Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
The Fish House, somewhere you can relax… and call home, is a pretty stone cottage (redecorated, carpetted and equipped in spring 2010) and has a beautiful country feel to it. Think Liscannor flag stonefloors, elm worktops, painted tongue and groove panelling, limewashed walls, irish country furniture and you’re nearly there. Add an eclectic mix of Morrocan wall hangings, Scottish orkney chairs, hurricane lamps, books and paintings, and we hope we’ve created somewhere you can really enjoy!
Glance out the windows when the tide is high and it's like being on a boat with views of the water in most directions. Seals occasionally pay a visit, or the local kingfisher may get over his shyness and perch on the deck, or the ducks (if it's the right time of year) may provide entertainment as they teach their ducklings to swim on the pond beneath the study window. It's a place to watch wildlife go by or while away the hours with a good book.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tragumna 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cork Airport 90 km, Nearest railway: Cork Kent Station 100 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|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, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
A separate playroom is available for those rainy days!
|Further details outdoors||
A south-facing wooden deck overhangs the water and in good weather is a perfect sun-trap. With table and chairs available, it's lovely for al fresco dining.
An additional pet's deposit of €100 is payable if you are bringing pets with you.
The County Cork region
Cork county s located in the South-West Region and is also part of the province of Munster. It has a reasonably mild climate as it benefits from the Gulf Stream and it has lush landscape, coastline, mountains and rivers providing many opportunities for outdoor activities.
Mountains and upland habitats
The county's main mountain ranges include: the Slieve Miskish and Caha Mountains on the Beara Peninsula, the Ballyhoura Mountains on the border with Limerick and the Shehy Mountains which contain Knockboy (706 m) the highest point in Cork. The Shehy Mountains are on the border with Kerry and may be accessed from the area known as Priests Leap, near the village of Coomhola. The Galtee Mountains are located across parts of Tipperary, Limerick and Cork and are Ireland's highest inland mountain range. The upland areas of the Ballyhoura, Boggeragh, Derrynasaggart and the Mullaghareirk Mountain ranges add to the range of habitats found in the county. Important habitats in the uplands include blanket bog, heath, glacial lakes and upland grasslands.
Rivers and lakes
The three great rivers the Bandon, the Lee and the Blackwater and their valleys dominate central Cork. Habitats of the valleys and floodplains include woodlands, marshes, fens and species-rich limestone grasslands. The river Bandon flows through many towns including Dunmanway in the west to the town of Bandon before draining into Kinsale Harbour on Ireland's south coast.
Cork has two well-known sea loughs, Lough Hyne and Lough Mahon, and also contains many small lakes. An area has formed where the River Lee breaks into a network of channels weaving through a series of wooded islands. There are 85 hectares of swamp around Cork's wooded area. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carried out a survey of surface waters in County Cork between 1995 and 1997 which identified 125 rivers and 32 lakes covered by the regulations.
Cork has a mountainous and flat landscape with many beaches and sea cliffs along its coast. The southwest of Ireland is known for its peninsulas and some in Cork include the Beara Peninsula, Sheep's Head, Mizen Head and Brow Head. Brow head is the most southerly point of mainland Ireland. There are many islands off the coast of the county in particular off West Cork. Carbery's Hundred Isles is a term used to describe the islands around Long Island Bay and Roaringwater Bay. Fastnet Rock lies in the Atlantic Ocean 11.3 km south of mainland Ireland making it the most southerly point of Ireland. Many notable islands lie off Cork including Bere Island, Great Island, Sherkin Island and Cape Clear. Cork has 1,094 km of coastline, the second longest coastline of any county after Mayo which has 1,168 km.
Land and forestry
Like many parts of Munster, Cork has rich fertile agricultural land and many bog and peatlands. Cork consists of approximately 74,000 hectares of peatlands which amounts to 9.8% of the county's total land area. And the county contains approximately 79,188 hectares (195,677 acres) of forest and woodland area or 10.5% of Corks land area which is decently higher than the national average of 9%.
The Hooded Crow, corvus cornix is a common bird, particularly in areas nearer the coast. Due to this bird's ability to (rarely) prey upon small lambs, the gun clubs of Cork County have killed a large number of these birds in modern times. A collection of the marine algae is housed in the Herbarium of the botany department of the University College Cork. Parts of the South West coastline are a hotspots for sightings of rare birds, with Cape Clear being a prime location for bird watching. The island is also home to one of only a few Gannet colonies around Ireland and the UK. A major attraction to the coastline of Cork is whale watching, with sightings of fin whales, basking sharks, pilot whales, minke whales, and other species being frequent.
Naturally enough given the proximity to the water – sailing, surfing, kayaking, diving are all a great way to pass the time here – courses for these can be taken locally. One special mention has to be night time kayaking – an absolutely wonderful experience for all abilities. Or take a more gentle approach on a coastal boat trip and watch dolphins and whales playing alongside as you take in the scenery.
Golfing, fishing, horse riding, walking, archaeological trips, even dirt and quad biking make it onto the list! Pampering (well who says this has to be all about action!) – West Cork offers an amazing range of alternative therapy opportunities from yoga to belly dancing, tai chi to reiki, homeopathy to osteopathy, indian massage to seaweed treatments. Go home glowing!
Food is a big thing in this area with locally grown organic produce on sale both in the local supermarkets and the farmer’s markets, and if you need to improve your culinery skills cookery courses can also be part of your agenda.
Due to the Gulf Stream the countryside here can best be described as ‘lush’ – it is a gardeners delight and the West Cork Garden Trail gives an opportunity to view the beautiful and diverse gardens in the area.
…there really is too much choice and not enough room!
Festivals and Events 2012
Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival : 30th April – 1st May
Ballydehob Jazz Festival : 4th – 7th May
Baltimore Fiddle Fair : 9th – 13th May
Fastnet Short Film Festival – 24th to 27th May
Baltimore Seafood Festival : 25th – 27th May
Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival – 25th to 27th May
Baltimore Pirate Weekend : 29th June – 1st July
West Cork Chamber Music Festival : 29th June – 7th July
Art in Schull Festival : 1st – 3rd July
Kinsale Arts Week : 7th – 15th July
West Cork Literary Festival : 8th – 14th July
Baltimore Regatta : 6th August
Calves Week, Schull : 7th – 10th August
Masters of Tradition Music Festival : 15th – 19th August
Deep Sea Angling Festival : 23rd – 26th August
Cape Clear Storytelling Festival : 31st August – 2nd September
Taste of West Cork Good Food Festival : 10th – 16th September
Baltimore Walking Weekend : 29th – 30th September
And then there are all the other smaller festivals of music, art and all the country shows…….!