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Open Plan Living Room
No.10 The Lawn Castletownshend
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Downstairs Toilet / Shower
Hall and Stairs
Bedroom 1 (1 Double Bed)
Bedroom 2 ( 1 Double Bed, 1 Single bed)
Bedroom 3 (Bunk Beds)
Upstairs Bathroom
Coast Road- Favourite Walk From House
Entrance to Castletownshend Harbour
Castletownshend Harbour
Fuchsia on Coast Road
Castletownshend Village
Castletownshend Harbour
The Castle, Castletownshend
Mary Ann's Bar / Restaurant
Lil McCarthy's Bar, Castletownshend
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Castletownshend, County Cork

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Ian H
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Great Value for Money but Is It for You? A Total Review”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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This is the second time I have rented this accommodation. I have done so because, in my view, it represents excellent value for money. The owners are excellent people and the bottle of red wine they left us was a life saver.
As in all my reviews, I have tried to paint a total picture of the house, the surrounding location and the opportunities that it offers. If you are definitely wanting to rent in this area go ahead and book this one, you won’t do better. If you are wondering about whether you should book, read on - I have tried to list all the pros and cons that might help you come to the right decision.
As this is fairly lengthy, to help you find what you want to know about and skip anything you don’t consider relevant, I am writing under headings with hints and tips to help you get the most out of your stay. If at the end you feel I have helped you make the right decision, please tick the appropriate box and encourage me to write another review sometime!
Who it is suitable for:
Active sight seers, couples seeking a quiet retreat, families with children who are fond of the outdoors. It is not really suitable for those in wheel chairs, the infirm, those who find pushing a pram up a steep hill difficult, those who need a lot of night life or car passengers of a nervous disposition – you will be travelling.
The property – what do I get?:
The property is a modern terraced house, it is well maintained and in a quiet village location at the top of a steep hill. It has parking for two cars at the front and a small but secluded back garden which is also something of a sun trap. It was built during the property boom and has many quality features such as under floor heating as well as the usual radiators, polished wood floors throughout, and undamaged furnishings from the top end of IKEA. Excellent use of space means there is a decent sized shower/toilet downstairs, a spacious lounge/dining room with comfortable settee seating for eight and a dining table for six although we proved it will take more. There is also a compact but useful kitchen area with plenty of crockery etc, a cooker, dishwasher and fridge. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom with toilet and bath but no shower. (See below).
Tip
All the costs such as electricity, towels and heating are included in the price unlike some rentals in the vicinity and this can make a big difference.
Hint – The owners make a point of greeting new guests so make sure they explain to you exactly where the switches are for the heating and how the television works otherwise you may end up overheated or cold and bored.
How many?
The house sleeps up to seven in three good sized bed rooms. The front bedroom has a double bed, the rear bedroom room has a double and a single bed and the small room has a bunk bed. All the rooms have very reasonable wardrobe space.
Hint – If you are one of two couples sharing , make a dash for the front bedroom. It is the most popular bedroom although, be warned, the mattress is starting to creak a little.
The Village New and Old
The new village, The Lawns, was created at the top of a hill and you don’t have to wander more than a few yards to see some lovely views. There is a large area of open grass land which is managed and provides a safe spot for children to play, where you can picnic or just sit and supervise. Around the corner the old village is situated along or just off a steep road which leads downhill to the quay. During the yachting season it can be very busy but at other times it feels deserted. There is a small village shop,”Batts”, which sells everyday groceries, vegetables ,cards and newspapers at a price. There are two pubs one is Lilly’s and opens to suit the owner – I can’t describe the inside because it has never been open when I could go in. Almost at the bottom of the hill, is Mary Anne’s which is famous for its fine dining. It has a nice old world bar downstairs where you can eat or a restaurant upstairs which has a more modern feel. The owner also sells art works.
Hint
Mary Anne’s is worth a visit but study the menu before you book. The meals are largely sea food but there are sufficient alternatives to cater for other tastes. Eat downstairs and be prepared to pay a fair amount for meals with a twist. Don’t take the kids and expect beef burgers. The average visitor goes once a week as a treat but if £40 to £100 a head for a three course meal and drinks doesn’t alarm you, you could eat something different every day.
Tip
This is a place to stay but to travel from. If you are prepared to travel from ten minutes to an hour by car, there are some great beaches and lovely views that must compare well with anywhere in Ireland. See Places to Go at the end.
How do I get there?
Unless you have your own yacht there are two ways to see Ireland if you are travelling from England; one is the ferry which is quite expensive and the other is to fly out and rent a car at the airport. The second is my preferred option but if you are flying from Manchester, especially at a peak time, make sure you spread your essentials between suitcases. It is not unusual to find that you have arrived but a suitcase has been left behind. The rule is that if it is delayed for more than 24 hours you can claim necessary expenses but you could easily waste a day travelling to buy essentials.
Hint
The luggage allowance is more than reasonable for a short stay but large suit cases with four wheels seem to be the ones most likely not to make it with you and can arrive several days late..
What clothing should I pack?
It isn’t called the Emerald Isle for nothing but even a week long visit early in the year can see you sunbathing on the beach or reaching for your rain coat and jumper and it can all change quite quickly.
Clothing and make up is expensive to buy.

