Our Plans

Geodesic Dome tents merge into the stone on the cliffs with our Fastnet Field Camp Site and Kayaks having launched from Castle Strand.
Geodesic Dome tents merge into the stone on the cliffs with our Fastnet Camping Field and Kayaks having launched from Castle Strand.

Click here to watch our video

We are creating a place to stay, to relax, a place to have adventures and to learn. a place apart on the Wild Atlantic Way

We aim to create a small, beautifully formed, contemporary Eco Camp Site with 16 pitches with 6 pre-pitched  furnished Bell Tents. For those wanting more space and privacy we will have 4 Luxury 6m Geodesic Dome tents sat on decking with outdoor kitchens that will blend into their cliff top settings on the edge of Goleen Harbour and Ballydevlin Bay. As an alternative we will have two West Cork made EcoCabin Pods these will be sited in the Fastnet camping field.  Our setting is a beautiful, unspoilt, historic, Organic Farm on the East side of the sheltered harbour at Goleen West Cork. The holding will be further enhanced by the planting of approximately 10 acres of Native Woodland along with artistically crafted sculptural structures, and flags.

All our buildings have been designed and specified with the environment in mind the house and Studio will aim to meet “Passive House” standards of energy efficiency. The camp site building has been designed to blend into it’s surroundings with am eating and socialising area covered by a curved metal profile barn roof that mimics many others in the area. The attached shower, toilet and utility block has timber clad walls and a turf roof. If you look closely in the centre of the Photo montage above you’ll spot the red barn roof, the shower block is attached left.

The camp site will be complimented by a range of environmentally friendly activities that this unique location can facilitate such as Geo Cache Treasure Hunting, Sea Kayaking, Field Archery, Archery Tag, Frisby Golf, Walking, Cycling and Fishing.

In addition we will have massage and beauty therapy treatments on site in our purpose built studio with sauna, (see below) that will also be used for Yoga and other “Wellness” activties.  We are creating a loop walk that will pass through the Woodland area and on around the cliffs overlooking the harbour and back into Goleen village.

All these activities and therapies will be available to anyone staying in the area. It is one of our aims to give visitors more reasons to stay on the Mizen Peninsula.
Our farm will produce certified Organic fruit and vegetables, honey and eggs. We will be offering a Box Scheme to the holiday homes, residents and businesses in the area. We also plan to have a farm shop selling only West Cork produce in recognition of food tourism being a strong growth sector. Our Horticulturist will be offering gardening tips and visitors will have the opportunity to come and pick their own fruit and veg.

We will provide an “Outdoor Classroom” facility for school children and 3rd level students to come and study the flora and fauna in the part of the holding that is classified as a European Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

All of our actions are guided by our 2 main objectives:

• To improve the biodiversity and the environment in which we are working.

• To create sustainable local employment and strengthen the local economy.

Here’s an 8-minute video all about our plans

We’d welcome your views, email matt@goleenharbour.ie

Our proposed design for the Body work Studio and Sauna building
Our proposed design for the Body work Studio and Sauna building
The inner harbour from our entrance
The inner harbour from our entrance

Harbour House 5 copy

Come & find out where the path leads to...
Come & find out where the path leads to…
What will you find on Castle Strand ?
What will you find on Castle Strand ?

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21 responses to Our Plans

    • idesignsvc says:

      Thank’s EJ you’d all be very welcome and we’d be looking to run Photographers workshops in the Spring & Autumn if you’re interested in collaborating…


  1. Caroline Crowley says:

    Brilliant concept Matt, really captures the imagination and will be a wonderful addition to the West Cork livescape.


  2. idesignsvc says:

    It gives me the chance to put a lot of what I’ve been working on in a voluntary community basis for the last decade or so into one project and for a change make a living from it !


  3. siun says:

    congratulations and thanks for choosing this wonderful part of the world to establish your amazing centre. It will be welcomed and well used in every way!


    • idesignsvc says:

      Thank you Siun we really appreciate the feedback, no better place than the West of West Cork when the suns out !


  4. Sheena says:

    Hi there… was told to take a peek at goleenharbour.ie by a visitor the other day & do wish you every success with this. Goleen is a gem & very close to our hearts ; )
    It all sounds wonderful, full of ideas & energy…our very best to all involved…. x


    • idesignsvc says:

      Thank you very much Sheena for your kind words ! Do keep checking the site for updates and spread the word, we aim to be open for the start of next season with everything.


  5. Christine Ryan says:

    As a regular visitor to the area, I am astounded at the breadth and scope of your vision. I love your plans and the inclusive nature of the whole enterprise. I am also horrified at the amount of hard work you are going to have to put in over a long period. I wish you the very best of good fortune – may it be smooth sailing all the way.

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    • idesignsvc says:

      Thank you for your support Christine – we have a great team and subject to finalising our planning permission, a successful grant application and the continuing support of the community and visitors I’m sure we can deliver the full vision ! Matt


  6. Ciaran says:

    Hi Matt, great idea. When will you be up and running?
    We will be regulars 😃



    • idesignsvc says:

      Hi Ciaran thank’s ! Subject to the final granting of our Planning application and a successful grant application we should be open with everything next June. We hope to welcome you then. Matt


  7. Treena Brittain says:

    Hi Matt
    Have you got a price list please for accommodation?
    Looks amazing… I used to live in an ancient woodland which we rebalanced and restored a lake etc.
    Anyway well done…


    • idesignsvc says:

      Hi Treena

      My apologies I thought I had replied, at present our accommodation ranges in price from €50 a night for our Harbour Caravan, €75 for our Harbour Garden Bell Tent and from €100 a night for the EcoCabin.I hope you get to visit your old woodland on occasion.
      Thanks Matt


  8. Daithí says:

    Absolutely stunning and sustainable in so many wonderful, creative and transformative ways Matt. Mother Earth needs so many ‘Goleen Harbours’ right now to address Climate Change and enable positive, proactive Actions. Perfectly positioned geographically and in-tune with Nature..Wow!! Really looking forward to being with you on this journey…Vision with Action will change the world. http://www.biomebioyou.eu is where we are at with mindset and behaviour change…now the journey takes an even more realistic and soulful Biodiversity twist.


    • idesignsvc says:

      Thank you Daithí, you’re right there’s a lot to do. We hope to bring about behavioural change. I’ll check your site! Best, Matt.


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