A blacksmith's forge near the Bride River in the heart of rural Cork complete with vegetable garden and free range hens - leave the rat race for a day or two and put your feet up, or explore the Rebel County and beautiful West Waterford.
We are 40 minutes northeast of Cork city, between the rivers Bride and Blackwater, in a beautiful recently restored 200 year old stone blacksmith's forge on the edge of an Irish rural village. Our home is fitted with eco technology including geothermal underfloor heating and solar panels, and with two wood burning stoves. We have a very large enclosed back garden complete with separate fruit and vegetable gardens, and hen enclosure with fresh eggs daily.
The double guest bedroom has been newly decorated, the children's bedroom (when available) will suit up to three children and your bathroom contains a Victorian rolltop bath and shower. The kitchen/dining room is at the heart of the house with sofas and easy chairs around the wood burning stove, and there is also a sitting room with TV and piano. The kitchen opens up on to large south facing patio with table and chairs.
We are 15 minutes walk from our local village, where there is a small grocery store, post office, three pubs, two churches and a cafe. Cork is 40 minutes drive away, and is the second largest city in Ireland, on the south coast. Cork is renowned as the food capital of Ireland, containing the world-famous English market as well as great bars and restaurants. We are a 20 minute drive from Ballymaloe House, home to three generations of famous Irish cooks (all women!). The nearest large town is Fermoy, 15 minutes drive away for larger supermarkets, shops and restaurants. We are 15 minutes drive from the historic and beautiful town of Lismore, with its beautiful castle and gardens.
We have bicycles that you can use whilst here, and everything that you would need for a picnic when you're on a romantic walk or cycle in the area.
If we're away, up to five people can stay here, as up to three singles are available in the second bedroom. Also, we'd welcome couples travelling with a baby/toddler as we have a travel cot that will work perfectly in the double bedroom.
We like to exchange a few messages before we confirm your booking, so we look forward to hearing from you! Typically we need a few day's notice of your visit, but it's still worth asking even if it's last minute and we'll try our best to accommodate you.
No smoking please and no shoes in the house please. Feel free to feed our hens your food scraps (except chicken!) during the daytime but not at night, and help yourself to their eggs the following morning. If you're in their enclosure, please use our garden shoes or wellies and close the gate after you. Thank you for leaving our home as tidy as you found it.
Loving living in rural Cork with my husband Peter, toddler Daniel and 5 laying hens. We enjoy the good life, but without the hair shirt! We share a keen interest in the arts, food and drink and our family. Whilst almost no public transport in this part of the world unfortunately, there's plenty of parking out front, and good road connections to the rest of Cork, the south west and nearby Waterford, the home of the beautiful crystal.