Ridge House

Ridge House

Ridge House

Picture Perfect Panoramas

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County Kerry

Slotted into a stunning landscape on the Ring of Kerry, this chic stone home enjoys world class views of Derrynane bay, and the Atlantic. With ample space both inside and Al Fresco, and bundles of local activities to try, here is great all round family escape.

 

Enchanting and eclectic design

Mostly, you’ll enter through one of two large sliding doors that span the front terrace. Inside is a long, lofty living space; ringside seats to what must be on of Ireland’s most spectacular panoramas.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €3,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    Master has ensuite shower room
    & walk-in wardrobe
    One family bedroom with double bed and 2 singles
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, kitchen/dining room
    Bathroom with shower
    Living room, guest wc, utility room
  • Features
    Furnished barbecue patio
    Sunken stone seating pit
    Elevated viewing area
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    integrated sound system, underfloor heating
    Good Cell phone reception

A walk-around contemporary fireplace floats in the centre, partitioning the living from the dining area.

Gleaming white, with a rhythm of exposed natural timber beams, an oak floor, and the trappings of a well-loved family home.

The kitchen area marries in seamlessly via a heavy pink granite preparation island. A pair of breakfast bar stools brings a splash of orange that echoes in small decorative touches. Elegant Scandinavian dining chairs feature here and out on the stone patio.

Aga cooking is a nod to the country cottage; it is supplemented by ceramic hob and other premium appliances.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Aga range with 2 ovens and 2 plates
• Ceramic four ring hob
• American Fridge-freezer with ice / water dispenser
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Twin sinks

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Ground floor master with King-size bed.

• First floor two double bedrooms

• Family room with double and two singles
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky TV with Sky sports
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books
• Underfloor heating
• Two open fires

Beyond the kitchen, the house is on two levels. To the front, a cosy corner study with dual aspect picture windows, an open fireplace and TV with all the bits.

To the rear, there is a tastefully rustic utility room, and a guest bathroom with walk-in shower.

The master bedroom at the ground floor gable end, is superbly located. It has an ensuite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe.

A fabulous French door opens onto its own sunrise side patio – a really nice touch.

Up open tread stairs, angled attic ceilings and distinctive rustic grade flooring unite three bedrooms that open off the sky-lit landing.

Choose from China blue or contemporary canopy double beds; or a delightful and generous family room, featuring two single cast iron beds and a double. They all share a vaguely translucent family shower room.

Outside

Notched into a steep incline, the house faces south, with stunning views of Scariff and Deenish islands, and the Beara Peninsula in the distance. Aside from the previously mentioned terrace, there is a clever sunken seating area sculpted into the stone at the eastern corner.

To the rear, a Jacob’s ladder of heavy timbers climbs to a splendid viewing area above the house.
There is additional parking tucked away into the bank beside the main gates – “the sheep’s dip”.

Provisional Booking Form

Note: This Home is has a minmum booking of 7 nights, May to August.

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

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

May, June, July and August €3,000 per week N/A N/A
September to April €3,000 per week Weekend €1,500 Mid-week €1,500

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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Out & About

 

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed destinations. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.
we just can’t list everything…

Visit https://www.theringofkerry.com/ for more…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is off a narrow road just below the Coomakista Pass – itself the highlight of any tour of the Ring of Kerry – roughly halfway between Caherdaniel and Waterville; each about 10 mins drive. The road twists its way down to Derrynane Harbour, once busy with fishermen, now a jump off for ever-popular tours to the Skellig Islands. There is a small sandy beach there.

It is also the start of the 6 km Mass Path – a furtive footpath used by parishioners in 17th Century secretly attending open air services at the Mass Rock – that leads to Derrynane strand.

The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great Blue Flag strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, the great 19th century, lawyer, politician, statesman and abolitionist. It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands, the house displays relics of O’Connell’s life and career.

The nearby uninhabited islands of Scarrif and Deenish are not to be confused with the towering Skellig Islands – just visible, rising steeply from the ocean about 25 km West of Derrynane. 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 features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.

Waterville in Ballinskelligs Bay is a busy little town, the nearest shopping location for most supplies, with a petrol station, some fine restaurants, and two excellent golf links.

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. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.

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A short drive east of Caherdaniel village is Staigue Fort, the largest pre-Christian, circular stone fort in Ireland is worth a visit. Over 2,000 years old, its wall is 5.5m (18ft) high and 4m (13ft) thick.

