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Bluebell House and Gardens

(Ref. 904901)

Gurteenulla near Ballydehob, County Cork Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful house and location and the owner is a very nice person"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great comfortable house with amazing garden."

    Very central location with vibrant towns and interesting walks in easy reach. Probably the best we ever stayed in. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful house and gardens."

    Best house I think we have ever stayed in. My two granddaughters had a ball in the gardens. We had hide and seek and hunt the bear every night before they went to bed. We will be back.

    Thank you for your positive comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2023

  • "At no point where we told electricity was extra and taken out of the €200 cash you MUST hand over on arrival."

    Also no mention of having to remove bins to a dump and again pay extra for that. Very expensive all round with hidden extras.

    Thank you for your comment. We aim to provide a quality product to our guests so feedback is appreciated. We are surprised and disappointed to read that the charges you incurred were unexpected. The charges you refer to are outlined in the Summary for the property in the listing on the website as follows: 1. Note: This property has a refundable Good House Keeping bond of €200. 2. Fuel and Power charged by meter reading (First €30 incl. in rent). 3. As guests, you will be responsible for your own refuse during your stay. ... details will be provided by the owner. Note: the excess charged for Fuel and Power in connection with this booking was €30. In general guests pay €9 - €14 for disposal of waste at the local Civic Amenity Site. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deirdre3.8Jul 2023

  • "Thank you Liam, the house and gardens were a wonderful venue to celebrate with our friends."

    It’s a beautiful space, the rooms are extremely comfortable and our guests loved it. The property really is a great place to relax and will be even better with your new addition of sauna and hot tub. Thank you, we may well book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 2023

  • "The house and gardens were lovely."

    Plenty of space for a large family gathering. The garden provides opportunities for adventuring for little people.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Jul 2023

  • "We went with rather low expectations, due partly to the low price."

    However, the property proved to be absolutely fantastic - 6 large and comfortable bedrooms (5 ensuite), plus a smaller one, plus a bathroom. Two very comfortable lounges and a very nice, large and well-appointed kitchen. We found the property immaculately clean throughout. Outside, the grounds were absolutely vast, which was great for the dog, a large balcony and a patio with barbecue (on which we were able to cook some delicious products purchased at local butchers). If we were to be given a free week, we would be pleased to return to do some weeding - it would be a terrible shame if the gardens were allowed to deteriorate any further. Perhaps the owner might like to consider raising his prices and hiring a gardener :-)

    Reviewed by Lloyd5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful house and grounds."

    Fantastic for large groups, we were an extended family getting together for an anniversary and was perfect for us. Kitchen was great size for cooking for a large group. The owner was great to deal with, very friendly.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0May 2023

  • "We would be more than happy to stay in the house again."

    The owner Liam Docherty was a joy to deal with. Pauline myself and all the family who stayed with us, thought the house and gardens were absolutely wonderful. We had a thoroughly enjoyable fortnight.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2023

  • "The property is perfect place and gardens, even better than it’s photographs."

    Was a joy to be there, not only the gardens but the surrounding area was breathtaking. Overall I would go again and recommend to others. There was just a few minor things.In showers lack shelving for soap, gel etc. Furniture needs upgrading, perhaps. But these are small matters really.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Sep 2022

  • "A lot of space, very quiet, and above all, an amazing garden !"


    Reviewed by Sebastien4.7Jul 2022

  • "Oh, my God, I was not expecting that."

    The house is fantastic and as I told the owner, if the house was mine, I wouldn't, couldn't let anyone live there other than me..... selfish I know.The house is to die for, the gardens are stunning and whoever built the house and developed the manicured gardens is pure genius. Please let me know if it ever comes for sale...... selling a kidney is not too outlandish an idea. Thank you Liam.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "My wife and I along with two German friends spent a week in the property in mid June 2022."

    The property was delightful in every way, spotlessly clean, wonderfully equipped and exquisitely designed accommodation spanning three floors. The grounds, extending to a little over three acres, were beautifully landscaped boasting a vast variety of plants, shrubs, trees spread throughout expansive lawns. Different areas of the gardens were designed to showcase different environments ranging from rose gardens to Japanese gardens complete with water features and ornamental ponds. All of the above set against a breath taking backdrop. Simply sublime. We hope to return some day. The host ensured we would enjoy our stay by providing accurate and efficient information on all relevant matters and was very happy to answer any queries we had. We highly recommend the property. Joe, Gena, Helmut and Edeltraud ☘️

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Jun 2022

  • "The house & gardens are amazing."

