About This Space

We have been voted as one of Ireland’s top 50 places to stay by the Irish Independent #Fab50.

We spent two years renovating this 200 year old building.

In May 2020, it was featured on RTE Home of the year and became a finalist in the top 7 homes in Ireland.

Irish lights built all 80 lighthouses & keepers’ houses in Ireland, and this is the only lighthouse keepers’ house in a town in Ireland!

The renovation project on the house has been to modernise it, introduce open plan living downstairs, a sea-facing bathroom & bathtub, underfloor heating, new electrics & plumbing, insulation throughout, a 20-foot conservatory complete with hanging chair and new windows throughout.

This house was the home of every lightkeeper that manned Youghal lighthouse since the 1800s.

The Lighthouse itself became automated in 2007 and flashes each night at an interval of 2.5 seconds.

It sits on a cliff edge in the town of Youghal in southeast Ireland.

The walls are three feet deep, the old windows have been restored, the old fireplaces take pride of place in each bedroom, and it sits under the watchful eye of the lighthouse in the garden.

The house has retained its character & heritage but yet has a modern twist.

The house sleeps six people maximum ( 2 double sea-facing rooms & one twin room)

  • Bedroom (X2 Double, x1 Twin)
  • Sea Facing Bathroom & Bathtub
  • Beach access – Beachfront
  • Kitchen
  • Free On-Street Parking
  • Washing Machine & Dryer
  • 20 Foot Conservatory
  • Waterfront View
  • TV
  • Free Wifi
  • Essentials (Towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper)
  • Private Garden
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Under Floor Heating
  • Lockbox
Guest access:

You will have access to the entire home (130 sq metres) & 1/4 acre adjacent garden. The lighthouse is operated by the local council and still functions, so it can’t be accessed from the property.

 

Other Things To Note:
The house is located on a cliff edge. It has high walls ( above 1.1 metres) & I have also had a fence fitted where the wall was lower, but please do keep an eye on kids who may love to explore!

Cancelation Policy

The cancellation policy is 7 days or as soon as you know that your plans have changed, whichever comes first.

History

The current Lighthouse and lighthouse keepers house was erected in 1852 on ‘almost’ the exact site of the original Lighthouse which, according to most sources, went up in 1190 or 1202.


Youghal had been recently peopled by men-at-arms and traffickers from Bristol, and to ensure mariner safety, a light tower was constructed and placed under the management of the nuns of The Chapel of St. Anne’s.


The nuns faithfully lit torches to guide ships into Youghal harbour at night until 1542 when the nunnery was abandoned and torn down at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries.

The nuns in Youghal became the first female lighthouse keepers in the world!


The Lighthouse Keepers house was the home to every Lighthouse keeper and their families that served in Youghal.

The last lighthouse keeper to live here was in 1996.

The Lighthouse became automated in 1997 and maintained by Irish Lights.

FAQ

1. Is there parking?

There is parking directly opposite the Lighthouse Keepers ( roadside).

2. Does the flashing beam keep guests awake at night?

While you may imagine that it would, it doesnt at all. The light is built to flash directly out to sea ( 17km out to sea to be exact). You would actually struggle to read the words on a book underneath the beam when it is flashing to be honest. There are also wooden shutters in the sea facing bedrooms should you wish to ensure total darkness as you sleep!

3. Can I stay for one night?
The minimum stay is two nights for a couple of reasons. 1) The biggest complaint from guests is that they do not want to leave, with this in mind one night is too short 2) As a small business, it makes most sense for us to have a minimum stay

4. Can we cook meals at the keepers?
There is a fully fitted kitchen with all the expected appliances ( Dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, kettle, Nespresso machine, Toaster).

5. How many bedrooms are there?
There are three bedrooms. Two double sea facing rooms and one twin room. The house sleeps maximum six people.

6. Is there wifi?
Yes, there is ample wifi in the keepers!

7. Are pets allowed?
Whilst I adore animals, we often get guests staying who have allergies, and for that reason, we have always had to keep the keepers pet free. There is a local doggy day care which I can recommend.

8. What time is check in / check out?
Check in is at 3PM on the day of arrival. Check out is at 11AM.

If you have any other questions, please email info@thelighthousekeepsher.com

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