The Kerry Way walking route which passes just above the house, is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trail and also one of the most popular. The 200km trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside in the country, avoiding the country’s highest mountains. Most people will just opt to do a section.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: 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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Drishane Beach Cottage

Drishane Beach Cottage

Drishane Beach Cottage

One of Life’s Hidden Pleasures

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County Cork

Perched on a sheltered ledge overlooking Castlehaven beach there is this compact stone cottage simply radiating joie de vivre.
The house has been completely refurbished and modernised to maximise use of space and take full advantage of the idyllic location, yet still retains its simple, unique and romantic charm.

 

An old stone cottage rejuvenated

The entire ground floor is given over to an elegant, open living space, encompassing kitchen, dining and sitting rooms. Large uncluttered double glazing not only gives access to the spectacular surrounding seascape but amply light the interior engendering a spacious ambience.

The traditional open hearth, embracing a wood-burning stove, and split stable door entrance, are both practical and romantic.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 Guests
    From €780 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom
    Two single bedrooms
    Family bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan 
    Living Room
    Dining Area
    Utility Room
  • Contempo
    Paved Patio
    Logs and Turf
    Barbeque
    Satellite TV
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Roughly plastered walls in chalky tones, together with the use of natural materials like local stone and timber, further enhance the country cottage style of this contemporary make over.

The bathroom, with separate shower lies off a return landing on the stairs.
On this level is also small utility room with washing machine.

There is a fine master bedroom upstairs, where clever use of the dormer space allows for a very cosy single bedroom, and a more open semi-mezzanine twin room.

 

Facilities

The cottage is centrally heated and has cable TV, washing machine and microwave.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us …

Outside

French doors open eastwards onto a crazy paved panoramic patio with incredible views across the bay, a magnificent barbecue location.

Just below is the beach and slipway of Castlehaven – ideal for launching kayaks. It can be reached directly, but it’s something of a scramble.

The cottage is at the westerly end of the Drishane Estate that stretches over to Castletownshend. It is approached from above down a precipitous and twisting private driveway, but there is ample flat turning space ahead.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Other pets are welcome.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week.
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 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

April to May €950 per week
June to September €1,250 per week
October to November €950 per week
December to March €780 per week

 

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Reviews

 

Drishane Beach Cottage is an absolute gem…

and we loved every moment we spent there. The setting is spectacular and much more impressive than the photos would suggest.
The cottage itself was cosy, warm and beautifully decorated and had everything we could possibly need. Our little dog, Billie loved the freedom to explore the grounds and the pebble beach and pier beside it.
Tom and Jane were lovely to deal with and extremely helpful. This is a place that is very special and we will definitely be returning.
We cannot recommend this highly enough.

Brona and Barry, April 2019

The cottage had the most amazing views. It was great for the three of us. The owners were really friendly and helpful. Great location to visit the local area. If you want peace and quiet then great place to stay.

Tim Snodin, June 2019

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Out & About

 

West Cork has food, festivals, folklore and the ocean – all inviting exploration.
There’s loads to do and see, we can’t list everything, but here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

Annual festivals a-plenty include Traditional Irish music Festival, Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival, Skibbereen Food Festival, Cape Clear Storytelling, and many sailing events including Calves Week

The Locality

 

 

Apart from the beach below the cottage there are a number of small alternatives. The more sandy and south facing blue flag beach at Tragumna is about 15 minutes away, and an easy cycle.

One of Ireland’s most visited megalithic sites, the Druids Alter or Drombeg Stone Circle is just 30 minutes away – a bronze age relic that still harbours secrets.

The cottage commands views of the deep sheltered water of Castlehaven Bay. It was here that a small Spanish Armada was drubbed in 1602, an event that prompted the end of the old Gaelic Order and the Flight of the Earls.

Skibbereen is about 18km away and is main town in the region. This is a vibrant town and there is an excellent market here on Saturdays selling artisan food and crafts.

Hereabouts is the traditional home of the McCarthy clan – so if that’s your name, then chances are this is where you started.

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Already extremely poor, this area suffered dis-proportionally in the Potato Famine in the middle of the 19th century that resulted in the deaths of over 1 million people and the emigration of at least that many more. Some 9,000 victims are thought to be buried in burial pits of Skibbereen.

25 minutes from the cottage there is a fine walk to the summit above Lough Hyne. Flooding with sea water at high tide, the lake is populated with aquatically unique specimens, and is a Nature Reserve.

photo Ludovic Peron

There are ferries from Baltimore to the Islands. The town has a long tradition of wooden boat building and for 40 years from the late 1800’s was home to a prodigious fishing industry for export to North America.

