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The Sanctuary

(Ref. 943326)

Killavullen near Mallow Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "The toaster did not work, the toilet in the bathroom was sometimes difficult to flush."

    There was a broken light switch in the spare double room. We had a cloudburst one day and the gutters all ran over and the water went down the exterior walls.Better instructions on how to find the house. It’s a lovely property, in a very nice setting.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Jun 2024

  • "Property was fantastic and the land was very well kept."

    The only minor issue we had, was that a light switch was broken due to general ware and tear. Also, some of the channels on the TV stopped working mid week but this a sky issue and nothing to do with the owners. That being said, we loved the place and it's location and am hoping to book it regularly as it was well worth the price. The dvd, book and toy collection was also just an amazing touch. Thanks for having us.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2024

  • "This is our second stay."

    Last time was 5 years ago. Despite our feedback last time the overarching issue is this property has not enough hot water for the number of people it accommodates. The electric shower has a weak pressure and the shower in the bath has zero pressure. The hot water tank is only adequate for less than half a bath! In favour of the house is that it's a peaceful location and the grounds are lovely to walk around. Other than that we only stay here because it's close to family in a neighbouring town. Such a shame the owner still has no interest in remedying this issue, as we previously reported it, as did others! No doubt there is enough rental income to sort this out and it's not difficult to do so.

    Reviewed by Iwona2.5Mar 2024

  • "House and grounds are beautiful, a perfect place for a relaxing break."

    We arrived at about 10pm, the directions to get there were not very clear and we had to phone to get an ire code. After putting this in the sat nav we arrived with no problem. No milk in the fridge on arrival and the house was not very clean. Toilets and shower were not clean and we only had 2 bath towels and a couple of hand towels which wasn’t ideal for 4 adults. In the folder it said there was a switch by the boiler which you could choose when using the bath or sink. We didn’t find this at all so ended up with about 4” of bath water until it went cold.

    Reviewed by Christine3.4Sep 2023

  • "We absolutely loved this property and hopefully will be back next year for 2 or 3 weeks."

    It is stunning.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very private house with A lot of space."

    The house was not really clean.

    Reviewed by Leon4.1Aug 2023

  • "Very nice place lovely country side location with ample space."

    Reviewed by Amaid5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very nice cottage with a nice drive and lovely grounds in a quiet part of the county."

    The owner has tried to cover all types of guests with Sky TV, DVD & Music CD player and games console, along with a games area full DVD's and CD's to cater for the rainy days or evenings. the kitchen is well stocked with utensils for a variety of cooking styles. A good all round property that caters across the family age range. However, this property would not suit guests who expect everything to be within easy access, as the main towns of Mallow and Fermoy are 9 miles away although the village of Castletownroche is only 2.5 miles away which has a Spar, Pharmacy and a few pubs.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2023

  • "Impressive piece of land!"

    Very silent and indeed remote; nice

    Reviewed by Frederik4.4Jul 2023

  • "This place is amazing the grounds are beautiful."

    Some of the reviews are mentioned issues with water and heat but I believe that’s dude to them not knowing how they work. The water heater is on demand you have to pull a chord to turn it on and turn on the heater. The room heat is individual in each room. Maybe more explicit instructions with pictures would be good to add? But we had no issues at all the place was lovely and super reasonable. The grounds keeper was the cutest sweetest guy. The pub in town was so friendly and welcoming. I’m not thing I would suggest is the owner invest in some new mattresses for the beds. Other than that pie stay was perfect!

    Reviewed by Bridget4.7Apr 2023

  • "It was unusual and annoying to have to ring the owner who lives in Holland twice using our mobiles when arriving at the property - both times could have been avoided with clear communication."

    The property from the outside is INCREDIBLE, however inside a LOT of work is needed to repair small parts of the property e.g. plaster peeling off and skirting chunks removed. The bath was dirty when we arrived, along with some of the pots and pans we wanted to use. Finally the radiator knobs were mostly broken so they were either roasting or off. And the log fire - one of the main reasons for booking - was not in use (felt an email could have been left for us prior to our arrival on this front).

    Reviewed by Natasha1.6Nov 2022

  • "Lovely spacious house with everything you could need for a wonderful, relaxing stay."

    The grounds are amazing. A rural location but good for visiting nearby villages and towns. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by Peter & Jackie5.0Nov 2022

  • "No heating or hot water and when trying to contact the caretaker no answer thankfully they had an electric shower"

    Reviewed by Justin3.1Nov 2022

  • "A really lovely property it’s just a shame that the boiler didn’t work, the immersion heater kept tripping out and we couldn’t use the open fire."

