About the property
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House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
There are two parts to the property but they are one unit. In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built Crookhaven lighthouse and the adjoining cottage. Perched over the entrance to the natural harbour of Crookhaven, for over 160 years the cottage sheltered the Lightkeepers' families. When the Lighthouse was first automated (it is still fully operational) the Commissioners no longer needed the accommodation provided by the cottage and ownership changed hands.
The new owners have fully refurbished the 1843 cottage and this part of the property now comprises 2 double bedrooms with an additional room containing a double pull-out bed and a stairway to a large living space converted from what had been the quarters of three families. This large living room contains extensive seating, satellite TV, DVD, a music system and views in all directions. Also downstairs is a shower room, kitchen and dining area. The structural integrity of the 1843 cottage has been preserved with the layout of the downstairs rooms reflecting the original plan.
Across the small yard is the extraordinary light filled space that is the 'longhouse'. In 2008 the owners completed a radical design consisting of a rectangular glass walled cuboid resting on two new bedrooms and a second bathroom. This wonderful addition allows for spectacular views from the upper level through 270 degrees. In a feature article on visiting Ireland, US Airways Magazine (January 2012, page 38, available online) recommends the property as a fabulous place to stay and says that if you dream of ocean views, this property tops the list 'complete with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the Atlantic's hypnotic blue waves'!
The upper level contains a fully fitted kitchen, a dining table seating 8/10, a wood burning fireplace, a High Definition TV and Blu-ray disk player together with comfortable seating throughout. Along the length of this level is a balcony from which the views need to be seen to be believed, ranging from the natural harbour of Crookhaven past the world famous Fastnet Lighthouse 7 miles off-shore to Baltimore, Cape Clear and Roaring Water Bay with its many islands.
Although built on 'Rock Island', this is not a true island, at least for the past several hundred years. Access is along a beautiful stone-walled 'lighthouse' roadway which undulates across the fields of heather and gorse for a mile or so. Just 2 miles away you will find Goleen with its shops, pubs and first class restaurant. Across the bay is the sailing village of Crookhaven, which for centuries was the first port of call for vessels arriving from the New World destined for the North West of Europe.
In winter there is always a welcoming fire awaiting you there in O'Sullivan's Bar and in summer a flurry of activity on the harbourside as sailors and boat people of all ages and nationalitiies set to sea or disembark in search of one of the mouthwatering seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront.
Around the next bay is the end of the Mizen Peninsula with its rugged coastline, the surfing mecca and golden sands of Barleycove Beach and at the end of the road a mile or two further on, the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. There you'll find a visitor centre and spectacular walks laid out along the rocky coastline leading to the recently re-built and re-opened pedestrian bridge over to the Mizen Lighthouse and Fog-Signal Station. Next stop America!
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absolutely stunning location and brilliant accommodation so beautiful to stay in a working lighthous
this is an exceptional experience for anyone with an interest in or love of lighthouses in Ireland the facilities and accommodation are brilliant we strongly recommend it to you
I recently spent a week at the Crookhaven Lighthouse property with my family who joined me from the US. We had a fabulous experience from start to finish. The property manager met us at the house as arranged and made us feel very welcome. The stunning scenery, paired with the beautiful accommodations and terrific local people in Goleen and Crookhaven who made us feel right at home, all contributed to an outstanding stay. The longhouse and cottage are both well-equipped with everything you need and the furniture upstairs in the amazing "glass room" is very comfortable. We marveled at seeing Fastnet Lighthouse from "our" lighthouse and if you didn't move from that spot all week, you'd go home happy. However, there are such gorgeous spots to visit in the area, we were glad we ventured to nearby Mizen Head, Barleycove Beach and Three Castle Head, not to mention a breathtaking afternoon at the stunning Sheep's Head Bay, with sweeping views of Bantry and Dunmanus. All of the local restaurants we ate in were great (service and food) and I highly recommend the baked goods at Along the Way, the cafe up the road in the village. We had wonderful walks right from the property and since it was early in the season, we felt like we were the only people out there. It's truly an inspiring place if you want to write, take photos, connect with family and friends, or just get away from it all. The only small criticism we had is of the mattresses in the long house, which are in need of updating. Other than that we had a perfect stay and we would definitely recommend it and book again. I've had many wonderful trips to Ireland over the years, but this one is at the top of the list.
Thank you for your magnificent review.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse property. We are also very grateful to you for your suggestion that the mattresses in the Longhouse are in need of updating. We have taken your suggestion on board and have ordered new mattresses. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Spectacular views in a very special property
We had an unforgettable Christmas in this most beautiful place. Gannets fishing right outside our windows, three walls of glass make you feel you're right in the middle of the view - all with underfloor heating, big comfy sofas and a brilliant kitchen. Only small criticism is mattresses are not great in the bedrooms ... Highly recommended nonetheless. There's a cute village within walking distance which has a couple of bars and a very well stocked shop. Peaceful, beautiful countryside all around and a view of Fastnet lighthouse which is just magical. Plenty of lovely walks and drives, and only a couple of hours drive from Cork. We LOVED it.
We love the Lighthouse
Breathtaking. We will come again
A perfect place for relaxation and rest
We stayed for two weeks at Crookhaven Lighthouse and we spent much time watching seals and dolphins while sitting in the living room. We were fascinated by ever changing lighting conditions during day time and by intense starry skies during night time. A perfect place for relaxation and rest. Thank you for letting us be here.
I was looking for something a little different for my husband to celebrate a significant birthday. After a lot of research and brain- storming, I decided to go with a trip to the Crookhaven Lighthouse. This proved to be an inspired choice. The lighthouse has the most amazing location, with panoramic views out onto the sea with the Fastnet Lighthouse in the distance. The view is truly amazing and this novelty did not wear off over the few days. We went in March, so found that we could make the most of the view at daytime meal times and in the afternoon as the eating and relaxation area are all upstairs with that view. We loved to face out to the view in the afternoons until the light faded, whilst reading or just staring at the view and listening to music. Then, we lit a fire in the glass-doored, midwall-level fireplace, and recommenced the relaxation (tip: bring your own fuel, if you can. It was difficult to find locally. Eventually got it in Schull.) We hated leaving the place, and preferred to dine there each evening, though that had not been the intention prior to our visit. The facilities there are excellent, and the house was warm and comfortable. The focus is definitely on the upstairs with downstairs comfortable, and more functional. There is a shower and bath. The DVDs of old movies were a nice touch, and we made the most. My husband is still talking about the wonderful trip we had and what a special place this lighthouse is. We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending this holiday location and will return. It is a little piece of Heaven in an idyllic, quiet place. You really will feel you are getting away from it all.
The property is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, the world's longest defined coastal touring route, which begins in Greencastle, County Donegal and ends in Kinsale in East Cork. It boasts of some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe.
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The above rates are inclusive of all taxes. Other than in the summer months it may be possible to stay for a minimum of 4 nights, depending on availability. For rates please enquire. Please note that rates for a stay of less than 7 days are not charged on a pro rata, daily basis.