|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
2 bedrooms. 1 double room on ground floor with exposed beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower adjacent. Bedroom 2, an attic bedroom with twin beds, is full of character with ensuite w.c. and w.h.b. Large kitchen/ dining area with fitted elm units, electric cooker, fridge freezer and washer/dryer. It also features an antique dresser, open beams and window seat. The living room has a wood burning stove, a stone floor and is double height with exposed A beams.
These 2 properties are surrounded by panoramic countryside views. Houses combine traditional features with modern conveniences. Ideal for the equestrian enthusiast with trekking, show jumping and private lessons available for beginners to advanced riders. Located in the cross roads of Munster, Ivy Bridge is ideal for touring the South of Ireland. Why not visit Blarney Castle where you can kiss the stone, or Killarney with its lakes and Ladies View made famous when Queen Victoria and her ladies stopped to overlook the world famous lakes. Bunratty Castle and folk park, County Clare is within easy driving distance as is Kinsale. This historic town is renowned for its restaurants and marina. Fota wild life park and House is a 45 min drive as is Cobh, with its heritage centre and Cathedral. This town was the last port of call for the ill fated Titanic.
'Easy access form N20 makes Ivy Bridge an ideal location to find and tour from.' (Joe, October 09).
'Secluded but not isolated. Ivy Bridge is an ideal country retreat'. (Ann D. July 09).
Booking by phone or email. Booking deposit required.
We expect the property to be left as found. If not an excess cleaning fee of €50 will be charged.
Check in time: 4pm
Check out time: 10am
Saturday change over. Arrival 4 pm. Departure 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property(s) per week in euros.
Bed linen and Towels are provided free in all properties.
Electricity and heating are extra charge by metre reading.
We had a wonderful experience at the Ivy Bridge Cottage! Eilis was the most gracious host (as Elizabeth, her mother was away during our stay). The house was impeccably clean and well appointed. They had everything we needed for our 16 month old, which was a wonderful bonus. The cottage was the perfect mix of antique and charming, along with modern appliances, bath, and other important amenities. The landscape from the front door was beautiful (cows and pastures). We were looking for something off the beaten path, but relatively close to several sights. The location was great for day trips--about 20 minutes to the Blarney Castle, 45 minutes to Kinsale, and 1 hour to Killarney. Overall, Eilis was a perfect host, the cottage was charming, clean, and modern, and the location was great! Would highly recommend.
From the warm welcome we got from Elizabeth and her dogs to the farewell, we were truly made to feel at home in this stunning cottage.
Upon arriving we saw the cottage which looked shut, so we ventured back down the lane to the Ivy Bridge Farm where we were greeted by Elizabeths dogs which we were lovely. Following that Elizabeth directed us back the cottage were she ran through everything from how to heat the water up, put the heating on, etc and din't leave any stone unturned. We knew from this diligent welcome that we had struck gold and that we were not going to anything less than impressed with our entire holiday.
We have a 17 month old who was fine here, so if you're worried about that side of things, then worry not. She was free to wander around at her leisure and was more than happy to do so. All of the floors were hard furnished, so you will have to keep your 3rd eye on little ones if they are not used to that or are still very unstable. High chair, cot and a lovely warm welcome were all in place for our little girl. She loved going out in the morning to say hello to the cows in the next field!
There was a veritable library of information from books, leaflets and DVD's about atractions in and about Ireland to hand and if you wanted more, Elizabeth made sure you got comprehensive information.
Location - A great location for exploring the West / Southern end of Ireland. You will need to drive a fair amount to get the most out of your stay, but I think this would be the case anywhere you would stay as there are so many amazing things to see and do all over the place. Top place for me was Killarney and the Ring of Kerry which took us to some stunning locations through the national park. Balarney Castle and grounds is something to behold and just down the road - take my advice and plan to spend the whole day there, there is so much to see.
Mallow to the north of where you are staying is a 15 min drive away and their is a small Tesco, Lidle and a good number of Take-aways / shops. It's a small town which feels a bit run down, but it served well to get all your essentials and or takeaways in the evening if you were staying in in the evenings like us.
Cottage - Stunning, beautiful and authentic. With it's floral frontage, open beams, thatched roof and high ceilings, you could ask for no more. Clean, tidy and very well maintained.
The hostess Elizabeth was fantastic. The property was perfect for the home away from home feeling. We did a self-drive tour of the South and East, the location of this property was perfect. There was some construction going on the main highway, but we quickly learned the backroads. Very close to Mourneabbey and several villages (including Mallow). The house was very functional and the photos are an exact representation of what you get. I would stay here again and again. (Hint: if you are a coffee drinker like I am. Better bring some instant with you. We found a coffee pot under a cabinet, but it was much easier to use the tea pot to boil water)
Special interest holidays:
Ivy Bridge Equestrian Centre offers trekking, general riding and show jumping lessons. These can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of the holiday maker. Children also welcome. Speak to David to discuss your needs.
Sandy beaches are about 1 hour drive from Ivy Bridge.
Cork is the local airport and is about a 30 minute drive
Ringaskiddy Ferryport is easily accessible via Cork ring road.
Car hire available at airport.
Mallow town 7 miles.
Cork city 11 miles.
Blarney village 8 miles.
Killarney, Limerick, Lismore and Kinsale are all an hours drive from Ivy Bridge.
Mallow town is an ideal shopping centre with supermarkets, banks, butchers, chemists, Doctors, Dentists, Hospital, Churches, Hotels and restaurants.