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Luxury Award Winning 4 Star Holiday Farmhouse with spectacular sea views

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse overlooking Ahakista and Dunmanus Bay on Wild Atlantic Way

Beautiful Award Winning Traditional Style farmhouse, 3 en suite bedrooms, sleeps up to 7.

Hillcrest Farmhouse has been the family home for 5 generations. Since 1990 it has been tastefully restored and was operated as an award winning Guesthouse and is now available for your self-catering holiday home. It is 4 star Irish Tourist Board approved. Located on the beautiful ‘Sheep’s Head’ peninsula, it is a 5 minute walk to Ahakista village where you will find a small sheltered beach, pubs wtih traditional Irish music, Herons Gallery and cafe, restaurant , sailing fishing and boating, church and school, overlooking Ahakista harbour and Dunmanus Bay. Two pubs Arundels by the pier and the Tin pub. The farmhouse has superb sea and mountain views, large garden with lovely mature trees and shrubs, patio area and on site parking. Located on the sheep head way walk and cycling route. The popular sheep head way achieved the Eden award of excellence in Europe in 2009.

There are many scenic loop walks for the visitors to pursue. Or long walks for the more enthusiastic walkers. Maps are available on the premises

Just 3 miles to the village of Kilcrohane where you will find good restaurants and Irish music pubs, playground and beaches, shop and church, . The coastal village of Durrus is just 5 miles with its restaurants, pubs supermarket shops and cookery school, also lovely gardens open to the public. Bantry town just 20 minutes drive, which has many attractions. The farmhouse is furnished with some antiques and is equipped to a high standard. A baby cot and high chair are available, electric blankets, clock radios hair dryers in all bedrooms and power showers. Not equipped for wheelchair mobility. Linen, towels and toiletries supplied.

WiFi Internet access available.

At the back is the owners accommodation where we offer breakfast to our self catering guests should they require same. It is totally independent and separate to the rental accommodation.Home made scones are served as a welcome pack on your arrival. Our friendly collie dog Shep will be waiting to greet you and guide you on the walking trail. Our lovely cat roams around the farmyard. Our two donkeys love the visitors especially when they feed them a carrot and our free range hens are there for you to view and the rooster with its singing voice throughout the day.

Ideal base for touring West Cork and Kerry.

Please visit our website for more information.

To check availability:-



Telephone + 353 27 67045

Thank you.

Agnes & Joe Hegarty

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Joe & Agnes Hegarty
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Joe & Agnes Hegarty

I, together with my husband Joe, have worked together in the B&B, Self-Catering business for 50 years. We have had the pleasure of meeting visitors from all over the World. Many of our visitors have enjoyed returning to our beautiful part of the World for their vacation each year, and we have developed great friendships as a result.

We have seen many changes in B&B and Self-Catering since our commencement in the 1960's. It has been a fantastic learning experience and we are so proud of our many award winning achievements to date.

We look forward to welcoming you and we will do our utmost do ensure that you have an enjoyable vacation.

Kind regards,

Agnes & Joe


Durrus Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Beautiful view of the harbour from the bedroom 1. Sea view from all rooms. Some antique furniture.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Further attractions include a stone circle, gardens open to the public as well as a pier/slipway for mooring boats. Living Room has an open stone fireplace and stone walls with a traditional slate floor. The accommodation is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Please enquire from hostess as to your particular requirements.


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Luxury Award Winning 4 Star Holiday Farmhouse with spectacular sea views
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Great views and accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Agnes was so attentive to our needs and made sure we were well taken care of during hurricane Ophelia. Very nice accomodations only thing i would recommend updating the matresses. great vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello leslie and friends, thank you for taking time to send a review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Hillcrest House in spite of the unusual hurricane which came to our shores during that week. I hope you arrived safely home at the end of it. Kind Regards to you all. Agnes & Joe.
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Our third summer staying at Hillcrest Farm

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place to stay, the location could not be better. We have stayed in Ahakista for the past four summers, the last three at Hillcrest Farm as we really can't find anywhere better. If you like peace and quiet then you will definitely find it here. The view, which can be enjoyed from the patio, overlooks Dunmanus Bay and is beautiful. There is a lovely, mature garden, full of character, trees and shrubs everywhere plus a really useful washing line! Also plenty of parking space.

The house is comfortable and well equipped, clean and well maintained with plenty of useful kitchen items like cling film, food bags and bin bags.

There is plenty to do on Sheeps Head alone. Our particular favourites are Ahakista beach and The Tin Pub, Kilcrohane Pier where the children love jumping into the sea, The Heron Gallery for lovely food and beautiful art, and walking out to the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula.

