Welcome To The Lighthouse Keeps Her

An Homage to the sea. 

A 200 year old lighthouse keepers house, set atop the cliffs at Youghal Bay.

It was home to every lighthouse keeper and their family who guided seafarers safely into or around Youghal bay. Its walls hold the seafaring history of the town and its long heritage with the sea. It sits beneath the beam of Youghal lighthouse, which has lit the waterways since 1190. This site was also home to the first female lighthouse keepers in the world, nuns from the order of St Anne’s. Legend also has it that Sir Walter Raleigh planted the first potato in Ireland in the garden right here at the keepers.

After an extensive renovation, the keepers has been brought carefully up to modern standards whilst retaining all of its charm and character. It has been a finalist in RTE’s Home of the year and also voted as Irish Independents top 50 places to stay in Ireland.


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This enchanted Lighthouse keepers house is perched atop a cliff, looking out at the roaring Celtic Sea. It is approx 45 minutes drive from Cork Airport and 2 hours 45 minutes drive from Dublin Airport.

It is the only lighthouse keepers house located in a town in Ireland, where you are 300 metres walk to the beach and a ten minute walk to the heart of Youghal town.

It is within driving distance to the towns of Dungarvan ( the location of the beautiful Greenway which you can cycle or walk) and Midleton ( the home of Jameson Whiskey).

Other places that guests like to visit are the historic coastal village of Ardmore ( 15 minute drive), Ballycotton ( It has a beautiful lighthouse too, just around the headland from Youghal – approx 30 minute drive), Cobh ( Most famous for being the Titanic’s last stop and also home to Irelands equivalent of Alcatraz; Spike island)

What Are Our Guests Saying?

  incredibly relaxing stay. fully recommend the lighthouse. Saoirse, the host, was very responsive to all my questions. the house was very comfortable with all the necessary mod cons. the outdoor... read more

thumb Antony
May 30, 2023

  We had been eager to stay here for quite a while and were delighted when we were able to book a 2 night stay. Saoirse has done an incredible job... read more

thumb Claire
January 5, 2022

  A unique place! Just beautiful, an amazing place in an attractive town and with great excursion in the region. Nice interior touches and very practical! And a great responsive and... read more

thumb Alec
September 10, 2023

  Absolutely unique place to stay! Totally recommend

thumb Sergey
March 10, 2024

  Lovely and unique place to stay

thumb Sue
March 18, 2024

  Absolute perfection from arrival to departure. You will not want to leave this haven of tranquility. Magical.

Looking forward to when we return.

thumb Catherine
May 6, 2024
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