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19th Century Cottage a Few Steps from the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Holiday House in Ballycotton Bay, County Cork, Ireland - Idyllic Quiet Location with Stunning Sea Views

Nestling in a unique bayside setting at the end of a quiet lane where it meets the sea, 40 mins from Cork city and its airport, Beachside Cottage has 2 bedrooms and in DECEMBER 2014, has just been upgraded with new laminate flooring to the bedrooms, new bed in the master bedroom, and 19th Century antique French encaustic tiling laid to the sun lounge and bathroom floors. It features a large old stone working fireplace in the lounge and a spacious kitchen/dining room overlooking the sea. The sun lounge provides extra seating and stunning sea views. A small rear courtyard has steps up to a raised garden with amazing views of the bay and a further small walled front garden leads to a slipway to the beach. Enjoy endless hours swimming, rock-pooling, exploring the caves, picnicking, beach barbecuing and sunbathing. Sea bass is fished from here and the cliff walk from the cottage to Ballycotton is breathtaking. A perfect place to enjoy Ireland's unspoilt beauty. There is a Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton, 5 mins by car, with several traditional pubs, one of which has regular live music, and restaurants. There is a wider range of shops in Cloyne, 7 miles away.

Lina Wheeler
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2018

About Lina Wheeler

We live in sunny France restoring our old barn tucked away unobtrusively next door to our farmhouse. After years of French family holidays searching for suitable gites we aimed to one day have our own French haven suiting everyone's individual needs. We wanted comfortable good quality surroundings with a bit of "boutique" style to share and enjoy. In 2006 we found our special French home set in beautiful Vendee parklands, completing the farmhouse refurbishment in 2008. Then in 2009 we fell for and updated a little 200 year-old 2 bedroom cottage yards from the beach in S.Ireland. Both are regularly tested by critical family/friends. We feel if they're happy our guests will be too and so far our testimonials bear this out. We just feel lucky to get to enjoy them both.

Lina Wheeler purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Lina Wheeler chose Ballycotton

Simon and I had been visiting different areas of Ireland for over 10 years and had fallen in love with its scenery and its people. We both adore the sea and the cottage's location on the Irish Riviera is incredible with the almost private little beach virtually an extension to the garden and superb constantly distracting sea views all around. Cork, voted one of Lonely Planet's top 10 Cities of the World 2010 with its airport and its ferry route to Swansea is 40 minutes drive, Rosslare ferry to Pembroke 3 hours drive. The coast is warmed by The Gulf Stream, the neighbours are welcoming and friendly and the cottage is surprisingly sound and cosy despite its 200 years. The surrounding area is totally unspoilt and the beach tempting - just to sit looking out to sea dissolves all your worries!

What makes this cottage unique

The beach is safe for swimming, surfing, fishing and boat launching. There's also a stunning cliff walk to the village and its bars, restaurant and Post Office. The famous Ballymaloe Cookery School is close by offering classes from 2 hours upwards. A perfect weekend would start with a Guinness in The Inn at the Harbour in Ballycotton, followed by a meal there in the fabulous restaurant or some live music in The Blackbird. Next day a visit to Cork to explore the city and go to the covered foodmarket to stock up on local delicacies or to the arboretum and gardens at Fota. On Sunday off to the Post Office for home-made scones, cakes and jam and the Sunday newspapers, a walk on the beach or a swim and a beach barbecue. Then drift off to sleep to the lapping of the waves on the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time in Ireland. The cottage is situated in a perfect place, what views!

We had a fabulous time at your cottage in Ballyandreen and thank you for letting us stay in a most beautiful part of Ireland. We will certainly recommend the place to our friends who are interested in the same type of holiday.

We loved our week at Beachside Cottage. It was perfect.The weather was lovely and we had the bay to ourselves most of the time.It is a really lovely area.The children learnt to bellyboard.We had a lovely time. Really liked the cottage and the location.Many thanks for a lovely holiday.

We had a most wonderful and restful time at the cottage.The countryside is so-o beautiful.

We had a wonderful time at Beachside Cottage - we wished we had booked 2 weeks in fact! What a location! The cottage was charming - we loved it and want to come back. PS you are right - everyone was really friendly too! David, Lee and Boo.
Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ballycotton in County Cork

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with electric shower over bath, toilet and washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The rear elevated garden is not suitable for small children but access is restricted and it can only be accessed from the lockable back door of the cottage. Outside: The rear elevated grassed garden has superb views but is not suitable for small children. However the beach is literally on the doorstep so outdoor furniture is portable for this purpose. The small front garden provides some sitting space. There is also a picnic table and benches approx 100m from the cottage overlooking the beach and bay. There is a barbecue at the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, duvets and towels are included in the rental price.


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19th Century Cottage a Few Steps from the Beach
average rating of 4.2 based on 16 reviews

Perfect holiday, Lovely cottage, beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Beachside Cottage is a magical place. This beautiful, well-kept little house offers everything you might need. It is located so close to the sea you can see and hear it when sipping coffee on the porch. I can recommend it to everybody interested in having a peaceful holiday with climate. My family and I loved it. And fresh flowers waiting for us on the table in the living room were just lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really are so very pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. We try to make it as homely as possible and it means a lot to us that you share our love of the cottage and its position by the sea. We hope to be welcoming you back soon!
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lovely,quiet spot

  • 5 of 5

So good to wake up to the sound of the sea. Loved to sit in the sun lounge with a cup of tea (or glass of wine in the evening!) and look out to sea.

