Roaring Water Bay

Ballydehob, Co. Cork

Books, meadow flowers, a rocking chair by a cosy fire at this treasure-trove cottage of beautiful things - down tiny lanes in west Cork


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Drop south over the mountain, turn right towards the sea, lose yourself in tiny lanes, then find heaven. You’re cast adrift in the lush folds of west Cork, as lovely a spot as you will find anywhere in the world. As for this gorgeous cottage, well, Beth’s impeccable style has covered the whole place with something beautiful and if you abhor the bland and predictable and yearn instead for old-fashioned splendour, then your dreams will come true here. Outside, wild daisies and climbing roses hog the limelight; inside, a treasure trove of beautiful things waits to be discovered. The sprawling art is utterly irreproachable, there are books by the hundred, home-grown flowers, a rocking chair in front of a peat fire in the cosy sitting room. Nothing is ordinary, viz. the shoe trees nailed to the panelled wall by the claw-foot bath on which to hang your towel. Elsewhere, a gilt mirror above the big bed, lovely rugs on shiny wood floors and a super kitchen that will fulfil every need. Doors open onto a path that leads down to a wild flower meadow. A perfect place to escape the world.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights; 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from €71
Weekly price
from €495
Extra bed/sofabed available €50 per person per week. 3-night stay, €285. 1-month stay (November - March), €775.
1 Cottage for 4
From €712 bedrooms


My sentiment on arrival , ‘It’s everything I wanted it to be!’ And the journey it takes through the hills is part of the experience. From the moment we arrived, Johnny made us feel so immensely welcome and delighted in the arrival of our 3 young children, encouraging immediate & imaginative play in the beautiful naturalistic gardens adjoining the pink cottage as we fondly call it. I loved the curiosities everywhere and felt a world away from the everyday beat of the drum. Our children, left to their own devices; reading and drawing - we all slept loads! A firm holiday favourite going forward.

Joy, Cork

We loved our stay at the Pink Cottage - I t’s a gem of a place. Beautiful both inside and out. The cottage has loads of character, enhanced by all the books and paintings. It is cosy but the high ceilings give a sense of space. There are woods and gardens to sit in or wonder about. As a host Johnny was friendly and hospitable yet unobtrusive. There are hill walks from the house and the little lanes are perfect for cycling. Ballydehob,Baltimore, Schull , Ahakista and Clonakilty, and all of South West Cork are nearby. This is a very special corner of a very special area.

Dervile, Edinburgh

The cottage is beautiful. Full of books and art and good feelings. The gardens are wild and enchanting and West Cork is absolutely stunning. Johnny is a charming and helpful host. This was one of those unforgettable holidays.

Jo, Arundel

We stayed in the pink cottage for 3 nights, it’s a little outside he town of ballydehob so a car is essential. The house was very clean and the beds were very comfortable, our little dog loved exploring and the peace of the countryside was so relaxing. We will be back to visit again.

Edel, Dublin

We had a wonderful stay! The place, the cottage and the gardens are magic. A little haven on earth! Thank you Johnny!

Plinio & monika, Rapperswil - switzerland

A fantastic magical place - so peaceful and quiet - Johnny was an excellent host - this place is very homely - full of interesting curios and curiosities - lots of lovely walks around and super garden with zip wire

Sandy, London

I can only imagine how wonderful this place must be in the summer months, but I can certainly testify to how perfect the place is to spend a wet, wintry weekend in. I can think of nowhere nicer to snuggle up at a roaring fire, surrounded by literally HUNDREDS of books, with a deep, clawfoot bath awaiting in the large ensuite bathroom. This spacious cottage is cosy and full of character, while having all the mod-cons available also. A remote spot, it is comforting to have the owner, Johnny, living close by; the perfect host who was there when needed and seemed to vanish when not. 5 stars.

Sheena, Dublin

People are happy here and its easy to see why. Beautiful countryside and lakes to explore , friendly pubs and cafes (with outstanding organic produce} choose between culture or whale watching or walks or seaside, Beth will help you find the perfect spot ,she is an inspiring person and very much the spirit of West Cork . Be warned , you may never want to leave !

