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The Dispensary

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Inch near Killeagh, County Cork Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely week at the Dispensary very quiet and peaceful with fabulous owners Margaret and John nothing was to much trouble and they were always on hand if needed."

    We hope to return for another week next year. Ray & Donna

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0May 2024

  • "The dispensary is a beautiful holiday home situated in the quiet and tranquil area called Inch."

    It is fully equipped with everything you need for your stay. Margaret and John and friendly and helpful hosts there to greet you with a very welcomed fry pack which is perfect to start your holiday without having to organise food. Ideally situated for visiting many off the wonderful gardens and points off interest nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have come away feeling refreshed and rested. We can highly recommend The Dispensary as a wonderful getaway.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Apr 2024

  • "What an absolute gem!"

    The Dispensary was delightful. Margaret greeted us warmly and provided enough lovely fresh produce for several breakfasts. The accommodation is small, as expected, but it has absolutely everything you could need, including a stream running nearby, tranquility and birdsong. In addition to a comfortable warm bed and enough mod cons to make life easy it was perfect.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2024

  • "We loved our stay at The Dispensary."

    It was comfortable and had everything we needed. Despite the cool weather the heater in the sittingroom heated the whole place and we didn't need the bedroom heater. Margaret very kindly and generously provided us with some delicious soda bread and good Irish butter and some other foodstuffs. There's plenty to see locally and we would certainly come back for another stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Sep 2023

  • "Margaret goes above and beyond to make her guests feel comfortable."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful peaceful idillic friendly A little piece of heaven Relaxing Just ..."

    Wonderful peaceful idillic friendly A little piece of heaven Relaxing Just what we needed Very central to all the attractions Beaches clean Sea clean Definitely coming back

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2023

  • "You gave an amazing place there Margaret and John and should be very proud of it."

    Location, cleanliness and pet friendly what more can you ask for. The breakfast hamper waiting for you is a lovely idea and takes away that initial rush of having to go shopping in the morning. Thank you again for a lovely stay and hopefully will see you again next year.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2023

  • "Margaret , John and family were brilliant hosts, welcoming and friendly."

    On arrival we were provided with a fantastic breakfast pack which included a homemade loaf and a jar of homemade jam The Dispensary was an ideal base for our little adventure in Ireland and we have no problem recommending it to others.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Apr 2023

  • "I cannot recommend Margret and John's cottage highly enough."

    Set in a beautiful village next to a bubbling river. They were really great hosts and the breakfast pack was excellent. It was a lovely stay and we had summer weather in November a nice plus to a great visit.

    Reviewed by Andre5.0Nov 2022

  • "Ideal holiday accommodation for the single traveller, or couple that offers great value."

    Margaret & John were the ideal hosts, and their welcoming food package was more than generous, and very much appreciated. My first choice in this area for a peaceful holiday, and most heartily recommended.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Sep 2022

  • "This was the second time I stayed at the Dispensary."

    The proprietors were both, lovely, generous, and caring people. This is the place to stay if you seek a quiet, peaceful retreat. The cottage was comfortable and spotless. All cooking facilities, delph, etc , were provided. A most generous supply of food was supplied. My acid test of a place is: will I return? I certainly hope to do so DV.

    Reviewed by Criostoir5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great holiday in The Dispensary."

    Margsret and John were so kind and welcoming and of course her breakfast pack lasted us the week.Her jam and brown bread were beautiful and we slept very well in comfortable bed.She thought of everything and tevarea is so good for birds deer and biodiversity.We will come back again as it's a great place to visit the attractions of Fota Cobh experience Midleton and Ballycotton Ballimaloe Shanagarry and beach at Garryvoe.Thank you Margaret and John for everything.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Jul 2022

  • "My wife and I chose the dispensary as a location to celebrate our 20th anniversary and it it proved ideal ."

    We recieved a warm welcome from Margaret and John the owners who provided us with great local information and places of interest. Margaret had supplied us with a welcome breakfast pack 2nd to none free range eggs ,bacon back +streaky ,sausages, tomatoes +mushrooms,teabags butter and a homemade wheaten loaf and jam which was delicious. The property itself is set in an absolutely beautiful little spot beside a babbling stream and fantastically quiet, with all you could possibly need for comfortable enjoyable stay .located perfectly to see around this beautiful part of Ireland . The highest compliment we can pay the dispensary and its owners is that we didn't want to leave .

