Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr is a beautiful village 20 minutes drive from Cork City and a 6 miles east of Midleton in the direction of Youghal on main Waterford road  the N25. It is also only 30 minutes drove from Cork airport. Primary roads allows access from Counties Waterford and Limerick.

Pat Shorts
  Pat Shorts Bar Castlemartyr

In recent years it modern fame was created by outside influences. The very famous and funny Pat Short purchased a pub in the village and established and excellent Gastro eatery of note.

In the past this Castlemartyr pub was owned by the local Barry family. In January 1965 out of the blue the Rolling stones landed in the villages Main Street. They were playing in the Savoy Theatre in Cork and took a break stopping off in Castlemartyr. It is said Cork was their last gig before heading off on their third tour of the US. While in Castlemartyr its reported Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones had a few drinks at Barry’s Bar before they set off again for the city.

Many years later in what was known then as the Carmelite College was purchased by a Cork Development company and it was transformed into a €70 million hotel and golf course. Which included self-catering accommodation which included  excellent lodges and houses.

When opened it was hoped to employ up to 120 people. The Capella Castlemartyr was the original name which later became the Castlemartyr Resort. The house itself is a 17th century manor house set on 220 acres. Which also included the ruins of an 800-year-old castle.

Castle Castlemartyr
Old Castle at Castlemartyr Resort

A number of famous historical names are associated with Castlemartyr Manor. It had a number of owners in the past including Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle. To keep with its historical past one of Castlemartyr Resorts most famous room is the The Knights Bar. It has a fully restored ceiling which has a beautiful featured rococo plasterwork. Great care and attention was paid to the restoration of the Manor House. The Knights Bar in the past has received comment from the english travel writer Arthur Young.

Castlemartyr Resort
Voda Magazine photo of Castlemartyr Resort

The 18 hole links-style golf course is available to hotel guests and those that use the self-catering accommodation. The course was designed by golf course designer Ron Kirby who also created the Old Head of Kinsale golf course. The self-catering accommodation is located on the old walled garden area. Other self-catering accommodation are located at the main entrance on the Castlemartyr to Ladysbridge road.

On the old Manor grounds there is also an excellent self-catering apartment which is listed as  The Demesnes Castlemartyr.

Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links
                                                                                             Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links

Over the years this part of Cork has established itself an excellent location for a holiday or  short stay.  Visitor attractions are numerous Jameson Heritage Centre, Fota Wildlife Act among others. There is also a number of great golf courses. Some of the self-catering accommodation is ideal for wedding accommodation.


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Midleton to become center of excellence for Equestrian Dressage

Midleton to become center of excellence for Equestrian Dressage

We have in the past wrote about the Paddocks Holiday Village in East Cork in the South of Ireland. John and Ber Twomey manage a well run short stay and holiday home complex. The self-catering complex in Broomfield which is located in the north of Midleton, Co Cork.

The Paddocks
Ivery at The Paddocks Equestrian Arena

They also have  the Paddocks Equestrian Center which is fast becoming an Irish Center of excellence for dressage.

To get there if your coming from Cork and the opposite direct Waterford turn into Midleton off the N 25 . Make your way along the R626 which the Main Street, about halfway down the street turn onto the R627 following the direction to Dungourney and Tallow, Co Waterford. Continue on you ll pass the entrance to the Jameson Distillery on your right. A further half a mile and you ll see The Paddocks sign posted to the left.

Continue half a mile up Kathleen Doyles Hill until you see the entrance to the Paddocks on your left.

My journey today doesn’t end at the holiday village today I want to take a closer look at the equestrian centre the Twomeys have established.

Dressage Arena
   Dressage Arena at The Paddocks

They have 2 arenas both by the hour and by the day, The indoor arena is of an International standard with sand underfoot. It also boasts of a substantial viewing area. Acoustic sound equipment excellent lighting and an area for videoing.

John Twomey has told us that the outdoor arena has a surface mix of sand and fibre similar to top equestrian centres in Europe. On top of all that they have a grass arena with a specialized drainage system. This area is ideal show jumping and dressage.

