Spectacular Sunsets and other Simple Pleasures
Dairy Cottage, County Kerry
This home nestles in the shelter of a spectacular rocky escarpment on 125 acres stretching between Lough Currane and the pretty Copal Lake which is part of the estate. The rugged beauty of the landscape, the fantastic lake fishing and the proximity to the renowned Ring of Kerry, guarantee an unrivalled experience for visitors along the Wild Atlantic Way.
A gravelled yard surrounds this spacious and unique cottage - a completely rebuilt slice of heaven for two.
Asymetrically Y shaped in plan, with velux roof lights, each of the three main rooms get multi aspects and abundant light.
Rooms are all of very generous proportions, inviting and sumptuously furnished. The Super-King sized bed can divide to allow a twin room.
The ample half panelled ensuite bathroom includes a shower cubicle with an extremely effective power shower!.
A full size billiard table more or less monopolises its own room, but there is still space for an expanding library, and if you're in musical mood - there's always the piano..
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Dairy Cottage shares this idyllic setting with the main house which is occupied by the affable and erudite owners. The cottage is sited on 125 acres which front onto Lough Currane and the privately owned Copal Lake. This is Glenmore, one of Ireland's finest sea-trout fishing areas, boat hire and ghillies can be arranged, so if that is your passion, please let us know.
The southern vista is dominated by a rocky escarpment and Eagles Hill – all good hill walking ! In fact the Kerry Way passes right by the gate.
No better place for a spectacular sunset, a small whiskey, and a long yarn.
Star gazers should note - this is the epicentre of Kerry's Dark Sky Reserve - we have minimal light pollution here, so bring your scope !
The Cottage comes with everything you would expect from a quality home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave; in addition there is a piano, a full size billiard table, books, games, dvd's ..
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Please note that some of the local features can be hazardous for young children.
Allergy Warning! This is a Dog Friendly Home, however this is a serious sheep farming area. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
Out and About
Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants. We just can’t list them all...
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Play a round on The Links
- Boat around The Skelligs
- Taste a chocolate shoe
- Some music and a pint at The Blind Piper
- Savour Fine seafood at The Moorings
- Ramble along the Kerry Way
- Catch a trout on Lake Currane
- See who you'll meet in the Lobster Bar
- Scuba dive beneath The Skelligs
- Cycle around the Ring of Kerry
- Go for a dip at Derrynane
- Gallop along the strand at Cahirdaniel
- Fit in anywhere
We had a most enjoyable time ...
last week at Dairy Cottage. Simon and Jane were exemplary hosts and were there to greet us and show us around. On our arrival there was a tray set for a cup of tea and even the kettle had recently been boiled! This was very welcome after a long drive from Connemara.
The cottage had everything that we needed and with such wonderful views and good weather we have taken away many happy memories of our week on the Ring of Kerry.
Maureen and Sean Coughlin, June 2017
We loved staying at Dairy Cottage and had the most brilliant time. The lakeshore and mountain setting is secluded and stunning and the cottage charming. It is spacious with antique furniture, beautiful paintings and personal touches. Every self catering need was anticipated. We loved the billiard room and piano. Our hosts were warm and thoughtful. We would love to have stayed longer and hope to return.
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We really enjoyed our stay. It is an idyllic retreat for those looking to stay in stunning countryside yet within easy driving distance of Waterville. Wonderfully warm hosts, who had thought of everything that we needed, even two travel cots for our babies! The cottage itself is stunning with high end finishings, beautiful antique furniture and very comfortable rooms. It nestles into the base of a mountain and overlooks a small lake. Overall I could not fault our stay there and would highly recommend Dairy Cottage.
About the Locality
Waterville on the Ring of Kerry, is a twisty ten minute drive away. There you will find a supermarket for most things; restaurants and fuel.
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The town blossomed in the late 1800’s when the first undersea telephone cables were being laid between Valentia Island and Nova Scotia, and the region became a communications hub for Europe.
Prior to the laying of the Transatlantic Cable it took approximately two weeks from a message to reach North America from Europe - weather permitting - as all communications were sent via boat.
Renowned Fly Fishing for Sea Trout and Salmon, Lough Currane is the largest of several lakes on the Cummeragh River. It is 3 miles long and just under 2 miles at its widest. Ghillies are available, providing boats and engines.
Over 90% of Specimen Sea Trout (6lbs plus) in Ireland, are hooked on this famous lough.
Lough Coppal has its own river system and is around 1/2 a mile wide. Fishing is by boat and available by ticket.
photo- Richard Smith
The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland’s first by the International Dark-Sky Association - one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet, and the only such Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.
On clear nights the sky in this region of Ireland is simply stunning, with as many astronomical sights visible to the naked eye as in the desert plains of Africa. - http://kerrydarksky.com/
The waters around our coasts are remarkably warm - 7° to 8°C warmer than the average global sea temperature at these latitudes, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream drift which comes across the Atlantic from the Caribbean.
Waterville derives its name from the name of Butlers family home – now a hotel. The town was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. Coppal Lake was Charlie Chaplin's favourite spot in Waterville. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.
You will not be disappointed by the dazzling views of Ballynaskelligs Bay, the Skellig Islands and Derrynane on a drive south around the head to Caherdaniel.
The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland's truly great strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of the great 19th century politician Daniel O'Connell . It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London.
The towering Skellig Islands can clearly be seen rising steeply from the ocean about 12km off the tip of the peninsular. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement that bears testimony to the hardiness of sixth century monks.
Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are also home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.
The outcrop will feature as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.
How to get here - 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 2.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 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 2.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 5 hours from house
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