Delightful Waterside House and Cottage Idyllic Location in West Cork - House
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Skibbereen house description
The architect designed Bauhaus style house features a large front, a sheltered side patio and a paved terrace roof,all with wonderful views over the water. The open plan entrance, dining and living areas have counter top connection to a galley kitchen. One large double and two twin bedrooms have french door access to the front patio equipped with luxurious furniture providing a relaxing place to enjoy the clean air, breath-taking scenery and local birds,seals and fish.
The restored 18century farm cottage provides charming accommodation for 4. Its beamed open plan first floor contains dining,living and kitchen areas all of which enjoy the same views over the water as the house. Downstairs are two bedrooms a bathroom, a utility room and a private front patio for the cottage.
Although literally right on the water both properties are sheltered and enjoyable at all seasons of the year. They share a well maintained one acre garden filled with local and semi-tropical plants.
Further Details of Possible Local Activities : Excellent walking is available eg cliff top, rain-forest above Lough Hyne, Iron Age Fort Knock Drum above Castletownsend,etc. There are undisturbed archaeological sites, including ancient copper mines, Stone Tumuli eg Drombeg stone circle. Excellent local bird and whale watching.
Bicycles can be rented in Skibbereen, the quiet local roads are ideal for cycling. Try the trail above Loch Hyne
Boat trips are available for fishing and whalewatching. Good salmon and trout fishing in season.
A local kayak school teaches kayaking to all levels.
There are diving and sailing schools in Baltimore(10 miles). A ferry runs from Baltimore to Clear Island.
Golfers, Skibbereen has an excellent 18 hole course.There are also well know courses at nearby Glengarriff, Dunmore,Clonakilty and the Old Head of Kinsale. Many local gardens are open to visitors and the area is a paradise for photographers and artists because of the clean air and superb light. Local guides can be introduced
Available by Car: A great many places of scenic interest are within easy reach. East the coastal inlets are attractive and exploring the small local roads is rewarding. Small places can be found for refreshments. eg Unionhall and Glandore are within 30-45 minutes. West the road to Mizen Head takes you through places such as Ballydehob, Schull, Crookhaven and Goleen. This road leads to the site of Marconi`s first radio transmission across the Altantic. North Bantry Bay and Bantry House are only 40 minutes by car and well worth seeing. 10 miles past Bantry is Glengarriff where you can take a ferry to the delightful Garnish Island Gardens. Glengarriff is also the entry point to the beautiful Beara peninsular. Alternatively from Glengariff you can travel due north to Kenmare, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. There are also a good number of artists and craft workers in the area whose studios can be visited. Details at the Tourist Office in Skibbereen
Activities and Guest Comments : Many activities including seaching for ancestors are available through local guides and tours. Let us know your interests and we will either put you in touch with a them or make arrangements for you.
Horse riding is available in Rosscarbury and there are local Spas and beauticians to pamper you.
One Italian guest who arrived late at night and only saw the view from his bedroom window in the morning, came into breakfast and said 'They said I would be staying in a nice place,but no-one told me it would be paradise!'
Many people have arrived in Traharta stressed with pressures of work etc. and found that somehow things get into perspective just sitting on the front patio and taking everything in.
House: Skibbereen, County Cork Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 17860ha
In addition to providing very adequate accomodation for six adults, the house and cottage at Traharta provides an ideal centre for larger groups eg a group of up to 10 people can be accomodated in the house and cottage. The cottage is perfect for two adults and two children or four adults who do not require a second fully enclosed bedroom. For larger groups eg up to 13 to 18 people Seagull Cottage (Holiday Rentals 405898 sleeps 6 adults) is available. It is only three minutes walk from the other two Traharta properties and provides modern luxury accomodation.
