Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
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Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women

Dunboy Cottage, Castletownbere P75 AC89 Ireland
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#3 of 9 B&Bs in Castletownbere
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Bellatrix is a bed and breakfast for women on the Beara Peninsula, South West Cork, Ireland. In addition to offering bed and breakfast to our guests, we also run hiking and walking tours suitable to your level of fitness. We are a ten-minute drive from Dzogchen Beara Meditation Retreat centre and many of our guests have attended retreats there. Our house is set in mature gardens with views of Knockgour. We are located beside a forest which leads down to the Atlantic and you can enjoy a beautiful coastal walk right from our door. The trail leads out to Pipers Point where you have magnificent views to Bear Island, Sheeps Head and Mizen Head. We regularly see common dolphins, porpoises, grey and common seals and if you are really lucky you might see the otters. We are approximately 4K from the local town Castletownbere where you will find all the usual shops, pubs and restaurants. One pub of note; McCarthy's bar located in the square is a MUST visit. The proprietor, Adrienne McCarthy is always very welcoming and serves a great pint! Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for women is a great destination for women who love nature and a great chance to meet women from all over the world. Bellatrix is owned and run by Rita Berz and Lainey O'Keeffe.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Fireplace
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Charming
Languages Spoken
English, German

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Dunboy Cottage, Castletownbere P75 AC89 Ireland
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Malgorzata D wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for a whole week this August and enjoyed our time at Bellatrix thoroughly. The place was clean, cosy and came with all appliances you need for a self-catering short holiday (we stayed during the Covid-19 restrictions). Rita and Lainey were very welcoming and offered a lot of advice on different activities we could do in the Beara Peninsula. We loved going for a swim every evening in the tiny and picturesque cove beach that is a 15 minutes walk from Bellatrix. One of the best things about our stay was a beautiful and lush garden with a cat always up for some cuddles. The place is run by two very kind and sound women and we could not ask for better hosts and atmosphere. We will certainly be back :) Dagmara & Gosia
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Response from Bellatrix Beara Peninsula, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 3 Jun 2021
Hi Dagmara and Gosia, We just saw your reviewe yesterday. Thanks so much for your kind words. We loved having you here and so did Ruby! Hope you are both keeping well. Hugs!
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Lainey O wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently had a memorable two night stay at Bellatrix, and I am currently planning my return trip. From booking to check out, Rita and Lainey could not have been more helpful in guiding and advising me to get the most of my limited time in this beautiful part of Ireland. I swam, enjoyed whale & dolphin watching as I hiked the pennisula & visited Dzogchen Beara for coffee and reflection, all on Rita's recommendation. The accomodation was comfortable, clean, tranquil and perfectly suited my needs. I left renewed. I recommend a stay in this special place.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Bellatrix Beara Peninsula, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 26 Jul 2021
Thanks for your lovely review, looking forward to seeing you next time.
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Leanne H wrote a review May 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful time staying at Bellatrix. It's charming and welcoming, Rita and Lainey are warm, informative and lovely people. Bed was comfy and just what we needed after a long day hiking (Rita gave the best advice for where to hike and we saw dolphins and whales) breakfast was delicious. We'll be back for sure!
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Bellatrix Beara Peninsula, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 21 May 2023
Hi you two!, Thanks for the great review. We would love to see you again sometime. Have a wonderful celebration next year!
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Lorna7575 wrote a review Jul 2023
Dublin, Ireland86 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at Bellatrix. Accommodation is clean and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. We really enjoyed our home cooked breakfasts and scenic local walks. Highly recommended and great value foroney.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Maria O wrote a review May 2023
Cork, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a great few days in Bellatrix. Lainey and Rita really looked after me. Thier house is lovely and is situated in a beautiful place with forrest walks looking onto Bere island close by. They have a beautiful house, with quiet spaces to sit, books to read. House is just outside Castletownbere and close to Dzogchen Beara. I wanted to book my next trip before I left. Enjoy your stay. Maria O' Halloran
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Bellatrix Beara Peninsula, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 21 May 2023
Thanks Maria, It was really lovely to meet you. Wishing you all the very best personally and professionally.
