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Wonderful seaside house, suitable for family holidays and gatherings.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The property can sleep 13 comfortably and sleeps 23 with the the other cottages

The house, originally built in the 18th century, boasts spectacular views of the bay and the beautiful beach. Steeped in history, it would have housed the soldiers manning the watchtower on the headland. There are loads of stunning walking trails and routes by the property, the 'seven heads walk' being just one!

The house is incredibly comfortable, with beautiful mahogany sleigh beds, excellent mattresses, lovely goose down duvets and pillows, cotton sheets and large plush towels!

There are two warm and welcoming sitting rooms, stocked with board games and a fascinating selection books. The bespoke furniture has been carefully selected over time from our extensive travels, and is of the highest quality.

The conservatory dining room can seat 16 comfortably, but we have held parties of up to 23 people there. There is space for a marquee on the lawn in front of the house for larger parties(150).

Together with the converted outbuildings it can sleep 23 people, making it an ideal spot for large family gatherings (see property listing 42425 and 42688).

Totally committed to sustainable living and zero air-miles eating, we offer fantastic catering, using our own eggs and organically grown fruit and veg, as well 'ethical' locally sourced meat and fish. There is no comparison to food picked from the garden and served at the table within hours. No fungicide, no insecticide, no herbicide.... just delicious fresh and good for you!

The charming and secluded garden has a swing, hammock, tree house, very large barbeque and a pizza oven. It also has a table and chairs for al fresco dining and the lawn is perfectly suited to croquet and boules.

The beach has a fantastic 'hollow', if you like surfing and we love swimming, kayaking and boogey boarding there.

The sands are washed clean by the lovely unpolluted sea every day, the air is fresh, and we get no light pollution... so you can enjoy undisturbed views of the incredible canopy of stars on night time wanders. We also get phosphorescence in the sea on particularly dark nights!

The area is steeped in fascinating Irish history, from the coastal watchtowers to the slipway leading down to the beach, which was hewn, during the famine, by 200 men using picks and sledge hammers. It took 15 years to complete! There is a beam running through the cottage which came from The Amity, a slave ship which was wrecked in the bay in the 1701. Coloured glass and elephant tusks adorned every house in the area for quite a while afterwards....until they discovered the value of the ivory!

If you would like to adventure away from the house, there is no shortage of things to do. West Cork is renowned for its artisan food and there are hundreds of fantastic restaurants nearby from Kinsale to Baltimore along the 'Wild Atlantic Way'.

We are within easy reach of many of Cork's famed golf courses such as the internationally renowned 'Old Head of Kinsale'.

If you like horses, you can go to the races or can hire ponies to trek along the beaches.

There is excellent fishing straight from the beach, or Richard can take you out in the bay in our little boat to catch some mackerel. Alternatively there is deep sea fishing available in the nearby village of Courtmacsherry.

The lovely Blarney castle is only an hour away, where you can kiss the stone and be blessed with the gift of the gab, or just wander in the beautiful grounds and have tea in the cafe.

Drombeg stone circle ( 3000 bc.) is 45 minutes away, predating Stonehenge it's well worth checking out!

For anyone with an interest in gardening, Bantry house and gardens and Garnish Island (designed by Richards great uncle) are beautifully landscaped and not to be missed.

West Cork has gained a reputation internationally for its friendly people, relaxed attitude, charming villages, fantastic restaurants, pubs, and live music venues.

For those with an interest in the history of Irelands most beloved drink, Middleton distillery (set up by Richard's grandfather) is within striking distance, where you can sample whiskey to your hearts content!

More Details

Gilly Murphy
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 7, 2018

Why Gilly Murphy chose County Cork

We bought this property because it is next to our favourite beach. We love this headland, it is stunning and we love living here because of the beaches, little coves,cliffs, the Atlantic, the wildlife, the beauty !


County Cork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 23 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , with a sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , handbasin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has an ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a tv room with a sledge bed and a sofa
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have two other cottages for rent on the property. The coach house sleeps three and the cottage which sleeps seven. Combined with the main house the entire property sleeps 23 . We can also fit a marquee on the front lawn and can provide a party feast using delicious, organically grown fruit and vegetables, and 'ethical' locally sourced meat and fish.


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Wonderful seaside house, suitable for family holidays and gatherings.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Large spacious house, very rural, lovely walks and views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant 2 week stay at Dunworley. The house was large enough to invite family for the middle, Bank holiday, weekend. All the rooms are spacious (6 bedrooms - 5 are double). There are two sitting rooms, one very large and one smaller one with the TV. There is also a large kitchen and sun/dining room. The location is very rural with only one road in. There was plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Also well provided with toiletries (including towels and toilet rolls that lasted for the whole stay). There are two smaller rental cottages on site. A short walk (5mins) down the hill brings you to Dunworley beach - very pretty and very quiet. We went on a number of walks in the area including the Seven Heads marked walks. We visited Clonakilty and Kinsale - neither are far by car. The owners were on site (in one of the other cottages) for most of our stay and were very helpful, discrete and polite and were easy to contact. We had a very good stay and can see ourselves returning (we visit Ireland every year). Full marks to the owners.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and spacious home in gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5

Gilly and Richard made us feel right at home from our late night arrival to providing helpful local information. Nine of us had the time of our lives hiking, sightseeing and just relaxing. Could not have been any better. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delighted - what a wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I booked Dunworley House for a getaway with our extended family, over the Christmas break and were delighted with the place! The house is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland, right off the rugged West Cork coastline. The interiors are charming and with fires roaring in both sitting rooms it was just the cosy retreat we were looking for. The bedrooms and all large and extremely comfortable, and the dinners and breakfasts are a must (everything was fresh and local - veggies from Gilly’s own garden!). Gilly and Richard could not have been more helpful and friendly, and were always at hand to advise on walks, day trips and what local pubs to check out!! We were honoured to be the first guests in the house, and will be back for more next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Car: necessary

We have two other cottages on the property, which means that we can sleep 23 people all together. Listing 42425 and 42688.

Cork is beautiful , renouned for its delicious artisan food and superb gourmet restaurants, as well as its fascinating historical sites, such as Blarney Castle, Drombeg stone circle, Bantry house ,Charles Fort.etc.On our headland we have 2 Napoleonic watchtowers and a ring fort.

There are hundreds of lovely islands to visit, Garnish Island,in particular has a beautifully landscaped garden, designed by one of Richard's forebearers. We also are spoilt for choice of stunning golf courses such as 'The Old Head'. We are situated on the wild Atlantic way between Clonakilty and Kinsale.There are fishing villages with seafood restaurants ,marinas,shopping, music bars .Courtmacsherry has the RNLI ,as well as windsurfing, riding,fishing,kayaking.

You can charter a boat ,with a skipper and sail along the coast, dropping into one of the many charming villages for lunch, such as Castletownsend or Baltimore.

We are mad about horses and you will find races popping up all over the countryside.The local point to points give a colourful insight to the 'real Ireland'.

If whiskey attracts you you can visit the Middleton distillery, which was set up by Richards grandfather, Norbert Murphy

The really lovely thing about our property is that you don't need to get in the car to have beautiful ,uplifting walks and hikes. You just walk out the door...




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $615.31
Cleaning fee $246.12
electricity, oil,fuel $246.12

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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