|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This beautiful detached cottage is nestled on the hillside, surrounded by a large, private garden with wonderful sea views. The garden features a stream, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated), stone corral with barbeque and patio area equipped with garden furniture. Inside there are three bedrooms (a double, twin and a single), downstairs loo, family bathroom, en suite shower room, open-plan kitchen/ living room, study with sofa bed and sun room. Laharandota has been thoughtfully restored from an existing farm complex, comprising a detached cottage, stone outbuilding with utilities, an old stone loft/ barn (The Studio) and a green house, all enjoying spectacular views over Dunmanus Bay and the West Cork countryside. Many original features have been retained to create a unique and peaceful atmosphere which compliments the surrounding land and sea.
LAHARANDOTA - The Artists' Cottage, an old stone farmhouse previously owned by American painter Frank Russell, now fully renovated to include slate floors, old beams and stone walls. Set in over an acre of land and surrounded by fields with extensive views over the sea and the Mizen Head. Ideal for those looking for a relaxing holiday or weekend retreat, for walkers/cyclists or families, with its large garden, spring, pond and small outdoor pool (solar heated). Located 4 miles west of local village Kilcrohane, and a scenic half-hour drive from the busy market town of Bantry with its great restaurants and pubs. Stroll down the lane from the cottage directly on to The Sheep's Head Way, one of Ireland's 31 Waymarked Ways (marked trails). The peninsula's natural wild beauty makes its 55 mile trail stand out from others and offers an exciting challenge for all keen walkers. If, however, you're not a 'wild rover', there's always riding, sailing, kayaking, diving, golf...
NOW FEATURED IN ALASTAIR SAWDAY'S IRELAND GUIDE: Review: 'Now how many Irish cottages come with an outdoor pool? Next to the road but shielded by hedges, it even has sea views! You are at the tip of the strikingly beautiful Sheep’s Head peninsula, a paradise for walkers. Laharandota was the house of an artist for many years; it still shows. Everything inside is in the best possible taste and breathes a generous spirit: a wonderful kitchen with big Rayburn stove, art, objets and a fabulous hamper, a claw-foot bath, a glasswalled sun room, nooks, crannies and a rustic fireplace that roars in winter. Next-door’s studio, often rented to the same party, provides comforts on a reduced scale, but the light, the art, the sea views are the same. Hike a part of the Sheep’s Head Way: ‘the best walk in Ireland’ says Country Walking magazine. Head for the lighthouse, look out for choughs and peregrines. Shops and restaurants are a short drive away, lovely Bantry Town and sandy Barleycove beach are not much further. Inspirational'.
Guest Comments: 'It is a fabulous place to stay - we found ourselves spending lots of time just pottering around the cottage because it was so lovely. We will definitely come again and will recommend it to our friends.'
Gerry & Liz, Gloucestershire
'Thank you so much for the weekend. I must say your cottage is spectacular - you have a real eye for interiors and the quality of the renovation and furnishings is stunning. We had 3 days of great weather, the kids were even swimming in the sea. They didn't want to leave and now want to live there!'
Adam & Jane, Hertfordshire
'Thank you for a wonderful 3 days in your beautiful cottage. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. We absolutely fell in love with The Artists' Cottage and the surrounding area.'
Jayne & Gordon, Rockingham, Australia
'We had a fabulous time. The setting was wonderful and the cottage was just gorgeous. Daniel loved his cute little bedroom. He was even brave enough to swim in the pool!'
Pamela & Roger, Glasgow
'Thank you for providing such a welcoming, comfortable taste of rustic charm for we city-dwellers. We all loved everything about the cottage. Of course the swimming pool is the icing on the cake - luckily the weather was glorious so we chilled out and lazed by the pool or braved its invigorating freshness!'
John & Susan, Edinburgh
'Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the cottage. It is in a beautiful and unspoilt location and the views across the bay are something to remember. The quality of the finish and furnishing in The Artists' Cottage are incredible, really beautiful. We had some really lovely times there and we will remember it with great affection.'
Susan & Phil, Hampshire
We had a fantastic time at the Cottage - our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer! Weather was beautiful so we cycled and hiked part of the Sheep's Head Way. We will definitely return and I will be recommending you to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in that part of the world. The welcome pack that you and Margaret put together is just lovely not to mention the very high quality of everything in the Cottage.
Would you believe, our 12 year old daughter braved the cold to swim in the pool. She reckoned it wouldn't be a proper holiday without a swim!! The rest of us were very happy to just watch.
We look forward to a return visit and thank you for making the whole experience so enjoyable.
We've rented quite a few cottages during our 2 year expat assignment in Ireland and this cottage/studio was by far the best! The owners have spared no expense in refurbishing this old farm house with the highest quality appliances (kitchen and laundry), bathroom fixtures, bedding, decorations and it even had a pool! We didn't have the weather to utilize the pool, but we did enjoy sitting by it and taking in the spectacular ocean views! The size of the cottage fit our family of 4 perfectly (kids' ages were 6 and 8). We added the studio to accomodate another friend traveling with us. We traveled to all three peninsulas (Beara, Sheep's Head, and Mizen) by car for daily hikes. The scenery was spectacular with lots of cliffs (much nicer than the Cliffs of Moher!). We dined in the town of Bantry which is filled with wonderful restaraunts. The owner, Julie, was delightful to work with right from the start of the booking. She also gives you loads of information on things to do and restaraunts to go to. At the end of the day, it was always so wonderful coming back to the cottage and collapsing in those beds or sitting on the leather sofa next to a roaring fire in the stone fireplace. We had a wondeful stay on the Sheep's Head peninsula and highly recommend this property.
This is a 5-star accommodation. We had a lovely stay at the cottage, and can't wait to get back. Everything was perfect! It's a spacious cottage with a beautiful garden and breathtaking views. We had plenty of room to spread out (we were a family of 4, + 2 friends in the next door Studio) and comfortably enjoy ourselves. The kitchen is well-appointed and the fireplace was our favorite detail, as we ended each fun-filled day in front of it. The property is exceptionally clean. The owners were very attentive to our needs and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. They were always very helpful. And, Julie provided us with plenty of information and recommendations about the surrounding areas. Our favorite restaurant by far was Arundel's, as we ate there 3 times during our short stay! The couple that runs it were lovely and the food was fantastic. Some of the best dining out during our 16-day trip to Ireland. We especially enjoyed the hike back from the lighthouse. We chose the more challenging trail back to the car park, and it was well worth it. It afforded us some amazing views on some pretty high cliffs. I also recommend a hike to the waterfall and the blow hole. Although, we never found the elusive "blow hole", we were able to again capture some breathtaking cliffs/views of the bay. The Sheep's Head peninsula was absolutely gorgeous. Lots of great hikes! A great way to end your day was a visit to Eileen's pub in nearby Kilcrohane for a pint and a chat. Overall, our stay here was superb. We have nary a complaint, and we are already itching to get back there. I highly recommend the cottage, the studio and Sheep's Head.
We rented both the Cottage and the studio, both of which were excellent: very comfortable beds, nice crockery/ cutlery and a good selection of local maps and information. Very clean and well maintained.
The location was outstanding. Very quiet with beautiful views from both master bedrooms. We would have no hesitation recommending it to friends.
We found everyone in the local galleries / restaurants / pubs very friendly. We ate out most days and would particularly recommend the Fish Kitchen and Brick oven in Bantry and Arundels in the nearest village.
When we decided go to Ireland for our honeymoon, we looked on VRBO and my husband told me to pick any cottage I wanted. This was the one that immediately caught my eye, I wanted nothing else and no other cottage could live up to this one. I was completely smitten with all of the pictures. As soon as we opened the door, I was in love!! It looked exactly like the pictures, even better! She had even prepared brownies, champagne and a lovely note for us when we arrived. It was the perfect location to relax and get away from all of the busyness, not to mention its gorgeous view!! We immediately felt right at home. The house had everything we needed and more. It was fun to explore the little property, take a walk down the street, and read a book in the sunroom. They had instructions for everything, which was really helpful. As soon as we got back, I could not stop raving about this cottage. I am hoping it will still be for rent in a few years so we can return!! We LOVED everything about it and cannot wait to return!
Although only our first visit to Ireland I doubt we could have found a better place to stay than the Artists Cottage, Laharandota.
Quality abounds everywhere from the well maintained exterior and grounds of the property through to the beautiful and tasteful decor and fittings inside.
An enormous amount of thought, time and not to mention money has obviously been lavished on this property resulting in a superb blend of 'old world' Irish charm coupled with the benefit of modern comfortable living. There are so many thoughtful touches throughout this homely cottage that it it simply wouldn't be possible to list everything within a review.
Suffice to say that as owners of holiday rental property ourselves for over a decade we probably wouldn't be the easiest of guests to impress!
In summary, an outstanding property with many high quality fittings set in beautiful tranquil surroundings. We wish we could have stayed longer and will definitely return to Ireland again.
Very impressed!!!...and most highly recommended!
Des, Gemma and Charlie
The cottage and studio are tastefully and beautifully furnished. We really appreciated the quality of the finish but the traditional Irish charm of the property was not lost.
I'd highly recommend this property for a romantic weekend or as a base for lazily exploring the peninsula.
Laharandota is located on the southern side of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, about 4 miles south west of the village of Kilcrohane and 15 miles from the bustling market town of Bantry, West Cork. The propoerty is ideally located for touring the West Cork area, for walking, cycling or sailing with it's many walking routes, scenic drives, coves and bays. West Cork attractions include Garinish Island and Glengariff, the Sheep's Head and Mizen Head, as well as the town of Bantry, with its many shops, great restaurants, bars and cinema.
The area is also well known for its raw natural beauty, attracting walkers, artists and anyone with a love for the outdoors to the area. Within a short drive from the property is the village of Kilcrohane, with its quay and coves for bathing, two pubs, shop and local church as well as the Sheep's Head Lighthouse and Way, which passes directly behind and in front of the cottage's gardens.
Other Activities: Cookery classes at nearby restaurant, 'The Good Things Cafe'
Golf: Bantry Bay Golf Club's 18 Hole championship course is located a short drive from the town and is open all year.