The Wild Atlantic Way needn't be wild....
Set in 30 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay with views as far as the Old Head of Kinsale, Woodpoint House sits quietly, whiling away the centuries.
The Wild Atlantic Way needn't be wild....
unless you want it to be.
Danger! Wild flowers.
Woodpoint House stands high up on the south western side of Courtmacsherry Bay, secluded in 30 acres of woodland (carpeted in bluebells in the spring), but only ten minutes easy walk from Courtmacsherry Village below.
The old stone buildings, set around a palm-tree-lined courtyard, were originally built as the farm to the Boyle Estate, the main house of which now constitutes the Courtmacsherry Hotel on the seafront below.
The six bedrooms (various combinations of double, twin and triple available) are quiet and comfortable. Trish believes in old-fashioned hospitality.
Rather than sit in your room and make your own tea and coffee, she encourages you to use the communal sitting room (memorabilia from the Lusitania, which sank just off the coast, on the walls) where she will make you proper coffee and real tea, on request.
Or bring your own wine, and, settling in one of the old leather armchairs, perhaps play a game of cards in front of the open fire.
Trish is also a Ballymaloe-trained chef, so breakfast is of a high standard; local produce, beautifully cooked.
On request, she can also cook up a fine evening meal with fish caught (perhaps by you) locally that day, and accompanied by wild seasonal vegetables foraged in the surrounding woodland.
HOW TO COOK SEA BASS by Patricia Gannon
A small drinking village with a fishing problem.
Courtmacsherry is a small coastal village 30 miles southwest of Cork City and the international airport. The village, with its sheltered harbour, has established itself as one of southwest Ireland’s premier sea angling and boat trip centres. Because of this, and its wide selection of local pubs, “Courtmac” is known locally as “A quiet drinking village with a fishing problem”.
It is also situated close to the beginning of both the Seven Heads Walk and the far longer Wild Atlantic Way that reaches all the way up the west coast to Donegal.
Courtmac is home to the Courtmacsherry Offshore Lifeboat and the village has a number of other facilities such as a recently refurbished pier and pontoon for boats and visiting yachts, a promenade and tennis court. The village has also started up its own community shop, stocking all the necessities.
Woodpoint House is close to the start of both the Seven Heads Walk, and the Wild Atlantic Way, a hugely successful rebranding of the entire west coast of Ireland. In addition to these longer walks there are numerous short walks in an around the village, taking in woods, beaches and stunning scenery. Several walks are marked out in Woodpoint House’s own grounds, taking in the woods and wild flowers and shrubs such as fuschia, bluebells and wild garlic.
There are a huge selection of beautiful beaches and coves to choose from for a picnic, locally, such as Courtmacsherry Strand itself, Coolmain Strand, and Broadstrand, to further afield, such as Dunworley Bay and Clonakilty Bay with the award-winning Inchydoney beach.
BOATING & FISHING
Almost every water-based activity is represented in Courtmacsherry, from kayaking to wreck-fishing. Woodpoint House is closely associated with Courtmacsherry Angling who have a variety of boats available for charter or hire. Talk to Trish about arranging an angling package. Fish caught locally include sea bass, skate, ray, wrasse, pollock, mackerel, dogfish and even blue shark.
FOOD & CULTURE
There is a regular country market where shoppers can buy locally caught fish, fruit and vegetables, home baking, jams and pickles. Further afield, Clonakilty has numerous boutiques and shops selling a wide range of goods. Clonakilty is also home to DeBarras, the renowned West Cork music venue. Several gourmet restaurants are within a short drive, including the Pink Elephant at Coolmain, and Deasy's in Ring.
There are several festivals in Courtmacsherry in the summer months, including the July Strand Horseracing Festival, the Village Festival in August and the Storytelling Festival in September. Courtmac is a good base if you are attending other festivals, like the Guitar Festival in Clonakilty, being close to the action but also offering peace and quiet when you’ve had enough music.
The famous Old Head course at Kinsale offers 36 holes of spectacular cliff-top golf. There are more local courses, such as Bandon, offering 18 holes of parkland golf in the grounds of Castlebernard, and Dunworley, a local nine hole course.
Our Rooms & Rates.
Breakfast included. Homemade meals by trained chef Trish available. Bring your own wine.
Bedrooms are quiet and comfortable. There are a number of different configurations available, suitable for couples, families or groups.
One room has a single and a double bed, one room is a triple, and the others are all twin rooms, all en suite.
€40 per person per night sharing, including breakfast.
What They Say About Woodpoint House.
“For many years I have visited this very welcoming guesthouse in the picturesque village of Courtmacsherry. Hostess Patricia provides lunch and dinner to perfection with an eternal smile. Host Mark has two beautiful boats and masses of experience, which probably makes him one of the best skippers in Ireland. A mix of these two plus the diversity of fish makes your stay perfect. Ideal for a no stress holiday.”
“We had a great time at this wonderful place, good fishing, good food and great hospitality. Thank you for a nice fishing vacation Mark and Trish. See you next year.”
Guy,Gert,and Tom Eykens.Turnhout Belgium.
“This super B & B provides a delicious breakfast and hearty dinner for a surprisingly low price. Located on the top of the cliff and within walking distance of the picturesque village of Courtmacsherry with a few pubs. I will return!”
“We have had a wonderful time in Courtmacsherry. We enjoyed your hospitality and the excellent fishing. See you next time.”
Mark and Dirk, The Frieslanders
“Thanks a lot again, for all the hard work to make us enjoy our stay in Courtmacsherry, We enjoyed it a lot!We are sure that we will be back again.”
Ronald Traas, Remon Vermeulen, Richard de Yonge, Des de Young, Daniel van der Post, Ralph Jansens from Zeeland
How to find us.
Easily accessible from Cork or West Cork, Courtmacsherry is a few miles South of Timoleague, reached from Bandon or Clonakilty.
Woodpoint House B&B
For more info & reservations
contact Patricia Gannon
Tel: 087 638 1003