About 20 minutes west is the busy inlet of Roaringwater Bay, where you will find Carberry’s 100 Isles – although there are in fact less than 50.
Baltimore, probably Ireland’s most southern town was raided by Algerian pirates in 1631 and 107 villagers taken to North Africa as slaves. The archipelago acquired the description via a 19th century poem detailing that event.

Most of the islands are red sandstone formations with shorelines that have been heavily weathered by the Atlantic into jagged nibs, sharp cliffs and archways.

For the past 20 years the actor Jeremy Irons has lived with his family in a substantial 15th century castle overlooking the Bay that he painstakingly restored.

Before the Great Famine, Cape Clear Island had over a thousand inhabitants – today there are about 100. They are Ireland’s most southerly citizens.
The states most southerly point is the Fastnet Rock – 6km closer to the equator – where its lighthouse suffers extreme weather events. During storm Ophelia in October 2017 a record breaking gust of 191 kph was registered.

​​How to get there – Car advised..

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 3.5 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)
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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Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Courtyard Mews

Luxury self-isolation on a Rural Estate

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County Cork

Adjacent to the historic manor house at the heart of a large and energetic estate, and surrounded by parkland, orchard and vigorous gardens, this elegantly maintained country house is the epitome of stylish country living.
Within an hour of Killarney, Cork City and Limerick, Mallow is the consummate gateway to the magic of the south west of Ireland.

 

Classic and Functional

A semi glazed triptych opens through an elegant elliptical archway into the ample entrance lobby – a preface to the classic country kitchen at the centre of Courtyard Cottage.

This expansive kitchen exploits the best of time-honoured farmhouse contrivances with premium contemporary appliances – so there is a Neff oven and microwave to supplement the traditional enamelled Aga range. There is even an extra fridge and dishwasher in the utility room.

A sweep of windows over the Belfast sink, granite work surface and powder blue presses, survey a private back garden.

The scarlet living room fluently annexes the kitchen at one end through a broad casement. A large and columned white marble fireplace extends a warm formality to the room.

Half glazed double doors connect through to the reception room that is both formal dining room, and drawing room.
Away from the exquisite Victorian dining table, a nest of classic sofas face a wood burning stove, discreetly countersunk into a dramatically striated marble surround.

Thick walls and deep window ledges affirm the age of the original cottage.

There is one ground floor double bedroom off the entrance lobby, with the remaining four upstairs. All the bedrooms are generous, with matching ensuite bathrooms, and are classically and tastefully furnished.

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury family home – from WiFi to gas barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, etc.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

Outside

Courtyard Cottage is part of the 500 acre Longueville House Estate, itself home to a 300 year old listed Stately Georgian Country House – steeped in history, now a charming hotel and restaurant. As the name implies, the cottage occupies one side of a large and partly cobbled, neo-classical courtyard, with fine a topiary centre-piece, to the rear of the main house.

The property runs right down to the banks of the River Blackwater.

Visitors are free to range across this working estate where all of the produce for the hotel is grown. There is a fabulous reclaimed walled garden for vegetables, and a 25 acre cider apple orchard used to produce on-site an artisan cider, some which is double distilled into an exclusive apple brandy.

The majestic group of oak trees in the parkland to the front of the house was planted in 1815, to celebrate Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, Sorry. This is a working farm, and none of resident animal are allowed indoors.

Provisional Booking Form

Check in Days are: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
High Season rates run June 19yh until Friday 15th October.
This house only books from Friday til Friday in High Season

A Weeks booking runs Friday to Friday
Check in time:
4pm – 7pm day of arrival.
Check out time: 11am day of departure.

Please Note: This property does not allow pets – Our Apologies!
A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Short Weekend Friday PM till Sunday AM – 2 nights €1,190
Long Weekend Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights €1,785
Mid-week  Monday – Thursday Check in Monday & Wednesday – any 2 nights + €900
Full Week  Friday after 4pm til Friday 11am – High Season €3,990
Full Week  Friday after 4pm til Friday 11am – Low Season €3,585
Other Public holidays – 5 nights minimum €3,650

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On behalf of our group…

I would like to thank you for a wonderful stay.
The house and grounds are beautiful.
The staff are all very friendly especially Aisling our host.
The cider tour was great and as was Rupert.
We will definitely be back again.
Wishing you all the best.

