A child who can claim that they enjoyed their first Michelin star meal at seven months.

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

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A child who can claim that they enjoyed their first Michelin star meal at seven months.
That's what happened, on our first trip together. Just the three of us; a romantic getaway, with baby in tow.

I've been to Kilkenny for weekends in various guises ­- a mini city break with the mother, hen parties, weekends with college friends, but never with the husband and herself.

We had holidayed in Spain with the grandparents at the three month mark.

On the flight home, the screaming began twenty minutes in, and as I paced the aisle, subject to input from complete strangers - "relax, she's stressed because you're stressed", and "that baby is freezing, have you not got a blanket?", I silently vowed that we would never holiday abroad again.

I know this is an annoyingly Pale-centric thing to say, but the fact that Kilkenny is a mere hour and a half drive from home, is one of its many appealing qualities, particularly when you're trying to coincide travel with a baby's nap.

We were staying in the beautiful Mount Juliet Hotel, about twenty minutes from Kilkenny City. Set on the River Nore, the house is 267 years old and was a private residence until 1987.

I was apprehensive about taking a seven-month-old into such surroundings - not wanting to ruin anyone else's luxury break with a potentially crying baby. But I was surprised by how child friendly it proved - Sarah wasn't the only child dining Michelin style.

Jerpoint Abbey, Kilkenny

We stayed in one of the Rose Garden lodges; a two minute walk from the main house. Two bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen provided just the sort of luxurious home from home you need when travelling with a child. Babysitters were available but it also meant that, unlike a hotel room, if we stayed in, we weren't sitting in darkness and silence as the child slept.

Pre baby, I considered walking for the sake of walking boring. Nowadays, whatever the weather, I say things like, "let's get a bit of fresh air", and actually look forward to it. The walk at Jenkinstown Woods through the forest is beautiful, particularly when the bluebells are out - if you are bringing a baby you'll need a sling as the path is gravelled.

On the estate, we headed out immediately upon arrival. There's a lovely walk of about an hour that takes in the river, the stud, and the walled garden. We finished up defrosting with afternoon tea by the fire.

A trip to Kilkenny has to incorporate antiquities - the monastic ruins of Jerpoint Abbey, in Thomastown, dating from the 12th century, enjoy a reputation as one of the finest examples of monastic ruins in the country. They were only a few minutes drive from our hotel. Afterwards, continue on into Thomastown village for coffee and cake at the Blackberry Café.

A visit to Kilkenny Castle is an obvious but definite must. It was taken over by the State in 1969 and was restored to look like a mid-19th century home. It is quite stunning.

The picture gallery is particularly dramatic, and the castle is full of little details - original wallpaper created and shipped from China, that really bring to life the original home. On leaving the castle, pop across the road to the Kilkenny Design Centre.

For shoppers, its almost worth a visit to Kilkenny alone to check out the original Shutterbug/Folkster clothes store on Patrick Street. It's a mixture of vintage and new, and has a huge selection of evening dresses - I bought my wedding dress there, Amy Huberman, Michelle Doherty and Aoife Cogan have all worn their evening wear, but there's also tons of day wear, leather skirts and jackets, sequinned capes, accessories, shoes and some gorgeous home wares.

Lola Rose boutique on Rose Inn Street also has nice labels and is worth a look, and I love a quick potter in the antique shops on that same street.

We stopped for lunch in Café Sol on William Street.

This made a fantastic alternative to the congealing quiches and limp salads you often find for lunch in cafes (it opens for dinner also). Serving local produce, we had a delicious lunch of parsnip and thyme soup, and grilled chicken breast served with lemon and harissa bulgar wheat, yoghurt and sautéed French beans and kale (from the manager's uncle's farm).

The service couldn't have been more helpful - a bowl of plain mash was produced immediately for herself.

Back at the hotel, I decided to give one of the more countrified pursuits a go. Clay pigeon shooting, archery, river and lake fishing are all available. I'm not quite sure why, as I'm terrified of horses, but on holidays where it's available, I have a compulsion to take a horse riding lesson.

