The cottages sit in an acre of land with lovely views to the mountains and to Loch Ine (Lough Hyne) Forest. There is an orchard that we planted 5 years ago and herb and perennial gardens behind the cottages, as well as a wildflower meadow. The plants and flowers were chosen for their usefulness and to encourage butterflies and birds to visit the garden.
We garden organically and to limit the impact on the environment we use eco-friendly cleaning products, encourage recycling and provide hand made irish soap.
We try to support the local farmers and businesses by only buying local produce for the welcome packs, which include Baltimore free-range eggs, local sausages and bacon, Irish Oats cereal, Clonakilty Milk and local handmade Glenilen Butter. We also bake our own soda bread and include homemade jams or marmalade in the welcome pack.
There are lovely walks from Ballymacrown to Spain (a deserted village overlooking the Atlantic) and Loch Ine (Lough Hyne) — Ireland’s first marine nature reserve. From Baltimore you can take ferries to the Islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear (bird sanctuary) and even the Fastnet rock.
Baltimore itself is a vibrant little fishing and sailing village, with many good restaurants to choose from. Previous guests have enjoyed driving along the coast visiting the various beaches and secluded bays or experiencing the barren Sheep’s Head and Mizen Head peninsulas , (awe inspiring in both good and stormy weather) and for the more adventurous over the mountains to the Lady’s View overlooking the lakes of Killarney. Other activities enjoyed have been diving expeditions, fishing off the quay in Baltimore for mackerel and keen photographers have captured the dramatic scenery and for those interested in the history of the area the Famine exhibition in Skibbereen.