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Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedroom house to sleep 5, real fire, Aga style range, roof terrace.

The cottage was built in the early 19th Century and is reputedly the oldest in Bantry. We renovated it four years ago and fitted new doors, floors, roof and windows while retaining as much as possible of the original character. There are wood floors throughout and a large kitchen diner to seat six. The kitchen has a dishwasher, oven, hob, washing machine, tumble dryer and Stanley traditional range cooker. The cosy but spacious living room will seat six and has a coal/log fire. The futon sofa will convert to a single bed and there is an additional guest mattress. There are three bedrooms, two double and one single. The single bedroom is accessed through one of the double bedrooms. The bathroom has a large cast iron bath and a shower, and an immersion heater for hot water. All the bedrooms have pleasant views of the countryside of West Cork. Outside there is a patio enclosed by a ‘living wall’ full of flowers and birds nests. Upstairs is a sunny roof terrace with views over Bantry and the surrounding West Cork countryside.

Festivals: In 2017 the West Cork Chamber Music Festival takes place in Bantry from June 30 to July 8; the West Cork Literary Festival (also in Bantry) is on from July 14–21; the ‘Masters of Tradition’ traditional Irish music sessions are held at Bantry House between 23–27 August. All of them are very popular, reasonable priced and highly recommended. See

Music pubs: Several local pubs in Bantry, Glengariff and Ballydehob host lively traditonal Irish music sessions

Horse Riding: Zora Feurer has a livery yard just outside Bantry, with around twenty lively and attractive horses. She will give lessons and take riders with previous experience out on hacks. Her phone number is 00353 868691294

The Bantry Equestrian Centre, offers pony trekking and is particular suitable for inexperienced riders. Contact :

Address: Coomanore South, Mealagh Valley Bantry, Tel: +353 (0)27 51412

More Details

Robert Murphy
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Some French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Robert Murphy

I bought the cottage in January 2007 when it was very run down – though as this was the height of the Celtic Tiger boom it was not cheap! I spent the next two years – with my partner Jill and some very expensive and then some very reasonable builders – renovating it. It's a lovely cottage now but I still have quite a few debts to pay off!

Robert Murphy purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Robert Murphy chose County Cork

I came on a horse-riding holiday here with my teenage children in 2005 and finished up buying a horse. She didn't settle very well in England so I thought it might be a good idea to move over here. Bantry is a lovely town: it's small and friendly and there's always something going on. I liked the cottage from the start. It's very old and very quiet and I like the fact that there are always people walking past the window going into town – which is only a five minute walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

The rooms are a good size and the ceilings aren't too low (I'm 6 foot tall). It feels solid (as it should do with those thick stone walls) and it's pleasant both on hot summer days when you can eat out on the roof terrace and inside by the fire during winter storms when it feels safe and warm.


Town Lots Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Attractive bathroom with cast iron Victorian bath (renovated), and overhead shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • There is a futon sofa in the living room which will convert to a single bed, and a guest mattress if additional sleeping space is required. Cot for babies and toddlers available on request.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a very old cottage and although it has been thoroughly modernised it has not been possible to incorporate downstairs toilet facilities or step-free access.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Lovely character cottage, in scenic, coastal location, Bantry, West Cork.
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews

Clean comfortable house in great location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in Bluebell Cottage for a week In August. This house has maintained its old style charm, as well as having all the mod cons and was exceptionally clean and had all the home comforts. The bottle of wine on arrival was a lovely welcoming touch. Ideal quiet location with parking, 5 minute walk to great seafood restaurants, bars and bay area/beach of Bantry town so no worries about driving home after a few pints, Taxi only 5 Euro from town to house . Great vantage point for touring West Cork, Wild Atlantic Way and Beara Peninsula. Owner extremely helpful and approachable. Would highly recommend for both a summer or winter break..