The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable. The owners couldn't have been more helpful and attentive. The flowers left in the sitting room were a lovely, thoughtful welcoming touch. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Puyallup, WA

Quiet Cottage in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this lovely cottage for our first trip to Ireland. It was the perfect size for the two of us, but would also be good for two couples or a couple with kids. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed from kitchen supplies, a comfortable living room, and my favorite, the sun porch. I loved sitting out there in the morning drinking coffee and listening to the ocean. It is in a nice quiet country location and the end of the Ballycotton cliff walk is right outside the door. My husband and I took a morning hike on the trail. What beautiful unparalleled views. This was the cottage I had in mind when I was planning my dream Ireland vacation many years ago. Lina and Simon are very responsive and made the whole process of renting a vacation home very easy. I would highly recommend this rental if you are looking to immerse yourself in the Ireland countryside. Ballycotton, Midleton, and other towns are not far from the house. It is also centrally located to everything that Cork and Cork county has to offer. We can’t wait to return. Thank you Lina and Simon for making our dream vacation and our 25th anniversary a wonderful memorable experience. Krystle and Del

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a perfect location for a peaceful and relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Ireland, and it was, by far, the best vacation ever! Lina and Simon are gracious hosts, responsive to any and all questions. The cottage is in a perfect location for rest, relaxation, and access to local color. It was neat, clean, and well equipped for a four-week stay. The cliff walk and the beach were just steps away from the front door. So many positives and no negatives! Thank you, Lina and Simon!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Barbara for such a lovely review. We are both truly delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and that you have good memories of Ireland to take home with you. We would love to welcome you back!
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage with everything you need.beautiful views surrounding it

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Seattle, Washington, USA

Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage by the sea. Great cliff side walking and excellent restaurants in Ballycotton. Cozy nights by the fire and reading in the sun room.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are really so very pleased that you enjoyed your time in the cottage. We try to make things as comfortable and authentic as possible for our guests and you've made our day! We very much hope that we will be able to welcome you back to stay again.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cork City
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Inn by the Harbour, The Blackbird, Sean Mc Graths
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Fota Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
main road N25
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pier 26 Ballycotton
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ballymaloe cookery School is world renowned and is less than 5 miles away offering classes from one evening up to 3 months with recognised qualifications to be achieved if required. Demonstrations are regularly given, the gardens can be visited here and there is also a very good kitchen shop.


Ballyandreen beach is on the doorstep - almost like a private beach, but please note that to get to the sandy part when the tide is out involves crossing some rock pools/pebbles first! Ballycotton is 5 mins drive. There are coves and sandy beaches dotted all around the immediate area.


Cork City airport is approx 25 miles away. Rosslare Ferry Terminal is approx 2.5 hours' drive. The use of a car is essential.


Ballycotton 5 mins drive with Post Office, grocer, pubs and restaurants. Visits from the little picturesque harbour to the lighthouse there can be arranged by boat. Cloyne 7 miles away with butchers, supermarkets, pharmacies, deli, pubs and restaurants. Midleton 14 miles with banks, cash dispensers, cinema complex, Saturday farmer's market, large supermarkets and superstores, Jameson Whisky Distillery. Cork City 25 miles, Bantry 50 miles .Kinsale (Ireland's gourmet capital) set on the coast approx 60 miles. Waterford 60 miles. Killarney/Kenmare 60 miles (gateway to the Ring of Kerry).

Further Details:

The local Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton sells superb home-made cakes, bread and scones. Pier 26 Restaurant adjoined to The Inn by the Harbour serves good food, having won 3 awards during 2014, and there is usually fresh Ballycotton fish on the menu. From the Inn by the Harbour tickets can be purchased for boat trips out to the lighthouse, weather permitting, children can obtain fishing lines for pier fishing and, for more aspiring fishermen, sea fishing trips can be booked. Ballymaloe House (less than 5 miles away) has a cafe serving delicious food together with a shop selling Irish crafts. There is also a branch of the Kilkenny Design Centre at nearby Shanagarry (on the way to the vast Garryvoe beach 3kms away from the cottage) where local pottery, jewellery, Orla Kiely products, clothes, toys, hand-made Irish crafts and handbags are sold with a coffee shop and a French chef serving good value food. Midleton farmer's market on Saturday mornings is well worth visiting and Farmgate, a restaurant in the middle of Midleton, is a must for either lunch or dinner. Jameson's Whisky Distillery has tours and tastings as well as a large selection of whiskies available to purchase. Cobh on the outskirts of Cork from where the Titanic left on its doomed voyage, is worth visiting. Cork City offers excellent shopping, galleries, an opera house, cinemas and restaurants (family restaurant, Farmgate, situated above The English Market, a large covered pretty Victorian food market selling the best of Irish produce in the centre of Cork, was awarded the maximum 5 stars by Sunday Times Reviewer AA Gill in December 2014). Just outside Cork City, Fota has a Golf Club, Fota House with its restored Georgian mansion, gardens and arboretum and Fota Wildlife Park. Kinsale is a very attractive colourful town with a marina, galleries, a variety of unusual shops and of course many very good quality restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ballycotton, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
12 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
15 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
18 Apr 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
75 Euros per week deposit is required at time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of €200 is required to cover breakages and any extra cleaning required and will be returned within a few days of your departure from the cottage.

Changeover Day:
Saturday: arrival from 2pm, departure by 10am please. Flexible dates can be arranged out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the property per week in euros.

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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