Awesome Celtic Seascapes
Frog's Leap, County Cork
Perched on a rise close to the southernmost point of Ireland, Frog’s Leap keeps constant look-out over the rolling surf of the Celtic sea. At the end of a private lane, where the rich smell of the ocean beckons, and faced with rusty slate stone, this cosy compact home is furnished for comfort and finished with affection - a refuge for relaxation.
Long jagged headlands, numerous islands and enduring beaches, combine to make West Cork the destination of choice for active families in pursuit of outdoor recreation. Frog’s Leap is the perfect base for exploring this remote coastal landscape.
Unpretentious contemporary cottage
Up the ramp and onto a sunny timber deck, you can't help but notice the stunning ocean views that permeate so much of this home.
Large fuchsia coloured French doors open in to the spacious living room where chalky tones, pillowed sofas, and the sweet aroma of turf from the open fire work their cosy charm.
As you step through into the adjoining open plan kitchen and dining area, the floorboards become grey flags, and the interior soars to double the height.
There is a dining table here, and the open plan nature of the room ensures that self-catering is an inclusive affair.
Lime-washed clapboard ceilings and stout beams resonate with light. Black granite surfaces and soft teal-toned presses provide contrast.
A bright games room shares the basement of the cottage with the utility room. Patio doors allow direct access from the garden - ideal storage for wetsuits and surfboards.
A short corridor off the far corner of the kitchen leads past two single bedrooms to a bright, soft and unfussy double bedroom, and the main bathroom.
The house sits on about 12 acres at the end of a short laneway, and overlooks the rocky shoreline of Toormore Bay.
The Fasnet rock and lighthouse are clearly visible in the distance.
There is a hidden beach on the other side of the road, which is great for swimming.
A remarkable Stone Age structure known as the Alter Wedge Tomb, adjoins the property.
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The house comes with another more scenic dining option though.
French doors from the kitchen open into a lofty sunroom with panoramic glazing. Here you can banquet to the backdrop of the twinkling Fastnet lighthouse, or the comings and goings of yachts in the bay.
Climbing the stairs from the sunroom brings you to the ensuite master bedroom – with more dramatic gable-end views of the bay.
The house is fully centrally heated, and has under-floor heating in the kitchen.
There are two Kayaks together with life vests available in the garage.
Everything you would expect from a luxury home is here - however there is no broadband available.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children - The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 7
Pets – No, sorry!
Out and About
Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating. There are amazing pristine beaches for surfing and kiting, fishing and boat tours and brilliant artisan food.
…there really is too much choice and not enough room.
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
The house was absolutely beautiful.
Very comfortable accommodation, tastefully decorated with stunning sea views (when the mist cleared!). We enjoyed the wonderful art collection in the house and the library of books.
Our kids had a great time visiting the donkey’s in the nearby field and playing in the games room.
The area was unknown to us and a pleasant surprise. There is so much to do, that a week really isn’t enough. We’ll need to make a return trip.
Our only comment would be that perhaps a TV/DVD player for kids in the games room would be helpful, to keep things quieter in the upstairs living room.
Excellent quality service from Unique Irish homes and and house keeper Patricia.
Julie Wilson, Edinburgh, July 2016
Myself, my two sisters and our Mother (who has mobility difficulties) stayed in Frog's Leap,outside Schull at the end of July this summer 2016.
I cannot praise the house and the location highly enough. So much so that although due to my Mother's health and mobility issues, we could not do a whole lot by way of touring around we were able to get full benefit from what the property had to offer.
The comfort of the home, the fantastic views, the ease of cooking and dining in, all contributed to our enjoyment of the week's holiday. It helped that we got several beautiful days where we could sit on the terrace, read our books and enjoy the vista.
I would have no hesitation recommending this site and this property to others, (and indeed have already done so)
Mairéad Burke, August 2016
About the Locality
The house is on a bend in the road halfway between Schull and the village of Goleen, on the Mizen Peninsula. The towns are each about 7km away for shops.
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The sleepy market town of Bantry is a half hour drive away and has larger shops and supermarkets.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing.
There are terrific walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region on both the Mizen and Sheeps Head peninsulas, or the 400 metres to the summit of Mount Gabriel.
The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Irelands most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.
The Alter Wedge megalithic Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.
The remains of the 17th century Leamcon Castle, clearly visible from the house, and can be reached on foot by bridge.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
The Fastnet Rock 14km off shore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants travelling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. Its lighthouse flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.
In 1985, the lighthouse was struck by a rogue wave measuring about 157 feet (48 m) in height.
Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles. In 2013 the last boat to cross the line, a 101 year old gaff yawl, took 6 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the course.
Ballyrisode Beach just across the bay from the house is well sheltered and pristine.
Beautiful and busy Barleycove beach, 15 minutes along the peninsula, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.
At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay. Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.
Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer.
The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.
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