninsula to the south, wonderful walks; Bantry very convenient.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peter, I am pleased your visit went well. Charlie
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Charlie Cotton
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 February, 2018

About Charlie Cotton

Cotton's Cottage, an old farmhouse, was acquired in the 1960's by my parents and now 4 generations of the Cotton family have enjoyed holidays there, particularly appreciating the peaceful and tranquil setting.

It holds a special place for our family today as it was where I proposed to my wife and where, by coincidence, we twice discovered we were expecting a child. It has been lovely to see the children grow up, visit on their own as young adults and then return with future generations.

Charlie Cotton purchased this cottage in 1966

Why Charlie Cotton chose Durrus

The south west of Ireland is special for the fingers of land pushing out towards the Atlantic and the sheltered bays they create. We are at the centre of the Sheep's Head peninsular which overlooks Dunmanus Bay and on the other side of the hill, Bantry Bay. The Cottage is an old farmhouse which has been restored as a holiday home, nestling into the rocky hillside.

The Sheep's Head Way, a 200km walking route, passes the end of the lane.

What makes this cottage unique

The peace and tranquility at this cosy Cottage never fails to soothe. You can just sit and look at the water in Dunmanus Bay, every time the view looks different and special or walk a little bit of the Sheep's Head Way, the 200km walking route which passes your door.

As Seamus Heaney wrote of this area 'water and ground in their extremity' or as we say in the family 'next stop america....


Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
116 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Durrus, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
low season
6 Jan 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
shoulder season
7 Apr 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
7 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Shoulder season
2 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
7 Oct 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £1 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £0

Please note that heating and hot water is by electricity and is payable at the end of your stay for what you have used at the current Electric Ireland rate. Electricty is not included in the rental charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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