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Delightful Waterside House and Cottage Idyllic Co Cork location Attractive Rates - Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking




A complete restoration of a traditional Irish farm cottage has produced this most delightful modern accommodation of great charm and character. A careful design of the living areas has produced a spacious feel with good natural lighting and heating. The living and dining areas on the first floor enjoy lovely views over the Traharta strand, its sheltered bay and the many nearby Islands. The glass panneled front door to this area allow the views to be enjoyed from inside while the balcony provides a vantage point outside. The fully fitted kitchen is neat and spacious and a fireplace with a Morso stove provides a focal point for the open plan beamed upstairs area. Downstairs are two snug sleeping rooms each equipped with two comfortable single beds each. The modern bathroom contains a bath and shower and the utility room is equipped with a modern washing machine and dryer.

About the property


The architect designed Bauhaus style house features a large front, a sheltered side patio and a paved terrace roof,all with wonderful views over the water. The open plan entrance, dining and living areas have counter top connection to a galley kitchen. One large double and two twin bedrooms have french door access to the front patio equipped with luxurious furniture providing a relaxing place to enjoy the clean air, breath-taking scenery and local birds,seals and fish.

The restored 18century farm cottage provides charming accommodation for 4. Its beamed open plan first floor contains dining,living and kitchen areas all of which enjoy the same views over the water as the house. Downstairs are two bedrooms a bathroom, a utility room and a private front patio for the cottage.

Although literally right on the water both properties are sheltered and enjoyable at all seasons of the year. They share a well maintained one acre garden filled with local and semi-tropical plants.

Further Details of Possible Local Activities : Excellent walking is available eg cliff top, rain-forest above Lough Hyne, Iron Age Fort Knock Drum above Castletownsend,etc. There are undisturbed archaeological sites, including ancient copper mines, Stone Tumuli eg Drombeg stone circle. Excellent local bird and whale watching.

Bicycles can be rented in Skibbereen, the quiet local roads are ideal for cycling. Try the trail above Loch Hyne

Boat trips are available for fishing and whalewatching. Good salmon and trout fishing in season.

A local kayak school teaches kayaking to all levels.

There are diving and sailing schools in Baltimore(10 miles). A ferry runs from Baltimore to Clear Island.

Golfers, Skibbereen has an excellent 18 hole course.There are also well know courses at nearby Glengarriff, Dunmore,Clonakilty and the Old Head of Kinsale. Many local gardens are open to visitors and the area is a paradise for photographers and artists because of the clean air and superb light. Local guides can be introduced

Available by Car: A great many places of scenic interest are within easy reach. East the coastal inlets are attractive and exploring the small local roads is rewarding. Small places can be found for refreshments. eg Unionhall and Glandore are within 30-45 minutes. West the road to Mizen Head takes you through places such as Ballydehob, Schull, Crookhaven and Goleen. This road leads to the site of Marconi`s first radio transmission across the Altantic. North Bantry Bay and Bantry House are only 40 minutes by car and well worth seeing. 10 miles past Bantry is Glengarriff where you can take a ferry to the delightful Garnish Island Gardens. Glengarriff is also the entry point to the beautiful Beara peninsular. Alternatively from Glengariff you can travel due north to Kenmare, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. There are also a good number of artists and craft workers in the area whose studios can be visited. Details at the Tourist Office in Skibbereen

Activities and Guest Comments : Many activities including seaching for ancestors are available through local guides and tours. Let us know your interests and we will either put you in touch with a them or make arrangements for you.

Horse riding is available in Rosscarbury and there are local Spas and beauticians to pamper you.

One Italian guest who arrived late at night and only saw the view from his bedroom window in the morning, came into breakfast and said 'They said I would be staying in a nice place,but no-one told me it would be paradise!'

Many people have arrived in Traharta stressed with pressures of work etc. and found that somehow things get into perspective just sitting on the front patio and taking everything in.

Oil and electricty are metered and are charged separately.

More Details

Graham Shenton
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Graham Shenton

Graham and Cecilia Shenton live in Swindon, Wiltshire in the UK. Graham grew up in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. He spent his working life in electronics working in Australia, UK/Europe and the USA. Cecilia is a physiotherapist who still practices on patients who are well enough to climb the stairs to her attic treatment room.

Graham Shenton purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Graham Shenton chose Skibbereen

We were staying with friends in Castletownshend and saw Traharta one wet Saturday morning. We walked down the steps from the car park to the rocks, looked at each other and said, 'we`ve not seen the house yet, but we`re going to buy it'. We`ve never regretted it.

What makes this cottage unique

Location to die for. Difficult to appreciate until have been there, but just amazing at all times of the year.

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A deposit of 25% of the total letting cost is due at booking. The balance plus a security deposit of E100 per week to is due four weeks before arrival. Linen is provided. Towels are available on request. The cost of electricity, any breakages, extra cleaning etc will be deducted from the security deposit and the balance refunded within two weeks of your stay.


Accommodation and facilities for Cottagein Skibbereen in County Cork

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 1
  • 1. Clean modern bathroom with tiled floor good natural light, ventilation and heating.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Cot , 1,2
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 3
  • 1. Room with two comfortable single beds, dressing table and hanging space. Window overlooking patio. One door leading to Bedroom 2. 2 Cots are available on request. 3 Similar size to Bedroom 1 with two comfortable single beds. Window overlooking patio. Access to ground floor front door, bedroom 1, stairs to upstairs and door to utility room and bathroom.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Housekeeper
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Look for bargain flights to Cork and car hire eg currently with Aer Lingus. Our Sky box provides free to air channels and radio. Bring your own Sky card and watch all your favourite programmes. Wheelchair access downstairs only. Elderly who can manage one flight of stairs will have no problem.


