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Lounge area of large open plan living space
The kitchen with dishwasher, range cooker and smeg fridge
Main bathroom downstairs with bath and basin (separate WC next door)
Utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave oven
One of the twin bedrooms
View from the back of the house. Coppingers' Court in the middle of the photo.
Mill Cove, a few minutes walk from the house
View from fields above Crab Cottage (cottage just visible lower left in photo)
View across the valley from the cottage
Ruins of another cottage within the garden
Sign at the bottom of the track
Wild flowers in the garden
Famous West Cork Fushias
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Rosscarbery, County Cork

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Lorcán O
Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Sooooo relaxing!”
Reviewed 8 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We are a family of four and we stayed in Crab Cottage recently and I can honestly say I have not been so relaxed in a long time.
We spent time kayaking and swimming in the little cove at the bottom of the lane, had a little bbq in the afternoon on the beach with mackerel my 12 year old son caught.
This lovely cottage has fantastic views of the river valley to one side and sea views on the other.
It's very well laid out, three good bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms a large utility/coat room and a really cosy kitchen and living room with a great cooker and cute red fridge. The kitchen chairs could do with a cushion if you sit on them for a long time though.
Bring your own 3g dongle if you require internet, but the lack of phone signal and broadband was an absolute pleasure, we did things as a family instead.
A lovely cottage for a family holiday or quiet getaway.

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Liked best: The cottage and it's grounds were perfectly maintained and very comfortable and relaxing.
Liked least: The kitchen chairs need cushions, but I'm nit picking now.
Travelling group: Young Children
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9 Sep 2014
We are glad you had a relaxing holiday. For the benefit of future guests who do want more contact with the outside world I should point out that broadband is available at Crab Cottage. We have had that facility for over 2 years and it works very well with good coverage from the router throughout the house. It is mobile broadband which just requires an easy top up on the 3.ie network - full instructions provided and very simple to do. Up to 5 devices can be connected to the router at any one time. The broadband connection speed is very good with this system.
In term of mobile reception it does vary a little and sometimes you may need to move about a bit to get a good signal depending on your network. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO FIND A SPOT TO MAKE A CALL. Our family for example has 4 mobiles on different networks and normally all have a signal.
We have just arranged for different dining chairs that have a padded rather than solid seat, so that should make everyone a little more comfortable!
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cora m
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fabulous cottage.Great location.”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The cottage was exactly as described on the website.Modern and bright and well equipped.It was a short walk to a private cove where we spent hours skimming stones and catching crabs with the kids.Roscarberry village is very quaint with great cafes and beautiful flowers.We had a lovely day on Sherkin island and great fish and chips in the Islanders Rest on the island.We also spent 2 days on the warren beach in Rosscarbery which was very safe .My husband had a great day diving on Fastnet Rock from Baltimore.Loved the wild fuschia and the fox who was out day and night.

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Liked best: able to walk to the cove
Liked least: narrow road leading to cottage
Travelling group: Young Children
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Reviewed 2 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Liked best: Sitting out the back over looking the valley with a coffee in the sunshine watching the girls play on the swim
Liked least: Coming home
Travelling group: Young Children
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Carnglave
Ballynahinch, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Idyllic Ireland”
Reviewed 21 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

This was our first visit to West Cork in over 20 years and Crab Cottage ticked all our boxes in terms of location, amenities and comfort.
The cottage is beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking mill cove with views both towards the sea and Galley head and inland, with Coppingers Court clearly visible about a mile distant. Rosscarbery is the nearest village with shops, pubs, restaurants and hotel facilities, a five minute drive or for the brave about 45 minutes walk (each way!).
The cottage is set in good sized grounds, set well back off the (very) minor road (cul de sac) and not overlooked. The back garden, whilst not fenced in, was nevertheless ideal for our two year old golden retriever, Oscar and would be equally safe for children.
Mill Cove itself is a very short walk down a narrow winding lane and provides a sheltered spot for kids (and dogs) to splash about especially when the tide is out.

