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Delightful Waterside House and Cottage Idyllic Location in West Cork - House

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No


House: County Cork, County Cork Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 17860ha

In addition to providing very adequate accommodation for six adults, the house and cottage at Traharta provides an ideal centre for larger groups eg a group of 10 people can be accommodated 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.

About the Property

Self-catering house sleeps 6, cottage 4 large garden children, pets welcome

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.
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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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Additional information about rental rates:

Bookings can be made with a 20% deposit of the full letting price, refundable if the property is re-let. The balance is due four weeks before arrival. A 100 euro per week security deposit is payable with the balance. The cost of utilities(electricity and oil used),breakages and any additional cleaning will be deducted from this and the balance returned within two weeks of the end of your stay. Linen is provided. Towels are available on request. All payments in euros.

Property Type

  • House
  • 140 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper


  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Second bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Third bedroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

    Master bedroom...moreless

  • Note there is 1 large double bedroom and two twin bedrooms, all with comfortable beds. There are also 2 cots for babies that can be provided on request. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Each twin bedroom has its own bathroom with bath(tub), shower, basin and toilet. The basins are surrounded by luxuriously large surface areas the full width of the bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Bargain flights to Cork and car hire are available, eg currently with Aer Lingus. The fridge has a good 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 has a supply of literature and introductions can be arranged if required....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront

Natural Features

  • Private Island

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    Coal and wood provided...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    WiFi available free...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Yard

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


from 12 traveler reviews


50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ring of Skiddy,Cork,Ireland
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Lils and Mary Annes, Castletownshend
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Mary Annes, Castletownshend
100 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: Graham and Cecilia Shenton live in Swindon, Wiltshire in the UK. Graham grew up in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. He spent his working life in electronics working in Australia, UK/Europe and the USA. Cecilia is a physiotherapist who still practices on patients who are well enough to climb the stairs to her attic treatment room.

Why the Owner Chose County Cork, Ireland:
We were staying with friends in Castletownshend and saw Traharta 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 House:
Location to die for. Difficult to appreciate until have been there, but just amazing at all times of the year.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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  • House, Lunch on the Patio

    House, Lunch on the Patio

  • House, Dining and Living area

    House, Dining and Living area

  • House Entrance lobby, kitchen galley and hallway to bedrooms

    House Entrance lobby, kitchen galley and hallway to bedrooms

  • House,one of the two twin bedrooms

    House,one of the two twin bedrooms

  • View from House and Cottage over bay and Horse Island

    View from House and Cottage over bay and Horse Island

  • Cottage, Patio and ground floor entrance

    Cottage, Patio and ground floor entrance

  • Cottage Kitchen

    Cottage Kitchen

  • Cottage, Main Bedroom

    Cottage, Main Bedroom

  • Cottage, Bathroom sink and toilet

    Cottage, Bathroom sink and toilet

  • Typical evening light over the bay and islands at Traharta

    Typical evening light over the bay and islands at Traharta

  • Front Garden Traharta House and Cottage

    Front Garden Traharta House and Cottage

  • Traharta House - Dining on the Terrace

    Traharta House - Dining on the Terrace

  • House, view through the front door.

    House, view through the front door.

  • House Master bedroom with office area

    House Master bedroom with office area

  • House, one of two bathrooms with bath and shower

    House, one of two bathrooms with bath and shower

  • Traharta House and Cottage from the water

    Traharta House and Cottage from the water

  • Cottage front steps and balcony

    Cottage front steps and balcony

  • Cottage,view inside kitchen and dining area to bay and islands

    Cottage,view inside kitchen and dining area to bay and islands

  • Cottage dining area

    Cottage dining area

  • Cottage Second Bedroom

    Cottage Second Bedroom

  • Cottage bathroom, bath and shower

    Cottage bathroom, bath and shower

  • Traharta House - steps from parking area  to Terrace

    Traharta House - steps from parking area to Terrace

  • Cottage Living Room

    Cottage Living Room

  • Secret Beach - 200m from Traharta house and cottage

    Secret Beach - 200m from Traharta house and cottage

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