Passing through an archway into the courtyard of Shana Court, a customs house, Shana Cottage was originally the stables. Castletownshend is within easy access (52 miles) of Cork Airport. The village provides an excellent base to explore the magnificent surrounding countryside, coastline and beaches by car or foot. Opposite Shana Cottage is the award winning Mary Ann’s pub which produces fine quality local seafood with a bar and restaurant menu. The village has a public stony beach which is clean and safe for swimming, and a public pier suitable for launching small boats. West Cork is one of the best places in Europe for seeing whales, dolphins and seals. Trips out to see them can be arranged, where you are picked up from the public pier. There is plenty of scenic walking in the area, including Knockdrum Stone Circle just outside the village and the ‘Five Fingers’ standing stones close by.
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Cottage in Castletownshend, Nr. Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland - Picturesque Village, A Stone's Throw To A Stony Beach
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The cottage was comfortable, warm as it had a wood burner. Perfect place to stay For a quiet relaxing holiday. A walk down to the castle and harbour and a wonderful restaurant Mary Anne's nearby. So pleased we booked the cottage and would definitely book again. Thoroughly recommend. Kate, the owner was very welcoming and helpful.
I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed your recent stay at Shana Cottage. We have made some recent improvements to make it more cosy and comfortable so I'm delighted to hear you found it to your liking. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I look forward to welcoming you back to Castletownshend.
Very clean inside, a little tired outside.
Good experience. Property is as advertised. Even better with some minor flowers/tidy of landscaping.
Thank you for taking the time to review Shana Cottage and for your helpful suggestions for how we can make improvements. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We have a very large garden with a large lawn where the grass is mown weekly so that our guests can enjoy sitting there. I hope you return to Castletownshend again.
THE PLACE CALLED SHANA COTTAGE WAS REALLY DIRTY AND HEATING WAS DISGUSTING
REALLY BAD IT WAS DIRTY AND FULLOF COBWEBS THE HOT WATER TAP WAS LEFT ON ALLDAY SUNDAY SO NO HOT WATER WHEN WE GOT THERE PLUS YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ELECTIC AT END OF STAY THE HEATING IS ALL ELECTRIC SO JUST THINKOF THE COST WHEN YOU LEAVE WE WILL NOT BOOK THRO YOU AGAIN WE LIKE IRELAND SO NEXT TIME WE WILL BOOK WITH SOMEONE DECENT YOUWANT LOOK AT THE PLACES BEFORE YOU TAKE THEM ON BOARD
I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay in Shana Cottage.
It is stated very clearly on the website that the cottage is heated by night storage heaters and electric heaters. It also states that the heating is charged as used, to be paid on the day of departure. We feel that this is taken into account with the very reasonable rent, which gives our guests flexibility to manage the cost of their stay.
To address the points made, I have asked my housekeeper to provide further details.
My housekeeper prepared the cottage following the previous guests’ stay. The cottage had been freshly cleaned, dusted and hoovered.
Shana Cottage, as advertised, is a 250 year old rustic cottage in rural West Cork - unfortunately, spiders and cobwebs do appear quickly. My housekeeper has told me that she did not see any cobwebs – I apologise if you found there were cobwebs in the cottage.
My housekeeper called in to see you the day after you arrived as you had arrived very late the previous night. Any questions or requests made during your stay were attended to by my housekeeper. I understand my housekeeper apologised to you at the time for accidentally leaving the tap on in the bathroom whilst cleaning the cottage, which resulted in the hot water running out when you arrived. As far as my housekeeper was concerned, the matter had been resolved. As a gesture of goodwill, I refunded you some of your rent.
We are always looking to make improvements to the cottage and welcome constructive comments. For example, we are hoping to install central heating in the cottage in the near future to make it more comfortable for our guests staying in the winter months.
Had any issues been brought to mine and/or my housekeeper’s attention during your stay, we would have made every effort to remedy them promptly as it is extremely important to us that our guests are happy and comfortable during their stay.
The home was historic and authentic. The pub with amazing food was steps from the front door. The cove, fort, and castle were all in walking distance. We drove to other areas for a beach. Skibbereen is about 15 kilometers from the home, down lovely Irish lanes. Skibberdeen was a lovely village.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Shana Cottage and the beautiful surrounding area.
