After leaving trabolgan after 1 night with a partial refund we went to GarrattsTown House.
We were very glad we did
As we were attending in the off-season the price we paid lower than the advertised prices in Irelands Camping & Caravanning directories / online.
we paid €80 for 4 nights, including 2 adults, a baby & a dog, with electric hook-up and an awning.
At the time we were there (mid May 2011) several of the facilities were shut with some under refurbishment. These included the Toddlers Room, the Teenagers rooms, and the activities centre. most of the toilet blocks were shut, with only the central one open. The Laundry was locked, but as tokens needed to be purchased at the shop I assume that this could be opened on request.
Their WIFI was not working to a usable standard, but this appeared to be a new problem.
The site is in a fairly remote location some 45 mins - 1 hours drive to the west of Cork city. The route takes you through the very picturesque market town of Kinsale.
The site itself has amazingly beautiful views overlooking a valley, with the Atlantic Ocean visible at the end of the view.
The site is well spaced out with accommodation for touring vans and tents on a mix of hard and grass pitches separated into a number of smaller landscaped areas in various styles with a choice of the amazing views, or greater shelter. depending on the site chosen. This was so different for the "sardines in a can" manner I have seen other sites use for squeezing units onto sites elsewhere.
none of the touring pitches are "fully serviced" so you will need your AquaRoll,and Wastemaster. If you have difficulty in pulling these up hills, then you will need to be carefull in your selection of pitch.
The water taps were of the "washroom" variety without a threaded connector, it was not possible to attach a hose pipe to them when filling our Aquaroll.
The facilities were clean, and generally well maintained.
This site has a lot of "static" mobile homes on the site, which are arranged into the same landscaped spaces as many of the touring pitches.
Access is via a steep driveway, but the gate at the bottom is wide.
We loved our stay here and used it as a base from which to explore cork city and county.
I would definitely recommend this site to anyone touring in Co. Cork.
It would be nice if the owner upgraded some of his pitches to "Fully serviced" standards, and changed his fresh water taps so you can connect a hose to fill your water containers. As all static units have these services and these are distributed throughout the site, this should not require enormous work.
The site manager was very friendly and helpfull