Delightful Traditional Stone Cottage in Secluded Lush Woodland
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Ballydehob cottage description
The Yard Cottage was the original homestead when Glensallagh was a working farm. Built in 1840 and renovated in 1996, it is a cosy, picturesque cottage with masses of soft pink roses around the door. It is set in its own grass yard (lawn) with a small cottage garden where it is possible to eat/picnic/play outside.
Upstairs there is a pretty double bedroom with a 5ft king-size double bed, a bathroom with shower and bath. There are wooden floors throughout. Downstairs there is a second bedroom with two single beds. There is a dining/sitting area and a galley kitchen with slate floors throughout. There is a wood/coal burning stove.
This really is the place to get away from it all, a true rural retreat in the peace and tranquility of Glensallagh Gardens. You are invited to explore the 47 acres of woodland at Glensallagh including open heaths, shady woodland, wildflower meadows and more than 200 species of trees and shrubs in a 15 acre wild woodland garden. Great exploring for children though we suggest adult supervision for younger children due to ponds and ditches.
The surrounding lanes are bordered by an incredible wild flora. Just wonder off and explore the forests and moors from the propert or go further afield to the 55 miles of marked trails on Sheeps Head peninsular with breath taking views of Bantry and Dunmanys Bays and the distant Kerry mountains, only 5 miles away.
We are currently implementing a new shady woodland walk and a new 60ft mixed border! All our vegetables are grown to organic principles - we welcome you with a seasonal selection basket on your arrival as well as our fresh eggs. Further produce is available during your stay at modest prices.
There are so many things to do and explore in this beautiful part of West Cork, walking, sight-seeing, garden visits... but above all come, with friends, family, a loved one and relax!
You can reduce your carbon foot-print by staying at Glensallagh. Electricity is partly generated on site by a 2.5kw wind turbine, but you won’t be disturbed by the noise which is only ever a soft distant whirring.
A large basket of logs are also supplied to the Yard Cottage for the solid fuel stove.
The practical bits
Check in after 15:00 and check out by 10:00.
Changeover days are Saturdays without prior arrangement.
We provide all bed linen and towels. There is a washing machine and tumble drier in the shared laundry room on the ground floor of the Tractor Shed building close by.
Keywords: cottage, farm, traditional, stone, quiet, secluded, romantic,
- Vacation Rental
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Wood Stove
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Parking Off Street
- woodland garden, vegetable gardens with fresh produce available
- Wireless Internet
- Fitness Center
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- whale and dolphin watching West Cork garden trail (June)
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deceptive and unrentable
deceptive and unrentable
This is a very disappointing property where we stayed only one night, the time needed to find a hotel and get out. Our stay in West Cork was not helped by very wet weather but leaving the bad summer aside, this is an appalling "traditional cottage" which is frankly not fit for rental. I was guided by the comments of the previous review. Having spent one night there with my wife and two young children, the commentary amazes me. Firstly, the property, is very inaccessible in bad weather, consider a 4-wheel dreive as necessary once you leave the road. The cottage was damp throughout, the air laden with moisture which did not go away after heating. It was dirty and had not been thoroughly cleaned and dusted in a long time. Bulbs were missing from lamps. The wood burning stove located in the kitchen smoked and was difficult to get going without using a firelog. The kitchen (not shown in the photos) is basic, its two components -a old under table refridgerator and a gas stove- were antiquated specimens from the set of Philadelphia here I Come. In fact the whole property belongs in the 1960s. The bathroom and hot water were adequate, however this bathroom is accessible only through the upstairs bedroom making it a difficult proposition where two couples rent the house. When the owner appeared, he explained to light the gas stove a match was not sufficient and we would need a lighter. There wasn't one provided and he directed us to the shops in Ballydehob. The property description promised the visitor a seasonal selection basket of vegetables grown on the property and fresh eggs on arrival- there was nothing. For weather reasons, the grass yard, woodland, laneways and incredible wild flora described by the owner was not accessible. It was difficult to get in and out. While I would not dispute for one moment the peace and tranquility offered by the place, I would caution anyone looking for basic accommodation in the countryside of Ballydehob to look elsewhere as this is a dingy outhouse, presented as as a traditional Irish cottage, no longer fit for having people to stay.
