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West Cork Reading Holidays

West Cork Reading Holidays explained

To all our customers, readers, travellers and lovers of West Cork !

My wonderful wife Nicola is not only an avid reader and collector of rare books, but she is also passionate about sharing what it means to live well and eat well, make sure that at least during your holidays you detox from digital devices and try to explore what it means, this “Healthy Living”.

A few years ago, Nicky had the idea to show fellow readers the amazing possibilities of combining a purposeful reading-holiday in West Cork with exploring the chance of eating plant-based for a week.

Nicky is running “Antiquity” in Skibbereen; a second-hand bookshop, combined with a vegan Deli.

We here at Inanna Rare Books, are now reviving Nicky’s idea in cooperation with her and several amazing partners and affiliates in and around Skibbereen who support this enterprise.

You will be able to see here below all your possibilities to make your next visit to West Cork a new experience, a healthy experience; and you will meet people who respect your needs as readers.

Here below you will find links to Guest Houses and Hotels in a tranquil location, with a connection to History (The Castle at Castletownshend), Art & Music (Liss Ard Estate), Literature (Drishane House) and Nature (Inish Beg Estate).

We can highly recommend all of these locations and their proprietors and they are all supportive of the new “West Cork Reading Holidays” – Idea. All these locations usually are open all year round but the “West Cork Reading Holidays” are especially interesting outside the season.

Here below you will also find a growing number of ideas we have for you, regarding places you can visit, guided tours you can take, exclusive access to special locations we have worked out for visitors outside the classical season, when these venues are usually closed.

It does not matter if you bring your own books or if you add to your library at Nicky’s bookshop in Skibbereen, where she offers affordable reading material, or if you wish to explore the stock of rare and forgotten books at Inanna Rare Books, next to Liss Ard Garden Estate.

We here at Inanna Rare Books, together with our partners at The Castle, Liss Ard Estate, Drishane House and also at Inish Beg Estate, will help you to relax at one of these locations or any other location of your choice.

Hope to see you here soon !

Yours sincerely


Holger Smyth
Inanna Rare Books


West Cork Reading Holidays



“Antiquity”  - Vegan Bookshop Café & Deli

“Antiquity” - Vegan Bookshop Café & Deli

Second-hand bookshop, combined with West Cork’s first ever entirely plant-based vegan Café and Deli which, for the past three years, has helped thousands of visitors and hundreds of Vegans (Plant-Based fans) from all over the world to be happy and stay happy during their West Cork Holidays.

To try out transitioning to a plant-based-diet or at least to start understanding what it will do for you, your family and us all as a community, ask proprietor Nicola Smyth to feed you for a week. Important Trivia: Nicky’s main, returning clients, are all non-vegans !

Healthy Juice, Smoothies, amazing Stew, tailor-made Sandwiches with stewed Mushrooms as well as sweets and treats combined with some wonderful Coffee’ & Mocca’s from Nicky (coffee-fanatic).

For bookings or questions, please contact:

“Antiquity” - Vegan Bookshop Café & Deli

44 Bridge Street / P81Y067 Skibbereen

Phone: 085-7569746

email: antiquitywestcork@gmail.com

Website of “Antiquity”: www.antiquity.ie

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“Liss Ard Estate”
“Liss Ard Estate”

“Liss Ard Estate”

A Member of Ireland’s prestigious “Blue Book” and an “AA” awarded Georgian Country House Manor

With its 163 acres of pristine nature, manicured gardens, a 40 acre private lake and James Turrell’s renown Irish Sky Garden, Liss Ard Estate is a dream come true for every Reader and all lover’s of Nature & Tranquility.

The Estate features 25 unique guest rooms in the heart of West Cork, the culinary capital of Ireland. Their Restaurant “GARDEN at Liss Ard Estate”, combines an ethos of supporting small producers, locally sourced ingredients & farm to fork lifestyle.

For bookings or questions, please contact:

“Liss Ard Estate” - Castletownshend Road

P81 NP44 Skibbereen, County Cork

Phone: 028 – 40 000

email: reservations@lissard.com

Website of “Liss Ard Estate”: www.lissardestate.ie

“The Castle – Boutique Accommodation”

“The Castle – Boutique Accommodation”

“Full of character and old-world charm, ‘The Castle’ offers a welcoming retreat from everyday life. Nestled at the edge of a scenic harbour and natural woodlands for you to explore, The Castle is a truly unique place to stay. It has the warm, homely feel of a traditional Irish B&B, but with a few extra special touches.

