Skibbereen holiday cottage rental, Ardralla with beach/lake nearby, internet access and balcony/terrace and walking

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The Fish House

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7 Home 216139

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Nearest beach Tragumna 6 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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
Furniture King Beds (1), Single beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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.

Further details

An additional pet's deposit of €100 is payable if you are bringing pets with you.

The Province of Munster 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…….!

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Review 1-10 of 10

12 Aug 2013


"A little piece of heaven"

Everything was just perfect, the house, the location even the weather was fantastic. If you can't slow down and relax here, then you'll never be able to! Denise made us feel at home straight away and I can not believe how quickly the week went by. This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed and comes complete with it's own version of the infinity pool (complete with otter!). It seems only fair that I should highly recommend the Fish House to everyone but a little bit of me wants to keep it a secret so as i can have it all to myself!!!!

28 Oct 2012


"Pure Bliss"

Fish House, at the end of a very..repeat very... narrow lane outside Skibbereen, you'll find this magical place, perched at the edge of the estuary. Once inside, start a cozy fire, pour your favorite drink, and watch the river life pass by. In no time, you'll find the stress of your daily life seems to have disappeared. Well done, Denise!

5 May 2012


"A genuine, peaceful retreat on the banks of the River Illen"

We spent four weeks at the Fish House and were delighted with the attractive old-world accomodation brought upto 21st century standards of comfort (plumbing, heating, kitchen, etc.). Laying in bed listening to the birds' dawn chorus while watching the con-trails of the trans-Atlantic flights beginning their descent into London, then hearing the shouts of the coach training the Fours and Eights on the Illen, were only beaten by sitting on the deck, overhanging the river, watching the sunset and drinking wine or our recently discovered taste for mojitos. Idyllic, peacefull are the best words to describe our stay, complimented by the attention, local knowledge and Irish humor of Denise and Padraig Cusack nearby.

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