Katy O’Sullivan, July 2020

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Out & About

 

Mallow is centrally located for a surfeit of outings and days of exploration, but there is also much to see and do without even leaving the estate! The President’s Restaurant in the hotel is far more than a fantastic Victorian ironwork structure…

Here are some of our favourites…

Ask in the hotel about Fly-Fishing, Falconry and tours of the estates distillery or visit their website here

The Locality

 

Mallow is a large town just 10 minutes away and has a variety of shops, restaurants and a main line railway station. If you fancy a flutter on the ponies, then this is the home of Cork racing. The racecourse is just 2km from the house, and is a great days outing.

photo Dan Heap

A craft cider named Longueville House Cider, is harvested from the 25-acre apple orchard on-site in the autumn every year after the Harvest Moon and after first frost. An Apple Brandy is distilled from some of the cider, made in the calvados style, known as Longueville House Apple Brandy. Everything is done on the farm except for the bottling. Where there are orchards, there are bees, and the Estate also produces its own distinctive brand of honey.

Doneraile Court, the magnificent former residence of the St. Leger family, is just 25 minutes away. Its Wildlife Park is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style which in its heyday would have consisted of some 28,000 acres.

Dromaneen Castle is the early 17th century ruin clearly visible across the valley.

Killarney town is a 45 minute drive away, and from there the Ring of Kerry is a highlight for visitors to Ireland.
Cork city – Ireland’s second largest -is only 45 minutes away by car, but that’s a story for another day.

Take trip to the Mitchelstown caves for some stunning examples of stalagmites and stalactites that deserve their acclaim.
Labbacallee to the north west of Fermoy, is Irelands largest prehistoric wedge tomb and dates from roughly 2300 BC.

The eponymous Steeplechase derives its name from an original cross country horse race between two neighbours over 250 years ago. Starting at the village of Buttevant, the finishing line was the church steeple at Doneraile, visible in the distance. The winner is not recorded.

Possibly due to the magnificent fishing on the Awbeg and Blackwater Rivers, this locality remains a magnet to the landed gentry, with many fine houses and estates in the area. The Munster Blackwater – there being several other rivers of the same name – is Ireland’s second largest river after the Shannon, and unquestionably one of the great salmon rivers of Europe. A lazy snaking river, it is also makes for very fine for canoeing and tubing.

The Ballyhoura Mountains 20 minutes north, are home to the largest mountain bike trail network in Ireland, and a must for serious and occasional bikers alike.

There is an inspiring Donkey Sanctuary in nearby Liscarroll which is well worth a visit.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Cork, Kerry Airport (Farrenfore), Dublin or Shannon.
Cork Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Kerry Airport – approx 1 hour from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 1 hour 30 mins from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house.

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#10 Cable Station

#10 Cable Station

#10 Cable Station

Hands across the Ocean

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Hands across the Ocean

County Kerry

Built 120 years ago as a telegraph relay station between Europe and North America, this historic limestone building has been imaginatively converted into a cluster of contemporary apartments.
Waterville is the only village where Ireland’s legendary Ring of Kerry slips past the Atlantic, and where you can be lulled to sleep by the music of the ocean.

 

Convivial comfort with maritime murmurs

The entrance to #10 is via an almost nautical galvanised gangway.

aerial photos- Terry Gordon

The apartment is on two floors – the majority of the lower level consists of a spacious open-plan, wainscoted living area which seamlessly accommodates the well-appointed kitchen, eight seater dining area and comfortable sitting room.

 

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring electric ceramic hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two single beds, one double, one King-size and one Super King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• USB charger sockets
• DVD player

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests
    From €1,750 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms, One twin bedroom
    One single bedroom
  • Bathrooms
    Master has ensuite with shower
    Family Bathroom with shower
    Shower room with WC
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room with Kitchen & Dining area
    Entrance Hall & Study
  • Features
    Easy walking distance to the town
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Pets
    Please check with us

A shower room with WC off the entrance lobby separates a single bedroom and a small study, which offers an intimate escape for reading or phone calls.

Large sash windows flood the apartment with light during the day whilst curiously steampunk fittings light up the evenings.

Steep vaulted ceilings with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ bonnet windows are a feature of the upstairs quarters, where there are two azure blue double bedrooms and one twin room.

The master bedroom has an ensuite with shower – the others share a family bathroom.

Outside

The private gardens are shared with other residents of The Cable Station where there is ample parking.
It’s only a short walk into the village and down to the seafront.

Restrictions

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

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.

  per Week Weekend Mid-week
May to August €1,850 minimum stay
September to April €1,850 €950 €950

 

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Out & About

 
Celebrated for two world-class golf courses, internationally renowned fishing, the world famous Kerry Way Walk, stunning scenery and fantastic sea food, the Ring of Kerry is the apotheosis of the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

photo Bernard Gagnon

 

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The Locality

 

Waterville is a busy village situated on Ballinskelligs Bay which is on the world renowned Ring of Kerry. There are two supermarkets, a chemist and other shops, petrol stations and several fine restaurants.

