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|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 en suites|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Long Strand 2 km|
|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|
|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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (3), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
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.