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19th Century Cottage a Few Steps from the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Holiday House in Ballycotton Bay, County Cork, Ireland - Idyllic Quiet Location with Stunning Sea Views

Nestling in a unique bayside setting at the end of a quiet lane where it meets the sea, 40 mins from Cork city and its airport, Beachside Cottage has 2 bedrooms and in DECEMBER 2014, has just been upgraded with new laminate flooring to the bedrooms, new bed in the master bedroom, and 19th Century antique French encaustic tiling laid to the sun lounge and bathroom floors. It features a large old stone working fireplace in the lounge and a spacious kitchen/dining room overlooking the sea. The sun lounge provides extra seating and stunning sea views. A small rear courtyard has steps up to a raised garden with amazing views of the bay and a further small walled front garden leads to a slipway to the beach. Enjoy endless hours swimming, rock-pooling, exploring the caves, picnicking, beach barbecuing and sunbathing. Sea bass is fished from here and the cliff walk from the cottage to Ballycotton is breathtaking. A perfect place to enjoy Ireland's unspoilt beauty. There is a Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton, 5 mins by car, with several traditional pubs, one of which has regular live music, and restaurants. There is a wider range of shops in Cloyne, 7 miles away.

Lina Wheeler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Lina Wheeler

We live in sunny France restoring our old barn tucked away unobtrusively next door to our farmhouse. After years of French family holidays searching for suitable gites we aimed to one day have our own French haven suiting everyone's individual needs. We wanted comfortable good quality surroundings with a bit of "boutique" style to share and enjoy. In 2006 we found our special French home set in beautiful Vendee parklands, completing the farmhouse refurbishment in 2008. Then in 2009 we fell for and updated a little 200 year-old 2 bedroom cottage yards from the beach in S.Ireland. Both are regularly tested by critical family/friends. We feel if they're happy our guests will be too and so far our testimonials bear this out. We just feel lucky to get to enjoy them both.

Lina Wheeler purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Lina Wheeler chose Ireland

Simon and I had been visiting different areas of Ireland for over 10 years and had fallen in love with its scenery and its people. We both adore the sea and the cottage's location on the Irish Riviera is incredible with the almost private little beach virtually an extension to the garden and superb constantly distracting sea views all around. Cork, voted one of Lonely Planet's top 10 Cities of the World 2010 with its airport and its ferry route to Swansea is 40 minutes drive, Rosslare ferry to Pembroke 3 hours drive. The coast is warmed by The Gulf Stream, the neighbours are welcoming and friendly and the cottage is surprisingly sound and cosy despite its 200 years. The surrounding area is totally unspoilt and the beach tempting - just to sit looking out to sea dissolves all your worries!

What makes this cottage unique

The beach is safe for swimming, surfing, fishing and boat launching. There's also a stunning cliff walk to the village and its bars, restaurant and Post Office. The famous Ballymaloe Cookery School is close by offering classes from 2 hours upwards. A perfect weekend would start with a Guinness in The Inn at the Harbour in Ballycotton, followed by a meal there in the fabulous restaurant or some live music in The Blackbird. Next day a visit to Cork to explore the city and go to the covered foodmarket to stock up on local delicacies or to the arboretum and gardens at Fota. On Sunday off to the Post Office for home-made scones, cakes and jam and the Sunday newspapers, a walk on the beach or a swim and a beach barbecue. Then drift off to sleep to the lapping of the waves on the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time in Ireland. The cottage is situated in a perfect place, what views!

We had a fabulous time at your cottage in Ballyandreen and thank you for letting us stay in a most beautiful part of Ireland. We will certainly recommend the place to our friends who are interested in the same type of holiday.

We loved our week at Beachside Cottage. It was perfect.The weather was lovely and we had the bay to ourselves most of the time.It is a really lovely area.The children learnt to bellyboard.We had a lovely time. Really liked the cottage and the location.Many thanks for a lovely holiday.

We had a most wonderful and restful time at the cottage.The countryside is so-o beautiful.

We had a wonderful time at Beachside Cottage - we wished we had booked 2 weeks in fact! What a location! The cottage was charming - we loved it and want to come back. PS you are right - everyone was really friendly too! David, Lee and Boo.
Jun 2009
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County Cork Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Family bathroom with electric shower over bath, toilet and washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • bay/sound
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
Notes on accommodation: The rear elevated garden is not suitable for small children but access is restricted and it can only be accessed from the lockable back door of the cottage. Outside: The rear elevated grassed garden has superb views but is not suitable for small children. However the beach is literally on the doorstep so outdoor furniture is portable for this purpose. The small front garden provides some sitting space. There is also a picnic table and benches approx 100m from the cottage overlooking the beach and bay. There is a barbecue at the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, duvets and towels are included in the rental price.


