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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "No where to hang clothes in both bedrooms"

    Reviewed by Richard3.8May 2024

  • "This is a difficult property to review: the location is beautiful, the property is potentially amazing, but the amenities and facilities fall somewhat short of what one would normally expect."

    Whilst there were very nice new sofas in the living room and comfy clean beds with good bedding, and copious hot water, there were other areas which made actually staying in the cottage uncomfortable. For example, there was very little in the way of kitchen equipment - no kitchen roll, no washing up liquid, one elderly tea towel, no hand towel, a broken corkscrew (tragedy!!) and barely any cutlery. There was no coffee table in the living room and nowhere to place your coffee cup, very difficult access to watch the television as it is high up on the wall and you have to crick your neck to watch it. There was no bedside table/locker in the second bedroom, no dressing table or mirror in either bedroom and in the end we moved one little bedside cabinet into the living room to use as a coffee table. While we had a lovely holiday, it's one of those places with a little money and thought spent on it that could be AMAZING.

    Reviewed by Ruthe3.4Apr 2024

  • "Nice place and location generally clean and comfortable but could do with proper wardrobe and somewhere to put your clothes better."

    Reviewed by Stuart3.4Apr 2024

  • "Perfect cottage for a dog-friendly break in Cork."

    Had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Would 100% stay again.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2024

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay - the cottage had all the amenities needed and was very well thought out."

    The location is excellent for exploring west Cork. We immediately felt very comfortable and at home. We thought that the cottage was nicer and had more character than the external pictures on the web site suggested.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "I had a lovely stay at the cottage in Ballyvoreen."

    The house is in a wonderful location away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. The view from the house of sheep and cows grazing the rolling fields as well as the Galley Head lighthouse was a real tonic. There were two clear nights where the stars put on a majestic display. The distant lights from a passing cruise ship was nice to see. The house had everything that I needed and was very comfortable. The location is a short drive from a number of beautiful beaches. I took advantage of an early morning walk with my dog followed by a dip in the ocean. Water temperatures were very nice in early September. Also a short drive to some lovely walks which included fuchia and blackberry bush filled hedgerows, teaming with bees and butterflies. Lots of historical interests contained in the nearby towns and villages. I would definitely like to return some day.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    It’s a nice, basic place to explore the beautiful surroundings from (by car, preferably. Not many hiking possibilities in the near surroundings). The view from the house is stunning. The host is very friendly.

    Reviewed by Karin3.8Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Ballyvoreen."

    Would definitely recommend. The cottage is airy, bright and comfortable. From the patio, the views out over the sea and to the lighthouse are stupendous. The location is also ideal as a base for touring West Cork and is only a short drive from the main tourist destinations.

    Reviewed by Stephen Doherty5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    It was perfect for our family of 4 and dog. Loads of cutlery etc, though maybe a few more cooking utensils would be helpful (grater, peeler, spatula). The place was clean and comfortable. Wifi did not work for us beyond the first day but that didn’t matter much to us. The beds were comfortable but the double is a standard size which we found a bit small. Loads of hot water, shower works well. The views from the cottage are absolutely beautiful. We would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Suzy4.1May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful relaxed week in the cottage and loved the views from it."

    The cottage had everything we needed. It was easy enough to get warm in it and the Wi-Fi (which was vital for me) worked perfectly. It‘s a bright and cozy place. Would return any day to this peaceful place!

    Thanks so much for your comments and so glad you had a fantastic week and yes the views are spectacular. The wifi is now very stable and glad you could make good use of it. We have also included instructions for the TV for guest information. I'm so pleased you found everything bright and cosy as we have done a lot of work on the property to improve standards for guest enjoyment.such as two new comfy sofas. We have also redecorated, the property has had new curtains and a new mattress on the double bed. Thank you so much for acknowledging this with your great cleanliness score and giving us a 4/4 for comfort, thank you so much. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Oct 2022

  • "Owner was fairly easy to contact."

