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Stone Cottage Facing The Western Sea, Sweeping Views Of Iveragh Peninsula

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 6

Tucked into the rugged coast, the cottage sits on 5 acres of flowering trees , shrubs and hidden gardens. Property includes two large bedrooms upstairs with memory foam mattresses and feather duvets. Sitting room has a door for privacy, views of the sea, an excellent queen sized pull out couch with memory foam mattress. Kitchen fully equipped. New central gas heat!!!. New Gas hob and oven. New washer/dryer. Large fridge. Two bicycles.

Beautiful garden patio with dining set that overlooks the ocean.

More Details

Sue Gilkey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Sue Gilkey

I am a professional Artist and fell in love with The Beara. I find my inspiration in all of the beautiful landscapes, seascapes, cottages and people that surround Dove Hollow Cottage.

Sue Gilkey purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Sue Gilkey chose County Cork

I drove by this cottage many times on painting trips. The location is spectacular. The whole area is filled with beautiful scenery. I love the cottage itself. It embraces you and provides views of ocean and gardens from every window. There is so much peace and privacy here from the rest of the world.

What makes this cottage unique

There are few places left where one can go and feel surrounded by peace, beauty and comfort. This cottage is a rare and special place. You can leave the world behind for awhile.


County Cork Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Brand new bathroom with electric shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , memory foam mattress, feather pillows and duvet
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , memory foam mattresses, feather pillows and duvets
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
For a small fee, plus cost of food, the housekeeper will stock fridge with groceries before your arrival. Inquire if interested.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
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Stone Cottage Facing The Western Sea, Sweeping Views Of Iveragh Peninsula
average rating of 4.1538463 based on 13 reviews

Rustic retreat in a beautiful, peaceful spot

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week exploring the beautiful and wonderfully friendly Beara Peninsula with Dove Hollow as our base. Dolphins spotted - through the 'bins' from the bedroom window. Cottage is tucked away "behind the hill" and gives a real opportunity to switch off.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Aug-Sept 2016 ... AMAZING and MAGICAL!

  • 5 of 5

I don't understand the negative reviews... the owner/housekeeper are MORE than accommodating! Rosarie did all of our shopping so when we arrived everything was perfect. This cottage was ideal in every way... a beautiful traditional Irish cottage as the website says! and a bonus we got engaged here so it'll always hold a special place in our hearts! Sue has done an amazing job w/ this gem and we can't wait to return! Also, look at how little you're paying for this gem!!!... amazing value- what is wrong with people?!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. We are glad you found joy and beauty at Dove Hollow Cottage. We now have central gas heat, so even better! 2017 will see a new gas fireplace in the kitchen and further garden restorations. We hope you'll return someday to enjoy it again!
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Our money was refunded.

  • 1 of 5

We arrived at the property at about 8PM on October 14th. We thought that the key was hanging by the back door as that is part of the information sent to us. Or we could call Rosarie, the housekeeper, for help getting in. There was no key and Rosarie didn’t answer either phone number. We called 4 times. It is a remote location and was the proverbial dark & stormy night and we couldn’t find our way back out to the nearest town until morning. We slept in our car. In the morning we made our way to town and I received a message from my husband, here in the US, that the key was in a different location. We went back to the house and got in only to find that the electricity mostly wasn’t working. The overhead lights came on but nothing that plugged in worked. So, no refrigerator, washer/dryer, TV, charging ability or WiFi or electric heater. We called the housekeeper again, this time she answered, we explained the situation, she arrived about an hour later and reset a breaker but it wouldn’t stay reset. She messed with it and it seemed to be on. My sister was quite cold and went to bed. A few minutes after the housekeeper left the breaker went out again. I wanted to leave as I didn’t feel safe but by the time the housekeeper had arrived and gotten things to look like it was working it was getting later in the day and my sister was afraid of getting lost again so we stayed the night in the house. I reset & reset the breaker until I was able to email the owner that we were leaving in the morning. Also the water started out clear but then turned brown - it wouldn’t clear up. I did let it run awhile.

If that sounds like your idea of a good time - go for it.

The owners did refund our money.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To set the record straight, my instructions for arrival, have never said that there is a key hanging outside the back door. That would be foolish of me, certainly. My instructions have always said, “When you arrive in Ireland, please call the housekeeper for access instructions.” These travelers did not think to call her during the day, they waited until 10pm. She had fallen asleep waiting for the call. She picked up the message and couldn’t decipher it. The woman spoke too fast as her phone was running out of batteries. My housekeeper called me and I then tried to call the # left. It was the wrong #. I called the contact # provided to Homeaway, and that was an answering machine at a business in California. Not helpful contact info! I left messages there, on their email, and on the Homeaway app. Our cottage is very clearly mapped out on the Homeaway site. My instructions to all renters include info about heating the cottage. Clearly stating that peat briquettes must be purchased. I do not charge for heat or electrics. The house heats up fine and maintains that warm mass, once the stoves are going. This is a hands on, traditional Irish cottage. The electrician was called. They never gave him a chance to show up. He did get to the bottom of it, it was the electric heater, being turned on full blast and tripping the fuse box. This can happen to anyone, in any house. As to the water. There had been a lot of heavy rain the week before. This stirs up the peat in our well. It always runs clear after maybe 10 mins. We have had it tested, and it is fine. The neighbors there love our water and comment on it. It tastes wonderful. One can always purchase water at the store. I feel that this traveler did not read my instructions very carefully nor choose a cottage and location that suited their abilities and interest. They did not treat my housekeeper kindly. One should always come to a new country with a sense of humor, wonder, and patience. We continue to feel lucky and blessed by our experiences in Ireland and the wonderful people we have come to know there.
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Remote idyllic location in a quaint and well appointed cottage