- Guest paul (aix en provence, France)
- Date of stay 08/18/12
- Review Submitted 08/29/12
Owner response: Sorry you had such a disappointing visit Paul. It was kind of you to leave E100 but if you had taken the chance to raise your problems with me before you disappeared (I WAS around) we could have reached a more mutually agreeable solution, ie our other property, Tractorshed Loft was available and you could've moved in there. So to deal with your points: 4WD is not required, even in this terrible summer: the previous clients were a, dare I say, elderly couple from the US who sailed in and out in a small rental car. The air WAS laden with moisture, we having had the worst summer in living memory which somehow got in with all the windows and door open! Unfortunately you didn't close the door of the stove properly so it was bound to smoke, tho I wasn't altogether clear why you'd lit it when the temp was an, albeit humid, 65F!. The property was cleaned the day before your arrival, if you had shown me examples of dirt I would've brought in the cleaner from next door. Ditto rebulbs. The kitchen is described as a galley kitchen and that's what it is: a walk-in US style fridge simply would not be apropriate. The property actually belongs to the 1840's not the 1950's! Glad you approved of the bathroom and hotwater: I have to point out that you were not two couples but one couple with young children, which is what the cottage is ideal for and I must add that we point this out to prospective, two couple clients. I do not believe I told you matches were inadequate etc etc: common sense tells me that what you can't light (with the matches provided) won't catch with a lighter, even one from Ballydehob!! Re vegetables I did actually invite your wife to come down to the veg garden with me and help herself to the vegetables available, including courgettes, a wide range of salad, broad and french beans and loads more. Re eggs, I agree, alas the hens were not laying and it would have been dishonest of me to fob off the urban dweller with factory substitutes! Pity your kids were denied the pleasure of feedings the ducks, geese and the new batch of laying hens. Did you actually attempt to review the "woodland, laneways and wild flora"? As that well known sage O'Confuseus said in the nth Century, "He who comes to West Cork without wellies, is dreaming!" But as you say, it was down to the weather. You said the property is misrepresented, I would be interested if you can specify any inaccuracy or manipulation of imagery but I AM sorry about the rain and thanks for one star!
Old Comforts in Eden
Old Comforts in Eden
When my wife found this place online, it got in our dreams. And when we arrived, we found the dreams were true. Our family--two adults and two kids--found our week in the cottage a complete pleasure. We savored the character of the old stone cottage, while appreciating the restoration that made it our cozy home for wandering. (We took a bold walk out Sheeps Head, attended a music festival in Bantry, and rambled in the local village of Ballydehob.) The bed was heaven, the walks nearby ideal, and the hospitality of our hosts a delight. We have stayed in places that had no character, and others where character abounded but at a cost in comfort. This cottage struck the perfect balance, and our hosts Richard and Jules have become friends. We will be back!
- Guest Kim (Portland, Oregon, USA)
- Date of stay 08/06/11
- Review Submitted 01/04/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Thank you so much for your kind review. It is good to hear that we are getting the balance right between 'tradition' and comfort. Although, as might seem obvious, we rent out our properties as a business (of sorts!) what we really enjoy is meeting all the wonderful people who come here from far and wide, to what we think is a very special place. We very much look forward to your return, in the not too distant future, we hope.
January - May. 7 nights 400 Euros. Mid-week 3 nights/ Weekends 3 nights 300 Euros. June. Weekly (7 nights) 450 Euros. Mid-week (3 nights) 300 Euros. W/end 350 Euros July - August. Weekly (7 nights) 500 Euros. (no mid week or w/end rates available) September. Weekly (7 nights) 450 Euros. Mid-week/W/end (3 nights) 350 Euros October - Nov. Weekly (7 nights)400 Euros. Mid-week / W/end (3 nights) 300 Euros December. Weekly except Xmas (7 nights) 400 Euros. Mid-week/w/end (3 n) 300 Euros Christmas and Easter Holidays Weekly rates 500 Euros 10% discount if rented with he Tractor Shed Apartment listed on VRBO or late book
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Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: Richard is a semi-retired exploration geologist who has worked most of his life abroad, primarily in Africa. He now spends all his time growing vegetables and designing and implementing the huge woodland garden here at Glensallagh. Jules is an anthropologist and assistant gardener. Both Richard and Jules are keen cooks and enjoy entertaining friends and catering for their guests. Monty is a retired and retiring old sheep dog (collie) and Pola is a young Jack Russell terrier who enjoys enthusiastically meeting new guests.
Why the Owner Chose Ballydehob:
Stepping off the plane in Ireland the first breath of Atlantic air redolent with turf smoke and tranquility told me This is Home! Smitten by the wind and sea washed landscape I found a derelict property for sale in West Cork and it's been home ever since. In the 1800s Somerville and Ross, authors of the locally set Irish RM series of tales, said: “West Cork should be kept as a reserve for idlers, artists and idealists!” Can’t say fairer than that.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Peace!! Above all. And a kind of benevolent time warp. Hurry to get here and then just let go completely. There ARE loads of things to do but above all come and enjoy the tranquility. A lexicographer who collects local sayings once stepped into a pub in Ballydehob. He asked if there were any local sayings. Pat Joe, Sean’s brother, asked what he meant. “Well in Spain, when they want to put something off, they say they’ll do it ‘Manana’ “, the lexicographer explained, “In the morning”. “O Jasus!” said Pat Joe, “we don’t quite have that sense of urgency round here!”
- Primary: +353 2837294
- Secondary: +353 876665045 (Ireland)
Links to more information:
The Yard Cottage built in 1840
Yard cottage interior: dinning/sitting area
Rampant roses around the door of the Yard Cottage, Glensallagh Gardens
Yard cottage interior looking towards galley kitchen on left and twin bedroom
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