Apart from one mortifying moment when my guide called to a colleague, in front of a lesson full of what I think were young teenagers, to "come hold Lia's horse, she's very nervous", I loved the walk around the grounds with my lovely guide, Jenny, who was incredibly patient of my obvious terror. By the end I was of course raring to go, even breaking into an undignified trot for about ten seconds.

Romance takes on a different meaning when you become a parent. We'd had a couples massage in the early days of our relationship, and found the whole thing mortifying - I worried I'd fall asleep and drool, and when they left us, with a knowing wink, to enjoy the petal decorated bath, we sat there uncomfortably aware of the therapist lurking somewhere nearby outside.

This time, in a massively romantic move, the husband announced that he would take the baby and look after food and sleep requirements for the morning whilst I went to the spa to enjoy a back massage. My lovely therapist Valerie told me I had the shoulder tension of someone who had spent the past few months in a hunched over position- I felt like a different person afterwards.

Early nights, lots of walks and no alcohol - romance parent style.

Mount Juliet's (mountjuliet.ie) Easter Mid-term Family Stay Offer includes 7 nights on a self-catering basis in one of the luxury family properties at Mount Juliet. Complete with flat-screen TVs, phone, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge, these properties offer the comfort of home in a spectacular and luxurious countryside setting. The Little Rascals Kid's Club is included for children from junior infants to 12 years of age each day. Enjoy complimentary use of the estates' extensive facilities including walking trails, bikes, tennis courts, swimming pool and leisure centre.

Check-in: 28th March - €1,550 Self-catering     

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Self-catering Easter breaks: One holiday, three ways

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

Self-catering Easter breaks: One holiday, three ways - The Independent

We asked three companies for their best offer on a week's self-catering family holiday in the Easter break. One is in the UK (Cornwall); one on the coast (Lanzarote); and one in the Spanish countryside (Costa Blanca). Prices are per person, based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together.

UK: £183pp, Premier Cottages

A stay at two-bedroom Birch House in Little White Alice resort, from 3 April. Equidistant from Cornwall's north and south coasts, it has a natural swimming pool and wood-burning hot tub (01209 861 000; premiercottages.co.uk).

Beach: £531pp, Thomas Cook

Includes flights from Gatwick to Lanzarote on 2 April, plus self-catering at Villas Las Marinas, a two-bed property in Playa Blanca. The beach is 500 yards away but there's a private pool (0844 412 5970; thomascook.com).

Country: £353pp, James Villa Holidays

Includes flights from Luton to Alicante on 28 March, plus self-catering at Villa Elefante Tia, three miles from the Med in Javea, Costa Blanca. It has a private pool, terrace and gardens (0800 074 71 17; jamesvillas.co.uk).

High end holiday homes set for bumper self-catering season

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

High end holiday homes set for bumper self-catering season - Western Morning News

 

High end holiday homes are set for a bumper self-catering season, booking figures released by one of the South West’s largest providers of four and five star self-catering properties, have revealed.

Blue Chip Holidays, which has over 1,000 self catering holiday homes, revealed that the Broadchurch effect was paying off especially as Dorset bookings have shot through the roof.

The firm said it had taken record bookings with the number of holidays booked for the year up 9.5% on last January.

Its strongest area of growth has been in Dorset where bookings rates leapt 27.5% on 2014.

Cornwall also fared well with the number of holidays booked up 14% on last year, while Devon saw an uplift of 7% on last year.

Bookings for peak weeks exceeded those of last year with July up 76% on 2014.

Off-peak periods also performed strongly with demand for January up 78% on last year, while bookings for June increased by a quarter and bookings for September rose one fifth.

Allan Lambert, managing director of the Exeter-headquartered company, said: “The enduring appeal of holidaying in the South West continues to thrive.

“Combined with the positive impact of a second successive summer of sun, falling fuel prices, and a range great offers that have given customers affordable luxury, we are seeing a positive uplift in our bookings with a rise both in returning guests and new customers.

