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The Sanctuary

Killavullen near Mallow (Ref. 943326)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "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 StevenOct 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 MichaelAug 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 BreegeJun 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 KateDec 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 MichaelSep 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 KristieMar 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 SueMar 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 TaraFeb 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 TheresaFeb 2020

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

    Reviewed by Tim ODec 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 AlisonAug 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 VolkerAug 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 DavidJul 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 IanJul 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 OwenMay 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 BonnieMar 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 SteveAug 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 EricJun 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 JulieMay 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 JohnMay 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 JanetApr 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 IwonaApr 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 CindyMar 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 DeniseJan 2018

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

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2017

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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.


  • 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 machine, tumble dryer, 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

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.
Note: this property does not accept stag, hen or similar.

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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