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COTTAGE & STUDIO - with outdoor pool & sea views, Sheep's Head near Bantry - Cottage & Studio

Julie Fitzgerald Vitelli

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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COTTAGE & STUDIO - with outdoor pool & sea views, Sheep's Head near Bantry - Cottage & Studio

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Bantry Bay Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Renovated stone cottage & barn with large garden, pond & pool.

LAHARANDOTA - The Artists' Cottage, an old stone farmhouse previously owned by American painter Frank Russell, now fully renovated to include slate floors, old beams and stone walls. Set in over an acre of land and surrounded by fields with extensive views over the sea and the Mizen Head. Ideal for those looking for a relaxing holiday or weekend retreat, for walkers/cyclists or families, with its large garden, spring, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated). Located 4 miles west of local village Kilcrohane, and a scenic half-hour drive from the busy market town of Bantry with its great restaurants and pubs. Stroll down the lane from the cottage directly on to The Sheep's Head Way, one of Ireland's 31 Waymarked Ways (marked trails). The peninsula's natural wild beauty makes its 55 mile trail stand out from others and offers an exciting challenge for all keen walkers. If, however, you're not a 'wild rover', there's always riding, sailing, kayaking, diving, golf...

NOW FEATURED IN ALASTAIR SAWDAY'S IRELAND GUIDE: Review: 'Now how many Irish cottages come with an outdoor pool? Next to the road but shielded by hedges, it even has sea views! You are at the tip of the strikingly beautiful Sheep’s Head peninsula, a paradise for walkers. Laharandota was the house of an artist for many years; it still shows. Everything inside is in the best possible taste and breathes a generous spirit: a wonderful kitchen with big Rayburn stove, art, objets and a fabulous hamper, a claw-foot bath, a glasswalled sun room, nooks, crannies and a rustic fireplace that roars in winter. Next-door’s studio, often rented to the same party, provides comforts on a reduced scale, but the light, the art, the sea views are the same. Hike a part of the Sheep’s Head Way: ‘the best walk in Ireland’ says Country Walking magazine. Head for the lighthouse, look out for choughs and peregrines. Shops and restaurants are a short drive away, lovely Bantry Town and sandy Barleycove beach are not much further. Inspirational'.

Guest Comments: 'It is a fabulous place to stay - we found ourselves spending lots of time just pottering around the cottage because it was so lovely. We will definitely come again and will recommend it to our friends.'

Gerry & Liz, Gloucestershire

'Thank you so much for the weekend. I must say your cottage is spectacular - you have a real eye for interiors and the quality of the renovation and furnishings is stunning. We had 3 days of great weather, the kids were even swimming in the sea. They didn't want to leave and now want to live there!'

Adam & Jane, Hertfordshire

'Thank you for a wonderful 3 days in your beautiful cottage. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. We absolutely fell in love with The Artists' Cottage and the surrounding area.'

Jayne & Gordon, Rockingham, Australia

'We had a fabulous time. The setting was wonderful and the cottage was just gorgeous. Daniel loved his cute little bedroom. He was even brave enough to swim in the pool!'

Pamela & Roger, Glasgow

'Thank you for providing such a welcoming, comfortable taste of rustic charm for we city-dwellers. We all loved everything about the cottage. Of course the swimming pool is the icing on the cake - luckily the weather was glorious so we chilled out and lazed by the pool or braved its invigorating freshness!'

John & Susan, Edinburgh

'Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the cottage. It is in a beautiful and unspoilt location and the views across the bay are something to remember. The quality of the finish and furnishing in The Artists' Cottage are incredible, really beautiful. We had some really lovely times there and we will remember it with great affection.'

Susan & Phil, Hampshire

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Details for Cottage & Studio 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms

This beautiful detached cottage is nestled on the hillside, surrounded by a large, private garden with wonderful sea views. The garden features a stream, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated), stone corral with barbeque and patio area equipped with garden furniture. Inside there are three bedrooms (a double, twin and a single), downstairs loo, family bathroom, en suite shower room, open-plan kitchen/ living room, study with sofa bed and sun room. Laharandota has been thoughtfully restored from an existing farm complex, comprising a detached cottage, stone outbuilding with utilities, an old stone loft/ barn (The Studio) and a green house, all enjoying spectacular views over Dunmanus Bay and the West Cork countryside. Many original features have been retained to create a unique and peaceful atmosphere which compliments the surrounding land and sea.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Julie Fitzgerald Vitelli (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Cottage & Studio
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, IRE

Sheeps Head

  • 5 of 5

We've rented quite a few cottages during our 2 year expat assignment in Ireland and this cottage/studio was by far the best! The owners have spared no expense in refurbishing this old farm house with the highest quality appliances (kitchen and laundry), bathroom fixtures, bedding, decorations and it even had a pool! We didn't have the weather to utilize the pool, but we did enjoy sitting by it and taking in the spectacular ocean views! The size of the cottage fit our family of 4 perfectly (kids' ages were 6 and 8). We added the studio to accomodate another friend traveling with us. We traveled to all three peninsulas (Beara, Sheep's Head, and Mizen) by car for daily hikes. The scenery was spectacular with lots of cliffs (much nicer than the Cliffs of Moher!). We dined in the town of Bantry which is filled with wonderful restaraunts. The owner, Julie, was delightful to work with right from the start of the booking. She also gives you loads of information on things to do and restaraunts to go to. At the end of the day, it was always so wonderful coming back to the cottage and collapsing in those beds or sitting on the leather sofa next to a roaring fire in the stone fireplace. We had a wondeful stay on the Sheep's Head peninsula and highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
California, United States

Perfect Honeymoon Getaway

  • 5 of 5

When we decided go to Ireland for our honeymoon, we looked on VRBO and my husband told me to pick any cottage I wanted. This was the one that immediately caught my eye, I wanted nothing else and no other cottage could live up to this one. I was completely smitten with all of the pictures. As soon as we opened the door, I was in love!! It looked exactly like the pictures, even better! She had even prepared brownies, champagne and a lovely note for us when we arrived. It was the perfect location to relax and get away from all of the busyness, not to mention its gorgeous view!! We immediately felt right at home. The house had everything we needed and more. It was fun to explore the little property, take a walk down the street, and read a book in the sunroom. They had instructions for everything, which was really helpful. As soon as we got back, I could not stop raving about this cottage. I am hoping it will still be for rent in a few years so we can return!! We LOVED everything about it and cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Luxurious Laharandota

  • 5 of 5

Although only our first visit to Ireland I doubt we could have found a better place to stay than the Artists Cottage, Laharandota.

Quality abounds everywhere from the well maintained exterior and grounds of the property through to the beautiful and tasteful decor and fittings inside.

An enormous amount of thought, time and not to mention money has obviously been lavished on this property resulting in a superb blend of 'old world' Irish charm coupled with the benefit of modern comfortable living. There are so many thoughtful touches throughout this homely cottage that it it simply wouldn't be possible to list everything within a review.

Suffice to say that as owners of holiday rental property ourselves for over a decade we probably wouldn't be the easiest of guests to impress!

In summary, an outstanding property with many high quality fittings set in beautiful tranquil surroundings. We wish we could have stayed longer and will definitely return to Ireland again.

Very impressed!!!...and most highly recommended!

Des, Gemma and Charlie

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Fantastic house, amazing location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and studio are tastefully and beautifully furnished. We really appreciated the quality of the finish but the traditional Irish charm of the property was not lost.

I'd highly recommend this property for a romantic weekend or as a base for lazily exploring the peninsula.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

A Little Bit of Paradise on Sheep's Head

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to the Artist’s Cottage was more perfect than we could have ever expected. Despite the bad weather, the cottage’s setting is breathtaking and peaceful, ample food for the soul. Inside the house is extremely inviting with comfortable bedding and a cosy fireplace with an generous supply of firewood. The bathrooms and kitchen are fitted out to the highest standards and those who enjoy cooking will relish the Rayburn stove and lovely Le Creuset and Chasseur cookware. I especially got a kick out of the self-closing drawers and cupboards! Even for those who are not usually partial to cooking up a storm it is hard to resist the country charm of the kitchen and the compulsion to prepare some freshly baked bread. Julie really thinks of everything to make your stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible with board games, DVD’s, guide books and an iPod dock supplied. Unfortunately due to the weather we didn’t get to try out the swimming pool but hopefully we will have better luck on our next visit. I can’t recommend the Artist’s Cottage highly enough for anyone looking for a peaceful retreat whether it be to huddle with a good book by the fire or hike around the Sheep’s Head Way. The Artist’s Cottage provides the comfort and luxury of a fine hotel but with the freedom and privacy that you can only get from self-catering. Our holiday was just for myself and my husband but I can imagine it would be equally ideal for a family or group of friends. We will definitely be going back!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

West Cork Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in this beautifully decorated and maintained cottage and studio. Every corner of both buildings was brimming with carefully chosen and loved treasures. The use of texture and colour was beyond professional. it was even better than the photos on the site.

The linens were luxurious with great piles of blankets and gorgeous quilts. The bathrooms were immaculate with good quality towels and again decorated in great style. The roll top bath was a big hit!

The kitchen was well kitted out and it was a novelty to cook on the Rayburn - i turned out a pretty good roast chicken on the first night having had a speed read of the Rayburn cook book found on the shelf above, this is proof that it is easy to use!

We loved having the pool and went in everyday even the day it was overcast and slightly rainy. We cycled to the Sheep's Head, then whizzed back and leapt in the pool - bliss.

There is so much to do in the area - included using the bikes, walking down to coves and rock climbing, skimming stones or just watching the sun set. The cove closest to the house was great for a walk before dinner.

We went over to Baltimore and went whale watching with Nic Slocam - a geat afternoon and highly recommended.

We had some great meals in Bantry, Skibereen and Schull. Of course we loved the places in Kilcrohane and quickly felt at home there.

The little cove and the jetty in Kilcrohane were charming and a game of tennis on the local court was fun as the court sloped away at one end...

i would recommend this enchanting property to friends knowing that they would be very comfortable and well taken care of. We would love to come back. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
117 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
129 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Laharandota is located on the southern side of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, about 4 miles south west of the village of Kilcrohane and 15 miles from the bustling market town of Bantry, West Cork. The propoerty is ideally located for touring the West Cork area, for walking, cycling or sailing with it's many walking routes, scenic drives, coves and bays. West Cork attractions include Garinish Island and Glengariff, the Sheep's Head and Mizen Head, as well as the town of Bantry, with its many shops, great restaurants, bars and cinema.

The area is also well known for its raw natural beauty, attracting walkers, artists and anyone with a love for the outdoors to the area. Within a short drive from the property is the village of Kilcrohane, with its quay and coves for bathing, two pubs, shop and local church as well as the Sheep's Head Lighthouse and Way, which passes directly behind and in front of the cottage's gardens.

Other Activities: Cookery classes at nearby restaurant, 'The Good Things Cafe'

Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club's 18 Hole championship course is located a short drive from the town and is open all year.


Rates & Availability

From €214 Per night

Bantry Bay Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
SPRING (Cottage & Studio)
Apr 18 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
SUMMER (Cottage & Studio)
May 23 2015 - Jun 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
SUMMER (Cottage & Studio)
Jun 20 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
AUTUMN (Cottage & Studio)
Aug 29 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
WINTER (Cottage & Studio)
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €300
Notes Rates are in Euros and include Irish VAT, all bills, cleaning, bedding, towels and use of the following amenities: BBQ, 2 adult bikes, wireless internet (Cottage only), travel cot with bedding, high chair, stair gate, as well as the solar-heated outdoor pool (shared between Cottage and Studio).

Weekly rates assumes a 7-night stay and weekends 2 nights, with additional nights charged as listed.
A 50% initial deposit is required to confirm a booking. The balance is due 6 weeks before arrival, together with the Security/Damage deposit payment. Payment can be made by Euro/Sterling bank transfer, Sterling cheque or PayPal (4% fee applies). Please ask for Sterling rates as these are set according to our own UK bank's rate, which varies.
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Bantry Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master (Cottage) - toilet , shower
    Family (Cottage) - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Toilet (Cottage) - toilet
    Master (Studio) - toilet , shower
    Sun Room (Studio) - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master (Cottage) - 1 king
    Single (Cottage) - 1 twin/ single
    Twin (Cottage) - 2 twin/ single
    Study (Cottage) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Master (Studio) - 1 king
    Sun Room (Studio) - 2 twin/ single
  • A travel cot and a high chair are available for use by guests on request. The Studio's sun room has an iron day bed with trundle which can be used separately as 2 single beds or joined together to form a kng bed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A washing machine and dryer as well as freezer are located in the garage and shared between the cottage and studio. The studio has its own sun room, lounge area and small kitchen, as well as electric storage heaters throughout and a vintage stove with open fire facility. The outdoor pool is located in the garden area in front of the studio, which also includes a stream and pond to the side of the sun room. Access to the pool is open to both cottage and studio guests from April to October, with partial heating provided by solar panels (subject to sunny weather!).

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