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Dunowen House

Manor House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Dunowen House has been issued with a 4* rating from Failte Ireland. Originally built in 1771 for Colonel George Sandes the house was famously the home for 30 years of Noel Redding, bass guitarist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Clonakilty music hero. Over the last number of years it has been lovingly renovated and restored to its former glory and with many reminders of its illustrious past still on view.

Dunowen House is in the unspoilt village of Ardfield, with secluded Sands Cove private beach 5 minutes walk from the door and close to magnificent Galley Head lighthouse. The bustling market town of Clonakilty is only 5km away, with Kinsale a 45 minute drive to the east and Bantry the same distance to the west. Dunowen is perfectly located to explore all that magnificent West Cork has to offer including golfing, surfing, fishing, whale watching, birdwatching, horse riding, sailing, wind surfing and kayaking.

With over 5000 sq ft of living space the property offers 3 reception rooms, a fully fitted kitchen/dining area and a music/entertainment room. Upstairs there are 6 large bedrooms all with stunning en-suite bathrooms which will comfortably sleep 18 people but will also suit smaller groups.

Bedroom 1 - 1 king 2 singles

Bedroom 2 - 1 king (the bridal suite !!)

Bedroom 3 - 1 superking 4 poster bed

Bedroom 4 - 1 king 1 single

Bedroom 5 - 1 double 1 single (in annex)

Bedroom 6 - 1 king 1 single.

Cots are also available on request.

Weekend rates are available (except for June July and August)

And if you really want to spoil yourselves and take the "self" out of self-catering and let us cook lunch or dinner - or to give you lessons on how to do so !!

Size Sleeps up to 18, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Sands cove 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cork 50 km, Nearest railway: Cork 60 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (6), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 18
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The interior of Dunowen House is done to a 5* standard by an interior designer and is beautiful and elegant but with a funky twist. The music room is filled with Noel Redding memorabilia, books, a sound system, fiddles, guitars and a door that opens onto a cobbled courtyard.

Underfloor heating keeps the house lovely and warm but if you want extra there is a wood burning stove in one reception room and an open fire in the other one. All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with huge showers and baths. The beds are king size with 100%cotton linen and goose down duvets and pillows.

The fitted kitchen has a gas Belling cooker big enough to cook for a large group and all mod cons. The dining room has a huge antique oak dining table with concertina doors that open up onto the large front patio. We are located 500 yards from a quiet secluded beach called Sands Cove and within a 5 mile radius there are numerous other beaches.

Further details outdoors

Dunowen House is set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens boasting a private orchard, organic vegetable and fruits within an original walled garden. It also has tqwo enclosed ponds that regularly are home to wild ducks.Surrounded by mature pine and sycamore trees the garden conjures images of a scene from the film "Secret Garden".

Nestled in the heart of the unspoilt West Cork countryside, Dunowen House offers a wonderful selection of outdoor activities, exceptional food, traditional Irish entertainment and the friendliest of welcomes.

For the more active, we can organize sea kayaking, surfing, fishing, horse riding, cycling or hiking adventures, all within five minutes of our doorstep. The secluded Sands Cove at the end of our laneway is the perfect hideaway for a picnic, to be lulled by the rolling waves, while admiring the ever-changing skies and sea-life. Walk to nearby Red Strand, with majestic Galley Head Lighthouse a beacon on the horizon.

Stroll through the buzzing market town of nearby Clonakilty, sampling its gourmet treats and welcoming atmosphere. Nip into one of the many traditional pubs, where local and international musicians can be found in session on a nightly basis.

The County Cork region

Beautiful coastal setting- Close by are many bird watching and whale/dolphin watching hotspots with regular sightings of interesting migrant bird species, basking shark and fin whale amongst other commoner cetaceans.


Whether you are seeking an activity filled break (fishing, sailing, surfing, horse riding, golfing) or just want to get away from it all and chill in a beautiful tranquil setting close to some amazing beach and cliff walks set amongst some of West Cork's most stunning scenery - Dunowen House offers everything.

Set in some 4 acres of landscaped gardens, with mature trees and ponds Dunowen offers the guest total seclusion and privacy. Only 500 yards from Sands Cove beach and within easy reaching distance of Red Strand, Galley Head lighthouse and Long Strand the only problem you will have will be deciding which beach to or cove to visit.

Clonakilty is host to numerous music festivals in the summer and a fantastic town for nightlife and live music year around.

