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Charlie + Coleen Hiscocks

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german

Idyllic west cork cottage farmhouse with 3 acres and river,Skibbereen

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Ireland Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

4/5 bedrooms, 9/11 beds, trad kitchen, 30ft conservatory,and barn room

A beautifully restored traditional farmhouse down a private track in 3 acres of its own gardens,woods and river. Complete tranquility yet only c3 miles from the bustling market town of Skibbereen. At the heart of the property is a 500 year old farmhouse which has been extended in recent years into a wonderful 4 bedroom house. One of the barns has just been converted to a big family room available additionally with 2 more beds and a shower room. The house has character & style, thick walls and traditional features with high quality modern fixtures and furnishings. Outside, the property has beautiful woods and garden, it also has a trampoline,table tennis table and 70 meters of frontage onto the River Illen (Salmon fishing in season).

If you are looking for peace, tranquility, back to nature combined with modern fittings and comforts, The River House is perfect

It's also great for families sharing ,with 2 bedrooms & bathroom at each end of the house, plus potential to add the barn.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Charlie + Coleen Hiscocks (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the best week in your beautiful home. We felt so relaxed it was great, in fact I felt that I was borrowing someone's private house instead of a holiday rent. You have fantastic taste and style. We loved everything about it and felt very sad to leave on the Saturday.

The weather did not hold for us, we had 4 out of 7 good days. but when it rained we played games, watched DVDs from your extensive library. There was enough space for all the family, the older members sat in the conservatory reading while the kids played in the barn.

Thank you again for letting us use your amazing house. We would love to book next year again if possible.
Aug 2014
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Idyllic west cork cottage farmhouse with 3 acres and river,Skibbereen
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Another wonderful holiday at the River House

  • 5 of 5

Dear Coleen and Charlie

I just want to express my thanks again for allowing us to stay once more in your beautiful house in Skibbereen.

It really is a special place. This is our third summer in your wonderful farmhouse and each year as the children are getting older, we enjoy it more and more.

We had another fabulous fortnight unwinding in the peace and tranquility of the River House.

My parents are from Mayo but I think they are transferring their loyalties to West Cork after their second visit. Fantastic food, weather and a beautiful house - what more could you need.

Thank you again.

Best wishes

Aoife & Declan (Jack, Sam & Danny).

PS : The nespresso machine was a great addition - made the mornings a lot easier...:)

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Aoife, Declan, Jack, Sam and Danny So many thanks for taking the time to send us this review. We were thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed coming back to the house and to West Cork again. Of course you are all welcome any time. We are now looking forward to our visit and to the joys of the Nespresso machine! With very best wishes Coleen and Charlie and Family
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A fantastic hideaway for quality family time in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled to find the property as charming as it appeared in all the photos. Our boys had plenty of room to explore and tons of scope for adventure. We found everything we needed and more within the house and had a very comfortable week. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was really lovely just the right setting for a family reunion. Had everything that we needed. Would book it again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such lovely guests. We are so glad that house and barn worked out so well for such a special occasion. We hope to welcome you all another time! Very best wishes Coleen & Charlie
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Authentic Irish experience with modern appliances

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to Ireland since I was seven years old, visiting extended family and friends. Usually we stayed with family or at various B&Bs. During all of those years the best experience was when my parents rented a wonderful manor house on a very large farm for July and August. We were lucky enough to be allowed to herd the cows to the river and help with the milking...a dream come true for a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Boston (USA). Since that time, the only place that comes close to that genuine experience is River House. Hidden at the end of a narrow and winding boreen, behind two gates, is a peaceful and lovely oasis of calm. The roof is slate tiles, the walls are plaster over stone, floors are stone or concrete or wood. Everything in this old farmhouse is as it should be with the addition of artful, creative touches and heat and hot water and bathrooms that work! The dining space accomodates large numbers of friends and family with a gorgeous view of the outside gardens and a wood burning stove. On cool or damp days this is a welcome luxury. It is so lovely to see that the owners have not changed too much of the heart and soul of the place in their quest for comfort. Bravo Coleen and Charlie! I am forgetting to mention the delightful surprises of little stained glass windows and beautiful artwork and a FABULOUS kitchen.....oooh and the river is otherworldly, like my vision of Narnia. If you are considering this place, you must try it! I hope to be back.....

