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Kilcomane House Durrus Reviews
Luxury vacation rental for the once-in-a-lifetime break-the-bank stay! Jan 17, 2009
Kilcomane House, Durrus, Cork County, Ireland
If you’re looking for quiet, peaceful and tranquil, and not the center of action, then this luxury rental vacation property located in south west Ireland is perfect. If you’re looking for affordable, then bring your best friends, share the cost, and have a blast; otherwise it’s definitely not an affordable property for the single traveler.
Kilcomane House has wonderful views of Dunmanus Bay and is surrounded by the green pastures of Cashelane Farm. It is a self-catering house rental, not a hotel or bed-and-breakfast. The property is approximately 10 km southwest of Durrus, County Cork, on R591 if you’re looking on a map.
This was my splurge/indulgent week, after having spent 10 days in London and Dublin on borrowed accommodation. It was nice to sit in or out with my favourite cocktail and watch the sunset. I watched the seals on a small island just off the shore. I walked up the country road and admired the wild Fuchsia plants, the horses and donkey and down to Kilcomane Pier to stick my toe in the ocean. You definitely need to have a vehicle though, as everything else requires you to get in your car and drive. This functioned well for our group. We had three vehicles between seven of us, so we used this as our home base and explored south west Ireland during the day from here.
The house looks like a traditional stone/mason structure from the outside, the inside is a surprise. The furnishings and fixtures are sleek and elegant. The house has slate floors, marble countertops, modern lighting, plenty of windows, and large bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas with sleek, modern European furnishings. Every appliance and fixture throughout the house was German in design and manufacture. I’m hot on most things European, especially German designed and built products.
The main house has five bedrooms. The main dining room, kitchen, living/grand reception room, pantry (with extra fridge, two washers/two dryers), library/study, guest bathroom, and two large bedrooms with en-suite are located on the main floor of the house. The second floor has two large bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and the sauna. The fifth bedroom in the main house is really the library/study, which has a pull-out bed.
My friends occupied the bedrooms in the main house. I opted out of the library/study and instead stayed in the sixth bedroom. The sixth bedroom, which is actually a self-contained ‘cottage’, is separate from the main house. It has the same modern look and feel like the main house, with a large living area with a pull-out, and en-suite bathroom. A small kitchen area is hidden within a self-contained armoire/cabinet; housing a small electric hob, microwave, fridge and a few pots, plates, cutlery, etc.
Plenty of bed and bath linens are included with the rental, as are all of the kitchen pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc. The kitchen itself is a chef’s dream. All of the pots and pans are stainless steel, there is plenty of counter space for food preparation, and there seems to be two of every major appliance (dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, washer and dryer). The range is gas, the ovens are electric. Television, DVD player and telephone can be found throughout the house. Television reception was limited, nobody thought to bring any DVD’s, and telephone charges, electricity/gas were billed against the deposit that we made.
I believe the property is part of Cashelfean Holiday Houses, though our booking was secured through RCI as a timeshare/extra vacation week. We had the property for the last week in May, at the end of the low season when rates were at their lowest. A one week rental in low season (2007/2008) was approximately € 1400; high season was approximately € 2500. It can be expensive if you’re paying for it yourself. There were seven of us staying so the cost was a reasonably affordable € 200 per person for the week (as compared to per night rates in London or Paris, I gladly welcomed this as a per week rate!).
If you don’t mind driving on some narrow country roads, are looking for a relaxing week and upscale accommodation, then Kilcomane House works well. Driving distances – Cork 100 km; Kinsale 90 km; Kenmare (Ring of Kerry) 65 km; Mizen Head 23 km; Bantry 20 km; Schull 15 km.
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