Lighthouse Cottages

Clonakilty West Cork, Ireland
From: €2,500 weeklySleeps: 8Bedrooms: 4

Lighthouse Cottages: Cork

The Lighthouse Cottages are two side by side houses situates on The Galley Head.
Each cottage sleeps 4 guests, and they can be rented either separately or together for groups of between 5 - 8.

Extraordinary holiday rental which commands panoramic views over the Bay on the Wild Atlantic. The Galley Head Lightkeepers' cottages are perched dramatically on cliffs at about 130 feet above sea level overlooking St George's Channel. This landmark lighthouse property benefits from a spectacularly unique setting, conveniently close to Clonakilty town centre and local beaches.

The views from every angle are genuinely awe-inspiring and breathtaking. The lighthouse which dates back to 1875 displays an unusual landward arc of light because it is said, the Sultan of Turkey wanted to see it from nearby Castle Freke at Rosscarbery while on a visit there. The house at Castle Freke, abandoned in 1952, can now be seen from Galley as a gothic ruin.

The two keepers' houses at Galley Head, were taken on by Irish Landmark in the final years of the 20th century. Lightkeepers who lived here would have witnessed the tragic loss of the Lusitania in 1915, and sighted a German ship carrying arms, in disguise as a Norwegian steam, pursued up the St. George's Channel by British destroyers a year later. It is also said that Ray Bradbury based his melancholy story "The Fog Horn" on a reported sighting of a sea serpent at Galley in 1860.

The station consists of a tower connected by a 38-metre corridor to the semi-detached, two-storey, dwelling, initially built for the principal and assistant keeper, a single-storey home for the gas maker. The two houses have been restored to their original symmetrical layout and make an ideal retreat for a family break.

The lighthouse cottages are in an 'Area of Special Interest', with Clonakilty Bay being home to a variety of rare and unusual birds. This is a superior vacation home by the sea, from where you can explore the outstanding beauty of West Cork, from the stunning Old Head peninsula to the gastronomic delights of Clonakilty.


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28 Sep 2017
Excellent lighthouse experience. Isolated but no ghosts. Had a tour of the lighthouse which was fantastic.
01 Aug 2017
A wonderful holiday: the accommodation was excellent in every way. Our extended family took both lighthouses and we had perfect weather. Gerald and Gail Butler could not have been more helpful.
01 Aug 2017
Booked the lightkeepers houses for a birthday getaway for family and some friends & will be patting myself on the back about this choice for some time. The houses are immaculate and surprisingly spacious -- combined with the absolutely stunning, remote location set against the sea and sky, it is the perfect place to clear the head and step away from everyday life. Adults and children alike were absolutely taken with it.
27 Jul 2017
Drove up to the lighthouse in thick fog and mist on the tiniest roads - only when standing right in front of it was the lighthouse and lightkeepers house finally revealed. Very atmospheric arrival and so cosy to go inside the house. Time specific furnishings give a sense of both the familiar and the strange at the same time - really a fantastic experience. Next morning - clear skies and views that go on forever in every direction. Beautiful walks and drives all over this area - would have loved to stay longer - 2 days was far too short!
21 May 2017
Enjoyed the Galley Head 1 so much! Views are amazing! Gerald and Alex were very friendly and helpful. Their history of the lighthouse makes the place come alive Andrew looked at as a home. Gerald goes out of his way to accommodate all. We were so privileged to have taken a tour of the lighthouse. Only small item I could say needs attention isn't the water pressure in the ough pressure for the tub but not the shower. Thank you Gerald and Alex!
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  • Property Features
  • From: €2,500 weekly
  • Stylish & spacious self catering
  • All rooms with beautiful bay view
  • Gallery-style double height dining room
  • Expansive lawned private garden
  • Complimentary weekly clean
  • Private off-road parking


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