|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This beautiful detached cottage is nestled on the hillside, surrounded by a large, private garden with wonderful sea views. The garden features a stream, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated), stone corral with barbeque and patio area equipped with garden furniture. Inside there are three bedrooms (a double, twin and a single), downstairs loo, family bathroom, en suite shower room, open-plan kitchen/ living room, study with sofa bed and sun room.
Laharandota has been thoughtfully restored from an existing farm complex, comprising a detached cottage, stone outbuilding with utilities, an old stone loft/ barn (The Studio) and a green house, all enjoying spectacular views over Dunmanus Bay and the West Cork countryside.
** NOW FEATURED IN ALASTAIR SAWDAY'S IRELAND GUIDE 2011 **
Laharandota was the house of an artist for many years; it still shows. Everything inside is in the best possible taste and breathes a generous spirit... inspirational.'
LAHARANDOTA - The Artists' Cottage, an old stone farmhouse previously owned by American painter Frank Russell, now fully renovated to include slate floors, old beams and stone walls. Set in over an acre of land and surrounded by fields with extensive views over the sea and the Mizen Head. Ideal for those looking for a relaxing holiday or weekend retreat, for walkers/cyclists or families, with its large garden, spring, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated). Located 4 miles west of local village Kilcrohane, and a scenic half-hour drive from the busy market town of Bantry with its great restaurants and pubs. Stroll down the lane from the cottage directly on to The Sheep's Head Way, one of Ireland's 31 Waymarked Ways (marked trails). The peninsula's natural wild beauty makes its 55 mile trail stand out from others and offers an exciting challenge for all keen walkers. If, however, you're not a 'wild rover', there's always riding, sailing, kayaking, diving, golf...
NOW FEATURED IN ALASTAIR SAWDAY'S IRELAND GUIDE: Review: 'Now how many Irish cottages come with an outdoor pool? Next to the road but shielded by hedges, it even has sea views! You are at the tip of the strikingly beautiful Sheep’s Head peninsula, a paradise for walkers. Laharandota was the house of an artist for many years; it still shows. Everything inside is in the best possible taste and breathes a generous spirit: a wonderful kitchen with big Rayburn stove, art, objets and a fabulous hamper, a claw-foot bath, a glasswalled sun room, nooks, crannies and a rustic fireplace that roars in winter. Next-door’s studio, often rented to the same party, provides comforts on a reduced scale, but the light, the art, the sea views are the same. Hike a part of the Sheep’s Head Way: ‘the best walk in Ireland’ says Country Walking magazine. Head for the lighthouse, look out for choughs and peregrines. Shops and restaurants are a short drive away, lovely Bantry Town and sandy Barleycove beach are not much further. Inspirational'.
Guest Comments: 'It is a fabulous place to stay - we found ourselves spending lots of time just pottering around the cottage because it was so lovely. We will definitely come again and will recommend it to our friends.'
Gerry & Liz, Gloucestershire
'Thank you so much for the weekend. I must say your cottage is spectacular - you have a real eye for interiors and the quality of the renovation and furnishings is stunning. We had 3 days of great weather, the kids were even swimming in the sea. They didn't want to leave and now want to live there!'
Adam & Jane, Hertfordshire
'Thank you for a wonderful 3 days in your beautiful cottage. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. We absolutely fell in love with The Artists' Cottage and the surrounding area.'
Jayne & Gordon, Rockingham, Australia
'We had a fabulous time. The setting was wonderful and the cottage was just gorgeous. Daniel loved his cute little bedroom. He was even brave enough to swim in the pool!'
Pamela & Roger, Glasgow
'Thank you for providing such a welcoming, comfortable taste of rustic charm for we city-dwellers. We all loved everything about the cottage. Of course the swimming pool is the icing on the cake - luckily the weather was glorious so we chilled out and lazed by the pool or braved its invigorating freshness!'
John & Susan, Edinburgh
'Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the cottage. It is in a beautiful and unspoilt location and the views across the bay are something to remember. The quality of the finish and furnishing in The Artists' Cottage are incredible, really beautiful. We had some really lovely times there and we will remember it with great affection.'
Susan & Phil, Hampshire
We were captivated by the cottage from the moment we arrived. Just being in it was a treat, and on those windy rainy October days when we stayed in, it was lovely just to sit by the log fire, relaxing with a book and watching the weather roll by. To say the cottage was well equipped is an under-statement. Everything we needed was there, and more. And it was so comfortable and homely. Better than my home, actually!! On sunny days, it was a short walk to the sea shore, and we really appreciated the bikes in the garage for popping down the lane to the local village, just 3 miles away. On a sunny day, the natural beauty of the area is simply stunning.
