We are just back from a wonderful week in the self-catering Cottage at Glenlohane. This truly is a hidden gem of a house with the most beautiful garden and views. When you first enter the cottage, using the wonderful huge old door key, you immediately feel at home. The Cottage is a wonderfully secluded getaway, set in the middle of gently rolling fields of barley and ancient Oak trees. It has bags of romance, character and history and also offers every modern convenience, including Netflix, which was a hit with our teenage son. Everything your heart desires is provided, including a bunch of hand picked daisies from the garden to decorate the dining table, a basket of logs for an open fire in the sitting room, fluffy towels in the bathrooms and a range of great books and magazines to pore over. Desmond even called down after our first night to see if we had settled in and to deliver the Sunday paper. This was a lovely gesture which made us feel genuinely welcome and perfectly at home. For groceries, a well stocked supermarket, Duhallow Seafood, a fruit and veg market stall and a range of other shops are all just five minutes away in nearby Kanturk. There are also a number of restaurants in Kanturk offering both eat-in and takeaway options. The Cottage is really well located for touring Cork and Kerry. We did some sight seeing - visiting Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale, Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe/ the Ring of Kerry and closer to home we spent a lovely afternoon walking in Duhallow Woods. There are so many wonderful local places to visit, you will spoiled for choice! Luckily, the weather was beautiful for the duration of our stay and we ate all our meals outside, both while at the Cottage and whilst away on day trips. The Pink Cottage at Glenlohane is a unique and beautiful destination and Desmond, Melanie and their son Gordon are extremely gracious hosts. We have arrived home completely refreshed and have already decided to return to the Cottage next year!…
One of the most beautiful homes we have stayed in, Glenlohane was incredibly comfortable and set in a beautiful part of the country. Our hosts were the most delightful and kind family who happily and willingly advised on the best local hikes and sights to visit – the house is very conveniently located for sightseeing the Southwest of Ireland. We took several day trips to visit Kanturk Castle, Blarney Castle, Mallow House and always came home to a delicious supper and a warm home. We could not recommend this house enough, it has so much historic interest and proved to be the best way to visit Ireland, very unique indeed!
In over20 years of visiting Irish country houses, many from Hidden Ireland, our stay with our very warm hosts,Desmond, Melanie and son Gordon,rates amongst the very best. We were a party of five and were treated as friends. Beds are very comfortable the house is charming and breakfast delicious. We highly recommend their special hospitality.
Our family of four spent four days in the main house of this wonderful property. Our hosts Demond and Melanie Sharp-Bolster were exemplary and their hospitality went way above and far beyond to make our stay unforgettable. Glenlohane is extremely well located, which made it easy for us to visit local attractions and other stately homes. We were also directed to excellent local hikes and excursions and, naturally, the great local pubs ! Glenlohane is a fantastic place to stay ... one feels so much at home .... highly recommended !!
Desmond, Melanie and their son Gordon run the estate as a extremely private house. Glenlohane was built in the 1740’s and has been in Desmond’s family ever since. It is a quintessential Irish county home. Guests are welcomed on a pre-arranged basis. The guests may use the faculties of the private house as if staying with friends. Easy day trips to both coasts with beautiful landscapes. Glenlohane was truly the perfect Irish experience. The location was the perfect home for exploring the South of Ireland. We stayed stayed at the beautifully decorated main house. There is also a self catering cottage. Our bedroom we stayed in was cozy with all the comforts of home. The house is immaculate and a pleasure to stay there. We recommend Glenlohane without reservation.