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19th Century Cottage a Few Steps from the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday House in Ballycotton Bay, County Cork, Ireland - Idyllic Quiet Location with Stunning Sea Views

Nestling in a unique bayside setting at the end of a quiet lane where it meets the sea, 40 mins from Cork city and its airport, Beachside Cottage has 2 bedrooms and in DECEMBER 2014, has just been upgraded with new laminate flooring to the bedrooms, new bed in the master bedroom, and 19th Century antique French encaustic tiling laid to the sun lounge and bathroom floors. It features a large old stone working fireplace in the lounge and a spacious kitchen/dining room overlooking the sea. The sun lounge provides extra seating and stunning sea views. A small rear courtyard has steps up to a raised garden with amazing views of the bay and a further small walled front garden leads to a slipway to the beach. Enjoy endless hours swimming, rock-pooling, exploring the caves, picnicking, beach barbecuing and sunbathing. Sea bass is fished from here and the cliff walk from the cottage to Ballycotton is breathtaking. A perfect place to enjoy Ireland's unspoilt beauty. There is a Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton, 5 mins by car, with several traditional pubs, one of which has regular live music, and restaurants. There is a wider range of shops in Cloyne, 7 miles away.

Lina Wheeler
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Lina Wheeler

We live in sunny France restoring our old barn tucked away unobtrusively next door to our farmhouse. After years of French family holidays searching for suitable gites we aimed to one day have our own French haven suiting everyone's individual needs. We wanted comfortable good quality surroundings with a bit of "boutique" style to share and enjoy. In 2006 we found our special French home set in beautiful Vendee parklands, completing the farmhouse refurbishment in 2008. Then in 2009 we fell for and updated a little 200 year-old 2 bedroom cottage yards from the beach in S.Ireland. Both are regularly tested by critical family/friends. We feel if they're happy our guests will be too and so far our testimonials bear this out. We just feel lucky to get to enjoy them both.

Lina Wheeler purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Lina Wheeler chose Ballycotton

Simon and I had been visiting different areas of Ireland for over 10 years and had fallen in love with its scenery and its people. We both adore the sea and the cottage's location on the Irish Riviera is incredible with the almost private little beach virtually an extension to the garden and superb constantly distracting sea views all around. Cork, voted one of Lonely Planet's top 10 Cities of the World 2010 with its airport and its ferry route to Swansea is 40 minutes drive, Rosslare ferry to Pembroke 3 hours drive. The coast is warmed by The Gulf Stream, the neighbours are welcoming and friendly and the cottage is surprisingly sound and cosy despite its 200 years. The surrounding area is totally unspoilt and the beach tempting - just to sit looking out to sea dissolves all your worries!

What makes this cottage unique

The beach is safe for swimming, surfing, fishing and boat launching. There's also a stunning cliff walk to the village and its bars, restaurant and Post Office. The famous Ballymaloe Cookery School is close by offering classes from 2 hours upwards. A perfect weekend would start with a Guinness in The Inn at the Harbour in Ballycotton, followed by a meal there in the fabulous restaurant or some live music in The Blackbird. Next day a visit to Cork to explore the city and go to the covered foodmarket to stock up on local delicacies or to the arboretum and gardens at Fota. On Sunday off to the Post Office for home-made scones, cakes and jam and the Sunday newspapers, a walk on the beach or a swim and a beach barbecue. Then drift off to sleep to the lapping of the waves on the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time in Ireland. The cottage is situated in a perfect place, what views!

We had a fabulous time at your cottage in Ballyandreen and thank you for letting us stay in a most beautiful part of Ireland. We will certainly recommend the place to our friends who are interested in the same type of holiday.

We loved our week at Beachside Cottage. It was perfect.The weather was lovely and we had the bay to ourselves most of the time.It is a really lovely area.The children learnt to bellyboard.We had a lovely time. Really liked the cottage and the location.Many thanks for a lovely holiday.

We had a most wonderful and restful time at the cottage.The countryside is so-o beautiful.

We had a wonderful time at Beachside Cottage - we wished we had booked 2 weeks in fact! What a location! The cottage was charming - we loved it and want to come back. PS you are right - everyone was really friendly too! David, Lee and Boo.
Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ballycotton in County Cork

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with electric shower over bath, toilet and washbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The rear elevated garden is not suitable for small children but access is restricted and it can only be accessed from the lockable back door of the cottage. Outside: The rear elevated grassed garden has superb views but is not suitable for small children. However the beach is literally on the doorstep so outdoor furniture is portable for this purpose. The small front garden provides some sitting space. There is also a picnic table and benches approx 100m from the cottage overlooking the beach and bay. There is a barbecue at the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, duvets and towels are included in the rental price.


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average rating of 4.0 based on 11 reviews

Perfect holiday, Lovely cottage, beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Beachside Cottage is a magical place. This beautiful, well-kept little house offers everything you might need. It is located so close to the sea you can see and hear it when sipping coffee on the porch. I can recommend it to everybody interested in having a peaceful holiday with climate. My family and I loved it. And fresh flowers waiting for us on the table in the living room were just lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We really are so very pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. We try to make it as homely as possible and it means a lot to us that you share our love of the cottage and its position by the sea. We hope to be welcoming you back soon!
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage with everything you need.beautiful views surrounding it

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped it would be!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage by the sea. Great cliff side walking and excellent restaurants in Ballycotton. Cozy nights by the fire and reading in the sun room.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review and we are really so very pleased that you enjoyed your time in the cottage. We try to make things as comfortable and authentic as possible for our guests and you've made our day! We very much hope that we will be able to welcome you back to stay again.
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The perfect getaway; cosy cottage offering stunning views, peace and quiet