Kika, London

Charming cottage with a charming owner. Beth could not have been more helpful with suggestions for trips and where to eat. Lisin na Cre is situated within the most peaceful and quiet surroundings; within easy reach of the most wonderful hill walks. A fifteen minute drive and you are facing the Atlantic lapping the cleanest beaches imaginable. Thoroughly recommended

David, Bury st edmunds

County Cork, Ireland is full of lush green hills, crumbling castles, rugged granite mountains, fine Georgian architecture and sleepy fishing villages, all surrounded by the brooding waters of the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Full of mystery, myths and legends. There's no better place to position yourself for exploring the above than in the cottage at Roaring Water Bay, with the excellent host 'Beth'. We need to return purely to enjoy the book collection! It's dreamy and we found it extremely hard to leave this rural idyll.

Nellie, Burford

It was a joy to discover (without exactly knowing what we were going to face) the secret hideaway 'Lisin na Cre'. The Cottage transpires a vibe of calmness, peace and harmony,a home rather than a house, not one of those only to be rented. The places to go were as good as anywhere else with that exotic touch, far, occulted, nostalgic, happy, the Ireland we love. We left longing for more and we will return in summer time. Beth's a host who gives everything, her smile exudes warmth and her clever use of colours in the rooms reflect this.

Ruben, Burford ( oxfordshire )

We – a fiftyish couple - found Roaring Water Bay Cottage very suitable for relaxing in a tranquil garden and as a base for discovering Ireland‘s beautiful South West. The cottage is nicely decorated and Beth is a most charming neighbour. We were not too impressed by Ballydehob, but found many other attractions within easy reach. It has been a great pleasure to visit and stay.

Nikolas, Marburg

Absolutely wonderful stay! Beth is a lovely, lovely host who went out of her way to make us welcome and comfortable. The cottage is gorgeous and beautifully decorated and the gardens are a delight to explore. A haven of peace and tranquility which we and our 13 month old son adored! Thank you Beth!

Olivia, London

What a delight to arrive at Lisin na Cre and find a low, pink cottage smothered in roses and full of books and paintings. From here we explored the quiet lanes of the Mizen, Sheep's Head and Beare peninsulas where the coastal landscape is dotted with the ruins of towers houses, castles and megalithic monuments. Our charming host Beth was always happy to recommend walks and restaurants and it was such a pleasure to share the occasional glass of wine with her outside what is without doubt the nicest cottage we have ever rented over many years of self catering - we hope to return soon.


It was a privilege to stay at Lisin Na Cre. This lovely cottage is full of character (and books), well appointed and comfortable. The quiet, rural location is ideal for exploring the beautiful coast and countryside of south west Ireland and the helpful suggestions and recommendations about walks, restaurants and shops from the charming hostess, Beth, were invaluable. We would like to think that we'll return with more of the family - young children will love the orchard and garden.


Myself and my hubby along with our 2 little boys (3 & 1) had an absolutely wonderful time at this pretty cottage. The interiors are adorable, vintage furniture and beautiful artwork. Beth is an unbelievably attentive host who made our stay even more enjoyable. Our boys adored the gardens, playing on swings and in the treehouse. It's just the most perfect, relaxing setting and so close to lots of great activities and sights. Rain or shine our whole family loved every minute! This was our second visit and we'd go back in a heartbeat. We only wish we could have stayed longer!


An idyllic, peaceful spot nestled in the hills but perfect for visiting all the amazing coastline around. Beth provdes an amazingly warm welcome as well as local information and tips, and a beautiful house and garden to enjoy. Thank you for sharing it with us!


Beth, what can i say but thank you so very much for your incredible hospitality and for providing us with the absolute perfect base for our holiday in the most wondrous of places. I know of no place more magical than Lisin na Cre, and cannot imagine one either ! Truly unforgettable !


The is such a special place to stay. Every comfort is provided in the most thoughtful way. The cottage, garden and surrounding laneways are full of secret joys and peaceful adventure for adults and children alike, in sunshine and even in rain!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Johnny Byrne

  • Your first log basket and a bowl of free range eggs are on the house.
  • Music in Ballydehob, Bantry, Schull and Skibbereen. Art galleries. And many beautiful gardens like Dereen and Garnish.
  • World famous West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry. Literary Festival in Bantry. Jazz Festival in Ballydehob.
  • The best whale watching in Europe. Wonderful birds. Butterflies and moths. Seals. Kayaking under the stars on Loch Ine. Phosphorescent water. BBQ under the moon
  • Hill climbing. Walking. Swimming, Dinghy Sailing. Walk up Mount Corrin from your front door.
  • Wonderful organically grown foods to rush back to the kitchen with! Markets and restaurants and pubs.