It's always nice to arrive somewhere new and immediately feel at home, so we created
this page to tell you a little about us.
We are a very friendly, down-to-earth couple, living in beautiful West Cork, Ireland. We live in a very special place nestled up the unspoiled Mealagh Valley, just 3 miles from the beautiful town of Bantry. Our house is also home to 2 dogs and a cat, and possibly some chickens in the near future. We try to live the simple "good life" and to grow as much of our own food as possible. Our passions include good food, music & travelling - when we can.
John is a keen didgeridoo player and has a large selection of these wonderful Aboriginal instruments. John is also a sound therapist - more information on experiencing the therapeutic use of sound can be supplied upon request. Another hobby is photography - see the photos on this site!
Michelle's passions include swimming, going for walks with the dogs and yoga. She also loves preparing healthy wholesome meals from local organic produce and whatever is currently growing in the garden and tries to prepare the meals in a very colourful way. She firmly believes that good food should not only taste good but also please the eye. Michelle likes to spend as much time as she can working in the garden and her favourite time of year is spring, when she plants the new seeds and tenderly cares for the little seedlings.
We spent 2 years lovingly renovating Laharan Cottage, which is situated on our property but separate to our home. We are delighted with the end result and hope that you will agree that it is a special place if you come to stay. We are happy to share this beautiful space, including the extensive gardens and a beautiful pond. It's the perfect place to retreat and enjoy some beautiful peace and quiet or take a quick spin into the lovely seaside town of Bantry to enjoy some live music and craic or sample some fabulous cuisine in one of the many local restaurants.