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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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!

Keywords: Ocean Front Lighthouse Dwelling

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Property Manager
Margaret O'Driscoll
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017


County Cork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The two new bedrooms in the Longhouse each have a walnut Queen size bed. Each of the two bedrooms in the 1843 cottage has two cherry wood single beds which can be arranged together to form a King bed. The extra convertible double bed is in the room from which the large living room in the cottage is accessed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
If you wish to dine by the light of a Lighthouse or write your first novel, this is for you. At this incredibly romantic location four visiting couples in the past two years have become engaged to be married!


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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

What I expect heaven is like

  • 5 of 5

We ventured from Canada based on the web pictures on HomeAway but even those nice pictures could not describe the beauty and serenity of the Crookhaven lighthouse. We have no words. The views, the location, the small towns nearby, castles everywhere and home to a clean, comfortable and well-appointed home. The charm was so intoxicating my son proposed to his girlfriend. We have travelled to many areas of the world and by far this is the best property we have stayed in.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

So peacefull place and great facilities. Here we are going to be someday again.

Thanks from all of us.

Team Finland

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A bit of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place to rest, relax and share nice time with the family. Very inspiring. Beautifull wildlife watching from the longhouse. We enjoyed it a lot. Thanks to Margaret to make such a nice place available.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bow of the ship

  • 5 of 5

I have been hesitant to write this review as the more people who know about this incredible place the less chance I might have to rent it again, but since we are unfortunately not returning this year I can let go. This place is truly one of a kind. We kept saying that we felt like we were staying on the bow of a ship as it plied the oceans. The owners and caretakers were delightful, the glass house is surreal, the surrounding landscape makes you never want to leave, the town and people of Crookhaven and surrounds were delightful. We met and shared drinks with lovely, charming and intelligent homeowners nearby that made us feel comfortable and welcome in their world - an architect, doctors, and movie set designers. When we got there, Ireland was experiencing a 50 year rainfall event - no problem, we just snuggled up in our glass house (floor to ceiling glass on 3 and 1/2 sides, incredible) and put some DVD's in the player and enjoyed the rain. We explored the surrounding areas and were constantly in a state of awe - our favorite place being Three Castle Head where we went three times with different sets of guests. If you are looking for the vacation of a lifetime, this is the place. Please, just don't tell too many we would like to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay. We have had an amazing time.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking panorama

  • 5 of 5

We spent one fantastic week in family (2 adults, 3 children).

The cottage as well as the longhouse are really confortable.

All the equipments were functionnal.

If you like quiet and rare places, you will enjoy your stay.

The sea/landscapes around are wild and beautiful.

If you are lucky and not afraid of some exercise, try to approach some seals...

I could spend hours to tell you how wonderful is the place but words aren't strong enough.

Come and see.

For us, we will return.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
120 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
O'Sullivan's Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Heron's Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Mizen Head Fog Signal Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Castle Head
Nearest Point of Interest
Ballyrisode Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

County Cork House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn (Fall)
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 15 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mar 31 2018 - Apr 13 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 14 2018 - Jun 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 23 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

The above rates are inclusive of all taxes.
Except during the Summer period it may be possible to rent only the Longhouse, which sleeps 4.
Also during Spring and Autumn (Fall) 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.

A booking is secured by the payment of a deposit of 50% of the rental.
The balance will be due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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