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Drishane house is totally private and on the edge of the pretty sailing village of Castletownshend. It has two private coves with access to the sea from the garden. It was built around 1780 in classic Georgian style, Drishane House has been in the same family for nine generations . Impressive double doors with fleur de lis strap hinges allow entrance to a baronial hall.

A sweeping stair case, dominated by a soaring, arched, multi-light window, occupies the centre of the house. Interconnecting double doors link through to the original entrance foyer, with its dramatic fan-lit glazed portal spilling out onto the east lawn. The classical dining room is august and formal; dressed with gilded ancestral portraits hanging mutely on rich wine walls. Swags above the curtained windows date from 1820, and yes, there's still a chamber pot hidden behind the shutters – lest a gentleman get caught short.

Drishane House is available for rent by the week. Please inquire for terms. A substantial and distinguished family home, awash with history, stories and the tang of the ocean. All to return to after an energetic exploration of west Cork's bewitching charisma – or perhaps a simple round of croquet on the lawn. Vintage elegance in an atmosphere of timeless indulgence; perfect for a gathering of the clan.

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a traditional large home – and sometimes more than one of them. The house is centrally heated in parts and there are wood-burning stoves or open fires in all the public spaces. If you have a particular requirement, such as a chef, catering staff or a babysitter, please be sure to tell us in advance.

Upstairs accommodation consists of three generous double bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms, and two with romantic half-tester canopies above the beds.

The modern kitchen has been fitted out in light oak and has a gas hob and a raised electric oven to compliment the traditional four oven Aga. There is a full height fridge and a matching freezer, and a utility room for laundry and pantry requirements. A tight little secret stairs runs up to the west wing bedrooms.

The bedrooms comprise of four kingsize double bedrooms of which three have ensuite bathrooms - 2 of these 4 are the romantic half tester canopy (kingsize). There's also one twin bedroom and one single kids bedroom with ensuite.

The Drawing Room has wonderful sea views and looks onto the garden.

The garden terrace has plenty of garden furniture with a large BBQ.

Sunken amphitheatre with BBQ and large stone bench.

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