On the Golden Spur of this 2500 km route along Ireland's Atlantic coastline where the land merges into the sea Baltimore features Dun an Oir (castle of gold), Dun na Sead (castle of Jewels), Cailin Our (Golden Girl ferry), Silver Strand on Sherkin island and its internationally famous golden sunsets. Baltimore was an important pirate centre during the seventeenth century Golden Age of piracy and still harbours many sunken wrecks and stories of hidden treasure.
Go and experience the wild, unspoilt, raw beauty of rugged coastlines, cliffs , seascapes, beaches, food, music, festivals, maritime history and adventure. Aquaventures' team and tourism colleagues in the village offer island visits, sailing, boat trips to the Fastnet, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, walking, horse & pony riding, angling, whale-watching, garden and castle visits.
“We discovered the thrill of flying through the rapids, leaving us breathless with excitement to do it again and again.” - comments by Mark Webber and his teenage children on holiday in Baltimore, West Cork.
Experience uniquely rich and colourful flora and fauna in a magical sub-aqua world. Under the direct supervision of an instructor guide, you can snorkel in Europe’s oldest marine nature reserve in the tidal gap between Lough Hyne and the sea wearing a warm diving suit.
Aquaventures specialises in snorkelling and diving from a superbly-run centre in Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way, renowned for its spectacular coastline, colourful reefs and wrecks. For more than 30 years, we have trained many students to scuba-dive (typically 15 to 55 year olds) all of whom are now “stars of the seas”. Let us submerge you in an amazing aqua-venture!
Top rated B&B accommodation in Baltimore on Trip Advisor and winner of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Excellence Awards.
Adjacent to the dive centre is The Stone House B&B, run in conjunction with Aquaventures and the ideal location for a weekend visit or week's holiday, particularly when you don't want the hassle of cooking meals but still enjoy a home from home atmosphere. The B&B is open year-round and is renowned for Rianne's breakfast menu and home baked breads & yoghurts. There are no less than 8 choices on the menu including vegan, vegetarian, 3 choices of fish, continental or traditional Irish fry - using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Lactose intolerant - no problem with Alpro alternatives.
There are 4 rooms (each with its own bathroom & power / rain shower), tea & coffee making facilities and plenty of car parking space and garden.
Room 1 - double bed with private bathroom & shower (+ balcony)
Room 2 - double bed with ensuite showerroom (+ balcony)
Room 3 - double and single bed with ensuite showerroom (+ balcony)
Room 4 - four single beds with ensuite showerroom
Prices vary depending on length of stay and time of year.
Child under the age 2 free of charge (baby cot available). Child rate for 2 to 15 years old when sharing with 2 parents - 25% discount.
To enquire about prices and availiability please call Rianne on 087-7961456 or use the online booking system on our dedicated website where you can check particular dates for specific rooms availalbe and the online prices: www.thestonehousebnb.ie
Using car SatNav 51d 29m 05s N - 009d 22m 05s W
Payment - we accept Visa / MasterCard / Debit Card and cash. For advance bookings payment via online banking is also an option.
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Rianne, your hostess speaks French, German, Dutch as well as English and welcomes all guests upon arrival. She is more than happy to assist with restaurant bookings, information about walks, day trips, island excursions, activities and places to visit.
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Cancellation Policy and Booking Terms
Each room "sold" is at least 25% of our B&B income and to lose that through a cancellation or "no-show" is most upsetting and not good for business. A booking, either verbally or in writing, is a binding contract that must be honoured by both parties.
A non-refundable deposit of the first night's room rate (per room) is payable at the time of booking.
If you use a credit or debit card for this we may not actually charge your account until you are with us, however if you need to cancel or don't "show up" then we reserve the right to charge your account for the fees due.
Please note that any changes to the length of stay will also be regarded as a cancellation.
Please give as much notice as possible if you have to cancel your reservation, as we may offer a full refund in the event that we're able to relet the room(s), otherwise the following will apply:
Cancellations giving a minimum of 2 weeks' notice - full refund of net amount
Cancellations giving less than 2 weeks' notice - 50% refund of net amount
Cancellations giving less than 1 week's notice - no refund
Checking in time is between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with later arrivals by prior arrangement.
Checking out time is at the latest 11 a.m. on your day of departure.
To make a reservation or check availability please contact us.
Ideal for families or individuals who want to go for a swim in the 16.5 mtr pool, use the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gymnasium for fun, aqua aerobic classes, swim improvers lessons, circuit training, relax or train hard and improve your fitness. The Wild Atlantic Pool & Fitness Centre is located opposite the Stone House B&B and Aquaventures Dive Centre Special (reduced price) entry tickets for visitors available from Aquaventures or at the Centre's reception. Please note that access to the gym is restricted to over 17s and only during public opening hours. In the pool swim hats must be worn.
Ideal for families or groups who want a bit more space and kitchen / cooking facilities for meals in.
Cottages and self-catering houses in the village are normally available from Saturday 3 p.m. to the following week Saturday 10 a.m. and always include a mix of double and single beds.
Out of season owners will also consider weekend lets for 2 or 3+ night stays.
Prices vary depending on the time of year and normally include the electricity cost. Aquaventures will try and find suitable accommodation for you if you so wish. There are 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed apartments or houses in the village but book early to avoid disappointment particularly for July and August. There are also luxury cottages and retreats within a few minutes drive from Baltimore on a private estate called InishBeg including swimming pool, orchards, walkways through woodlands, vintage car collection, fresh organic produce from the estate, horse carriage driving and lots more.....
For those seeking elegance and nostalgia - Lough Hyne House (and/or Gate Lodge cottage) provides a hunting lodge country style life from the past with elegant furniture, magnificent views, a secluded patio garden, beautiful walkways through the woods and gardens and a private shingle beach. The Lough is a famous beauty spot 5km from Skibbereen and 4km from Baltimore. The estate is located in a conservation area of outstanding natural beauty and the bathroom is worth noting for its historic bathtub, which used to belong to Winston Churchill!!
Casey's of Baltimore is a 3* family run Hotel with stunning views over the Ilen River and harbour. The bedrooms are spacious and have all the comforts one expect of quality accommodation. There is the beautiful seafood restaurant and bar (with traditional Irish music on certain nights) to enjoy and plenty of parking including a helicopter landing area. They also provide a new concept of hospitality and luxury with 6 elegant and spacious suits in Baltimore Townhouse nearby for couples only. Contact the hotel for prices and information or check their website: www.caseysofbaltimore.com
The Waterfront Hotel is located in the "Square" with stunning views of Baltimore harbour. A family run establishment including 3 restaurants (pizza & grill, contemporary or seafood) and Jacob's Bar. In fine weather enjoy dining al fresco or eat upstairs behind 25 foot panoramic windows. Contact the hotel for prices and information or check their website: www.waterfrontbaltimore.ie
The above are all within easy walking distance of the dive centre, harbour, shops, pubs & restaurants.