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The Bay House. Stylish, spacious Clonakilty cottage with spectacular water views

County Cork, Ireland
  • House
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay1 - 7 nights

Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland - Stunning location, close to Blue Flag Inchydoney Beach with surf school and Clonakilty town.

Relax in this beautifully restored 19th century stone cottage with magnificent views of Clonakilty Bay from every room. Set in private grounds on Ireland's incredible Wild Atlantic Way and surrounded by fields of horses - it's just a short stroll from Ireland's Best Beach 2017* and the bustling, award-winning Clonakilty town. The Bay House's charm is you will feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but actually you are very close to town and the beach.

Situated in an Area of Special Protection on Clonakilty's golden mile, The Bay House is the perfect spot from which to explore West Cork and the beauty of Ireland.

Just perfect for families to spread out in or share with friends.

It has five stylish and spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms (3 ensuite).

Every room has a water view - even the utility! The main bedroom has a glass balcony with spectacular views across the inner harbour. Another boasts triple aspect windows. There's also a ground floor bedroom with ensuite.

Relax in two lovely reception rooms - one by the double sided log burner and another with floor to ceiling windows to take in the view.

Enjoy meals by the fire in the feature dining room looking up to a double height gallery space. The kitchen is fully equipped with double oven, microwave, American-style fridge-freezer and coffee maker. There's also a utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and downstairs toilet.

Outside there is a large patio with table and chairs for alfresco dining and an expansive lawn area. There is a swing and hammock.

NB: We would advise that very young children are supervised in the grounds.

Enjoy birdwatching with the colourful characters that visit the bay right in front of you.

Private, off-road parking.

Free Wi-Fi for our guests.

The Bay House is the perfect place to spend long, lazy days by the fire gazing out to sea, but if you can tear yourself away there's so much to do. We're just a twenty minute walk from the fabulous Blue Flag Inchydoney Beach with its own surf school offering a holiday club for the children (and the big kid in you!).

Clonakilty town is only a mile away with a host of cafes, restaurants and bars including the famous De Barras Folk Club with live music most nights.

Clonakilty was awarded Ireland's Tidiest Small Town 2017 and not for the first time!

There are lovely shops, boutiques and art galleries in which to browse.

Why not take up horse riding at the equestrian centre just a stone's throw away or tee-off at two nearby golf courses each with stunning views?

The children will love the model railway village with its own Choo Choo land train to 'Toot Toot' them around the town and down to the beach.

Watersport centres are close by offering kayaking and the latest craze - stand up paddle boarding. Or if you have your own, you can paddle board and kayak at high tide in the bay.

Clonakilty is the first town in Ireland to offer its own rent-a-bike scheme. Explore 9 beaches within 8 miles!

Situated in a 'Special Protection Area' and on Ireland's charismatic 'Wild Atlantic Way', The Bay House is the perfect spot from which to explore West Cork and the beauty of Ireland.

*Inchydoney was voted Ireland's Best Beach 2017 by readers of The Irish Independent and TripAdvisor for the fourth year running.



Member Since 2014
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
        • Description of sleeping capacity
          5 beds. 4 spacious double bedrooms (3 ensuite) and 1 with bunk beds. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a feature window and balcony overlooking the bay, kingsize bed, ensuite with bath and shower cubicle Bedroom 2 double bed, ensuite Bedroom 3 ground floor double bed, ensuite Bedroom 4 double bed, triple aspect Bedroom 5 bunk beds (sleeps 2) - these can sleep adults, but are more suitable for children/teenagers.


        • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower
        • Shower room 1
          toilet, shower
        • Shower room 2
          toilet, shower
        • Toilet 1
        • The house has 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite), plus one downstairs toilet. Ensuite to bedroom 1 with bath, shower cubicle, shower over bath, wc Ensuite to bedroom 2 with shower, wc Ensuite to bedroom 3 with shower, wc Main bathroom with bath, shower, wc Downstairs wc

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural
          • Waterfront


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Parking
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        We provide free wifi for our guests.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        There are two living rooms. One is extremely cosy, situated by the double sided fire or enjoy long, lingering views of the bay in the other, with its floor to ceiling windows and doors leading out onto the patio area and lawn.
                      • Heating
                      • Towels Provided
                        Please do not take our towels to the beach
                      • Tumble Dryer
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove
                        Beautiful double-sided log burner
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                            Spacious, bright kitchen with solid oak breakfast bar, American style fridge freezer, double oven, five ring hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee maker, dishwasher.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Fisher and Paykel double oven
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    We have a Giant Chess set in the garden in the Summer.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        There are 3 golf courses nearby. Two are a couple of miles from the house and one is slightly further away.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        We would advise that very young children are supervised in the garden. We have 3/4 acre private grounds where you can enjoy a swing, hammock and giant chess set!
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm


                                              • bay/sound
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • library
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • whale watching

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • hiking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • equestrian events
                                                      • mountain biking
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                      • surfing
                                                      • swimming


                                                          • The house is set in an Area of Special Interest on the charming Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy two thirds of an acre of private lawned grounds, overlooking tidal Clonakilty Bay. Clonakilty is a vibrant and friendly town with plenty of bars, Irish pubs, restaurants, cafes and lovely boutiques for a spot of shopping! Check what's on during your stay - the town is full of fun and hosts events like a Summer street party and parades. The Bay House is surrounded by fields of horses and perfect for bird watching in the Bay. There is a large table on the patio to enjoy meals alfresco and a balcony overlooking the water with bistro table and chairs. The garden also has a swing and a hammock. We do recommend that very young children are supervised in our grounds. Ample private off-road parking for four cars.

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                            11 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Wow what a jewel

                                                            Karl O.

                                                            This house is an amazing place to stay

                                                            We recently stayed for the Christmas break and found it an enchanting piece of paradise turcked away just outside clonakilty

                                                            The house is very spacious warm and modern and had a great Seaview aspect

                                                            It is very private and only about a kilometre to a very vibrant Clonakilty town

                                                            I would highly recommend staying here

                                                            At any time of year

                                                            Beautiful house in a beautiful and peaceful location,perfect for our stay,will definitely stay again

                                                            Lorraine C.

                                                            Would recommend anyone to stay here,perfect for groups,family and adults,house and location perfect no matter what the occasion....everything catered for-absolutely wonderful stay.

                                                            Fabulous place to stay!

                                                            Claire C.

                                                            We had a fantastic holiday here. It really is a beautiful place. The house itself a lovely old stone cottage which has been modernised and we really enjoyed spending time "at home". We couldn't fault the cleanliness and we were all very happy with our bedrooms, which were all ensuites. The location is unbeatable. The house looks out over the lawn onto the bay and it so peaceful and relaxing. The town of Clonakilty is easily walkable (or it was very easy to get a taxi) we found several excellent places to eat out. The Farm restaurant was a favourite. We also went across the water to Ring as there is a fantastic fish restaurant there which was recommended to us. We took lots of beach walks and there is a pub right on the beach too for lunch. We hired a car and had a great time driving further west along the Wild Atlantic Way to Baltimore, Kinsale and Schull. We highly recommend a stay here. The house, location and area ticks all the boxes. We will definitely be returning.

                                                            Gem Of A House

                                                            Sarah B.

                                                            This is the second time we have stayed at this gem of a house. It is the perfect holiday location. House is beautiful. Wonderful views. Everything you need to hand. We stayed here last Summer and couldn't wait to come back. So relaxing looking at the bay and the horses. Clonakilty and Inchydonny are fantastic. Will be back soon.

                                                            Wonderful house and location

                                                            Sophie R.

                                                            We had a wonderful time at The Bay House. The house itself was perfect with everything we could have needed. Really nicely decorated and a fantastic location. We loved looking out over the bay as we had our morning coffee. This is definitely top of our list of places to stay in Ireland. Clonakilty is a great little town. Lots to do and very friendly. Look forward to returning again sometime.

                                                            Lovely house, but needs some tlc

                                                            Kit p.

                                                            This is a lovely house in a good location, near wonderful Clonakilty. We'd very much like to return here for future holidays. BUT the house and garden needs some attention and there are other areas which didn't live up to billing.

                                                            Positives: It was well cleaned on arrival. Great situation over the bay. Nice welcome pack of coffee, wine and chocolate. Our daughter LOVED the swing.


                                                            1. The first thing we saw was an unkempt lawn and tatty beds with weeds. The bed by the patio had one sorry hydrangea and a few unidentifiable dead things. Either plant up the bed properly or get rid of it! Holly trees by the house needed a prune (you had to duck under one on the path into the house). A real disappointment given the images of well kept landscaping in the photo.The owners did arrange for the lawn to be cut - they said it was cut fortnightly - but it is cut at very high setting so does need to be done weekly.

                                                            2. Two of the bedrooms had issues. The mattress in the main bedroom needs to be replaced immediately. It's totally worn out and very uncomfortable. The downstairs bedroom smells of damp. The wallpaper is coming off behind the bed. As a bedroom, it's not fit for use. Luckily none of us were in it.

                                                            3. The wooden kitchen worksurface behind the sink is mouldy and the sink leaks underneath.

                                                            4. Hardly any towels were provided. Each bathroom only contained one large towel and a hand towel. No way near enough.

                                                            Like I say, we'd very much like to come back to the house but would need assurance that all these niggles were taken care of beforehand.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            We are pleased that you enjoyed The Bay House and its wonderful location, found it clean and tidy and would like to return to the house again.

                                                            However, I am very surprised and saddened by your negative comments, especially as I spoke to you during your stay and asked you if everything was okay. You did not mention any concerns at all, other than to say you were a professional gardener and were unhappy with the lawn.

                                                            Our grounds are maintained every 10 days or so by a landscape gardener. However, as I explained to you, we discovered there was an unfortunate mix up when he went on holiday and unwittingly left us off the list for the gardener who was acting as cover. We are very sorry about this and as soon as we realised there was a problem we had the lawn cut.

                                                            We have been practically fully booked since Easter and I personally make a point of following up every booking and the response from guests has been glowing.

                                                            The comfort of our guests is very important to us. You are the first to complain that the master bed was uncomfortable. I’m afraid we do not agree the mattress is worn out. I like a firm mattress and sleep very well on it. You were clearly not happy though, so we have arranged to bring several friends along to try it out (fully clothed!) and canvass opinion. In three years we have never had any issues or complaints about the downstairs bedroom. A piece of the wallpaper has begun to come away at the bottom behind the bed as it was never really stuck down properly, as the decorator was low on paste. We will attend to this and, as we are concerned that this is our first negative feedback, we will make a thorough check again of all the bedrooms.

                                                            We would have happily dropped off more towels had you said at the time, but I’m very sorry there wasn’t enough left for you and that shouldn’t have been the case.

                                                            There was an unexpected leak under the smaller kitchen sink a couple of weeks ago which we had fixed immediately. On changeover day when you departed, we saw it was leaking again and had it repaired before the next guests arrived. I apologise that it was leaking, but these things do sometimes happen and we would have had it fixed during your stay had you told us.

                                                            We are obviously very disappointed with your review as we try so hard to make sure our guests have a fabulous time. We get many repeat bookings and I’m glad you say you would like to stay at The Bay House again.


                                                            County Cork, Ireland

                                                            Coast/Beach: 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive to the beautiful Blue Flag Inchydoney Beach. Parking is free. There are 4 other fantastic beaches nearby. Travel: 45 minute drive from Cork International Airport. Use of car is recommended. Distances: Clonakility town is just 1 mile away. Further Details: Fantastic base from which to explore the wonders of West Cork - stunning scenery, yummy food and the friendliest people you will ever meet! Great for families as there is a surf school at the local Inchydoney Beach which runs holiday sessions for children (and the big kid in you!) Feel the sand between your toes at four more beautiful beaches nearby. Ride horses at the equestrian centre just a stone's throw away. Make a splash at two watersports centres in neighbouring towns. Explore West Cork in miniature at the Model Railway Village just a short walk from the house where the children will love toot tooting around the town on the Choo Choo land train. Tap into Ireland's vibrant music scene with live acts at the famous De Barras Folk Club, Scannels and Shanley's Piano Barn all a short walk away in Clonakilty. Dine out in several bars and restaurants only a mile away. Browse the lovely shops, boutiques and art galleries. Tee off at three golf courses, two just a couple of miles away from the house, in stunning settings either in landscaped gardens or overlooking the Atlantic. Take a stroll in the beautiful Lisselan Gardens nearby. Cast off as both river and sea fishing is available locally. Catch up over tea and cake in Clonakilty's many lovely little cafes. Taste Clonakilty black pudding (which is exported around the world!) and sample other local produce and Clonakilty Chocolate at the Farmers' Market every Friday. Watch the latest releases at the cinema in the town (recently voted best value cinema in Ireland) Enjoy Clonakilty homemade ice cream in the pink parlour. History enthusiasts will enjoy the Michael Collins Centre as Clonakilty was home to Irish revolutionary leader. Clonakilty was Ireland's first Fairtrade town and has been awarded a European Destination of Excellence.


                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            BOOKING NOTES: PLEASE NOTE - WE DO NOT RESPOND TO ENQUIRIES WITHOUT A TELEPHONE NUMBER Short stays may be available on request mid-September until early May. We take payment in Euros. We ask for a deposit of 50% (non-refundable) to secure the reservation. The balance of 50% (non-refundable) is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. If the booking is less than 6 weeks before arrival, then the full balance is payable. If you need to cancel and we can resell the booking at full price we will refund your deposit minus €100 admin charge (but this obviously cannot be guaranteed). We ask for a €500 (refundable) damage deposit. BOOKING IS ONLY CONFIRMED ON RECEIPT OF A SIGNED BOOKING FORM AND THE DEPOSIT (please do not book any flights/ferries etc before we have formally confirmed your booking by email.) Maximum of 10 guests only. Strictly no Smoking. No pets. Bookings include linen, bathroom towels, cleaning, utilities and Wi-Fi. We provide a complimentary weekly linen change/clean for longer stays. Please provide a phone number when enquiring. Please contact us for our full Terms and Conditions. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday.

                                                            11 Reviews
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