    From previous reviews the Owner has amended faults. Lovely cottage. Basic but all you need. WiFi and TV worked. Lots of crockery and cutlery. Bunk beds firm but comfy. Main bed comfy soft mattress. Great to have shower and bath. Futon sofa in lounge can seat x4 adults at a push but another chair would help. Views and location outstanding. Private and quiet. Stars and sunsets were awesome. Bats were seen too! Loads to see in this wonderful area of West Cork.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and yes I am always happy to assist if guests need help. Wifi is great now at the property and we are glad that you had a lovely time. We have included instructions to help people with using the TV so great to see that has helped. Glad you had a great sleep as the main bed had a new mattress in August 2022. We have also now included two comfy sofas which will seat 5 guests. We agree the views are amazing and glad you had a peaceful time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel3.4Aug 2022

  • "As with previous reviews, this is a beautiful cottage in a stunning spot."

    With just a little attention it could be an outstanding holiday home. As it stands it is far below the usual Sykes standards. The beds had been changed and the bathroom cleaned (though the cleaner showed up at 2.30 (we were a bit early) but the rest of the cottage was dirty and woefully ill-equipped. There was very little cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment and these were in dirty drawers. The TV didn’t work (luckily we had our laptop to watch things on). Positives were the actual cottage is really pretty and there was bags of hot water and great water pressure. I’m hesitant to say yes to this review being published but numerous previous reviews mention same and nothing has been done. I contacted Sykes in advance of our stay but this was unsatisfactory.

    Thank your for your comment and glad you enjoyed the location and its fabulous view. We have doe a lot of work for the 2023 season including redecorating, new sofas. All crockery and cutlery has been replenished and we have carried out a deep clean.Apologies for any oversight with the cutlery drawers at the time of your stay however we do ask that guests adhere to the check in time to allow our cleaner the full allotted cleaning time for the final touches such as kitchen drawers. We have now included instructions for the TV. We are glad that there was plenty of hot water as this property is excellent for water pressure etc. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire1.6Jul 2022

  • "Having just read your reviews on this cottage I wish I had looked at them prior to booking."

    I totally agree with the comments from other holiday makers, unwelcoming atmosphere, strange smell, unable to contact anyone re access , no wi fi no television except BBC 1 without volume, and where was the welcome pack. We have visited Ireland many times over the past twenty years and this is the worst house for lack of equipment, only two cereal bowls, three wine glasses and no cork screw. The bed and sofa were both most uncomfortable, and what about some comfy outside furniture to take in the fantastic view. I noted some of these comments go back several years so come on Mr English owner try the bed then spend some cash to make your cottage the delight it could be.

    Reviewed by A1.3Jul 2022

  • "Mattress in main bedroom should be changed."

    No freezer in Fridge which is a must when on holidays especially if you have children or having a drink in the evening. Sofa in living area needs to be upgraded. We had a lovely holiday and the little house is beautiful otherwise. Fabulous views and so peaceful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Paddy3.1Jun 2022

  • "The location was outstanding, but accomadation could do with a serious clean and maintenance update the shower needs fixing, the mattresses need replacing ,the view from patio window was fab ,but had to clean the glass from loads of hand prints ,if your paying a cleaner to look after this cottage, then I'd suggest you find someone else."

    It was left a lot cleaner than when we first got there by us but the area was outstanding, would we go back yes if it was updated and had a proper clean ,was value for money the week we were there but wouldn't pay anymore in present condition .

    Reviewed by Jill2.5May 2022

  • "As I said previously I did communicate any changes I would like to see to the owner."

    The house is in a great location, has great views and is peaceful.I would highly recommend a stay here and with a few minor changes could attain more star ratings. I would come again but the price in Summer would be too much I feel unless updating of certain household items were not made.Overall though it was a good experience..a few directions about how to operate TV,washing machine and cooker...the oven would help a lot.

    Reviewed by Kathleen3.8Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely scenic area if you like quietness and peace this is ..."