The cottage is very well equipped for both summer and winter living, with books, television and dvds when the weather dictates staying indoors and a timber deck, table and chairs when outdoor living is called for. The kitchen and utility room were both very well kitted out with every facility you could need.
The bedrooms were also well appointed and comfortable. The Lookout in the Master bedroom provided good views towards the sea and Countryside.
Location wise a considerable part of West Cork is easily accessible from the cottage. Skibbereen and Clonakilty are both short drives, Glandore with its pubs overlooking Union Hall and Union Hall itself with the Glenmar fish shop are even closer. There is a pleasant costal drive to Kinsale from Clonakilty and even Cork City is reachable in around an hour if you feel the need to visit the English Market - we did this on the way home.
This is also an beautiful area for walking, with a retriever we needed to put in several miles each day and there are numerous opportunities for beach and Country walks. Castle Freke and the Long Strand is an ideal combination of both.
One point to note: The laneway up to the cottage continues on past the house towards the top of the hill and provides access to farmland. Occasionally a farmer may drive past to the fields but this was an infrequent occurrence and did not disrupt the privacy and peace we experienced.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Crab Cottage and would recommend it to anyone looking for a little peace and quiet in this beautiful part of Ireland.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Going Home!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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andyjanec
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful home away from home”
Reviewed 4 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We loved this place so much that we were talking about coming back within hours of arriving. It's located a few mins drive out of town, roads a little rustic but it's all part of the experience. Lovely cottage, which really is a perfect combination of the quirkiness and charm you get with an old house, and modern convenience. The appliances in the kitchen were better than those in my own home, and there was nothing that we wanted for that hadn't been provided (apart from an umbrella - but we should have known better in Ireland)! The fact there is no mains water was barely noticed, there is a powerful shower and luxurious bath. It was very clean and cosy throughout. The bedrooms were magical, especially the master bed with its picture window, stunning
views and very comfortable bed
(and I'm quite fussy). My two small boys loved it too, and felt very at home. It was perfect for them and I didn't feel I needed to watch them the whole time, they had plenty of space to run around in. The basketball hoop on the deck was a nice touch, the boys loved that. The cove, only 5-10 mins walk away is very special. Pretty and great for crabbing. We caught 5 in an hour and also met some lovely locals and wildlife. We enjoyed spotting a little fox who walked past on his evening jaunt some evenings too. And the swallows were wonderful! There is so much to do within an hours drive, and Warren Strand beach is a must (best sea swimming I've had in years)! All in all a wonderful place, and we are looking forward to returning soon.

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GirlfromS...
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
“The minute you step out of the car you know you've made the right choice!”
Reviewed 15 May 2013 for a stay in October 2012

We've stayed here several times, in Autumn, Spring and Summer . The cottage is brilliantly equipped for all weathers and temperatures. One does not go to West Cork for the sun, but when it shines the views from Crab Cottage are spectacular! Beaches beckon if you can tear yourself away from the comforts at the cottage! The air is like wine, the scent of hay, hedgerows, and honeysuckle. At night the biggest surprise of all are the amazing skies. Great kitchen too.

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Liked best: All of it
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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LisaB41
Cork
2 reviews
“Heaven in west Cork”
Reviewed 1 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013

Crab Cottage is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed in. The cottage is full of character and history but with cool contemporary touches and design details. Luckily the sun shone for us during our stay in April and the cottage was filled with light.

The cottage is well equipped in every way with lots of books, dvds and board games for rainy days as well as a basketball hoop and swing outside. The views from all the bedrooms are amazing, especially the master bedroom. If you love cooking then you will never want to leave - the kitchen is fab with everything you could need and a trendy Smeg fridge to boot!

The whole area around the cottage is gorgeous with a windy lane leading all the way down to Mill Cove, which looks great for swimming when the weather heats up.The owners supply a great little guide to places to visit nearby and the beautiful seaside villages of Glandore, Union Hall and Castletownsend are all in easy reach by car

Really, photos don't do Crab Cottage justice, we never wanted to leave

Only drawback is that the place is very remote - but if that's what you're looking for, its a positive! Nearest shop is Rosscarberry ( takes about 15 mins in the car as the roads are bad).

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Liked best: the decor and the view
Liked least: despite the directions we were given, it was still very hard to find as it is pretty remote
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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