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The Dispensary

Inch near Killeagh, County Cork (Ref. 16695)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
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52 Customer Reviews

  • "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 PatNov 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 LucyOct 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 PaulSep 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 MaireSep 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 JaneSep 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 AnthonySep 2021

  • "Had a fantastic stay!"

    ! Absolutely loved it!!

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by MartinaJul 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 StephenJun 2021

  • "Lovely clean Cottage."

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

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 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 SharonAug 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 ThomasMar 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 DerekOct 2019

  • "Excellent cottage."

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

    Reviewed by DavidSep 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 PaulAug 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 EamonAug 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 SandraJun 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 PatrickJun 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 KathyMar 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 AndrewJan 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 CraigNov 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 CliffordSep 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 JohnAug 2018

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

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2018

  • "All good"

    Reviewed by TonyJul 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 KevinJun 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 GinaApr 2018

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

    Reviewed by StuartMar 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 JeffreyMar 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 PhilJan 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 CliffordSep 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 PaulaSep 2016

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

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2016

  • "A lovely peaceful place with all amenities, the owner is very friendly and helpful."

    Its great.

    Reviewed by KathleenJun 2016

  • "It was a lovely cottage in an idyllic country spot, everything was there for our use just like being at home."

    It's a fantastic place.

    Reviewed by KathleenAug 2015

  • "The Dispensary was a lovely place to stay, it was peaceful and very relaxing."

    The owner left many leaflets for us to go through to make our mind up on where to go. She had thought of everything, well done to the owner.

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2015

  • "Welcoming hostess; very friendly."

    Plenty to see and do in the locality. Peaceful. Beautiful countryside and coast. Bed was comfortable.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2015

  • "A quiet location and reasonably close to the shops."

    The owner was lovely and she went the extra mile to make us feel welcomed. There were thoughtful extras such as a torch, shopping bags, umbrellas, books to read, good TV channel choice, good selection of DVDs to watch in the evenings and plenty of up to date tourist brochures. There was even a piano to play which was appreciated since both of us play.

    Reviewed by MonicaMay 2015

  • "From meet and greet to departure, the owners could not do enough to make our stay memorable."

    The area was brilliant and the people very friendly. All in all would definitely recommend this holiday to any couple who want to experience the true Southern Island with stunning views and peaceful tranquillity.

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2015

  • "We loved the sitting room and the bed."

    It was very very comfortable and cosy! Everything was perfect and the owners were incredibly nice with us!

    Reviewed by LecoqJan 2015

  • "Really our enjoyed holiday, could not have wished for better, thank you."

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2014

  • "The cottage was fantastic and in a lovely place, we had a great welcome."

    Reviewed by KathleenNov 2014

  • "The cottage was in a rural area, and within easy reach of the airport, The cottage was just what we expected, the interior was a credit to the owners."

    Everything was there that we needed even down to the lovely breakfast pack left by the owner, would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2014

  • "The Dispensary was an excellent place to stay, it was very clean and comfortable."

    I would recommend The Dispensary to anyone who wants a very clean and comfortable place to stay. It is also nice and quiet, just right, I would also stay there again myself in the future.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2014

  • "Everything was first class and the owners were wonderful."

    Reviewed by FrankAug 2014

  • "The owners were excellent, very friendly and helpful but didn't interfere in any way."

    The starter 'breakfast' was wonderful and lasted us for several meals and they even gave us another loaf of bread and jar of home made jam on our departure for our 2nd weeks holiday! The cottage was really lovely and cosy yet felt spacious with the open beamed ceilings. Although it was the oldest building in the village, it had been renovated in 2012 so is modern inside. There were lots of CD's and videos to choose from to cater for far more than one week! The cooking facilities were very good and provided everything we needed. The cottage is situated in a peaceful village, ideal for a restful holiday. It is easy to visit many interesting places from there too. (There is a really full book in the cottage with tourist information in.) We had a lovely enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by BrendaJun 2014

  • "Impressed with everything, and the property was spotless."

    The property is in a beautiful rural location, and just as advertised - excellent!

    Reviewed by PamelaAug 2013

  • "The cottage itself is beautiful and clean."

    There is a washing machine and dryer. It is a perfect base to go sightseeing from. Lots to see in the near, and not so near surroundings.

    Reviewed by FemkeJul 2013

  • "The warm welcome from the owner and the welcome pack was a plus."

    It was so beautiful and peaceful. Just exactly what I needed.

    Reviewed by PhilomenaJun 2013

  • "The cottage is certainly located 'away from it all' and is set against the backdrop of a pittoresque little valley with the most lovely people around."

    It is very close to the beautiful coastal town of Youghal and an excellent starting point for trips to Cork City, Waterford, Cobh, Blarney, Lismore, Banteer, Crosshaven and Kinsale, all of which are a 30 to 90 min drive away.

    Reviewed by ThomasMar 2013

  • "The location and the care and friendliness of the owner."

    Right from her first phone call to us to see if we were on our way, to the welcome pack. The owner is a credit to herself and the holiday industry.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2012

  • "The owners of the cottage live next door; they are friendly and so helpful."

    The beautifully restored cottage was fully equipped with everything one could possibly need, a home from home. We have stayed in many, many self-catering accommodations, but this is by far the most superior.

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2012

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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.


  • 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.

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
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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