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Beautiful Holiday Cottage 3 beds with private access to Dunmanus Bay

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Cork - Drishane

A Superb Stone Built Cottage - Amazing views - sleeps 6/8 3 Beds 2 Bathrooms

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Huge Kitchen and 3 reception rooms.

Our beautiful house at Drishane is situated 6 miles from Schull on the Mizen Peninsula in an elevated position with wonderful views over Dunmanus Bay. High speed Internet and printer with office looking over the Atalntic ocean. From the kitchen window you can watch Dolphins and Seals feeding for the mackerel which abound in the water here. It is a cottage style, stone built house in a half acre garden. Running through the garden is a stream with a small waterfall and pool with a bridge to a little spinney – ideal for the children to play. You can walk to the private beach which is 5 minutes away and within 150 mts view from the property where you can swim fish and sunbathe.

The location is well placed to access Schull, Ballydehob (5 miles), and Baltimore (12 miles) on the Roaring Water Bay side of the peninsula as well as Bantry (7 miles), Glengariff (12 miles) and beyond the Dunmanus side, all of which have many excellent pubs and restaurants. The village of Durrus is 5 miles away with pubs great food and live music plus a mini-market filled with local produce. The surrounding countryside is stunning in all directions both beautiful and craggy and is excellent for hill walking and cycling. There are first class golf courses in Bantry, Glengariff and Skibbereen plus amazing long beautiful sandy beaches around Crookhaven and Barley Cove.

Many of our friends and family who have stayed describe the setting as idyllic but all without doubt maintain it is the best view they have ever experienced anywhere on earth. Surrounded by the mountains and sea washed by the gulf stream waters makes the location and amazing scenery one of those rare places where you can almost touch the peace and serenity. It is truly an unforgettable cottage in the most wonderful of locations – writer’s poets and artists are inspired here - as you open the door and step inside you feel like you have been transposed into another world where you can lose your cares and find tranquility!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Gillian Seago (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, All languages by email

About Gillian Seago

Following many years of happy holidays in Ireland with our children we decided that there could be no better place to invest our savings in a holiday cottage. We have been coming here for the last 12 years and so many friends and family say they think it the most idyllic place on earth. We know if you stay here you will leave relaxed refreshed and with the happiest of memories.

Gillian Seago purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Gillian Seago chose Ireland

This area of Ireland is undoubtedly considered the most coveted -surrounded by hills mountains lakes streams and of course the great Atlantic Ocean itself. The water is warm and literally so close you could hit a cricket ball into the sea ... the views are never ending. It is hard to describe the natural beauty and wildlife that abound in the area. For the fishermen you can catch your mackerel for breakfast and be cooking it 5 minutes later on the Aga. Sandy beaches abound and the local people are so warm and friendly - it is a super place to be!

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the panoramic Kitchen window will astound you - in the mornings and often late afternoons Dolphins can be seen swimming and playing. Sitting by the stream in the evening with the barbecue gently smoking away you can watch the breathtaking sunsets as you look out across the ocean. Inside the house is so warm and comfortable even on those less sunny days there is a unique quality and pleasure that our home has. The smell of the open peat fire the Aga with the kettle always hissing away on the boil takes you back to times when time seems endless and happy with all the excitement of the days to come. Holidays here are truly amazing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in this wonderful house 3 years ago with our 2 children and now have just booked again for this year. This house is in a magical setting with the chance to walk to the secluded beach which is private and perfect for the children with rock pools soft sand and sheltered water.

We promised to leave a review then but overlooked doing it - now as we look forward to this years visit we want to put that right and say how nice Gillian (the owner) is and how special they made us feel in their home and supporting our every request.
Sep 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beautiful Holiday Cottage 3 beds with private access to Dunmanus Bay
average rating of 4.888889 based on 13 reviews

A magical weekend!

  • 5 of 5

If you want rest, relaxation, tranquillity and stunning scenery, together with a real sense of the local community, then this is the place to visit.

We were privileged to share the weekend with George and Gillian, the owners, who provided the most incredible welcome and tremendous hospitality. The accommodation is cosy and comfortable, a real home from home...

For our first trip to Ireland, this was a truly wonderful experience and one we shall be repeating in June.

