Kinsale holiday house rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and balcony/terrace and walking

Compass Hill House

from £115 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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from £115 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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1 / 24 Sunrise in September - a perfect morning, overlooking the harbour from bed!

House / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 13 Home 94998

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House / 5 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 13

Key Info

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

Description from owner

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.

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!

Bed & bathroom

  • bedroom 1: double bed
    bedroom 2: double bed
    bedroom 3: double bed
    bedroom 4: 3 single beds
    bedroom 5: 2 single beds
    beds in other rooms: sofa bed
  • 1 family bathrooms, 2 shower rooms


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


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Log fire
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • Corporate bookings

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  • Parking
  • Suitable for people with restricted mobility
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:12:00
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 wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy

About the owner

Marie-Louise M
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04 Feb 2016
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Languages spoken: English, Italian

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