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Award Winning Historic Country House, Stunning Coastal Location, Sleeps 18+

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's2
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Exclusive escape with Jimi Hendrix links. 6 beds, 8 bathrooms, large private gardens, beside beaches

**2016 and 2017 McKenna Guides, Best Places to Stay in Ireland Awards**

Dunowen House is a large luxury self catering property on 4 acres of mature gardens, located 10 minutes from vibrant Clonakilty town.

Originally built in 1771, Dunowen has been meticulously renovated and equipped with great attention to detail. All the rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated in an elegant relaxed way but with a funky twist, befitting its unique Rock & Roll history as the former home of Noel Redding, base guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Located on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Dunowen House is an ideal base for extended families or groups of friends to get together, relax and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery surrounding the house.

The house features a large music & memorabilia room, complete with musical instruments, a large library, DVDs & CDs - all available for our guests to enjoy during their stay.

A fully equipped playroom, is ideal for younger guests, keeping them occupied no matter what the weather.

The house has wood-burning stoves in the downstairs lounges and underfloor heating downstairs and in all the bathrooms.

Dunowen House sleeps up to 18 but combine it with our Orchard Cottage and you can accommodate

up to 23 guests.

Our in-house private catering services can be booked, with catered dinner parties being most popular with guests. Our restored one acre walled garden is where we grow much of the produce used in our menus, combining it with the very best locally sourced West Cork artisan produce.

More Details

Property Manager
Kela Hodgins
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
2 October, 2017

About Kela Hodgins

We are Kela & Stephen Hodgins and together with our three children live at Dunowen House, having recently given up hectic lives in Dublin to "live the dream" in this idyllic part of West Cork.

We count ourselves extraordinarily lucky to own this fabulous historic house and are delighted to be able to welcome guests from far and wide to share its unique charm.

We live in a separate house on the grounds of Dunowen and are at your service throughout your vacation if you need catering services or advice on where and what to do in West Cork. The house is also well equipped for children with plenty of toys, books, games and bikes

From Summer 2014 we hope to have the walled garden up and running with fresh fruit, vegetables and free range eggs, which will be available for guests.

Kela Hodgins purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Kela Hodgins chose County Cork

Voted Best Places to Stay in Ireland, 2016 and 2017 by the prestigious McKenna's Guides.

Highest rated vacation rental in all of Ireland on Tripadvisor.

Exclusive, private hideaway yet relaxed and welcoming.

5 minutes stroll to one of Ireland's Top 10 Secret Beaches (Independent.ie) - Sands Cove

Right in the heart of West Cork, with its fantastic artisan food scene, music & arts, welcoming locals and wonderful coastal scenery.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Dunowen House is a really peaceful place. It is secluded yet has the advantage of being close to town. The house itself is beautiful and has been renovated and decorated to a very high standard. But it is also a house with a laid back vibe and whilst it is beautiful inside it isn't stuffy.

As a keen cook and gardener, Kela is available to provide catering services or cooking lessons as an optional extra - why not learn how to baker traditional Irish breads and cakes while here or dishes using the freshest local ingredients.

The private cove at the end of the lane is ideal for exploring, kayaking or just relaxing with a book and the sound of the waves.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in County Cork in Ireland

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • All bathrooms have underfloor heating. Downstairs are two WCs.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Cathedral Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large free-standing bath in room plus ensuite shower room
    Noel's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Four poster bed and large ensuite bathroom
    Captain's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Free-standing bath and seperate ensuite shower room
    Sandes Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Large ensuite full bathroom
    Studio Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Covers the entire 3rd floor of house & own bathroom beside
    Orchard Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Ensuite shower-room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 18 All beds fitted with quality linen, pillows and duvets. Towels and toiletries provided. Bedrooms and ensuites all individually decorated and furnished to a very high standard. 5 of the 6 bedrooms are fitted with large flat-screen TVs with satellite channels.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • pond
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Barbecue and 3 garden tables with seating for 18 people. Garden includes wooded areas, a fenced-off pond, large lawns and a walled orchard garden. Utility Room: Second Fridge, Washing Machine, Dryer, Ironing Board and Iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are included and an extra cleaning service can be provided. We also offer in-house catering services if required. Other: There is WIFI throughout the property.


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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Cork International
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Mountain House, Ardfield
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Sands Cove
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

As a skilled cook, Kela can provide tailored cooking classes to guests, including kids cookery lessons.


Sands Cove beach is 500 yards away.

Red Strand beach is 1 mile away.

Inchydoney beach is 3 miles away.

Long Strand beach is 3 miles away.


Cork Airport is about 45 miles from Dunowen House and car hire is essential.

Dublin is just under 3.5 hours drive.


Ardfield village is 1 mile away and Clonakilty is 5 miles away. Cork city - 50 miles.

Further Details:

If it is an active holiday you are seeking West Cork is the place to come. Surfing, windsurfing, golfing, sailing, fishing, diving, horse riding, bird and whale watching are all activities that are very close. Clonakilty has a thriving music scene and if its live music you are looking for you will be spoiled for choice.

We can arrange to cook an evening meal or b-bque or if its pure relaxation you require.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in County Cork, Europe

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas / NY 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Season 2018
7 Jan 2018 - 28 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2018
29 Mar 2018 - 7 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season 2018
8 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2018
15 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End Summer 2018
26 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Standard price
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £438.3
Cleaning & utilities £175.32

Booking Notes:
We require a €500 deposit with the balance payable approx 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day in July, August and Christmas/New Year is Saturday and during this time we will only rent the house on a weekly basis Saturday-Saturday. At all other times of the year we are flexible. Check in time is 4 pm and check out time is 10 am.

Notes on prices:
We have weekend rates so please email for any other price enquiries.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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