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Kinsale, West Cork. Self-catering apartment - peaceful -- easy walk to town.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 90 nights


About the property

Kinsale studio: self-catering,1 bedroom,1 bathroom. Private and peaceful.

A private and spacious studio apartment in Kinsale with its own entrance, patio and parking area - with wireless broadband and satellite multichannel TV.

It is attached to the owners house, but completely separate, in a peaceful location in a large, quiet garden with no traffic noise.

An easy walk to Kinsale town centre with all its cafes and restaurants (10-12 minutes). We are just twenty minutes drive from Cork airport and thirty minutes from the ferry port.

The studio is an ideal base for a holiday in Kinsale with its angling, sailing and golf, or just to relax. Convenient for day trips to explore West Cork and Kerry.

Comfortable self catering with well equipped kitchen area and a very good shower.

The studio is available for a long winter let at reasonable rent.

The owner is a professional TEFL teacher - lessons at our Kinsale School of English are available by arrangement (see website or Facebook).

Day trips: Kinsale is an ideal base for visiting many of the special places in Cork and Kerry. By car, Blarney is about 40 minutes, Killarney about 90, Fota 35 minutes, Glandore 60. Baltimore, Schull and Bantry are about 75 minutes.

Dingle is an OK drive for a full day's touring - we recently drove there, climbed Mount Brandon, had a swim and drove back in an easy enough day.

A trip to Skellig Michael is highly recommended and within the scope of a day trip.

Sea angling day trips and evening whale watching are available from Kinsale pier.

Golf Information: Kinsale Golf Club (00353 21 4772199) is about two miles away. Twenty minutes away is the world top-100, Old Head Course (00353 21 4778444) and half an hour to the east is Fota Island (4883710). Other courses are at Killarney, Glengariff, Bantry, Skibbereen, Blarney, etc.

This site: has a lot of links and also some local history and discriptions of the town.

See also www.

Both Acton's Hotel and the Carlton Hotel have swimming pools and gym facilities that can be used by visitors.

More Details

Helen Williams
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2017

About Helen Williams

We are a retired trawler skipper and a TEFL teacher. One blew in from Sussex long ago and one is a Wicklow girl. We enjoy meeting our guests and introducing them to the delights of Kinsale and West Cork. As well as this self-catering studio we also have a couple of ensuite bedrooms that are available for B&B.


Commons Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Visitors say the shower is very good.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The studio space is open plan, but with a separate bathroom. With twin beds it is very comfortable for two people. Guests sometimes use the futon for a child for a night or two.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The studio is a comfortable walk from the centre of town - about ten minutes - and is located in a quiet cul de sac surrounded by trees. The owner's house has a large colourful garden with many shrubs and fruit trees. Outside the private studio entrance is your own area for parking, plus a terrace with table and chairs. The first floor accommodation has a bright and airy feel with tasteful modern decoration and furnishings. There is a spacious shower room with an excellent power shower.


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Kinsale, West Cork. Self-catering apartment - peaceful -- easy walk to town.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Living like a local

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable, spacious, clean apartment located in a residential area within an easy walk to the town center. B&Bs are wonderful in Ireland, but we really enjoyed cooking a meal ourselves and relaxing at "home" for an evening before walking into town to hear some music. Graham and Helen are very helpful yet respected our privacy. Very friendly and interesting couple, I would have enjoyed getting to know them better. I would encourage anyone to stay here.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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great little place

  • 5 of 5

This was a great little place to stay. Privacy was not a problem at all like you might think being connected to the main house. But you're not over their heads so you don't have to worry about waking them or making noise when staying up late. And it was pretty great being able to walk into town for anything and everything we needed.

We just arrived home from our stay at The Orchard and we miss it already!

It's a ten minute walk to town where there are multiple grocery stores on Pearse St but then there are many smaller health food stores tucked away on the more narrow streets.

We walked most of our days in Kinsale rather than drive and if you walk to James Fort, or drive, there's a great little green food truck before the bridge. And we actually had our best burger and chips from that gentleman. We didn't eat out too much, since the apartment has everything you need to make your own meals, but there are many nice places to eat in town. We enjoyed Ned Kelly's Bar for late night bar food which was delicious.

