Fish from trawlers on the West Cork coast are brought to the door of Sue Hill’s white-painted, waterside restaurant, which offers ‘fresh fish and wine on the harbour’ and, most likely, a view of a heron. It is an idyllic spot, on this rugged stretch of the West Cork coastline. It is not surprising to hear from Sue that some of her guests do not want to do anything but simply sit and watch the tide come in and go out again. Three of the bedrooms in this modern house open to balconies overlooking the little sheltered cove, and from the terrace of the restaurant on the ground floor – which is open from May to October – there are steps down to the shore. Guests are clearly those who relish the peace and quiet.
Along the upstairs landing runs a long shelf with a row of books. Bedrooms are well-equipped. There are posters of Aix-en-Provence on the walls and Sue has turned the staircase into a gallery for local artists. It’s only a short walk to the village of Goleen and Sue send all visitors off on the spectacular drive to Mizen Head, which is Ireland’s most southwesterly point.