The Artists' Cottage & Studio

Bantry, Co. Cork
+44 (0)7734 663589
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€110 - €300
per night
€770 - €1925
per week

Sheep's Head Way is reputedly one of the best walks in Ireland. Come back to roaring fires, Rayburns, art and style - terrific restorations


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

€110 - €300 per night

€770 - €1925 per week

The Experience

Now how many Irish cottages come with an outdoor pool? Next to the road but shielded by hedges, it even has sea views! You are at the tip of the strikingly beautiful Sheep’s Head peninsula, a paradise for walkers, and we couldn’t better poet Seamus Heaney’s description: ‘Things found clean on their own shapes; water and ground in their extremity.’ Laharandota was the house of an artist for many years; it still shows. Everything inside is in the best possible taste and breathes a generous spirit: a wonderful kitchen with big Rayburn stove, art, objets and a fabulous hamper, a claw-foot bath, a glass-walled sun room, nooks, crannies and a rustic fireplace that roars in winter. Next-door’s studio, often rented to the same party, provides comforts on a reduced scale, but the light, the art, the sea views are the same. Hike a part of the Sheep’s Head Way: ‘the best walk in Ireland’ says Country Walking magazine. Head for the lighthouse, look out for choughs and peregrines. Shops and restaurants are a short drive away, lovely Bantry Town and sandy Barleycove beach are not much further. Inspirational.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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



Nightly price
from €110
Weekly price
from €770
Damage deposit
1 Studio for 4
From €1103 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 5
From €2505 beds4 bedrooms


Special offer: We are currently offering 10% discount on all our rates to Sawday's guests, until end of October 2024. Please check our availability link for details.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Towels, blankets, biscuits and water bowls.

Max. 3 dogs.

Secure large garden, swimming pool, walks on the Sheep's Head & Wild Atlantic Way, beach walks. Further information & walking routes provided on booking.

Pubs & restaurants nearby.


Lovely stone cottage, very well appointed, with a great addition of a sun-room to the side. Very clean and well prepared. Too early in the year for any but one of the party to try the pool but it would be a great feature in the summer. The Sheep’s Head has a definite “far west” feel to it, and the distance down to the main road means that it’s a bit of a drive to get anywhere - but that said you are still only 45 minutes from many great destinations like Mizen Head and Baltimore. We will be returning.

Ian, Salisbury, England

We had an absolutely brilliant week here - Beautiful surroundings overlooking the sea - Lovely, cozy cottage - looking forward to a return visit.

Simon, London

Just spent wonderful days in your beautiful cottage . Thank you . Even the one bad weather day didn’t matter . We curled up by the fire and watched t v and read . A real luxury . We would have loved to have spent more time in the garden . But next time !!!

Sinead, Cofk

The Artist's Cottage is the most beautiful house in a stunning location in West Cork. Despite Covid we had a very enjoyable stay, with maps and walking routes supplied by Julie. Will we be back? Oh yes, tomorrow if possible!

Bernadette, Galway

These cottages are in a spectacular spot overlooking the sea on the amazing Sheep's Head Peninsula - beautiful walks leave from your doorstep, you have a pool to splash about in and a terrace to enjoy breakfasts and sun downers on. It's the perfect place to rejuvenate with the sea breeze all around you and sweeping views to lose yourself in.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

Beautiful cottage, beautiful location. We spent a week here, enjoyed every moment and were sad to leave. This lovely place will not disappoint. Highly recommended - Go - you will be charmed and captivated.

Yvonne, Donegal

A really beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location, overlooking the coast of the Sheep's Head peninsular. The cottage is tastefully decorated and incredibly comfortable, with the added bonus of a pool, amazing! The view particularly from the terrace where we ate breakfast is stunning and our 2 dogs loved the coastal walks from the cottage. Plenty of places to eat and drink within a short drive. We plan to return as soon as possible.

Catherine, Huddersfield

The Artist's Cottage drew us in immediately, with its pool and Atlantic views. Julie was charming; I have only praise for this experience and we intend to return. The cottage belongs on the pages of an interiors magazine - rustic, perfectly appointed and artistic touches throughout. We slept well in White Company bedlinen, soaked in the slipper bath, relaxed in the pool, played games by candlelight. Many touches that our toddler enjoyed and we grownups soaked up the view, particularly at sunset. Go, it will enchant you. The Wild Atlantic Way will supercharge and relax you in equal measure.

Helen, Oxford

We stayed in Julie’s cottage/studio and enjoyed a fantastic few days in stunning surrounds. The place is just a gorgeous place to stay with fantastic attention to detail. The bed was incredibly comfortable, great showers and the studio has absolutely everything you need to really feel comfortable and happy in your time there. As a host julie could not have been more helpful and altogether I would describe it as a delightful and memorable few days. Only wish it could have been a bit longer.

Liz, Dublin

This is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in one of the most beautiful places. Everything is thought of - beautifully comfy beds with White Company bedding, amazing art, a lovely turf open fire and a homely Rayburn to cook on. Julie went out of her way to look after us - we arrived on a Bank holiday so she told us where we could shop and booked a table for us in a local pub. We found the Sheep's Head peninsula utterly enchanting. Great for walks, great for swimming, lovely cafes and everywhere we were welcomed with characteristic West Cork warmth. We can't wait to go back.

Charlotte & Paul

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Julie FitzGerald Vitelli

  • Stroll down the lane from the cottage directly on to The Sheep's Head Way, one of Ireland's 31 Waymarked Ways (marked trails).
  • Laharandota is towards the end of the Sheep's Head, directly on the Wild Atlantic Way, with views over the Mizen Head. We are just a 5-minute drive from Kilcrohane village with 2 pubs, a restaurant and local producers' market.
  • Enjoy a taste of West Cork, named the winner of Ireland’s Top 10 Foodie Destinations for 2017 by The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI).
  • If you do not fancy yourself as a 'wild rover', there's always riding, cycling, sailing, kayaking, diving, golf and cookery classes.
  • Magnificent Bantry House and gardens a half-hour drive away, with the local Friday Market in the town square as well as great pubs and restaurants.
  • Explore Blue Flag status Barleycove beach over on the Mizen Head, as well as Schull village and the Visitor Centre well worth a visit.