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Waterfront House with Breathtaking Views and Secluded Beaches

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 full baths en suite (Sleeps 6)

The Western House at Boolteenagh is situated on a 25-acre waterfront property, three miles west of the vibrant town of Bantry in southwestern Ireland. The property, reached by a short private drive, faces Bantry Bay. A short path leads from the house down to two back-to-back secluded beaches.

The house, built in 1982, was constructed using local materials and was designed for harmony with traditional architecture; from the outside it appears to be three connected stone cottages. There are two large bedrooms, one at each end of the house. Each bedroom has a double bed and twin bed, plus a private bathroom.

The master bedroom has its own fireplace. The middle section of the house contains a large living/dining area with a fireplace and a door leading onto a stone patio overlooking the bay. The eat-in kitchen has all new utilities. All rooms have spectacular sea and mountain views.

The house is fully furnished and is fully equipped (see amenities). It has central heat, plus space heaters in the bathrooms for fall/winter occupants.

Magnificent Bantry Bay -- 22 miles long -- is an excellent base for touring West and South Cork and Kerry. There are many fine restaurants, two excellent golf courses, and several excellent antiques and craft stores nearby. The region is full of archaeological sites, plus a large number of signposted and mapped hikes of various duration and levels.

Bantry town is a traditional market town and has a Fair Day every Friday in summer featuring local cheeses and other foods, antiques, live music and more. There is an excellent local library and bookstore. In the town are a video rental store, a superb fish store, movie theater, and a variety of pubs for all tastes. There are festivals throughout the spring and summer, notably the May Mussel Festival and the music festivals in July and August.


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Douglas Daly
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2018

About Douglas Daly

We are research scientists living in Manhattan. My family built the house in 1980 with an eye toward traditional architecture, so it is nestled into the landscape,, and we have spent our vacations with our son in the Western House for the past 25 years. It is the perfect counterbalance to hectic urban life.

Douglas Daly purchased this house in 1980

Why Douglas Daly chose County Cork

The Western House feels like home the minute you walk in, and it's all about the bay. All three major spaces in the house have large picture windows overlooking the water and the mountains lining the other side of Bantry Bay. The location combines privacy and absolute peace with endless options for hiking, cycling, and day drives, while 3 miles away lively Bantry town offers historic pubs, dining, music festivals, excellent crafts, and outdoor fairs. Or you might just want to cook a meal using fresh local ingredients while watching the constantly changing skyscape.

What makes this house unique

Every room in the house has a big picture window overlooking 22-mile long Bantry Bay, the deepest harbor in Europe. Step off the patio and walk down a short path to two back-to-back private stone beaches. There are endless options for hiking and day trips.


County Cork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , "Power shower" has its own pump for maximum pressure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , "Power shower" has its own pump for maximum pressure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Big picture window overlooking Bantry Bay; bathroom en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Big picture window overlooking Bantry bay; bathroom en suite
  • Both bedrooms with wall-to-wall carpeting and bathroom en suite. The master bedroom is large, has its own fireplace and a sitting area. The bedrooms are at each end of the house, allowing for great privacy
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Waterfront House with Breathtaking Views and Secluded Beaches
average rating of 4.285714 based on 7 reviews

Bay side cottage with great views

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Bantry Bay and hated to leave. The town of Bantry was charming and not at all touristy. There was a tourist office, though, that offered plenty of maps and info, and there were several great restaurants of various types in town. The cottage was great for two couples with two bedrooms, one on each side of the house, each with a bathroom. The kitchen was amply stocked -- it was possible to cook meals. Michael was friendly and welcoming and had all the information we needed to work everything in the house. The cottage is dated and could use an update in decor and a deep cleaning, but we were comfortable and content just as is. Each morning, I loved walking out to the Bay to play my flute and take pictures in the gorgeous morning light. Sunsets were spectacular, and while the road gets some traffic, the area is generally quiet. There are country walks nearby as well as the lovely Bantry House, open for tours and tea. We hope to return for a much longer stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Had a very enjoyable time at The Weatern House! The views were amazing and lots of interesting and beautiful sights within driving distance or right in Bantry. Would love to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Berlin, Germany

A perfect spot for a quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

I vividly recommend staying at the cottage in Bantry. My stay there was enormously enjoyable. The house is spacious, airy, full of light and, above all, peaceful. As a writer, I just needed an inspiring place where to create and the cottage was perfect for that purpose. It was so relaxing to have a chance every day to face the Bantry Bay and feel a direct contact to nature, isolated from everything else. The private beach is so handy and pretty. The views from each room are excellent and the colours and sounds of the bay are breathtaking. The house is perfectly equipped. The owner and caretaker were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. Bantry village is a three minute drive and from the house it is possible to take very pleasant walks. Other villages and towns are not far and can be easily explored. I am definitely going to stay in this cottage again.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bantry Bay

  • 5 of 5

Had the best time here in Bantry Bay , house couldn't been any better, Fantastic views, great layout, plenty of space, kitchen well stocked with all the appliance you will need for a stay. Caregiver was a peach to work with, we all made great friends at this home. Had him over for a great dinner and coffee in the mornings One thing I recommend would be to put a picnic table or more outdoor patio furniture. Loved coming back from a day of touring to sitting outside enjoying the view. Cant wait to come again but will make it a longer stay next visit. Recommend this place highly, Away from crowds.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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searcy, AR USA

We plan to come back!

  • 4 of 5

We spent 5 nights at this Irish Cottage on Bantry Bay. The views are incredible. We've never taken so many pictures of rainbows and sunsets during one vacation. The location is really good for doing things in the Bantry Bay area. We especially enjoyed the Sheeps Head hike, the market day in Bantry, and really beautiful drives in all directions. There are villages all around with pubs and live music which is a fun thing to do. The owner gives tips for places to eat and things to do which are spot on. The house is great for 2 couples. There are basically two suites on each end of the house with the kitchen and living room in the middle. All of the rooms have great views of the Bay. The kitchen is very well equipped. Everything is decorated in Irish cottage style and is really attractive and comfortable. We enjoyed peat fires at night. The central heat was on when we arrived and worked well. We didn't use it much after that as the weather was great. We had one plumbing problem but a quick call to the caretaker and it was taken care of promptly. We really hope to come back. It's a great spot for reading & relaxing with a terrific view. We give it 4.5 stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You have to stop there for an unforgettable peaceful experience.

  • 5 of 5

We (my wife and myself) had the pleasure to stay at this place during this summer (2012). It’s been a great and peaceful experience. The view on the Bantry bay is amazing and can be appreciated from almost everywhere in the house including on the “terrasse”. If you are lucky you may see seals passing by, and the beautiful ballet of seagulls diving to catch fish. The house is very clean and calls for casual moments. You will enjoy 2 suites (we feel that we will come back with another couple of friends because it has 2 separate bedroom+bathrooms at the opposite of the house). Many places in the house look like they are brand new (bathroom in particular). We had a fantastic time there with a lot of hiking all around and we really enjoyed Bantry town (which is very close by). To summarize, this was our first stay in Ireland, and we won’t dare to go elsewhere if we decide to come back in this great country.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Cork Airport, 1.5 hour drive away
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bantry has over 50 licensed premises
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Cork, 1.5 hour drive away
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bantry Golf Club (10 min drive), Glengarriff (20)
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Cork, 1.5 hour drive away
Nearest Beach
on property!
Car: necessary

Fantastic area for walks of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty; local bookstore and tourist office have guide books and topo maps for walks all over the Southwest of the country.

The house has quite a few books by Irish authors, and books about Irish history and Irish natural history.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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