LIVE & LEARN in a LUXURIOUS LIGHTHOUSE!
Imagine living so close to the sea that you can hear & see the crashing waves from every room! Atlantic S.E.A.L offers you, your family or friends/colleagues the chance to learn English while living the life of a lighthouse keeper, but in 5 star luxury! !
IF YOU are a lover of the sea, an aspiring fisherman, surfer or sailor, if you want fresh air and a healthy lifestyle, if you want to sit by the fire watching the wild sea outside, if you love hiking & biking on quiet roads that lead to friendly Irish pubs for a warm welcome & great food, if you, like us, think that the best way to learn a language is to associate it with a unique, memorable & magical experience in a relaxing, friendly & beautiful environment - then this is the programme & place for you.
The Lighthouse can sleep up to 10 people and consists of two separate but 'next door' luxury homes all on the same site and you will have exclusive private use of all the facilities. So there is plenty of space for you to come with a group of friends, colleagues, or the whole family, can you think of a more exciting venue to live and learn English?!...an experience never to be forgotten. You can attend our regular English school or you can have your lessons in private at your luxury lighthouse home. WE can also arrange your leisure programme and even organise for a local lady to come to you to prepare dinner each or some evenings - what a great way to learn some new recipes and to continue to practise English in a fun way with a friendly native English speaker!
As the rates vary from season to season, do let us know when you would like to come, what English course you would like to follow (seehttp://www.atlantic-english.com/courses ) and any special requests that will help us to 'tailor make' a unique living and learning experience for you.You can combine a stay at the lighthouse with any of our standard or specialist English language programmes for adults or juinors choosing to combine them with our leisure programmes if you wish.
Some additional details about the Lighthouse and the surrounding area:
The original cottage dates from 1843 and was fully renovated in 1999.
2008 saw the completion of an architect designed, light-filled new cottage.
The daring design, with the living space upstairs, makes the most of the spectacular views from Ballydevlin Bay, Carberry Isles, Alderman Rock, Fastnet Lighthouse to Streak Head.
It is the perfect location for the ultimate escape. Come and experience West Cork at its best.
There are two parts to the property but they are one unit. In 1843 the Lighthouse Commissioners, responsible for the safety of those at sea, built the lighthouse and the adjoining cottage. Perched over the entrance to the natural harbour for over 160 years the cottage sheltered the Lightkeepers' families. When the Lighthouse was first automated (it is still fully operational) the Commissioners no longer needed the accommodation provided by the cottage and ownership changed hands.
The new owners have fully refurbished the 1843 cottage and this part of the property now comprises 2 double bedrooms with an additional room containing a double pull-out bed and a stairway to a large living space converted from what had been the quarters of three families. This large living room contains extensive seating, satellite TV, DVD, a music system and views in all directions. Also downstairs is a shower room, kitchen and dining area. The structural integrity of the 1843 cottage has been preserved with the layout of the downstairs rooms reflecting the original plan.
Across the small yard is the extraordinary light filled space that is the 'longhouse'. In 2008 the owners completed a radical design consisting of a rectangular glass walled cuboid resting on two new bedrooms and a second bathroom. This wonderful addition allows for spectacular views from the upper level through 270 degrees.
The upper level contains a fully fitted kitchen, a dining table seating 8/10, a wood burning fireplace, a High Definition TV and Blu-ray disk player together with comfortable seating throughout. Along the length of this level is a balcony from which the views need to be seen to be believed, ranging from the natural harbour of Crookhaven past the world famous Fastnet Lighthouse 7 miles off-shore to Baltimore, Cape Clear and Roaring Water Bay with its many islands.
Although built on 'Rock Island', this is not a true island, at least for the past several hundred years. Access is along a beautiful stone-walled 'lighthouse' roadway which undulates across the fields of heather and gorse for a mile or so. Just 2 miles away you will find a lively village with its shops, pubs and first class restaurant. Across the bay and a nice distance for walking and cycling is the a famous sailing village , which for centuries was the first port of call for vessels arriving from the New World destined for the North West of Europe. The pubs there are well known for their fresh seafood and wonderful friendly atmosphere in a breathtaking location..almost everyone who visits West Cork includes a trip to this pretty village and it will be your 'neighbourhood' while you are at the Lighthouse.
In winter there is always a welcoming fire awaiting you there in the lcoal Bar and in summer a flurry of activity on the harbourside as sailors and boat people of all ages and nationalitiies set to sea or disembark in search of one of the mouthwatering seafood bars and restaurants on the seafront.
Around the next bay is the start of the Mizen Peninsula with its rugged coastline, the surfing mecca and golden sands of Barleycove Beach and at the end of the road a mile or two further on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. There you'll find the another lighthouse - Mizen Lighthouse - and visitors centre which is open year round. From here Marconi sent the first transatlantic transmission. Next stop America!