£663 / night
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Dunowen House, Clonakilty - Historic Country House, Sleeps up to 23 – Home 154467 Manor House

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 14 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Dunowen House, Clonakilty - Historic Country House, Sleeps up to 23 – Home 154467

  • Manor House
  • 6 bedrooms
  • sleeps 14
  •  min stay varies

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Manor House / 6 bedrooms / 8 bathrooms / sleeps 14

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Luxury on the Wild Atlantic Way, West Cork.

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 the Wild Atlantic Way, 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 singlesBedroom 2 - 1 king (the bridal suite !!)Bedroom 3 - 1 superking 4 poster bedBedroom 4 - 1 king 1 singleBedroom 5 - 1 double 1 single (in annex)Bedroom 6 - 1 king 1 single.

New for 2016, additional 3 bed accommodation in newly renovated Orchard Cottage located in the walled garden on the grounds of Dunowen House. 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 !!

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 4: King Bed 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 5: King Bed
    Bedroom 6: King Bed Double Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 6 En suites, 2 Toilets only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

A car is necessary when staying at Dunowen as there is no public transport to the house. There are local taxi services available for evening trips into Clonakilty or other nearby towns.

Interaction with guest

Owners Kela & Stephen Hodgins live in the renovated Coach House on the grounds of Dunowen House. Guests are welcomed on arrival, given a tour of Dunowen House and shown how everything works. Kela & Stephen are on hand for any queries, assistance or recommendations if required but far enough away that guests have complete privacy during their stay. Kela & Stephen also offer additional catering services, with Dinner Parties being most popular with guests. These must be booked in advance. Additional cleaning services can also be provided if required.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Kela H.
Average reply time:
3 hours 18 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
15 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Manor house has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and sleeps 14. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 11 Mar 2011. Located in County Cork, it has 135 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £3465 to £4178.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 15 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

135 reviews

Very Good

“Outstanding property”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2018

We enjoyed a tremendous holiday at Dunowen House. The property comfortably accommodated all 11 of us. The standard of the property is superb and truly complements the beauty of the original house. Kela and Stephen gave us a warm welcome and we’re on hand to deal with anything. West Cork is God’s own country and somewhere everyone should experience. No better place to do it than Dunowen House near the wonderful Clonakilty. As they say locally, you’ll have a gas time!

Owner's reply: Thank you all for your wonderful feedback on your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure to host you all here and hope that we can welcome you back to our little corner of West Cork at another time in the near future. Best wishes to you all, Kela & Stephen

“Never wanted to leave!”

Reviewed 1 Dec 2015

Myself and my family stayed in Dunowen House the night before a family wedding and it really made the weekend special and memorable. With lots of living areas and big rooms it was ideal for a large group. Each bedroom was special in its own way which left nobody dissappointed; the house itself was spotless and warm on a very wintery day. We opted for a catered dinner provided by the owners in the house; the food was really tasty (and I think great value for money) with lots to go around, and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. The owners were very accommodating and friendly while giving us our space as well. All-in-all I can't recommend Dunowen House highly enough. I hope we'll be back sooner rather than later!

Owner's reply: It was a pleasure to have to you and all your lovely extended family. Thank you so much for the feedback and recommendations. We'll be very happy to see you back anytime in the future & hope the next time the weather will be a lot drier! Best wishes, Kela & Stephen

“No need to look anywhere else..this is where you need to stay!”

Reviewed 14 May 2015

Just back after spending a weekend in Dunowen House with a group of ladies for my Hen Party. The moment you arrive you know that's it going to be a great weekend. The House is fabulous from top to bottom. We loved the music room to hang out in over the weekend. It had lots of seating, instruments to play if you wish including a piano,loads of cd's to choose from and a lovely wood burning stove that Kela and Stephen had lit for us on arrival along with lovely home made scones. The bedrooms upstairs are beautiful too, spme with free standing baths in the rooms! Kela also offers a dine in service where she cooks for everyone. She cooked dinner for 21 of us on one of the evenings and it was really delicious using all local seasonal produce she was able to sit us all together in the dining room which was really well received by everyone. Kela also put us in touch with a local horse riding centre so that some of the girls could horse ride on the beach and even organised a bus for us to go out in Clonakilty that night! If you are looking for somewhere really special to stay in West Cork, Dunowen House is it and Kela and Stephen are the people to make it happen!

