Cottage in Castletownshend, Nr. Skibbereen, Cork, Ireland - Picturesque Village, A Stone's Throw To A Stony Beach
Passing through an archway into the courtyard of Shana Court, a customs house, Shana Cottage was originally the stables. The cottage was decorated to a high standard in 2012, including a new fitted kitchen. Castletownshend is within easy access (52 miles) of Cork Airport. The village provides an excellent base to explore the magnificent surrounding countryside, coastline and beaches by car or foot. Opposite Shana Cottage is the award winning Mary Ann’s pub which produces fine quality local seafood with a bar and restaurant menu. The village has a public stony beach which is clean and safe for swimming, and a public pier suitable for launching small boats. West Cork is one of the best places in Europe for seeing whales, dolphins and seals. Trips out to see them can be arranged, where you are picked up from the public pier. There is plenty of scenic walking in the area, including Knockdrum Stone Circle just outside the village and the ‘Five Fingers’ standing stones close by.
Top Traveller Review
It was like stepping back to the 1950's with all the extras for the modern world!It was like stepping back to the 1950's with all the extras for the modern world!
About the Owner
3 based on 3 holidaymaker reviews
It was like stepping back to the 1950's with all the extras for the modern world!
We love this part of Ireland and return every year to explore. Accommodation was perfect for us, because we love old cottages and as seasoned visitors to the area, we knew the village already. All our requirements catered for. Perfect base for those exploring the area. Car is a must plus a good pair of walking shoes, if you want to get the most out of your holiday.
We stayed at Shana Cottage for the first two weeks of August this year . Following the previous review we can confirm that any issues have definitely been rectified. We really enjoyed our time in Castletownsend. Shana Cottage was perfect, clean and well equipped. We would definitely consider returning to Shana Cottage when we next go to Castletownsend.
I have given this property one star solely on the basis of the wonderful location and the fact that the owner gave a partial refund when we decided to leave after one night because of the state of the place.
The owners description talks of a newly fitted kitchen with new appliances but this must have been written at least 10 years ago. In fact the kitchen is a passageway. The only natural light comes from the half glazed entrance door which is warped and only stays closed if locked. The appliances are far from new and the dishwasher is rusty with patches of paint applied on top of the rust.
The former stable has rudely plastered and whitewashed walls which are a haven for cobwebs and insects, the furniture is tired and dusty and the bedding similarly old, ill matched and dirty. We found bad stains on mattress covers and duvets which were our chief reason for leaving.
The bathroom was truly awful with a stained bath and shower screens, mouldy pine towel rail, rusty, bent curtain rail and a filthy toilet brush.
The few sockets were heavily overloaded with adaptors and the door of the junction box hanging on with paper tape over the broken hinge. Windows were dirty and one was cracked and the exterior of the cottage had an abandoned appearance with cobwebs festooning walls and doors and weeds growing up around the doormat.
We had been looking forward so much to our stay and communcations with the owner had been excellent. This could be a wonderful place to stay but it needs to be completely refurbished. Fortunately we decided to continue our holiday staying in B & Bs and had a wonderful time but given our first night it could have been a disaster.
It is not a pleasure to have to denounce a property in this way but since Shanna Cottage is still being advertised with misleading photos and description I feel that I should warn other would be renters.
Activity and Interests
From the village, there are riad coastal roads to explore. Castletownshend has a public stony beach (5 minutes walk) which is clean and safe for swimming, and a public pier (5 minutes walk) suitable for launching small boats. Sandycove is a sheltered sandy beach 2 miles away from the village.
Cork airport is 52 miles away. The ferry service to the UK is from Rosslare, 180 miles away. Ringaskiddy (60 miles away) run ferries to France. Car hire is strongly recommended.
Skibbereen is the nearest town to Castletownshend, 6 miles away. Other nearby towns and villages include: Union Hall (6 miles), Leap (9 miles), Glandore (9 miles), Baltimore (10 miles), Rosscarbery (13 miles), Drimoleague (15 miles), Clonakilty (20 miles), Bantry (25 miles) and the Mizen Head (40 miles). Cork City is 51 miles away. The famous Ring of Kerry can be explored in a day and starts approximately 45 miles away.
Opposite Shana Cottage is the famous Mary Ann’s pub which produces fine quality local seafood with a bar and restaurant menu. Mary Ann’s also hosts the Warren Art Gallery promoting both local and international artists. Further up the hill is Lil McCarthys, a traditional Irish pub. There is a convenience store in the village selling basic supplies. Skibbereen has supermarkets, restaurants, a farmers market, banks, post office and a variety of shops. There is plenty of scenic walking in the area, including Knockdrum Stone Circle just outside the village and the ‘Five Fingers’ standing stones close by. West Cork is one of the best places in Europe for seeing whales, dolphins and seals. Trips out to see them can be arranged where you are picked up from the public pier. The best time of year to see whales is the autumn, whereas seals can be seen the year round. Sea fishing trips can be arranged locally. There are many dive sites and wrecks round the coast. Trips can be booked with Baltimore Diving Centre. There is also river fishing in the area. A five minute walk up the road is a public tennis court and children’s playground. The first two weeks in August is the Castletownshend sailing regatta. St Barrahanes church overlooks the village, and is noted for its stained glass windows, some designed by Harry Clarke. The church hosts a series of classical musical concerts in July and August. At the top of the hill is Drishane House, home of the writers Edith Somerville and V.M. Ross, authors of the Irish R.M. books. The house and gardens are open to the public during May, June and October. The area hosts festivals throughout the year such as 'A Taste of West Cork' and Skibbereen Arts Festival.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Dec 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
To confirm booking, a 50% deposit is taken. Balance of rent is to be paid a month prior to your stay. Electricity to be paid as used at the end of the holiday.
Preferred changeover day is Saturday in peak season but flexible for the rest of the year. Arrival time after 4pm. Departure time before 11am.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- children welcome
- near the sea
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- whale watching
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- bay fishing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Family bathroom with sink, Victorian toilet, bath with shower over.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: Small dog by arrangement. Outside: Shared use of Shana Court’s large lawn with tables and benches. Off street parking in sunny courtyard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding, linens and towels are provided. The property is cleaned between tenants. Other: Night storage heaters plus electric heaters.