On arrival all of us where surprised by the scale and beauty of this venue and its surroundings. The inside is nicely decorated and very functional with a large terrace space to soak up the glorious Irish sun (which we where lucky enough to have experienced). The house is not far from Clonakilty (easily reachable by taxi for about €20) offering an array of local pubs and shops, and the beach is just a strawl down the road.
Cannot recommend this place enough and thank you so much for your hospitality Kela.
Just got back from a Hen Weeken at Dunowen House. The house itself is beautiful. Loads of space and freshly refurbished to a very high standard. Kela and Stephen were very welcoming, we had an online shop delivered and everything was put away by the time we arrived. The dinner included on one night was delicious. One of the joys of its location is it feels like a proper retreat, we hired cars which I would highly recommend. Clonakilty is just 15 mins away and so meant we could stock up on more alcohol! A proper home away from home. I just need to find an excuse to return now - it really is a special place!
We are just back from a Hen Party Weekend there, and I was blown away by the place. I really thought we were going to be victims of false advertising or something because the pics online looked too good to be true...but it was even better in real life!! The house is just stunning, a perfect getaway. Kela and Stephen were also great, they were close by if we needed anything at all, but were not intrusive. We also had dinner on one of the evenings, home cooked by Kela, and it was amazing. All local produce, really fresh and tasty.
We were there for a hen party, but I wouldn't think twice about going back again for some R&R!
Highly recommend for all types of groups/parties - suitable for families too, the house even has a playroom. Book it!
The house is really beautiful. It is full of history while having every mod con. Very well equipped for cooking. The rooms are fabulous, each one with its own character. Plenty of room for everybody. There is a cove at the end of the lane and when we visited, there was a mobile sauna. Quite an experience to be in a sauna on a cove in Ireland in February, with cool-downs in the Atlantic!
lovely welcome pack of freshly baked scones, tea, coffee, butter, milk and jam. Clonakilty is not too far away where you will find plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants.
The house is stunning and the perfect venue for a group get together of any kind. My bridesmaids organised the weekend there for my hen. The weekend couldn't have been more perfect. Kela served up an amazing three course meal in the house making dinner very relaxed. The large sitting room was perfect for our group to mix and get to know each other. The house is maintained to an extremely high standard. We had a really comfortable and fun weekend and the only complaint would be that our stay wasn't long enough to enjoy all the house and garden had to offer!
We booked both the house and the cottage for a hen party. Everyone was so impressed with the house-it was perfect, so luxurious. The house is well equipped with cutlery, serving dishes and glasses. There were home made scones ready on arrival, with teas, coffee, milk, butter and jam being provided. There was loads of room for 28 of us to gather in the house-kela and stephen (the owners) were able to serve a delicious home cooked meal to the whole group in the house. They catered for specific dietary requirements within our group also. The house slept 18, the cottage slept 5 and Kela was very helpful in recommending air bnb for the remaining 5 people. Kela and Stephen were really accomodating, with no request being too big or small for them. They were on hand whenever we needed them, but gave us our own space also.
The location of the house was ideal-nice scenery, and really relaxing. We got a bus into Clonakilty which is approx 10km away. The town is lively, lots of live music in pubs, which are welcoming of hens! There is a nightclub there also for those who aren't ready for home after the pubs! The beach is within walking distance from the house-unfortunately we did not make it due to rain! We definitely hope to return some day!
If you are tempted to stay at Dunowen House but can't fill all the bedrooms, book Orchard Cottage next door also run by Stephen and Kela. Expect a warm friendly welcome, tasteful interior design and everything you need for a relaxed stay. The cottage is warm and very comfortable, you could easily stay for weeks. Nothing is too much trouble! An added bonus is that the nearby Supervalu in Clonakilty is probably the best grocery store in Ireland so our teenagers loved cooking in the evenings using as many local ingredients as possible. Add a bracing walk at Inchydoney beach and you have the makings of the perfect retreat.