    So much space for us all and plenty to entertain the children. They especially enjoyed all the trails round the garden. It is also very near to other places to visit. I would definitely recommend this property. Thanks Liam for a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by Miss5.0May 2022

  • "This is a fabulous house in a fabulous location, we really enjoyed our holiday ..."

    This is a fabulous house in a fabulous location, we really enjoyed our holiday and would definitely recommend Bluebell House

    Reviewed by Denise5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely house, beautiful gardens in great part of West Cork."

    Host very amenable, friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful home, spacious, dry and warm."

    Lovely contemplative areas in the gardens with fabulous plants. A very approachable and realistic property owner making it less stressful to rent with a number of children in tow. The house and gardens are so well kept. Getting to the village was easy. The kitchen had pots and pans and oven dishes that catered to the larger groups and that was really fantastic. The children loved that they could all sit together in the TV room and watch movies, it was a big treat to have such wonderful comfort. The beds were super comfortable. It was an absolute pleasure to stay at the house and I would warmly recommend it to anyone. Thank you very much to the owner for accepting us to stay.

    Reviewed by Daniela5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was a wonderful place to spend a holiday at, our host Liam was very friendly and helpful, if we could make a suggestion, the wording of some of the instructions in the blue folder we found a little intimidating perhaps they could be rewritten in a more friendly way."

    Other than that we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Sep 2021

  • "The house was beautiful and met all the needs of our family."

    The kitchen was a good size and had sufficient equipment for a large group. It was very handy to get to different areas of west cork. The gardens were just so lovely and relaxing for a walk.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent value for money"

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great location."

    Close toBallydehob & Skibereen for supplies and restaurants very near the most gorgeous beaches Barleycove,Galley head etc. Lovely house & beautiful gardens. Able to accommodate a large group very comfortably. . Will be staying here again

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful house and gardens,great location to get away from it all."

    Will book again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jun 2021

  • "Liam's house is just stunning."

    The location was just perfect for a family getaway. The large amount bedrooms enabled the whole family to spread out meaning we only came together when we wanted to. The house has seven bedrooms, five with en-suite. There is also a large family bathroom for the remaining two rooms. There is two lounges with plenty of chairs and each with a large flat screen telly. The large gardens are very well kept and have a few small trails through them. The cleanliness and maintenance of the house was top notch and we could not fault anything. Liam the owner met us upon arrival and gave us a briefing on the functioning of the house, but there is also a house manual should you not be able to take all in from the briefing. We look forward to being able to book again in the summer.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2020

  • "Holiday house was fabulous."

    Super clean. Kitchen was well stocked with utensils. Great gardens. Location was perfect with Ballydehob, Schull and Bantry less than 20 minutes away.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2020

  • "Liam was a wonderful host,loved the house just right for a staycation, enjoyed early morning walks on the near by country roads ,no traffic just bird song."

    We have already booked for next year,which says it all.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jul 2020

  • "The Bluebelle house is on of the best places we stayed over the years."

    There are two large sitting rooms, well equipped kitchen, and most of the rooms have en-suite. The house is spotless including bathrooms. It is well maintained by the owner. We stayed over the Christmas and it is one of the best times we ever had with families. Kids had plenty areas in a safe environment. House is surrounded by lush green gardens and mountains. Liam is the owner and is very professional in all areas. House is highly recommended in winter and summer. It is located few minutes away from Ballydehob village.

    Reviewed by Merril5.0Dec 2019

  • "Hesitated between 'Met' and 'Exceeded' Expectations."

    This is a great house in a wonderful area of West Cork. It comfortably housed 4 couples and 2 singles with room for 4 more, if required. It is close to Ballydehob and within reach of local towns, villages and stupendous scenic views. We are happy to recommend it.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was the perfect place for three generations of the family to holiday together."

    We were 14 in total and there’s so much space, both inside and out, that we never felt crowded. The gardens are a joy too, and finding all the different ‘rooms’ in it was lovely. We especially loved the Japanese garden. Nobody wanted to go home !

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic house with great space and plenty to visit in local area."

    highly recommend as a family holiday

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Jul 2019

  • "The picture of the house with the blinds draw do not do this house justice, the house is superb and the entrance of the drive way to the stone front of the house is very welcoming."

    Liam was professional and very pleasent to deal with. The house was spotless with loads of room for everyone in our party.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is a stunning house, and the pictures don't do the garden justice."