    Reviewed by Cahal5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful stay at the dispensery Margarete and John are great hosts the cottage ..."

    Wonderful stay at the dispensery Margarete and John are great hosts the cottage is first class and well kept and as pets are welcome we had a great time hope to return Frank and Patricia and Oscar the dog

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Jun 2022

  • "Mrs Walsh is a fantastic host,so helpful."

    She gave us a breakfast starter pack including home made bread and Jam. Its these personal touches that made our stay outstanding.The Dispensary is located in a tranquil setting next to a small river with lots of birdsong. Top tip:Bring some aeroplane type eye shades with you as its very bright in the mornings because of the Velux windows.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2022

  • "Margaret was the perfect host."

    Homemade bread and jam welcomed us into a little piece of heaven on earth. The breakfast stored in the fridge and cooked by ourselves, after Mass at the local church, was scrumptious. The silence of the place was only disturbed by the gurgling of the river that runs through the village. We will certainly be returning here for our next holiday.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Mar 2022

  • "Our second visit to the dispensary and there is no doubt we will return"

    Reviewed by Gerald5.0Mar 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic."

    Margaret and John are perfect hosts even providing breakfast goodies and the best bread and homemade jam EVER. The Dispensary is perfect for a relaxing peaceful break providing time to just recharge. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Nov 2021

  • "Margaret and John were lovely people who gave us privacy and yet we knew they were there if we needed anything."

    It was a lovely touch to leave so much food for us in the fridge. The kitchen was well equipped. The overall space in the cottage is quite small, particularly the very basic toilet and shower facilities. It was a very pet-friendly place to stay although the back yard was not enclosed and we had to be careful not to let our dog off the lead at any time outside since there was a river right in front of the house. There was no WiFi or phone coverage, although it was being installed the day we left. The cottage itself has a great history, dating back to pre-famine times. It is a lovely place to stay for a quiet and relaxing week and a central location for exploring East Cork.

    Reviewed by Lucy3.8Oct 2021

  • "Amazing location, very comfortable bungalow, Margaret and John (owners of the Dispensary) are fantastic and very thoughtfull, lovely relaxing stay, and we will use Sykes again."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay with Margaret and John Walsh…."

    From the minute we arrived we were made so very welcome. The fresh soda bread,homemade jam and everything for breakfast stocked in the fridge was fabulous. No WiFi was great as we could totally relax and unwind….the cottage is right next to a river…...lovely setting to relax in. Many Thanks for a fantastic stay

    Reviewed by Maire5.0Sep 2021

  • "Was dissatisfied to find out that cottage was available for longer but Sykes was ..."

    Was dissatisfied to find out that cottage was available for longer but Sykes was stating unavailable as owner stated this was not the first time customers had been told this

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2021

  • "Due to a back issue, we had to cut the holiday short."

    A huge disappointment, Cannot wait to return. The hosts are by far the most helpful and friendly that we have ever come across in numerous holidays. Could not have been more helpful, We highly recommend this welcoming retreat with its riverside view

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "Had a fantastic stay!"

    ! Absolutely loved it!!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely house in a very remote setting which we knew and which was exactly what we wanted"

    Reviewed by Martina5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wow where do I begin ,it was a suburb cottage and location , couldn't have been more welcomed by Margaret and John ,was greeted with a complete breakfast pack and fresh bread and homemade jam, something we have never received from anywhere else we have stayed ."

    It was a lovely cottage by a stream so pretty and peaceful we felt very rested and was great having chats with Margaret and John who always had time to chat, thank you to you both ,we will be back

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely clean Cottage."

    Hosts were excellent and very helpful. Beautiful location. Idyllic for a peaceful get away.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Dec 2020

  • "We had a fabulous week!"