  • 4 of 5

Beachside Cottage sits in a wonderfully quiet and sheltered spot with stunning coastal views and a beach just 10 paces from the front door. The cottage itself has everything you need for a simple uncomplicated life away from it; it's nothing fancy, but with new appliances, open fire, comfortable bed and the glorious location there was nothing we could want for. Pubs, shop, post office etc...are 10 - 15 minute drive away in Ballycotton and the more cosmopolitan charms of Cork are less than an hour away. Highly recommended if you want great walks, peace and quiet and to explore this still largely untouched part of the county. We were sorry to have to leave and would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

I stayed at the cottage with my husband and 2 dogs for a week in July and really loved the setting and location. It was very comfortable with a good sized kitchen and living room, with a gorgeous open fire which we lit most nights as the weather was quite chilly. There is also a good heating system if you don't want to light the fire and the sun room at the front is a great addition as it stays really warm and cosy - a great spot to sit and watch the waves crashing in down the slipway, if the weather is not so good outside. There is also good wifi available. Outside the small front garden is enclosed, which was great for the dogs,and there is a brilliant cliff top walk of about 3 miles into Ballycotton which has quite a few good restaurants and pubs, and a nice hotel with terrace. The walk is quite overgrown in places and you need good footwear. All in all I would definitely recommend the cottage for a quiet seaside escape with stunning views and a lovely walk right on your doorstep. It is really dog friendly and the beach at the bottom of the slipway is quite rocky, but beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and that you were happy and comfortable during your holiday. It does mean a great deal to us as we are always conscious how precious holidays are to people and we try hard to ensure that our guests will not be disappointed. We also agree that the location is special and so we feel that perhaps others may want to share it too!
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Comfortable house in great location!

  • 5 of 5

I visited this cottage with my mum and 2 dogs, the house was clean and comfortable and really close to a nice beach. There's a lovely cliff side walk right beside the cottage which has stunning views! It was great for walking my dogs every day. Lina was really nice and made the transaction really easy.

Overall we had a great holiday. 😊

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments and we very much hope to be able to welcome you again soon.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cork City
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Inn by the Harbour, The Blackbird, Sean Mc Graths
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Fota Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
main road N25
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Pier 26 Ballycotton
Nearest Beach
25 Metres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ballymaloe cookery School is world renowned and is less than 5 miles away offering classes from one evening up to 3 months with recognised qualifications to be achieved if required. Demonstrations are regularly given, the gardens can be visited here and there is also a very good kitchen shop.


Ballyandreen beach is on the doorstep - almost like a private beach, but please note that to get to the sandy part when the tide is out involves crossing some rock pools/pebbles first! Ballycotton is 5 mins drive. There are coves and sandy beaches dotted all around the immediate area.


Cork City airport is approx 25 miles away. Rosslare Ferry Terminal is approx 2.5 hours' drive. The use of a car is essential.


Ballycotton 5 mins drive with Post Office, grocer, pubs and restaurants. Visits from the little picturesque harbour to the lighthouse there can be arranged by boat. Cloyne 7 miles away with butchers, supermarkets, pharmacies, deli, pubs and restaurants. Midleton 14 miles with banks, cash dispensers, cinema complex, Saturday farmer's market, large supermarkets and superstores, Jameson Whisky Distillery. Cork City 25 miles, Bantry 50 miles .Kinsale (Ireland's gourmet capital) set on the coast approx 60 miles. Waterford 60 miles. Killarney/Kenmare 60 miles (gateway to the Ring of Kerry).

Further Details:

The local Post Office and grocer in Ballycotton sells superb home-made cakes, bread and scones. Pier 26 Restaurant adjoined to The Inn by the Harbour serves good food, having won 3 awards during 2014, and there is usually fresh Ballycotton fish on the menu. From the Inn by the Harbour tickets can be purchased for boat trips out to the lighthouse, weather permitting, children can obtain fishing lines for pier fishing and, for more aspiring fishermen, sea fishing trips can be booked. Ballymaloe House (less than 5 miles away) has a cafe serving delicious food together with a shop selling Irish crafts. There is also a branch of the Kilkenny Design Centre at nearby Shanagarry (on the way to the vast Garryvoe beach 3kms away from the cottage) where local pottery, jewellery, Orla Kiely products, clothes, toys, hand-made Irish crafts and handbags are sold with a coffee shop and a French chef serving good value food. Midleton farmer's market on Saturday mornings is well worth visiting and Farmgate, a restaurant in the middle of Midleton, is a must for either lunch or dinner. Jameson's Whisky Distillery has tours and tastings as well as a large selection of whiskies available to purchase. Cobh on the outskirts of Cork from where the Titanic left on its doomed voyage, is worth visiting. Cork City offers excellent shopping, galleries, an opera house, cinemas and restaurants (family restaurant, Farmgate, situated above The English Market, a large covered pretty Victorian food market selling the best of Irish produce in the centre of Cork, was awarded the maximum 5 stars by Sunday Times Reviewer AA Gill in December 2014). Just outside Cork City, Fota has a Golf Club, Fota House with its restored Georgian mansion, gardens and arboretum and Fota Wildlife Park. Kinsale is a very attractive colourful town with a marina, galleries, a variety of unusual shops and of course many very good quality restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ballycotton, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
7 Jul 2018 - 11 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
15 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
18 Apr 2019 - 21 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
75 Euros per week deposit is required at time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of €200 is required to cover breakages and any extra cleaning required and will be returned within a few days of your departure from the cottage.

Changeover Day:
Saturday: arrival from 2pm, departure by 10am please. Flexible dates can be arranged out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for the property per week in euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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