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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

There are two parts to the property but they are one unit. In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built Crookhaven lighthouse and the adjoining cottage. Perched over the entrance to the natural harbour of Crookhaven, for over 160 years the cottage sheltered the Lightkeepers' families. When the Lighthouse was first automated (it is still fully operational) the Commissioners no longer needed the accommodation provided by the cottage and ownership changed hands.

The new owners have fully refurbished the 1843 cottage and this part of the property now comprises 2 double bedrooms with an additional room containing a double pull-out bed and a stairway to a large living space converted from what had been the quarters of three families. This large living room contains extensive seating, satellite TV, DVD, a music system and views in all directions. Also downstairs is a shower room, kitchen and dining area. The structural integrity of the 1843 cottage has been preserved with the layout of the downstairs rooms reflecting the original plan.

Across the small yard is the extraordinary light filled space that is the 'longhouse'. In 2008 the owners completed a radical design consisting of a rectangular glass walled cuboid resting on two new bedrooms and a second bathroom. This wonderful addition allows for spectacular views from the upper level through 270 degrees. In a feature article on visiting Ireland, US Airways Magazine (January 2012, page 38, available online) recommends the property as a fabulous place to stay and says that if you dream of ocean views, this property tops the list 'complete with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the Atlantic's hypnotic blue waves'!

The upper level contains a fully fitted kitchen, a dining table seating 8/10, a wood burning fireplace, a High Definition TV and Blu-ray disk player together with comfortable seating throughout. Along the length of this level is a balcony from which the views need to be seen to be believed, ranging from the natural harbour of Crookhaven past the world famous Fastnet Lighthouse 7 miles off-shore to Baltimore, Cape Clear and Roaring Water Bay with its many islands.

Although built on 'Rock Island', this is not a true island, at least for the past several hundred years. Access is along a beautiful stone-walled 'lighthouse' roadway which undulates across the fields of heather and gorse for a mile or so. Just 2 miles away you will find Goleen with its shops, pubs and first class restaurant. Across the bay is the sailing village of Crookhaven, which for centuries was the first port of call for vessels arriving from the New World destined for the North West of Europe.

In winter there is always a welcoming fire awaiting you there in O'Sullivan's Bar and in summer a flurry of activity on the harbourside as sailors and boat people of all ages and nationalitiies set to sea or disembark in search of one of the mouthwatering seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront.

Around the next bay is the end of the Mizen Peninsula with its rugged coastline, the surfing mecca and golden sands of Barleycove Beach and at the end of the road a mile or two further on, the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. There you'll find a visitor centre and spectacular walks laid out along the rocky coastline leading to the recently re-built and re-opened pedestrian bridge over to the Mizen Lighthouse and Fog-Signal Station. Next stop America!

Keywords: Ocean Front Lighthouse Dwelling

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Property Manager
Margaret O'Driscoll
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in County Cork

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The two new bedrooms in the Longhouse each have a walnut Queen size bed. Each of the two bedrooms in the 1843 cottage has two cherry wood single beds which can be arranged together to form a King bed. The extra convertible double bed is in the room from which the large living room in the cottage is accessed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
If you wish to dine by the light of a Lighthouse or write your first novel, this is for you. At this incredibly romantic location four visiting couples in the past two years have become engaged to be married!


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Stunning Lighthouse Location with Panoramic Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far one of the best places we have stayed along the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland! The views from the main house are stunning and always changing. This is an excellent property for a two family getaway. Beaches are close by car as are shops and restaurants in Crookhaven, Golleen, and Schull. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 13/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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absolutely stunning location and brilliant accommodation so beautiful to stay in a working lighthous

  • 5 of 5

this is an exceptional experience for anyone with an interest in or love of lighthouses in Ireland the facilities and accommodation are brilliant we strongly recommend it to you

  • Review Submitted: 09/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tremendous getaway

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent a week at the Crookhaven Lighthouse property with my family who joined me from the US. We had a fabulous experience from start to finish. The property manager met us at the house as arranged and made us feel very welcome. The stunning scenery, paired with the beautiful accommodations and terrific local people in Goleen and Crookhaven who made us feel right at home, all contributed to an outstanding stay. The longhouse and cottage are both well-equipped with everything you need and the furniture upstairs in the amazing "glass room" is very comfortable. We marveled at seeing Fastnet Lighthouse from "our" lighthouse and if you didn't move from that spot all week, you'd go home happy. However, there are such gorgeous spots to visit in the area, we were glad we ventured to nearby Mizen Head, Barleycove Beach and Three Castle Head, not to mention a breathtaking afternoon at the stunning Sheep's Head Bay, with sweeping views of Bantry and Dunmanus. All of the local restaurants we ate in were great (service and food) and I highly recommend the baked goods at Along the Way, the cafe up the road in the village. We had wonderful walks right from the property and since it was early in the season, we felt like we were the only people out there. It's truly an inspiring place if you want to write, take photos, connect with family and friends, or just get away from it all. The only small criticism we had is of the mattresses in the long house, which are in need of updating. Other than that we had a perfect stay and we would definitely recommend it and book again. I've had many wonderful trips to Ireland over the years, but this one is at the top of the list.

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kerri, Thank you for your magnificent review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Lighthouse property. We are also very grateful to you for your suggestion that the mattresses in the Longhouse are in need of updating. We have taken your suggestion on board and have ordered new mattresses. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards, Margaret.
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Spectacular views in a very special property

  • 5 of 5

We had an unforgettable Christmas in this most beautiful place. Gannets fishing right outside our windows, three walls of glass make you feel you're right in the middle of the view - all with underfloor heating, big comfy sofas and a brilliant kitchen. Only small criticism is mattresses are not great in the bedrooms ... Highly recommended nonetheless. There's a cute village within walking distance which has a couple of bars and a very well stocked shop. Peaceful, beautiful countryside all around and a view of Fastnet lighthouse which is just magical. Plenty of lovely walks and drives, and only a couple of hours drive from Cork. We LOVED it.

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love the Lighthouse

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking. We will come again

  • Review Submitted: 02/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect place for relaxation and rest

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two weeks at Crookhaven Lighthouse and we spent much time watching seals and dolphins while sitting in the living room. We were fascinated by ever changing lighting conditions during day time and by intense starry skies during night time. A perfect place for relaxation and rest. Thank you for letting us be here.

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Train
120 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
O'Sullivan's Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Heron's Cove
Nearest Point of Interest
Mizen Head Fog Signal Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Three Castle Head
Nearest Point of Interest
Ballyrisode Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Barleycove Beach
Car: necessary

The property is situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, the world's longest defined coastal touring route, which begins in Greencastle, County Donegal and ends in Kinsale in East Cork. It boasts of some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in County Cork

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
2 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
23 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
Autumn (Fall)
29 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
5 Jan 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
13 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring
27 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

The above rates are inclusive of all taxes.
Other than in the summer months it may be possible to stay for a minimum of 4 nights, depending on availability.
For rates please enquire. Please note that rates for a stay of less than 7 days are not charged on a pro rata, daily basis.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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