In addition to the comfort to be provided at the house, there are many attractions and amenities within easy access to be explored and enjoyed.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review - I'm glad you enjoyed the house and the area so much. It was lovely to have you and show you around the wonderful places locally and I'm so glad you are taking the house to spend a week there in June.
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Lovely House in a Magical Setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, peaceful, welcoming - and clearly much loved - house in a very special location. To sit at the table overlooking Dumanus Bay, with the bright blue sea and sky split only by the green hills of the other side of the bay is really something - quite magical in fact. And the surrounding area - Schull (we love Newman's West), Crookhaven, the fabulous beach at Barleycove, Ahakista (Arundel's is excellent) - has lots to offer. Our third time in the area: we have had a terrific, restful and enjoyable time and will be back.....

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having Paul and Marie-Louise and their family stay at our home. We're so glad that they loved the house and the area as much as we do. We would welcome them back at any time and hope they stay again in the future. This is the sort of family every renter dreams of.
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Clean Spacious Luxurious and Fabulous Views

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect Holiday retreat and described accurately by the owners. We arrived late at night but the lights were all turned on there was some food we requested in the fridge and we went to bed so excited to see the outlook in the morning. We woke up to an amazing view over the sea the sun was shining on the mountains and this is really like something out of the movies. Absolutely brilliant place to stay the location for food and places to visit are perfect. We are booking to go again this year. Jacqui Hawes

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best self catering we have used in Ireland

  • 5 of 5

Had a very good stay in Gillian and George's cottage. With 4 children under age of 3, having the garden for them to tumble into was very useful. Never got bored of the view from the kitchen. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best place we stayed in Ireland

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this beautiful place in November. Great view, warm house with a roaring fire place- such a picture perfect place. Besides the wonderful house which is evident on the photos, this place is ideally located- 10 minutes from Durrus- not too secluded but gives enough privacy off the road, very convenient to explore both Mizen Head and Sheep's Head peninsulas.

Another great bonus is their caretaker/neighbor George and Mary. Just a wonderful couple. I might forget the castles and monuments but will never forget those rainy afternoon teas we shared (make sure you get Mary's recipe of the Porter cake she makes with Guinness.)

The owners are well loved by the locals (which you wouldn't know before renting via websites like this) which added to the enjoyment of our stay.

All in all, it was the best place we stayed in Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you to stay in our home. We were very lucky to find this house some 13 years ago partially built and being able to have the house exactly as we wanted it. We are very lucky with our neighbours George and Mary - it would have been difficult to monitor the house with us living in England, without their invaluable help - they make everything possible. We have only been letting the house this year and they have facilitated smooth turnovers between renters. It is a beautiful house and as you say, very conveniently situated. I'm so glad you enjoyed the house as much as we do.
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Beautiful and welcoming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was adorable. Very homey, breathtaking view and very comfortable, house was very clean inside and out. We stayed for a long weekend for my husband’s birthday and we did not want to leave. Gillian and George (owners) were a pleasure to deal with as well as George and Mary (caregivers). We will defiantly be returning. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
85 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Metres
Nearest Motorway
85 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Very close to some of the best beaches in Ireland with amazing water for swimming sailing surfing flying kites and fishing with safe sandy beaches for children that stretch for miles - scuba diving with wonderful dives are all withing 5 kms and snorkeling is minutes away with dolphins and seals you can see from the kitchen window. Surrounded by mountains and wonderful views and with the largest ever number of traditional bars with live music and superb restaurants all within a short drive. The whole area is renown for its beauty and because of the peaceful location you often find yourself talking with famous people who come to this area to relax and rest.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Cork, County Cork

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
4 Jun 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A two night equivalent rent is required to secure the property. if this is cancelled within one month of the intended stay a full refund will be available - if outside this period it will be at the owners discretion and subject to finding a replacement letting.
We do not charge extra for utilities (oil,water, electricity) and cleaning, there is high speed wifi throughout the property and outside.

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 cottage in Cork in Europe

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms have electric high powered showers and with all the proper facilities
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • The bedrooms are spacious and sleep 6 comfortably and in addition there are two inflatable beds with electric pumps making it possible to sleep 8 occasionally. The bedrooms have adjoining bathroom and all have views over the sea with uninterrupted views towards the mountains in the distance.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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