Luxurious Holiday Home in Castletownshend Near Skibbereen in West Cork

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Last updated: 10/07/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7-16 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

'According to legend, Clíodhna was a Danaan maiden once living in Manannán mac Lir's country, the Land of Youth beyond the sea. Escaping with a mortal lover, Keevan of the Curling Locks, the couple land on the southern coast of Ireland and he leaves to hunt in the woods. Clíodhna, who remains on the beach, is lulled to sleep by fairy music played by a minstrel sent by Manannán, when a great wave sweeps in from the sea and carries her back to Tir na nOg, leaving her lover desolate. The beach is known as the Strand of Cleena's Wave.'

Situated at Bawnishall crossroads in scenic West Cork, Cliona Lodge is a five minute stroll to the nearest beach, Tra na gCath (Battle Strand). There are more beaches on the way to Toe Head (one mile) and at Tragumna (3 miles), and at Sandycove on the way to Castletownshend (2 miles). For the more energetic, there are wonderful walks to the top of Toe Head, overlooking the Stags and the wreck of the Kowloon Bridge, with views west all the way to the Kedge islands outside Baltimore.

Cliona Lodge, comprising 2,700 square feet on two floors, offers generous amounts of architect designed, light-filled space. The ground floor is open plan with a dining area for ten or more, a spacious kitchen with all appliances, an office area and a TV room. There are four double bedrooms upstairs with three full baths, one with a jacuzzi tub, the master with its own dressing room. Individual rooms have their own thermostat controlling under floor heating throughout. Top insulation spec keeps things cosy, and solar assisted hot water contributes further green credentials. A fully landscaped garden complete with burbling stream makes for a pleasant outdoor environment. Views from the house are of the farmland set amongst rolling hills with the ocean visible just down the road.

This is rural Ireland, working farms all around, beef and dairy herds grazing nearby. Historic Castletownshend is three miles away with its picturesque harbour, St.Barrahane's Church (early 19th century) and Mary Anne's restaurant, a must for sea food lovers. Skibbereen, 5 miles away, is steeped in history but is also a busy market town with a wide choice of food and shopping opportunities - West Cork has a richly deserved reputation for some of the finest food in the world. Check out the farmers' markets in Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Schull and Bantry.

Previous visitors to Cliona Lodge rate their top 'must visits': Drombeg Stone Circle, just east of Glandore, a window on 1500 BC; Glandore itself, one of Ireland's most attractive locations; Union Hall and Keelbeg pier where you can see fresh fish being landed most days and available for sale from Glenmar fish shop - nothing more fresh than their locally caught lobster and langoustine. Lough Hyne (or Ine) a world famous site amongst marine bioligists and a great place for strenuous walks with magnificent views from the top; Mizen Head, the most southerly point in Ireland reached by a narrow footbridge that sets the adrenaline going; the islands of Cape Clear and Sherkin, easily reached from Baltimore harbour; and all along this part of the coast you can see the Fastnet Rock lighthouse, a major landmark for seafarers and the turning mark for one of the world's greatest yacht races.

This area also enjoys one of the best gardening climates on the planet. Washed by the Gulf Stream, the climate is mild with no temperature extremes. Visit nearby Liss Ard, a fabulous 140 acre estate, Glebe Gardens near Baltimore, or Lisselan near Clonakilty, and especially the Italian Gardens on Garinish Island (Ilnacullin) reached by five minute ferry from Glengarriff. If you time it right, you may have the opportunity to visit participating gardens in the West Cork Garden Trail, when privately owned prize winning gardens open for charity fund raising.

There is so much to interest people here! Specialised whale watching boats operate out of Union Hall and Baltimore. Ireland is one of the best places in Europe to see these giant creatures with 24 species of whale and dolphin so far identified in these coastal waters. Sea birds abound too, and bird watching brings many visitors to this part of Ireland, particularly in September when the migrants heading south for the winter stop to rest on this, the most southerly part of Ireland, before pushing on to Africa. Atlantic storms sometimes bring us unusual visitors from the Americas. Cape Clear has a dedicated bird watching observatory which brings visitors from all over the world.

With so much to see, it's no surprise that both professional and aspiring wildlife photographers make West Cork top, or close to top, of their list. The light, the atmosphere, the history, the flora and fauna, all conspire to offer the camera enthusiast an unending series of opportunities to capture magical moments.

Many of our visitors are city dwellers who are often amazed at the clarity of the night sky, the Milky Way overhead, the constellations clearly visible. There is a small telescope at Cliona Lodge for those who want to have a closer look at the heavens but nothing beats a walk up to Toe Head when the full moon is shining on the waters below, lighting up the Stags, while the loom of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse pulsates on the horizon and you hear the sound of Cliona's wave breaking on the shore below.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    for calls to landlines only, free to Ireland and UK. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawers...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large Fridge/Freezer. Custom built units. Two sinks. Large island. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Fisher & Paykel...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Fisher & Paykel...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Fishing Rods...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Jetted Tub


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
16 night min stay

flat fee
Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2016
10 night min stay

flat fee
May bank holiday
Apr 29 - May 6, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
June bank holiday
Jun 3 - Jun 10, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
August bank holiday
Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
Halloween holiday
Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2016
8 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection €59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit €500
  • Taxes Not included


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Cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/07/2015
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80 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
275 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
90 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Mary Anne's
200 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary


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  • Utility includes separate washer and dryer

    Utility includes separate washer and dryer

  • Open plan layout

    Open plan layout

  • Kitchen


  • Kitchen and Dining

    Kitchen and Dining

  • Bedroom 3

    Bedroom 3

  • Bedroom 2 en suite

    Bedroom 2 en suite

  • Cliona Lodge

    Cliona Lodge

  • kitchen and dining area

    kitchen and dining area

  • Dining with seating for 10

    Dining with seating for 10

  • Kitchen and Dining

    Kitchen and Dining

  • Open plan ground floor

    Open plan ground floor

  • Bedroom 4 with twin beds

    Bedroom 4 with twin beds

  • Master bedroom en suite

    Master bedroom en suite

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Castletownshend #304764

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