Galley Head Lightkeeper’s House 1

Clonakilty, Co Cork

Galley Head Lightkeepers' Houses are perched on dramatic cliffs at about 130 feet above sea level overlooking St George's Channel.

  • Sleeps 4

  • From €464 for 2 nights

  • Open Fire

  • The houses, in their elevated setting, make an ideal location for relaxing and getting away from it all.  The views from every angle are awe inspiring and breathtaking.

    Galley Head lighthouse station is close to the award winning village of Clonakilty.  This vibrant market town is must see for tourists.  Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities from dolphin and whale watching, surfing at Inchydoney Blue Flag Beach or a historical walking tour of Clonakilty.  The houses are also within easy reach of Cork City and Airport. (40 km)


    • 1 Double Bedroom
    • 1 Twin Bedroom
    • Oil Fired Central Heating
    • Open Fire in Sitting Room
    • Electric Oven
    • Microwave
    • Washer/Dryer
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Towels and Linens are Provided
    • Travel cot for infants, on request
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron and Ironing Board
    • Cooking Utensils and Equipment
    • 1 Bathroom with Bath Tub
    • Sitting Room
    • Garden with Garden Furniture
    • Sea Views
    • Radio
    • Car Parking

    Special Notes: There are cliffs nearby and children should be supervised at all times.

    A contribution towards light and heat is applied to all bookings.   As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs.   It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.
  • history

    The station was built in 1875, during the heyday of lighthouse building, and within twenty years of its closest neighbours at Old Head of Kinsale and Fastnet.  The lighthouse displays an unusual landward arc of light because, it is said, the Sultan of Turkey asked to be able to see it from nearby Castle Freke at Rosscarbery whle on a visit there.  The house at Castle Freke, abandoned in 1952, can now be seen from Galley as a gothic ruin.

    The two keepers' houses at Galley Head, were taken on by Irish Landmark in the final years of the 20th century.  Lightkeepers who lived here would have witnessed the tragic loss of the  Lusitania in 1915, and sighted a German ship carrying arms, in disguise as a Norwegian steam, being pursued up the St. George's Channel by British destroyers a year later.  It is also said that Ray Bradbury based his melancholy story "The Fog Horn" on a reported sighting of  a sea serpent at Galley in 1860.

    The station consists of a tower connected by a 38 metre corridor to the semi-detached, two-storey, dwelling, originally built for the principal and assistant keeper, a single-storey dwelling for the gas maker. The two houses have been restored to their original symmetrical layout and make an ideal retreat for a family break.

  • visitor book

    "Our first visit to an Irish Landmark property but I daresay won’t be our last. In an era awash with mediocrity it’s refreshing to walk into a property so carefully and considerably restored. We loved our time here."

    Robert, Co. Cavan

    "A most perfect place and space for resting the body and mind. Couldn’t think of anywhere finer to spend a week’s holidays."

    Mairéad, Co. Galway

    "And then suddenly it was white, as white as if a window had opened onto a blanket of snow. A belt of light crossed the landscape in a giant arc, washing brightness over the road... We saw her, Galley Head, her huge burning bulbs in the distance guiding us home."

    Belinda McKeon, Irish Times Magazine

  • Nearby: Clonakility (15 kms) Shop (5 kms) Restuarant (15 kms) Inchydoney Beach (3 kms)

    Loc8: WR7-59-V73
    GPS: 51.530466 , -8.952788

  • Can I bring a dog?

    No.  As Galley Head Lightkeepers’ House 1 and 2 are adjacent to one another, they are not suitable for dogs as not all guests are comfortable around animals.


    Is linen supplied?

    Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.


    Is there an open fire?

    Yes.  You can light the fire in the sitting room.


    Do I need a car to get here?

    It would be preferable to have a car otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc as the house is situated at the end of a long laneway.


    How do I get the keys?

    When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.


    Can I arrive early?

    Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager.  A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.

    What is the latest departure time?

    10.00am.  The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.


    How far to the nearest town?

    About 15 mins drive back to Clonakilty.


    Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?

    We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.


    Is it suitable for children?

    This property is surrounded by a wall but due to its cliff top location, it would be adviseable to supervise young children.


    Is it suitable for older people?

    This property would be suitable for older people as long as they are able to climb the stairs to the first floor.


    Does it have facilities for disabled people?



    Is it suitable for a wheelchair?



    Is there central heating?

    There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.


    Is the cooker electric or gas?

    Electric cooker.


    Is there a shower?

    Yes  - there is a shower over bath in the single bathroom.


    How many bathrooms?



    Do you supply towels and bed linen?

    Yes.  The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.


    Can I get to the house by public transport?

    Yes.  You would get a train or bus to Cork and taxi could take you onwards from there to the Lighthouse.  However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.


    Where is the nearest train station?



    Can I book for just one night?



    What is your minimum booking period?

    Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2016 our minimum booking period will be 3 nights.  Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.


    Is there a garden at the house?

    Yes.  There is a lawned area to the front of the house.


    How many cars can I bring to the house?



    Is there parking on site?



    Is there outdoor furniture?



    Is there a tv?

    No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.


  • location

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    Phone: (+353 0) 23 33143

    Address: Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland


    West Cork Model Railway Village



    Phone: (+353 0) 23 33224

    Address: West Cork Model Railway Village, "The Station", Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland


    Michael Collins Centre



    Phone: (+353 0) 23 46107

    Address: Michael Collins Centre, Castleview, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland


    Lios Na gCon Ringfort



    Phone: (+353 0) 23 34449

    Address: Lios-na-gCon Ringfort, Clonakilty Agricultural College, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland


    West Cork Surf School



    Phone: 086-8695396

    Address: West Cork Surf School, Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

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