Heard the rumour that all the best spots are booked out?
Here’s the good news: it’s not true.
While most of us are on the hunt for a staycation this summer, finding an available date can be tricky but it’s not impossible; you just have to be a little creative.
While hotspots such as Crookhaven, Kinsale and Clonakilty tend to book up fast, there are loads of other lovely locations with loads to offer all over Cork, from the coast to the countryside.
Here are three unique properties to check out:
1. Rent a wooden cabin in Allihies
It doesn’t get more peaceful than Allihies and the cosy wooden ‘Dang Dang Chalet’ overlooking the sea is an excellent base for enjoying everything the area has to offer.
A 20-minute walk from Ballydonegan Beach and Allihies Village, the area is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the stunning Ring of Beara. Local attractions (1km-5km) include Dzogchen Buddhist Centre, the copper mines and museum, a bridal path/horse trek, Dunboy Castle and forest, the magnificent stone arches, as well as a host of stunning cycling and walking routes.
Inside the cabin there’s a large living/dining area with sea views and outdoor terrace seating, a modern bathroom and a double bedroom upstairs. If you don’t feel like cooking, meals can be provided upon request and the property boasts its own organic garden).
Book it: You can book the Dang Dang Chalet (dates available throughout the summer) for €53 per night (two-night minimum) here.
2. Plan a sleepover in an animal sanctuary
Looking for a fun mini-break for the kids? This cosy log cabin is located in an animal sanctuary, so you’re guaranteed some interesting neighbours during your stay. Guided tours of the sanctuary are available (residents include raccoons, goats. marmosets, pigs and deer) and there are plenty of walks to enjoy in the surrounding countryside, including Ballard Waterfall, just a short stroll from the cabin.
The comfy cabin sleeps four guests in three bedrooms, with a barbecue for summer cook-outs and the property is about 15 minutes outside Mitchelstown and Fermoy, so it’s ideal for a quick trip.
Book it: You can book in from €90 per night (two-night minimum) here.
3. Book a cottage by the beach in Castlehaven
Perched in a sheltered position next to Castlehaven beach, this secluded, tranquil hideaway has been totally rebuilt from a historic ruin. The cottage sleeps three people (one double bed, one single) with a cosy kitchen and lounge area for cooking and kicking back with a good book.
Days can be spent exploring (the property is a short walk to the historic village of Castletownshend where you can check out the three Harry Clarke windows in the church, while Drombeg Stone Circle and Lough Hind are just a short drive away) or dipping in and out of the sea at the many beaches nearby.
Book it: There are some spring and autumn dates remaining at €100 per night (two-night minimum) and guests are welcome to bring one pet. Book here.