Jildau Lanens has joined The Paddocks team and she has won national and international acclaim in the area of dressage

Horses at Paddocks
Horses at Paddocks

Going forward The Paddocks intends to focus very much dressage. The South Munster Youth Dressage Development Training will be holding a development event. This will be conducted by International Grand Prix Rider and HSI High Performance Pony and Junior Team Manager, Anne Marie Dunphy . It will take place at The-Paddocks-Midleton on Sunday 22nd November 2015

Subsidised cost per 40min private lesson is €40. We are told it is open to all DI members under 25, priority given to South Munster members and then on a first come-first served basis. Please contact the Paddocks to arrange stabling if required at the venue. Bookings through Keith Spillane 087–892–4547.


Self-catering-accommodation Cork can also be got either at the-Paddocks-Holiday-Village or neighbour complexes like Fota and others. Check on for all your self-catering Cork needs.

Stay with South Munster Dressage a number of Training Dates are announced with Annmarie Dunphy

The dates of Regional Training with Annmarie Dunphy are as follows :-
• Thursday 26th November
• Thursday 17th December

For information on regional training, please contact Keith Spillane at 087–892–4547.


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Midleton Co Cork Ireland as the perfect wedding location

Midleton Co Cork Ireland as the perfect wedding  location

Midleton in the heart of East Cork in the South of Ireland has become the wedding location of choice for many young couples. Midleton is a bustling market town where many businesses and services have chosen to set up including many wedding suppliers.

Ballycotton Lighthouse

Coupled with the fact that there are a number of excellent wedding venues like Midleton Park HotelFota Resort, Castlemarty Resort, Garryvoe Hotel, Ballymaloe House Hotel and Barnabrow House.

The area has an abundance of quality accommodation  and has other wedding service in great supply. such as Hotels, B & B and self-catering accommodation. Many  couples nowadays are living abroad but want to be married in their own home town or parish. In this post recession era many couples have families and friends live outside of Ireland and they will include the wedding celebrations with their annual holidays.  What better place than scenic East Cork  to take a holiday rental or short stay break.  East Cork and Midleton in particular can supply this accommodation particularly  self-catering where a wedding party can locate before and after the big day.

The Paddocks Holiday Village

The Paddocks
The Paddocks is a great self-catering location. The Paddocks is also ideal as a base for Wedding groups. While the grounds with beautiful gardens and working farm and equestrian centre are also great for wedding picture. Their houses can accommodate large family wedding groups. Many brides living abroad use the Paddocks as a place to prepare for their upcoming nuptials. Ballyvolane House located near Rathcormac, just 20 minutes away is one of many well-known local venues for Wedding Receptions.

Fota Island Resort Lodges


Located on the Cobh Road a few miles from Midleton you ll find Fota Island Resort. It is one of the leading 5 star wedding hotels in Ireland and an idyllic luxury location for a wedding venue in Cork. Its located in a tranquil woodland setting adjacent to a Fota Golf course which on a number of occasions hosted the Irish Open.

As wedding venues go its as picturesque as you will get anywhere in Cork. You enter the resort from the Cobh road through the old imposing limestone pillar entrance. Proceeding down the tree lined avenue. The avenue is splendidly sheltered with magnificent oaks and sycamores. On there website they describe it as “a glorious combination of elegance, amenities, natural beauty and serenity”.  Anyone familiar with the location would agree.

Fota Lodges

As well as hotel accommodation they also have self-catering accommodation in the Fota Lodges.
Wedding parties can choose from Courtyard and Courseside settings which are designed to encourage a relaxed and leisurely lifestyle during your self-catering break in Ireland. The holiday home lodges are available with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms that sleep 4 to 7 persons and makes suitable cottages for couples. Additional items such as cots, high chairs are more are available upon request. The five star resort in Ireland does not provide stair gates in the lodges but visitors are welcome to bring their own if required.

There is a huge array of wedding services in the area: photographers, video productions, wedding dress suppliers, luxury car hire, wedding entertainment. Alot of these services can be found on


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Catch a bus on a Self-catering holiday in Lagos Portugal

Catch a bus on a Self-catering holiday in Lagos Portugal

We have in the past written many blogs about the Algarve and the beautiful resorts and areas you can visit and book accommodation. Albeit that we are a self-catering holiday accommodation website we are proud of the fact our main aim on these blogs is to be informative and interesting.

Your holiday is important to us. So we therefore trying and supply you with help full information to ensure you enjoy your stay.

With that theme in mind I would like to give you a brief outline of the buses available within the town of Lagos on the Portuguese Western Algarve. There are many help website that can supply the appropriate information. The local bus company have recently Onda have recently translated their website into an English translation

The company is the Camara de Lagos ( municipality of Lagos). Futurlagos was established by the local Camara (Corporation) to manage four different functions.

– The Management of on street parking, supervision of Parking wardens, surface parking meters, underground carpark.
– Management of the Wave network of buses for the Lagos Urban Area.
– Regeneration of the Urban area of Lagos.
– Supervision of the urbanization plan for the Meia Praia area.
– Basically your bus fare is used for running the WAVE system and profits are assigned to the City Regeneration Project.

The Onda WAVE urban bus transportation system has nine route.

A. The Red( Route) starts at 7.40am and runs approximately ever 30 minutes. The last bus finishes around 19.20. Check their website for exact time table. It is now posted in English as well as Portuguese. This WAVE runs from the Old Railway station behind the Marina and completes a circuit of the city before it runs to original starting point. Stopping at various city locations along the way. To get to know the beautiful city of Lagos In the Western Algarve it is worth while taking a trip on this urban bus. In about 25 minutes you will get a quick tour of the old parts of the city.

Route: CP (Home), Bus Station, Doors Portugal / CTT (west), Home J. Filipe Fialho (south)

City Park (east), Environment kiosk (North),Portugal Port / Market, Sports Complex (east)

Municipal Stadium, Hotel Marina (North), CP (End)


B. The Blue Wave is the second city service. For visitors staying in rented holiday accommodation in the area of the beautiful local beaches this a services worth noting.

It runs from Meia Praia in the west and runs again to the same Stop. Which is located at the roundabout near Meia Praia railway stop.

Its stop at Dona Ana Beach and also further on the Porto do Mos Beach. Its also stops at Torratinha an area where a few self-catering complexes are located.

The first service in the morning leaves Meia Praia at 7.10am and the last service terminates at the Old Railway Station behind the Marina at 23.56.

This is an ideal service at night if you want to visit some of the restaurants near Dona Ana or Porto do Mos beaches. Or indeed visit the beaches themselves during the day.

Route: Strong Meia Praia. Neighborhood May 1 (North). CP. Esc. EB 2/3 of Naus.

Doors Portugal – Market (direction Port de Mos). Dona Ana beach. Torraltinha (North).

Porto de Mos beach. Torraltinha (south). Dona Ana beach. Home J. Filipe Fialho (North).

Doors Portugal – CTT (east). CP. Esc. EB 2/3 of Naus. Strong Meia Praia

C. This service is the Rose Wave and its from the village of Odiáxere daily. The first bus leaves at 7am in the morning and the last bus of the terminates at Doors Portugal CTT (West) at 23.28.

This services is mostly used by the local population to get from Odiaxere to various parts of Lagos. It also acts as a school bus for old children going to Lagos schools.

Showing Route 3

Route :Odiáxere – Esc Cycle 1 (north). Tower (west) Chinicato – Municipal Urb. Chinicato – EN125, Esc. EB 2/3 of Naus, Sports complex (west), Doors Portugal – CTT (west). Praça Infante D. Henrique (east), Esc. EB 2/3 of Naus, Carport – EN125 (east), Chinicato – Municipal Urb. Tower (east), Odiáxere – Esc Cycle 1 (south).

Midleton an area full of Interest with 1st Class Holiday accommodation

Midleton an area full of Interest with 1st Class Holiday accommodation

Midleton Heritage tour worth a visit.

Towns like Midleton Co. Cork maintain a very strong link to our past heritage. We sometime over look this as its present day image is a vibrant modern suburban location situated a few mile to the east of Cork City.

It was a prime location to purchase a property during the Celtic tiger period primarily because of its transport links to Cork City. It has an excellent road network with the N.25 providing a dual carriage and in turn motorway link all the way to Dublin. This transport link also includes the newly opened Irish Rail link to Corks Kent Station. Services run from early morning to late evening providing transport to workers and third level students alike.

Midleton has become because of its location an excellent base from where to enjoy a short stay holiday in the surrounding area. The interests of our website are particularly well looked after by locations like The Paddocks Holiday Village and Fota resort.

Self catering is an ideal way of exploring what this interesting area has on offer. But today I would like to concentrate on Midleton’s past that is preserved in its historic preserved structures and buildings

I was recent surprised but encouraged to list a list of such building and structures compiled by Cork County Council in 2013

I give a sample of a few of the listed structures. A tour of these locations would be a worth while exercise as they all have a story to tell.

1. Historic Mills Jameson Distillery, Distillery Walk, Midleton. Now part of the world famous Jameson Experience.

2. Iron Foundry Building, Kennedy Park, Midleton. Near O Farrells Funeral Home. It’s the site of a one time very active Iron Foundary.

3. Redbrick Chimney, Dickinson’s Lane, Midleton.

4. Mill Building, Drury’s Lane, Midleton, Co. Cork Now part of An Stor Hostel.

5. Midleton Railway Station, Upper Mill Road, Midleton. Railway Station including Signal House, Station Building and Platform. Now part of the newly opened Midleton Cork line.

6. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Midleton.

7. St. John The Baptist National School, Church Lane, Midleton (former).

All worth a visit during a self catering stay in Midleton.


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Holidays and parades in Cork area of Ireland

Holidays and parades in Cork area of Ireland

When on a short stay break or holiday enjoy local festivals.

All over the world events of all sorts are taking place in events involving people coming together to enjoy or in the case of religion to celebrate the event, occasion, or historical happening.

Ireland is no different it has its national and local celebrations throughout the year.

Cork East has one of two that are unique to that area.

Why does a holiday rental website like associate with such events. Basically we can supply the self catering accommodation of short stay home from home property to the event organizers and visitors alike.

1. Midleton food and drink festival is going now for many years and it has gone from strength to strength over the years. It basically show cases the wonderful food the area produces by providing cooked foods in stalls located on the Main Street in Midleton. But its main attraction is the people. It is normally held on the first or second Saturday in September each year. Irelands weather at this time is normally pleasant so an out door festival can still be enjoyed. People gather from far and wide to meet and greet family and friends. Or just observe each other which in itself often can be a national pastime. The area has some well-known eateries and most turn out to serve hot food and by doing so create an aroma of food which adds to the atmosphere.

2. Carrigtwohill village is located 11 km east of Cork City on the main Cork-Waterford route (N25) and has undergone vast change from a small rural village to a new satellite town. From 2006 to 2011 it saw a 64% increase in population which earned it the title of the fastest growing town in Munster and the fourth fastest growing town nationally. The eastern end contains the heart of the village with its church, schools, linear shopping street and various amenities. Our Community is continually growing with a population of approx 4,500 at the last census report from 2011. Each year in August they host a cultural festival in the village.

It draws strongly from ethnic mix of this modern Irish community. A list of the activities are as follows.

Multicultural stalls showing art work, and various aspect of the different nationalities. There is also a lot of activities for local children followed by the now common place vintage festival. Most consist of restored cars and agricultural machinery.

3. Cobh festival of flowers – Cobh is a well known for the hosting of a number of local festivals during the year. 2014 was no exception. The festival of flowers was held on the 20th to 21st of August. Using the magnificent Cobh Cathedral as the host venue and the inspiring display stalls. The energetic members of Cobh Flower Club was harnessed to make this event a huge success. History, dreams and memories of Cobhs exalted past. The proceeds of the festival went to the restoration of the Telford Organ in the Cathedral.

4. Youghal Medieval Festival – This is a Free admission family event. There is archery, medieval battle re-enactments, pottery, blacksmith, art’s and craft’s for children, face painting, food and art’s traders and loads more.

5. A Taste of West Cork which is one of Irelands longest running food festival, and if fast becoming a premier event on the food calendar. The festival is one of the best opportunity for the many local producers and chefs to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.

The Festival brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and more.


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Relax in a Cork self catering holiday home

Relax in a Cork self catering holiday home

Midleton an ideal location for that well deserved self catering break with friends and family.

Kinsale has been declared one of the most visited towns in Ireland. One walk through its narrow streets viewing its array of shops and world renowned eateries confirms why Kinsale has this accolade.

But Cork as a whole has some wonderful similar locations that attract copious amount of visitors each year. The town of Midleton has increased its visitor number year on year. Some of its surrounding villages have also increased their visitors. This is a result of high performing hospitality businesses locating in a number of locations.

The Fota resort has some of the best self catering accommodation in Ireland. Its proximity to Cork Airport and sitting just off the N 25 allows easy access to this quality development. The world renowned Fota Golf club is nearby as is Fota Wild Life Park.

It is a quality escape location with family or friends for a self catering break within the tranquility and natural beauty of Fota Island Resort, just fifteen minutes from the heart of the thriving Cork City centre, 20 minutes from Cork International Airport and 2 hours from Dublin.

Choose from Courtyard and Courseside settings which are designed to encourage a relaxed and leisurely lifestyle during your self catering break in Ireland. The holiday home lodges are available with 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms that sleep 4 to 7 persons and makes suitable cottages for couples. Additional items such as cots, high chairs are more are available upon request.

All of these Cork self catering lodges are extensively equipped kitchens and multi-channel televisions in the living area and in one bedroom. Furthermore, each lodge is internet enabled and the internal telephone system allows you all the comfort and access required to the Resort’s amenities and services. They have a number of great value self catering breaks and golf breaks available from a 2 night stay through to a 7 night stay.

Activities Nearby

Some the local family friendly amenities and services in close proximity to Fota Island include:

– Fota Wildlife Park

– Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens

– Barryscourt Castle

– Ballynatray Estate

– Movie Junction Drive-In Cinema

– Spike Island Walking Tours

– Jameson Experience

– Cobh Heritage Centre

A short drive to the east of Midleton lies the village of Castlemartyr which is home to the luxury Castlemartyr Resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle.

The 5 star hotel includes a 10 treatment room Spa, a fitness studio, and a Ron Kirby designed golf course.

The hotel offers 103 guest rooms, suites and self catering accommodation.

The self catering fully fitted houses are located in tranquil positions within the secure grounds of the grand 17th century country manor house. Also nearby is a first class Castlemartyr Golf Course. There is a number of quality cafes and restaurants within the resort grounds.

In the village of Castlmartyr call into Pat Shorts Pub for an excellent lunch before you make your way home.

Midleton has set itself firmly on the self catering road map. Accommodation like The Paddocks Holiday Village are provide for all your self catering needs. From short breaks, wedding accommodation, family get together or a week or two to explore the surrounding area East Cork Midleton area has all that is required.


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A Few of The Best Places for you to eat in Cork

A Few of The Best Places for you to eat in Cork

As usual our blogs are written in conjunction with promoting our website From time to time you’ll see us mentioning keywords like self catering holidays, holiday rentals, holiday accommodation.

Think of these as the advert break or commercial on the telly . It’s the keywords that pay the bill for us so I’ll pop a few in every now and then.

Our main aim or mission to supply helpfully information to people planning or intending to spend a self catering rental of a holiday home in one of our many sought after locations. We write about specific items we also look at reviews posted on various websites.Collate this information and let you judge for yourself.Reserve the right to make tongue and cheek remarks would want to be taken too serious.

Today we are taking a looking at a few of the many wonderful premises serving food in the general Cork area.

Starting with Midleton lets take at Finins. Its located on the Main Street in Midleton Co Cork Ireland. The proprietor Finin O Sullivan is hands on person from morning to late evening. He has been that way for as I remember and at this stage that is over 34years. Finins is all about quality food and quality favour. Which he sources from suppliers and producers based locally . He personally trains all staff himself to a very high standard, and it shows. He has different lunch specials but he rarely varies his main menu and it is consistently of a high quality served professionally in a relaxed atmosphere.

Taking a look at Tripadvisor Finins is ranked #21 out of 47 Don’t think this a fare reflection but again not sure the position would worry him too much. He was producing excellent food long before Tripadvisor in existence.

Farmgate Coolbawn, Midleton


Next on our list the the Farmgate Coolbawn, Midleton. Like Finins the Farmgate in Midleton was started in Midleton by Marog O Brien a native of Youghal. Which is another splendid holiday rent location.

Now a days the Farmgate is capably run by Marog daughter Sally. Kare Hart Marogs sister was once involved in the Midleton Farmgate. Before she founded the now famious Farmgate in Cork City English Market. The Farmagate in Midleton is open 9am to 5pm daily. Serving teas and coffees and a selection of homemade cones and cakes. Lunch is served daily from 12pm to 15.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Specials change daily and are displayed on the blackboard.

Evening Meals served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In the evenings the dining room is transformed with crisp white linen, lit by candlelight and becomes a magical place.

Originally the shop at the entrance to the Farmgate was well stocked with local vegetables, bread and cakes cooked in the kitchen and locally sourced cheeses. Had an old world feel to black interior walls lots of timber and strong lighting. Interior tecture colour has stayed the same. Lighting has somewhat changed. The fabrics colours and lighting are similar but the produce has some what changed. It is now known as The Farmgate bakery with a fabulous array of cakes, tarts, scones and tea bracks, and also to stock the bread basket in the shop with fantastic fresh baked crusty bread. The whole store has become more modern more chic keeping with the times. I honestly preferred the old wholesome approach with vegetables and eggs on display. More in keep with the name Farmgate.

Tripadvisor: Ranked #4 in Midleton out of 47.Young proprietor you would expect her to be driving her business and using the internet as a marketing tool.

Not very far from Farmgate has a splendid riverside short stay property at Cois na hAbhann, which can be Booked Online.

Raymonds Restaurant


Now we look at another Midleton restaurant known simply as Raymonds, located at Distillery Walk quite near the entrance to the world famous Jameson Experience.

Stephen Lee is the head chef in Raymonds nowadays. On there website, Stephen states ‘I grew up in a small village on the outskirts of Midleton called Ballinacurra. My earliest memories of food would be when I visited my Grandmother. She was always making bread and tarts in her old-fashioned stove.

The also pride themselves in the fact that they are part of the local community and their produce is sourced locally.

Seafood Ballycotton Seafoods Richard Guerin, Ballycotton

Butchers Crowley’s Craft Butchers, Midleton O’Brien Butchers, Carrigtwohill

All our Beef & Lamb is sourced from East Cork Farms. Our poultry and ducks are sourced from The Chicken Inn, Old English Market and Cork East Ferry Farm, East Ferry, Midleton.

Olive Oil & Cheeses Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese Carrigtwohill Carrig Foods, Carrigtwohill

Eggs Midleton Eggs

Vegetables & Herbs

The Village Green Grocer, Castlemartyr Horizon Farms, Kinsale

John and Ber Twomey of The Paddocks Holiday Village our accommodation partners for holiday rentals and short stay accommodation would be regular clients of Raymonds.

Taking a quick look at Tripadvisor Raymonds is #8 out of 47 in Midleton The reviews in the most part tend to be very positive. I note Raymond or staff make no reply to good or bad comments.

Sage Restaurant Midleton


I move now effortlessly to The Sage Restaurant and The Greenroom Wine Bar and Cafe all at the Courtyard Main Street Midleton Co Cork Ireland. It might not be correct to tag Kevin Ahern as “the new kid on the block” as he is a very experienced chef. But in a short number of years he has created a restaurant that continues to win accolades from esteemed critics within the food industry yearly. Midleton was always well renowned for fine dining. Kevin and his team have broken onto this very competitive scene very quickly and left others in his wake. Kevin had set a very high standard and gained the respect of all around. His simple and artistic use of fresh produce has meant he continues to win awards and build a loyal following of customers.

His 12 mile culinary expression of sourcing produce from within 12 miles of their front door, has captured the imagination of most people conscious of the environment and people just conscious of eating good food at a realistic price. Their12 mile ethos is simple. They source the vast majority of their produce from within 12 miles of the restaurant. The lush farmland and dedicated farmers of Midleton and its hinterland and the local fishermen supply the majority of their produce.

Tripadvisor: Rank #3 out of 47

Comment: Having a strong local knowledge of the area I think I would go by Tripadvisors ranking Finin at #21 would make sense to me. My advice would be choose carefully before you decide to dine.

Once again all these restaurants can be located near our self catering holiday short stay apartment. Book online at


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Visitor attractions in East Cork Ireland

Visitor attractions in East Cork Ireland

Cork as a place to visit if your from Ireland or visiting from overseas has many locations and ancient sites that are well worth a few hours of your spare time.

If your enjoy a leisurely self catering break in East Cork our accommodation partners will meet your needs. We can book you a place The Paddocks Holiday Village or Fota Holiday Resort or Barmabrow House or Ballymaloe holiday homes. From there you can explore:

Jameson Experience

The Jameson Experience which is located in Midleton, Co. Cork on the site of the old Cork distillery. It is well worth a visit if staying in Midleton or the surrounding area. It is a place where you will experience modern technology that manages to blend ancient architecture and craft into a modern setting. It has of course a goal of marketing and ultimately sales. But this is achieved in a subtle manner that doesn’t take anything way from the whole experience of the art of whisky distilling. They have kept the old distillery intact and well preserved. The whole Jameson experience is created is this ancient place that demonstrates the industrial heritage of the area coupled with the ability of the farming community to grow fist class grain.

Fota Wildlife Park


Your next stop on this tour of visitor attractions in East Cork has to be Fota Wild life Park. This joint venture the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork (UCC) was opened as a wildlife park in 1983. Originally the park closed during winter months but nowadays it is open all year round. With yearly visitor numbers in their thousands it has become one of Ireland’s top ten visitor attractions. There is ample car parking in the grounds of Fota House the charge nowadays is €3 and you can park all day. Be prepared to do a bit of walking because the park has extended over the years and takes a while to complete. But it is well worth it, stop and read about the various species of animal and the breeding programs that are conducted in line with other parks and zoos.

St Colman’s Cathedral


St Colman’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Cobh, Ireland. It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cloyne. The cathedral is a large, elaborately detailed neoGothic building that overlooking Cork harbour, is prominently sited and visible from quite a distance. Cobh itself is a very history town and has a strong historical link to a number of world events. One which was the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage as Cobh was its last port of call. Construction began in 1868 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans. Cobh was a very prosperous town in the 1860s as it was Ireland’s principal emigration outlet. More than five million people emigrated from Ireland in the nineteenth century mainly to the United States, Australia and Canada – and a large proportion of them left from Queenstown which it known then. A huge amount of these emigrants would have said a prayer in the cathedral before boarding their ships.

Youghal Co. Cork


Our final recommendation today is a visit to the historical town of Youghal Co Cork Ireland. The town is famously associated with the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. But has many other heritage attractions to see. The Youghal Heritage Trail takes in the most historic buildings and sites in Youghal. Along the way, take in the magnificent town walls, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, Clock Gate, Alms houses and Tynte’s Castle. Taking approx. one hour to complete, it is advisable to budget more time than this to allow you soak in all the history and heritage on offer! Bearing in mind Youghal has some of the finest beaches in Ireland that are just a stones throw from the South Main Street.

All worth exploring or is the weather is nice bring a picnic and just relax the day away.

House wine is also excellent served in an earthenware carafe.


