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Compass Hill House

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Sunrise in September - a perfect morning, overlooking the harbour from bed!

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 13

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This beautiful rental property offers luxurious and spacious accommodation in the centre of Kinsale.

Compass Hill House was built towards the end of the eighteenth century, and has recently been refurbished in sympathy with the Georgian aesthetic. It can accommodate thirteen over the full three floors.

Compass Hill House is the ideal location choice for large groups and families, as there are several attractions to entertain all - from golf at the world famous Old Head Golf Club to surfing, sailing, fishing, walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. If you have time, you can put your feet up and relax while watching the to-ing and fro-ing of the harbour.

Compass Hill House is owned by an Artist and a Geologist. Their respective interests and careers are reflected throughout the house, such as the sea shells and rocks found in far-flung places and the eclectic collection of art works that cover the walls. We hope that you will find this house a wonderful adventure in itself.

Size Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Castle Park 3 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 400 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cork 22 km, Nearest railway: Cork (Kent) Station 29 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 13
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Compass Hill House offers accommodation for up to thirteen people.

This accommodation, for so many guests, does not mean that there is less room or comfort for more people to share; rather, the house includes all the best aspects of a comfortable holiday : There are three shower rooms, one with a bath if that's your preference; there is ample space to relax too, with two large living rooms, both comfortably furnished and equipped; and perhaps the greatest benefit to any large group taking full advantage of the house is the additional kitchen. This ground floor kitchen has a little courtyard that is a real sun-trap on summer afternoons, and which leads by steps up to the main garden behind.

There are other advantages of having a large house available during your let. Maybe you are two or even three families sharing; get on well, but need some separate space. The ground floor feels very much like an apartment within the house, while not feeling separated from it: it is self-contained, and with the small courtyard off the kitchen, even the garden is at the same level.

The rooms are laid out like this:

At the top of the house there are three bedrooms; a double bedroom and a twin bedroom look out over the harbour and town, the third bedroom is a triple (three single beds) and looks onto the garden at the rear - it is an ideal room for children. A shower room with WC is also on this floor and it is also where you will find one of the two washing machines; the other is in the ground floor kitchen.

The middle floor has one double bedroom that faces front and has great views over the harbour and town. There is a large and comfortable living room with a small TV and DVD player, plenty of seating, and a wood-burning stove in the fireplace. There is a bathroom/shower-room on this floor. Also on this floor, there is a large kitchen with a big, extendable table for enjoying your meals around: it has a real country-kitchen feel. There is a back door from the kitchen that leads, by steps, to the garden behind.

The ground floor has a double bedroom at the front of the house at street level, a large and comfortable living room, a shower-room WC and the other, fully-equipped kitchen. This kitchen also has a back door, it leads to the courtyard that is bathed in afternoon sun all through the summer - from there too, you can go up steps and into the garden.

Further details outdoors

There's a 'secret garden' feel to the outside space, up some steps onto a paved patio that leads on to large grassed area. Perfect for winding down after a day's golfing, sailing or fishing - or an ideal place for the kids to play.

The house is conveniently located only five minute's walk from the town centre and a small beach (Castle Park) is ten minute's drive away. There is another, much larger, beach at Garrettstown (12.5 km away).

The town hosts Kinsale's famous gourmet restaurants, music in its pubs as well as its many historic sites. Important heritage sites include Charles Fort and the Old Court House and Museum.

Spectacular rock formations are to be seen on every exposed coastal area.

Further details


The Province of Munster region

This part of the Cork coastline boasts the best drives and vistas in Ireland. West from Kinsale there are the beautiful and charming towns of Clonakilty (famous for its black pudding), Courtmacsherry, Glandore and Inchydoney (where there is a spa hotel). Skibereen, Bantry, Ballydehob and Roaringwater Bay are a day trip, but worth the effort.

Moving in-land, and you are soon in the hills with great walks and climbs; the heights offer spectacular views over the southern Irish landscape.

East from Kinsale, Youghal to Waterford is an interesting drive along Ireland's first Geopark; The Copper Coast, and you could stop off at the famous Ballymaloe House and cookery school.


Kinsale - take one spectacular location, season liberally with Norman, Spanish and English influence, add one major battle and let it simmer for 400 years. The result - Ireland's fine food capital."

Even the casual visitor to Kinsale, said the late Perter Barry, will be captivated by its beautiful setting, with the long waterfront, narrow winding streets and Compass Hill rising sharply behind the town.

It's not just about food in this medieval town, which has also been designated an Irish Heritage Town. It's also about traditional bars, beautiful buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and lots of activities on land and sea.

Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and port of consequence for over 300 years, hence its magnificent Georgian houses and the Dutch influence of its architecture. It was also in the days of sail, the natural landfall for all ships from the continent and the Americas.

The best and most exciting way to get to know any town is to walk around it. This is especially true of Kinsale. It is a town of small winding streets, which were not really designed for traffic as we know it today. One can wander independently or take part in a historical walking tour or, for the not so faint hearted, the ghost tour.

