I visited Schull to work on my novel and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay.
Firstly, the house is gorgeous. The bedrooms are huge and beautifully furnished, complete with comfortable beds and writing desks. Each room is named after a writer – and each one has its own quirks and benefits. The Carberry offers wonderful light for writing and has the added benefit of a bath, while the Ross gives you pretty views over the harbour.
Breakfast is between 8am and 10am, but if you’re working on a project, Katarina will make a late breakfast for you; anything from scrambled eggs and bacon to a full Irish. It seems nothing is too much bother – Katarina’s whole philosophy is to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The house is a short stroll from the local bars and restaurants – though Katarina will set you up with a healthy and filling evening meal for just €10 a night. You can opt to eat in the dining room or in the living room in front of a blazing fire. Check out the wine list too – there are some pretty tasty choices available.
If you want to explore the local area, there are plenty of walks nearby – I’d recommend visiting Sailor’s Hill. See if you can meet Cornelius Griffin and get the story of the metal cross and the watch tower. If you’ve got a car, there are plenty of villages or beaches to explore.
The true beauty of Grove House is that it really is a home away from home, without the interruptions! It’s the perfect base for a week or weekend away. I managed to redraft half of my novel while staying here, thanks to the lovely surroundings, relaxing atmosphere and thoughtful service.