The Artists’ Cottage & Studio

Bantry, Co. Cork

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


8 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Special offer: Discounted rate now available for Easter/Early April - click our Availability link for more details.

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Open all year.
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.


Nightly price
from €71
Weekly price
from €500
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 5
From €1105 beds3 bedrooms
1 Barn for 4
From €713 beds2 bedrooms


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.