Travelling – Car Hire
EU money has left the quiet main roads a delight to travel on so don’t be put off by the next section.
Hint – Irish B roads are not always the best and you can find relaxed drivers coming at you in the middle of the road, so do take out the extra cover for car damage. Hire your car on the internet but take out the cover at the airport from the car provider. That way, if you do have an accident, everything is taken care of and you don’t have to pay out and then claim back your money as you would if you have to if you used a different insurance provider. Also when you come back, if you have taken out the extra cover you just leave your car in the car park and hand back the keys. Those who reject the cover can expect to spend some time whilst the car is inspected for damage – say no more!

Tip – If you have TomTom or the equivalent, take it with you. Hire cars don’t usually come with more than the basics. You can hire navigational aids but they come quite expensive on a daily rate.
Before you get there
As well as enjoying the scenery remember that you need to stop off at Skibereen before you arrive, and buy food and any other goods you are going to need.
Hint
Irish food is expensive compared with the UK so, if your cooking is going to extend to more than baked beans, you might want to include some of the herbs and spices you want to use, in your luggage.
There are two major supermarkets one is Liddle which is cheapest overall but for meat and wine the locals tend to go to Fields.
Places to go
Baltimore(Ferry to Sherka Island), Sandy Cove, Barley Cove, The Warren, Schull, Inchy Donny and whilst your shoppingin Skibereen drop in at Apple Betty’s for a cup of coffee and some delicious home made cake.
Dear reader I hope you have found something to help you – please don’t forget to tick the box and help me.

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Claire D
Cork, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Spotlessly clean”
Reviewed 6 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

There was nothing about this house that didn't tick it's box. On arrival it was obvious the house had been thoroughly cleaned and freshened up. There was an abundance of towels and bedding. Plenty of storage and a lovely bright and big living, kitchen, dining area which was very well equipped. The rear enclosed garden was ideal for small childrens safety and also a lovely sheltered and private spot for sitting out. Plenty of parking. The playground and shop are a short pleasant stroll away, as were the two pubs, one including restaurant and pier. The bedrooms were spacious with plenty of wardrobe space. The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful to deal with. Will be recommending this house to friends and return ourselves.

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Andy N
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place in a great village”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We've stayed in Castletownshend many times but first time at 10 The Lawn (previously in cottages associated with the Castle). This was so much better in every way. Delightful house - clean, well equipped and with a lovely airy feel to it. No hesitation to recommend it. Next time, we'll bring the family.
Only downside was the absence of wifi. That just meant I had to pop down to the pub more often!

