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The village of Ballycotton stands high above the neat little harbour from which fishermen have gone out for centuries to the rich fishing grounds of Ballycotton Bay. This neat little cottage is situated on Chapel Road, which overlooks the bay.

The harbour is packed with trawlers and pleasure craft. Anglers can enjoy themselves with rod and line from the end of the quay or hire boats for sea fishing trips.

Around the village are spectacular cliff top walks 200 feet above the sea. Long strips of beautiful sandy beaches are just 10 minutes walk from the cottage.

Things to do in the Village.
Ballycotton is famous for its cliff walk, which extends over 5 miles of cliff to the beach at Ballytrasna. The cliff walk starts at the cliff top car park which is reached via a road swinging right uphill from the village just before the pier. At the car park where the walk starts there is an information board, entitled Ballycotton Cliff Walk. A concrete stile gives access to the pathway. There are many stiles on the route, much more convenient than climbing walls or ducking under electric fences while, at the same time, keeping farm animals from wandering. The route is a narrow foot-worn track along the cliff top, with the sea far below and the air coming off the Atlantic fresh and stimulating
The walk passes Ballytrasna and then turns inland at the small cove at Ballyandreen, to make a loop back to Ballycotton. The local development committee hopes this path can be extended - but for the moment it is a very pleasant 5 miles, with a shorter route home of 3 miles, through Ballytrasna.

Pitch & Putt :
The village pitch & putt couse is just 5 minutes walk. Clubs are in the cottage, and Green Fees are just €5 which is paid at the club house.

Bird Watching:
Ballycotton and the surrounding areas are a well known haven for birdwatchers. An information board, depicts the local bird species at the start of the cliff walk. It is one of eighteen plaques erected at prime bird viewing sites on the new East Cork Bird Trail between Cork and Youghal.

Deep Sea Angling:
The summer season is from May to September. The main catches are, Blue Shark, Pollock, Ling, Conger, Cod ,Spotted Dog. From the end of October to the end of February, is ideal for big Cod (20 Ibs+), Hake and Coalfish. For conservation, most fish are returned alive to the water and certain species are tagged for scientific purposes. Favorite angling-marks can be reached within 20-40 minutes. The mix of rocky ledges, sand and coral accounts for the variety of fish available. A number of boats, with experienced skippers, from 23 ft to 36 ft are available. Rods and tackle can be hired. Normal angling time is from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Contact s-
Ballycotton Angling Centre, Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
Peter Manning
South Coast Angling Centre , Ardvilla, Ballycotton, Co. Cork,
Shore Angling :
Angling from the pier for Mackerel, Plaice, Sole, Conger, Flounder Ray etc. River fishing is the Blackwater(in Lismore) and Bride Rivers (in Tallow) for Salmon and Trout, are about one hours drive. There is also Trout fishing at Loughaddera.
Fishing Information and Licences: T.H. SPORTS Ltd.
Connolly Street Midleton Co. Cork Ireland

Swimming :
Close to Sandy Beaches and for the more
adventurous the mens bathing place. The secluded cove of
Ballytrasna is to be found at the end of the cliff walk.

Tennis: The Village Tennis courts are just across the road from Hillside Cottage.

Eating in and around Ballycotton.
There are a several restaurants in the Village itself, from pub grub in the Inn by the Harbour and the field kitchen in the Blackbird to gourmet hotel & restaurant and The Bay View Hotel.

In the general area, (about 10 minutes drive) is the world famous Ballymaloe House and Shanagarry Cookery School.
Stepen Pierce Pottery in Shanagarry has a cafe which serves excellent homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Hartys Pub & Restaurant in Cloyne serves both Bar and Restaurant fare.

A 20 minute drive and you are in the market town of Midleton, which hosts a large number of restaurants and cafes including The Farm Gate.

We advise telephoning in advance to check opening times of Bars/Restaurants, as some are seasonal and subject to change.

Contact Tel Nos of Restaurants.
Skinny Diner:
Village diner with deliver service. Serves fast food including curries and cheesecake.

Inn by the Harbor:
Serves both Pub Grub and Evening Meals. Overlooking the Harbour. Seasonal

The Schooner:
Serves full Bar Food Menu all days Thursday to Sunday inclusive
Monday to Wednesday - Snacks.
Bay View Hotel:
Bar and Sunday Lunches, evening meals. Seasonal

Restaurants outside of the village but within 10 minutes drive.

Garryvoe Hotel :
Overlooking Garryvoe Strand. Bar and Restaurant Meals.

