(Reference number: 59935)
The Lighthouse Cottages are two side by side houses situated 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 the 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 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.