We are also able to bring our little dog here, and she loves it just as much as we do, making friends with Shep and some of the other local dogs!

Thanks again to Agnes and Joe for welcoming us to their lovely piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Aidan and Liz, Thank you so much for your great review. We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your stay so much at Hillcrest Farm holiday home and on "Sheeps Head" peninsula. We hope to see you return again in the future. Warm Regards to you and your family. Joe & Agnes.
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Excellent location, gorgeous views and wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to have an family reunion in Ireland a decade after selling our home on the Seven Heads Peninula (between Clonakilty and Kinsale). We selected Hillcrest Farm after an extensive search. It was an excellent choice. It is exceptionally well-maintained, fully-equipped, very comfortable and quite spacious -- with three bedrooms upstairs and a large country-style kitchen and an even larger dining room/living room downstairs. The farmhouse is very private and has stunning views overlooking the quaint cove in Ahakista filled with boats. It reminded us of Glandore, which we regularly visited in the past. The farmhouse was wonderful for our almost two-year-old granddaughter, who enjoyed the safe space for supervised play, the swings, and all the farm animals -- Shep the dog, the two friendly donkeys (that love apples and carrots), the chickens and the cows.

Agnes and Joe were great hosts, supplying us with home-baked scones on arrival and fresh farmhouse eggs during our stay. Agnes also recommended local places to eat -- Arundel's Restaurant and Bar a short distance away, which has great food and outdoor seating overlooking the cove, and Blair's Cove outside Durrus, one of the Southwest's best restaurants, where my wife and daughters enjoyed an unparalleled dinner (I babysat) -- and places to visit, including two excellent gardens (Heron's Gallery and Cafe in Ahakista and the spectacular river-side Wiseman Garden on the edge of Durrus).

In sum, we had a wonderful stay with wonderful hosts and stunning views in an unspoilt area of West Cork. We hope to visit again someday and will recommend Hillcrest Farm to all our friends!

D. Elder

Charleston, SC

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your vacation with us. You and your family were lovely guests. We hope to see you return to Hillcrest Farm in the future. Warm Regards, Joe & Agnes.
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Dublin. Ireland

Wonderful - Top Class

  • 5 of 5

House so comfortable, everything top quality from bed linen to furnishings. ( unlike other money grubbing holiday homes which charge for hiring towels etc ). Lovely garden, fabulous views .. Donkeys, rabbits, Shep the Collie Dog, swings for the children. Such a sweet cottage and a wonderful host Agnes. Scones and Jam for us on arrival. We were so lucky to have had nice weather which was a bonus. The only extra we paid was Euro 20 for electricity. Also free wireless internet. Would highly recommend. Thanks again Agnes. O'Neill Family. Dublin

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Catty and Ronan, Thank you very much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at HIllcrest Farmhouse holiday home and the Sheep's Head peninsula. Hope to see you return again in the future. Best regards. Joe & Agnes
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Everything we hoped !

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults travelling throughout Ireland, and used this wonderful, spacious and clean farmhouse as a base for our exploring of Southern Ireland. The views are spectacular, and the countryside is everything we hoped Ireland would be. Agnes, our host, was very helpful and informative, and provided us with fresh scones and preserves upon our arrival. Our stay at the Hillcrest Farmhouse couldn't have been better !

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr and Mrs Prigge and friends, Thank you so much for posting your great review for my Farmhouse to HomeAway website. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay so much in the Ahakista area on the "Sheep's Head" peninsula. We hope to see you return some day to enjoy yet another holiday with us at Hillcrest Farm. Best Regards to you all. Agnes .
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coming back next year

  • 5 of 5

highest compliment available- we booked for next year before we left. great central location for sheepshead peninsula and all of southeast ireland. best equipped kitchen we've ever experienced. wonderful views. best hosts anyone could ask for.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Douglas and Joeanne, Thank you so much for your great review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your vacation so much at Hillcrest House, Ahakista on Sheep's head Peninsula. We look forward to your return visit in 2016. Best Regards, Joe & Agnes.
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Train
65 Miles
Nearest Motorway
65 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Car: necessary

Conveniently situated ¼ mile from Ahakista village in the middle of Sheep’s Head peninsula. Quiet peaceful location with stunning views 6 miles west of Durus beside Dunmanus Bay. 7 minutes drive across mountain to Bantry Bay side of peninsula with spectacular scenery en route Mizen head and Beara peninsulas within easy reach, 15 and 25 minutes drive.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental rates include linen, towels and some firewood. Electricity and heating charges are extra. Should you require further information, visit our website,email or telephone us for details. A deposit of 100 Euro per week booked is required to secure booking. Deposits can be paid by MC or Visa card details.
Balance of rent will be due on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund