Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Beechwood House

Woodlands and Water in West Cork

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Woodlands and Water in West Cork

County Cork

Sheltered behind a small woodland just above Dunmanus Bay, this eco-friendly sea-side home has been designed to blend in beautifully with its surroundings.
It is spacious, luminous, and contemporary, and enjoys some extra luxuries, like an outdoor Jacuzzi and an indoor sauna. An ideal remote retreat for families who relish walking and water…

 

Modern, bright, and roomy

The broad entrance lobby, impressive kitchen, and ample dining room, flow effortlessly into each other. Dove grey and white tones, polished concrete terrazzo floors and clean minimal lines unify these contemporary ground floor rooms into an inclusive family home.


Magnificent glass sliding doors separate the interiors from an expansive south facing terrace that overlooks the woodland and river, sucking in the sunlight.

Typical of the quirky delights in this home, a relaxing coffee area occupies a corner of the kitchen – complete with colourful cocktail chairs, but there are also stools around a central island for casual grazing.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,500 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (one ground floor)
    Two with ensuite showers
    One twin bedroom
    One triple, with double and single bed
    Two bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Kitchen with Coffee area
    Landing with Sauna
    Utility room
  • Features
    Hot Tub Jacuzzi, Large Terrace, Pizza Oven, Barbecue
    Woodland paths & Gazebo
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, Netflix, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday, September to March
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

The ample artisan dining table began life as an Ash tree in the woodlands below, and the floor boards in the sitting room similarly were fashioned from beech trees on the property. Other surplus timber ends up in one or other of the two wood-burning stoves.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• 4 ring electric hob
• Fridge with ice and water dispenser
• Freezer in utility room
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, three King-size, and three singles
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Netflix

Other

• Sauna
• Outdoor Hot Tub
• 2 Multi head showers • Good selection of books
• Kids toys
• Children’s high chair
• 2 Wood burning stoves

The large sitting room also faces directly onto the sunny south terrace – a very magical spot for the whole family to enjoy a barbecue or something from the outdoor wood fired pizza oven.

Built to be environmentally conscious this home employs the most efficient modern technologies, with a heating system that ensures endless supply of hot water, a heat recovery unit, with vents located throughout the house, and triple glazed Doors & Windows.

A double bedroom occupies the other side of the ground floor. It is adjacent to a family bathroom – Beechwood House is wheelchair friendly.

A limed white stairway returns onto the generous first floor landing, where there is room for a relaxing seating area. Here too is the sauna – wonderful for heating up the bones after a dip in the sea or a long walk!

There are four spacious bedrooms on this level – two have ensuite shower rooms with multi head showers.

 

One bedroom sleeps three, with a double bed and a single bed, and shares a family bathroom (with bath) with a fourth twin bedroom.

Outside

Just a short stroll from the village, the house is accessed via a small bridge over the river and electric gates – there is ample parking inside. The 5 acre property slopes down towards the bay, a view that is concealed in the summer months by a magical woodland. From the terrace area you can meander down to the river on conveniently constructed paths, or just chill out in the gazebo. There is a Hot Tub Jacuzzi in a small garden to one side of the house.

Provisional Booking Form

5This Home is only let by the week during High Season.

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – see below
Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €3,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €3,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €3,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€3,500

Weekend stays are available October to March Only.

Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

NB: A refundable breakages deposit of €600 applies to this home.

Christmas Breaks €3,500 per week
October to May €2,600 per week
July & August €3,900 per week
June & September €2,900 per week

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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Reviews

 

New to Unique Irish Homes – 2019

I had been meaning to give some feedback…

We were extremely happy with the house in Ahakista. It really is a special place and the whole experience was fantastic. The house itself is beautifully finished and really comfortable, and the grounds make it extra special. Niamh and Damian were very warm and welcoming when we arrived, and eager to help throughout.
We’re looking forward to our next stay!

Karl, August 2020

Sounds like fun…

First I’d like to express, on behalf of the whole group, our thanks for such a wonderful trip. Like for many others, Covid-19 provided an opportunity for us to explore our home country and although the situation has at times been quite bleak, it’s also helped us see what’s been on our doorstep this whole time. We had a great time and I can confidently say that we will be back to you to you in the future for more trips!

 

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Out & About

 

Rugged and remote, this part of West Cork encourages leisurely endeavours, rambling, cycling and of course eating.
Enjoy amazing sailing and boat tours, and equally brilliant restaurants.

 

 

Here are some of our favourites…

 

Festivals

• Ahakista Regatta( August Bank Holiday weekend) – with a Quiz hosted by TV personality & Author, Graham Norton.
• West Cork Chamber Music Festival – Nine days of concerts, masterclasses & talks in various venues in Bantry town – 28th June to 7th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Literary Festival – Week-long celebration of writing & reading for people of all ages in various venues in Bantry town – 12th to 19th July – www.westcorkmusic.ie

• Ellen Hutchins Festival – Celebration of life of Ireland’s first female botanist with walks, talks, workshops all with a botanical theme – 17th to 25th August – www.ellenhutchins.com

Masters of Tradition Festival – Celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form in various venues in Bantry town – 21st to 26th August – www.westcorkmusic.ie ,/p . ,p . • A Taste of West Cork – 6th to 15th September

The Locality

 

The Memorial Garden located at the edge of the village remembers the death of over 329 people in a terrorist attack on an Air India Jumbo Jet in 1985, this being the closest spot to the bombing.

This neck of the woods generally is a magnet for those of us who pursue quality food and quality cooking, and you may be surprised by what’s on offer in the local shops, but you will need to travel the 17km to the sleepy market town of Bantry for larger shops and supermarkets.
Friday is market day in Bantry’s large town square, and should not be missed for the excellent local artisan food on sale.
Bantry Bay is renowned for mussel fishing – be sure to try them.

At the end of the 18th century a republican group seeking to overthrow British rule in Ireland, and spurred on by activities in America and France, managed to persuade the French to send a sizeable fleet of ships and some 14,000 troops to Bantry Bay.
Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

Wild Atlantic WayClick here to find out more…

Across Dunmanus Bay to the south is the Mizen Head Peninsula. Its lighthouse marks Ireland’s most south westerly point, and can be reached via a dramatic bridge.

The comparatively warm Atlantic ocean caused by the gulf stream current, ensures an abundance of nourishment for maritime fauna. Apart from whales, dolphins and seals, the whole area is a Mecca for bird watchers.

There are excellent walks, trails and views throughout this popular and remote region – the Sheeps Head Way is a classic. 88km of walking around this narrow finger of land protruding into the wild Atlantic Ocean, although you can drive most of the way. The final loop to the small lighthouse at the very end of the peninsula, is worth the trip with its blow holes and the possibility of seeing dolphins or whales, with a rewarding cuppa & apple tart at Bernie’s Cafe once your round trip is completed !

If you are out on the Mizen, you might like to visit a megalith at Toormore Bay, known as the Alter Wedge Tomb. It is one of a dozen or so similar Stone Age constructions to be found around the peninsula.

Beautiful and busy Barley Cove beach, just around the corner, has extensive sand dunes and an interesting floating pontoon link, which helps to protect the dunes from visitor erosion.

The Fastnet rock lighthouse 14km offshore is the most southerly and the last visible point of Ireland for emigrants traveling to Ellis Island in the 19th century. It is also extremely exposed. The original cast iron lighthouse used to shake violently in storms.
A rogue wave reportedly washed over the 48m tower in 1985.

Sailing is the most ubiquitous pastime along this stretch of Corks coastline, and from Crookhaven to Kinsale there are countless regattas throughout the summer, and great opportunities for the serious sailor to up their skills.

How to get there – Car advised..

However, There is a bus service to Bantry three days per week

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 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 1.5 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

 

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Ballard House

Ballard House

Ballard House

An Impressive Double-take

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County Kerry

This classic period home in a leafy Tralee suburb comes with a classy self-contained conversion, and shares a common garden; an ideal multi-family, private escape on the Wild Atlantic Way.

With the drama and spectacle of Dingle peninsula on your doorstep, and just 30 minutes from Killarney, you can’t go much further west in Europe without a boat.

 

The Main House – Classic and comfortable

The Georgian fan-light entrance, flanked by imposing limestone pillars, opens into a spacious central hallway that extends the depth of the house, with a couple of steps down to the back door.

A formal drawing room, with a finely decorated black marble chimney piece, shares one side of the ground floor with a generous, chandeliered dining room; the two separated by lofty pocket doors within an elliptical arch.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests in two buildings
    From €5,950 per week
  • Main House
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – all ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Dining room
    Sitting room
    Family Kitchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
    Pool room, Office, Wine cellar
  • Garden Wing
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – both ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living room, Kitchen & Dining room
    Sitting room
  • Features
    Open Fire places, enclosed garden
    Walking distance to town centre
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats ten on Chippendale mahogany, and the tall sash windows are shuttered and beautifully draped, with moulded cornices and panelled doors, typical of the period.

On the opposite side of the hall, an alabaster white kitchen occupies the rear quarter.
With a slightly less formal central breakfast table, Belfast sink, and large Aga range, it is gentleman’s country-style.

To the front, the sitting room combines comfortable shabby-chic sofas with a white marble fireplace, matching white built-in furniture, and flat screen TV, for relaxing evenings.

 

Bedrooms

There are four inviting double bedrooms located in each corner of the upstairs floor, with an opulent chandelier lighting the impressive central stairwell.

They are all ensuite, with shower enclosures and baths, – the two at the front retaining pairs of sash windows.

Lower ground floor

The basement area is home to a large laundry and utility room, and a rustic brick cellar for wines.

Here also, there is a reclusive office, and a pool room to perfect your pocket shots.

 

The Garden Wing

A small formal garden is laid out to rear, with paved areas, lawns, shrubs and pots.

Stretching along one side of the garden is separate and chic accommodation in the form of a two-storey converted out-building.

The ground floor is a long open-plan space, combining a living room, kitchen and dining area, which features glazed French doors onto the garden terrace.

Facilities & Ameneties

Beds

Main House
• Two King-size double beds
• Two small double beds
• Pool Table
• Wine Cellar

Garden Wing
• Two King-size double beds

Entrance half doors and a wood burning stove, lend a rural cottage feel to the space.

Above the dining area, the ceiling is full height, atrium-style, merging the two floors.

Upstairs, joists, rafters and ceilings are painted white to match the walls, with a clean rustic quality.

The two folksy double bedrooms are at apposing ends separated by a snug seating area with TV.

Both have their own bathrooms – bath and shower.

Outside

The house has garden to the front and back, and is approached by a short serpentine private driveway.
There is ample parking.

The south facing rear garden is perfect for family gatherings and socialising.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

For Christmas and New Year and other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
All Year €5,950 €2,750 €2,750

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Out & About

 
Often used as a base for exploring the wonders of Kerry, there is so much to do and see

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is on the northern side of the stunning Dingle Peninsula, and within walking distance of Tralee town centre – the largest town in County Kerry.

The town is probably best known for The Rose of Tralee Festival, an international annual event which is celebrated among Irish communities the world over, and named after a 19th-century ballad.

Every August, young women from across Ireland and around the world compete to be crowned the Rose. Not a beauty pageant, the winner is the woman is selected on the basis of personality, to be the best role-model for the festival and ambassador for Ireland during her international travels.

The Town Park, known locally as “The Green” extends for 35 acres, making it one of the largest urban public parks in Ireland. It is famous for its Rose Garden which has been a feature of the park since 1987 and contains 35 varieties of roses. The Rose Wall contains the names of every contestant from the Rose of Tralee Festival since 1959.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of the famous Kennedy clan, is also remembered here.

The magnificent singer/songwriter Christy Hennessy who died in 2007, was born in Tralee. There is now a commemorative statue of him in Central Plaza.

A Farmers Market is held in the town every Saturday from 11am-3pm across from the Brandon Hotel.

Tralee Golf Club

The beautiful Banna Strand, 20 minutes north of the town, features sand dunes along its entire length 10 Kilometre length – some of which rise to 12 metres high. The beach is associated with Sir Roger Casement who was captured landing from a German U-boat on 21 April 1916. Casement was involved in an attempt to land arms for Irish Republicans from the Germany.

Tom Crean

The spectacular Dingle peninsula stretches South and West towards the Blasket Islands, just over an hour away by car. Inhabited until 1954 by an Irish-speaking population that was forced to leave by increasingly extreme winter weather that left the islands’ ageing population cut off from emergency services. The western part of the peninsula remains as a Gaeltacht today.

Tearaght is the westernmost of the Blasket Islands, and thus the westernmost island of Ireland.
Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

There are more than two thousand archaeological sites on the peninsula. Well worth it for the breathtaking views, the Conor Pass is the highest mountain road in Ireland.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork, Shannon or Dublin airports.
Shannon Airport – less than 2 hours from the house.
Cork Airport – less than 2 hours from the house.
Dublin Airport – 3 and a half hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three and a half hours from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about three and a half hours from the house.

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Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

Stewards Cottage

A magical setting of Ancient Oak and Beech

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County Waterford

This elfin cottage cloistered above the woods – just one of three – on an historic Tay valley demesne, introduces unique opportunities for exploring the beaches and headlands of Ireland’s Copper Coast, hill-walking in the Comeragh Mountains, or just rambling around a magnificent estate.

Comfortable, Compact and Cherished

Most of the rooms radiate from the warm entrance lobby in this practical and cosy cottage. The sitting room is gracious and informal with built in units of alabaster shelving around an open log hearth. Contemporary patio doors encourage you out to a sheltered gravel terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1200 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One Double Bedroom
    and One Twin Bedroom
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Study,
    Kitchen/Dining Room
    Utility Room
    Entrance Hall
  • Contempo
    Furnished Patio,
    Dog Friendly
    Logs
    Barbecue
    WiFi and Smart TV
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The bright kitchen, doubling as a dining room, occupies one end of the house. Modelled in a simple rustic style with a wood burning stove – though the cottage is never cold, there’s lots of fuel available from the estate.

For occasional reading, bridge games, or Monopoly there is the green room, across the tiles of the entrance lobby.

Terracotta red cabinets and vibrant parrot blinds bring strong accents of colour to the ivory white interior.

The utility room and boot lobby are off one side of the kitchen while cottage stairs rise from the other end to a dreamy double bedroom in the loft. Understated, with traditional furniture and floral fabrics, typical of the restrained decor throughout this home.

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a five star home. An Eco friendly air source heat pump provides the central heating. If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• 4 ring electric induction Hob
• Fridge
• Wine Cooler
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• 1 Super King Size bed (180cm)
• 2 single beds
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Mobile phone coverage is patchy
• Flat screen smart TV
• with Sky Sports
• DVD player

Other stuff

• Good selection of books
• Good selection of board games
• Some DVD movies
• Bicycles available (book in advance)
• Babies High Chair

A second cobalt-coloured twin bedroom, with views beyond the rolling fields, lies opposite the bathroom to the left of the main entrance.

Outside

The house occupies an elevated site with its own entrance on the historic Woodhouse Estate which ranges for 340 acres West Stradbally village and is bisected by the meandering river Tay. 156 acres of woodland comprising of more than 150,000 trees – some dating back to the mid 18th century – are waiting to be explored either by foot or on cycle tracks.

The owners retain the eponymous Georgian mansion at the centre of this private estate, but visitors are free to enjoy the elegant walled garden, impeccably reproduced Victorian glasshouse, and paddocks of grazing red deer.

Stradbally Cove with its sheltered sandy beach is across the road from the East gates.
Please enquire about fishing rights or other activities on the estate.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – Parts of the property may not suitable for young children, please check with us.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week June to August,  in low season as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,300
Halloween  26th- 1st October 2022 – €1,200
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,300
New Years 30th to the 2nd Jan 2023 – €1,300

Please note: Easter Dates are at high season rates -€1,300

June to August  €1,200 per week N/A N/A
May and September €1,200 per week Weekend €600 Mid-week €600
October to April €1,200 per week Weekend €600 Mid-week €600

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Reviews

We have just arrived back

…from our lovely break in the south.
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to you, the Thompson family and all of the team at Woodhouse Estate for such a fabulous stay.
Stewards Cottage was beautiful, exceptionally well equipped and immaculate (congratulations to your cleaning staff). The estate is fabulous (even in the rain) and playhouse was a real hit with our children!
We hope to get a chance to stay with you again soon.

Helena and Alan, August 2020

We had an amazing time in Stradbally earlier this month.

It was our first time using the website and while it obviously all looked very high spec, we were pleasantly astounded by just how nice it was. And also, how helpful June and Ted were and were always on hand if we had any questions.
The cottage was both homely and elegant and was a pleasure to stay in and come back to after a day out and about.
We will definitely be in touch again for Steward’s cottage and others. Thank you for helping us to have such a lovely holiday.

Shane & Jenny, July 2020

We had a fabulous week in Stradbally…

Cathy gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived. The cottage was very comfortable & lovely touches like fresh flowers & freshly baked scones on the table – well what more can you ask for.
We were blown away by the whole estate, I don’t believe there is enough focus on that on the website. It was a wonderful surprise to discover the beautiful surroundings and particularly the walled garden. Stunning! The location is just second to none & we spent the week exploring all the lovely beaches & coves along the copper coast. We can’t wait to return to stay in the gatekeepers cottage next time!

Julie & Robin Brammar, August 2016

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We stayed at Steward’s cottage in Woodhouse.

We had a fabulous holiday. The Cottage was only beautiful.
We needed nothing…
Everything was provided.The Cottage was  and the care and attention to detail was exceptional.
The grounds and walled garden were spectacular.

Well done to everyone.
-Susan, 2021

We returned from Stewards Cottage last Sunday

after spending 4 nights in what can only be described as an absolutely wonderful and truly magical place to stay. June welcomed us and guided us through the cottage and the grounds. The cottage itself was excellent with everything you could possibly need but also beautifully decorated giving it a homely and welcoming feel. It is perfectly located to discover the copper coast, cycle the greenway and enjoy the culinary delights of the surrounding towns and villages.
The hidden surprise and treasure was Woodhouse and the grounds of Woodhouse. It was a privilege to be afforded to stay in such a wonderful place, roam the grounds, enjoy the walled garden, fish in the river, stroll the cove, for the kids to play in the place house and to learn of the history of Woodhouse in the museum. In this I discovered an ancestry connection with my maternal grandmother to the owners of Woodhouse in the 1700’s. Marianna kindly spent time with me going through the family history and we are going to stay in touch to delve further into the family connection.
We will definitely be returning to Woodhouse and we most certainly will be using UIH for all our staycations. I have already recommended both Woodhouse and UIH to family and friends. Thank you for all your assistance.

Caroline Long, August 2020

Out & About

This stretch of Southern Coastline known as the Copper Coast, just buzzes with undiscovered gems We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

For unique ways to experience the hidden gems on the Copper Coast we recommend you contact Waterford Camino Tours
Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The tranquil village of StradballyGold Medal Winner in the Tidy Towns 2019 awards – is a short walk out of the estate, and has a grocery shop and a couple of pubs, but for a full range of shops, Dungarvan is a 15 minute drive along the coast and is your best bet.

Above Stradbally, there is the substantial ruin of the largest medieval church in rural Ireland. It contains a fortified presbytery, probably built for protection during the disputes between the Powers and Fitzgeralds, whose boundary lands ran through the area.

Mahon Falls is a dramatic 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There is a car park near Lemybrien 15 minutes away from the house with a not too strenuous hike thereafter, so don’t miss it.

Road Bowling is a traditional and popular local sport that requires hours of practice and technique to master. 28oz steel balls are rolled in turn for just over a mile along bendy roads from Fenor to Annestown.

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About half an hour away, the magnificent Lismore Castle with its long and distinguished history, has splendid gardens open to the public during the summer months, and compelling cultural events are held in the town throughout the year.

They’re mad about cycling in Dungarvan, and it was here that the first cycling club in Ireland was founded in 1869. The local club went on to win the first ever bike race in the British Isles. They still have the cup to prove it.
Here too you will find King John’s Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification ( 1185) would have originally been entered by drawbridge. It is undergoing reconstruction but there are guided tours, an audio-visual show and exhibitions during the summer season.

This region known as the Copper Coast gets its name from the copper mines that were active in the 19th century. It is a sometimes stormy shoreline that has more than its fair share of ship wrecks.

Tramore is about 35 minutes away, and is a popular resort for tourists in the summer. It has a 5km beach, sand dunes looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, and a well deserved reputation for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Clonea Strand is much closer; one of the finest blue flag beaches in the region, and also has a growing reputation as a good surfing beach.

Waterford, about 45 minutes away, is Ireland’s oldest city. Originally a Viking settlement, it is now a major port with much to see and do. Glass, or crystal, was manufactured in the city from 1783 until early 2009, when the factory there was eventually shut down. There is a great annual Viking marathon in June.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Cork Airport, Waterford or Dublin.
Cork Airport – approx 1.5 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 2.5 hours from house.
Waterford Airport – approx 1 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 1.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 2.5 hours from house

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2nd Green

2nd Green

2nd Green

Ring of Kerry Diamond

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County Kerry

A thoroughly modern twist on the traditional Kerry cottage, comfortable with restrained styling. Adjacent to “One of the best kept secrets in Irish Golf” and a stone’s throw from the glorious, secluded and sandy Dooks beach on Dingle Bay, this recently completed spacious home is just perfect for a family get together

 

Contemporary and commodious

One of five architect designed houses in a stunning new private gated development.
The south and western elevations offer a surprising contrast; contemporary, glazed walls, sharp angled exteriors that hint at the bright modernity of the interior.

Entry through a small glazed lobby reveals a shimmering open plan ground-floor, minimalist in style with elegant detailing.

You are immediately welcomed by a contemporary woodburning stove that faces into one of two seating areas at opposite ends of the home. Both have substantial full height corner windows that oversee a generous shared terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 adults & 4 kids
    From €1,800 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – ensuite
    Two double bunk rooms
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Two Sitting rooms
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Utility room
  • Features
    Gated community
    Wood Stove, BBQ Terrace
    Outdoor shower
    Adjacent to beach
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Underfloor heating
    POOR Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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In the centre of the house, the refectory-style dining area flows directly onto that sunny terrace through sweeping glass doors that slide.

The space is shared with a stylishly handle-free fitted kitchen in slate-grey, separated by a large preparation island.

Beyond the kitchen, and a step down, is an expansive and double sofa-ed TV room, with that second corner wall of glazing.

Throughout the home internal views provide clean, fine perspectives out to the garden and vistas beyond; eclectic paintings charm; and underfloor heating ensures a comfortable ambient temperature.

Bedrooms

The first of two large double bedrooms is located on the ground floor, with an ensuite bathroom equipped with monsoon power shower.



Stairs from the entrance hallway reach a landing accessing two kids bedrooms – each with a pair of bunk beds. Alternatively, one of these rooms can be set up with two single beds.

A shared family bathroom with bath and modern power shower, is also off the landing.

The master bedroom is south facing with fantastic views to the Kerry mountains, and its own ensuite shower room.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric double oven
• Ceramic hob
• Tall Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, four bunk beds, or
• Option – 2 bunks & 2 single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Children’s high chair available
• Outdoor Shower

Back downstairs

A large utility room leads off the kitchen and provides access to a private outside patio with external shower (to wash off all that beach sand).

Views south are to the mountains of Kerry, snow sprinkled on the day of photographing.

Outside

A large garden, currently being established, surrounds the house with a well-protected terrace, patio and barbeque area accessed from all living and dining areas.

The house is just a three minute walk from the glorious and secluded sandy Dooks beach, with stunning views across to Dingle.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure, subject to all being in order.

Christmas 2022 – 23rd to the 27th December – €2,650
New Years’ 2022 – 
29th to the 2nd January – €2,650

 

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Reviews

 

“Everything is Perfect…

…- we’ve already decided we’re not going home.  We both have very busy jobs so the peace and tranquility here is just so therapeutic.

The setting is just wonderful, sitting watching the weather come across the hills on an evening is just perfect.

The house is perfect. There is nothing I would change – and I’m an architect so i can be quite fussy!

The kitchen is so well equipped with proper knives that you can actually cook rather than trying to work out what you can make with a spoon.

Everything is really easy to use – although it took us 3 days to find the cutlery drawer at the top of the dishwasher, but that’s probably because we’ve switched our brains off now.

All the coats and shoes and bags hide in the utility so everything is kept relatively tidy for us.

The only issues we have is who is going to get to the window seat first and how quickly the days are flying by.

And the recommendations are really helpful – we’ve already tried Jacks and have had early evening drinks at the golf club.

I’m sure you’ll have plenty of good reviews following ours, this holiday is wonderful.
Thank you very much for letting us stay here.”
Elisa B , 2022

We really enjoyed the house…

…thanks, and it worked so well with two families. It was generally well stocked! Our American friends enjoyed it as their first experience in Kerry and of Ireland…
Thanks so much,
Penny B, 2022

 

Out & About

 
Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do, and nowhere more so than in Glenbeigh. Often referred to as “the Jewel in the ring of Kerry”, there are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kiting, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.​

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

​Just over half an hour from Killarney on the Ring of Kerry, itself one of the highlights of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Dooks is home of one of the country’s most charming golf links and one of three magnificent beaches that straddle Dingle Bay.