The town of Kinsale and its surrounding area boast many small craft shops and traditional craft workers. Classes and workshops can be arranged in a wide variety of crafts. From pottery to photography, silver to art galleries, one can while away a number of hours wandering and pottering around the myriad of Kinsale's stores and shops.

Fancy a bite in Kinsale? How to choose? Kinsale of course is famous for its food. The West Cork coast, with its many small harbours, is famous for its bountiful seafood, while the quality of the local meat, vegetables and dairy produce available is second to none. Kinsale has become established as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland with its superb selection of restaurants offering a wide selection of delicacies.

What to do?? Kinsale can satisfy any level of interest from the person who prefers to stroll around or to someone who really enjoys being active. There's sailing and cruising around the harbour and coastline, horseriding and clay pigeon shooting, deep sea angling and surfing on well known beaches such as Garrettstown, just outside Kinsale, and other watersport activities which the outdoor centres in Kinsale and surrounds can organise.

And of course, there's golf; The Old Head being the most famous of the three golf courses which are in the area.

With its roots deep in history, Desmond Castle and International Wine Museum and Charles Fort, one of the largest military forts in the country and a classic example of a 17th century star shaped fort, should be on your 'list of things to do'. The view of the town and the harbour from the fort is spectacular and, should you decide to walk, the route from the town is lined with pretty buildings, resting spots and many watering holes to tempt any palette. Of course there's also the land train connecting the town centre to the fort.

The best months in Ireland for weather are, somewhat unusually, not traditionally regarded as summer: May and September often have the best sunshine in temperate, "pet" days.

While winter is winter, they are of course milder here on the south-west coast than elsewhere in Ireland - thank you Gulf Stream!

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3 Jan 2015


"Eclectic, but far too ramshackle to be enjoyable"

Maybe my expectations were raised too high by the slick pictures and hype, but there was, for our family, far too much wrong with this house for it to be a good place to stay. On the up side, it'… More

26 Jul 2014


"Really glad we stayed at Compass Hill House"

Great space and location! We particularly enjoyed grilling and relaxing in the garden space, reading by the bay window with a view of the harbor, and easy walks to nearby reastaurants and shops. Hop… More

You'd be a very welcome return visitor! Glad you enjoyed all there was to offer in the house, and that it was a relaxing holiday for you all - thanks.

2 Jul 2014


"Beautiful harbour view."

House felt very welcoming. Beautiful position in the lovely town of Kinsale. The house offered plenty of room for our extended family group to socialise together whilst giving a measure of independen… More

Thanks for the nice review - you are welcome to stay again anytime. If you do return, you can avail of the 10% returnee's discount.
All the best for the remainder of your summer!

20 Jun 2014


"Lovely Kinsale accommodation in a perfect location"

The Compass Hill house is an excellent place to rent for an extended stay in Kinsale. The house is perched above the town with a lovely view of the harbor from many of the rooms. It is a quick walk t… More

Thanks for the very nice words. We are pleased that everything worked out OK for you and that you found the house comfortable and enjoyable. Feel free to contact us again for future bookings, when, as you are returning, you will receive a 10% discount.
All the best,


31 May 2014


"Fantastic house in a great location"

We have just come back from a great week in Compass Hill House Kinsale. this is a clean well equipt house with everything we could have needed and just a short walk in to the centre of kinsale where t… More

Thank you for such a nice review - you are, of course, welcome to return anytime! Plus, you get a discount for coming back. ML

6 May 2014


"The Compass Hill House is a lovely vacation home and I highly recommend it!"

My family of four and friends with two sons stayed at the Compass Hill House recently for Easter Weekend. We were thrilled with the location of the home and were extremely happy with the large space t… More

Thank you for taking the time to review Compass Hill House in Kinsale. You and your family and friends are very welcome to stay with us again; we love to host guests who appreciate the charms that are to be found in a period property. You qualify for a discount too, as you would be returning to us!

Marie-Louise & Marcus

5 Mar 2014


"Absolutely Gorgeous"

It's rather difficult to review perfection without it sounding implausible but truly Compass Hill House is an absolute gem.Sitting atop the unbelievably charming town of Kinsale it cuts an imposi… More

Thanks for the glowing review! Thank you too for adding in those three charming pictures for other tripadvisors to see - we couldn't have done better ourselves. It was a real pleasure to see the wedding dress laid out on the bed too! Tanti auguri a voi....

Marie-Louise & Marcus

22 Sep 2011


"Beautiful house in a superb location"

The house and location surpassed even our expectations which were already quite high after visiting the house website. The house is huge with a bay window with an uninterrupted view of Kinsale harbour… More

Patrick and his family were welcome guests. They made the best use of the house by spending a fortnight there. When I was younger, my mother and I used to decamp from Dublin to Kinsale for the entire summer, and it is only when you settle into a place that you really appreciate its charm. Thanks Patrick for the review, and best of lucky in your search for your own place...

Review 1-8 of 8

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Calendar last updated:29 Jan 2015

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