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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews


Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

This farmhouse has been in the owners family for more than one hundred years and has been thoughtfully updated to form the perfect family holiday home.

Situated in grounds of more than an acre incorporating ancient ruined outbuildings, a viewpoint offering stunning sea views, lawned areas and a large decked area(enclosed for child safety), Kilkern is the sort of place you may not wish to leave. But if you have the desire to explore there are sandy beaches just a few minutes drive away, the picturesque award winning village of Rathbarry a mile away, the vibrant Clonakilty(home to much music and excellent restaurants) 5 miles away, and woodland and lakeside walks practically on the doorstep.

Kilkern is as ideal for family holidays as it is for friends and couples to get away for a relaxing break.

Make this country house your home base for a week's fishing, be it sea, lake or river (Argideen, Ilen, Bandon).

Or perhaps golfing is more your thing : try the Lisselan Estate, Dunmore Golf Club, Skibereen Golf Club, Bandon Golf Club, Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club or Farrangalway Golf Courses, to name but the nearest courses.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Long Strand 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cork International 51 km, Nearest railway: Kent train stn, Cork 51 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Everything has been finished to a very high standard. The house was, until recently, the owners home and consequently has been equipped with high quality products not normally associated with holiday homes( for example Bosch American style fridge/freezer, a further freezer,De Dietrich dishwasher,gorgeous gas range cooker, bosch washing machine etc).

Further to the list above there is a study, a large utility room and another wc downstairs. Bathrooms are a feature of this house:the master bedroom has a beautiful ultra modern wet room en-suite, and the main family bathroom is fitted with a very large bath and a large(1m) hans grohe shower unit.

Further details outdoors

KIlkern is situated In over an acre of land which is bisected by a rocky outcrop on which grow some fairly exotic species. A lawned area to the front of the house gives rise to a field which leads to a raised gravelled area offering views to the galley head lighthouse and the Atlantic Ocean. The field provides an excellent area for ball games. Walking around(or clambering over!) the rocky outcrop one finds a small group of semi-ruined dwellings which further add to the character and mystery of the place.

About this location

The Province of Munster region

Kilkern is ideally situated to explore two of Ireland's most beautiful counties, Cork and Kerry. Kerry is famous for it's magnificent scenery :the rugged Dingle Peninsula,the Ring of Kerry -offering unrivalled mountain panoramas- and the National Park and Lakes of Killarney. County Cork offers a gentle, magical experience, from it's numerous pretty fishing villages and sandy beaches which line an unspoilt coastline to the friendly bustle of Cork City.

Evidence of a rich cultural heritage is all around, from the innumerable ancient stone circles and ring forts to the more recent ruins of abbeys, churches and great houses.

The climate is surprisingly mild due to the Gulf Stream which insulates this corner of Ireland. Combined with the thermal properties of the underlying rocky terrain, this serves to support a great variety of exotic flora originating from distant lands. The Fushia hedgerows of West Cork are a prime example.


Just one mile away is the pretty village of Rathbarry, proud winner on several occasions of National awards. It offers a Post Office/general store, a charming museum of local history and a pub. There are numerous woodland and lakeside walks which may be started in the village, taking in gorgeous views of this gentle coastline.

The charming village of Roscarberry, somewhat larger than Rathbarry, is 3 miles distant, and the town of Clonakilty lies 5 miles away.This is a local gem of a place and has recently(December 2011) become Ireland's first town to win the prestigious global accolade as a Cittaslow(literally "slow city") destination. It joins 42 towns in 24 countries worldwide whose goal is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Clonakilty has a farmers' market and many first class shops and restaurants; the use of locally grown quality fresh food has become a trademark of this town. It offers a vibrant music scene from the traditional to modern; of particular note is Debarras pub which continues to attract internationally renowned and locally respected musicians alike. The annual guitar festival is not to be missed.

But perhaps foremost in the holiday-maker's mind will be the beaches. The Blue Flag beach at Inchydoney is approx 5 miles away. It is family-friendly and boasts a fine restaurant and spa in the local hotel. Surfing lessons for beginners are a favourite. The Long Strand beach is 1.5 miles of golden sand just 1 mile away from Kilkern, and offers surfing for the more experienced followers, and lovely walks. Red Strand, close to the Galley head Lighthouse, is a tranquil sandy bay suitable for the whole family and extremely popular with local residents.Warren Strand is another Blue Flag beach and is 3 miles away near Roscarberry village. Here there is safe bathing for the family and many rock pools.

Other water-based activities pursued in the area include kayaking( there are many so many tiny coves to explore),Whale and dolphin watching, Scuba Diving and of course, fishing.

And for those with a preference for terra firma there are miles of boreens to explore by bicycle or on foot.

Golf is a popular pursuit and there is a delightful course at Lisselan Gardens some 20 minutes drive away.

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Review 1-7 of 7

22 Jun 2014


"Wonderful location!"

Convent to Southern Ireland, Cork and Clonakilty. Spacious. Amazing kitchen. Beautiful views of farms and sea. Friendly neighbors.… More

27 Sep 2013


"Beautifully decorated and maintained house in great location"

We stayed here for one week with our 3 teenage children and our small dog. Paul the owner could not have been more helpful and accommodating with any enquiries we had.

23 Sep 2013


"Well maintained house with everything you need and more"

I stayed there with 3 other ladies and it was great to be able to have separate bedrooms and almost enough bathrooms for all of us. It was reasonably priced and would be perfect for a large family. … More

21 Aug 2013


"Perfect for big families or groups of friends"

The pictures correspond exactly to how the house is - well decorated, spacious, fitted out to the last with everything you could need !It comfortably housed us for a week, and served as base-camp for … More

22 Jul 2013


"A stunning country home, beautifully finished, tranquil setting."

I recently stayed in this lovely home along with my husband, 2 year old daughter, her grandparents and aunt. Photographs on this site represent the house exactly as it is.....stylish, well finished … More

14 Jul 2013


"The owner(s) has decorated and furnished this farmhouse to a very high standard and it is ideal for a family hliday."

My elderly parents, in their 80's, my three children, 15, 12 & 8 yrs old, and I stayed for a week in Kilkern and were very pleased with the accommodation, fittings and furnishings, location and g… More

4 Aug 2012


"A wonderful, spacious & stylish home is a secluded rural setting"

Kilkern is traditional farmhouse stylishly extended and modernised to a very high standard. It is a charming property with every modern convenience and a lot of space both inside and out. We found it suited our family - with 4 young children - very well.

Inside, the kitchen and bathrooms (all 4) are particularly well appointed. The kitchen is as well equipped as any family home making self-catering very straightforward. On the cooler evenings we enjoyed lightlng the traditional stove in the living room. The house offers broadband and satillite TV. However there is currently no mobile coverage (which might be an advantage?) The piano makes Kilkern feel like a home! Beds were all extremely comfortable. The main bathrooms were five star hotel standard. The house generally was spotless when we arrived.

The gardens are big and offer lots of room for children to explore. The house is rural and surrounded by working farms (we had a tour of both which the children loved). We fed the pigs in the neighbours organic farm! Red Strand is a beautiful beach about 5 minutes drive away. This house is remote and you will need a car to get around.

We wanted a tranquil setting with lots of room and a high standard of accommodation within distance of Clonakilty and beautiful West Cork. Kilkern did not disappoint.

Review 1-7 of 7

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    • 3 Years listed

    50% Response rate

    Calendar last updated:18 Feb 2015

    Based in United Kingdom

    Languages spoken
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    • French

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