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Arnott's traditional labourer's cottage


Why not stay in our Irish labourer’s cottage in County Cork? Where: a small village called Gortroe, near Youghal (about 30 minutes drive East of Cork City) What has it got? A lovely lounge/kitchen with pine floor and pine vaulted ceiling, a solid fuel burning cast-iron stove (starter pack of fuel provided), hand-made Irish Dresser and kitchen cupboards. Cooking facilities (electric stove with oven, microwave etc.), refrigerator and dishwasher. A main bedroom with double bed. A second bedroom with adult size bunk beds (can be reduced to one bed if required), chest of drawers and an open fire. Shower/toilet room accessed via 3rd spare room/bedroom which contains hand-made large wardrobe. An acre of land at the back with a small orchard. Oil central heating. There is a sitting area at the side of the cottage with an outdoor table and space for a tent. Outhouses contain a washing machine and tumble dryer. Within a short walk are a village shop, wine bar/restaurant and a hotel with swimming pool.

A welcome from Tony
What’s our secret? Well, Tony Fitzgerald is our caretaker and he and his son Andrew will call in, make you welcome, point you in the right directions and sort out any little problems.
It is called Arnott’s cottage because it was occupied by Mr and Mrs Arnott for many many years, in fact they lived there when my parents’ family, including me, went back to the village to see grandparents back in the 1960s.

Where to go and what to do
There's lot's to do: or do nothing if you want! Loads of restaurants within a short drive (it is possible to manage without a car but it's not easy). In Youghal (10 minutes drive away) is the famous Aherne's fish restaurant: we recommend the bar food especially the fish chowder, the brown bread and the Guinness. In Midleton, about 20 minutes away towards Cork, is another great restaurant called the Farmgate. In Cork City itself of course there are lots of excellent places. Not forgetting Ballymaloe House where the Allen family provide wonderful modern food made from local ingredients and there is a lovely garden which Darina Allen has developed over recent years. A real treat!


This lovely labourer's cottage near Youghal includes an acre to play in! Tony our caretaker will welcome you and point you to all the best places.


Property type: Cottage

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

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

Additional beds:
1 cot
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
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Clothes drier
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden
Extra information (From both front and back there are lovely views over the Irish countryside, complete with cows. And at the back the view is over our own acre with a small orchard.)


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Horse Riding
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market

Prices and availability

Last updated 18.02.2014

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
1st June 2015 to 30th September 2015 None set No 4

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 13 Weeks 5%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 1 Weeks 15%
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 5%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st April to 31st August 21 Days 15%
1st January to 31st March 14 Days 10%
1st September to 31st December 14 Days 10%
1st January to 31st December 14 Days 10%
1st April to 31st August 14 Days 5%
1st January to 31st March 21 Days 20%
1st September to 31st December 21 Days 20%


This property does not have any extras set


This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 2km
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest supermarket: 8km
  • Cork City: 35km
  • Youghal: 10km
  • Fota Island: 20km
  • Ballymaloe House: 25km


29 out of 29 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Saturday 29 June 2013
A clean and tidy character cottage with all the home comforts. Quaint and quirky in a quiet rural setting. The ideal place to relax but also a good base for exploring.
Stayed Saturday 13 August 2011
This is a great base for travelling around, particularly the eastern side of County Cork and County Waterford. The facilities are great, its a compact little cottage with all you need, including a dishwasher. There is no bath but a great shower. If you have a small baby you could however use the Belfast sink to bath them if you feel like stepping back in time. If you are hoping to see western cork and Kerry it could make for long days travelling a more central location would be better. We had a great time and explored the area thoroughly.
Stayed Saturday 06 August 2011
We enjoyed our stay in Arnotts Cottage very much. There was four of us staying there for one week. The cottage has everything you need. It is a beautiful quaint cottage in a rural area, but close enough to Youghal. We found "The Thatch Pub", served excellent food and it is great value. we visited Cork City Gaol ,interesting history, Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle, Jameson Distillery, Leahys Open Farm, (for Aidan) and drove to Limerick to visit Thomond Park Rugby Stadium , Aisling is a big Munster fan (strange). Also I would like to say a big thank you to Tony the Caretaker for the lovely welcome. Overall the cottage is a great place to stay and excellent value.
Stayed Tuesday 22 December 2009
My wife and I enjoyed our recent stay at the cottage. It still retains the quaint charm of a traditional labourers cottage (right down to the half-door) while having essential features, such as oil-fired central heating, dishwasher, washer & dryer, and power shower. In particular, we enjoyed the wonderful fireplace, comfortable beds, and proximity to Youghal. The deck out the back would be wonderful during the summer. We would recommend the cottage for groups of 2-6.
Stayed Saturday 08 August 2009
The cottage was very nice and had everything on-hand to make our stay pleasant and comfortable. It was in a nice location but one would need a car to get anywhere, not within walking distance to any amenities. It didnt bother us one bit, in fact it was very nice to be away from everything and everyone. Youghal is an absolutely beautiful town and has everything you would need to amuse children and enjoy yourself. Would definitely recommend.
Stayed Saturday 11 July 2009
very nice cottage and well located near youghal. it was fully equipped. just the weather wasnt that good that we couldnt enjoy the terrace for bbqs. i would go again, if i wouldnt know each village, pub and sight in southern ireland.
Stayed Saturday 25 April 2009
The cottage is very quaint but would benefit from some home comforts being added. The linen is old and tired. The newly fitted cooker only had 2 rings working, no grill or oven. Should have been tested before we arrived. The heating was not working when we arrived. The caretaker told us that equipment outside had been re-located to accommodate building a patio, he got it working. The next day he came to see us and we said the heating had been on all day to which he said we could not do this as we would burn something out. We turned it off next day when going out and tried to turn it on again on returning, it was not working again. The caretaker got it going. This could all have been avoided if the heating had been tested before we arrived. The day before we were due to leave the caretaker asked us what time we were vacating the property. We said 1130am, he asked us to leave at 1015am as the cleaners were coming in. We ended up going at 1030am. NO CLEANERS IN SIGHT !!!!!!! Unhappy to have paid good money for the poor standard & service. Would not recommend to anyone I know, better places to stay.
Stayed Saturday 19 July 2008
I have stayed in arnotts cottage for the past 3 summers.It is in an excellent location and very peaceful,with all the mod cons you could wish for.Tony the caretaker is very helpful and if you need anything,nothing is too much touble for him.I have booked again for this summer and I know we will enjoy it as always.I would highly recommend it for a peaceful and relaxing holiday with all modern amenities.
Stayed Saturday 16 February 2008
Really superb week and Tony was very helpful and kind. If you looking for an inexpensive cosy cottage as a base to explore the Irish Riveria, I would strongly suggest you consider this one!
Stayed Saturday 26 May 2007
I stayed in arnotts cottage 20th aug 11. I cant say enough in its praise.Lovely location, very quiet and restful,every eminity you could wish for,but with the charming cottage feel to it. I have stayed there 4 times and will be goin back next year again. they have added lovely sun trap patio out the back so outside space is brilliant.tony the caretaker is so pleasant and helpful and keeps the property spotless. Ist a pleasure to stay there.
Stayed Saturday 29 October 2005
we had lovely week in arnotts cottage. its our 5th year staying there so that speaks for itself. everything you need for a comfortable stay is there,plus the tranquility and peaceful setting is beyond price.tony the caretaker is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble for him.we will certainly stay again next yearand look forward to it.
Stayed Saturday 29 October 2005
A very homely base, warm and comfortable to come home to after a day exploring. Tony the caretaker gives a great welcome and proved very helpful throughout our stay.
Stayed Saturday 29 October 2005
This will be my 3rd year coming back to stay in arnotts cottage.I find it to be an excellent holiday location.It has everything you need for home comforts and its convenient to the town and beach.Its lovely and peaceful and it ensures a relaxing holiday. The caretaker tony is very helpful and pleasant.Overall a great place for a holiday.
Stayed Monday 28 June 2004
Very quite, good for selfcatering Friendly Tony Wel situated for walks in the beautiful surroundings.
Just returned from a lovely week at the cottage with my partner and two children - a wonderful place to stay, right out in the country with a homey feel and large garden. Tony is a really friendly and helpful host - would recommend to anyone!