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Katie G wrote a review Mar 2022
Kilkenny, Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful, relaxing break away. Thank you so much Rita & Lainey for your warm welcome and kindness. I love your home and your garden, especially love your beautiful little cove, water a bit cold 😉 but, worth the swim.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Bellatrix Beara Peninsula, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 21 Mar 2022
Hi Katie, thanks so much for your review and your visit with us. Thanks also to your firends Trish and Ann for your stay. You were such a lovely group of women. Welcome back any time with open arms.
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Francesca wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York12 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful place immersed in stunning nature. Peaceful. Quiet. The hosts were amazing. They made us feel at home and were super accommodating. They went out of their way and even shipped back home for us a jacket we left there. A wonderful unique unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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hipadvis0r wrote a review Feb 2016
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I could not have hoped for a better 4-night home-away-from-home experience! From the deliciousness of the kitchen to the warmth, friendliness and wonderful senses of humor of the hosts, Rita and Lainey, honestly Bellatrix was a true delight! It is clean, comfortable and wholesome. It has a way of touching all of the senses...the views are out of this world, the sounds of peace dug deep, the smells of lavender in the hallway, the tastes of homemade breads and jams, traditional Swiss Rosti, eggs and cheeses, and if I had had time for a some shiatsu from Rita, that would have topped off the 5 senses right there (and I hear she's amazing at shiatsu!). It really was lovely to spend time with these adorable women...it felt like I had met them before, in that lovely familiar way. I am really looking forward to returning to Dunboy and spending a little more time with Rita and Lainey in their lovely Beara oasis.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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25kellynd wrote a review Jul 2018
Montreal, Canada3 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Bellatrix for five nights this July, and was absolutely delighted with my experience. Rita and Lainey are excellent hosts--warm, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the area. I especially appreciated how they took the trouble to find out about each guest's interests and fitness levels, so that they could recommend things to do in the area, and spots that were accessible, depending on whether the guests were travelling by bike or by car. My room was comfortable and spacious, with a gorgeous view of the mountains, and the breakfasts were varied and delicious. I really enjoyed chatting with Rita and Lainey, and appreciated the fun and inclusive atmosphere that they create. As a female travelling alone, I felt that I was in a safe space, and that I was looked out for, in a kind, helpful, and unobtrusive way. I would warmly suggest Bellatrix as a destination for female travellers, and as an excellent base from which to see the stunning Beara peninsula. Allihies is a 20 km bike ride away, and Dzogchen Beara Buddhist centre is easily accessible by bike or by car.
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Date of stay: July 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Bellatrix B, Owner at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Responded 31 Jul 2018
Hi Kelly, thanks so much for your wonderful review. It was great to have you here. You were such a pleasant guest to have at Bellatrix and created such nice energy. When things start to slow down a bit after the summer we are looking forward to reading your beautifully produced book, specially page 15 for the cove swimmers! All the best. Rita and Lainey.
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emermpigott wrote a review Aug 2016
Navan, Ireland2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
More than the average BnB, Bellatrix is a Holistic environment, apart from lovely modern clean accommodation and fantastic breakfast, it offers space to chill out, read, play table tennis or sit in the beautiful garden surrounded by panoramic views. Its great that you can access a kitchen for making a supper or chill a nice glass of wine. You could eat your dinner from the floor, it is so clean. Rita is a mind full of information, as a walking guide has a lot of local knowledge and is more than willing to help. Her weather forecasting is also 100%!. I highly recommend this venue which is very reasonable for the standard offered.
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Amanda M wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are a female traveler - this place is for YOU! "
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caro64831 wrote a tip Jan 2016
Rosslare Harbour, Ireland1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask about the room with view over landscape"
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Corina M wrote a tip Jun 2014
Dublin, Ireland11 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"All is catered for from twin to double rooms. Mountain veiw to the beautiful gardens they have themselves."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women
Which popular attractions are close to Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Nearby attractions include Ring of Beara (0.9 km), MacCarthy's Bar (0.3 km), and Derreenataggart Stone Circle (0.05 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a fireplace, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Conveniently located restaurants include Murphy's Restaurant, Breen's Lobster Bar & Restaurant, and MacCarthy's Bar.
Is Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Castletownbere.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion (2.5 km).
Is Bellatrix Bed and Breakfast for Women accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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