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Liked best: Clean and just a lovely place.
Liked least: No wifi
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DiarmuidM...
Barcelona, Spain
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“Superbly equipped home from home”
Reviewed 25 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We travelled from Spain with our 3 young children and despite the fact that the village really is off the beaten track, we were sincerely taken aback by how beautifully fitted out and stocked the house was on arrival. The owners had left a very thoughtful welcome gift of a bottle of wine to boot.

Our first impression was excellent. Clean, beautifully furnished and splendidly stocked. We had everything you could possibly need for the holiday. Basic provisions to survive until we could make it to the local shops in Skibbereen. Neighbouring occupants were lovely and we even made a few friends.

The photos in no way do the property justice. The location could not have been more fitting for a family with young children as there is a well-kept sports field just in front of the house, (goal posts and nets) where our 3 kids practically spent every waking moment playing football, hurling, rugby, etc. with the local children who were a lovely bunch and very welcoming.

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Liked best: Comfort level of property and the neighbours.
Liked least: driving on Irish backroads to get there.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Ian H
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
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“Lovely house in a beautiful location”
Reviewed 5 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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As a first time visitor to the Republic of Ireland I had a really pleasant surprise that exceeded all my expectations. Cork is about an hour and a half from Manchester airport and Castletownshend is about the same or less in a hire car. If you see how chipped and scratched the hire cars become in a short time you will realise why they are worth every penny and don't skimp on the insurance!

The house itself is a delight being modern, nicely decorated and well maintained by the owners who were there to greet us and explain how to operate the tv, heating etc. There are no hidden extras and, for the area, this rental is well priced. It is situated in a modern mini-village that was purpose built in green belt land at the top of the village main street. The terraced house has parking for two cars at the front although it would be easy to park more close by. Inside the house was newly decorated and felt fresh. The floors throughout are lacquered pine with rugs but as this is not an area for stiletto heels it shouldn't be a problem. The hall leads into a large lounge/diner which is nicely furnished and has seating for 7 or eight people. The kitchen area is tucked away around a corner and is fully equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, cooker, dishwasher and washing machine. It is compact but we managed to successfully prepare a meal for eight without too much trouble. Outside is a small walled garden which is quite a good sun trap and has the usual table and chairs.
Also downstairs and off the hall is a shower room/toilet with air heater and electric shower whilst upstairs is a bathroom/toilet. There are three bedrooms of reasonable size, the first is a children's room with bunk beds, the second, at the rear of the property, has a double and a single and the third, which we chose, has a double which we found very comfortable. All the rooms are nicely furnished and have plenty of room for clothes,cases etc. Heating upstairs is from individual convector heaters which proved effective. Downstairs there is underfloor heating which works to a limited degree because of the pine floor boards but there is a lovely fireplace if you hit a cold spell. We didn't need any of it once we had warmed the house through.

The village itself is largely centred around one steep street which leads down to a harbour front. You might manage a pushchair but a wheelchair would be extremely difficult. It is not an area for the infirm. Having said that the village and surrounding area is extremely popular in the yachting season so book early if it is for the summer. There is a lovely restaurant/inn about two thirds of the way down. It isn't cheap, (about £100 for a full three course meal for two with a bottle of wine but you can dine there for a lot less). The people are really friiendly, generally charming and relaxed.

Any real shopping needs a car ride to the nearest town and we found the supermarket prices reasonable, the parking easy and the quality good.

The nearest real beach is approximately two miles away but the walk there is punctuated with stunning views and glimpses of some very expensive property. Don't expect the white sand of Mexico or Cuba as the local stone is a very pretty shale and it is the Atlantic, but other than that it is very pretty. Even in May we were able to sunbathe and, although it really is the Emerald Isle for a reason, we enjoyed good weather throughout our stay.

Finally, I will probably be returning next year and my first choice will be to try and rent the same house again.

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Liked best: Loved it all.
Liked least: Walking back up the hill after a really good meal.
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