This cottage is small but has all the ameneties you could need and provides comfortable accommodation for 4 people. It is an old building but the appliances eg. shower,cooker,dishwasher, washing machince etc. are modern and in good working order. It is lovely that it is in the countryside but just a 5min drive from the main road that gives easy access to the whole of East Cork, and from Youghal which has all the ameneties of a small town and has glorious, safe, clean beaches. The cottage has some nice touches like the local pottery dinner service, but on the whole is adequately comfortable rather than luxurious, although is slightly more spacious than the photos would suggest. It is great value for money and because of that we would definately stay here again and recommend it to friends. As everyone mentions - Tony is great and very helpful.
Great location for seeing this part of Ireland. The Cottage is in a very peaceful setting, with a fine expanse of garden to the rear overlooking the surrounding farm land. Great beaches all around this area & good shopping in Youghal for supplies, you have the essential ingredients for great break within easy reach. The inside of the cottage is basic but adequate. It has a certain character & charm in its simplicity. The only fault if pushed, would be to suggest it could do with a de-clutter in the various storage areas. Last words must be a mention of Tony, do have a chat on places to eat etc.
The cottage has everything you need and the caretaker Tony is a lovely man, who is very friendly and is full of very helpful information about for what to do in the area. The cottage is only five minutes outside of Youghal (by car) but still feels like your in the middle of nowhere, which is relaxing and peaceful. Great place to stay - highly reccomended. You will not find a better value cottage with everything you need and more in Ireland.
Although it was dark when we arrived, I rang Tony and he gave us precise directions. The cottage was warm and cosy, very good with all amenities. The cottage was well positioned and the road to Cork was excellent. The people we met along the way were very friendly. It was good to re-visit Youghal and walk along the Town Walls. The Visitors book provided extra information which was good. A most enjoyable holiday was had by all of us. We would recommend this cottage to anyone. Thank you.
The cottage was very quaint. It meet my needs, but a lot smaller than I thought. Tony was a great host, very helpful, kind and genuine nice guy. The cottage had all that I need for a quite relaxing vacation. Perfect except for tiny things (see below). Owner: Directions to the cottage need to be updat ed. The restaurant is no longer called Gazebos It is GREEN BARN. Also, if there where clear instructions listed in the cottage as how to turn on heaters, hot water, electricity, location of laundry room, etc would be helpful. Future Guest: The radio did not pick up many stations so bring your Cds. And there are only 2 channels on the TV, so dont plan on watching to much TV. Dryer has a bin that fills with water, empty it often, helps A LOT with clothe drying. :) Some tips are handy in guest book, skim through it if you can. Besides those few minor things my stay was perfect! Thank you, I hope to book again real soon.
We stayed at the cottage for two weeks. We had a fantastic time. The cottage has everything you need. The caretaker was lovely and told us the best places to eat and visit. We would love to return to the cottage. It was very homely.
This is an over 200 year old cottage. It is very cozy and quaint with hardwood. It does not have a telephone but does have good cell reception and you can sign up for wireless internet through Eircom at the airport and it should work fine. Tony who looks after the cottage is just a couple of doors down and more than willing to answer any questions you might have or provide you with suggestions on places to go, eat ect. We completely enjoyed our time, and the cottage is wonderful. It is very small and cozy but felt like home away from home. We cant wait to go back!
very nice accommodations...we wanted to experience "Ireland", and thats what we got...tasteful and quaint...diminutive open kitchen / living area...wood/peat/coal burning stove...very comfortable beds in the three bedrooms...on a back road in farm country, yet 10 minutes to Youghal, for restaurants, supplies and groceries...Mr. Tony Fitzgerald, the caretaker, is delightful and an excellent resource for any questions you might have about your stay in Ireland...make sure you ask him for directions to the beach down the road...we had a great time...
Quaint cottage in beautiful countryside. definitely worth a visit. Would go back again
the cottage was very good value for money, and was within easy reach of youghal, waterford,cork and other attractions.
Excellent. Offers exceptional value for money in a lovely peaceful rural setting
myself and husband and our 2 young sons stayed here for a week in august 2007 and had a great time, the cottage is comfy and homely and well equipped. we loved the `big` field at the back of the house where the kids could run wild and play and be perfectly safe, we went up to the top of the field every evening to watch the rabbits. it is so peaceful in and around the cottage, it was better than we expected and hopefully we will definitely return again sometime.
A lovely little cottage in a quiet area; the description on the website is accurate and our family of 4 enjoyed it. The only criticism I have is that the directions on how to get there are not quite accurate or detailed enough.
Owner reply:

I have modified the directions after discussion with this visitor; I hope that they are now clearer.

Excellent property - not fancy but full of character. We felt very comfortable at Arnott's Cottage, and the people nearby were very friendly and helpful. Having Tony around was also a great asset. Wish we could have stayed longer.
I found arrnotts cottage all that I expected an irish cottage to be but with the added bonus of having every modern convenience you would wish for.Its location is defenitely the bonus point , it is rural and natural with plenty of noisy neighbours and hares and rabits for company in the acre behind the cottage,It is really lovely and olde worlde,The most relaxing holiday i had for a long time,With all the modern conveniences laid on what morecould you ask for,I hav an autistic son 25years old.Se ;oved the cottage for the week and wants to go bacj there soon.My overall impression of the place was a piece of paradise.Thand you so much for making our hol so enjoyable,We will ne in touvh for our next holiday.thank you,regards


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