    The dispensary was a great base from which to visit all our favourite places ranging from Barleycove and Kinsale in Cork and over to Waterford. John and Margaret were extremely kind hosts and very helpful. Nothing was too much bother for them and they were on hand to give advice. eg we needed a new bulb for one of the headlights in our car and they helped us get that sorted. Would definitely recommend the Dispensary and also Sykes Holidays Cottages with whom we have now booked our holiday for four years in a row.:)

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed our very welcome to the house done by Mrs."

    Welsh. Everything was fine and we would be happy to come again one day. Ernie, the house dog, we loved and every day we were looking forward to see him again. Amazing property to spend holiday, also in the crazy time of corona virus.

    Reviewed by Thomas3.8Mar 2020

  • "This is a lovely little cottage set in a really great little village."

    With a small river at the front and small hills at the back,an ideal setting.Margaret and John are the most pleasant of people, nothing was too much trouble and we received the warmest of welcomes. The breakfast pack was most tasty and very appreciated. In all a most enjoyable time for our Irish visit.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Excellent location. Excellent attention from owners. Excellent from start to finish.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a wonderful two week holiday at the Dispensary."

    The village and the house are very nice, clean and quiet. Margaret and John Walsh, the owners who live nearby are very helpful and friendly, a big thank you to them. It is really the sort of place we like, it is only a pity that we live far from there (France). We are sure that, one day, we will fancy returning to the Dispensary. Jean-Paul and Marie-Thérèse Masse (+ Lollipop, our miniature dachshund), Esbly, France

    Reviewed by Jean Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Margaret and John are the most welcoming hosts and The Dispensary is a beautiful little cottage in a very idyllic location."

    We had a really enjoyable holiday sightseeing around Counties Cork and Waterford and coming back each night to a very comfortable base.

    Reviewed by Eamon5.0Aug 2019

  • "Owner extremely helpful and friendly."

    Left us breakfast pack also some of her own homemade bread and jam, delicious. Our wee dog had a great time also.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2019

  • "Please remember that this cottage has no phone signal, or internet connection."

    Great if you want to escape, but you need a car.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was idyllic, inside and out!"

    Mrs Walsh left the nicest homemade bread and Jam and a breakfast pack ready for me. She was so welcoming. The cottage is spotless and really comfortable, and in a perfect location for exploring the surrounding area. There isn't any wifi and very poor phone signal, which I think helps to make this a perfect escape, and you only have to walk a couple of metres from the property to get signal anyhow! I would definitely recommend The Dispensary for people looking for a relaxing, comfortable break and to explore Cork. The family have restored the property beautifully, and its history is really interesting! Thanks!

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a delightful stay at The Dispensary which is a perfect touring base for two."

    The location is very quiet and peaceful. Everything that we needed for our stay was provided by the owner. Although there is no mobile signal or internet at the property, a good signal was available a short walking distance away.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jan 2019

  • "What an amazing place, it has everything you could ask for (apart from a fireplace)."

    We wanted a place off the beaten track and this place was it (no telephone or internet) but still close enough to get to Cork with no hassles. The Hosts are so welcoming and even provided us with the ingredients for a full breakfast. We can see why the have won awards. Ps, go to the local bars and meet the locals. We had a great time.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Nov 2018

  • "The hosts Margaret and John are two wonderful people who cant do enough for you."

    This was our third visit and it is like going back to old freinds! I am sure we will return again sometime.

    Reviewed by Clifford5.0Sep 2018

  • "There was no mobile signal so I didn’t think I would survive without it , but my week in the dispensary was majestic."

    Sitting out in the Patio watching the Stars and Galaxies (I did not know you could actually see galaxies) was wonderous. The cottage has everything and more and the owner was very friendly. Also if you walk 100 yards up the hill you can get a mobile signal

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2018

  • "There was hardly any network at all, so you could not contact family at home."

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Jul 2018

  • "All good"

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2018

  • "If you’re looking for peace and quiet in a tranquil setting with friendly neighbours and their pets, you’ll find it here."