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Charming cottage and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Cottage absolutely charming and full of character with all the essentials and very comfortable. Located perfectly; away from noise and traffic but a stone's throw from the fabulous array of shops, pubs and eateries in Bantry. Also easy to get North or South to explore outside Bantry. Plenty to do and see in this area ... a week was nowhere near long enough. Definitely recommended! x

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Bluebell Cottage was Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Before and after booking Bluebell Cottage I inundated Robert Murphy with emails on every aspect o the Cottage, Bantry, and surrounds. He always responded promptly, and with even more information than I'd requested. The cottage turned out to be everything we could possibly want, in comfort, kitchen cookware, proximity to shops, and the many wonders of West Cork. Our week's stay there was idyllic, and I plan to return next year. What's nice about Bantry is that everything is within walking distance, including excellent restaurants, the waterfront, and a plethora of unique shops, including The Craft Shop, and Cafe Organico. I also liked that tour buses aren't in evidence. Quiet, peaceful, with all the amenities, including great books and DVD's it can't possibly get better than this.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bluebell Cottage Bantry Bay

  • 4 of 5

Bluebell Cottage was just a short walk from the town which we found useful in the evenings to get to the pubs and restaurants. The house had a homely lived in feel to it and had everything we needed for our week long stay. We had glorious weather and enjoyed the wonderful coastal scenery,especially Mizen Head and Sheepshead and Cape Clear Island.

Views over Bantry Bay from the roof terrace were obstructed by trees, but it was still a pleasant place to sit and drink the bottle of wine that Robert had kindly left us.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Be prepared to fall in love - dream cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The minute I walked into Bluebell Cottage I knew we would have a memorable stay in this beautiful, welcoming, characterful cottage. The location is ideal for Bantry and the Bay and surrounding beautiful attractions, and is really sweet to stay in - a home from home. Robert the owner was a star and very flexible with my arrangements; accommodating me on a Sunday to Tuesday stay and fitting in around us. I had lovely friends come to stay during the week and we all reconnected on the beautiful terrace under the stars :) ah it was a week I shall never forget. Thank you so much Robert :) I recommend this cottage wholeheartedly and will definitely be back one day :)

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bluebell cottage is like home.

  • 5 of 5


After being in the Bluebell cottage for a couple of days, it begins to feel like home,

Your home! You fall in love withe the cottage and it will be difficult to depart.

It has all you can want: atmosphere, anything you possible can need is there, a pretty fireside (withe coal and logs) and much more. I had many times contact with Robert Murphy, the owmer, and he (or Zora) will help you (if needed) with anything. I'll highly recommend this place to everybody. If you ever want to stay in Bantry, don;t search any longer. This is the cottage to be.

It's very close to the centre, just a few hundred meters. There are lot of good pubs and restaurants. Visit Ma Murphy's. For walkers there are many fine loops to make in the surroundings.

We had a great time!

Rinus and Marianne Baggerman, Tiel - The Netherlands

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
278 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Bantry Bay Golf Club
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Bantry is a small coastal town in West Cork, with a lovely harbour and beach within ten minutes walk from the house. There is a raised walkway which now makes it possible to walk along the coastline even when the tide is in. The coast and countryside around here is stunningly beautiful. The Sheep’s Head, Mizen Head and Beara Peninsulas, with their villages, inlets and beaches are a short drive away. There are wonderful hill walks through dramatic landscapes and passes, and quiet country lanes around the Borlin and Mealagh Valleys, which are ideal for cycling and horse riding.

Numerous literary and music festival are held in the Bantry area during July and August.

Bantry House and its lovely gardens and dramatic views of the bay is open from Easter to October.

Fresh fish and Bantry Bay prawns and mussels are for sale in the town.

Golfing, fishing and pony trekking nearby.

Bantry has a lively market on Friday where everything from fresh vegetables to live animals to second-hand tools and furniture are sold.

Other Activities:

Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course,the 3rd best in Co Cork according to 'Golf Digest' magazine,autumn 2010. Call ++3532750579


Rates & Availability

Town Lots Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 26 2017 - Jun 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 13 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

No extra charges. Short stays negotiable. Changeover day normally Saturday. Payment through Paypal, Internet banking or cheque.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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