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19th Century Cottage a Few Steps from the Beach
average rating of 3.5 based on 7 reviews

The perfect getaway; cosy cottage offering stunning views, peace and quiet

  • 4 of 5

Beachside Cottage sits in a wonderfully quiet and sheltered spot with stunning coastal views and a beach just 10 paces from the front door. The cottage itself has everything you need for a simple uncomplicated life away from it; it's nothing fancy, but with new appliances, open fire, comfortable bed and the glorious location there was nothing we could want for. Pubs, shop, post office etc...are 10 - 15 minute drive away in Ballycotton and the more cosmopolitan charms of Cork are less than an hour away. Highly recommended if you want great walks, peace and quiet and to explore this still largely untouched part of the county. We were sorry to have to leave and would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

I stayed at the cottage with my husband and 2 dogs for a week in July and really loved the setting and location. It was very comfortable with a good sized kitchen and living room, with a gorgeous open fire which we lit most nights as the weather was quite chilly. There is also a good heating system if you don't want to light the fire and the sun room at the front is a great addition as it stays really warm and cosy - a great spot to sit and watch the waves crashing in down the slipway, if the weather is not so good outside. There is also good wifi available. Outside the small front garden is enclosed, which was great for the dogs,and there is a brilliant cliff top walk of about 3 miles into Ballycotton which has quite a few good restaurants and pubs, and a nice hotel with terrace. The walk is quite overgrown in places and you need good footwear. All in all I would definitely recommend the cottage for a quiet seaside escape with stunning views and a lovely walk right on your doorstep. It is really dog friendly and the beach at the bottom of the slipway is quite rocky, but beautiful.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and that you were happy and comfortable during your holiday. It does mean a great deal to us as we are always conscious how precious holidays are to people and we try hard to ensure that our guests will not be disappointed. We also agree that the location is special and so we feel that perhaps others may want to share it too!
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Comfortable house in great location!

  • 5 of 5

I visited this cottage with my mum and 2 dogs, the house was clean and comfortable and really close to a nice beach. There's a lovely cliff side walk right beside the cottage which has stunning views! It was great for walking my dogs every day. Lina was really nice and made the transaction really easy.

Overall we had a great holiday. 😊

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments and we very much hope to be able to welcome you again soon.
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Stunning location!

  • 4 of 5

I found the location of the cottage in Ballycotton just stunning! It was exactly what my friend and I wanted and needed. The cottage itself is very clean and well kept - a credit to your cleaner! The cottage my be a little cold at times (we were there in May) but just turn on the heating or light up the fire and things warm up pretty quickly. My reason for giving four instead of five stars is that the road to the property is pretty terrible. I understand this problem cannot be solved by cottage owner but I also think it is fair to give a complete review of the holiday.


  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

We arrived in great form ready to enjoy a well earned rest, however by just walking in the cottage we knew it was a mistake.

The whole by cottage is poorly furnished , the double bed is in need of a new mattress as it was stained old and had seen a good deal of wear.

The pillows aren't proper pillows only very cheap cushions.

As per the previous review the carpet is rank and has been repaired with tape.

The kitchen is grubby the fridge and freezer in need of cleaning, the freezer was. Full of old frost the doors mouldy.

The bathroom was very poor and dirty.

The sun room was a disgrace the flooring had holes in it the furnishings very old and smelly.

I have taken photos to support all my comments.

We had to leave and find somewhere else to stay. Very poor, will not recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review comes as no surprise. The 2 wk booking was made in May, unusually we were asked in July for reassurance that the cottage wasn't “fusty”.The guest questioned her decision to holiday in Ireland as she had visited cottages there many times and was always disappointed. We said the cottage would be aired, bedlinen freshly laundered but as she had relatives in Ireland would they like an approval visit? Wk 2 was cancelled which we accepted happily but 6 days before holiday start date we were informed she was considering cancelling the last week. We forwarded the unedited comments sent to us by the 2 bookings preceding theirs:- "Lina I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for the use of Beachside Cottage last week.We had a fantastic time and found the location beautiful and relaxing - I think it is the first year I have managed to get my "keen to explore everywhere" husband to spend a day at home! The children had a great time on the beach and also at Inch Beach and the Surf lessons whilst I very much enjoyed a visit to the Jamesons Distillery so everything turned out well. Thanks again,With Best Wishes" "Lina We had a wonderful time- blessed with fantastic weather. Hope to return!" We offered to re-advertise but this was rejected. We feel we had been unfairly condemned before this guest even arrived. But we do want and have had happy guests in an exceptionally busy season.Our autumn improvement plan includes replacement of double bed, and also bedroom, bathroom and sunroom flooring - the tape and holes were not evident at our last April maintenance visit! Pillows are French square standard continental. Our normally thorough cleaner has also been notified.
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Ballycotton Holiday House

