2011 was our fourteenth year at Inish Beg and what a stimulating and fulfilling year it has been! We have enjoyed welcoming back many loyal customers and friends throughout the year. We are even more delighted that so many have introduced family and friends to us; so the secret haven of Inish Beg is spreading to all the right quarters!
New Developments at Inish Beg in 2011
The Gypsy Retreat - A Hideaway for Two
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly - …… very slowly”.
– Gypsy Rose Lee
The addition of another self-catering property means we can now accommodate 46 people on our 97 acres. The new addition is The Gypsy Retreat - two authentic and fully fitted adjoining Roma Caravans originally built in 1988 by Baz Warters and his team at Roma Caravans, which have been restored to their former glory. One comprises a bedroom with ensuite toilet and washroom, the other an open plan kitchen/dining/living room; the Gypsy Retreat also has its own Victorian outdoor roll top bath, atop a wooden decked area. Set in its own private wicker fenced garden in a sylvan setting on the estate, it oozes bohemian and quirky charm and will appeal to both young design-savvy guests and the older hipster! It is already proving very popular so don’t be disappointed,
She was proud to be a gypsy a traveller on the road
With her tales of gypsy life and her stories that she told
She was proud to be of a family that cherished every day
Who rode upon Gods highway and cast her cares away
Inish Beg Organic Farm
The Organic Farm has more to offer too, as we continue to supply organic lamb locally, organic oats to Flahavan’s, and eggs, salad, herbs, fruit and vegetables from the walled garden to our guests. Several interesting fowl and 3 little pigs, who’ve been a big hit with the more junior visitors, have joined the sheep and miniature ponies. These continue to enthral and we were delighted our groom, Finbarr, was back with us and able to take families on horse drawn carriage rides around the estate this summer. Unfortunately, our bees have not recovered as we’d hoped, so the scarce sweet nectar that is Inish Beg Honey has been treasured.
The estate and walled garden...
...have never looked better than this Spring and we were surprised and thrilled to find we had been included in “The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland” published by Liberty Press in June. As usual we participated in the West Cork Garden Trail (12th - 26th June) and were honoured to host the inaugural West Cork Plant & Garden Fair to mark the opening of the trail. This was a great success with several local and national garden centres, horticulturists, artisans and artists displaying their produce. This even had such a good response from both producers and visitors alike that we will do it again but even bigger, brighter and bolder on Sunday, 27th May! Our gardens remained open throughout the summer and we were very pleased to meet so many avid gardeners and even more nature lovers in search of beauty, peace and tranquility. If unfortunately, you are unable to come
and stay with us in 2012 do please come and visit the gardens and woodlands when you are in the area.
Read more: Gardens & Woodlands
Weddings, Family Events, Special Occasions & Celebrations
During 2011 Inish Beg hosted numerous family get-togethers, birthday and anniversary celebrations, hen and stag parties and a record number of weddings. Irish people are scattered all over the world and family events are proving more and more popular, so Inish Beg is the perfect place to gather for some quality time, yet maintain your independence. Where else can you exclusively book ten luxury properties accommodating 46 people on 97 acres of private woodland, gardens and farmland with access to a heated pool and steam room and still be within a few miles of safe sandy beaches, wonderful scenery, great pubs, restaurants, and lots of fun activities for all ages?
We were delighted that two of the spectacular weddings which took place here this year, featured in some of the best online and printed wedding magazines. The first, at Easter, was blessed with the very best weather of the year (24ºC). They were married by a Humanist minister at Hannibal’s H2O in the woodlands, then adjourned to the luxurious Boat House for a private civil ceremony, followed by drinks and nibbles and later partied the night away in a suitably festooned marquee overlooking the estuary.
Later in the summer another couple held their wedding celebrations in the same location but in unconventional Yurts - we can honestly say it was a pleasure to host so many beautiful unique ceremonies and receptions. Whether an intimate gathering of 10 - 65 people at The Boat House or a larger gathering of 70 – 600 people in a marquee, Inish Beg provides such an occasion with a truly special exclusive setting. In house catering is also available in 2012.
Read more: Weddings @ Inish Beg
It was another busy year for Irish Water Sports based here at Inish Beg.
For 2012, Irish Water Sports have teamed up with Aquaventures to provide a wide range of powerboating courses (with a minimum of 3 students required on each course, scheduled to suit your time table). Jerry Smith is the senior instructor, with over 40 years powerboating experience and also more than 30 years teaching courses under the RYA and ISA.