Ballymaloe House :
World Renowned Restaurant and Kitchen Shop

Shannagarry Pottery:
The Stephen Pierce run world renowned Shanagarry Pottery has built an international reputation.
Lunches and snacks are served in a Pottery Emporium in Shanagarry Village

Hartys Restaurant & Bar,
Church Street,
Bar and Restaurant Meals

Taxi Cos
East Cork Cabs,
89 Main st, Midleton

Midleton Cabs
5 Connolly st, Midleton

Pubs in the Village.

The Blackbird of Ballycotton.
Great live Gigs Venue. Large Beer Garden.

The Schooner Tavern
Across the Road form the Blackbird - great bar food

Inn by the Harbour
Overlooking the Harbour.

McGraths Pub.


Charming old world cottage, perched overlooking Ballycotton Bay, in Ballycotton Village, Co. Cork. This cottage has two bedrooms 1 double and 1 twin and set set in mature gardens with sea views.


Property type: Cottage

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Room for 4 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden
Sea view


Suitable for
Pets (One small pet is allowed. Please contact owner.)

Sports and activities

Horse Riding

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Theme Park

Prices and availability

Last updated 17.03.2015

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30th August to 30th September 6 Months 10%
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1st February to 31st December 3 Days 15%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
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1st January to 31st December 4 Weeks 12%


Compulsory extras
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Electricity in excess of £10 allowance @ 21p/unit All year N/A £0.21 per week

Paid locally

Heating in excess of 16 litre alowance is £1/litre All year N/A £1.00 per week

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Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Fire Pack All year N/A £10.00 per booking

Paid with booking

Pet charge All year N/A £15.00 per booking

Paid with booking


This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 2km
  • Nearest bar: 0.2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 200m
  • Nearest supermarket: 18.83km
  • Shannon Airport: 163km
  • Dublin Airport: 295km
  • Jamesons Heritage Centre: 19km
  • Foto Wildlife Park: 30km
  • Cork City: 40km
  • Trabolgan Holiday Centre: 25km


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42 out of 42 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 17 August 2013 with Family
Dear All, Many thanks again for another wonderful peaceful break at Hillside Cottage in Ballycotton. As usual the cottage was comfortable, spotless and well equipped. We love cooking and everything needed was there. We were catching the mackerel this year and were able to cook them on your great gas BBQ. So peaceful in the garden. The weather was great this year and when there was a slight chill we were using the fire in the evening with peat and fire logs - such a bonus. Hope to be back again next year.
Stayed Monday 08 October 2012
We had a wonderful stay at Hillside Cottage. It was cozy and comortable, and perfect for the three of us (myself, my sister and my niece). We checked out all the pubs and bar food in Ballycotton during our two weeks there and found every one of them to be excellent. The cliff walk was spectacular, and not to be missed. Also be sure to go visit the Lifeboat Shop. At the end of the day we loved going "home" to a cup of tea made in our own kitchen and warming our toes by the fireplace.
Stayed Thursday 04 October 2012
I have nothin but good things to say about this place. Just beautiful! 4 of us came to Ireland for a wedding which was held in the church pretty much next door. It was perfect for everything we needed it for. Very comfortable and cosy. We will be coming back very soon!
Stayed Saturday 11 August 2012
We have stayed at Hillside Cottage before and will be booking again for next year. The cottage was spotless again and there is absolutely everything that could be needed. We are avid cooks and love the well kitted out kitchen and the BBQ is a bonus. We were unable to make use of it this year as the weather was inclement and the fish were not being caught but we did enjoy the lovely quiet sunshine in the mornings, in the garden with our coffee and no more noise than the BUMBLEBEEs buzzing in the floral borders. We didnt need the heating this year and only used the lounge fire in the evenings. We cant recommend this cottage enough for a great bolthole for exploring the area. There is plenty of linen and bedding stored if needed. Just a note - There is a short cut from the chapel next door down to the main street. We went to the local at the bottom of the road to the left (Schooner ?) and had the most amazing meal. It was huge though - be warned. The village store has everything. We recommend the Clonikilty Sausages and Black pudding.We highly recommend this cottage. Ruth, Walter and Rita.
Stayed Monday 11 June 2012
A great place to stay, fantastic views and very comfortable. Great value.
Stayed Wednesday 07 March 2012
As ever brilliant to be back in Ballycotton in Hillside Cottage tthe cosiest,, sweetest cottage. The views are as stunning as ever and such a lovely place to stay in Cork. There is everything you need in the cottage, very well equipped. Great location and lots tyo see in the area. Kinsale is always worth the visit and the beaches and cliff walks are beeautiful. We will be back.
Stayed Saturday 21 January 2012
Lovely Cottage. Fantastic views from double bedroom and kitchen. Great to relax in front of the open fire in the evening or take a short stroll to the local hosteleries. The cottage is very clean and comfortable with a very well equiped kitchen. Very well located in a quiet area but only a short walk to the shop, restaurants and pubs.
Stayed Saturday 13 August 2011
The property had everything needed and more than expected. Perhaps a BBQ would have been good but we had brought our own. We are avid cooks and absolutely everything needed was there. We did, unfortunately, manage to leave behing a favourite fry pan and splash guard, which we had brought with us. Enjoy using it. The view out of the kitchen window is spectacular and we even saw a Dolphin in the Bay. The mackerel were in and we were catching, BBQing and eating within the hour. What a wonderful experience. The beds are very comfortable and the whole cottage is beautifully furnished and so homely. We cant recommend this cottage any higher than we have. We would gladly recommend this property to anyone we know or otherwise, who wants a lovely quiet time away in a lovely popular area of Cork County. There is a lovely restaurant in the village with a wide range of prices - head down to the harbour, its on the right. Think on this - the bumble bees were the loudest noise we heard in the mornings, in the garden - the odd morning you will get called to chapel but the bell is not at all loud. Note - intermittent mobile signal and no wifi. For wifi dro p into Carphone Warehouse in Midleton and buy a wireless dongle if you have to work whilst on holiday. They were extremely helpful to me as I had to keep in contact with my office on a daily basis. Enjoy this wonderful cottage and the surrounding area. We are seriously considering booking the cottage again, soon.
Owner reply:

