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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.
Cottage: Skibbereen, County Cork Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 17860ha
A complete restoration of a traditional Irish farm cottage has produced this most delightful modern accommodation of great charm and character. A careful design of the living areas has produced a spacious feel with good natural lighting and heating. The living and dining areas on the first floor enjoy lovely views over the Traharta strand, its sheltered bay and the many nearby Islands. The glass panneled front door to this area allow the views to be enjoyed from inside while the balcony provides a vantage point outside. The fully fitted kitchen is neat and spacious and a fireplace with a Morso stove provides a focal point for the open plan beamed upstairs area. Downstairs are two snug sleeping rooms each equipped with two comfortable single beds each. The modern bathroom contains a bath and shower and the utility room is equipped with a modern washing machine and dryer.
1. Room with two comfortable single beds, dressing table and hanging space. Window overlooking patio. One door leading to Bedroom 2. 2 Cots are available on request. 3 Similar size to Bedroom 1 with two comfortable single beds. Window overlooking patio. Access to ground floor front door, bedroom 1, stairs to upstairs and door to utility room and bathroom....moreless
1. Clean modern bathroom with tiled floor good natural light, ventilation and heating....moreless
Look for bargain flights to Cork and car hire eg currently with Aer Lingus. Our Sky box provides free to air channels and radio. Bring your own Sky card and watch all your favourite programmes.
Wheelchair access downstairs only.
Elderly who can manage one flight of stairs will have no problem....moreless
Late Autumn Nov 15 - Dec 19, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas/New Year Dec 20 - Jan 9, 2016 4 night min stay
Winter Jan 10 - Mar 19, 2016 3 night min stay
$79 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
Early Spring Mar 20 - May 14, 2016 3 night min stay
$90 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Changeover Day: Saturday
Early Summer May 15 - Jun 18, 2016 4 night min stay
$95 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Summmer Jun 19 - Sep 3, 2016 7 night min stay
Late Summer Sep 4 - Oct 8, 2016 4 night min stay
Autumn Oct 9 - Nov 12, 2016 3 night min stay
$90 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Late Autumn Nov 13 - Dec 17, 2016 3 night min stay
$79 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas/New Year Dec 18 - Jan 14, 2017 6 night min stay
$90 Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$105.94
cleaning/laundry per wk$63.57
A deposit of 25% of the total letting cost is due at booking. The balance plus a security deposit of E100 per week to is due four weeks before arrival. Linen is provided. Towels are available on request. The cost of electricity, any breakages, extra cleaning etc will be deducted from the security deposit and the balance refunded within two weeks of your stay.
The 25% booking deposit is refundable if the cottage is relet. The 75% balance plus the 100 euro security deposit are payable one month before arrival. The security deposit less the cost of electricity, any breakages and extra cleaning (at 20 euros per hour) will be refunded within two weeks of the end of your stay.
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Traharta or 'strand' is opposite Horse Island at the entrance to Castletownshend Harbour on the South West coast of Ireland. It`s unique location on the water is surrounded by green fields and dairy cattle. A perfect place to relax and get away. The environment is one of the cleanest in Europe. It is a paradise for photographers and artists, because of the subtly changing lighting and sun filled evenings. The property has its own steps to the rocks and beach. Is only 1.5 miles from Castletownshend, 4 miles from the active historic market town of Skibbereen and 50 miles from Cork and its International Airport. Google for special deals on flights and car rentals which are usually available. The location is surrounded by tourist activities including golf, sailing, canoeing, diving, walking, whale and bird watching and gardens. Places to visit include Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, Mizen Head, Schull, Bantry and the the Bera peninsular, Glengarriff, Garinish Island, and even Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry are accessable in a day trip
Other Activities: Observing life in the rock pools, visiting local archeological sites,kayaking,whale watching
Golf: Skibbereen Golf Course has 18 attractive and variously challenging holes. It is a public course open to non-members and is located on the Baltimore Road just outside Skibbereen.
Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: Graham and Cecilia Shenton live in Swindon, Wiltshire in the UK. Graham grew up in Australia and spent his working life in electronics in Australia, Europe and the USA. Cecilia is a physiotherapist who still practices on her patients who can manage to get up to her treatment room in the attic.
Why the Owner Chose Skibbereen: We were staying with friends in Castletownshend and saw Traharta for the first time one wet Saturday morning. We walked down the steps from the car park to the rocks, looked at each other and said, 'we`ve not seen the house yet, but we`re going to buy it'. We`ve never regretted it.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Location to die for. Difficult to appreciate until have been there, but just amazing at all times of the year.