Galley Head Lightkeepers' Houses
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For a unique self-catering holiday near Conakilty, County Cork, choose the Galley Head Lightkeepers' Houses, two homes perched above sea level and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With two bedrooms each, the homes are ideal for a family break.
The Galley Head Lightkeeper’s Houses were built in 1875, during the heyday of lighthouse building. They are perched on dramatic cliffs at about 40m above sea level overlooking St George's Channel near Clonakilty, County Cork. There are breathtaking views from every angle. The two keepers’ houses were taken on by Irish Landmark in the final years of the 20th century. They have been restored to their original symmetrical layout and make an ideal retreat for a family break.
Lightkeepers who lived here would have witnessed the tragic loss of the Lusitania in 1915, and sighted a German ship carrying arms in disguise as a Norwegian steam being pursued up the channel by British destroyers a year later.
Each of the houses can sleep four people with a double bedroom and a twin bedroom. The houses also feature oil-fired central heating, a cosy open fire and garden with picnic bench. A travel cot is available on request.
During their stay, guests can enjoy a wide range of activities, including dolphin and whale watching, surfing at Inchydoney Blue Flag beach and taking a historical walking tour of Clonakilty, which is 15km away. The houses are just 5km from a local shop and within easy reach of Cork City and Airport, which are 40km away.