Travel & Destination
Crosshaven House a vacation location unlike anything in Ireland today
NOEL CORCORAN had actually been working as a quantity surveyor, transferring to oil rigs all over world, living out of travel suitcase. And then, after 15 years, enough was enough, it was time to come home, settle down.He had a plan. After years of outdoor camping in his youth, and then more than a years of living in hotel spaces the world over, the jigsaw clicked into place. He would develop an eco hostel.And so the search
began for the perfect website. The moment he saw Crosshaven Home in 2013, his plans changed in an instant.
“I saw it on a Wednesday,” he recalls. “By Friday I had a deal in for it.”
Crosshaven House sits atop a hill, commanding sweeping views of the small coastal town. It is the centrepiece, your eyes are right away drawn to it as you meander the winding narrow roadway. For years Crosshaven Home had no purpose.This gorgeous Georgian structure lay mostly uninhabited and in disrepair. For a very long time it remained in the hands of the community association– it was the rundown base for regional discos, the home of a local FAS office.It was a far cry from its Downton-like origins, constructed in 1769 by the Hayes family.It stuck with that line until the ’70s, when an American, Graham Flint, snapped it up. Years later on it altered hands again, initially to the neighborhood association, then to a Dublin family, the
Cripps. They made a big investment, successfully Noel says, conserving the property structurally. Under their ownership your home was meticulously brought back to its previous glory, damaged cornicing and rose garlanded ceilings were fixed, bathrooms were contributed to make every bedroom ensuite and windows were replaced to make it watertight.Their strategy was to create a magnificent house for private hire– small weddings, or business events. A sudden death meant the home was tragically back on the marketplace before their refurbishments were complete.When Noel took it over, there was still a lot to be done.But first he needed to choose its purpose. It wasn’t easy– your home could just accommodate small wedding events. There was no grand hall, no overspill of bed rooms.
And anyway, that had actually never been Noel’s dream. He understood he needed to think outside package to make this brand-new venture a success.And then he had a concept, one that was nothing except genius, resulting in a vacation location quite unlike anything that exists in Ireland today.Crosshaven Home would be divided in 2.
Upstairs, in the primary home, walls would be knocked to create 5 suites(one a bigger household option ). With its Georgian windows, 4 poster beds, standalone baths– it can just refer time prior to Crosshaven House takes pride of location in heaven Book, a collection of Ireland’s best country homes. However there was another part to Noel’s strategy. Downstairs he would produce three dorm bed rooms. Simply down the road, Crosshaven’s Royal Cork Luxury yacht Club, the earliest in world, draws a consistent circulation of global visitors. The seaside town is popular
for fishing holidays and for walkers.Noel understood that these individuals wouldn’t be looking for lavish manor house accommodation.So he produced 51 Degrees North(the collaborates of Crosshaven Home), with its own separate entryway from the lower west wing.51 is no common hostel. There are three spaces, one with six bunks, the other 2 sleep four. The design resembles nothing I’ve seen prior to(when part of your job involves travel, it says a lot when a space actually blows you away). Initial white washed stone walls, barrel vaulted ceilings and brick voussoirs are exposed throughout. Handcrafted beds in a New England design are set into the walls of the nautical themed spaces with private reading lights and sockets with USB ports. And then there are the drapes, contributed to each bed for privacy– but they make you feel as though you are walking through the set of Some Like it Hot, that iconic train scene. Any minute now, you think, Marilyn Monroe will pop her head out between the curtains with her ukulele. Like we said, no regular hostel.And still there’s more. Noel constructed a sauna, with tired sailors and walkers in mind. And to top everything off, there’s a nine seater movie theater. Classic red seats were sourced, old design red curtains, surround sound.It was the first room Noel finished. “I just needed to have actually something done that I could take a look at and state I can do this.”There’s a private kitchen area at 51 Degrees North too, total with double AGA cooker, developed with a night beer, glass
of wine or common video game of cards in mind.Noel just opened
in May this year. And already it’s arrived of magazine features on need to see travel
locations in Ireland.He desired it to be ideal, he says, before he opened it to the public.He engaged Hearthstone builders, experts in Georgian restoration.
Mary Cunningham, an interior designer based in Clonakilty was looked for to supervise the suites and reception rooms. The gorgeous drapes and curtains, created with John Joe West of West Cork Curtains, are a crucial function refurbishment.Everything, right down
to the brand-new Crosshaven Home logo, is absolute perfection.The country house operates on a B&B basis, though it can be fully booked out and catering arranged.Noel imagines upmarket hens and stags, households, sailing teams and basic girlie vacations will be his regulars at 51 Degrees North. And he’s figured out to keep it economical
. The dormitory can’t be reserved by the bed, the space needs to be reserved in complete.
So the 4 bed dormitory, when full, works&out at EUR47.50 a head.”I just wished to be reasonable to individuals,”Noel explains.Cronins, simply down the roadway in the village, is a popular alternative for dinner– or visitors can bring take out back to the common cooking area at 51 Degrees North (the regional chipper, Chish n Fips, is one of Ireland’s finest ). By day there are a lot more options with River’s Edge coffee shop on the waterfront and Grumpy and Wise on the cusp of the stunning Crosshaven sidewalk, along the Owenabue river.Do the mathematics and if four buddies came away, relied on inexpensive takeout, and watched a movie in the private cinema, it’s a night out for bit more than EUR50.Noel knows his area is strong– walking, sailing, nearby golf clubs, beaches– and 51 Degrees North and Crosshaven House cater for each taste and market.For a male without any experience in the hospitality sector, Noel Corcoran has actually produced something extremely unique at Crosshaven house.With its private cinema and
‘chic dorms’it’s not surprising that the freshly re-opened Crosshaven House is topping travel editors ‘must-see lists, writes Vickie Maye