Steeped in history, The Castle has been home to the Townshend family since the 1650s and has been receiving guests for over 60 years. Inside the old stone walls, you’ll find welcoming faces to greet you, roaring fires to warm you, and comfy beds to sink into. Each room has its own story to tell, with the oak-panelled hall and spacious dining room retaining most of their original features, furniture, and family portraits. Stroll through the winding pathways of our historic grounds, discovering ivy-covered ruins and their stories along the way”.

“While you are a guest in our family’s home, the only thing on your ‘To Do list’, is to relax. We will look after the rest”.

For bookings or questions, please contact:

“The Castle”

Castletownshend (5 minutes drive from Skibbereen)

P81 NH72 Skibbereen, County Cork

Phone: 028 – 36100

email: bookings@castle-townshend.com

Website of “The Castle”: www.castle-townshend.com

“Inish Beg Estate”
“Inish Beg Estate”

“Inish Beg Estate”

“Picture Yourself on A Magical Private Island Estate In Beautiful West Cork Ireland …”

“Inish Beg is a private island estate (with a road bridge, accessible by car) in beautiful West Cork, just a few miles from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic little port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and diving centres”.

“Your hosts, Paul and Georgiana Keane, have undertaken a uniquely sympathetic renovation and rejuvenation of this island paradise. The Estate with its beautifuf gardens, woodlands, parkland, farmland and foreshore, will enchant all who choose ‘Inish Beg’ for their self-catering holidays in West Cork Ireland. You will find an environment, facilities and experience second to none, with a select variety of luxury self-catering holiday cottages and holiday homes to suit the most discerning guest. Imagine yourself walking, bird watching, fishing, boating or just relaxing in this magical setting, with its beautiful gardens, grounds, trails and heated indoor swimming pool & steam room”.

For bookings or questions, please contact:

“Inish Beg Estate”

Baltimore, (5 minutes drive from Skibbereen)

P81 CX60 Skibbereen, County Cork

Phone: 028 – 21745

email: bookings@inishbeg.com

Website of “Inish Beg Estate”: www.inishbeg.com

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“Drishane House” - The Home of Edith Somerville

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“Drishane House” - The Home of Edith Somerville

Drishane House has been the home of the Somerville family for nine generations, nearly 250 years.

Visitors can explore the magnificent Garden, Somerville & Ross-Museum and the main House.

Three holiday cottages are available to let, as is the wonderful Drishane House.

The location is also suitable for Weddings !

For bookings or questions, please contact:

Tom Somerville at Drishane House

P81 Y008 Castletownshend / Skibbereen (Co. Cork)

Main House: 00353 (0) 28 36126

Jane Somerville: 086 4012535

Tom Somerville: 083 8574589

email: info@drishane.com

Website with Booking - Information: https://drishane.com


Things to do and Places to visit in West Cork

“Roaringwater Journal”

“Roaringwater Journal”

Inanna Rare Books wants to introduce all our followers to our friends from “Roaringwater Journal”. Whether you plan your trip to West Cork for the first time or if you are a regular; do not make the mistake to miss out on the wealth of knowledge and love for detail, Finola Finlay and Robert Harris are investing into their Journal. They have traveled West Cork for you and you will greatly benefit from their wonderful, professional and in-depth research:

“Roaringwater Journal”
West Cork’s premier arts and culture blog

Finola Finlay and Robert Harris feel fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth: Roaringwater Bay in West Cork, Ireland. “In this blog we explore landscape and the natural world, archaeology and history, music, language and literature, architecture, food, art and culture and local events to give our readers a sense of what life is like in this wild, remote, but surprisingly sophisticated place”.

Website: https://roaringwaterjournal.com/

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West Cork History Festival 2022

West Cork History Festival 2022

If you are interested in Ireland, its history with the British Empire, the repercussions of the past, reaching into the present and the outlook for the future, then please visit West Cork’s History Festival, with many free, as well as ticketed events, you have the chance to encounter an impressive array of speakers on this annual Festival which is happening on a neighbouring property to Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, hosted by founders Victoria & Simon Kingston.

Some of the speakers on this Festival are academics, others are writers, journalists, and commentators. All have interesting, if differing, perspectives.

The West Cork History Festival sounds local, but it includes much that is national and international. It aims to cover a range of themes and brings high quality speakers to consider topics in a fresh way.

This Festival presents the chance for interested non-academics to hear about some of the latest scholarly research, but also to challenge assumptions, including those in academic circles. Space is deliberately made for those whose opinions diverge. Their discussion and engagement may help us move beyond inherited prejudices to more informed and calm evaluation of difficult subjects.

Bookings under: https://www.westcorkhistoryfestival.org