    The cottage is set in a tiny village next to a church. It’s quiet, very quiet. You will definately need a car and the sat nav will never take you back to the village along the same road, and there are hundreds of roads. Tiny single tracks in some cases, some little more than footpaths which hardly ever see a car and which make for an interesting if sometimes frustrating journey! The cottage is clean, warm and cosy and the bed is comfortable, but if you are looking for five star accommodation, look elsewhere. This is a basic cottage with basic amenities, Somewhere to return to after a long day of touring. Keep that in mind and you will be more than happy. There are a number of typical Irish pubs with a mile or so but for eating out locally, find the Old Thatch. Highly recommended friendly pub offering good service, excellent food and drink and free WiFi.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Jun 2018

  • "I was in Ireland for work so found the cottage a great place for piece and quiet after a busy day."

    Staying here gave me the freedom to cook for myself rather than eating out alone as well as seeing a little of the beautiful Irish countryside. I was made to feel very welcome. Great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Apr 2018

  • "Margaret was extremely welcoming and we were very appreciative of the generous breakfast goodies"

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Mar 2018

  • "The merits of this accommodation are accurately well documented on sites such as Trip Advisor, and we fully endorse all the praise given."

    The cottage is called The Dispensary and, although it is in Inch, Mrs Walsh goes the extra MILE to dispense a full Irish welcome and every comfort during their stay. There are also 2 canine residents, D'fer and Ernie, who 'paws' at the back door to greet you every morning. I did kiss the Blarney Stone, during our visit, but I really cannot lavish enough praise about this place. We were even snug and warm during a snow storm.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey4.7Mar 2018

  • "Lovely place, Inch is a tiny village around 25 miles from Cork city center."

    Very peaceful environment. We arrived late on the 1st night, the host had turned on the electric blanket for us, and let us know where the keys would be. Actually felt like the price we paid was too cheap.

    Reviewed by Phil4.8Jan 2018

  • "We have had a brilliant time in Ireland everyone is so friendly and welcoming."

    Margaret and John are the loveliest hosts you could wish to meet with a fantastic breakfast pack on our arrival. We are already planning to return next year but maybe to Killarney. So if you have any propertieees that meets our needs please forward them on yours Cliff and Cath Daniels

    Reviewed by Clifford5.0Sep 2016

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this very cosy and comfortable cottage with a "history."

    " The owner was really welcoming and was on hand to sort out minor glitches. It was a restful stay in a pleasant spot, but close enough to Youghall and its shops and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2016

  • "Beautiful area, quirky accommodation, wonderful owners, breakfast package provided."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of DVDs, piano
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front lawned garden, rear patio garden with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: This cottage is next to a river, therefore children need to be supervised at all times
  • PLEASE NOTE: The WiFi at this property is provided by satellite connection and may be affected by extreme weather conditions
  • Please note: this property does not accept bookings between 1st October - 1st April.

The property

Killeagh 4 miles.

This welcoming detached bungalow is situated in a rural location, in the village of Inch, four miles from the village of Killeagh, County Cork.

This Killeagh cottage was once a dispensary, with the property dating back to before 1829 and is now the last original building in the village.

This County Cork cottage has been lovingly refurbished and offers thick stone walls, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room, a fitted kitchen and a sitting room with dining area, patio doors and a piano.

Outside this Killeagh cottage is a front lawned area and a rear gravelled patio, where you can enjoy alfresco dining whilst admiring the river views.

Even though there is only a church in Inch, there are many amenities, including shops, pubs and a Post Office in the nearby village of Killeagh.

The seaside resort of Youghal is close by and has something to keep everyone entertained with Blue Flag beaches, festivals, bars and restaurants.

The city of Cork is also within reach, or you may wish to visit County Waterford, with the heritage town of Lismore a thirty minute drive away.

This County Cork cottage is an ideal romantic retreat.

About the location


Youghal 7 miles; Cork 26 miles.

The small village of Killeagh in east County Cork is situated close to the Cork/Waterford border. There are a number of amenities in Killeagh including; shops, a church, Post Office, pharmacy and pubs, plus to the north of the village is Glenbower Wood, which is set along part of the Dissour River valley. Close by is the seaside resort of Youghal where you can relax on one of three Blue Flag beaches, play a round a golf or enjoy many festivals that take place throughout the summer months. Within driving distance is the bustling city of Cork, which has something for everyone. Killeagh is an ideal base for exploring this part of County Cork.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas