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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

There are two parts to the property but they are one unit. In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built Crookhaven lighthouse and the adjoining cottage. Perched over the entrance to the natural harbour of Crookhaven, for over 160 years the cottage sheltered the Lightkeepers' families. When the Lighthouse was first automated (it is still fully operational) the Commissioners no longer needed the accommodation provided by the cottage and ownership changed hands.

The new owners have fully refurbished the 1843 cottage and this part of the property now comprises 2 double bedrooms with an additional room containing a double pull-out bed and a stairway to a large living space converted from what had been the quarters of three families. This large living room contains extensive seating, satellite TV, DVD, a music system and views in all directions. Also downstairs is a shower room, kitchen and dining area. The structural integrity of the 1843 cottage has been preserved with the layout of the downstairs rooms reflecting the original plan.

Across the small yard is the extraordinary light filled space that is the 'longhouse'. In 2008 the owners completed a radical design consisting of a rectangular glass walled cuboid resting on two new bedrooms and a second bathroom. This wonderful addition allows for spectacular views from the upper level through 270 degrees. In a feature article on visiting Ireland, US Airways Magazine (January 2012, page 38, available online) recommends the property as a fabulous place to stay and says that if you dream of ocean views, this property tops the list 'complete with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the Atlantic's hypnotic blue waves'!

The upper level contains a fully fitted kitchen, a dining table seating 8/10, a wood burning fireplace, a High Definition TV and Blu-ray disk player together with comfortable seating throughout. Along the length of this level is a balcony from which the views need to be seen to be believed, ranging from the natural harbour of Crookhaven past the world famous Fastnet Lighthouse 7 miles off-shore to Baltimore, Cape Clear and Roaring Water Bay with its many islands.

Although built on 'Rock Island', this is not a true island, at least for the past several hundred years. Access is along a beautiful stone-walled 'lighthouse' roadway which undulates across the fields of heather and gorse for a mile or so. Just 2 miles away you will find Goleen with its shops, pubs and first class restaurant. Across the bay is the sailing village of Crookhaven, which for centuries was the first port of call for vessels arriving from the New World destined for the North West of Europe.

In winter there is always a welcoming fire awaiting you there in O'Sullivan's Bar and in summer a flurry of activity on the harbourside as sailors and boat people of all ages and nationalitiies set to sea or disembark in search of one of the mouthwatering seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront.

Around the next bay is the end of the Mizen Peninsula with its rugged coastline, the surfing mecca and golden sands of Barleycove Beach and at the end of the road a mile or two further on, the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. There you'll find a visitor centre and spectacular walks laid out along the rocky coastline leading to the recently re-built and re-opened pedestrian bridge over to the Mizen Lighthouse and Fog-Signal Station. Next stop America!

Keywords: Ocean Front Lighthouse Dwelling

More Details

Property Manager
Margaret O'Driscoll
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018


County Cork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The two new bedrooms in the Longhouse each have a walnut Queen size bed. Each of the two bedrooms in the 1843 cottage has two cherry wood single beds which can be arranged together to form a King bed. The extra convertible double bed is in the room from which the large living room in the cottage is accessed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
If you wish to dine by the light of a Lighthouse or write your first novel, this is for you. At this incredibly romantic location four visiting couples in the past two years have become engaged to be married!


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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Spectacular views in a very special property

  • 5 of 5

We had an unforgettable Christmas in this most beautiful place. Gannets fishing right outside our windows, three walls of glass make you feel you're right in the middle of the view - all with underfloor heating, big comfy sofas and a brilliant kitchen. Only small criticism is mattresses are not great in the bedrooms ... Highly recommended nonetheless. There's a cute village within walking distance which has a couple of bars and a very well stocked shop. Peaceful, beautiful countryside all around and a view of Fastnet lighthouse which is just magical. Plenty of lovely walks and drives, and only a couple of hours drive from Cork. We LOVED it.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love the Lighthouse

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking. We will come again

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect place for relaxation and rest

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at Crookhaven Lighthouse and we spent much time watching seals and dolphins while sitting in the living room. We were fascinated by ever changing lighting conditions during day time and by intense starry skies during night time. A perfect place for relaxation and rest. Thank you for letting us be here.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I was looking for something a little different for my husband to celebrate a significant birthday. After a lot of research and brain- storming, I decided to go with a trip to the Crookhaven Lighthouse. This proved to be an inspired choice. The lighthouse has the most amazing location, with panoramic views out onto the sea with the Fastnet Lighthouse in the distance. The view is truly amazing and this novelty did not wear off over the few days. We went in March, so found that we could make the most of the view at daytime meal times and in the afternoon as the eating and relaxation area are all upstairs with that view. We loved to face out to the view in the afternoons until the light faded, whilst reading or just staring at the view and listening to music. Then, we lit a fire in the glass-doored, midwall-level fireplace, and recommenced the relaxation (tip: bring your own fuel, if you can. It was difficult to find locally. Eventually got it in Schull.) We hated leaving the place, and preferred to dine there each evening, though that had not been the intention prior to our visit. The facilities there are excellent, and the house was warm and comfortable. The focus is definitely on the upstairs with downstairs comfortable, and more functional. There is a shower and bath. The DVDs of old movies were a nice touch, and we made the most. My husband is still talking about the wonderful trip we had and what a special place this lighthouse is. We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending this holiday location and will return. It is a little piece of Heaven in an idyllic, quiet place. You really will feel you are getting away from it all.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely breathtaking views.

  • 5 of 5

The lighthouse really did deliver on location and I don't think any of us tired of the views. When it was misty and wet, it was atmospheric and when the sun shone it lit everything up around it. Nothing ever looked the same twice. We watched the dolphins swim right by the windows and waited each night for the lighthouse lights to start up and have fastnet wink at us in the moonlight. We were lucky enough to witness a lunar eclipse. Totally magical place and we will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What I expect heaven is like

  • 5 of 5

We ventured from Canada based on the web pictures on HomeAway but even those nice pictures could not describe the beauty and serenity of the Crookhaven lighthouse. We have no words. The views, the location, the small towns nearby, castles everywhere and home to a clean, comfortable and well-appointed home. The charm was so intoxicating my son proposed to his girlfriend. We have travelled to many areas of the world and by far this is the best property we have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
120 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
O'Sullivan's Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Heron's Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Mizen Head Fog Signal Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Castle Head
Nearest Point of Interest
Ballyrisode Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Car: necessary

The property is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, the world's longest defined coastal touring route, which begins in Greencastle, County Donegal and ends in Kinsale in East Cork. It boasts of some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The above rates are inclusive of all taxes.
Other than in the summer months it may be possible to stay for a minimum of 4 nights, depending on availability.
For rates please enquire. Please note that rates for a stay of less than 7 days are not charged on a pro rata, daily basis.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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