Family Magic on the Mizen Peninsula
The Well, County Cork
Cached on a sunny embankment that gently tumbles down to the azure waters of Schull harbour in wonderful west Cork, we have a spacious stone cottage completely irresistible for a family vacation on the Wild Atlantic Way.
This is where the line between alfresco and interior becomes blurred of a summer’s day..
Everything from breakfast to barbeque
A continuous sweep of living space runs from the broad screen of glazing that is the entrance, along the kitchen and spills out through French doors on to a barbeque balcony with delicious views and a table that seats eight.
The catering island finished in black granite, with induction hob, integral deep fryer and fitted chargrill, occupies centre stage in the kitchen. The range of culinary contrivances includes a pizza oven.
Fold back the pair of arched doors and step down into the chic double height living room. A single glazed door opens onto sunset terrace the better to appreciate spectacular views of the harbour.
The opposing half of the living room has a paneled ceiling and an expansive of library of books and DVD’s. Television viewing is augmented by the home cinema surround sound audio.
At the breakfast bar end, there is a level change and the mottled ochre floor tiles step down into the morning sun of the dining area.
There is plenty of room here for the robust dinner table to pivot out from the alcove and expand to its full ten seater capacity.
There is under-floor heating throughout the home, but here you have the added comfort of a generous rustic stone open fireplace.
The master bedroom is on the ground floor has French doors to the paved terrace, more of that spectacular view, its own ensuite shower-room and an exclusive sauna.
Upstairs in the attic apex there is a cosy compact twin bedroom and a captivating powder blue bedroom with three limed oak sleigh beds that kids will love.
Two of the beds accommodate comfortable fold out single beds, which can pop up to make a double or function as singles.
The cottage boasts amazing views west, overlooking the slopes of its sunny informal garden across the bobbing boats of Schull harbour to the village beyond.
The paved terrace is ideal for outdoor dining with a large table, wickerwork tub chairs, easy access to the kitchen, and a choice of built in charcoal barbeque or a handier gas version.
The swimming pool is solar heated and has its own sun decking, loungers, and stone hot/cold shower cubicle. There is a separate changing room with shower.
The lounge deck is a magical outdoor sundown sitting room with sofas and chairs.
A rough path can be trod down to the water’s edge with kayaks. Alternatively, three minutes down the road brings you to Cooradaragan, a shale beach where there is a slip way.
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A separate balcony reached by external stairs accesses a charming ensuite loft bedroom for two.
The Cottage has its own well, and is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home -
Apart from the heated pool, there is a central piped Bang & Olufson sound system, central vacuum system, a very comprehensive selection of children’s toys, Kayaks, bicycles etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Laundry and ice making machines are in the utility annex, along with life-jackets etc.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
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, sailing and boat tours and brilliant restaurants.
With wonderful walks, splendid scenery, and legendary gardens to visit, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Pop in for a pint at Newmans
- Catch a wave at Barleycove beach
- Cross the bridge to Mizen
- Fish off the Fastnet
- Roaring Water Bay by boat
- Catch up on history
- Great music on Sherkin Island
- Whale watching from Glandore
- Have a bite at Budds
- Play a round at Coosheen
- A bowl of mussels in Bantry
- Trek a pony round Schull
- Cycle around Sheeps Head
- Go moonlight kayaking
- Lake fishing at Lissard
- Yoga at an Sanctoir
- Dive off Baltimore
- Best info about Schull
Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week
We loved our stay...
at your magnificent house that was so thoughtfully stocked with everything we needed - although we were tempted by the wines we were able to resist them!! The pool temperature was just right and we used the sauna after swimming every day. The children loved the toys - I hope they were put away carefully with any breakages. The house was so inviting to be in. Thanks again
Richard, Australia, July 2017
All went very well, thanks. Good, realistic photos of the house on your site, site was easy to navigate, very nice house, landlord was very easy to deal with, no issues during the week. Your website will be my first port of call for Irish holidays from now on. Hope you keep up the good work!
Donnacha, August 2016
About the Locality
Schull is the nearest village just 2.5K away, and has an number of small boutique shops and restaurants, and of course a great fish shop. In the summer months the harbour fills with fishing boats and yachts.
West Cork is renowned for its long jagged peninsulas and deep bays - the last point of land visible to travelers from Great Britain and Ireland as they headed for America in the 19th century.
The climate is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. Semi-tropical plants and palm trees are common in this region. Fuchsia abound and have become the unofficial emblem of West Cork.
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The Fastnet rock lighthouse lies 19km to the south of Baltimore and is Ireland’s most southerly. It is also extremely exposed.
The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985. Its light flashes once every five seconds, and has a range of 27 nautical miles.
Every second August, Rolex sponsor a yacht race from the Isle of Wight (UK) to the Fastnet and back, a distance of 700 miles.
How to get there - Car advised.. or yacht!
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
The lighthouse on the cliffs of Mizen Head at the end of the peninsula is Ireland's most south westerly point, and can be reached by a dramatic bridge.
Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.
A megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.
Cape Clear island is Ireland's most southerly, and has a population of 120 Irish speaking persons. It’s a 45 minute boat trip from Baltimore or Schull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
The island’s remote location, coupled with its proximity to the continental shelf, makes it the foremost centre for bird watching in Ireland, boasting Ireland's only manned observatory.
Whale, leatherback turtle, sun fish and shark are spotted every year - dolphins constantly.
Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just along the coast, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.
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