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Skyros | Modern Luxury Self-Catering | Schull, West Cork Coast


Schull, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Lose yourself amidst the magic of West Cork by escaping to this unique self-catering home nestled at the foothills of Mount Gabriel in Schull. Skyros is a modern architectural gem and a sleek contribution to West Cork's Star Wars-famous scenery. Flaunting intoxicating views along the zig-zagging coast of Ireland's Mizen Peninsula, whether a family break or remote working holiday, Skyros promises a luxury escape you will never forget.



Meticulously designed by award-winning architect Niall McLaughlin, this modern-day masterpiece in Schull was crafted from poured concrete and clad entirely in Irish Kilkenny Limestone. Fusing modern architecture with minimalist style, floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow the landscape to echo throughout the clean interiors, exhibiting stunning south-facing views over Roaringwater Bay and its collection of islands. Together with the Aga and underfloor heating, a glowing double-sided fire ensures this luxury self-catering retreat is as cosy as it is contemporary.


The single-storey design has a vast internal volume, with high ceilings and pared-back interiors allowing all the family to sprawl out in light-filled spaces. With ample room for up to six guests, the stunning living areas are complemented by four bedrooms, each exuding irresistible stay-in-bed appeal. The master has an en suite bathroom with out-of-this-world views, whilst the twin and single share a bathroom with bath and shower. The second double bedroom has a private shower and is separated from the main living space by a secret door. 


Skyros’ garden is intentionally simple, bringing no competition to the house design nor the view. Pull up a sun lounger and enjoy the sea life as you gaze over to Cape Clear, Long Island and the iconic Fastnet Lighthouse - standing 146-foot-tall with a beam range spanning 27 miles. For a scenic drive, take "the long way round" (or the N17 if you're following a map!) and wend past the pretty Irish villages, ancient stone circles and scattering of fine sandy beaches that mark the meandering coastal route from Cork to Killarney. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £2,195 per week, £1,850 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsTwo double bedrooms; one with en suite bathroom and separate shower and one with en suite shower room, one twin bedroom, one single bedroom plus one family bathroom with bath and separate shower.
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  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome, one cot and two highchairs are available. Please note that a maximum of six guests can be accommodated at the property (seven if you choose to add the additional room), this includes babes-in-arms and children.
  • PracticalitiesSkyros has an ample amount of private parking for three cars. The kitchen has two full-size fridges, a freezer, electric Aga, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, espresso machine and much more. A seventh guest can stay for an additional fee of £100.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper, Smart TV with Netflix, sound speaker, iPad, WiFi internet, underfloor heating, Weber gas barbecue, board games, children´s toys, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
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Cook with views of the sea and Fastnet Lighthouse from the kitchen
Far-reaching views to sea from the private garden

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Referred to as ´A Place Apart´, discover Schull, nestled within West Cork in the heart of Ireland where nature sets the pace. A luxury holiday in Ireland allows you to swap the hustle and bustle of city life for an invigorating walk along the zig-zag coastline of Schull.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Overlooking the ocean, this unique coastal home is just a short walk from Schull, a traditionally Irish fishing town in West Cork.
  • By Air Fly directly from Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick and Heathrow to Cork airport which is approximately an hour and 40 minute drive away from Skyros.
  • By Car Car hire is easily available for those who arrive by plane.

From the owner

“Skyros gives us an enormous surprise every time we drive up the lane as it suddenly appears. The house gives the feeling of being outside, whilst being cosy and warm inside, due to the ceiling height, floor to ceiling windows and room shapes. We love the view of the islands from the living room!”

From the owner

Built between 2009 and 2011, Skyros was designed by Architect Niall McLaughlin. His incredible designs have won many awards in the UK, Ireland and the US, including RIAI Best Building in the Landscape and the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award.

The building itself is made from poured concrete, visible in the rear wing, and is entirely clad in Irish Kilkenny Limestone. The interior is very bright and airy with high ceilings and enjoys south-facing views to Roaring Water Bay and its multitude of islands - Castle Island, Long Island, Cape Clear, Sherkin and The Three Calves all being visible. The views stretch past these islands, over the Atlantic and out to the horizon.

The iconic Fastnet Lighthouse lies eight miles out to sea and is also clearly visible from the house too. The Fastnet is one of the world's most famous offshore races, the 700-mile Cowes-Fastnet-Plymouth race. 

There's just so much to see and do here, and the changeable weather means every day is different to the next. It's like it's own little world and that's why we love it.

The O'Keeffe Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Schull with an insider’s perspective.

West Cork Coastline

To See

West Cork Coastline

Whether you are an avid walker or wildlife enthusiast, make sure you leave plenty of time to discover the staggering West Cork Coastline. Be sure to pack some binoculars too, keeping your eyes trained for whales and dolphins in the sea!

Hike The Mountain Peaks

To Do

Hike The Mountain Peaks

There´s no better way to get the legs pumping than a good hike. A particularly good route, take a trip to Dunlough´s Three Castle Head; it´s a tough hike but the precariously positioned Norman dwellings are a sight to behold.

Hackett´s Bar, Schull

To Eat

Hackett´s Bar, Schull

Hackett’s Bar is an old village pub. With roots dating back to the 1920´s, locals jokingly claim it hasn´t changed much since. Oozing charm with a great atmosphere, friendly staff, live music and super food, it´s not to be missed.

Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre

To Do

Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre

This outdoor education centre offers a range of courses, located on Colla Road beneath the school. The sheltered waters of Roaringwater Bay are an ideal place to learn to sail, or train to be an Olympian!

Guest Testimonials

Skyros surpassed our expectations! It´s an exceptional property and we felt at home as soon as we arrived. The welcome hamper was bountiful with local goodies and there were fresh flowers waiting for us - it´s those little touches that make the difference. It´s modern, well equipped with everything we needed and in a great location. The views are incredible and ever-changing. It felt very secluded; something we love. All in all, perfect. We felt very lucky! We have used Unique Homestays before and the quality of properties and service the team provides are always first-rate.

We have just spent a most enjoyable week of holidays in the beautiful Skyros. The location is amazing, our eyes never tired of the sea views and the weather reminded us more of the south of France rather than traditional Irish weather! We have been delighted to have had the opportunity to discover this part of the country, thank you!

We have had a wonderful time in your beautiful house in Schull. Not only is it spectacular in every way, but there is also a lovely feel and flow to it. Thank you very much for all the lovely touches, not to mention a kitchen to inspire a modest cook like me.

This place is absolutely amazing. The house itself is gorgeous and we have loved hiking around the surrounding towns and villages during our stay! The view from the house is the most fantastic feature; the telescope provided us with a lot of fun to look out on to the view. We have pretty much explored the whole of South-West Cork during our stay, visiting Allihies, Sheep´s Head and Mizen Head; all with great coastal views. Thank you so much for this experience!

What a wonderful place, thank you so much for sharing it! The view is breathtaking and changes hour by hour. So many photos we have taken to refresh our memories of Ireland. This place is a gem, one we will share with our friends. Thank you!

Sometimes in life moments occur where you become aware that what is happening is special and you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. The sort of memory you can look back at when you are older and know you truly lived. Moments where you feel totally alive. We´ve just come back from staying at the incredible Skyros on the foothills of Mount Gabriel and I am without doubt that those few days will last forever.


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