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Light-Filled Coastal Irish Home with Open Plan

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12); studio extra

Derry Hill- Welcome.

This self-catered, detached, beautiful family home is set on its own private lawn and landscaped grounds. A five minute car drive from the renowned West Cork villages of Glandore and Rosscarbery, the house overlooks the charming Roury valley and river.

Featuring four bedrooms: three doubles (1 master en-suite) and one w/2-twin beds, the house can accommodate 8 persons very comfortably.

The open-plan, ground floor incorporates a superior, hand-crafted kitchen furnished with solid, beach-timber cupboards, black granite countertops and island unit, integrated appliances, and many more extras.

Positioned conveniently next to the kitchen is the open plan Dining Area which overlooks a lawn, wild meadow and a preserved forest at the bottom and side of the hill.

A large open-plan Lounge Area with high ceiling, solid-timber flooring and open, stone-faced, wood-burning fireplace provides exceptional levels of natural light, beautiful views, and access to a 12 by 12 foot stoned patio through large French doors.

A self-contained, fully furnished, studio apartment (sleeps two plus a fold-out couch/convertible bed) above the detached garage is also available to rent for an additional 300 euros a week.

At the top of the driveway a large garden overlooks the house.

Other features include:

*Ground floor television and music room.

*Fully fitted utility room upstairs.

*Downstairs shower room and toilet.

*Outdoor basketball

*Barbecue on patio w/furniture

*Badmitton/Volleyball on lawn

Heating is provided from three separate sources:

*Solid fuel fireplace.

*Comfortable under-floor heating in tiled areas.

*Oil-fired central heating, water-filled radiators throughout.

Keywords:, detached with garden and large yard, private driveway, rural setting, outdoor patio with barbecue grill, outdoor basketball court, volleyball/badmitton net in yard, detached studio apt. extra,

More Details

Nora Hubbert
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Nora Hubbert

While Sile and I call Brooklyn our primary residence, Sile was born and raised in County Wicklow, Ireland. Numerous trips 'home' demanded we find a 'derelict cottage' for ourselves near the family. The 'Tiger' arrived and prices skyrocketed around Dublin and into Co. Wicklow . Dejected, we went to visit friends in West Cork for a weekend.

Nora Hubbert purchased this house in 2001

Why Nora Hubbert chose Derry

A Saturday morning drive brought us to the site on which Derry Hill sits today. Needless to say we impulsively purchased the land the day after we saw it in 1998. By 2001 the house, designed by my brother who is a builder here in the states, was constructed but unfinished. In the summer of 2001 my two brothers and brother-in-law, and his brother arrived with partners and family to partake in an Amish-like-construction, communal, work/vacation holiday. It was hugely successful as wide pitch pine boards were laid, doors hung, trim ('architrive') nailed, garage deck constructed, and a kitchen installed.

What makes this house unique

The kitchen cabinets were designed and constructed by my brother in Connecticut and imported in a container to the site. We think the kitchen is the finest feature of the house while the wood flooring, with its wide, pitch-pine boards from Honduras, is a close second. The plan is open which allows plentiful light to fill the house. We hope you appreciate the finishing details which reflect the craftsmanship my brothers and extended crew brought to the job.


Derry House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please be advised cost for electricity and gas (for furnace) during your visit will be deducted from your security deposit.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) A folding crib stores in the attic but is available on a per need basis., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Two Futons in TV room fold down into double beds when you are in a pinch.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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Light-Filled Coastal Irish Home with Open Plan
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

excellent kitchen, plenty of space, quiet location

  • 4 of 5

we stayed as a family including my 90 yr old Dad. Great to have a bathroom downstairs for him and a playroom which can easily convert to a bedroom downstairs. Beautiful area surrounded by farmland and trees. It is 3 k to Roscarbery so you would need to drive as the roads are very winding and there is no footpath. The local towns of Ross. and Glandore are really lovely. Great pubs and eating places. Excellent beach near Ross.This house is a good base for travel to other local beauty spots.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday home for swimmers and cooks!

