5 beds, 3 bath - sleeps 10 - waterfront - "Wild Atlantic Way" - Durrus village
One small well behaved dog
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 10 adults)
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Great family holiday
Debbie and her husband were very helpful and friendly. We loved our stay, the house was immaculate & beautiful plus the views were amazing! There were 9 of us and there was plenty of room.
We'd love to go back! Durrus village was lovely and we particularly liked the Long Boat pub.
Full stars for an excellent holiday home
I would like to thank Debbie and her family for a truly excellent stay at their holiday home. The house was immaculate and Debbie was on hand to offer anything else we needed. The location of the house was perfect with the most gorgeous views (even despite our first week of grey weather). I couldn't fault anything from the initial booking to the service when we were there making our stay welcome and relaxing. Thank you.
Great for families
We had a multi generational group 3-64 years old. From the US and the U.K. this house and location was ideal. The owners very helpful.
Peace, perfect peace
Our week has been a delight from start to finish, with Debbie and Chris the perfect hosts. We can only echo what others have said about the quality of accommodation and facilities and the magical location. The house is spacious and very well-equipped, with plenty of communal and private spaces. The huge lawn, terrace (good for morning yoga!) and private shoreline with spectacular views meant we were outside on every possible occasion. The silence is striking – absolutely no traffic sounds, and perfect peace only enhanced by a backdrop of birds, animals and water sounds.
We are self-confessed ‘bird nerds’, and the variety of birds and wildlife kept us enthralled. Every day there were sightings of curlew, heron, little egret, gannet, oystercatcher, cormorant, hooded crow, redshank, rock pipit, stonechat, swallow, sand martin, and the sound but not sight of the elusive corncrake … plus many more we didn’t identify. We enjoyed trying to spot the family of otters who apparently play on the lawn too!
The bay is safe for kayaking and swimming. No sandy beaches, but the rocky shoreline is wonderful for walking, paddling and rock-pooling, and when the tide is out you can walk far across the mudflats.
With so much time spent in the bay we didn’t explore the surrounding area as much as we could have – definitely 2 weeks needed for that. The nearest village, Durrus, is good for provisions, pubs and walks; Bantry has a large supermarket and a fun Friday market. Schull is a pretty town with great harbour views. The Sheep’s Head peninsular is the place for a wild walk, reached by increasingly narrow, windy mountain roads: don’t attempt to bring a camper van here! The road to Mizen Head (the most south-westerly tip of Ireland) is similarly wild and scenic, and we enjoyed walking across the arched bridge to the old lighthouse. Exhilarating views of the open sea and the Fastnet lighthouse, and again, great birding: chough and gannet among the stars. Excellent café too.
We regret not having time for one of the boat trips, especially the whale-watching trip from Baltimore, and there are miles of ‘Wild Atlantic’ coastline still to explore. Barley Cove, glimpsed from the car on the way back from the Mizen, looks like a Caribbean atoll – acres of white sand, turquoise sea, nestled between mountains – shame we didn’t have time to stop and explore.
This was a magical, all-too-short holiday that entranced all of our three-generational party. We will return!
A fabulous home by the sea
What a beautiful house. ! Setting is magnificent. House is so well equipped with everything one could possibly want and Debbie and Chris are so helpful. We had a wonderful week there.
Excellent location and fantastic views
We really enjoyed our stay. There were six of us so more than enough room. The house is well equipped. It was great to wake up in the morning and have fantastic views out all of the windows. The kids really enjoyed running around the garden and onto the beach - and enjoyed fishing for crabs in the ocean. The area has lots to offer - even if it is a little cloudy during your stay. Debbie and Chris were around if needed to answer any questions or offer any advice which was helpful when thinking about exploring new places. Make sure you read the details that utilities are charged extra - I had not realised that detail. Enjoy!
Bay House is a superb waterfront property, located on the "Wild Atlantic Way", in a truly spectacular and private setting. We consider our location and stunning views to be some of the finest in West Cork.
Set in 1.7 Acres and approached by a half-mile private country lane (this may be unsuitable for some sports cars), Bay House and gardens overlook Dunmanus Bay.
The views reach for over twenty miles, out into the Atlantic, over the Sheep's Head and Mizen peninsula and with a backdrop of the Beara peninsula.
Stone steps from the garden sea wall lead straight onto a slate/shingle beach. Many claim to be waterfront but we really are the real deal!
The friendly and lively village of Durrus is only 1.5 km away (within walking distance), where there are three pubs, a grocery shop and a Café. There is also a post office and a charity shop.
The Mizen peninsula's sandy beaches, including Barley Cove’s beautiful Blue Flag beach, are just a short drive away and the Sheep's Head peninsula with the Goat's Path is famous for having many miles of scenic and rugged walks.
There are numerous marked walks on both peninsulas to suit all of all abilities. You can find out more information on these walks by looking at; www.thesheepsheadway.ie, irishtrails.ie, www.activeme.ie and www.discoverireland.ie/walking.
The historic waterside and market town of Bantry, which boasts a brand new marina, is approximately 8 kilometres away. Here you will find many more bars, restaurants and supermarkets, incl. Lidl and Supervalu. Super valu(supervalu.ie) also offers an online delivery service; this is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Bay House, Durrus.
Within easy reach are: Bantry House, Mizen Head Lighthouse, Glengariff Bamboo Park, Schull Planetarium, Ewe Sculpture Garden, Waterfall Alpaca Farm in Drimoleague, Cape Clear Island, Fastnet Rock & Garnish Island.
Other activities in the area include: fishing, boat trips, horse riding, scuba diving, cinema, whale watching, swimming & Spa, walking/hill walking, beaches and golf.
Kayaks can also be hired from Darren in the village; www.darrenskayaks.com.
Bantry (Bantry Bay Golf Course) has an 18-hole championship course with some stunning scenery overlooking Bantry Bay. Glengariff Golf Course is just a little further than Bantry, has equally spectacular scenery, with 9 holes.