Wild Atlantic Way

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The village rose to prominence in the 1880’s when an American telecom company laid two undersea cables across the Atlantic connecting North America with Europe – all routed through this station in Waterville. The purpose was to break the then virtual monopoly of the existing line to Valentia Island and thus bring down the prices. To this end The Commercial Cable Company was formed in 1884 and its fine logo is visible on the outside of The Cable Station.

Siemens in Germany produced some 2,399 miles of cable for the job, and the town rapidly expanded to cater for an influx of some 300 techies and their families, building fine new homes along the Promenade – even eventually constructing a golf links.
The cable station in Waterville relayed its last message in 1962.

The connection, known as the Mackay – Bennett line after its owners, was laid and serviced by a specially designed ship of the same name, which famously happened to be working in the vicinity of the Titanic on that fateful night, and undertook the unenviable assignment of gathering up bodies adrift in the ocean after the disaster.

There is a permanent exhibition of Waterville’s place in the history of the Transatlantic Submarine Cable at the nearby Tech Amergin art centre. In the summer there are walking tours of the village taking in all the important landmarks.

Waterville 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. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the village during the month of August.

West of the village, there is a long strand adjacent to the golf links, which is bisected by the tidal estuary of the River Inny, excellent for blustery walks.
The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland’s truly great strands. It is 20 minute drive away around the headland with simply stunning views on the way. 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.

15th century Ross Castle is worth a visit if you plan to visit Killarney.

The towering World Heritage 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 Little Skellig alone.
The outcrop features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.


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.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and half hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and half hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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Drishane House

Drishane House

Drishane House

Stories Preserved for Posterity

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County Cork

Romantically situated on the edge of one of Ireland’s prettiest villages and overlooking Castlehaven bay. Winding down the Hydrangea lined avenue and many old Azeleas and specimen trees you arrive at the spacious Georgian family house full of history, Edith Somerville creations and stories.
With full days of adventure from the 2 private coves, in boats/kayaks or dingies, or just a relaxing time spent within the Drishane estate you will feel there is nothing more unique and Irish.

 

Grand Expectations in Lofty Rooms

Built around 1780 in classic Georgian style, Drishane House has been in the same family for nine generations.

Impressive double doors with fleur de lis strap hinges allow entrance to a baronial hall. And it’s newish – the front door was re-located here from the east wall in 1820.!
Original lancet panelling conceals a side door to the kitchen. Already the sense of history prevails. In one corner, there is a fine example of a masonic Worshipful Master’s chair – stories everywhere.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €6,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms (two ensuite)
    One twin room (ensuite).
    -in annex-
    One double bedroom w/ seperate bathroom
    One kids room  w/ensuite
  • Other Rooms
    Entrance Lobby
    Sitting room, Living/Dining room,
    Kitchen with breakfast area with Patio,
    Pantry, Utility room
    Guest bathroom with shower
  • Features
    Central Heating
    Built in fireplaces in all main rooms.

    Full-size Aga in Kitchen
    Double Fridge Freezer

  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player,
    WiFi internet
    Extensive Library
    Filtered drinking water
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly/Biweekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Special Rates for Public Holiday 
    -See ‘Rates’ Below- 

A sweeping stair case, dominated by a soaring, arched, multi-light window, occupies the centre of the house. Interconnecting double doors link through to the original entrance foyer, with its dramatic fan-lit glazed portal spilling out onto the east lawn.

The classical dining room is august and formal; dressed with gilded ancestral portraits hanging mutely on rich wine walls. Swags above the curtained windows date from 1820, and yes, there’s still a chamber pot hidden behind the shutters – lest a gentleman get caught short.

Across the foyer, the generous and sunny drawing room is well populated with furniture, loose cover armchairs, and a vintage baby grand piano. Someone conveniently added French doors to the southern lawn at the start of the last century.

Some rooms still bear their 1830s wallpaper, including the anteroom and its octagonal study, which is cosy in scale with a wood-burning stove and flat screen TV…

The modern kitchen has been fitted out in light oak and has a gas hob and a raised electric oven to compliment the traditional four oven Aga. There is a full height fridge and a matching freezer, and a utility room for laundry and pantry requirements. A tight little secret stairs runs up to the west wing bedrooms.

Adjacent to the kitchen, the spacious breakfast room opens onto the garden patio – excellent for long al fresco luncheons.