Things we enjoyed in the area:

Charles Fort ***** (long walk, short drive)

James Fort ** (long walk, short drive)

Kinsale Heritage Walk **** (starts at the tourist office in town)

Barryscourt Castle ***** ( 35 - 45 minute drive - free)

Fota **** (very close to Barryscourt - free entrance into Gardens and Arboretum)

Blarney Castle ** (35 minute drive)

Desmond Castle *** (short walk)

Garretstown Beach *** (15 minute drive)

Sandy Cove walk *** (10 minute drive to parking, long walking loop to beautiful views and an old abandoned fishing village)

Rock of Cashel ***** (1.5 hour drive but only about an hour from Cork Airport)

Cahir Castle ***** (on your way to or from Rock of Cashel)

The Swiss Cottage * (long/moderate walk from Cahir Castle or 5 minute drive)

Overall, we definitely recommend this little haven if you're staying in Kinsale. It so much nicer than a hotel, you can settle in and feel at home. Everything you need is there for a wonderful stay. Our one and only upset was that while the two twin beds were pushed together for us, there wasn't a way to avoid the good-size gap between them, so we sometimes squished together on one of the beds. But that's our only complaint, we'd definitely go back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bill and Linda Northern California

  • 5 of 5

Feel like you are home with friends. Helen and Graham go out of their way to provide you a quiet, peaceful setting with the privacy you want with the friendliness and helpfulness you enjoy.

The studio is close enough to town so you don't require a car. Walk to Super Valu for food, Church, Farmers Market, shopping, many pubs and restaurants. Sunday supper is an event. Many opportunities to run, walk, or hike. Sailing is a favourite.

Take the walking history tour, visit Charles Fort, enjoy the beautiful Kinsale Bay, and don't miss the Wine Museum. What's a Wine Gypsy?

Thanks Helen and Graham. We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2011
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Holiday Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had high expectations of for this apartment and I'm pleased to say they were exceeded. The apartment is well equiped and well maintained and we were received warmly by the owners. The bathroom and kitchen facilities are very good. Plenty room for safe parking. The location is fantastic, very quiet and peaceful but only a short walk to the centre of Kinsale.

Kinsale itsself is a welcoming and charming place. The quality of the restaurants we ate in was second to none. I can recommend Max's for for great seafood and a varied menu and Jim Edwards for top quality fish and meat.

The apartment is a great base for an Irish Holiday. We were able to explore the town and travel to cork quickly and easily. I highly recommend it.

Thank you Helen and Graham!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2010
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfull just wonderfull

  • 5 of 5

One if the nicest places we'e stayed in ever!

Totally homely well looked after and Kinsale is both gorgeous and interesting!

Thanks guys for a fab 3 days we'll be back!

Ben and Lucy

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2010
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Wonderful little home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The studio was even nicer than I'd anticipated. It's priced right and I thought it might be simpler, but, while small, the space is very well used - even provided a Foreman grill as well as a small charcoal grill for our use.

The studio was very clean and ready for us. We arrived on our first day in Ireland, after cycling from Cork Airport (not to be recommended), and Helen provided just enough (even salad makings from her garden) so we could get by until morning and a shopping trip to town (Super Valu is right downtown).

The studio is definitely uphill from town, but is very walkable (harder with a fully loaded bike). It's in a very nice neighborhood - quite upscale, actually.

We did go to town one night for music, but it was a weekend night on a sunny weekend, and it was very busy and just didn't seem to fit for us (we should have asked for advice, but didn't do that).

We also went to Cork City one day - an easy trip on the bus, which brings you right into the center of Cork - a good day trip. We cycled to the forts - another nice day trip (a bit too busy on the roads - a very sunny Sunday).

This was a great place to start our six weeks in Ireland - a place to relax, but close enough to town for anything you might want to do.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
2.5 Kilometres
The Dock Beach, Kinsale
Car: recommended

Kinsale is a lively and charming little town on the southwest coast of Ireland. It is well known for its restaurants, sailing, golf courses and angling, but Kinsale also has a long and interesting history - Charles Fort and the town's museums are worth visiting.

Cork airport is 20 minutes by car and there are daily flights with Ryanair, Aer Lingus, CityJet, Norwegian and others.

Popular surfing and Blue Flag swimming beaches are only 10 minutes away (with very good bass angling). Whale and dolphin watching trips run every evening in the summer. Several charter angling boats operate from Kinsale and there is seasonal salmon fishing on the River Bandon. There are two local golf courses and many more in south and west cork. Sailing, angling, wind surfing, kayaking, riding and rock climbing can all be organised: or just relax with art, pottery or yoga lessons.

Not far away to the west are the beautiful coastline and mountains of West Cork and Kerry. Our studio accommodation is an ideal base for a self catered holiday in West Cork - quiet and private, but convenient for everything you need.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

There has been some publicity about phoney advertisements and associated fraud in the holiday rentals industry. If you have any worries about booking our property, please phone us (Helen or Graham) on 00353 21 4777604.

The price of our studio represents an attempt to give good value to our guests and is the total price for two - there are no extra charges.

We like to take a deposit of about 75 -100 euros. The balance can be paid when you are here.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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