  • 3 of 5

The booking went very smoothly and, with the crucial help of satnav, we arrived late evening, off the 6pm ferry. The accommodation was as described: a lovely old fisherman's cottage with plenty of original features. However, the bedrooms were smaller and darker than was evident from the photos, and unfortunately the bedroom carpets were rank. There was still some modernisation to do and a cookerhood would be welcome? There are glorious view from the cliffs, though no private seating space outside. The inlet was beautiful with much to sketch and photograph, but it might not be good for young children because it was rocky, and slippery when wet, (and was occupied by a decomposing seal for the week we were there). One of the pictures in the ad shows a lovely sandy beach which we were looking forward to, but never did find. There is a spectacular cliff walk to Ballycotton, about a mile away, worth the effort. The local people we met were wonderfully friendly! The location is only 30 minutes drive to Cork, and a good base for touring.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take any comments made by our guests very seriously and are always keen to address these as soon as possible. At the beginning and end of each season we review the condition of the cottage and make improvements, and the bedroom carpets are actually due for replacement at the end of this season. However, although worn, they are vacuumed regularly for presentation to our guests. All of the photos in the ad, including the small seating area outside the cottage, and all the different beach photos, which are all of that one beach, were taken by ourselves and are completely accurate. However the beach, which we describe and show as being composed of rock pools and sand, is in a small inlet, and the tides throughout the year make natural changes including the balance of sand to pebbles/rock over which unfortunately we have no control.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cork City
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Inn by the Harbour, The Blackbird, Sean Mc Graths
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Fota Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
main road N25
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pier 26 Ballycotton
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ballymaloe cookery School is world renowned and is less than 5 miles away offering classes from one evening up to 3 months with recognised qualifications to be achieved if required. Demonstrations are regularly given, the gardens can be visited here and there is also a very good kitchen shop.


Ballyandreen beach is on the doorstep - almost like a private beach! Ballycotton is 5 mins drive. There are coves and sandy beaches dotted all around the immediate area.


Cork City airport is approx 25 miles away. Rosslare Ferry Terminal is approx 2.5 hours' drive. The use of a car is essential.


Ballycotton 5 mins drive with Post Office, grocer, pubs and restaurants.Cloyne 7 miles away with butchers, supermarkets, pharmacies, deli, pubs and restaurants. Midleton 14 miles with banks, cash dispensers, cinema complex, Saturday farmer's market, large supermarkets and superstores, Jameson Whisky Distillery. Cork City 25 miles, Bantry 50 miles .Kinsale (Ireland's gourmet capital) set on the coast approx 60 miles. Waterford 60 miles. Killarney/Kenmare 60 miles (gateway to the Ring of Kerry).

Further Details:

The local Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton sells superb home-made cakes, bread and scones. Pier 26 Restaurant adjoined to The Inn by the Harbour serves good food, having won 3 awards during 2014, and there is usually fresh Ballycotton fish on the menu. From the Inn by the Harbour tickets can be purchased for boat trips out to the lighthouse, weather permitting, children can obtain fishing lines for pier fishing and, for more aspiring fishermen, sea fishing trips can be booked. Ballymaloe House (less than 5 miles away) has a cafe serving delicious food together with a shop selling Irish crafts. There is also a branch of the Kilkenny Design Centre at nearby Shanagarry (on the way to the vast Garryvoe beach 3kms away from the cottage) where local pottery, jewellery, Orla Kiely products, clothes, toys, hand-made Irish crafts and handbags are sold with a coffee shop and a French chef serving good value food. Midleton farmer's market on Saturday mornings is well worth visiting and Farmgate, a restaurant in the middle of Midleton, is a must for either lunch or dinner. Jameson's Whisky Distillery has tours and tastings as well as a large selection of whiskies available to purchase. Cobh on the outskirts of Cork from where the Titanic left on its doomed voyage, is worth visiting. Cork City offers excellent shopping, galleries, an opera house, cinemas and restaurants (family restaurant, Farmgate, situated above The English Market, a large covered pretty Victorian food market selling the best of Irish produce in the centre of Cork, was awarded the maximum 5 stars by Sunday Times Reviewer AA Gill in December 2014). Just outside Cork City, Fota has a Golf Club, Fota House with its restored Georgian mansion, gardens and arboretum and Fota Wildlife Park. Kinsale is a very attractive colourful town with a marina, galleries, a variety of unusual shops and of course many very good quality restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $192.33

Booking Notes:
75 Euros per week deposit is required at time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of €200 is required to cover breakages and any extra cleaning required and will be returned within a few days of your departure from the cottage.

Changeover Day:
Saturday: arrival from 2pm, departure by 10am please. Flexible dates can be arranged out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the property per week in euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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