- 140 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- The fridge has a reasonably sized efficient freezer section. The garage is not available for cars, but there is adequate car parking for several cars on the private drive at the front of the house. The garden is an acre in total, with good stretches of grass for activities. The flat roof of the house is paved and provides an excellent higher level viewing platform over the area,but small children must be supervised. Satelite and Sky box provide free to air channels and radio. Bring your own Sky card and watch all your favourite programmes. Many local guides and guided tours are available. The house contains a supply of literature and introductions can be arranged if required....moreless
- Video Player
- Books For Kids
- Video Game Console
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- CD Player
- Games For Kids
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Audio Tape Player
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Rain Forests
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theatre
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Horse Riding
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Golf Pass Optional
- Water Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Bay Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Roller Blading
- Fly Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Parking Off Street
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Basic Soaps
- Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Clothes Dryer
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Local Activities Guide
- 4 Ring Stove
- Lobster Pot
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Deck Chairs
ReviewsWrite a review
This is our second year to stay at Traharta House. We love the house and we love the location. In fact, this year we rescheduled our dates to travel to Ireland so that we could have this property once more. The location is beyond words. It is a perfect spot to relax, unwind, enjoy the beauty of the sea and this lovely land. The house is welcoming and comfortable. It has all of the facilities you could want and is very inviting for your stay. We enjoyed cooking while we were here and the kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans and equipment to do so. As the evenings were a bit cook in October, we often built a fire and just relaxed in the great room, reading or watching television. On the sunny days we would sit on the gorgeous patio , watching the sea, enjoying a good cup of tea or glass of wine. The owner, Mr. Shenton, makes the reservation process easy and is a delightful person to work with in securing a stay. If we needed anything at all, Mrs. Cleary, the local care taker, was quick to help us out. There is nothing about this house, this property that you will not enjoy and appreciate. Anyone who stays here will feel the same way as we do - it is absolutely paradise. In fact , we love it so much, we are already booked for 2014. I highly recommend and encourage you to check Traharta House out.- you will be glad you did.
- Guest cjc (Centertown, MO USA)
- Date of stay 10/12/13
- Review Submitted 11/18/13
A room with a view
A room with a view
Traharta House is one of those rare properties where you can actually hear the sound of the sea as you lie in bed. Its 3 bedrooms and the living room each have french doors opening directly onto a private terrace overlooking the sea and the small sheltered beach. The location has to be one of the nicest we have stayed in. You would never get tired of the magnificent view from the verandah. The house itself was spacious, clean and comfortable for our party of 6 and had 3 bathrooms so no queuing. It was great to have use of a washing machine, tumble drier and external washing line. The galley kitchen and large dining area were well equipped and we ate in most evenings. A large wood burning stove added character and a cosy feel to the living area and the huge store of free logs was a bonus. The local agent, Mrs Cleary, was welcoming and provided us with useful information. Highlights and lows for us were: Lows:- * access lane in need of repair (apparently damaged during recent heavy rain) * No shopping facilities or pubs/restaurants within easy walking distance Highs:- * chilling on the patio * lovely coastal walks directly from the house * kayaking to Castletownshend Harbour and to the beach over on Horse Island * fishing just below the house * our trips to Lough Hyne, Barley Cove and Mizen Head * finding the short cut over the hill to Skibbereen * discovering Fields Bakery We would certainly recommend Traharta House to others and will definitely consider returning in the future Rating 5 out of 5
- Guest Francis J.
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 10/14/12
The Traharta Treasure
The Traharta Treasure
Traharta House was the highpoint of our trip! The landscape is as beautiful as any I have ever seen. My first impression was that it has a Mediterranean feel, but with a quiet group of cows grazing just nearby it has an Irish feel, too. Unique and sweet, and well-situated for walking/exploring a special corner of Ireland, I recommend trying it off-season. Our family of two parents and two college aged sons chose Traharta as part of our lodging as we walked and otherwise explored the Southwest of Ireland. The house is quite interestingly designed, with each of the three bedrooms possessing double doors opening onto a stone deck that overlooks the ocean. Inside, the house is well-equipped but not fussy or fancy. It feels (rightly) like a beach house and has a lived-in atmosphere that we liked. There was wood ready for fires in the stove, as the temperature does drop quickly in the evening in October. The roof of the house doubles as a rooftop deck. One evening we brought chairs up by flashlight and sat together under a sky full of stars as we listened to the water lapping twenty feet away. To our delight we all saw the biggest and brightest shooting star any of us has ever seen. The owner has been a pleasure to communicate with. The local agents who will have the key and otherwise be available to help were a real slice of lovely Irish goodness whom I would have loved spending more time with. We certainly do hope to cross the (Atlantic) pond again soon and spend an extended time at this hidden treasure.
- Guest Susan C.
- Date of stay 10/24/11
- Review Submitted 11/09/11
Owner response: We are very fortunate to have a holiday house in such a beautiful sheltered location that is possible to enjoy in all Seasons. Our local agents, the Cleary`s are gems and get great reviews from all our guests. Do come and see for yourself. Graham Shenton
My husband and I stayed in the cottage for 2 nights in mid June. It was a pleasant surprise to pull up the driveway and see a postcard view from the car. The location was so wonderful, we changed our day plans of exploring the area via car and spent the whole day on the patio watching boats come and go and taking periodic walks along the rocky beach. The house has everything you need (3 working hairdryers!!!) and then some. The kitchen had a collection of dry goods from previous visitors which made cooking that much easier. We felt completely at home. The only downfall is that the closest grocery store is about 15min away via car and with us being a little nervous about driving on the opposite side of the narrow country roads, we made the trip for food & laundry soap once. It worked out since our stay was so short. There are lots of cute small towns near by (several within 15-30min via car), but nothing really within walking distance. After spending 2 weeks traveling, this was the perfect end to our vacation. Hopefully we'll be able to return for a bit longer stay!
