Secluded Shoreline Holiday Haven
Cove Lodge, County Kerry
Hidden like a fairytale secret at the edge of an ancient and enchanted woodland this modern rustic stone cottage blends gracefully into the banks of the Kenmare River.
Its rambling terraced garden, with patioed barbeque area and tranquil viewing points, tumbles down to the rocky waterfront.
Where wood, stone and water harmonise
Cove Lodge is approached through four acres of indigenous oak trees and mature shrubs. Facing northwest, the house has commanding views out across the broad Kenmare estuary toward the soaring landscape of the Iveragh peninsula.
Inside, the living space is bisected by a broad chimney breast that serves two wood burning stoves back to back. To one side an arc of paned window treats you to a panoramic coastal vista.
An epicurean Kitchen and dining area share the adjacent room. A large five ring cooker with twin ovens beckons to the serious chef while a six seater oak dining table and chairs wait expectantly in the bay window to the garden side.
Lloyd loom furniture lends an informal conservatory style to the space.
A large double bedroom together with ensuite bathroom at the eastern end of the house completes the ground floor tour.
Two of these double bedrooms will also function as twin rooms - the King size beds can divide.
The woodland setting embraces this homestead, with awesome seascape glimpses where ever you look.
The informality of the gardens encourages exploration - a wander round the pond, or down across the stony terraced garden to the cove – perhaps resting a while on a bench.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children - The property is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!
The two upstairs bedrooms share a shower room, and they both have velux roof windows.
From one, a pair of French doors opens onto a small Juliet balcony overlooking a sheltered and sunny fern garden.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..
It has its own fresh water well, and there is a bountiful supply of dry wood for the stoves. Of course there is also oil fired central heating.
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Out and About
Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air, the history, there’s so much to explore ..
We loved every moment of this beautiful cottage...
We hiked through the fairy forest that brought us to what felt like the top of the world. The views from the patio are the most spectacular we’ve ever seen. People were taking photos from the side of the road which couldn’t possibly rival what were were seeing that very moment. Thank you for a most memorable vacation.
Paul & Sherri, New Jersey - August 2015
We would like to assure you that your services were flawless and that there was not a single thing that went wrong. The house we rented was beautiful, well maintained and equipped. The welcome of the Landlords was warm and personal and we obtained a basic victualling that was highly appreciated. So bottom line is that we were more than content with Unique Irish Homes and would recommend it to everybody.
Friederike and Steffen Roellinger, Switzerland, August 2016
Thank you so much for all your support! Everything was perfectly organized and we really enjoyed our stay in Ireland! All information that was needed regarding the houses was well organized on the website and getting in contact with you was easy and you were very responsive and helpful.
Cove Lodge is a wonderful holiday home and its big garden and splendid view made our summer nights on Beara priceless. By the way we definitely prefer Beara peninsula over Ring of Kerry because we really enjoyed the peace and less touristic routes there.
The owners were very friendly showing us around and even provided a welcome package with cakes, bread, jam, eggs and cheese.
We already created a picture book with our favourite pictures and Cove Lodge and its spectacular view is on the cover page!
We will definitely think about Cove Lodge or any other home on your website for our next trip to Ireland.
Kerstin and family- Stuttgart, August 2016
About the Locality
The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. Close to the village there is a picturesque stone circle, one of a plethora of megalithic monuments to be found in the region.
For more serious shopping, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays, Kenmare is a delightful 30 minute drive back up the Bay.
The rugged Beara peninsular is shared by counties Cork and Kerry - Cove Lodge is balanced on the border. The Ring of Beara road twists its way around this headland, exposing colourful hamlets in its path. Narrow, but with minimal traffic, it is a splendid tour, and the views are spectacular. For Cyclists or walkers the Beara Way offers a safer route.
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At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.photo - Nigel Cox
With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house
For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.
Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.
West Cork is blessed with an exceptionally warm and wet micro-climate. The Gulf Stream ocean current ensures that summer sea temperatures are about 17 C, approximately the same as Long Beach California.
As a result, you will come across palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.
The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.
The Caha Mountain range runs down the spine of Beara, and Hungry Hill is the highest of its peaks. The panorama at the top is of course staggering, but the route is a bit all-terrain and needs fine weather.
To cross back to Cove Lodge, don’t miss the Tim Healy Pass. This zigzag road is worth it for the wonderful scenery, and is one of the classic Irish Car Rally stages.
There are ample sites for fishing into deep water straight off the rocky Beara shoreline. Glenbeg Lake, is also teeming with trout and the short Glenmore river spate is extremely prolific, with runs of Spring Salmon coming in March, and Sea-Trout in mid June to late July.
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Gallery of photographs