This stunning five bedroom (sleeping 9) self catering holiday home with three separate lounges provides the experience of a home from home, equipped to give you a perfect holiday in Ardfield, West Cork.
With spacious front, side and rear gardens the house enjoys spectacular sea views. Perfect for family getaways with numerous beaches within easy reach and close (5km) to the bustling town of Clonakilty, with its renowned music scene and great range of restaurants, rich in historical interest.
The house is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, close to its finish at the Old Head of Kinsale. There’s something restorative about the temperate Gulf Stream climate, the peaceful vibe and creative scene, the wonderful artisan food, arts and festivals. In Clonakilty you will find this in abundance. And echoing all along this coast is its history: ancient sites, coastal forts and – out on the horizon – ‘Ireland’s tear drop’, the Fastnet Rock.
Irish Lights is aptly named in that you can see the light from three Lighthouses, Old Head of Kinsale, Galley Head and Fastnet (on a cloudy night as the light bounces off the underneath of the clouds)
Zigzagging gently from dreamy Bantry Bay through Skibbereen and on to Kinsale, the Haven Coast is perfectly named. Hedgerows thick with fuschia and monbretia border lush gardens; endless inlets and Blue Flag beaches promise long days spent relaxing in the salty air. See www.wildalanticway.com
Places of interest nearby are the Drombeg stone circle on the way to Glandore, great for a stop over to enjoy a drink overlooking a spectacular deep sea inlet.
A visit to the Clonakilty Model Village and a 'train ride' through the town is great for children or a visit to the homeplace of Michael Collins and especially the recently opened Michael Collins Museum in Emmet Square, Clonakilty.
In nearby Rosscarberry, pitch and putt, canoeing and more lovely beaches are easily accessible, whilst the West Cork Surfing School offer short courses for all, including older children, from Inchedoney Island.
‘Irish Lights’ was built by and for us and created, designed and maintained to a very high specification as a family home. The house was extended in 2009 to offer more bedroom space and a large (9 metre wide) sunroom with spectacular sea views. Outside there is a large lawned area for relaxing or running around, with a gas BBQ for your use. We called the house 'Irish Lights' as on a clear night you can see the light from three lighthouses - Old Head of Kinsale, Galley Head and Fastnet far out into the ocean. Within a 5km radius there are great sandy beaches to choose from, some with blue flag status. Dunmore House and Inchedonny hotels are nearby for good quality bar meals and fine dining. Clonakilty, with its lively music and pub scene and wide range of shops is just 5km away. Inchedonny Hotel also offers the added attraction of spa facilities including a saltwater pool. Golfing, horse riding, surfing, fishing and whale watching are also great day trips nearby.
Irish Lights is great for socialising and relaxing making it especially good for larger families with children or grandparents, or two families sharing. The spacious sunroom, with underfloor heating has beautiful sea views across the rolling countryside and spectacular sunsets out to the west. The night skies are wonderfully dark so so look out for shooting stars with the naked eye.
The gardens are to the front, rear and side of the property and are laid to grass - great for running around on. There is plenty parking on the hard area out to the house front.
Stored in the garage is some play equipment for children to use and a child's buggy. The large deck area gives an additional raised space for relaxing or playing and offers stunning sea views. Alternatively sit in the warmth of the sunroom with the concertina doors fully open. There are no other houses around the property, and few cars passing so this is a perfect place for relaxing and unwinding.
If golfing is your passion then is is the place to be. With the ocean as your backdrop on a number of courses, golf clubs are within easy reach at Bandon, Bantry, Clonakilty, Kinsale (which must be amongst some of the best Atlantic views in Ireland) and Skibbereen. There is also a golf driving range at nearby Roscarberry. Phone: 023 8848054.
Cork City has plenty to offer so look up http://tourism.cometocork.ie. If you love fish you must visit the English Market which offers a wide range of delicious foods.
The local beaches are one of the main attractions of the area and even at the height of summer you can find yourself alone on many of them.
Closest to Irish Lights is a 1.5km circular walk from the house to a little landing cove though be warned the return walk is very steep. Others include:
Dunnycove - Small rocky beach 2.5km with the nearby Dunmore House hotel for barmeals.
Duneen Cove - Small sandy beach 3km.
Sandscove - small sandy beach 3km.
Red Strand -Lovely sandy beach 3km with toilets
The Long Strand - spectacular mile of sandy beach little used 4km (not suitable for swimming due to strong currents)
Inchydoney - huge sandy beach 5km with large hotel for barmeals and a great afternoon tea between 3pm and 6pm.
Ownahincha - Lovely beaches 5km.
Creggane Strand - little beach 8km. Great fishing places all around.
The local pub is within walking distance in Ardfield village-400 metres. Clonakilty is 5km with banks, supermarkets and local shops. It also hosts a Thursday Farmers Market. The town is home to the Michael Collins memorial statue in Emmet Square.
We provide you with a complimentary copy of the weekly 'Southern Star' which provide invaluable details about local events.