    Evenings in September can get cold so it was difficult to keep warm but overall a really great holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2022

  • "The property is very impressive outside but was lacking inside."

    Kitchen and bathrooms need updating and weren’t very clean, but by the time we’d finished they were a lot more hygienic. Nevertheless the area was lovely, lots to explore.

    Reviewed by Andrea2.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely rural location, very tidy, well kept grounds."

    The house is very nice but looking tired and in need of some tlc, especially the shower room and kitchen and the general decor. However the house was clean with basically good facilities. We are an older couple and the lounge furniture was rather too low and soft for us. Despite this we had a really nice stay at The Sanctuary.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Jul 2022

  • "Cottage was lovely but not very well maintained not very clean cobwebs on ..."

    Cottage was lovely but not very well maintained not very clean cobwebs on ceilings and door frames toilets dirty toilet seat broken in the bathroom hob extractor very dirty not been cleaned oven dirty washer door broken no heating not working shower dangerous very slippery and dirty fowl smell coming up through the drains didn't see anyone to make sure that nothing was needed on the plus side the beds were comfortable

    Reviewed by Noreen2.5Jun 2022

  • "What a shame, this property is so badly maintained, no heating, the oven is filthy, and makes the house smell."

    The main bedroom smells of stale smoke, the duvet hasn't been cleaned in a long time so smells stale. The shower has got black mould in the tiles, the toilets haven't been cleaned properly and the door locks are hard to open due to lack of maintenance. On the plus side the garden is beautiful.

    Reviewed by Andrew1.9Jun 2022

  • "The Sanctuary is gorgeous."

    The house is beautiful and enormous. It's very remote so excellent for a getaway. It sits on a huge garden with a play area for the kids and a lovely patio area for dining out. It's all very picturesque. We really enjoyed our stay. Everything was provided: Towels, sheets, cot etc. Lots of stuff in the kitchen and loads of space for dining or cooking. The beds were lovely and comfortable and the house was very easy to heat as the evenings were getting cold (Early Oct). We will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Oct 2021

  • "Very nice and spacious cottage on a huge piece of land."

    Nice and quiet. We extended our stay because we enjoyed it so much.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Aug 2021

  • "The house was extremely comfortable."

    A' Home from Home'. Our children were safe on the grounds and had space to roam at will. House keeper was extremely friendly, kind and keeps to house in an excellent condition. We would love to return to the house in the future.

    Reviewed by Breege5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely house - enjoyed my stay very much."

    Very comfortable. I was on my own and was very happy. Broadband was fine for zoom. Grounds are lovely and nice to go out for a walk. Resident red squirrel was an added plus - haven’t seen one for years! Would go back.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2020

  • "Great great house,very thing you would need and more,one of the best if not the best we ever had,hope to get back soon."

    Five star all the way.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "After traveling over 24 hours we made it to your home to find that there was no key!"

    Once this issue was resolved and we met the housekeeper to get inside the home all she would tell us about the house was that "everything is in the book"! You would have thought that she would have at least started the house up such as heat, power to the kitchen and explain how to use the electrical outlets, toilets and the shower! For a week long stay for 4 people we were left with dirty dishes in the cabinets, NO dish soap, NO hand soap refill, 4 rolls of toilet paper and 1/2 a roll of paper towels, and NO extra garbage liners for the trash cans! I have rented many VRBO houses that made sure all of this was handled prior to a guest arrival. We went back to the store to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap and more so we could make it through our vacation...not to mention the shortages at most stores due to the viral outbreak affecting the world. I know you said you would have communication with her, but I would honestly suggest more than that since your home was left in such an "un welcoming manner". We plan on returning to Ireland in the next 12-16 months, but I would have to seriously rethink if I would reserve again with you.

    Reviewed by Kristie3.4Mar 2020

  • "A Lovely property in it's own grounds,very private."

    It's advisable to have transport when staying there as even the local things quite a walk away. We had everything we needed in the property , heating was on when we arrived making it pleasant to walk into ( We were there early March ) The Heating itself is easy to use . There's a vast Array of DVD's ,Books & Toys although We had no children in our party to play with the toys . If you do there's a whole floor for them to play in !!! There is plenty to travel to see & do in the surrounding areas & there are lots of leaflets ,books & a couple of maps in the property for you to browse through for ideas. Overall a very good choice as a base to tour around Southern Ireland. Top marks to the owners the property is Excellent !

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2020

  • "Beautiful location and property."

    Much larger and grander than thought. Plenty of space for children to play and very comfortable. Facilities very good, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Perfect for families!

