Southernmost House

LocationCape Clear Island, Co. Cork

The house in situated in a secluded location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Mizen Head, Roaring Water Bay and the South Harbour of Cape Clear. Built pre-famine in approx 1830 and occupied until 1890-1894, it was subsequently used as a barn for many years before being restored in the mid 1990’s. There are no other houses between the Southernmost House and the Atlantic Ocean - beautiful sunrises to the east and unsurpassed sunsets to the west are daily occurrences at Southernmost House. The natural night time and early morning light give another dimension to the magnificent views from each window. The landscape and seascapes never fail to captivate during all seasons of the year while the light from the Fastnet Rock flashes across the night sky every six seconds adding another magical dimension to the regular cloudless starry nights.

Southernmost House has been prepared specifically for the enjoyment and pleasure of one or two people and unfortunately we cannot accept children or pets. The house comprises a large sitting area with open turf fire and large sun receiving windows, a dining area with panoramic views, a loft, in the traditional Irish cottage style, a study, a kitchen with all necessary storage and cooking facilities, bathroom with bath and power shower and one double bedroom with traditional style super king size bed.

The house is presented and furnished in a very simple manner to reflect the resources available locally and with an aesthetic sympathetic to the simple origins of the house. All furniture and fittings were either made locally on the island or made by Irish crafts people working in the vernacular idiom. The floors are covered in stone slabs from Trá Chiaran (the local beach) and the windows in all rooms present panoramic and cameo views of the surrounding seascape or landscape.

Southernmost House is a unique haven offering guests, among other things, an opportunity to regain and engage in the quite and simple enrichment of the body and soul. The location on Cape Clear Island is for people that wish to re-charge, reflect and take pleasure from time moving slowly. There is no television in Southernmost House but there is a mobile wi-fi unit if needed and a music unit with radio and CD player. A cross section of CD’s is on hand as well as a selection of board and card games, jigsaws and a variety of Irish and classic books.

Costs include linen, heating, gas, turf and kindling etc for the fire. We will give instruction and demonstration on how to start and maintain the open fire as well as all other appliances. We will be on hand to render assistance at any stage. A few non perishables cupboard basics are provided. Due to the location of Cape Clear Island off the south coast of the Irish mainland, we understand that potentially interested guests might have concerns about sourcing food and supplies. There are two restaurants and two pubs on the island and one shop. These premises are not always open but Fields Supervalu in Skibbereen provide a delivery service via the ferry to the Island upon order by phone on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. We can offer a helping hand to guests in ordering and having in-situ on arrival their desired requisites for their stay. This can offer the opportunity to sample some of the renowned artisan and locally produced foods and beverages of West Cork.

The Ferry servicing Cape Clear is for foot passengers only. A car cannot be taken to the island except by special arrangement via barge. There is a rural bus service if required. The ferry departs from Baltimore Harbour in West Cork. Sat Nav. Coordinates for Baltimore Harbour are 51 29 0 North—9 22 0 West.

Costs include linen, heating, gas, turf and kindling etc for the fire. Costs include linen, heating, gas, turf and kindling etc for the fire. We will give instruction and demonstration on how to start and maintain the open fire as well as all other appliances. We will be on hand to render assistance at any stage and we will give instruction and demonstration on how to start and maintain the open fire as well as all other appliances. Please contact Liam & Áine ó Lorcáin we will be delighted to hear from you and to discuss how we can facilitate you to maximise the enjoyment of your stay at Southernmost House.

Southernmost House, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, Ireland

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Cape Clear Island