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
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average rating of 4.111111 based on 9 reviews

Very disappointing

  • 1 of 5

We got no directions or phone number to to contact housekeeper. I tried to call and email owner but got no response. We arrived in the area but got lost going up and down dirt tracks , by chance we stopped to ask a lady and she was the lady who cleaned the houses. She directed us dow.n an overgrown dirt track. The house was damp and smelled of mould and very small dark and poky.. there was only one small cubardto hang your clothes and it doubled as a broom and bucket closet . There were woodlice crawling all over the walls and kitchen counters, one dropped down into a pot I was cooking on the cooker from the skylight. I found some in my bed and in the sink. The day after we arrived we heard gurgling from the toilet and the shore outside and the toilet overflowed when we flushed it. We had to use elsewhere to use the toilet for a few days till the cleaner came and used a plunger to unblock it, but it happened again even though we refrained from using tissue in it. The wifi only worked intermittently if you stood in front of the stove only and we could not get any channels on the TV as it was a sky box card only. The sheet on my bed was torn from over laundering and the toilet stank from urine and the door, skirting and back of toilet was filthy. We left early morning 2 days before the week was up as we had enough by then. The toilet overflowing again was the last straw. This experience has cured me of ever staying in a holiday "quaint cottage"again. The place needs major overhauling, new windows(the wind howled through the gaps in the window and the door of my bedroom as it led out into the yard). And the mould and damp needs to be sorted out , not whitewashed over as seems to be the case. The sewage system is old and can't cope with the two houses together. We only had trouble with it when our neighbour was there. The heating had to be left on all the time as it was so damp which I will no doubt to have to pay for. I'm very disappointed and angry as it was supposed to be a painting holiday but we were unable to paint because of the conditions of the house.we cut short the holiday by 2 days it was so bad. We spoke to the housekeeper about all our greviences and she said she would contact the owner.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

we spend 4 days there in the cottage, what a blast, It was very clean and had everything that was needed, close to a grocerie market. We would go back there on our next Irish Trip. I do believe we were there in 2012, can't remeber at this time.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beachside cottage in West Cork

  • 4 of 5

We loved our week in this cosy cottage by Traharta beach. Had a very warm welcome by the caretaker, the property was very clean and well equipped. Great base for touring West Cork, those who like water sports, walking and enjoying the pubs and restaurants in Skibbereen. Fantatsic views to the beach and big skies, a little disappointing that the weather did not allow much use of the patio.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location location location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location right next to beach - we swam and snorkelled in clear water every day. Comfortable cottage with all mod cons, also well stocked shops only a 15 minute car ride. Highlights of holiday - whale watching with Colin Barnes from Reen Pier (saw Minke and Fin whales) and Mizzen Head cliff views.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from our holiday in Traharta Cottage.

The cottage was just perfect and very well equipped for all our needs. The views over the Atlantic were magnificent. Both children and our dog had great freedom to roam the stoney beach, the sandy cove and the rocky cove and being able to see them kayaking and swimming in the bay from the cottage was breathtaking. They enjoyed the fishing and searching for crabs along the rocks and walking over to flee island when the tide was out. Looking out over the bay while having a barbecue and eating dinner was so relaxing in the evening with friends. It is so calm and peaceful, away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday. We will definately be returning again next year. Both children and I cannot think of a nicer place to have our holiday. It is a little bit of Heaven.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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paradise away

  • 5 of 5

have just returned from the most wonderful holiday.We had gone with the intention of exploring the area but found that we couldn't pull ourselves away from the cottage and the little beach at Traharta, it was so perfect. With its beautiful views over the beach, the sea and the islands beyond it really is the most idyllic retreat. having breakfast with the door open onto the sea, swimming in the bay, discovering the deserted sandy beach around the headland will all be memories we will treasure. Definitely somewhere to go back to.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Ring of Skiddy,Cork,Ireland
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Lils and Mary Annes, Castletownshend
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Mary Annes, Castletownshend
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: necessary

Traharta or 'strand' is opposite Horse Island at the entrance to Castletownshend Harbour on the South West coast of Ireland. It`s unique location on the water is surrounded by green fields and dairy cattle. A perfect place to relax and get away. The environment is one of the cleanest in Europe. It is a paradise for photographers and artists, because of the subtly changing lighting and sun filled evenings. The property has its own steps to the rocks and beach. Is only 1.5 miles from Castletownshend, 4 miles from the active historic market town of Skibbereen and 50 miles from Cork and its International Airport. Google for special deals on flights and car rentals which are usually available. The location is surrounded by tourist activities including golf, sailing, canoeing, diving, walking, whale and bird watching and gardens. Places to visit include Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, Mizen Head, Schull, Bantry and the the Bera peninsular, Glengarriff, Garinish Island, and even Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry are accessable in a day trip

Other Activities: Observing life in the rock pools, visiting local archeological sites,kayaking,whale watching

Golf: Skibbereen Golf Course has 18 attractive and variously challenging holes. It is a public course open to non-members and is located on the Baltimore Road just outside Skibbereen.