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Feb 2020

  • "The house was freezing cold for the first 24 hours, even with the heating switched on as soon as we arrived, but warmed up eventually."

    It would be better in future to put the heating on prior to arrivals to allow the house to warm up. This was the only thing that we struggled with as everything else was clean and tidy. All the items required for a stay were provided and extra such as games and books. We didn't use the gardens but they looked very nice and would be great for children!

    Reviewed by Theresa3.8Feb 2020

  • "Lovely and peaceful location yet in close proximity to shopping centres and tourist locations when required."

    Reviewed by Tim O5.0Dec 2019

  • "The house was very grand looking."

    The children thought we were in the wrong place when we arrived as it was too nice. There is everything you could need in the house including a very extensive collection of films and music. I particularly enjoyed cooking in a large kitchen as my one back home is so small. The garden is stunning and so peaceful. It’s a bit off the beaten track so if you like to be in the thick of everything then maybe it’s not for you. I loved the quiet and solitude. Lots of things to do nearby. We went to Blarney, went kayaking and had a tour round a safari park. All in a few days! Will hopefully be back soon.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Aug 2019

  • "Ein sehr schönes Haus, alles war ok."

    Schlüsselübergabe ist perfekt. Für uns war die Stille in der Landschaft sehr beeindruckend. Gute Lage zum Erkunden des Südens Irlands.

    Reviewed by Volker5.0Aug 2019

  • "WiFi was never fixed, house alarm bleeped every 8hrs toilet seat was broken on arrival."

    couldn’t use fire as out of order not value for money could have got a cheaper house with no fire or WiFi we had to use up a lot of or data on phone

    Reviewed by David2.8Jul 2019

  • "Absolutely outstanding house with beautiful gardens and grounds very spacious inside and all mod cons would highly recommend if wanting a quiet break."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Sanctuary exceeded all our expectations, a beautiful property, in a wonderful location."

    Super well equipped and comfortable. More DVDs, books, CDs and videos than you would ever be able to watch, listen to, or read. You really don't need to bring your own entertainment. The garden is amazing, the woodland slightly overgrown, but must have been a real treasure in the past when the owner lived there. There is a stream running through the rear of the land, this is so lovely. Also a large pond with ducks and moorhens. The nearby Blackwater great for fishing. We were seeing foxes, pheasants, rabbits and many garden birds. Nice to bring a feeder with you. The foxes really appreciate some peanuts and an egg or two. They were lovely to see. Some fabulous not to be missed trips whilst here is the Ring Of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, Jameson Distillery, Fota Arboretum and wildlife park, Ballycotton cliff walk, Mitchelstown cave, Mohon Falls, Mallow Castle White Deer, Cliffs of Moher. There are so many beautiful beaches, a week isn't enough really. We will definitely return some time in the future and can't imagine a better place to stay. Postcode for the property is P51H254 and a small red sign points you towards to the road the property is off.

    Reviewed by Owen5.0May 2019

  • "The place is gorgeous and spacious."

    Great location for tourin southeast Ireland. Difficult to find. must use satnav coordinates and TURN at the brown fence and then drive 200 meters on a dirt road. Green fence is on the right.

    Reviewed by Bonnie4.7Mar 2019

  • "The Sanctuary was perfect for us."

    Very spacious inside and out. The kids really enjoyed the garden, the huge attic playroom and the orchard(especially the apples). Also a huge library of dvds was available. Good location for day trips

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Aug 2018

  • "We loved our stay at The Sanctuary, and it was a god start to see the environment, as well County Cork and Limerick, as Tipperary."

    So much and beautiful things to see, lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jun 2018

  • "A super property in the Irish countryside."

    The bungalow was well equipped, warm and comfortable. All the rooms were of a good size and nicely furnished. The gardens are huge and very pretty, with short walks that can be done all on site. The local village has a small shop and chipper. Some nice local forest walks and lovely places to visit a little further afield. I’d highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2018

  • "We could not fault the inside cleanliness of the property at all."

    However, we did think that the outside painting of the bungalow was looking a bit tired. Also it would have been nice if there was a toaster in the kitchen. A very enjoyable place to stay.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2018

  • "Could not find the place, despite trying to follow the extreemly poor directions, ending up knocking on a strangers door for directions."

    Once we did manage to find the property, we were unable to find the key. Having spoken to the owner, we were subsequently informed that you have been told of this problem, but have failed to amend your listings. Very Poor Show Sykes!!

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Apr 2018

  • "The Sanctuary was a real find."

    It was secure, well equipped and a great place to relax, whether staying in or going out. The local town of Killavullen was a stone's throw away, and the house was within an easy drive of Mallow and access to main roads.

