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Spacious and comfortable house with wonderful view in historic village

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 shower-rooms (1 en suite), sleeps 10

Mall Cottage is a charming old house in the quiet and historic Irish village of Castletownshend, a cul-de-sac, so there are few cars. The house is very comfortable and well-furnished and has a wonderful view from the kitchen / dining room (and balcony) across the harbour with its fishing boats to the green hills beyond. The garden is on 2 levels with a tennis court on the lower level. A short walk away is Mary Anne's pub with its internationally renowned cuisine (restaurant and bar food). The market town of Skibbereen is 4 miles away with good shopping and a golf course. There are many other good local restaurants and much to do and see in the beautiful surrounding countryside of West Cork.

Nicky Lee
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 April, 2018

About Nicky Lee

We live and work in Central London and have enjoyed holidaying in West Cork for over 40 years. It provides the perfect place for a change of scenery to relax together as a family with a wide variety of activities.

Nicky Lee purchased this house in 1986

Why Nicky Lee chose Castletownshend

We have gone to this village as a family for our Summer holidays since I was 15 years old. My parents bought a house in the village and passed it on to us. Having loved it as a teenager and met my wife there, we have taken our children, and now grandchildren, every year and they all love it too. The harbour, with its small, picturesque fishing quay, was a wonderfully safe place to learn to sail as a teenager. There is something for every age group and every taste, whether it is walking, sailing, fishing, going to the beach, playing tennis or golf, or sitting with a book and enjoying the view. The house and garden are both beautiful and well-maintained and make for a wonderful, relaxing holiday whatever the weather.

What makes this house unique

The house has a unique charm. Every room is interesting and different. Having enough bedrooms has meant we can be there as a family and invite friends to join us. The dining room table (see photo above), which can seat 14 people, was made by me (Nicky) and our three sons when they were teenagers. We have spent many hours since then sitting round it. In the garden is another table made out of a large slab of stone we found on the beach and brought back to the house in a boat. One of our sons (now a cabinet maker) made some legs for it. In fine weather we have often sat round it having long lunches. The tennis court is an added bonus with one of the finest views for a court anywhere in the world.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Castletownshend in County Cork

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms (one with bath, the other with shower). The other two bathrooms (one on ground floor, one on first floor) are shared by other bedrooms.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
  • 2 double, 4 twins. One of the bedrooms with twin beds has bunk beds. This same bedroom has another room off it with another set of bunk beds (this 'extra' bedroom has access either through twin-bedded room or through en-suite bathroom attached to bedroom with double room).
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
1 bedroom has an en suite bathroom and 1 bedroom an en suite shower room. The other bedrooms share the other bathroom and shower room. The house is unsuitable for young children and infirm guests owing to the different levels and number of steps between rooms internally and the number of walls and terraces outside that could prove hazardous. The kitchen is spacious, well designed and well equipped for large groups.The garden is divided between the upper garden with lawn and flower beds and the lower garden with tennis court, terrace and surrounding shrubs. Parking is in the quiet road outside the front of the house. There are two sitting rooms, one leading off the kitchen and dining area, both with open fires (wood, peat and coal can be bought locally). Other heating is by electric fires, of which there are sufficient for each sitting room and bedroom.There is a separate laundry room on a lower floor. Almost all of the rooms at the front and back of the house have interesting views


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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cork International Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Mary Annes is a renowned pub and restaurant
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Skibbereen 18 hole course
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Mary Annes
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Beach at end of cul de sac on same street as house
Car: recommended

Castletownshend is set on the unspoilt coastline of South West Ireland with its green hills and dairy herds. The harbour, well-protected by the islands at its mouth, is one of a number of attractive inlets both East and West within easy reach by car (such as Glandore, Union Hall, Baltimore, Schull and Crookhaven). Castletownshend is a historic village with a number of large houses built by families who first settled there in the 15th and 16th Centuries and home to the authors Edith Somerville and Martin Ross. 4 miles away lies the market town of Skibbereen with good shops and 50 miles away is Cork with its international airport

Other Activities: whale watching, visiting local archaeological sites, kayaking, good surfing (25 minutes away)

Golf: Good and inexpensive local golf course at Skibbereen (25 euros for non-members for 18 holes). Other golf courses within 30-40 minutes away


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Linen is provided, but not towels, and the cost included in the rental rates. Cost of electricity not included. Bookings are secured with a 20% deposit, refundable if re-let. Balance is payable 1 month prior to rental. All payments should be in Euros. There will be an extra charge for parties of seven or more people.

Arranged with Kathleen Cleary by phone - 00 353 28 36203

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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