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COTTAGE & STUDIO - with outdoor pool & sea views, Sheep's Head near Bantry - The Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Cottage

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.


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.'

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About the property

LAHARANDOTA - Artists' Cottage

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

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Julie Fitzgerald Vitelli
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
11 July, 2018

Available Rentals

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Rates are in Euros (EUR) and include all bills, cleaning, bedding, towels and use of the following amenities: BBQ, 2 adult bikes, wireless Internet, travel cot with bedding, high chair, stair gate, as well as the solar-heated outdoor pool (shared between Cottage and Studio).

We accept up to 2 dogs aged 3 years or over and there is an extra 20 Euro charge per pet, per stay. Sorry, we don't accept puppies or junior dogs due to damage to doors and carpets in the past.

Weekly rates assumes a 7-night stay and weekends 3 nights, with additional nights charged as listed.

Both units have to be rented together during the summer months as this works best for families or groups in terms of use of the gardens and pool.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in County Cork in Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En suite Shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Single sofabed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Cottage has oil-fired central heating throughout, as well as a vintage stove in the master bedroom and an open fire in the lounge area. A washing machine, dryer and freezer are located in the garage, shared between Cottage and Studio guests. The outdoor pool is located in the garden area in front of the Studio, which also includes a stream and pond to the side of the Sun Room. Access to the pool is open to both Cottage and Studio guests from April to October, with partial heating provided by solar panels (subject to sunny weather!).


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The Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Manchester England

A wonderful cottage in a wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: October 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderfully charming and comfortable cottage in the most beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We visited for four days with three adults, one child, and two small dogs and had plenty of room. We had everything we could need and Julie provided us with plenty of information for things to do in the area. We had the benefit of wonderful weather for our whole stay, so we took advantage of the pool and the bikes. There was so much to do and explore and I'd love to return!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Irish Cottage

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 Star Accommodation, in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bury St Edmunds, UK

Sheepshead Paradise

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2011
  • Date of Stay: December 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dresden, Saxony, Germany

A beautiful retreat in the southwest of Ireland

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
117 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
129 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

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.


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