“Dorset has seen particularly strong demand, influenced in no small part by the popularity of ITV’s Broadchurch, which has cast a light on the Jurassic coast, an area of significant growth for Blue Chip Holidays.”

Mr Lambert added: “We’ve also seen a huge increase in demand for lodges from young professionals, couples and young families who are looking to escape for short breaks in woodland or lakeside locations. Bookings for our portfolio of over 100 lodges, many of which have hot tubs, have risen 123%.”

Other trends released by Blue Chip Holidays include a 17% increase in bookings from holiday makers who refuse to leave their four legged friends at home, and now actively look for high end properties where they can stay without compromising on quality.

This is seen by the business, which has over 300 pet friendly properties, as a growth market.

Mr Lambert added: “January’s results, which include a 36% increase in short-breaks booked for the first two months of the year, provide a very healthy calendar for the year ahead, which is great news for our owners and for the business.

“However, demand is likely to exceed supply in some locations, and so we’ll be actively seeking new properties across the region.

“Our aim is to get ahead of the demand curve to ensure that owners of holiday homes interested in joining Blue Chip Holidays are able to swiftly and effectively benefit from the current bookings surge, as well as the ongoing year round rise in demand that we are seeing for our high end properties.”

Blue Chip Holidays’ top ten locations for booking growth so far in 2015 are:

1. Fowey

2. Dartmoor & country

3. Tavistock

4. Whitsand Bay and Downderry

5. Bridport and Lyme Regis

6. Portreath & St Agnes

7. Penzance

8. Bideford and Barnstaple

9. Dorchester and country

10. Poole & Sandbanks

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Torbay holiday homes set for bumper self-catering season

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

Torbay holiday homes set for bumper self-catering season - Torquay Herald Express

 

HOLIDAY homes in Paignton, Torquay and Brixham are set for a bumper self-catering season according to new figures.

High-end self-catering property provider Blue Chip Holidays, which has over 1,000 holiday homes in its portfolio including 198 properties in Torbay, has taken record bookings for the year ahead, with demand up six per cent on January last year.

Following recent reports that Devon has been voted as the best place to live in the UK, it has come as no surprise that the English Riviera is attracting so much tourism.

Blue Chip Holidays’ portfolio development manager for the English Riviera, Gary Jolliffe, said: “Customers are continuing their love affair with this incredibly beautiful part of South Devon, helped in no small measure by the two successive summers of sun that we’ve all enjoyed.

“This, combined with our reputation for providing outstanding properties in incredibly desirable locations, is generating a surge in bookings from both returning guests and new customers who want to try the Blue Chip Holidays experience in our wonderful part of South Devon.”

He said peak weeks are exceeding last year, with July up 76 per cent on bookings last year.

Off-peak periods have also performed strongly with bookings for January up 78 per cent on last year, bookings for June up 25 per cent and September up 20 per cent.

Four-star Kinsale hotel on sale

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

Receivers put four-star Kinsale hotel on sale for €4.25 million - Irish Times

The profitable Carlton Hotel and Spa, close to the holiday town of Kinsale, Co Cork, along with 19 holiday houses, is to be offered for sale on the international market at €4,250,000.

Denis O’Donoghue and Chris O’Callaghan of Savills are handling the sale for Kieran Wallace of KPMG and Jim Stafford of Friel Stafford, who were appointed receivers to the four-star hotel and holiday houses by the former Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and Nama.

The 70-bedroom hotel was developed along a beautiful waterfront setting in 2006 at a cost of almost €25 million by a Cork-based consortium known as Gable Holdings.

Although it had trading difficulties before it was put into receivership in September 2012, it still managed to turn in a profit of around €500,000 last year under the competent management of BDL Hotels.

That change of fortune and the broader recovery experienced over the past two years in many holiday resorts has made it considerably easier to attract buyers interested in capitalising on the collapse in hotel values.

The €4.25 million asking price in this instance equates to a value of €61,000 per bedroom without taking into account the 19 three-bedroom holiday houses on the site.

