Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Historic 150 Year Old Newly Updated Family Home in Cobh, Co. Cork

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom Home Recently Remodeled Home With Traditional Charm

Historic Victorian style home on a famous steep street featured in most books of Ireland. Stone house was built in 1850 but recently remodeled with new amenities while still retaining original charm. Second floor has 2 bedrooms including large room with bay window. Third floor has two bedrooms. Home sleeps 9 comfortably. One large bathroom with new tub and shower on second floor and one bathroom (toilet/sink) on first floor. Brand new central heating and fully equipped kitchen. House has satellite television and stereo with iPod docking station. Views from the back of the house include neo-Gothic cathedral and front of the house include the Bishops Palace and park. Head up the hill for a few pints with the locals at The Roaring Donkey. Beautiful Cork Harbor and downtown Cobh is at foot of the street with many more pubs, restaurants and cafes. Only 5 minute walk to the train station. 30 minutes from Cork City by train or car. Cobh is a favorite port of call for numerous cruise ships from all over the world. House and famous 'deck of cards' street is on the cover of the 2012 Lonely Planet Ireland travel guide and the 2016 National Geographic Ireland calendar.

Fiona Remko
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Fiona Remko

This home has been in the family for almost 70 years. It was purchased by the eldest daughter for her parents after emigrating to America and was occupied by the matriarch of the family until her death at 101. The 'American grandchildren' spent most summers in the home living the carefree Irish existence and continue to travel back with their spouses and children to share their love of the home and the town.

Why Fiona Remko chose County Cork

This property is an important part of our family history and we are excited to be able to have it in the family but also to share our love of the home and the town with visitors. Our grandmother never met a stranger who came to her door and always welcomed guests with a smile and a story. Sharing the home is a way to be able to share that hospitality with guests from all over the world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Charming, spacious, comfortable house, which was perfect for a family get together. It was fully equipped with everything needed for our stay. The location is perfect, right in the centre of Cobh..."
Dec 2013
  • 1 of 2


Kilgarvan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 9
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd floor Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom
    Bathroom 2 First floor - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bay Window Room - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 2nd floor - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 3rd floor - 3 twin/ single , Beds can be arranged to suit guests
    Bedroom 4 3rd floor - 1 double
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Historic 150 Year Old Newly Updated Family Home in Cobh, Co. Cork
average rating of 4.642857 based on 16 reviews

Great location

  • 3 of 5

Great location for everything you need- station, restaurants, shops. Parking is available outside though you can get asked to move on by residents though there are no parking restrictions or permits some put bollards outside to prevent parking. Cathedral car park is close by though. Steep hill on return from town keeps you fit. House is more suitable for 6 as the half bathroom is really a downstairs toilet with cold water to the sink so mornings and evenings can involve a bit of timetabling if you are getting ready to go out. Beds on top floor rooms have very soft mattresses which creak at every move and did cause a few sleepless nights.

Despite this and with a few tweaks on mattresses and a second shower it could be really wonderful as it is a great original house in a lovely location.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

very good

  • 5 of 5

good location for the main street though up steep hill on way back to property so need to be fairly fit, but that goes for most of Cobh as it is all uphill once you move away from the harbour side.

Well appointed but only one bathroom with bath and a shower so need to get on well with others in the house as to schedule bathroom use. There is a toilet on ground floor with sink that only has cold water supply.

The house was very comfortable and warm. Would stay again. Cobh is a really nice place to visit with several places which all served us good food at a reasonable price. also all the locals were friendly and made to feel welcome everywhere

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

wonderful house, authentic Irish experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Cobh in Fiona's house. The house itself is a charming and modest row house in a great location in an old port town. The furnishings were comfortable and appropriate and the amenities and appliances all worked as advertised. Parking was easy. It was a very, very short walk down the hill into the center of town for access to shops and restaurants and pubs and to catch the train into Cork and to Dublin. It was easy to get checked in to the house and to depart and Fiona provided lots of information about local pubs and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Chicago, IL

Great location Authentic Irish living

  • 4 of 5

We loved this historic home along the "deck of cards" row only a short block walk into town. It was quiet and the park across the street was very pleasant. The walks up and down the hills of Cobh are strenous, to say the least, but worth it. And good exercise. Parking behind the cathedral was easy to find and convenient, and always had lots of spaces for free. This home is really having an authentic experience, "living like the Irish". We had three of us and the beds and bedrooms were quite comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Highly Recommend!