We rented the cottage as part of our honeymoon to Ireland and absolutely loved the place. It was cozy and comfortable! And Julie was great. She gave us detailed directions, suggestions for places to eat, detailed house instructions and even checked on us after our arrival to make sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely come back!
Our family holiday in West Cork was very much enhanced by staying at The Artist's Cottage. Julie has thought of every last detail. The quality of the furnishings and bedlinen etc... are 5 star standard. We enjoyed the holiday so much that we booked it the following week for next year. We are a family of 6, the oldest is 9 year old and the youngest is 9 months. If you enjoy plenty of outdoor activities, good food and high standards of accommodation then we recommend The Artist's Cottage.
We had seen this cottage 2 years ago on our second trip to the Sheepshead peninsula, and thought that it would be a great place to stay next time we came to West Cork. We were not disappointed- the description listing was totally accurate- but could not truly convey the attention to detail that Julie has created.
We were looking for time and space to relax after a hectic 2010, and we certainly were able to re-charge our personal batteries in the Artists Cottage.
The cottage has every possible facility- and we particulary enjoyed the snugness of the Rayburn- and the joy of the open log fire. Cooking on the Rayburn was easy- and took me back to my childhood- and we were able to cook fresh fish bought on our way through from Cork- via Kinsale- at Union Hall ( near Castle Townshend- with the great seafood restaurant in Mary Ann's pub)
Julie's meticulous attention to detail has created a real feeling of being so comfortable in way that is hard to describe- just like being in the home you would have loved to have created for yourselves.
We spent time walking a number of loops of the Sheepshead path- and taking on a few Guinesses and tots of Jameson with Eileen in Fitzpatricks in Kilcrohane village.
It was then great to soak in the slipper bath overlooking the sea- fantastic!
If you come here- do take the back road to Bantry and take day to slow drive around the Beara- Allihies and Eyries are a must!
We really did not want to leave- and will always treasure memories of a perfect 7 days in the most peaceful and beautiful part of Ireland.
We would recommend this cottage to any discerning family- we want to come back with our grandchildren and extended family in the summer- when we can make use of that fabulous pool.
Steve & Gill- Bury St Edmunds
Although our stay at “Laharandota” is already over more than two months, the thought of the wonderful cottage still warms our hearts and makes us feel "homesick”.
After a long journey from Dublin we immediately fell in love with the unique landscape of Sheep`s Head Peninsula with its green countryside, lopsided telegraph poles and small stone walls. However, not only the picturesque surroundings made us feel welcome: We felt very comfortable straight away when we came into the house, where a basket full of delicious regional products and beautiful flowerpots were already waiting for us. We discovered room by room and were amazed at the natural, tasteful and comfortable furnishing. The week we spent at Laharandota definitely was over too fast. There are lots of things worth being discovered and visited: of course, the house itself, but also a walking tour to Sheep`s Head Peninsula, a visit of Bantry Market, a round trip at the Ring of Kerry with an excursion to Molly Gallivan`s Traditional Farm (Bonane, Kenmare), a stroll through Glengariff and a drive on Dursey Island Cable Car can highly be recommended.
We can`t imagine a better place to spend holidays and would love to come back one day.
have just returned from this amazing property and wish I was back there again. Both the cottage and the studio are breathtakingly well-equipped with every utensil you could ever need. We arrived in the dark and awoke to the most incredible view we had ever seen. Both houses are spotlessly clean and very comfortable. I am almost tempted not to recommend this property on the basis that I want to make sure that there is availablility for next year! It is also a very friendly place and the drive to Bantry over the Goat's Path is something I will never forget. I just want to move in and never leave this gorgeous, perfect place.
Laharandota is located on the southern side of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, about 4 miles south west of the village of Kilcrohane and 15 miles from the bustling market town of Bantry, West Cork. The propoerty is ideally located for touring the West Cork area, for walking, cycling or sailing with it's many walking routes, scenic drives, coves and bays. West Cork attractions include Garinish Island and Glengariff, the Sheep's Head and Mizen Head, as well as the town of Bantry, with its many shops, great restaurants, bars and cinema.
The area is also well known for its raw natural beauty, attracting walkers, artists and anyone with a love for the outdoors to the area. Within a short drive from the property is the village of Kilcrohane, with its quay and coves for bathing, two pubs, shop and local church as well as the Sheep's Head Lighthouse and Way, which passes directly behind and in front of the cottage's gardens.
Other Activities: Cookery classes at nearby restaurant, 'The Good Things Cafe'
Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club's 18 Hole championship course is located a short drive from the town and is open all year.