    Lovely cottage in a lovely scenic area if you like quietness and peace this is the place to go its up a long lane theres another house beside it but noone in it when we were there seen noone only the groudsman once who was there to take the bin down the lane to b collected log burner for heat and two electric heaters r there beds were clean and comfy had to buy sticks and brigettes to light fire and matches and papers was only 1 small bucket of coal there which only done the one night also theres a fridge but no freezer in it which means you cant keep any frozen food i like my beer super cold so bought bags of ice and put them in fridge overnight with ice on top done the job

    Reviewed by Sharon4.1Apr 2022

  • "Excellent location and views owners were brilliant A real hidden gem"

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2022

  • "I stayed at Ballyvoreen for 3 weeks in October / November for some quiet solitude time and had a lovely stay."

    What this listing fails to tell you though, is that there is also a farmhouse on the same grounds. Midway through my stay, a family came to stay in the farmhouse for a week, which I was not expecting. This wasn’t particularly problematic, but I would’ve liked to have known in advance. The cottage itself is very warm and comfortable and while I could have done with a bit more kitchenware for cooking, the place had everything I needed. The twin tub was a bit cumbersome for washing laundry, but I managed and if you are staying for a short time, you probably won’t need it. Jim (who was looking after the place during my stay) was very friendly and helpful with anything I needed. I didn’t have a vehicle, so getting around was more difficult, but not impossible. It meant I stayed local and found some beautiful walks in the immediate locality and got to know some of the neighbours! Have a good pair of boots and wellies to hand if that’s what you want to do. All in all a place I would recommend to stay.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.4Oct 2021

  • "Lovely place but not very well sign posted."

    Could do with a sign at the end of the lane.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2021

  • "The place wasn't clean,we had to clean it when we got there,the washing machine ..."

    The place wasn't clean,we had to clean it when we got there,the washing machine is an outdated twin tub which you can't use for obvious reasons, there is a smell of damp when you walk into the house and the bench out the back is rotted

    Reviewed by Michael1.6Aug 2021

  • "Holiday cottage could have been a lot cleaner, especially the cupboards and drawers in kitchen area It was a lot cleaner when we stayed last year."

    Be nice to have a new outside table and chairs.

    Reviewed by Arthur3.8Jul 2021

  • "Great base for visiting all our favourite places- Kinsale, Bantry, Crookhaven, Barleycove etc."

    Would definitely go back!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2021

  • "I enjoyed the peace and quiet."

    The cottage has gorgeous views out over the valley towards the sea. It felt like a great haven to escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.4Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage - spectacular views to Galley Head."

    There was no Wi-Fi access as the subscription had not been renewed for upcoming summer bookings. There was no T V signal - due to possible storm damage to the receiver dish. However neither the lack of Wi-Fi access nor lack of T V reception detracted from what was a brilliant break as I had access to e-mails through my mobile phone and I had brought a selection of dvds which I was able to play on my laptop. I very much want to return to this cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Apr 2019

  • "The house was fantastic."

    The rural location was so peaceful and relaxing. The power from the shower was amazing. Best of all, with it being dog friendly, it just made our holiday.

    Reviewed by Celine5.0Sep 2018

  • "The master bed was painfully uncomfortable as well as the couch in the tv area."

    There was a lot of spiders webs in the ceiling windows that suggest they haven't been cleaned in months. Also a microwave / washing machine would be really helpful. I got the impression that the owner has done the bare minimum just to get some cash from the property. Also there is quite a lot of damp spores in bed room and it smells as a result.

    Reviewed by Stephen2.8Aug 2018

  • "Overall pretty good, wifi was a plus, clean and comfortable, enjoyable stay overall, the lack of a freezer compartment in the fridge was a bit of a drawback, couldn't buy frozen food or ice-cream."

