The Miller’s Vale
The Mill, County Cork
This unique home is the exquisite result of two year project that saw a crumbling mid-nineteenth century miller’s house, restored to a cosy, contemporary, and generous three storey home.
Hidden away in two acres of mature woodland gardens with direct access to a private beach, and still just half an hour from Cork City, Mill House offers one of the chicest vacation choices for large families.
An extensive home on three levels
From the gravelled courtyard, double doors under a scalloped fanlight reveal an ample entrance lobby whose main feature is a set of reclaimed Portland stone steps that spiral upwards from the Liscannor stone floor.
A large well-lit kitchen off to one side is a blend of contemporary and traditional, with high ceilings and a double oven Aga cooking range, complementing the charcoal breakfast table.
An ancillary pantry is tucked away behind the Aga.
Off the large landing at the garden level above, is the sitting room. This room is well proportioned with plenty of natural light and French doors leading to the patio, pond and main lawn. There is a large flat screen TV with DVD’s here, and a wood burning stove facing three comfy sofas.
Much of the original character of the building has been retained with exposed and whitened thick stone walls complimenting the chalky tones throughout.
A pine stairwell controls the twisting central core of the house.
On the garden level there is a cosy double bedroom, a family bathroom, and an intriguing double bunk arrangement for four that kids will love. The bunk room also has a TV.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ... the mobile phone reception varies throughout the property.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us...
Off the landing on the top floor there are two spacious king size double bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms - deep buttoned headboard or china porcelain inspired four poster for preference.
There is also a single bedroom with settle style wrought iron bed and its own adjacent bathroom. From here you can catch glimpses of the sea down the valley.
Private and secluded, a long tree lined avenue culminates in a gravelled courtyard to the front of the house, which has a split level footprint on about 2 acres of mature lawn and woodland.
Being a mill, there is a stream passing to one side of the property – so care needs to be taken with young children. The original mill wheel itself is long gone but you can still see where it used to sit alongside the house - parts of the machine can be found in the garden.
There is access to a private beach known as Man-O-War Cove, via a laneway. The castle-like building here is the remains of a lime kiln, originally used for baking the ingredients for white wash.
please note that the cliffs either side of the beach, and any ruins are private property, hazardous and strictly out of bounds.
Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Children – with the preponderance of water, extra care needs to be taken with toddlers and young children.
Pets – Possibly, check with us.
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
Adjacent to Kinsale - the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the home of fine fishy dining – and just half an hour from Cork to boot, you’ll keep coming back for more.
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Windsurfing at Oysterhaven
- Local dinner at the Finders Inn
- Sailing from Kinsale
- Pony trekking along the beach
- Visit a 17th century fort
- A restaurant that’s fussy about fish
- Escape to Spike Island prison
- Come deep sea angling
- A links like no other at the Old Head
- Irelands greatest wildlife park at Fota
- Sample the food in the English Market
- Lunchtime at Ballymaloe
New to Unique Irish Homes - 2018
We had a wonderful holiday...
at The Mill, the house and surroundings are beautiful and of course the weather was brilliant.
Simon was an excellent host.
We would use Unique Irish Homes again.
The Cregan Family, July 2018
We really enjoyed our stay in the Mill
It’s a gorgeous house beautifully decorated. We found it had the perfect balance of tranquillity and access to local amenities, particularly those in Kinsale. We would highly recommend it and we hope to be back soon.
Ronan McGoldrick, October 2018
using Mill in search for posts
About the Locality
The nearest village is Nohoval, the home of Stonewell Cider – a premium brand that is well worth a try.
For a choice of shops, you should visit the foodie haven and marina town of Kinsale only 15 minutes away.
The town is twinned with Newport, Rhode Island.
Kinsale has a rich garrison history manifest in the impressive 17th century star shaped Charles Fort, and the slightly earlier and more dilapidated James Fort protecting the harbour entrance.
A victim of early submarine warfare, the Lusitania was torpedoed by German U boat in 1915 just off the Old Head of Kinsale. The liner sank within minutes with the loss of some 1,198 souls. The tragedy was thought to have contributed to America’s decision to enter WW1.
Later in the same year a tanker, El Zorro met the same fate, and wound up on the rocks of Man-O-War Cove just below the Mill, with a single fatality.
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Cork Harbour at the convoluted mouth of the River Lee, is the third largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney and Poole in Dorset.
The City itself is Ireland’s second largest, and is so packed with adventures that we wouldn’t know where to start – just to mention though that Spike Island was winner of EUROPE'S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017 at the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS, so don’t miss it!
Best surfing beaches are to be found side by side on the far side of Kinsale at Garrylucas and Garretstown.
The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven was founded in 1720 and is the world's oldest.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Cork, Dublin or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – 30 minutes from the Mill
Shannon Airport - approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3 hours from house
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Rosslare to South Wales – approx 3 and a half hours away
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Gallery of photographs