This compares with a value of €134,000 per bedroom at the River Lee Hotel in Cork, which sold for €24.5 million; €103,000 per bedroom for the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig, which made €8 million; €96,000 per bedroom for Whites Hotel in Wexford, which made €15.1 million; and €85,000 per bedroom at the Clayton Hotel in Galway, which fetched €16.5 million.

Rathmore House The Carlton was built on the site of the former Rathmore House, and while few remnants of the estate remain, the entire site extends to 89 acres, predominantly covered by deciduous woodlands and some grassland areas.

The hotel has commanding views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, which is used by sailing boats from the three marinas in Kinsale.

Part of the reason for the Carlton’s successful trading has been its huge popularity as a wedding venue. Last year it hosted no fewer than 99 wedding receptions, and the indications are that this figure may well be exceeded in the current year.

The function room can seat 200 and opens on to large patio with stunning sea views. The hotel also has a leisure centre, a spa and a swimming pool.

With the hotel catering primarily for leisure guests, the 19 holiday houses are ideal for families, with three double bedrooms, a large open-plan living room, a kitchenette, first-floor balconies and private gardens to the rear.

The Carlton is located on the northern outskirts of Kinsale, a world-renowned tourist destination with an abundance of pubs, restaurants, wine bars, art galleries and coffee shops.

The town also has an impressive line-up of restaurants, and hosts the Kinsale Gourmet Festival, which is to be held again in October. Kinsale was voted the Fáilte Ireland best small tourist town in 2014. Co Cork hotels performed particularly well in 2014, with occupancy levels up to 77 per cent and average room rates up to €72.

An Irishman's attempt to bring a bit of home with him

3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

In Bandon, Oregon, an Irishman's attempt to bring a bit of home with him ... - IrishCentral

A view of South Jetty Park in Bandon, Oregon Photo by: Visitor7/Creative Commons

Bandon (or Bandon-on-the-Sea) is a seacoast town located on the South Oregon Coast, 90 miles north of the California border and named after Bandon, Co. Cork.

 Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon, West Cork. Photo Credit: Brian Abbot/Creative Commons

The area of Bandon was originally inhabited by the Coquille (Ko-quell Indian Tribe). The first settlers established the present site of the town in 1853 following the discovery of gold nearby in 1851. The town’s name was officially changed to Bandon (from Averill) in 1874.

Bandon was established by historian George Bennett in 1874, when he happened upon an area known as “The Ferry.” George Bennett was born in 1827 in Bandon, County Cork. A graduate of law in Trinity College, he traveled to the U.S. in May 1873 accompanied by his sons Joseph W. and and George A., and a friend named George Sealy. His wife and daughter remained in Cork never to join the rest of the family in Oregon.

A decorative streetlight in Bandon. Photo Credit: Oregon Historical County Records Guide/Creative Commons

Bennett was not the first Irishman to set foot in this area of Coos County. Henry Baldwin, also a Cork native and a friend of Bennett’s, was shipwrecked in the Coos Bay area in 1852.

Upon first reaching this small section of the Coos region, Bennett believed that the area held great prospects for economic development. The town is located where the Coquille River meets the Pacific Ocean. It was close to timber and the dense vegetation at the time meant that the area had rich agriculturally appropriate soil.

Bandon Rocks and Sky. Photo Credit: John Fowler/Creative Commons

With what he considered prime factors for a new town already in place, Bennett acquired Thompson Lowe’s donation land, as well as acquiring property to the north and south of this and on the beach. Bennett himself stated that it was only a matter of time before there was a thriving town in such a prime location.

In attempting to bring a taste of his hometown to the newly established Bandon, Bennett introduced the shrub Gorse (also known as Irish furze and Irish hedge), a move that would result in the near destruction of the town 63 years later. The ornamental shrub thrived in the same rich soil that caused Bennett to choose Bandon as a settlement area and soon came to displace native plants.

