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cloughduv, Ireland

Dining  room to TV Room

Dining room to TV Room

flowers on mosaic patio

flowers on mosaic patio

Back of house from garden path

Back of house from garden path

Entrance room

Entrance room

entrance room

entrance room

kitchen from dining room

kitchen from dining room

kitchen to dining roon

kitchen to dining roon

kitchen

kitchen

Dining room

Dining room

TV Room With Wood Burning Stove

TV Room With Wood Burning Stove

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

View from master bedroom

View from master bedroom

Raised patio

Raised patio

View of house from raised patio

View of house from raised patio

Garden

Garden

Mosaic patio at rear of house

Mosaic patio at rear of house

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Workshop with wood turning lathe

Workshop with wood turning lathe

Downstairs bathroom

Downstairs bathroom

Downstairs shower

Downstairs shower

Ensuite bathroom off double bedroom

Ensuite bathroom off double bedroom

Dining Room

Dining Room

Library

Library

Christmas in Kinsealy!

Christmas in Kinsealy!

Library fireplace

Library fireplace

Library

Library

Downstairs Bathroom

Downstairs Bathroom

Baby's Room

Baby's Room

TV Room

TV Room

Front of Cottage

Front of Cottage

Diarmuid, Jean, Éadaoin and Siobhán

Diarmuid, Jean, Éadaoin and Siobhán

Dining  room to TV Room flowers on mosaic patio Back of house from garden path Entrance room entrance room kitchen from dining room kitchen to dining roon kitchen
Dining room TV Room With Wood Burning Stove Master Bedroom Master Bedroom View from master bedroom Raised patio View of house from raised patio Garden Mosaic patio at rear of house Master Bedroom Workshop with wood turning lathe Downstairs bathroom Downstairs shower Ensuite bathroom off double bedroom Dining Room Library Christmas in Kinsealy! Library fireplace Library Downstairs Bathroom Baby's Room TV Room Front of Cottage Diarmuid, Jean, Éadaoin and Siobhán
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Large Period cottage in the country within easy reach of Cork city, Ireland.

Hello!
We are a family of four. Diarmuid is a teacher and a musician, and Jean is a writer. Our children are Éadaoin aged 9 and Siobhán aged 6. We are open to any offers of exchange but would particularly like to swap with people who have children thus saving the endless packing of equipment. We have everything one would need for kids here so it would work vice-versa!
Our house was built around 1870 and is a typical Irish stone cottage.It has five bedrooms, five reception rooms and three bathrooms. It has been completely renovated and extended and is considerably larger inside than the photos of the outside suggest. We were anxious  to preserve the traditional outside of the house and so the house extends out the back. We have oil-fired central heating as well as a large cast iron stove and two open fireplaces.
The kitchen has been completely remodeled with all appliances available.  Off the kitchen is a utility room with chest freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Downstairs there is a bright sunny dining room with views over the fields behind the house. Our neighbours keep their horses there so you will usually have an audience for breakfast! Previous exchange partners enjoyed feeding them apples and carrots during their holidays. Also on the ground floor is a bathroom with power shower, a sitting room with flatscreen TV complete with satellite TV, and a DVD player, a large front reception room, and a library containing approximately 4000 books - on virtually every subject! We collect books.The house also has WIFI. There is  cosy double bedroom downstairs with a fireplace. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, one en suite and one small single bedroom. We also have a cot. There is a bathroom with a bath upstairs also. We have a huge back garden and two patios with lots of plants and flowers and ideal for barbeques. The enclosed garden has a swing, a sandbox, a paddling pool, a children's summerhouse and lots of outdoor toys. The back garden is enclosed by a lockable gate so it is very safe.  Directly behind the house are fields and hundreds of rabbits and the nearby river (500 metres) is a popular fishing spot.
We are situated 2km off the main road in a small village called Cloughduv, located between Cork city (20 mins away) and Killarney (60 mins away) Clonakilty (40 mins away) and lots of beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches are within easy driving distance. Blarney Castle (30 Mins), Kinsale (40 mins) and Ringaskiddy Ferry Port are also convenient. Ireland's capital city, Dublin is easily accessible by car or public transport and it's a three hour trip. Ireland is only 302 miles long by 178 miles wide so pretty much everywhere is within a day's drive. Previous exchange partners have visited Galway, Dublin and the midlands.
In the village of Cloughduv there is a small shop and down the road is a nice pub serving food and drinks. Within 10 minutes by car are the towns of Ballincollig and Macroom with supermarkets, banks, pharmacies etc. A car would be necessary as there is only a limited public transport system.
We have two large saloon cars with car seats for children which we are also happy to swap.

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 3 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Teacher
  • Teacher

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Sleeping Capacity: 8

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed
  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Exchange Types

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Youth exchange
  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Baby equipment
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Bicycles: 1

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Europe

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Gaelic

Our Neighbourhood

Occupation

  • Teacher
  • Teacher

Children

  • Girl - Age: 10
  • Girl - Age: 7

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

We are a family of parents and four kids but the two older ones are grown up so they don't travel with us anymore. Jean is a writer as well as an English, History and Drama teacher and she has two published novels and is currently writing a third. Diarmuid teaches children with special needs in primary school and also is a semi-professional musician playing with popular Irish band, Natural Gas. He plays the Uilleann Pipes (a sort of bag pipe but you don't blow into it, quieter than the Scottish pipes) as well as various wind instruments.

We are both historians and have a fairly extensive library in our house (approx 6000 books) on all kinds of subjects, but a lot of history. Our home is a stone cottage which was built around 1890 and is typical of its type on the outside but inside we have modernised it while keeping all of the original features. A lot of our furniture is very old also. We like to cook so our kitchen is very well equipped and we also entertain friends and family a lot so we have a dining room table that can seat 8 people comfortably.
We have a really big garden with lots of room to play and lots of toys as well, suitable for children up to age 10. The garden is secure and so quite safe from the road. We live on a small road, 2K from the main Cork-Killarney road so it is very quiet. Our neighbours horses graze in the field behind our house so we have all of the fun of having horses with none of the responsibility!
Our girls are aged 6 and 3 and they are lots of fun as all children that age are!
We are a fairly relaxed family, we love our home and while it looks nice, it is a lived in family home. We have a big garden and we are still working on it. WE are not natural gardeners and also its something that takes up a lot of time but if you visit us, feel free to get digging! we tend to do pot gardening which is easier and less time consuming.
We love life and have had fantastic swapping experiences so we look forward to hearing from you!

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