Sheep's Head Retreat is a charming self-catering rental cottage on the beautiful, wild, unspoilt Sheep's Head Peninsula - Ireland's best kept secret. It has a colourful, attractively furnished sunny open plan room a new, easy-to-use and very comfortable double sofa bed and a single sofa bed, TV, radio/CD/casette player, and WiFi Internet. The cottage is fully equipped and has a kitchen and a spacious shower room with wash basin and lavatory. There are two central heating radiators, economical to run, which can be set to your own requirements and keeps the place warm even in winter. NO SMOKING.

An old converted farmbuilding overlooking Dunmanus Bay and the Mizen Head Peninsula, the retreat has a sense of remoteness, hidden from the road - a few steps away - but on the grounds of the owner's house and just under two miles from the village of Kilcrohane, with its church, pubs, restaurant and post office/shop. The retreat is situated on the Sheep's Head Way, an award winning network of walks all over the peninsula and one of the most spectacular coastal paths, it has been featured on TV and was the winner of the EDEN award in 2009. The Sheep's Head has a great reputation for sustainable tourism thanks to this award.

In West Cork there are four short-listed places on the The Wild Atlantic Way, an exciting new venture which travels all along the west coast of Ireland up to Donegal. The ambition of the project is that it will be ranked alongside the great driving routes of the world such as the Great Ocean Road in Australia and South Africa, and become a must-do experience in Europe.

Four beaches in West Cork retained their blue flags and four in the county attained excellent green coast water quality status, including the Sheep's Head in West Cork.

Sheep's Head Retreat, as part of the townland of Caher, is in the "Special Protection Area for Birds in Ireland" - in this case for the Chough. The garden is left in its natural state in order to encourage wildlife: Foxes, otters and badgers are often seen in the area, as well as whales, dolphins and seals in Dunmanus Bay.

Enjoy nature, the constantly changing light, inspirational especially during the winter months, experience the seasons, discover the tiny coves, swim from the piers, fish for mackerel, enjoy the magic of this very special place including its history and ancient monuments.

Guest Reviews

"A perfect spot to relax and energise. A very cosy nest to return to from the wilds. Perfect! Thank you."
KC & AV Somerset, U.K.
"We loved the walks, it was great to come back to the cosy 'tig'. Thank you."
JD & SD, Cork, Ireland
"Just the break I wanted."
TR, Germany
"A very beautiful & special place - both the landscape & the sea and a lovely warm home to return to each night. Thank you for the hospitality & all the welcoming touches. We hope to return."
UF & TL, Cork, Ireland
"What a beautiful place! our time was too short. Till next time. Thank you xx"
PQ & AC
"It was a beautiful peaceful stay at the Retreat. Wonderful view & even better friendly people. Thank you."
N & K, NY, USA
"I had a lovely time on my first ever visit to the Sheep's Head. Thanks for your very friendly welcome! I'm sure I'll be back."
C 0'G, Cork, Ireland
"Lovely cottage & great location. Thanks Carolyn. I'll be back."
TB, Dublin, Ireland
"The Sheep's Head Retreat full of splendor & replete with breathtaking views of remarkable hues, adventurous walks, friendly talks. Thanks for your hospitality & your kind-hearted generosity."
DK & RH, Ireland
"Very charming cottage - wonderfully atmospheric location which is perfect to escape to."
SG & PG, Ireland
"A magical house - its much bigger inside than out & contains everything for a comfortable visit, including a very warm welcome. So thank you Carolyn I had a lovely week here & thank you to Bran for his cheerful company on our walks."
CG, Dublin, Ireland
"A wonderful week. We had a glorious time revisiting Sheeps' Head. Thank you Carolyn for your most valued help and support. With love..."
DT & NT, Poland
"A life changing experience."
SR, Limerick, Ireland
"Had a really wonderful restful retreat here, with some great walking & lots of relaxing. Thanks very much Carolyn & hope to visit again."
JB & AB, Ireland

Post Office / Village Store

J. F. O'Mahony Kilcrohane (Tel: 027 67000) Groceries and a charming small café serving coffee and tasty home made food - recommended.
Hours: Monday/Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sundays/Bank Holidays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.
ATM (Irish banks only)
Petrol (unleaded and diesel)

Cash
Additional ATMs available 24 hours in Bantry.

Petrol
Barry's of Bantry, Cork Road, Bantry (Tel: 027 50023/50589) At the end of the Sheep's Head Peninsula turn left, Barry's garage on the right. (unleaded and diesel)
Open: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm Monday/Saturday. Garage: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm Monday/Friday. Closed 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm for lunch

Caher, Kilcrohane, Bantry

Dwellings are situated in a townland, therefore do not have individual names, these are usually small and sparcely populated. Originally properties were named after their owners.

Caher (Cathair) means a circular stone fort but in the South West it may mean a homestead with basic fortification or “monastic enclosure”, which is possible as it has two burial grounds and it would have been preferable to have a graveyard on consecrated ground. Caher is situated on the Sheep's Head (Muintir Bhaire - the people of Bhaire) has a strong community spirit and is known as the caring peninsula.

There is a child's burial ground, The Cíll on the Sheep's Head path to the cove at Tra Ruiam, one of the walks from the Sheep's Head Retreat. The burial ground may have been for babies who died before they were baptised or children who died of the famine and were not able to be buried in the village for fear of contamination.

There is a Fulacht Fiadh - a circa 2000 BC Bronze Age cooking place on the side of the Sheep's Head Road opposite the bohereen to the Sheep's Head Retreat. A Fulacht Fiadh was always situated next to a stream to provide water for boiling the meat - usually deer. A stone or wood-lined trough was made and filled with clean water. Stones were heated on a fire beside the trough, then were pushed into the trough until the water began to boil. A joint of meat wrapped in straw or rushes was placed in the boiling water, more hot stones being added until the meat was cooked.

Churches

Roman Catholic

Star of the Sea, Kilcrohane  Sunday 11.30 a.m.
Durrus  Sunday  10.00 a.m.
Ahakista  Saturday 8.30 p.m.

Church of England

St James', Durrus  Sunday 11.45 a.m.
St Brendan's Church, Bantry  Sunday 8.15 a.m. and 10.00 a.m.

Bantry Christian Fellowship
Tower St, Bantry  Sunday 11.00 a.m.