    A microwave would be a plus but not really necessary. No dishcloths and very limited drainage area over sink for all plates, cups, pots pans etc was a nuisance. The place could do with a small table to the left of the sink. The dreadful state of the road leading up to the cottage was for me a major negative, it's severely potholed and very uneven for the first fifty yards, I drive a Honda Civic and ended up damaging the underside of my car by hitting the road two or three time even driving at walking pace and with careful navigation. By the end of the week I was down to one hit per journey but that's still too much. This is very off-putting for future renting, I would rent the cottage again but only as a last resort based on the state of the road in.

    Reviewed by Maurice3.8Jul 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time staying in Ballyvoreen, it was very clean and comfortable and we both loved it."

    It is in a very quiet peaceful location with sea views. Absolutely no complaints at all.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was warm and lots of hot water and amazing views of the sea."

    Fantastic! I wouldn't normally expect a washing machine in a rental cottage however it would have been helpful as we seemed to be in quite a remote location.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.8Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor but with spectacular views across the sea and lighthouse
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with comfy two and three seater sofas, also with a solid fuel stove.
  • Electric storage heating with solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge (no ice box), TV with Free-to-air channels, WiFi
  • Electricity and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture offering lovely sea views and sunsets across the lighthouse
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Local sailing school nearby with deep sea fishing expeditions available in area
  • 2 x 18 hole pitch and put in nearby Rosscarbery
  • Anglers, golfers, walkers all welcome
  • Storage available for sports equipment
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: There are steep stone steps leading to the front door
  • Perfect location for the water but also local castles and Drombeg stone circle.

The property

Glandore 2.5 miles.

This excellent holiday cottage has views out to sea and the Galley Head Lighthouse and is located just outside the harbour village of Glandore, on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork.

Quiet and peaceful, this property will make for a fantastic getaway for those looking to escape the stresses of everyday life while still being within easy reach of all the action should it take your fancy.

With two comfortable bedrooms on offer the main part of this property is the open plan living area with a kitchen and dining and sitting areas, great for keeping everyone close to hand and together at the table while a delicious meal is prepared.

With the sun out, open up the patio doors and let the summer’s breeze run through the property while you step out enjoying a well-earned drink as you plan tomorrow’s activities while taking in the fantastic scenery.

Just down the road you will find yourself in the quiet village of Glandore, a popular destination for Irish holidaymakers, with a small harbour and home to a selection of pubs where you can take in the local atmosphere, plus a restaurant should you wish to take the night off from cooking.

After eating, go for a walk and take in some of the stunning local scenery; you will not be disappointed.

You are only a half hour walk from the Drombeg stone circle and Coppingers Court or you could head towards Tralong Beach and Mill Cove.

Just a ten minute drive away Rosscarbery Beach, also well worth a trip.

Visit the thriving market town of Skibbereen further afield, with beautiful sandy beaches where you can relax and go for a stroll.

Spend the day in Cork city, kiss the Blarney Stone, call in to Kinsale or go scuba diving in Baltimore for a unique experience.

Do all that this fantastic part of Ireland has to offer or simply take it easy and enjoy the view from your patio!

An excellent property, and a perfect location for whatever you choose to do so book now before it’s too late.

About the location


Union Hall 2 miles; Rosscarbery 5 miles; Skibbereen 8 miles; Cork Airport 33 miles.

Situated in West Cork, in an area of stunning coastal scenery, Glandore (Gaelic translation - Harbour of the Oaks), is acclaimed as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, and occupies a superb setting at the head of a spectacular natural wooded harbour. The area has a mild year-round climate, generated by the Gulf Stream ocean current. Glandore has pubs and three restaurants, whilst the nearby fishing village of Union Hall provides further amenities and a large fishing fleet; boats arrive daily with fresh catches of seafood, which can be enjoyed in all the local restaurants. Both Glandore and Union Hall have delightful, sheltered harbours with year-round water activities including sailing, sea angling, whale watching and rowing regattas. Golf can be enjoyed at Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Bantry, while sandy Blue Flag beaches can be found at Inchydoney, Rosscarbery and Tragumna.

Note: There are steep stone steps leading to the front door