We have now gotten a gas BBQ

Stayed Saturday 23 April 2011
This was the perfect home base for exploring the East Coast of Ireland. Owners Margaret and Barry were great - made me feel very welcome. The website pictures are very accurate, but dont do the real thing justice. Beautiful view of the bay - enjoyed sitting on the terrace, watching the tides. The double bed is fantastic - I slept very well. The store in Ballycotton is very well stocked, with just about anything you may need. The satellite tv was a nice addition. I cant say enough good things about Hillside Cottage - would definitely recommend to anyone, looking for an authentic Irish self catering experience.
Stayed Saturday 31 July 2010
A sweet little cottage, ideally positioned within short walking (if uphill!) distance of shop (one shop only in village but well stocked), pubs, restaurants and RC church (cottage is next but one to the church in fact), yet in a very peaceful location and with a fabulous view of the bay from the back bedroom, kitchen and garden. A little bit stressful finding the cottage as the landmark given in the directions at which to turn (the Garda Station) is not visible until you are past the turn! Also, the name on the cottage consisted of just a typed sheet in the frosted window which is not really visible to a passing car and which had fallen down on the day we arrived! Probably best to park and locate on foot. However, it is well worth any effort to find Hillside Cottage. Perfect for 2 or for a couple and one child (the fourth bed can then be used for the suitcases as there is really nowhere else to put them). A bit too small for 4 adults, or for very tall or large people. Very clean and well equipped. No tumble drier but a line in the garden and pegs. TV/DVD player (a bit tricky to use if youre not very technically minded!). There is also a radio/CD player and even some nice CDs. Hillside Cottage is an ideal base for walkers and birdwatchers. The Atlantic Cliff Walk (turn R just before the harbour) is a must but not for the unfit or the very overweight as the concrete stiles are extremely narrow. In Ballycotton itself, swimming is off the rocks only (and a very steep climb down - certainly not suitable for children) but sandy beaches within a short drive in Garryvoe and a bit further on in Youghal. Garryvoe beach a bit exposed and can be windy/cool but its a clean, Blueflag beach with Lifeguard in season and the sand is firm so perfect for a bracing walk! And do not leave Garryvoe without first buying a loaf of the nicest brown bread youve ever tasted in the little shop beside the hotel at the entrance to the carpark - made by Maureen OShea I was told and only €3 for a good sized loaf. Good range of places to eat in/near the village, to suit every pocket, from Skinnys Diner to Ballymaloe House (which was a bit too much for us @ €75 a head, albeit for a 6 course meal). Skinnys Diner dont do takeouts but Waves do and Waves also has a range of delicious homemade cakes and does handcut homemade chips (but not always - its worth asking for them). Waves is well worth a visit too for their exhibition of the work of local artists/photographers which changes monthly and pictures are available for purchase at reasonable prices. Very friendly staff everywhere especially in Waves and in the Schooner Bar next door which does a very nice meal, if you dont mind the TV on while you eat. Nautilus restaurant in the Inn by the Harbour is nice but quite pricey for what you get and the bar there was not to our taste at all (noisy clientele and stale smell). Didnt eat in the Bayview Hotel restaurant as it was expensive but if you fancied dressing up for dinner it would be a place to go from where you could walk back and not as expensive as Ballymaloe House 3kms away. Short cut from harbour & shop end of village back to cottage via the Church steps (80 odd!). Lots of places to visit within a short driving distance of Ballycotton - Midleton, Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Fota House and Gardens (but beware the public toilets beside Fota House - they are disgusting), Ballymaloe cookery school, farm shop and gardens, Ballymaloe House, gift shop (heaven for cooks!) and restaurant, Jack OPatsys pottery and coffee shop and Shanagarry Design Centre. For something to do on rainy days or with bored children, Cork city and Youghal have cinema, bowling alley etc. We found the staff in the Tourist Offices in both places to be particularly friendly and helpful and enjoyed our visits there.
Owner reply:

