5 out of 5
We had a lovely time in Hillcrest House and the Ahakista area, helped by great weather. Agnes & her family were very welcoming and our kids enjoyed the donkeys, chickens, cat and especially Shep the dog. We had a toddler and a teenager, and hadn’t been to Sheeps Head for 20 years. Agnes even delivered some mackerel straight off the boat – which was appreciated by the fish lovers.
House is private and spacious, ample parking, great patio and garden area, swings for the kids.
Very quiet area, great for walking, swimming, fishing, cycling, touring. House very clean and well maintained, we had no problems. Local village with small safe beach, pub 10 mins walk, shop 15 mins drive. We enjoyed the local maritime festival.
The penninsula is not as busy as Mizen or Beara, so the roads are quiet, non Irish drivers should be careful on the narrow roads, the locals tend to drive fast. As you are on a penninsula, expect to drive up to an hour if you want to partake in activities/sightseeing or shopping outside of the Sheeps Head.
Activities – visit Bernies tea room at Sheeps Head, Bantry House, Mizen Head visitor Centre, Barley Cove Beach, Schull, Glengarriff & Garnish Island, Gougane Barra, Skibereen & Baltimore & the islands, Adrigole watersports centre (kayaking, sailing etc). Drive on the Goats Path road, crab fishing off the pier, prehistoric stone circle 10 mins walk. Good food in Durrus – try the Long Boat & Sheeps Head.
All in all, just what we expected – a warm friendly welcome, clean spacious house with all facilities, safe quiet area, ideal for families with young children or people looking for peace & quiet by the sea with a warm Irish welcome. Would return to Hillcrest House.