Cottage in Castletownshend, Nr. Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland - Picturesque Village, A Stone's Throw To A Stony Beach
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Ann was very hapfell could not do enough for us
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review.
I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Shana Cottage and it is really good to hear that you found our housekeeper Anne was able to help you.
Spacious and well equipped
The cottage had everything we needed and Ann was very helpful. We found eating out very expensive so rarely did. The pub up the road was good and friendly and had a great traditional music night. Lots of lovely beaches (with life guards) within a 20 minute drive. Do visit Loch Hyne, and be brave and swim to experience the night time bio luminescence.
However, a few points: there are several signs nearby to say not to swim, and a local told us it wasn't really safe due to runoff from the road and a sewage outlet pipe nearby - clearly visible at low tide; the garden is on the other side of 'the big house' and up some steps so not directly accessible; I agree with a previous comment about some TLC - there were dead plants by the door on our arrival, lots of dead bugs in light fittings and on the bathroom sink light, dirt under the bathroom sink shelf and a massive, old cobweb hanging above the fridge. I understand about spiders etc in old buildings and am fine with that, but this was not a new cobweb; the cottage smelled damp when we arrived, and 3 windows are nailed shut so it took almost a week for the smell to go.
I would like to thank you for your feedback regarding your stay in Shana Cottage.
I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday and the beautiful surrounding area.
Obviously some of your comments are regarding issues that we have no control over, such as beaches, but I would like to address some of the items.
I am truly sorry that you found the old cobweb. This is not something we would expect to find when arriving on our holiday and this is something we will certainly address. We will also carry out a deep clean on light fittings and the cupboard in the bathroom. The housekeeper would/should have dealt with these matters while you were there if they had been brought to her attention.
We do advertise that the garden is Shana Court’s garden that the cottage has shared use of. There are indeed steps leading up to the garden which we shall note in our advertising.
We always appreciate feedback and are keen to ensure our guests enjoy their stay.
We had a really lovely time at the cottage which was perfect for our family holiday.
The cottage was very clean and comfortable and was equipped very we’ll with everything we needed. Anne the Housekeeper was extremely helpful and available if we needed her but respected our privacy at all times.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Castletownshend and that Shana Cottage suited your family’s requirements. I do hope you return to West Cork.
Make sure to visit the Mary-Ann's pub while your there; right in front. Communication with the lady in charge was not very easy but nice place, very charming.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Shana Cottage. I’m very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Shana Cottage.
Mary Ann’s is indeed a lovely pub and restaurant and is very popular in the area.
Hope to see you back in Castletownshend again.
Very clean inside, a little tired outside.
Good experience. Property is as advertised. Even better with some minor flowers/tidy of landscaping.
Thank you for taking the time to review Shana Cottage and for your helpful suggestions for how we can make improvements. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We have a very large garden with a large lawn where the grass is mown weekly so that our guests can enjoy sitting there. I hope you return to Castletownshend again.
THE PLACE CALLED SHANA COTTAGE WAS REALLY DIRTY AND HEATING WAS DISGUSTING
REALLY BAD IT WAS DIRTY AND FULLOF COBWEBS THE HOT WATER TAP WAS LEFT ON ALLDAY SUNDAY SO NO HOT WATER WHEN WE GOT THERE PLUS YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ELECTIC AT END OF STAY THE HEATING IS ALL ELECTRIC SO JUST THINKOF THE COST WHEN YOU LEAVE WE WILL NOT BOOK THRO YOU AGAIN WE LIKE IRELAND SO NEXT TIME WE WILL BOOK WITH SOMEONE DECENT YOUWANT LOOK AT THE PLACES BEFORE YOU TAKE THEM ON BOARD
I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay in Shana Cottage.
It is stated very clearly on the website that the cottage is heated by night storage heaters and electric heaters. It also states that the heating is charged as used, to be paid on the day of departure. We feel that this is taken into account with the very reasonable rent, which gives our guests flexibility to manage the cost of their stay.
To address the points made, I have asked my housekeeper to provide further details.
My housekeeper prepared the cottage following the previous guests’ stay. The cottage had been freshly cleaned, dusted and hoovered.
Shana Cottage, as advertised, is a 250 year old rustic cottage in rural West Cork - unfortunately, spiders and cobwebs do appear quickly. My housekeeper has told me that she did not see any cobwebs – I apologise if you found there were cobwebs in the cottage.
My housekeeper called in to see you the day after you arrived as you had arrived very late the previous night. Any questions or requests made during your stay were attended to by my housekeeper. I understand my housekeeper apologised to you at the time for accidentally leaving the tap on in the bathroom whilst cleaning the cottage, which resulted in the hot water running out when you arrived. As far as my housekeeper was concerned, the matter had been resolved. As a gesture of goodwill, I refunded you some of your rent.
We are always looking to make improvements to the cottage and welcome constructive comments. For example, we are hoping to install central heating in the cottage in the near future to make it more comfortable for our guests staying in the winter months.
Had any issues been brought to mine and/or my housekeeper’s attention during your stay, we would have made every effort to remedy them promptly as it is extremely important to us that our guests are happy and comfortable during their stay.
From the village, there are riad coastal roads to explore. Castletownshend has a public stony beach (5 minutes walk) which is clean and safe for swimming, and a public pier (5 minutes walk) suitable for launching small boats. Sandycove is a sheltered sandy beach 2 miles away from the village.
Cork airport is 52 miles away. The ferry service to the UK is from Rosslare, 180 miles away. Ringaskiddy (60 miles away) run ferries to France. Car hire is strongly recommended.
Skibbereen is the nearest town to Castletownshend, 6 miles away. Other nearby towns and villages include: Union Hall (6 miles), Leap (9 miles), Glandore (9 miles), Baltimore (10 miles), Rosscarbery (13 miles), Drimoleague (15 miles), Clonakilty (20 miles), Bantry (25 miles) and the Mizen Head (40 miles). Cork City is 51 miles away. The famous Ring of Kerry can be explored in a day and starts approximately 45 miles away.
Opposite Shana Cottage is the famous Mary Ann’s pub which produces fine quality local seafood with a bar and restaurant menu. Mary Ann’s also hosts the Warren Art Gallery promoting both local and international artists. Further up the hill is Lil McCarthys, a traditional Irish pub. There is a convenience store in the village selling basic supplies. Skibbereen has supermarkets, restaurants, a farmers market, banks, post office and a variety of shops. There is plenty of scenic walking in the area, including Knockdrum Stone Circle just outside the village and the ‘Five Fingers’ standing stones close by. West Cork is one of the best places in Europe for seeing whales, dolphins and seals. Trips out to see them can be arranged where you are picked up from the public pier. The best time of year to see whales is the autumn, whereas seals can be seen the year round. Sea fishing trips can be arranged locally. There are many dive sites and wrecks round the coast. Trips can be booked with Baltimore Diving Centre. There is also river fishing in the area. A five minute walk up the road is a public tennis court and children’s playground. The first two weeks in August is the Castletownshend sailing regatta. St Barrahanes church overlooks the village, and is noted for its stained glass windows, some designed by Harry Clarke. The church hosts a series of classical musical concerts in July and August. At the top of the hill is Drishane House, home of the writers Edith Somerville and V.M. Ross, authors of the Irish R.M. books. The house and gardens are open to the public during May, June and October. The area hosts festivals throughout the year such as 'A Taste of West Cork' and Skibbereen Arts Festival.