    They are huge and wrap all round the property. Two large living rooms, both of which lead out on to the decked area, and a large well-equipped kitchen. Very comfortable beds. Great to have the option to eat outside with a large table on the deck and another in the garden by the bbq. A lovely place to stay; Ballydehob is lovely, Schull just gorgeous and both within a easy car drive. Market on Friday mornings in Bantry worth a visit and Bantry House and Gardens should be on everyone's list - only 30 minutes away. Wonderful French bistro in Schull serves the most delicious crepes outside of Brittany!

    Reviewed by Aine5.0Jul 2019

  • "The house was incredible, there were 9 of us on holiday and everyone loved the house and the views!"

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jun 2019

  • "Bluebell House is set in a most beautiful and extensive garden in the rolling green countryside 3km outside Ballydehob."

    The views are beautiful and well worth the drive down a small and winding country road. Great place for a large group.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2019

  • "Bluebell house was the most incredible find a real home from home, will look forward too returning."

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jun 2019

  • "Care given to us by the owner was fantastic."

    The standard of the house and gardens was amazing. A truly wonderful house and gardens an experience.

    Reviewed by Ann Marie5.0May 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant place for as much as 3 families with kids who wish to meet together."

    The rooms are spacious and ample options to decide who goes where with double ans single beds. We were not short with anything in the kitchen, but the ceramic hob layout was not great to put multiple pots and pans on. To cook for up to 14 people is already a challenge on its own. Garden is ongoing project and I am sure it's worth coming back later!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great communication between ourselves and Liam, he was very helpful both on the phone and on our arrival."

    Sadly, all three ladies expected a hairdryer to be available, so didn’t bring one. Liam said he would try to get one to us, but was unable to do so. The moral of the story ladies is please take your own hairdryer it’s less stressful! One other thing to take into account, it’s a big place to heat, the oil and electricity are metered, so the extra cost should be thought about. Remember that Ireland doesn’t have a postcode system like ours so sat nav is useful. I would also take a OS map too as it gives you a better view when planning journeys. The coastline is fantastic, we found isolated beaches for the 20 month old twins to run around on within 30 minutes of the house. We loved the place, the gardens are well stocked and a work in progress. The creaking floor in the room off the kitchen became a game, trying to cross it quietly at night! Love the fact that the hot water has a circulation loop so hot water is instant at any point, as long as you switch the pump on (downstairs in the basement).

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Apr 2019

  • "This was a lovely house in a lovely setting, the rooms were comfortable and to a high standard."

    The gardens were lovely, well maintained and attracted a variety of wild birds, the Veranda was lovely to sit out on of an evening. The owner, Liam met us at the beginning of the let and explained the operation of the the heating etc, everything worked as advised and we had no issues at all during the week. Although Balleydehob isn't too far away walking the last section of the road is not really an option, no pavements and the N71 is a busy main road, anyone considering using the pubs and Restaurants in the village would have to consider a "designated driver" or local taxis. Another point to remember for anyone hiring the house is that heating and electricity are not included in the price of the hire, we had hot water and heating on as we needed it and it was well covered by the 200 euro deposit we left at the beginning of the let. We will most probably return to this house at some time in the future, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Apr 2019

  • "Bluebell House is a magical setting."

    lovely gardens especially the secluded japanese garden. The three acres is a childrens paradise worth every penny. easy access from n71 road and regional roads to cork and rosslare. general store at ballydehob well stocked, good centra store at schull five miles away. Kenmare very pretty, Skibbereen not pretty but the west cork hotel there is very fine indeed. road surfaces generally very high standard and traffic lighter further west you get but little towns get congested. most parking seems free of charge. we all had a marvellous time. try the local beef and seafoods succulent

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Aug 2018

  • "We spent an amazing week at Bluebell House for a family celebration."

    Any questions we asked were answered promptly and the bunch of flowers was very much appreciated. The house accommodated everyone easily and the garden was great for the kids as was the barbq area for the adults. Ballydehob and Schull were easily reached by car. We seen loads of West Cork and would love to return in the future! Thank you to the host Liam also!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2018

  • "The house is a perfect location to explore West Cork."

    The gardens are beautiful and we loved every minute of our holiday.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is a bit tired, TV in one room doesn’t work, stair gate would of been helpful for toddlers, freezer door needs attention as does the mirror lights in the bathrooms, However the gardens and location is stunning."

    Reviewed by Alexandra3.4Jul 2018

  • "The house and gardens are immaculate, very spacious important if you are a big group."