  • 5 of 5

We felt at home immediately in the cottage. Between the beautiful paintings and simple but well thought out accommodation we had everything we needed. The first night we turned on the TV but found out it did not work and we were fine with that. Instead we turned to the books that the owners have in a bookshelf upstairs. We positioned 2 wingback chairs (with lovely pattern and colored covers) in front of a window in the living area and looked out at the sea and read books. The wireless worked well and we stayed connected throughout the stay.

The area of the cottage is remote yet glorious. If you want to go to pubs and be in a town setting this is not the location for you. If you want a vacation with plenty of natural beauty, cozy and homey environment, peace and quiet then this is highly recommended. After a short period we were able to light the Stanley and keep it going well. I so miss the smell of the peat fire and the warmth of the heat going through the house radiators. Susan states in the cottage information binder that she uses the briquets. Briquets come in logs that are lashed together with green binding and can be bought at most small grocery stores in area towns. You can buy a bag of kindling wood to start the fire and for 2-3 Euro you can purchase a small box of fire starters which you only need a small piece of to help start the fire. We kept a fire going at a "simmer" stage one

grey and overcast day so we could have a meal simmering in the cast iron dutch oven on the top of the Stanley. For us, using the Stanley gave us a unique, sense of place experience. We felt Irish, not just because we have Irish blood but because this is how the Irish live. Yes you could have central heating in the cottage which the owners may add someday but right now the cottage can be cozy with 50 degree fahrenheit, driving rain and wind outside. The inside of the house is simple but elegant with wonderful splashes of color and texture. The gardens and birds outside are delightful, one morning we took photos of a visiting hare outside in the garden.

You can take walks from the cottage and we highly recommend going to Dursey Island and crossing with the cable car. We also recommend when you do this to walk out but the road and return by the path vs the opposite. We had lots of rain this September with cool and damp temps. This did not keep us back and when it rained all day we decided to go to Midleton and tour the Jameson distillery.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place but some inconveniences

  • 3 of 5

We spent two weeks at Dove Hollow Cottage, mostly enjoyable mainly due to the character and location of the house, which is indeed quite special on the Beara Peninsula, as praised in many other reviews. However we also found some shortcomings, for which reason we would choose another accomodation on a future visit to this region: due to modest inside temperatures the house obviously generally needs heating in the evenings, even in high summer (we were there in August). As may not be evident from the object description on this website: There is no modern central heating in place. Instead you need to fire up an old kitchen stove with wood or peat to get some general warmth into the house. At first we found this romantic, after some days a little inconvenient, because you also need to clean the stove every day. The burning material is not provided for by the landlords, meaning you have to obtain this on your own (you can buy it at two groceries stores in the next village). Another downside to us, was that the location of the house is a little far off and there are no facilities whatsoever nearby. To go to the next village by car took us about twenty minutes, to got to the next little town took about forty minutes (driving carefully, which we recommend in Ireland due to mostly narrow and winding roads). As a consequence it is for example not possible to have drinks at the village pub and then just do a small walk home. So you are more or less confined to intensive car usage when you want to enjoy gastronomy in the area and social life in pubs. But if you mainly want your quiet and be close to nature and don't mind a litte inconvenience on the technical side, we can recommend Dove Hollow Cottage for its outstanding location, its solitude and the beautiful natural surroundings in sight from every window of the house. Finally a clarification has to be made to the object description on the amenities section: while there is a TV-apparatus in the house to watch DVDs, the TV is actually not receiving TV-programmes, so there is no regular TV-reception. A free-of-additional-charge wifi however is present, which we found quite convenient for checks on the internet.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage on the Kenmare River

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this remote cottage on the Beara Peninsula. The view from the cottage was spectacular. The area, in our opinion, is the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. We made daily road trips exploring all three peninsulas in the Southwest region. If you have physical issues, the stairway upstairs is a small challenge. Make sure you ask Rosaria, the housekeeper, how to operate the hot water for the shower. The only issue we had was how remote the cottage was. Day trips to the Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Cork is doable. We decided to leave a few days early and drive to Ennis and found a motel to have a more central location to see the Cliffs of Moher and the West Coast scenery. The directions to the cottage could be more clearly defined.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Towels and Linen are provided. Final cleaning and electricity included. Solid fuel is extra.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.