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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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“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

A Selection of West Cork Cottages & Privately Owned Houses for Rent

Private Settings for your Reading Holidays

Castle Townshend – Kate Anne’s Cottage

Kate Anne’s Cottage

Kate Anne’s is a 260 year old cottage on the Main Street in Castletownshend, approximately 7 km from Skibbereen town.

The hosts, Tim and Maura, have recently completed a sympathetic restoration of the cottage. They have retained many of its original features, giving this home amazing old world charm and character. There are two double bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen/dining room as well as family bathroom and ground floor WC. The local pub is just across the road and at the back of the cottage, there is a large, private garden overlooking the harbour. Mary Ann’s Bar and Restaurant, just down the street, serves great food all year round.

For bookings or questions, please contact:

Kate Anne’s Cottage, Main Street, Castletownshend, Co. Cork. P81 N803

Tim O’Connor: 00353 (0) 86 8355857

email: tim@oconnorengineering.com

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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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Inanna Rare Books presents:

The first “West Cork Rare Bookfair”
12 – 14 August, 2022

Three Days of Culture through Rare Books, Maps, Art & Photography at beautiful Inish Beg Estate, amidst landscaped Woodland Walks and nourishment through healthy, environment-friendly, Plant-Based Catering from West Cork’s established Food – pioneer Nicola Smyth, proprietor of:

“Antiquity” – Vegan Bookshopcafe !

An event for Readers, Collectors, Lovers of Rare and unusual Books, Art, Photography, Ephemera, Comics, Vintage Maps from the 16th to the 19th century, Rare Vinyl – Records, Coins, Postcards etc.

Friday, August 12th from 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, August 13th from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, August 14th from 10 am – 5 pm

Day-Ticket to Fair: 5 Euros
Weekend–Ticket to Fair: 10 Euros
FREE Parking

Bookings under www.inannararebooks.com or 087-1025412


Find out more about the fair by checking out the detailed Information on this website or for some details and information

visit “Antiquity- Vegan Bookshopcafe” at 44 Bridge Street, Skibbereen (10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday)


visit “Inanna Rare Books” at Woodley House, Castletownshend Road – Skibbereen (Monday - Friday: 10 am – 6 pm / Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm)

Do not miss this event:

Professional Booksellers from all over Ireland, UK, USA and The Netherlands, with different areas of expertise and interesting stock, are exhibiting at this three day – fair.

Many exhibitors will be there for all three days and some of the specialist exhibitors will only be exhibiting on one of the days of this fair which makes every day interesting for Collectors and Readers.