    It's proximity to most of the towns and villages of west Cork is a big plus, no faults to mention the house is a credit to the owners. Frank

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Jun 2018

  • "The house and gardens were beautiful and Liam the owner was very helpful and cheerful even though we were a little late arriving."

    We were a group of 13 on a motorcycle holiday in County Cork and everyone agreed the house exceeded our expectations and was perfect for our needs. We have no hesitation in recommending the house as an ideal location to explore the area around County Cork.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2018

  • "The only thing was a lack of serving dishes, we had to but pans on the table."

    Oven dishes could have been better. We had a great holiday and Liam could not have been more helpful. We hope to go again next year,maybe two weeks next time. When does next years booking start?

    Reviewed by C5.0May 2018

  • "Really lovely house in fabulous gardens, the coastline is amazing wonderful scenery"

    Reviewed by Jenny3.8Mar 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: 2 x lower ground floor king-size double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x lower ground floor single, 2 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor family room with 1 double and 1 single with en-suite basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 8)
  • Lower ground floor utility
  • Sitting room (seats 7) with open fire and dining area (seats 6)
  • Lounge (seats 7).
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs (one with Free-to-air channels, one with Saorview), Wifi, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power charged by meter reading (first €30 inc. in rent), starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Large lawned garden to front and rear with patio, decking, furniture, orchard
  • BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 miles
  • Please note - There are 4 security cameras recently installed, covering the front, rear and sides of the property
  • Whilst guests are in, there will be no continuous monitoring and data will be reviewed only if there is an incident
  • Data will be deleted 30 days after recording
  • Please note - As guests, you will be responsible for your own refuse during your stay, there is no longer a refuse collection that visits the property, details will be provided by the owner.

The property

Ballydehob 1.7 miles.

A spectacular detached property set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, close to the village of Ballydehob in County Cork.

Located on a quiet country lane, the accommodation at this superb Ballydehob cottage is set over three floors with the main access entering a spacious hallway on the ground floor.

Built into an embankment, there is also entrance to the lower ground floor from the expansive grounds that encase this beautiful Ballydehob cottage.

With seven bedrooms, five with en-suites, this delightful cottage in County Cork offers flexible and comfortable sleeping arrangements, suitable for many groups of friends or families wishing to enjoy a get together in a stunning setting.

The ground floor offers contemporary charm with its well-equipped kitchen and dining area and sitting room complete with a welcoming open fire.

The second sitting room provides a further relaxation space and both living areas open out to the excellent decking that overlook the gardens towards Cape Clear.

The jewel in this Ballydehob cottage is undoubtedly the splendid grounds that surround it.

Featured on the West Cork Garden Trail 2013, the gardens offer something a little bit special with the secluded Japanese garden and patio complete with water feature, as well as a charming orchard, extensive lawns.

This is the perfect place to relax and unwind in absolute serenity on a sunny afternoon and will linger long in the memory.

The location of this Ballydehob cottage is ideal with countless unspoilt beaches nearby and scenic routes that can be explored by car, foot or from the saddle.

Ballydehob offers shops and pubs, plus the historic town of Skibbereen is just a short, pleasant drive away.

It’s also easy to explore Bantry, Glengarriff and Killarney, and a day trip following the famous Ring of Kerry a must.

Try your hand at watersports in the pretty harbour village of Schull or uncover the mystical Caha Mountains.

You’ll be spoilt for choice at this wonderful Ballydehob cottage, so book today for your next Cork holiday!

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of €200.

About the location


Skibbereen 10 miles; Barley Cove 15 miles; Mizen Head 20 miles.

The charming village of Ballydehob lies on the south west coast of Ireland, and is shrouded in natural beauty, playing home to an abundance of flora and fauna. Called home by several famous writers, artists and sculptors, Ballydehob boasts a variety of shops, as well as renowned restaurants and cafes. Take a walk over the 12 Arch Bridge and take in the lovely views of the estuary, discover Kilcoe Castle, West Cork's best preserved castle, or make the journey west to Mizen Head. The most south-westerly point of Ireland, and a great location for walkers and nature lovers alike, Mizen Head is situated at the end of a peninsula, and provides great views out to the sea. Spend a day on Barley Cove Beach surrounded by sand dunes, marked as Special Areas of Conservation, while only 20 minutes’ drive will take you to Toormore Beach which is great for children and families. With lots to see and do, Ballydehob is a great location, all year round.