The house is adjacent to both.
Wild Atlantic Way
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With a charming clubhouse and bar, Dooks is one of Ireland’s oldest and more challenging links. It is also home to the protected Natterjack Toad, the only species native to Ireland which features on the club’s logo. They are active at night with a very loud and distinctive mating call.

Dooks beach is just a stone’s throw from the house and looks directly across to the seven glorious kilometres of sand-spit that is Rossbeigh Strand. Ideal for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, horse-trekking, and sea fishing. It also has an excellent children’s playground – Tir na Nog

Directly across Dingle Bay is the extremely popular narrow peninsula of Inch Strand – 45 minutes by car.

The local town of Glenbeigh, just 4km from the house, is a corruption of the Gaelic word meaning “valley of the Birch trees”. Here you will find a small supermarket plus a number of excellent pubs and restaurants.

Caragh Lake in the hills above, above is a beautiful expanse of water 4 miles long, set among broom and heather with majestic mountains for background, it is well known to anglers for excellent fishing.

Coomasaharn Lake, the largest of the lakes in Glenbeigh, is enclosed on three sides by high rocky mountains protecting it from modern polluters and is known for its trout fishing.

Strange things happened when the last Ice Age receded – some creatures became marooned- and this is one of the lakes in Ireland which has the Sliver Blue Char, a rare example of a remnant fish from that period.

Like the Connemara Pony of Galway, the Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland. The breed developed physical characteristics including an unusual footfall pattern, which helped it move on soft ground such as peat bogs. These ponies are known for hardiness and an ability to survive in harsh conditions.

Near the village is the ruin of “Wynne’s Folly”, a castle mansion built by Lord Headley Wynne in 1867. The barbarity and brutality of these land owners in pressing the locals for funds is notorious.In the late 1880’s there were numerous evictions, as tenants were just not able to afford an increased rent of a massive 50% in most cases, to pay for the construction of the Wynne castle.However, Wynn eventually drifted into insolvency, and he made his exit from the Glenbeigh. In 1921 Republican forces burned the castle to the ground and it was never rebuilt.

The Dingle Peninsula is littered with much, much older monuments, mostly cross-pillars and standing-stones, and it would take at least three days non-stop to visit everything worth seeing, but if you pass one – have a look, because these carvings put the a in ancient.

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Tearaght Island, the most westerly of the Blasket Islands, at the mouth of Dingle Bay, is the most westerly point of the British Isles, and the closest point in Europe to America.

Nobody lives there, it is essentially a bird sanctuary, but the stories of a community living on the edge of the world have become classic writing throughout the world.

Killorglin 19km away is the first town on the Ring of Kerry. First, because coaches touring the route are obliged to travel around in one direction to avoid congesting the narrow roads.

The town is renowned for holding the three-day annual Puck Fair – the oldest traditional fair in Ireland, in which a live mountain goat is crowned King, and then put into a small cage on a high stand in the middle of the town square for the duration of the festivities. Starts 10th August.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Kerry Airport – approx 1/2 hour from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Towering Waves and Warm Turf Fires

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County Donegal

This is a respectful renovation of the cottage that was home to a spirited spinster known as Lily. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric modern home that is the perfect romantic escape.
From here you can explore Donegal’s renowned Surf Coast, stunning strands and windswept cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way’s land of legends.

 

Chalky tones and contempo tweeds

In a cottage of two halves, the main entrance is now via a roomy well-lit lobby around the side of the house, that links the old to the new – classy and uncluttered.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,050 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double & One twin bedroom
    Family shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting/Dining room
    Kitchen
    Entrance Lobby
  • Features
    Rear patio with lawn
    Private parking
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

The original thatched roadside home remains the main living area with much of the traditional artisan feel of thick white plastered walls, petite windows, and a seductive stove at one end, all perfectly crafted.

A formally furnished dining area completes the other end of this charming open space.

Through the original front porch, a time-honoured split stable door frames neighbouring dunes that announce the ocean beyond.

The balance of this historic part of the cottage, is now a cosy twin bedroom.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring Electric range with twin ovens
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – one King-size and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Logs & Turf
• Central heating
• Dual head shower
• Some board games & Books