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so touched that you have taken the time to give such a lovely and detailed review. Thank you so much. You paint a picture of our house and grounds better than we ever could! Thank you also for looking after the house so beautifully. You are wonderful guests and welcome anytime. Very best wishes Coleen and Charlie
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A slice of Irish paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We chose the River House because we were looking for somewhere to hold a family reunion and which would be flexible enough to meet the needs of mixed groups (and two labradors!). It couldn't have been better. The property is in a beautiful, tranquil location and exudes an aura of being loved, both the house and the grounds. Every vista has some form of delightful feature. The house is very well equipped by someone who obviously takes cooking seriously! Great cooker, quality pots and pans and (unusual for a holiday house) sharp kitchen knives! The beds were very comfortable and each room had its own character. The large dining room/conservatory coped easily with 15 people at many meals. The cosy sitting room was perfect for a quiet time. The dogs loved it too, though we had to keep them away from the river which was in spate following some heavy rain before we arrived. Jim (caretaker) was very friendly and helpful. We had a great holiday - thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a lovely review.We are really delighted to hear how well the house and grounds worked for your family reunion......and very pleased to hear that the dogs enjoyed themselves as well! Please do come and visit again!
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Fantastic Week in Beautiful House and Grounds

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 3 children enjoyed our week in the River House tremendously. We were joined later in the week by 2 other couples and their 2 babies respectively. We had the most amazing stay with a beautiful home to relax in and spectacular grounds. It was very child friendly - with toys, a trampoline, a swing to avail of - never mind a football goal in the garden - that kept our husbands and kids occupied for hours (while not watching the real thing - the World Cup on the TV),

The house itself is gorgeous with a fantastic restoration to the original farmhouse. Beautifully furnished but not too precious with children roaming about. Loads of space for a big group to cook and eat together and enough room to allow people a little privacy as well. Fantastic paintings on every wall and a really special atmosphere.

We love West Cork - but with young kids, we wanted to be close to a town for urgent essentials. The River House is perfect as it is only 3 miles outside Skibbereen but has the advantage of being an oasis of tranquility and total privacy.

West Cork itself is always beautiful, cosmopolitan and bustling with fantastic villages, beaches and outdoor activities - never mind the scenery. What made this holiday so much more special was the excitement in coming home to the River House in the evenings for more craic. We were blessed with good weather but if it had rained every day, I know that the holiday would still be a success.

Coleen and Jim were more than helpful in our every request and the booking and arrival process could not have gone more smoothly. Every email was responded to promptly. The River House was a pleasure from start to finish and we hope to return for another week to remember.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Aoife We are so delighted you and the family had such a fantastic time in West Cork and loved The River House as much as we do. Thank you for your lovely review. We really do appreciate it and hope that we can welcome you all back another time soon. Very best wishes Coleen
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
90 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
90 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

West Cork is a magical place. We are 3 miles outside Skibbereen a bustling market town which has traditional bars, a range of restaurants and pretty much all the shops you could want. There is also an indoor sports centre with sauna, gym, indoor football pitches as well as outside tennis courts etc. There is also an 18 hole golf course c 1 mile outside Skibbereen.

Also near by is Baltimore , a lovely fishing village and sailing centre from which you can get the ferry to Shirkin Island and Cape Clear (Gaelic speaking).

Lough Hyne , the deepest salt water lake and nature reserve in Europe is about 3 miles away and has a great walk up the hill behind giving fantastic views across the islands out to the Fastnet light. Bantry and Clonakilty both have cinemas. Ballydehob has great restaurants. There is also 'Island Cottage' on Hare Island, which is a short ferry ride. Beaches, bars, walking, swimming, traditional music sessions, sailing, fishing is all here

Other Activities: Skibbereen is a bustling market town with shops, traditional bars and restaurants, Ballydehob, Baltimore and Bantry are all within a short drive


Rates & Availability

Skibbereen Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 1 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We will normally ask for a 50% payment on booking confirmation and the balance 6 weeks before. We will also normally ask for a 150 Euro refundable deposit against breakages/damage. There is also a minimum 10 Euro per day utilities cost.
Our property is in a rural location with no refuse collection. We therefore ask that guests use the local recycling and refuse centres to dispose of their own rubbish before departure. Thank you.
In terms of cancellation we would normally ask for 6 weeks notice for a full refund of the deposit. After the balance is paid we would unfortunately, in most circumstances, be unable to refund the rental amount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ireland Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Part of the barn room
  • One bathroom and toilet at each end of the house (and a separate shower room/loo in the barn if needed)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • The large double and twin bedded room are at one end of the house, the triple and the small double at the other end. There is also a big barn room with twin beds and a shower room/toilet available additionally.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 3 bicycles
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is very much our Irish family home and we hope you find a really welcoming feel. We have books, games, CDs, DVDs etc. We also have a dolls house and various toys for the younger ones. The furnishing, fixtures and fittings are of good quality with many original and unique features. There are open fires and wood burning stoves (as well as central heating) and plenty of wood available in the woodshed. Outside the garden and woods are great to explore, there is a huge trampoline, table tennis and benches and seating dotted about the place. Getting to the house involves driving down our bumpy lane and opening/closing a couple of gates which our children always compete to do. We have a dog who comes with us to the house, however, he is never allowed upstairs or on any furniture. If you want to bring a pet then subject to the same rules this will probably be OK. The barn conversion is a new addition and is available for use by people letting the house for a small supplement

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