Gorse, however, could be described as a “phoenix plant,” a plant that likes to encourage fires through secreting oils so as to burn an area of land clean and grow back again as the predominant plant. On September 26, 1936, a small forest fire resulted in the deaths of 10 people and the destruction of all but 16 of Bandon’s 500 homes when a change in wind direction moved the fire in the direction of the gorse hedges which were by then, in places, four feet high. Although the majority of the town's 1,800 people reached safety, the fire destroyed the Bandon’s business district resulting in a loss at the time of $3 million.

Bandon succeeded in rebuilding itself to the quaint seaside town it is today, although there are now strict regulations on gorse. Bennett is still known as the person to introduce gorse to the U.S. eco-system.

Bandon maintains a twin city agreement with its Cork namesake, where the site house of Bennett’s birth can still be seen alongside the Irishtown Bridge. Both towns are located beside rivers and close to the ocean although Bandon, Cork, is the larger town with a population of 6,640 compared to 3,066 on Bandon, OR.

The harbor at Bandon, Oregon. Photo credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives/Creative Commons

 

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3 and 4 Clifton are beautifully restored Victorian townhouses available for self-catering holidays in Irelands premier coastal resort. Both houses are appointed, furnished and decorated to the same exacting standards and each house can sleep up to eight guests (9 including a baby). The houses are usually booked individually but make a fantastic base if you want self-catering Ireland holiday home for a group of up to 16 guests. These are great holiday homes, overlooking the sea, a 2 minutes walk to beautiful beaches and just a stroll from the historic resort town of Youghal in County Cork, on south coast of Ireland: what we call The Irish Riviera. 3 and 4 Clifton are available for self-catering Ireland holiday rental and you can Book Online on this website.

3 & 4 Clifton are listed (heritage) properties built to the highest standards more than 130 years ago, Clifton is simply the best address in Youghal. Situated an easy, short walk from Youghal town and its famous beaches. Clifton faces the promenade and lighthouse where everyone else strolls to enjoy the view and take photos. Read the Reviews and you'll see that our self catering guests rave about the sea views, particularly from the window seat in the main lounge of each house; where you can see the Atlantic ocean to the South, the hills and mountains of county Waterford to the East, the river Blackwater to the North and the beautiful river estuary right in front.

The river meets the sea directly in front of the houses, and you can while away the hours watching the ebb and flow of the tides, the fishing and leisure boats and the wildlife. Of particular delight is the chance to see pods of dolphins who visit Youghal Bay on bright sunny summer days, when the sea is calm, the tide is high and the mackerel shoals afford them a feast.

We hope that you find all of the information you need on this website, and don't forget you can check self catering availability, prices and book online too. If there are any other queries, or special requests, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you here.

 

Martin and Elise Finn

 

TripAdvisor reveals its Top 10 Irish beaches - Irish Independent

Published 18/02/2015 | 10:46

TripAdvisor has announced its readers' favourite Irish beaches, with Inchydoney bagging top spot for the second year running.

"To walk along the beach in the warm Irish sunshine isn't far short of wonderful," said one of the many users gushing about Inchydoney in the 2015 Readers' Choice Awards.

Although a West Cork beach tops the poll, however, four of the Top 10 are in Kerry - including Inch, Derrynane, Rossbeigh and Banna Strand.

The full list is as follows:

  • Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
  • Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
  • Inch Beach, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Lahinch Beach, Co. Clare
  • Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
  • Curracloe Beach, Co. Wexford
  • Banna Strand, Co. Kerry
  • Kulmurvey, Inis Mór, Co. Galway
  • Salthill Beaches, Galway
  • Portmarnock Beach, Dublin

Click the image above to view an expanded gallery.

Galway's Atlantic Sunset - Salthill by Robert bree.jpgSalthill, Galway - its beaches ranked ninth on TripAdvisor's list.

Now in their 13th year, the Travellers' Choice Awards honour TripAdvisor's most outstanding properties and attractions across the globe.

The world's top beach was Baia do Sancho in Brazil.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish hotels were also announced recently, with Harvey's Point in Donegal topping the poll for the third year running.

Kerry did pretty well there too - with four hotels in the Top 10.

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