Just a note to say Skibbereen is about 9km away by main road although the very lovely coastal drive there is somewhat longer!
The village does have a nice small beach but there are many more beaches (large and small) to explore within an easy distance of Castletownshend.
I do hope you return to Shana Cottage again.
We had a great time in Castletownsend. The place is definitely rustic but very comfortable. The walls are 2 feet thick and the furniture is vintage. The kitchen was clean and the appliances all looked fairly new. We cooked a couple nice dinners and had everything we needed. The weather was cool but the place stayed comfortable so we didn't try the heat. There is a lot space with a galley kitchen and big dining/living room downstairs and two large bedrooms plus the bath upstairs.
The location is great. A short walk down the street there is a castle (I think its a B&B) and the grounds are open. There is a huge grass area, a rocky beach and a trail to walk. My kids had a great time skipping rocks and playing on the lawn.
One tip: We found the "SuperValu" market in Skibbereen to be fantastic with fresh local seafood. This is a great place to shop for dinner.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Shana Cottage and had a lovely holiday in West Cork. It is always very helpful to receive reviews as we continue to make improvements to the Cottage based on feedback provided by our guests.
I do hope you return to Shana Cottage again.
We had an excellent time in Castletownshend. The cottage was great, had all the basic requirements and was comfortable. The only downside was that there was no central heating, just electric heaters (you are charged for the electricity at the end of your visit) and a log burner that heated the pipes - there no logs. We had to forage for fire wood on our first evening just warm up the cottage by a few degrees. I would recommend this cottage to family and friends and would definitely come back.
Coast/Beach: From the village, there are riad coastal roads to explore. Castletownshend has a public stony beach (5 minutes walk) which is clean and safe for swimming, and a public pier (5 minutes walk) suitable for launching small boats. Sandycove is a sheltered sandy beach 2 miles away from the village. Travel: Cork airport is 52 miles away. The ferry service to the UK is from Rosslare, 180 miles away. Ringaskiddy (60 miles away) run ferries to France. Car hire is strongly recommended. Distances: Skibbereen is the nearest town to Castletownshend, 6 miles away. Other nearby towns and villages include: Union Hall (6 miles), Leap (9 miles), Glandore (9 miles), Baltimore (10 miles), Rosscarbery (13 miles), Drimoleague (15 miles), Clonakilty (20 miles), Bantry (25 miles) and the Mizen Head (40 miles). Cork City is 51 miles away. The famous Ring of Kerry can be explored in a day and starts approximately 45 miles away. Further Details: Opposite Shana Cottage is the famous Mary Ann’s pub which produces fine quality local seafood with a bar and restaurant menu. Mary Ann’s also hosts the Warren Art Gallery promoting both local and international artists. Further up the hill is Lil McCarthys, a traditional Irish pub. There is a convenience store in the village selling basic supplies. Skibbereen has supermarkets, restaurants, a farmers market, banks, post office and a variety of shops. There is plenty of scenic walking in the area, including Knockdrum Stone Circle just outside the village and the ‘Five Fingers’ standing stones close by. West Cork is one of the best places in Europe for seeing whales, dolphins and seals. Trips out to see them can be arranged where you are picked up from the public pier. The best time of year to see whales is the autumn, whereas seals can be seen the year round. Sea fishing trips can be arranged locally. There are many dive sites and wrecks round the coast. Trips can be booked with Baltimore Diving Centre. There is also river fishing in the area. A five minute walk up the road is a public tennis court and children’s playground. The first two weeks in August is the Castletownshend sailing regatta. St Barrahanes church overlooks the village, and is noted for its stained glass windows, some designed by Harry Clarke. The church hosts a series of classical musical concerts in July and August. At the top of the hill is Drishane House, home of the writers Edith Somerville and V.M. Ross, authors of the Irish R.M. books. The house and gardens are open to the public during May, June and October. The area hosts festivals throughout the year such as 'A Taste of West Cork' and Skibbereen Arts Festival.
Booking Notes: To confirm booking, a 50% deposit is taken. Balance of rent is to be paid a month prior to your stay. Electricity to be paid as used at the end of the holiday. Changeover Day: Preferred changeover day is Saturday in peak season but flexible for the rest of the year. Arrival time after 4pm. Departure time before 11am.