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Luxury House on Seafront, with Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi and Woodlands

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3.5 Acre Woodland - 3 Bedrooms + Loft + Office - 3.5+ Baths - (Sleeps 8)

Seal Cottage is located in a most exclusive part of the Beara peninsula, Waterfall, Castletownbere, West Cork which has a long history. It overlooks a private beach and has spectacular sea views.

On the eastern side of Seal Cottage lies Waterfall House. It was the official residence of the Royal Naval commodore of the Western Approaches squadron, anchored in Berehaven. It was purchased a number of years back by the film director Neil Jordan who spends much of his free time there.

Beside Seal Cottage lies the Hermitage, built just after the Second World War. It was built on the site of a farmstead - Curryglass House, dating back to about 1800. Erskine Hamilton Childers, President of the Irish Republic and son of the IRA man Robert Erskine Childers, stayed in the house periodically with the owners his friends.

Seal Cottage accommodation comprises approx 3,500 sq.ft. briefly:

- entrance hallway

- large utility room with Miele washing machine, dryer, large freezer and storage for household goods. There is an entrance to garage off the utility room.

- Large double bedroom downstairs with walk-in wardrobe and large en-suite with shower, toilet, wash basin and Jacuzzi bath overlooking the lawn and sea. There are also patio doors opening on to a private patio area from the bedroom.

- luxury living room

- fully equipped kitchen

- dining area overlooking the sea and Bere Island

- large conservatory with a range of tropical trees such as banana trees etc.

- upstairs there are two double bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms

- there is also a very large 'spare' room upstairs which can be used as a visitor room, office, study etc

- there is zoned electric under floor heating in all downstairs areas.

There is a Bose surround sound system which also has the option of being switched on in the conservatory area.

- There is a solar heated swimming pool in the garden which is available for use from 01-Apr to end-Sep depending on weather and a traditional Scandinavian sauna in the woods.

- There is private access to the beach down steps at the eastern side of the site.

- There is a private mooring for a boat.

- the entire site is wooded with a natural walkway through it.

- There is also a stream flowing through part of the woodland which had been used to create a miniature lake.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 2, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello John-

first of all, we want to let you know we have greatly enjoyed our stay at Seal Cottage. While the weather was cooler than we were hoping, the kids have spent hours playing in the water and exploring the shoreline at low tide. It has been most relaxing.

Last night, my sister and a friend of hers joined us and they too have enjoyed the location and the house.

Our travel plans have changed a bit and Renee the kids and I will be leaving Seal cottage this afternoon for the Tralee area. My sister and her friend will stay here tonight and leave tomorrow.

Thanks again!

May 2011
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Castletown-Bearhaven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Loft - 2 double
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


3.7/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

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Luxury House on Seafront, with Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi and Woodlands
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 14 reviews
Seattle, Washington

Wonderful peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly wonderful holiday location. The facilities were all in top condition. All the rooms were clean. Hot water and heating was working. Open fire in the living room every night with plentiful supply of kindling and firewood.There is a lovely greenhouse area which would get warm when there was prolonged sunshine, of course not always guaranteed to see that yellow orb in the sky...

Customer service was excellent and I would definitely recommend this property to any of my friends or relatives who wished to stay in the Castletownbere area.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ollie, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at Seal Cottage. I hope you made it back to Seattle ok. It is good that you are returning again mid-October. I look forward to that. It is a different feel as the winter approaches. See you then. Regards, John
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Wonderful Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. Peaceful, luxurious, on the ocean, great house with a warm and welcoming host. Nearby the local town and on route to some of the most wonderful scenery in Ireland. Highy recomend! The home had more than I could have expected in a stunning part of the world. Well cared for with great appeal!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ian, It was a pleasure having you stay. I look forward to having you back again at some future date with your wife and family. That is a beautiful condo you have on the beach in Mexico. Very tempting despite the long trip from Ireland!! Talk soon. Best Regards, John
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Brilliant place to stay

  • 5 of 5

“Thank you for the warm welcome we received upon arrival. We have had a lovely holiday. It is truly a ‘mini paradise’ here. The accommodation is very comfortable. We loved exploring the grounds, in particular we loved the privacy and lovely walks with scenic mountain and sea views . Looking forward in coming next year during the summer with kids. They will enjoy the pool and beach down below. We will return for a longer visit next time. Many thanks.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2011
  • Stayed: January 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My housekeeper is there to meet all parties on arrival and go through all aspects of their stay with them. They are also available during your stay should you have any on-going questions. I'm glad you enjoyed the house and private grounds. You are most welcome to stay again next year with your family.
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Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

Hi John,

We had an amazing time at your lovely house and grounds. We could feel ourselves relaxing the moment we arrived. The kids never left the pool. Your groundsman was very helpful and always available to help with any questions we had. The sea views from all rooms is so enchanting. We have shown your site to many of our friends and hope to stay with you again in the future.



  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having Ollie and his family stay at Seal Cottage and I'm delighted they had an enjoyable stay. They are most welcome to stay again at a future date
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Beware! Dirty! Rundown and overcharge!

  • 1 of 5

We have staid at about a dozen holiday homes over the last couple of years. Some very nice ones. This was the worst. The house has a nice architecture but is run down at many corners. When we arrived we had to face a sticky kitchen floor, pots with food remains in the closets, a part of the stove half full with cold grease. We showed it to the care taker. He apologized. We made pictures and sent them to the owner. He was not available. After we left he wrote us that he will look into the issues and charged us 80 Euros (!) for cleaning. Also he charged for rubbish disposal what is not mentioned in the offering. The landscape is in much worse condition as the pictures are suggesting. Many bushes have overgrown limiting view and use. Obviously somebody stopped taking care of land and house some time ago.

We cannot recommend this house for obvious reasons.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stornierung ohne Begründung

  • 1 of 5

Wir bekamen ohne Begründung eine kurzfristige Stornierung


  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Cork or Shannon
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
McCarthy's Bar, Castletownbere
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Bere Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Berehaven Golf Links
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $368.64

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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