Read more: Powerboating Courses
Our RIB rentals as always proved very popular with holidaymakers in Baltimore, Schull, Glandore, etc. West Cork is the perfect location for getting on the water safely and independently without the expense of purchasing and maintaining your own boat. If you lack boating know-how but wish to explore the local coastline with an experienced guide and boatman and enjoy a gourmet picnic on one of Carbery’s 100 Isles into the bargain then one of our “Great Days Out” is the perfect solution for you. These make very popular gifts and vouchers are available.
Read More: Great Days Out
Festivals & Events at Inish Beg
Throughout the year Baltimore, Skibbereen and indeed West Cork as a whole, host a huge variety of festivals featuring music and dancing, art and literature, drama, artisan and sea food, traditional boats, horses, vintage cars, old time threshing, road bowling, etc and there are also the annual agricultural shows and coastal regattas on weekends throughout the summer so you are sure to find something to interest you in the locality. To mention just a couple with a special interest for Inish Beg guests:
Baltimore Fiddle Fair
The Fiddle Fair celebrates its 20th year in 2012! Now established as one of the favourite music festivals in Ireland with a big reputation! An impressive world class line-up of national and international artists perform in intimate settings in and around the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore. As well as the fantastic concerts there are a series of workshops and sessions including one at Inish Beg House. May is the very best time of the year to visit the gardens and to see this beautiful part of the country – book now if you can get away!
The walking festival in autumn provides an opportunity to experience the secluded beauty and colourful history and the culture of the Baltimore area and the inhabited islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir. Arise at Inish Beg with the sun and set off through the autumnal woods with your guide and group to the sound of the Dawn Chorus…… stop off for a hearty breakfast at a local hostelry; set out for the hills of Lough Hyne Nature Reserve, or hop aboard one of the island ferries to take you to places apart from even the unspoiled rural mainland. After a healthy and companionable day out join with new friends and enjoy a night of good food and entertainment in Baltimore’s pubs and restaurants.
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When walking along the shoreline, you may meet this friendly otter who has often been spotted near The Boat House!
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Book Your Break Now
The peak period from June to mid-September books up quickly and, unfortunately, we have to turn many people away.
Special Offers for Visitors Returning to Inish Beg
Stay in a property on Inish Beg Estate for two weekday nights get a free ferry ticket to Sherkin or Cape Clear islands
Stay in a property on Inish Beg Estate for three nights get a fourth weekday night free
Stay in a property on Inish Beg Estate for four nights get a fifth weekday night free plus a free ferry ticket to Sherkin or Cape Clear islands. This offer is valid from January 7th to June 23rd 2011 (excluding Bank Holiday Weeks).
Why not avail of our Special Activity Offers?
Ferry trips to the islands, sea- kayaking, scuba diving, whale watching, power boating and skippered yacht charters to name a few; all offered in co-operation with local leisure activity providers and there’s something to suit all ages.
Read More: Special Offers
Do you want to get away from it all and find the perfect retreat?
Why not avail of our Mid-week Special Offer?
Couples who book a three-night midweek (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) break with us:
In January, February and March can enjoy a Free Dinner and ½ bottle of wine at The Sibín, our nearby favourite Country Pub and Restaurant
In April, May and June, (excluding Easter week) can enjoy a Free Lunch and Garden Visit at the award winning Glebe Restaurant & Garden in Baltimore.
Gift Vouchers available from Euro 150 for a couple staying three nights midweek, or a two night weekend stay - a very welcome present.
Local Festivals & Events
Féile Átha Dá Chab Ballydehob
30th March – 1st April 2012
Baltimore Fiddle Fair
Wed 9th May – Sun 13th May 2012
Baltimore Seafood Festival
Fri 25th - Sun 27th May 2012
Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival
Fri 25th - Sun 27th May 2012
Garden Festival (West Cork Garden Trail)
Sat 9th – Sun 24th June 2012
Pirates of Baltimore (also known as the Sack of Baltimore)
Fri 29th June – 1st July 2012
O’Driscoll Clan Gathering - Baltimore
Thur 21st June – Sun 24th June 2012
Lough Hyne Challenge - West Cork Triathlon
Saturday 16th July (tbc)
Mon 6th Aug 2012
Cape Clear Regatta
Wed 8th Aug 2012
Baltimore Sea Angling Festival
Thur 23rd – Sun 26th August 2012
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival - Skibbereen
Mon 10th – Sun 16th September 2012
Baltimore Heart Foundation Walking Weekend
Sat 6th - Sun 7th October 2012
The Glebe Amphitheatre, Baltimore Drama and Music events - various dates
We wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2012 and we hope to welcome you to Inish Beg during the year – whatever the occasion!
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