This is a hidden gem.
If you like your country staycations with a side of luxury, Ballydehob House features everything you need to enjoy the wilds of West Cork without roughing it for a second.
A lovingly restored townhouse above a shop, it dates from the nineteenth century, but you can expect all the mod cons you need. In fact, you could even bring the whole gang; the property sleeps ten guests in five bedrooms.
There’s a cosy drawing room for kicking back with a glass of wine (nothing wrong with lighting the fire for the full effect, even in August).
The blue kitchen will comfortably seat a gang for breakfast (stock up on local yoghurt, cheeses and fresh breads in the village).
It’s also fully equipped with range cooker and an extensive range of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery.
The formal dining room is ideal if you like to cook a family feast and gather around the table. Stock up on fresh pestos, cakes, breads and frittatas at Hudsons on Main Street if you don’t want to waste time on meal prep.
Champagne and cocktail glasses are supplied so all you need to do is bring the bubbly.
If the weather is nice you can take the party to the small courtyard and picnic table to the rear of the property for an al fresco evening of food and stargazing.
We’re already picturing ourselves relaxing over a long lunch here…
There’s plenty to do in Ballydehob to occupy your days for as long a stay as your can wrangle; the village plays host to several music and folk festivals; bluegrass, traditional, jazz, country, maritime, a summer festival and a harvest threshing festival every autumn.
There are restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes, including Chestnut, an intimate 18 seat dining room that won its owner and head chef Rob Krawczyk a Michelin star for 2019.
The property has central heating and two bathrooms, one with bath and one with a large modern shower. There’s a dishwasher and a washing machine and dryer too.
The owner of the 1895 restoration is Joanne, who also run The Copper Merchant, a fun and quirky lifestyle shop on Ballydehobs colourful Main Street underneath.
At the end of a long day’s exploring Mizen Head or a hike up to Three Castles Head, you can sink into bed in one of the gorgeous bedrooms, each one decorated in a different vintage-inspired style.
Honestly… you may never want to leave.
Due the layout of the house (there are three flights of stairs) the property is best suited to adults and children over the age of ten.
Ballydehob House is available to book at around €175 per night via Airbnb.