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Self Catering holiday and attractions in Midleton Co Cork

Self Catering holiday and attractions in Midleton Co Cork

There are numerous places of natural beauty and attractions to be seen.

The Paddocks Holiday Village or Fota Island Resort Lodges in Midleton Co Cork area are a great base for a self-catering holiday in East Cork. There are numerous places of natural beauty and attractions to be seen.

The Jameson Experience is located in Midleton, Co. Cork situated in the Old Cork Distilleries Company distillery just of the Main Street in Midleton. This distillery operated for 150 years, from 1825 until 1975, when the workers clocked off on a Friday in July, to start work in the new Midleton Distillery the following Monday. A decision was later made to turn the original distillery into a heritage centre known today as the Jameson Expereince.

A tour of the Jameson Experience is a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. If for any reason you are in Midleton and have some time to spare this is well worth a visit. If your having a self-catering holiday here for a few days it is a must see experience. Guided tours are available throughout the year a number of different languages are spoken and all tours commence with an audio-visual presentation, retracing the history of whiskey in Ireland. The tour takes in all aspects of whiskey distilling ending up with the cooperage make and repairing barrels and the warehouses where the important task of blending takes place. Of course at the end of each tour volunteers get the chance to take part in a comparison whiskey tasting, learning the differences between Scotch, American and Irish whiskey.

Once completed, guests are rewarded with a much coveted Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate, as well as a complimentary glass of Jameson with a mixer of their choice.

The village of Cloyne is another place of historical significance. In has a huge connection with George Berkeley 12 March 1685, 14 January 1753, also known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne), was an Anglo-Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called “immaterialism” . This theory denies the existence of material substance and instead contends that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the minds of perceivers, and as a result cannot exist without being perceived. Berkeley is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism.

Cloyne is a lovely place you can still see the front of old commercial stone building and stone houses on the side of the street , the old round tower that was once part of a medieval monastic settlement, thought to have been established by St Colman in 560. The structure is one of only two such towers existing today in County Cork.

In recent centuries, the tower underwent renovations after lightening struck, destroying the original conical roof.

All there attractions are within easy reach the Paddocks Holiday Village and Fota Island where 2 and 3 bedroomed houses are available as self-catering accommodation. See for further details.

Fota Wildlife Park is a joint project between the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork (UCC), an idea originally conceived in the 1970s by former Director of Dublin Zoo, Dr. Terry Murphy.

The Park was officially opened in 1983 by the then President of Ireland, the late Dr. Patrick Hillery, and has gone from strength to strength since – welcoming record visitor numbers in the years after a significant redevelopment of facilities in 2010 and 2011.

It has been listed as one of Ireland’s Top Ten visitor attractions and is the most popular tourist destination in Cork.

Fota is a non-profit organisation, limited by guarantee, and is also a registered charity. It is completely self-financing, relying entirely on gate receipts and membership fees for its income, and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested in order improve infrastructure and promote the company’s core objectives of conservation, education and research.

Fota house is next to Fota Golf Club where this years Irish Open was played and the golf club is part of Fota Resort the location for the self-catering accommodation that can be found on our website

Another place you should put on your itinerary is Garryvoe Beach is located just off the road from Ladysbridge to Shanagarry in County Cork. It is a mixed pebble beach and a great destination for families. The beach has a public car park, toilet facilities and wheelchair access is provided.

It is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens has a wealth of things to see and do. The arboretum has a renowned collection of tender and exotic trees and shrubs from the southern hemisphere. These were discovered and brought back by the intrepid plant hunters of the 18th and 19th centuries. You can also visit the fragrant rose garden and pleasure grounds and the atmospheric Victorian fernery. The delightful and tranquil gardens at Fota were laid out by James Hugh Smith-Barry in the first half of the 19th century and are a must see when visiting this area. Entry to the arboretum is free.

Guided tours of the house, arboretum and the beautifully restored Victorian walled kitchen garden are available by appointment for a small charge. Self-guided tree trails of the arboretum can be purchased from Fota House from April to September.


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