A real home from home family run B&B where the emphasis is on quality home baked bread, fresh ingredients, locally sourced foods and a warm welcome!
Discounted prices when you book a minimum of 2 nights mid-week break combined with snorkelling or marine eco tours (seals, whales and dolphins) at Aquaventures as a package! Certain conditions apply.
Hotel, Hostel or
3* Hotels family run with popular seafood restaurants and bars, just a few minutes walk from the dive centre, Hostel with a mixture of rooms (no breakfast) or Self-catering houses & cottages - whatever suits you best.
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!
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, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. There are no less than 8 choices on the menu including vegan, vegetarian, 3 choices of fish, continental or traditional Irish fry.
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 and discounts for Aquaventures' customers.
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.
Using car SatNav 51d 29m 05s N - 009d 22m 05s W
Payment - we accept Visa / MasterCard / Laser and cheques or cash
Access to swimming pool with sauna/jacuzzi/steamroom as part of the Baltimore Leisure Centre (across the road from the B&B) when swimming classes / schools are not using the pool.
- tickets € 10.00 pp for adults and children at half price
For those on a tighter budget, we also offer "room only" lettings which must be pre-booked, saving between €7.50-10.00 pp/pn and there are several places in the village where a full Irish or continental style breakfast can be purchased. Please note however that check out time is before 10 a.m. unless other arrangements have been agreed and no food is to be consumed in the room (i.e. no take-aways for dinner or breakfast). Free tea & coffee is available for guests.
Price from.... pp/pns - 2014
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.
Cancellation Policy and Booking Terms
A non-refundable deposit of the first night's room rate (per room) is payable at the time of booking. This constitutes a binding contract between yourself and the Stone House B&B.
Final payment is payable 4 weeks prior to arrival for your stay.
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 4 weeks' notice - full refund of net amount (i.e. less non-refundable deposit)
Cancellations giving 2 to 4 weeks notice - 50% refund of net amount (i.e. less non-refundable deposit)
Less than 2 weeks' notice - no refund
Checking in time is between 3 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 groups who want a bit more space and kitchen / cooking facilities for meals in.
Cottages and self-catering houses 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 source suitable accommodation for you as part of your package. 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 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!!
Guide Prices for 2014
week (3bedroomed hse)
week (4 bedroomed hse)
weekend 2 nights
week 3 nights
week (2 bed luxury cottage)
on private island estate
weekend (2 bed luxury cottage)
on private island estate
Elegant Regency Lough Hyne House (built 1830) or
Gate Lodge Cottage (18th century) on the shore of this inland tidal lake- guide price/week
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.
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.
For the budget traveler, there is a hostel just round the corner from Aquaventures where bed linen is provided and you have access to the communal showers and kitchen. There is a mix of double, twin, treble or dorm style rooms.
dorm bed (mixed male/female)
dble or twin room
All the above are within easy walking distance of the dive centre, harbour, shops, pubs & restaurants. Aquaventures can put together a package for you to include any of these, depending on length of stay, size of group and personal wishes.