My place is good for couples, famlies, solo adventurers, and business travellers.
The Guest Suite is situated in our house. It is suitable for 4 persons only. It has its own secure private entrance. There are no cooking facilities of any sort provided, however we do provide an electric kettle (tea, coffee, milk and sugar) and breakfast cereals.
We only accept bookings with 7 days notice.
Our home is situated on a ¾ acre site in a rural area, which is convenient to larger towns and the City of Cork. (15 kms to the town of Midleton, 20 kms to Youghal and 35 kms to Cork City). The property has well over 30 trees and is surrounded by hedging with a tranquil garden containing multiple varieties of plants and flowers.
The matriarch of the family is a gardener.
The guest suite we are offering consists of a family room, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. The guest suite is attached to our home and has a private entrance.
The family room has a two seater couch and a tub chair (with one additional comfortable chair in each bedroom), a fridge, a large TV (with Freeview channels) and mugs for tea and coffee and bowls for the breakfast cereals we provide. We also provide the milk and sugar. SEE PHOTOS
Bedroom 1 has a large, comfortable double bed. SEE PHOTOS
Bedroom 2 has two single beds. SEE PHOTOS
The bathroom has a large walk-in shower and is bright and airy. SEE PHOTOS.
Parking is to the front of the flat unit directly outside of the flat unit, so it is safe and secure.
The village of Shanagarry has a population of about 550 people and is conveniently located near Cork City and between the towns of Midleton and Youghal. We are located just beside the junction of the R631 and R629 about 1.5 to 2 kms form Ballymaloe House and 0.5 km or less from Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Our house is located on the Old Road in Shanagarry village within 2 minutes’ walk of our local shop and petrol station.
The village also has a pub (which does bar food for part of the year and is a two minute walk, a church (3 minute walk), post office (15 minutes walk), Stephan Pearce’s Pottery (10 minute walk), Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School (15 minute walk), the Kilkenny Design Outlet Centre, Café and Art Gallery (3 minute walk).
Besides the Kilkenny Design Centre and church lies the remains of Shanagarry Castle, which was land grant deeded to William Penn’s father (who was a sea captain) by Elizabeth I in the 1600s. William’s father found the castle too draughty to live in and so he built the nearby Shanagarry House.
William spent a short time in the area before heading off to establish himself as the founder of the great state of Pennsylvania in the new American colonies.
Ballymaloe Cookery School and Gardens run by Darina Allen is located on the North Road in the village. Ballymaloe House still lorded over by Myrtle Allen with the able assistance of her children and is about 2 kms from our house.
Regular concerts and shows take place at their GRAINSTORE venue featuring some of the bigger names in the Irish and international show business world.
There are four beaches in close proximity to our home. The closest, Ballinamona, is about 1 km from our front door. Then there is Ardnahinch, Garryvoe and Ballingwilling; a total of at least 5 kms of beach. Some of the activities there include swimming surfing, para-surfing and kite surfing, though you will have to provide your own equipment for them.
The Garryvoe Hotel, which is about 2 kms from our home, is a famous spot for weddings in this part of Cork. It is located in front of Garryvoe Beach and has excellent bar food and a fabulous restaurant (Sampfire). There is also an excellent leisure centre and pool complex, where children are welcome to swim from 10 to 12 and 2 to 6 in the day. You are welcome to phone them for details.
If you are looking for a nice walk, you can go to the lovely fishing village of Ballycotton and drive all the way through it to the end where you come to a car park beside the cliff walk along the sea. It’s 4 kms out and 4 kms back, along with some of the most beautiful seascapes along the way.
If that’s not your thing, maybe you might like to try your hand fishing off the pier in Ballycotton Harbour, or just watching the fishing boats come and go. Or you could always take to boat out to Ballycotton Lighthouse to have a look around there (summer months only)
Maybe some refreshments at the Bayview Hotel at the bay windows or the outside terrace looking down at the activities in the harbour below might appeal. The hotel opens from early spring around Easter until early autumn.
If you start to get hungry, they have a first class restaurant there, too.
Other places for eating include Skinny’s restaurant for fast food. The fish plate is made with very fresh local catch and the burgers are devine. The drinks are soft ones, and it is a great spot for the kids.
Not too far away is the Schooner Bar for excellent first class food and refreshments. The owners are related to local fishing folk, so the fish is superbly fresh. Need I say more??
Across from there is the Blackbird Bar, which also has good food and refreshments, as well as music on Saturday nights and on Sundays from 6 in the evening until about 10.
Another spot is the Inn By the Sea near the harbour, and Egan’s bar near the Schooner and Blackbird.
Cloyne village is 7 kms from Shanagarry village on the way to Midleton. It is also a see city of the Anglican (Church of Ireland) Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. The Church of Ireland edifice in Cloyne is St Coleman's Cathedral and it is a cathedral church. Across the road from the cathederal is a lovely round-tower.
Midleton, 16 kms from Shanagarry, is the home of the Jameson Distillery and the distillery tour is well worth doing. Did you know there is a connect ion with the famous Marconi brothers and Jameson?? Their mother was a Jameson. On Saturdays, Midleton hosts an excellent food market with locally produced fruits, vegetable and locally made produce. You should try the pizzas made by the Volcano Pizza stall. You won’t be disappointed.
Midleton also has a plethora of other shops, supermarkets, etc. and free on street parking, so no hassle of parking charges like so many other towns in Ireland.
So take your time and chill out a while!!! Enjoy!!!
In the other direction lies the town of Youghal which is about 21 kms. Youghal was a most fascinating walled town during the 1500s and has a lot of interesting history attached. Much of the wall is still intact.
One of its biggest claims to fame is that Sir Walter Raleigh (of Tobacco fame) was land grant deeded tens of thousand of acres by Quenn Elizabeth I and he lived in the Town of Youghal for many years after returning from the new world in a house that is beside St. Mary’s Collegiate Church. St.Marys has a fabulous history and is nwell worth a visit.
At the back of the church you can see the town wall and not too far away are the homes for the old sailors. I t is amazing to see to small height of the entry doors to these houses. People were definitely smaller then.
If you are looking for something more cosmopolitan for the day , you can always head to Cork City, It is a mere 37 kms from the village . Here you can immerse yourself in the urban city life for the day.
If you don’t like the hassle of the traffic and parking that goes with the city, then you can you cantake a regularly schedule bus or train into the city centre from Midleton. Or a bus from Castlemartyr (10 kms.).
If you are looking for a game of golf, then Castlemartyr Resort is a short hop, skip and a jump from the house (10 kms) . There is also a course in Water Rock near Midleton and at Fota Island Resort (40 mins drive).
Fota Wild Life Park is only 40 minutes by car and is a great place for the family. A little further and you will wind up in Cobh with its historical connections to the Titanic and the Luisitania. If you are interested there is also a boat to Spike Island , another historical spot.
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Shanagarry, County Cork, Irland