Thank you for your review. The directions letter has now been updated (the Garda Station recently moved) and a new sign has been ordered for the Front Gate.

Stayed Friday 20 November 2009
Hillside Cottage is a delightful property. The views from the bedroom and kitchen across the bay are spectacular - especially in the storms! Calm days were even better........ Location wise it is perfectly placed for dro pping down the short hill to the pubs and also for walks along the coastline. Its a well equipped, very cosy cottage we spent a very comfortable week in Ballycotton.
Stayed Monday 29 June 2009
A cozy, well-maintained and fully equipped cottage. Everything was lovely and clean and all local amenities close by. With lots of walks nearby it is ideal for dog lovers. The locals made us very welcome and we shall be visiting again in the not too distant future.
Stayed Monday 25 May 2009
We had a lovely time in Ballycotton - a warm and friendly village. The cottage is cosy and very quaint! We felt very relaxed and at home there. The views are magnificent. The owners couldnt do enough for us and were extremely accommodating! Will definitely be going back.
Stayed Saturday 25 April 2009
Excellent cottage both warm and clean. The photographs do not do this property justice. The view from the double bedroom is magnificent in the morning, overlooking the Ballycotton Bay. Excellent food to be had in the village at the Schooner Bar.
Stayed Thursday 27 September 2007
The cottage was excellent, it has all you need to feel like home.The views from the kitchen are incredible and is really well conditioned. The only thing that needs a change is double bed for the rest, perfect!! It´s really easy to find it and people from village very helpfull. If you want to feel in peace, read, walk and forget the crazy city this is the place! I hope you will enjoy it like us, kisses from Barcelona ( Spain). Cristina and Alberto
Owner reply:

