Craving the simple life?
There’s something about a cosy wooden cabin that offers the perfect escape at any time of the year and in any weather.
You can leave the hair straighteners at home. These wild spots call for wellies and a cosy coat; a case of wine and two books you’ve been wanting to read for months.
Often located in remote area and carefully positioned to make the most of the best views, these are the stays to pick when you fancy a weekend of waking up in the wilderness.
1. The beach hut in Eyeries
From €68 per night
Warmed by a wood burning stove, this rustic little hideaway is the kind of place city folk dream of owning. The snug, grass-roofed cabin offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, all just a ten minute walk to the local swimming spot if you’re determined to brave a dip.
There’s a cafetiere for your morning caffeine fix and a full-sized oven and grill for melting local Milleens Cheese over fresh bread after a long day’s exploring.
They’re serious about privacy too; both guests and hosts can use a simple red flag/green flag system to indicate how much social interaction they are open to at any given time.
2. The Eco Cabin in Gurteen
From €40 per night
Expect a welcoming party of hens and chickens at this remote cabin location. Nestled on a working farm, just a ten-minute stroll from the sea, it boasts one cosy bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a small kitchen for cooking.
Built by a Swiss builder, the cabin boasts five layers of insulation to protect you against the howling winds in winter.
If you decide to venture out, you can explore the ruined Kilcatherine Church, built by monks said to be practicing for work on the Skellig Islands across the bay and check out the protected oak woodlands nestled by Ballycrovane Pier.
3. The cabin with Bantry Bay views
From €105 per night
Just two miles from Bantry town, this little gem is situated on The Goats Path, a popular walking route on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The interior walls are festooned with musical instruments and there are cosy touches everywhere, from the vintage teapot in the kitchen to the thick blankets scattered throughout the cabin.
The picture windows offer stunning sea views and there’s a telescope and binoculars inside for stargazing at night. With three bedrooms and one bathroom it will comfortably sleep five guests.