Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat
The Daily Routine
Breakfast: 8:30 A.M. These times can be adjusted to suit those in residence. If you are going to miss a meal, please let me know at least a mealtime ahead.
Lunch: 1:30 P.M. Lunch is set out in the main kitchen; you can join others there, take it to where you are working or use the dining room or the conservatory.)
You are welcome to make a cup of tea or coffee or help yourself to fruit or a snack in the main kitchen; you can also make tea and coffee in the pantry kitchen at the east end of the retreat.
Dinner: 7:30 P.M. Alcoholic beverages are not included. O'Sullivan's in Eyeries carries a good selection of wines, and O'Shea's pub is an off-license. Also, I shop for groceries every few days; I can pick up a beverage for you then. If you notice that we need something from the market, please add it to the list on the counter next to the refrigerator.)
Working Hours: 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M. These times can also be adjusted to suit those in residence.
Please observe a working level of quiet. Feel free to work in any of the nooks and crannies around the house or grounds as well as your own room. In fair weather, the benches on the Meadow Walk, in the hazelnut grove, on the riverbank, and on the river island are ideal spots. If you want to share your lunch or have a chat, please do so in a place where the doors can be closed so others won’t be disturbed. Evenings are spent either discussing your work, relaxing, or continuing to work.
Sauna and Hot tub: Let me know about 45 minutes before you would like to use the sauna so that it can be heated, and please let me know when you are finished so I can shut it down. The hot tub is always ready, but before you use it the first time, please let me know so I can show you how to open it, use the pumps, and close it.
Housekeeping and Laundry: Your room is yours to maintain as you wish. Saturday is the usual cleaning day; if you would like something taken care of in your room, please let me know. I am the sole operator of the laundry equipment and will be happy to do your laundry, also usually on Saturdays, at which time you will be given fresh linens. (The lavender pillowcase covers a lavender-scented pillow -- proclaimed to aid in sleeping.)
Travel: Taxis are a common mode of transportation in Beara for both short errands and day and half-day trips around the peninsula for sightseeing and to Kenmare for shopping. O'Donoghue's minibus (70007) goes to Bantry (on Mondays, departs CastletownBere 9:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., departing Bantry at 12:00 and 5:50 P.M.; on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, departs CastletownBere 10:30 A.M., departing Bantry at 3:45 P.M.) On Thursdays, O’Donoghue’s (700007) makes the trip to Cork, leaving CastletownBere at 7:30 A.M. and returning to the Square at about 8:30 P.M. Harrington's minibus (74003) goes to Cork (picks up here at 7:30 A.M., departs Cork 6:00 P.M.) every day of the week, except Sunday (picks up here at 4:30 P.M., departs Cork 7:30 P.M.). For other trips, Shanahan's Cabs can be reached at 70116 or 086 246 1877, Beara Cabs at 087 649 4796, and Rock Island Cabs at 087 287 7888. Try to give them good advance time to book your trip. The average rate is €1.00/mile.
No Smoking: Anam Cara is a no-smoking retreat; however, there is a smoking area outside at the front of the retreat. Please dispose carefully of all smoking materials.