House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Lookout provides a luxury private holiday experience for guests of all ages. It is suitable for a family beach holiday, sailing and surfing, walking, sightseeing, painting, golfing, birdwatching or even a working holiday due to the high-quality internet access and the peace and light. The stunning panoramic views of seven of the islands in the archipelago off the coast of Schull- plus the Fastnet lighthouse itself- make for an ever-changing landscape seen from all the rooms in the house. There is no traffic. Outdoor dining furniture on the several patios allows full appreciation of the islands by moonlight.
The house is very well-equipped and suitable for both elderly people and very young children. It has both the space and the facilities for teenagers, with WiFi, Sky Sports TV, DVDs, table tennis, table football, a bicycle and a large garden suitable for ball sports. Sailing courses and kayaking courses take place all Summer in Schull at the FOEMC (Fastnet Outdoor Marine Education Centre).
FitBones weekly summer activity courses take place in Schull and are suitable for children up to age 12. In the Summer months there is an indoor swimming pool available at the Harbour View Hotel in Schull. There is a driving range in Ballydehob (5 miles) and a beautiful 18-hole golf course with sea views in Bantry (15 miles). Ferries will take passengers for day trips to Cape Clear Island (Schull Pier) and Long Island (Colla Pier). There are stunning circular walks with sea views around Lowertown and Colla. Bicycle hire is available in Schull ; the bicycle at the house is an adult bicycle with pump and lock.
Schull Sailing Regatta and Calves week is the first week in August. Schull Village (one of the most beautiful villages in Ireland) is 10 minutes away (2.5 miles) by car, 20-25 minutes by bicycle and 45 minutes on foot. Beaches are located at Toormore 5 miles away and at Barley Cove 12 miles away - a stunning surfing beach. The Mizen Head Interpretative Centre is 14 miles away.
Skibbereen and Bantry- both beautiful market towns- are 15 miles away. Skibbereen has a Famine Exhibition and Lough Hyne Interpretative Centre. Schull Village has many pubs, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. In the Autumn there are opportunities for birdwatchers to see rare migrating birds on Cape Clear Island.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Toormore 8 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cork 108 km, Nearest railway: Cork 108 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||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
There are 2 twin bedrooms upstairs and there is a master double bedroom downstairs, ensuite with own patio, separated from the rest of the house by a corridor lined with books. The downstairs ensuite bathroom has a curved showerbath, toilet and sink. Upstairs there is a shower room with sink, and a separate room with toilet and sink. Downstairs there is also a guest toilet and sink.
The house is extremely light, sunny, warm and spacious with large porch, inner hall and very large upper viewing landing with views of the lighthouse and the seven islands. Downstairs there is a snug/TV room which can double up as an occasional fourth bedroom for children. There is also a very large sitting room/breakfast room/kitchen downstairs, with French doors opening onto large patios surrounding the house, facing east, south and west.
The kitchen and utility area are exceptionally well-equipped and there is an American-Style fridge-freezer, dishwasher and tumbledryer. There are two televisions and there is a large range of DVDs.
|Further details outdoors|
There is very generous private parking. The garage/games room, containing a table tennis table and snooker table, is across a sheltered courtyard. There is an outdoor washing line and a tub to wash wetsuits. As the patios surround the house it is always possible to find somewhere sunny to sit.
The garden is large with beautiful views and particularly safe for small children with no water hazards. There is lots of space for ball games.
Most rentals are Saturday to Saturday but we can be flexible about changeover dates, especially out of season and around bank holidays.
The County Cork region
County Cork is the largest County in Ireland and famous for the birth of Michael Collins who was a leader in the 1922 War of Independence. The Titanic on her ill-fated maiden voyage made her last stop at Cobh (then known as Queenstown) in Cork Harbour, when some passengers embarked.
There is a Heritage Centre in Cobh with special displays about the Titanic, the Lusitania and about emigration in the post-Famine years. The climate in Cork is mild, leading to interesting fauna and flora, as the area is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Dairy farming remains an important industry.
West Cork is one of the most beautiful parts of the Irish coastline, with many areas still wild and empty but with colourful towns and villages to visit. It is arguably more beautiful than County Kerry but with fewer tourists.
Schull is one of the loveliest villages in West Cork, Ireland. It is set in the centre of an area of outstanding natural beauty with outcrops of granite rock juxtaposed with rolling grassy hillsides full of gorse and wild flowers.
The highest point in West Cork is Mount Gabriel which rises directly behind Schull from which there are magnificent views over Schull Harbour, beyond to all the islands in Roaring Water Bay, to Baltimore and out to Cape Clear and the Fastnet Rock. Schull is almost as far southwest as you can be in Ireland - just 10 miles or so from the most south-westerly point of Ireland at Mizen Head. The climate is extremely mild with prevailing southwesterly winds and the benign effects of the Gulf Stream. The air is marvellously clear and clean.
Schull boasts a large safe and welcoming harbour, with many islands off-shore (including Sherkin Island, Hare Island and Cape Clear) and the Atlantic Ocean beyond providing an excellent base for water sports especially sailing which is particularly popular during "Calves Week" - a week of regattas held each year usually in the first week of August. There is also tennis (free of charge tennis court near the harbour), pony trekking, a planetarium, fine restaurants, several welcoming pubs (often with music), a weekly Country Market, nearby golf and a peninsula rich in archaeology and fauna. It is a wonderful area for walking and cycling and excellent for holidays whatever the time of year. Most times of the year Schull is very quiet but it becomes a thronging and bustling town partcularly in late July/Aug and at Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Local boat hire (sailing/wind-sailing/fishing/kayak); scuba diving school; sailing school; boat trips to Cape Clear (including whale watching) and to the Fastnet Rock.
Nearby golfclubs: Skibbereen; Bantry Bay and Glengarriff - c 30-45 mins away by car.
Popular beaches - Ballyrizode/Toormore Bay, Barley Cove, Crookhaven.
Popular nearby attractions - Bantry House and Gardens; Skibbereen Heritage Centre; Mizen Head lighthouse and visitor centre; Lough Hyne; Cape Clear island; Whale watching; Fastnet Rock boat trips
Generally a great place to relax and unwind.
For more see http://www.schull.ie/html/about.html
Fly to Cork Airport with Aer Lingus from London or Bristol; car hire available at the airport
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29 Apr 2012
"Beautiful House, magnificent setting"
This is a bright open spacious house that does not have a typical holiday home feel but rather a home very much cared for and clearly the owners want your stay to be special. It is wonderfully equipped, extremely comfortable and is a nice place to be even in inclement weather. It is perfect for children with a great large garden and lots of open spaces. The views are very special, seeing is believing!
28 Apr 2012
"our ideal holiday home"
We have stayed at the Lookout for 3 weeks each July for the last 3 years and are returning this year.We have holidayed as a family in West Cork for the the last 10 years and had previously been disappointed with the standard of some of the rented houses.
You will not be disappointed.One of the best locations,stunning panoramic sea views,very private and quiet,a large mowed lawn and a big field for the kids to play on.
The house is in very good condition,well maintained,(used by the owners),clean and comfortable.good quality beds and bedding,kitchen well designed and equiped,large fridge/freezer,2 ovens,good hob,good dishwasher etc.the views from the kitchen and living room are amazing from sunrise to sunset.bathrooms perfect .great, large table tennis/ playroom for wet spells.This is a very uplifting place to be,roll on the summer!!
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