  • 4 of 5

This Cobh home is a fabulously located place! It has a completely unobstructed view of the cathedral from the window at the stairs. The town is literally a simple walk down the hill (which means it is an uphill walk back, but not a bad one). It housed our family of 8, which consisted of 2 seniors, 4 adults and 2 teens. This is definitely a place that requires the ability to go up and down stairs, so if your family doesn't have difficulties with stairs or hills, this is definitely the place to stay! Our parents did fine and they are in their 70s. Fiona was fabulous to work with for our timing for checking in and out and corresponded with a lot of information for places to go, see and do on our trip. Kelly's Bar has outstanding Irish Coffee to start the morning off. Of the 5 countries we went to, Cobh (and Ireland in general) had the friendliest people we met. Oh, and the food is fabulous!! We had such a great time and this place was perfect! We definitely recommend it! Cheers!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

we stayed a week in Cobh, the house and location were all first rate, the house is ideally situated to walk into the centre of Cobh, be aware though its on a steep hill but only a short walk into town.(3 mins).we found parking outside fine and there is a communal car park near the cathedral which we didnt need.Cobh is a lovely palce steeped in maritime history. The house itself is well equioed althogh little outdor soav=ce, just a small patio area. as it was winter we never used it as the lounge was comfortable with the dining area also.

To sum up, very comfortable and set in a beautiful part of Ireland.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Rates & Availability

Kilgarvan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message Send a Message


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Cork Airport
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Cohb Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Cobh Train Station
Car: not necessary

Cobh (formerly Queenstown) is a beautiful seaside town in County Cork and is steeped in history. It was the last port of call for the Titanic and still maintains that original pier. Visitors can participate in the Titanic Experience and visit the museum. Cobh was also where most immigrants left Ireland to begin their journeys to the new world and has a wonderful Heritage Centre highlighting this era. Assistance in genealogical searches is avaialable at the Centre. A short train ride away takes you to the beautiful historic Fota House and Grounds as well as the amazing Fota Wildlife Park where the animals run free. St. Coleman's cathedral is an awe inspiring example of neo-Gothic architecture dating back to 1868. The cathedral features a beautiful 49 bell carillon which is the largest in Ireland and Britain. If you are looking for breathtaking scenery this is the place. Short walks will take you to the waters edge and beaches and to beautiful rolling hills displaying the famous Irish 40 shades of green. Sailing, harbor boat trips and sea angling excursions are available. If golf is your thing the Cobh Golf Course is minutes away or in an hour or less you can be golfing in the spectacular Fota or Old Head of Kinsale Golf Courses. A short train and bus ride away and you are at the famous Blarney Castle where you can kiss the Blarney Stone and get the gift of the gab! Many events take place during the year including commemorations of the Titanic and the Lusitania in April and May. Summertime includes the South of Ireland Festival of Piping and Drumming and the Cobh Peoples' Regatta. September brings the Blues Festival and the International Sea Angling Festival and October boasts the world famous Cork Jazz Festival.

By car you can take many day trips from Cobh to explore the beauty of Ireland. You are only only 1 1/2 hours away from the quaint town of Killarney and the Killarney National Park. Killarney is minutes away from the amazing Ring of Kerry which is a beautiful drive through the mountains.

The majestic Cliffs of Moher are only 2 1/2 hours away as is the beautiful seaside town of Dingle and its famous dolphin Fungie!

In 1 1/2 hours you can be taking a tour of the Waterford Crystal Factory where they have worldwide shipping if you can't pass up making a purchase.

The whole area of West Cork is only a 1 1/2 hours away with awe inspiring natural beauty.

If you want to travel by train, make the 5 minute walk to the Cobh Train Station where you can travel to Cork and catch connecting trains all over the country.


Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties