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Peaceful location, on the Wild Atlantic Way, great beaches, ideal for families

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Large 5 Bedroom House, Sea Views, Stunning Sunsets and Spectacular Night Skies

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

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 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.

More Details

Geoffrey O'Donoghue
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 31, 2017

Why Geoffrey O'Donoghue chose Ireland

Karen and I purchased the land on which the house is built in 1996. We started building the following year and completed it in 1999 with much of the work being undertaken by ourselves and other family members. In doing this Geoffrey had been able to call on his skills from building his parents house in Bandon with his father, brother and sisters and other relatives some 15 years before that.

In our plans was the possibility that we might move there ourselves one day but it hasn't happened yet!

We feel that rather than ourselves trying to say why you should stay at Irish Lights it might be more informative if you were to read the reviews of previous guests.

We have, we believe, worked hard to maintain the house to a high standard not only for ourselves when we stay there but more so for our guests and we feel we have been rewarded by their comments.

We have estimated that something like 30% of our bookings are repeat guests a number of who have visited on numerous occasions.

In recent years we have found that a number of families who are coming to attend weddings at the local Dunmore house hotel have stayed with us and use this as a base.

As we are large enough to accommodate nine people we have noticed that the house is very popular for either two families coming together or extended families coming to celebrate anniversaries where of course the grandparents can provide babysitting!

Before making an online booking we prefer to talk with you so that we can tell you more about the property and the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've just spent a most enjoyable at your lovely house which has gone by far too quickly. Everything was perfect, extremely comfortable and well equipped. We particularly enjoyed returning after a day's sightseeing to the beautiful view from the sun lounge - a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Ardfield is nicely located with some lovely beaches and scenery close at hand (Galley Head and the Long Strand) and with Clonakilty just down the road. Skibbreeen, Kinsale and even Cork are within easy reach. We were very fortunate with the weather which was far better than its reputation. In Clonakilty we can recommend De Barras which is a superb pub, lots of character and where we took in a couple folk concerts. We also had an excellent meal at Mio's Italian restaurant and the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarberry did us a fantastic steak. At coffee or tea time there is usually a great selection of cakes, and the home-made scones were fantastic everywhere.

This was our second visit to Ireland and we enjoyed it is every bit as much as the first. The Irish are so friendly and welcoming. We hope to be back again soon.

PS Don't miss the local pub - the Guiness is fantastic.
May 2014
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County Cork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , ensuite
  • Bathroom 1 This is a large bathroom overlloking the rear of the property and having seaviews. The bath has a shower fitting for rinsing etc Bathroom 3 -This is a downstairs toilet with washand basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , Small bedroom of a single bed and a chest of draws.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed, ensuite with shower & settee in room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Overlooking front of house & Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse
  • Bedroom 1-King-size bed, ensuite bathroom with washand basin,shower and toilet. Opening French windows with a glass balcony partition and views towards the Galley Head. There is also a 2 seater settee with a reading lamp in this large room. Bedroom 2-twin beds overlooking the rear garden and having sea views Bedroom 3-double bed & French windows overlooking the rear garden and having sea views Bedroom 4- double bed at the front of the house, views towards Kinsale lighthouse across the sea. Bedroom 5-single bed at the front of the house, views towards Kinsale lighthouse across the sea All bedrooms enjoy sea views.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Peaceful location, on the Wild Atlantic Way, great beaches, ideal for families
average rating of 4.935484 based on 58 reviews

An unforgettable home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a wonderful week we all had. Our family travelled from three locations in England and met up here in this impeccable house in such an idyllic location.

This house is in such a peaceful location, we didn't hear any noise other than nature. The views across the sea in the distance we beautiful at all times of day. We spent most of our time in the sun room, coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and chilled drinks in the evening.

We were so lucky to have wonderful weather all week (apart from a sudden hail storm on the Sunday) and so we took advantage of the large garden where we played cricket with the children (and the grandparents sipped drinks on the decked area).

Clonakilty was a 10 minute drive away and we often popped there for supplies from Lidl and Scally's.

Also in Clonakilty we visited the model village (enjoyed by the children and the adults) and took a train (on wheels) ride around the town.

Beaches were also on out to do list and we particularly enjoyed Inchydony (where we enjoyed a mean at the hotel there on our last night - expensive but worth every penny).

A short walk from the house was a lovely quiet pub where we enjoyed a pint (or two) of Guinness (quite superior to the Guinness in England).

If you're here with children, the playground isn't too far to walk to and kept ours amused for an hour on a particularly warm afternoon.

The bedrooms were very comfortable and we all slept very well. We particularly loved the balcony doors.

The children made good use of the toys in the garage and we found the rotary line so that we could wash and dry clothes. (Double peg it all though! It's breezy!)

This home is great for family reunions especially if you have children with you. Everything is effortlessly close to hand here which makes it feel like home.

Thank you so much for providing for us a wonderful home for a week in which we spent more time than elsewhere.

We are all keen to come back again. Though it'll be hard to beat this amazing holiday that we still talk about almost two months on!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved Irish Lights

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at Irish Lights. The house was beautifully equipped, very spacious, immaculately presented and comfortable. I could have sat for hours in the sun lounge just soaking up the views.

Wonderful beaches nearby and Clonakilty is a delightful small town

Geoffrey was very helpful and took a real interest in our happiness with the property.

We certainly intend to return.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard, Thank you so much for this. I have to confess that when I read what people say about the view from the sunroom I feel a bit envious that I am not back there myself! Karen and I hope we can welcome you back again before too long. Geoffrey
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Superb Property

  • 5 of 5

Booked this property for the West Cork Rally and hope to go so again next year. Exactly what I was looking for..home from home. The house is well equipped and the views are stunning. Can't wait to return.

Rosemarie K

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rosemarie, this is very kind of you and delighted that you all have a great weekend. Sooorry to hear that a broken "diff" meant there were no medals!
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Home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Booked this property for the West Cork rally, and will be doing so again next year!! What a cracker of a house. Just like home from home. Great location, fantastic views and very close to Clonakilty. Highly recommend this property, you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Tranquil and serene

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely place to stay in a great location.The house is well equipped and has loads of space so you can relax away from each otherr if you feel the need. Excellent showers and a plentiful supply of hot water,and at this time of the year the central heating is a boon.

All in all a really magnificent lacation with easy access to some marvelous beaches and coves.

Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim, it was a pleasure having you stay at Irish Lights and many thanks for your kind review. We are look forward to our own visit there next week.
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Fabulous views - a real gem!

  • 5 of 5

This property is located in a wonderful hillside position, to capture the stunning views towards the ocean and green, green countryside all around. It was just perfect to recover from a hectic European ocean cruise and schedule, and to cook our own meals again, after being spoilt with super-rich food.

The house was extremely well equipped and to have very good quality dinner wear(no chips!!), cutlery, appliances etc. was much appreciated.

Ardfield was an ideal base to explore this part of Cork and a marvelous alternative route back to the house is via the Dunmore House road - spectacular Atlantic Ocean views on a sunny day.

It would be difficult for any family not to enjoy "Irish Lights" and we found Geoffrey to be most helpful in everything to do with our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stuart and Noelene, thank you so much for this fulsome review. It made me wish that I was there myself - so much so that we have decided to stay there ourselves for our daughters' half term at the end of this month! I also very much appreciated the feedback that you gave us while you were at the house so that we were able to get things fixed quickly for our next guests.
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
251 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
61 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Dunmore House Hotel
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Sands Cove
Car: necessary

The house is situated by Ardfield village, close to the coast and approximately 5km from Clonakilty, renowned for its lively muscic scene, attracting many headline names.

There is a great choice of local restaurants and ufish is definitely on the menu - seafood chowder, home made brown bread and a glass of Murphy's are a must.

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.


Rates & Availability

County Cork House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Low season
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Mid season
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Low season
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
2018 low season
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 13 2018
5 night minimum stay
2018 Low season
Apr 14 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Mid Season
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 High season
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
2018 Low season
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 Mid season
Oct 20 2018 - Nov 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018 Low season
Nov 10 2018 - Dec 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 4 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $213.86

Cancellation charges are:
More than 70 days -full Deposit refunded
22- 70days 60% of rental 9-21 days 75%, less than 8 days 100%
A minimum cancellation charge of 75 euros will apply. Alterations to bookings may be considered.

A refundable security deposit of €200 or £200 is required and will be returned after departure

Change over days are Saturdays though there may be some flexibility outside the high season period

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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