  • 5 of 5

Derry Hill is a beautiful well appointed and very well maintained house, which is very obviously a much cared for and loved home to its owners, as we felt very much at home ourselves as soon as we arrived. The pictures bely the sheer expanse of the property, and there was room for everyone to have their own space, which is vital on the rainy days in West Cork, of which thankfully this summer there were very few. It was perfect for our young children as all of the bed rooms are on one level, and the vital playroom meant there was down time for everyone! This house is really well situated for swimming in The Warren beach, Red Strand and Tragumna so you are never short of choice and we found that we were back to the house really quickly in the evenings with the starving masses to get the dinner on in the beautiful kitchen. Our favorite holiday memories are the family volley ball match! Cooking and baking in a kitchen fit for restaurant catering and barbecuing in the evening with sun going down over the Roury Glen.

We enjoyed the house/home so much, thanks Kenny and Sile.

The Ryans,

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and commodious

  • 4 of 5

Quiet local area with access to all parts of West Cork

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donal, Thanks for your review. We work very hard to make our guests happy. Anything less than five stars and we are determined to improve. Please advise how your stay could have been made better and worthy of five stars. We and future renters will benefit. Please come back again. All the best, Kenny and Sile
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  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Derry Hill!! Stunning house and get indoor/outdoor flow with lovely sunning area out the back for evening meals in summer! Nora was a fantastic hostess, and the freshly made scones on arrival were a lovely surprise.

Thanks Nora - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nuala, Thank you for your generous review. Did you intend to give us four stars or five ? If four, how can we improve the accommodations for the next visitors ? All the best, Kenny
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Property is better than described

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time using Derry Hill house as our base. Nora was wonderful, and the only complaint is that the amenities made it difficult to leave for the day!

The kids loved the large yard and basketball hoop, as well as the selection of board games.

Location was perfect to access all that West Cork has to offer!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Please come back. Best, Kenny and Sile
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Spring break

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this very spacious house.

Upon arrival, Nora had tea and scones all set up for us in the sunny dining area, complete with a bouquet of daffodils. Nora was so helpful and kind. We had several questions, and she helped us immediately, and gave us wonderful advice.

We hope to return to this very house.we could easily fit 4 more people.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joanna, Thank you for your kind review. We agree that Nora's hospitality is second to none. Please return soon and bring your extended family next time. All the best, Kenny and Sile owners
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Cork International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hayes in Glandore
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Skibereen Country Club
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rosscarbery or Glandore
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
The Warren
Car: recommended

Nearby Glandore Harbor is a most scenic harbor where sailing boats large and small set anchor. Glandore Inn, tucked into a hill with the rest of the village, offers outdoor tables and chairs from which you look down at the harbor while sipping a most glorious pint of Guinness, a must while the afternoon drifts into evening. Drombeg circle, an incredible remain from the Bronze Age, is a national monument and literally a two minute drive from the house on the way to Glandore. Kinsale is 40 minutes to the west and Killarney 2 hours to the northeast ( A bird could do it in 30 minutes but winding roads is the price you pay for dramatic landscapes on breathtaking peninsulas like Beara and Dingle). Skibereen Golf course, a twenty minute drive, offers 18 wonderful holes. The local pitch and putt course on the Warren (our 5 star blue beach) in Rosscarbery is a par 3 course which affords an incredible view of the sea while you fine tune your short game. Clonakilty, a twenty minute drive on the N71 heading east, offers a sensational live music venue at DeBara's Pub. Hill walking, sailing, golf, fishing, horseback riding, are all very accessible and loads of fun. Excellent restaurants that use the finest local produce abound.You can not buy fresher fish anywhere that the local fish shop in Union Hall. The single lane, hair-raising bridge you cross to get into Union Hall was featured in the classic Irish film, War of the Buttons. Roury Glen, over which the house sits, is your quintessential Irish landscape.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $82.25
Refundable damage deposit $293.74

additional charge of:
.70 for litre of heating oil used
.22 for unit of electricity used
meters read at check-in and upon departure; Utility charges withdrawn from security deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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