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your lovely kind words and positive feedback about your stay with us here at Dunowen House. It was a pleasure to have you all here! We love it when guests leave Dunowen having enjoyed it as much as we do. Hopefully we'll see you back in West Cork in the near future. Kela & Stephen

“Great Hen Weekend”

Reviewed 3 Apr 2015

I rented Dunowen House for a full weekend in March for my sisters hen celebrations. I could not have imagined just how relaxing and enjoyable the whole experience would be, even as the only bridesmaid and sole organiser of the hen weekend. I must personally commend Kela and Stephen for their part in making the weekend as stress-free as possible. They were on hand to help with any query or request we had, yet they let us to our own devices in enjoying the house, which exceeded our expectations as "luxury accommodation". We were treated to superb home-cooked three-course meals on both nights and we didn't have to lift a finger. All my guests were astounded by the features of the house. How could you resist a stay anywhere that has a stand-alone bathtub in the bedrooms?! And what better place to catchup with friends than in front of roaring log fires, with music playing, a glass of wine in hand and surrounded by that comforting familiar laughter. Countless memorabilia in the dedicated "music room" proudly salutes the late Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding...a dream feature of the house for fans and music enthusiasts of all ages. Feedback from guests (once they came around from being absolutely speechless after seeing the house) was that Dunowen House was the perfect location for a luxurious getaway weekend with friends. And each and every one of those guests is planning their next trip back.The best attraction for us-we only live minutes away in beautiful Clonakilty and picked Dunowen House as our "hen getaway". We may not always have the best weather here in West Cork, but Dunowen House,well it's a haven no matter what the forecast.

Owner's reply: It was just lovely to have you all, your friends and family here to celebrate your hen and upcoming wedding. We are blessed to have such appreciative guests who take the time to post their feedback. Stephen & I wish you the very best for the wedding and the future. Hope to see you all again at Dunowen House. Kela & Stephen

“Perfect rural getaway met with five star hospitality”

Reviewed 19 Oct 2014

Truly unforgettable experience. Would recommend it to anyone. My wife and I were looking for a relaxing weekend away in the rolling hills of west Cork and Dunowen House was our B&B destination. Fantastic! 20 minutes outside Clonakilty at the end of a quite boreen, this is country seclusion at its best. The private entrance immediately makes you feel like you are visiting friends. We were greeted by our hosts Kela and Stephen who made us feel right at home. Our luxurious room, the cathedral room due to its high wooden beamed ceiling, includes a standing bath in addition to an modern en-suite. The peaceful countryside outside and clean comfy warm room ensured and great night’s sleep. In the morning Kela prepares your delicious breakfast (per request), with all produce locally sourced (the black and white pudding!), in addition to the homemade breads, scones and, jams. Stephen advised us on the best spots to see in the area. Check out the nearby (half mile) Sands cove. Returning to Dunowen for the evening, we were free to relaxed in either of the uniquely decorated living rooms. This former home of the late musician Noel Redding added to the character and allure of the house. Listen to music, watch TV or browse through the many books that occupied the room, this felt like a home away from home. Looking forward to returning.

Owner's reply: Thanks for your lovely review, hope to see you back in the near future and with your new arrival! Kela & Stephen

“5 Star Luxury with Laid-back Charm”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2014

Just returned from a fantastic escaped to the country in Dunowen House. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and feel revived after the experience. The house is fabulous. Our room was so elegant and inviting. The bath tube was huge!! We both had the best sleep we’ve had in ages due to the comfy bed and peaceful surroundings. The welcome we received from the proprietors, Kela and Stephen, was exceptional. The perfect balance of attention and privacy. Kela’s tasty full Irish breakfast set us up nicely each morning and her banana bread is hard to beat. Stephen gave us great advice on the neighbouring areas and what was worth visiting. We drove along a section of the Wild Atlantic Way, which is truly stunning. In the evenings, we were happy to simply hangout in the house. My husband and I are music fans and the house is full of rock and roll memorabilia from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. We lounged around on the comfy sofas listening to 'choons', leafing through the many books and of course sipping some wine. I felt like Noel Redding himself could walk in any minute and start strumming the guitar in a quite corner. I highly recommend a visit to Dunown House. I will certainly return for a self catering visit with a gang of my friends.

Owner's reply: Thanks for such great praise. We are delighted you enjoyed your B&B break with us so much. Hope to see you all again in the near future. Kela & Stephen

“Most Amazing House in a Truly Idyllic Location”

Reviewed 6 Oct 2014

Our family enjoyed the House as much as they enjoyed West Cork. Kela and Stephen were wonderful hosts, who treated us like we were part of their family.

Owner's reply: Many thanks for your lovely comments. We really enjoyed having you all to stay and introducing you to this fabulous corner of West Cork. Kela & Stephen

“Large family, small wedding”

Reviewed 4 Sep 2014

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.

Owner's reply: 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

“Superb holiday rental”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2014

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.

Owner's reply: 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

“Surpassed all expectations!!”

Reviewed 16 Aug 2013

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!

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