The double bed has now been replaced 10/03/08

Stayed Wednesday 11 April 2007
What a wonderful find. We had an excellent short break in this beautiful cottage. Very traditional style, warm and cosy. Plenty of room for a family of four. Children loved the enclosed back garden. Views fantastic! We would love to return SOON
Stayed Thursday 22 June 2006
We had a wonderful time in this beautiful cottage and cannot praise it enough! Will definitely be going back again.
Stayed Saturday 27 May 2006
Great location, lovely views and on a quiet road.
Stayed Saturday 27 August 2005
We found the cottage comfortable and very well equiped. The views from the cottage and garden were superb. The locals were very helpfull and friendly, the pub we turned into our local, The Blackbird, was different to your normal local, very interesting and very friendly. Only one complaint, a week was not long enough.
Stayed Thursday 18 August 2005
an excellent cottage with outstanding views so good i've booked again already!
Stayed Saturday 21 August 2004
The photos on the internet do not do this property justice. It was beautiful and clean with a fantastic view over the bay. We wouldnt hesitate to return. The people of ballycotten are very friendly and we had a great holliday!!!
Stayed Saturday 21 August 2004
The cottage was well equipped and beautifully maintained. The view out the back over the bay was stunning. We did not spend much time inside the cottage so do not know if the TV and music centre worked, as we were visiting family in the village. The only possible drawback might be the hill up to the cottage for an older people if they had mobility problems and no car. My grandson who is disabled had no problems on his scooter.
Stayed Saturday 21 August 2004
commnication couldn't have been easier - welcoming & encouraging - we'll be back -
Stayed Saturday 21 August 2004
We had a very enjoyable week. The cottage and location was excellent. I booked the holiday as a present for my mum and when we arrived at the cottage flowers, chocolate and a card was left for my Mum. which was lovely. Many thanks
What a little gem of a house! The views are to die for, its cosy and warm and very homely. Margaret the owner was a true delight and well definitely be visiting Ballycotton again just to make use of this fantastic home from home!
We booked this cottage to combine a short holiday with taking our son to study at UCC. We loved the views from the cottage, the coastal village and found the local pub to be a friendly place. Very well equipped, everything we needed, thank you.
Very clean,character,comfortable,cosy. Beautiful seaview. Car needed.
Great holiday cottage! It is exactly as described, great sea views, really clean, very well equipped - plenty of everything you need. Really homely - lots of pictures on wall, comfy couch, really comfy beds (hard to get out of some mornings!!). Theres a built in DVD in the telly - something we did not know beforehand! Its right in the village, just a stroll away from the pubs and eateries. We were very lucky with the weather but, had we had bad weather, we would have been more than happy to spend more time in the cottage. Great location also, Ballycotton is very cute and there is so much to do around the area, well worth a visit. We will be back at some stage!
Well equipped cosy cottage in the heart of the village with spectacular views of Ballycotton Bay.
The property was in an excellent setting and was more than we expected. It was clean, had access to local facilities and the neighbours were exteremly friendly. I would recomend this to anybody visiting East Cork
Cottage was just as I expected.My wife and I had a lovley time here the village is very nice and the pubs and people very friendly. Very nice part of the world!!!!
Fantastic little cottage with great views of the bay from the kitchen and back bedroom. we really enjoyed our stay in Ballycotton and if we were to return we would stay at Hillside Cottage again
superb, had a wonderful time in the cottage, it was very clean and well kept, very comfertable
Great vews. A lovely fire to make the cottage cosy on a wet Irish autumn afternoon. A great location with easy access to Midleton and Cork. My wife, 9 year old daughter, mother in law and I had a wonderful 5 days.
The property was well situated to take advantage of the countryside. It was well equipped and clean. The instructions were clear and contained a lot of useful local information. Overall a very pleasant break in a beautiful part of the countryside.
We loved the cottage - it was exactly what we hoped it would be.
super week, thank you
We had a very enjoyable stay in Ballycotton. The cliff walk a must. The Grapefruit Resturant super along with the pubs. Very friendly and helpful people. A great time had by all.
I thoroughly enjoyed my one week stay in Ballycotton and surrounding towns, the land of my ancestors. "Mrs. O'Keefe's Cottage" on the hill was quaint, clean and centrally located. Everything is in walking distance in Ballycotton! As one local said to me, "Bill, you're in the best place in Ballycotton. You are betwixt the Church and the Pub. All you have to decided each morning is whether you want to go left or right!" I will definitely return to this friendly place soon!
Very clean and cosy cottage in a great location in the peaceful village of Ballycotton. Don't let the picture on the web site put you off. It is clean, quite sapcious, warm and well equiped. The view from the kitchen window is like a post card. Most people say it, but I mean it - we will be coming back again.
Actually I do not think the pictures on the website do this property any justice because the property is a lot nicer than what the pictures showed. Really comfortable & cosy cottage with everything compact. Views were fantastic too. Will definitely return!
we had a very goood holiday,very clean. excellent views,locals very friendly close to local pubs and shop, will deal with again.thank you very much
3 other reviews
Stan & Evelyn, The Netherlands Date 14 July 2012 Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. We will be back. Our girls had a great time here, they didnt want to leave.
Review of Geraldine & Gary, Kent, UK Review made on 26 June 2012 We had absolutely loved our stay in Hillside cottage. It really feels homely and cosy. We are gonna miuss waking up to the view. The cottage is so nice we somtimes struggled to ear ourselves away.
Review Terry & Hailey from Texas, USA and Norway - 10 June 2012 Our travel agent found the wibsite on the net advertising Hillside Cottage. What a bit of good fortune. The cottage is cozy comfortable well equiped. Love the village and the people. Mike and his family at Schooner Bar befriended us and helped us learn and enjoy the Village. Weather not so nice. Walked the cliffs, wnt to Lismore (beautiful), had great meals here at Herring Gull and Hotel, in LIsmore atOBriens Chop House, and in Midleton at Farmgate. Enjoyed the experience very much. I joined Terry on Friday and had a wonderful couple of days in Ballycotton. Wondeful place and village. Will come back.


About the owner
My family has been involved in the tourism business for 20 years and the ethos is to help people to enjoy their stay in our country whilst appreciating the local culture and accommodation. The cottage is a traditional cottage set in a traditional seaside village and has been in family ownership for over 50 years. It is also our holiday cottage and we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.
Owner score 3454
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