- Guest elizabeth l.
- Date of stay 06/22/11
- Review Submitted 07/02/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Dear Elizabeth, Many thanks for your great review. We were pleased to hear that Traharta worked it magic on you and that you had a relaxing time; also that you found the house had everything you needed. Over the years we have found it difficult to describe the location to someone who has never seen it, but hopefully reviews like yours will help share its very special quality. Kind regards Graham Shenton
We spent a week in early March at this house and throughly loved the experience. Having now re-read the positive comments mentioned in past reviews, we recognise them to be accurate. It is a wonderful location and a spacious comfortable and clean house with great ocean views. The house owner and local manager were both friendly and easy to deal with. It is a relatively remote property, which suited us however the nearest village was not too far, and the locals we did encounter were welcoming and a delight to meet. There is much to see and do in the area and we were lucky to have dry conditions which enabled invigorating activity such as pleasant walks to view other spectacular sites and exploring the beach at low tide. However if the weather had been different we would almost have been pleased to be stuck indoors as there was TV, video, internet and a pleasing array of reading material available. In high season when water activities are more readily available the location would then be extremely hard to beat. The adjoining rental option, the small cottage, also looked inviting and perfect for two people, but we enjoyed the extra space of the house particularly as we had a couple of friends from London join us for two nights. We take pleasure in recommending this property.
- Guest Kevin and Leonie (Bendigo Victoria Australia)
- Date of stay 03/06/10
- Review Submitted 03/26/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.
an architect designed gem
an architect designed gem
We stayed in this property for a month and I would return in a heartbeat. The house itself is lovely with a great master bedroom overlooking the water. The design of the house is lateral, so that the main bedroom is way down a long hall from the living area. The property is literally right on the water's edge. You can hear the water lapping as you go to sleep. Or you can sit outside on the very good quality lawn furniture on the deck, or nearby rocks on a small cove, and watch the ocean. The area is filled with great natural beauty - the walking is wonderful, and it is extemely peaceful. The locals are friendly and wave at you as you are walking. Yet, you are just a few miles away from Castletownsend, home to MaryAnne's - one of the best foodie pubs in County Cork. And you are not far from the happening places like Baltimore, Skibbereen, etc. The caretaker is extremely nice as are the owners. If you want to chill, tour the countryside, or you want to experience some of the area's pub life, this place is terrific
- Guest CaroleZ (Montreal, Quebec)
- Date of stay 04/07/07
- Review Submitted 11/12/08
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.
The most beautiful location imaginable
The most beautiful location imaginable
We have been visiting this property every year for over 10 years now. We have two boys, now 11 and 13 that have grown up holidaying here. We keep coming back because it is such a special place. The views from the deck are extraordinary and on good days we pass hours in the sun sipping wine and enjoying company of friends. The beach immediately infrontof the house is mostly pebbles with a bit of sand at low tide, ideal for swimming, kayaking, sailing, setting off on fishing trips and exploring rockpools. Just around the headland is a beautiful white sandy beach that rarely has anyone on but us. A little further afield we also enjoy a number of fantastic restaurants with very high quality food. The house itself is a delight. All three bedrooms open straight onto the deck with bathrooms at the back of the property for each bedroom. The kitchen is small but very well equiped and the main room, with large wood burning stove to keep it warm, is perfect for eating together and chatting in the evening. The house is geared up for active people with wetsuits and kayaks etc. with plenty of space to dry out and store kit. We always travel with friends who usually stay in the cottage, we love it so much most of our friends have stayed with us at some point. We could not recommend this place more highly, when there it feels like the best kept secret in Europe.
- Guest Sailaway (Worcester, UK)
- Date of stay 08/16/08
- Review Submitted 11/04/08
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, tourists without a car.
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Dec 1 - Dec 21, 2013
3 night min stay
Dec 22 - Jan 11, 2014
4 night min stay
Jan 12 - Mar 29, 2014
3 night min stay
Mar 30 - May 17, 2014
4 night min stay
May 18 - Jun 21, 2014
7 night min stay
Jun 22 - Aug 30, 2014
7 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: Ring of Skiddy,Cork,Ireland at 50 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Cork at 50 Miles
- Nearest Train: Cork at 50 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Traharta at 100 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: Lils and Mary Annes, Castletownshend at 1.5 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Skibbereen at 6 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Mary Annes, Castletownshend at 1.5 Miles
Year Purchased: 1994
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