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4 Sep 2014


"Large family, small wedding"

We had a great week at the house, very clean and tidy on arrival, and a very relaxed welcome by Kela. We arranged a local supermarket to do a home delivery the day we arrived and Kela had put it all away for us by the time we got there, nice helpful touch. We stayed with 3 generations of family, 18 in total so a full house but plenty of room to spread out and even with 6 small kids running around it never felt cramped. We got married during our week away (at a local hotel) and we were so lucky to have beautiful weather the whole time. A great part of Ireland and so quiet and peaceful, highly recommended.

Thank you for the lovely words. You were blessed with the weather and the fact that Ardfield Festival was on during your stay was a wonderful intro into the great community spirit here. Best wishes for your future together, we hope to welcome you back for any future wedding anniversaries!! Kela & Stephen

31 Aug 2014


"Highly Recommended!"

My family flew to Ireland from New York tp spend a week at dunowen house with our extended family. We had a wonderful time. The house was beautiful..... spacious, modernly updated, beautiful bedrooms … More

Lovely to welcome you all here and glad you liked the Blackberry jam...there's been a bumper crop this summer, so will be eating jam all year!! Best wishes, Kela & Stephen

25 Aug 2014


"Superb holiday rental"

We enjoyed a fantastic week at Dunowen House recently. It was a (large) family occasion and it was great that the house could accommodate the range of people, aged from 8 years to 84 years, staying at various times during the week. We were made more than welcome by Kela and Stephen and their little touches, such as home-made cakes and desserts, added to the pleasure gained at such a wonderful setting.
Everyone who visited had nothing but praise for the accommodation, which is ideally situated in a beautiful part of West Cork.
We would thoroughly recommend Dunowen House to anyone wishing to holiday in that part of Ireland.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your family holiday here at Dunowen House and of course, our lovely home baking!! Benefits of having all those apple trees in the orchard! Best wishes, Kela & Stephen

7 Aug 2014


"fantastic , beautiful house in a perfect location"

My family with grandparents and my 3 sisters families with children ranging from 1-18 all stayed in Dunowen for a week.It was great to accommodate the whole family under one roof. And still there was … More

Many thanks for your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and yes, the weather was extra special that week! Kela & Stephen

22 Jul 2014


"A wonderful luxurious and homely house"

My family of 15 adults and 2 children stayed in Dunowen House for a week. The house has everything a large party could need for a relaxing and very comfortable holiday. Kela and Stephen have created a… More

Gerard, we are delighted your experience at Dunowen House was so positive. We look forward to welcoming you and all the Flood family back again. Kela & Stephen

19 Jul 2014


"A magnificent week"

Just back from a blissful week in stunning Dunowen House. Even though it's not our first time there the new owners have beautifully finished off the house. It was the little touches that were lai… More

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again to Dunowen House. Kela & Stephen

28 Jun 2014


"Well appointed spacious period home in beautiful peaceful cove in West Cork."

Dunowen House comfortably accommodated our family of 6 and would suit any large group of holiday makers. Lots of large ensuited stylish bedrooms. Spacious living rooms and formal/ informal dining. The… More

Thanks for your lovely comments. Delighted you enjoyed Dunowen House so much!

17 Aug 2013


"A holiday to remember in a amazing house"

I stayed for a week in Dunowen with my family and two more families. In total we were 6 adults and 6 children. The house was amazing, the pictures on the website don't do it justice.It was very c… More

17 Aug 2013


"Surpassed all expectations!!"

Spent 2 weeks at Dunowen House, with large group of friends and family. The house is stunning. We were welcomed, on arrival, by Steve the dog, who was waiting under a tree as we drove up the drive. Trying to choose which bedroom to take was hard as they are all gorgeous. The space downstairs was brilliant. We had a mixture of teenagers and pre-teens in our group so it was great to have a tv room and a quiet lounge. The house was in a very peaceful location, with plenty of space for the games of cricket that took place( Milo even mowed the kids a wicket!). Sands Cove was a short walk down the road and was loved by kids and dogs.
The local community of Ardfield were very welcoming, as the men paid regular visits to the local pub, The Mountain House, which was about a 25 minute walk from the house.
I could go on and on about the wonderful time we had... one thing's for sure, we WILL be returning to Dunowen House!

21 Apr 2013


"Excellent venue"

This was an excellent choice for a family gathering. There is a good garden for the children, close access to lovely beaches and a very warm house which was great for oldest member of the family. The … More

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