    Reviewed by Iwona5.0Apr 2018

  • "This place was beautiful."

    However, it was missing most of the necessities. There was only one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom (and they were partially used). No trash bags at all. The ad said wood was provided for the fire place, but there was no wood, at all. The washer was EXTREMELY tiny, and had only enough laundry soap for 2 loads. The stove was difficult to operate. It was an electric stove with digital buttons. No matter how I tired to press them they wouldn't respond. No Staples (food wise). Only had salt and pepper. No paper towels or napkins. We had ants starting to come in and invade the house. We never found the gate key pad for the inside of the property. so we had to climb the fence to get to the outside key pad to the gate every time we wanted to leave. I was very disappointed with the lacking necessities. The house was very nice as far as being decorated and painted over problem spots, but didn't quite hot the mark. So sad because this place could be so much more then what it was. Maybe the care takers aren't paying enough attention to this property, or maybe they are scrimping too much. Invest a little more in the Staples (a little extra tp, napkins, paper towels, trash bags, laundry soap, seasonings, cooking oil, wood, etc...) And this place would be perfect.

    Reviewed by Cindy3.4Mar 2018

  • "Everything went so well; Directions; Facilities; Instructions were great."

    The location was wonderful, for anyone wanting to be on their own in natures own setting this is the place. There are great walks in the 15 acres. The house is very well appointed, whilst there was only the two of us (My Wife and I) It would sleep 6 comfortably. Worth every penny !

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jan 2018

  • "The Sanctuary was a fabulous holiday home and exceeded all our hopes and expectations."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2017

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single with fold-out single bed and en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • First floor eaves children’s play area.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machiner, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky, Blu-ray and sound system
  • Xbox 360, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared use of 15 acres of open land with seating area and stream
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: Stream in open land, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: This property does not accept same day check-in and check outs on a Wednesday
  • Note: this property does not accept stag, hen or similar

The property

Killavullen 2.6 miles.

This detached holiday home is a lovely bungalow that sleeps six people and is situated near to the village of Killavullen, County Cork, nine miles from the market town of Mallow.

This three bed bungalow provides a modern haven in the Killavullen countryside.

Set in 15 acres of land, it’s the ideal property for both couples or a family looking to get away from it all for a while.

There is a large kitchen with electric oven and dining area that comfortably seats everyone, a utility room with washing machine and dryer and a sitting room complete with open fire, two sofas and a TV with Sky.

There’s also a bathroom with hand-held shower and three bedrooms, two of which are doubles and one is a single with an additional fold-out single bed, as well as an en-suite.

Completing the property is a large open-plan storage/children's play area in the converted loft space.

There is also access to 15 acres of land, complete with a seating area, and its very own stream to complement relaxing afternoons sat outside.

There is also ample off-road parking for a number of vehicles.

Killavullen is fairly remote, set away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but there is a small shop for emergency supplies and a pub to be found in the centre of the village.

However, you're only a fifteen-minute car journey from the town of Mallow, which is home to a number of traditional Irish pubs, as well as two castles and a number of priories all of which hold a lot of historical importance to the area.

If you’re willing to travel a bit further afield, you can visit Ireland’s third city, Cork, just a 40-minute drive away, where you’ll find an opera house, various pubs and restaurants, plus many other attractions.

This bungalow set deep in the Cork countryside is the ideal destination for that relaxing country getaway.

You’re surrounded by tranquility, yet still have all the conveniences of modern life available to you, and have one of the biggest and most thriving cities in Ireland less than an hour's drive away.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location


Mallow 6.6 miles; Cork 21miles.

Killavullen, meaning "the Church of the Mill" is a village situated on the River Blackwater, in County Cork. The village is located just south of the N72 road, is 6miles east of Mallow and 20 miles north of Cork city. The village is home a pub and a small shop, as well as a church which dates back to 1839. A short drive away is the market town of Mallow, the largest town along the stunning Blackwater Valley, offering bars, restaurants, shops and a Spa House. The old Mallow castle is set in the middle of the town, with the new castle situated behind, with white fallow deer in the grounds. The area is a haven for walkers, fishermen, golfers and horse riders, and close by is the Folk Park in Boherbue, and the Doneraile Wildlife Park, both well worth exploring. The Blarney Stone, the town of Killarney, and Cork City are also essential to visit whilst staying in this area. With so much to see and do, this part of Ireland is superb at any time of year.

Note: This property does not accept same day check-in and check outs on a Wednesday. Please contact us to check if your booking is due to begin/end on this day.
Note: this property does not accept stag, hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas