The Phoenix is situated in the beautiful village of Castletownshend on the South West coast of Ireland. The cottage comprises a large hall, a lounge with an open fire (also central heating throughout) and doors to a secluded garden from the dining area. There are four bedrooms. The two bathrooms, (one ensuite) with showers, were renovated in 2010. Bedroom 1 with ensuite shower and toilet has 5' double bed. Bedroom 2 has two single beds. Bedroom 3 has a double bed. Bedroom 4 has 3' wide bunk beds.
The cottage is tastefully furnished. It has slate and wood floors downstairs and new (2013) carpet upstairs. There is a HiFi system with iPod doc, CD/DVD player, and a 32' flat screen TV with all the Irish and British TV and radio channels, and some Satellite channels. The cottage contains a new cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. WiFi has recently been installed..
Pebble beaches are 5 mins walk, sandy beach a 5 mins drive. Village has a shop and two pubs, one with a highly recommended restaurant.
Castletownshend harbour is popular with the sailing community. Mary Ann's Bar and the village shop has many flyers advertising sea and lake fishing, sailing, and whale watching trips. The staff in both places are helpful. Skibbereen has a tourist information office.
The village shop is two doors away from the Phoenix. Fresh food and newspapers are delivered daily.
There are many beautiful walks in the area: coastal, woodland and rural - go from the Phoenix on foot or take the car.
Glandore (10 kilometers away) set in a sheltered bay has two pub/ restuarants where you can sit and admire the view.
Baltimore (20 kilometers away) is lively with restaurants, seasports, pubs and ferries to offshore islands.
The South West attractions of the Mizen Head, Barley Cove, Crookhaven, Glengarriff, Gouganbarra, the Healy Pass and Ahillies, and even Killarney, can be visited in a day. Many stunning gardens and picturesque walks can be visited in these places.
Live music can sometimes be found in Castletownshend village pubs. And regular music sessions are available in Skibbereen, Clonakity, Baltimore and further afield.
I bought this house during a wet week one summer in Ireland soon after I returned to England from working abroad for 4 years. I currently live with my husband in London, where I grew up. I retired 6 years ago from the Financial Services industry and have just completed a B.A. in History.
I started coming to my grandmother's house in the country area around Castletownshend when I was 8 years old and have visited almost every year since. Since buying the Phoenix my husband and I come several times a year, often bringing friends and family.
We love the unique character of Castletownshend, its history, the village community, friendly neighbours, a shop two doors away, great pubs and excellent restaurant; and a 2 minute walk to 3 beaches or quays in the village. We do a lot of walking in the area, just following paths on the O.S. maps or using walking guides from the Tourist Office.