Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Strand Cottage

Where the sea otters play

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County Cork

On the northern shores of Bantry Bay – the heart of West Cork – this recently modernised two-bedroom cottage preserves its heritage while allowing the outstanding beauty of the setting work its magic.

Wrapped in the enduring melodies of the sea breeze, the lapping waves, calls of sea birds and the reassuring whisper from the woodland behind, this is an idyllic spot to recharge and explore the remote Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Compact with character

Winding its way through ancient woodland, the driveway ends in a secluded south facing clearing just a few feet above the sea.

From here a weathered iron gate opens onto a gravel path that leads down to the cottage, where a set of French doors welcome you to an open plan kitchen and dining area.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room
    Kitchen / Dining room
    Utility room
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
  • Restrictions
  •    No Parties, Stag or Hen.
  • No smoking in the property
  • Children over 12 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The dining table seats up to six on a cushioned bench and chairs. It is bright with glorious views across the small, well-tended lawn to the sea and hills beyond.

The kitchen is painted in egg shell blue and soft white set off by solid wooden work surfaces, and affords the best in contemporary appliances and below-counter storage.

The Belfast sink, the brushed brass kitchen draw grabs and original door handles provide a link to the past and are a testament to the owner’s diligence in the recent renovation.

A four ringed electric cooker with oven is complemented by a Rayburn range with hot plates and oven. This oil-fired range provides the heating and hot water to the home.

A cosy sitting room with more of those stunning bay vistas adjoins to the dining room.

A sofa and two arm-chairs provide the comfort, and selection of books encourage a curl-up moment on those rare West Cork inclement days!

In addition to the oil-fired central heating, a wood burning stove is sited in the fireplace with an endless supply of fuel drawn from the surrounding woodland in a shed around the back.

 

Bedrooms

Both bedrooms are doubles and have south facing windows, and they each have free standing hand basins.

One bed has a novel system of elevation, devised to catch more of the views…

The bathroom is located towards the rear, and includes both a generous bath and modern power shower.

A fully equipped utility room located at the back of the cottage provides full laundry facilities, and an additional external lavatory is also to the rear.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric twin ovens with 4 ceramic rings
• Rayburn oil-fired range
• 2 Fridges
• Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Coffee percolator

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds

Other

• Selection of books
• WiFi: Strong signal available
• Good cell phone coverage

Outside

The cottage faces south with magnificent views across Bantry Bay to Whiddy Island and the Sheeps Head Peninsula beyond.

A stone terrace spans the front of the home alongside a fine lawn bordered by a low wall that defines the southern edge of the property.

To the side, an elevated slabbed patio has a fire pit and is a great barbeque area – charcoal barbecue and outdoor seating provided. 

The gravel path running past the cottage leads through the woods on to a shingle beach from which swimming is possible. This sheltered harbour was well used in the 1930s and some fine wooden rowing boats remain as memories of that age.

Provisional Booking Form

This home only lets by the week for the foreseeable future.
Important – Week long bookings run from Saturday to Saturday – arrival and departure times as above .

Christmas, New Year and Easter are high season rate.

Dates as follows:
23rd December to the 28th December 2022 -€2,100
New Year’s Eve from the 29th December to the 2nd January 2023. -€2,100

For other Public holidays, St.Patrick’s weekend,  – will also be at the High Season rates.

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 will be payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no issues.

 

  Per week
October to April €1,600
May to September – High Season. €2,100

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Out & About

 

Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis. The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore.

 

 

Mare’s Tail Waterfall

 


More about Bantry

We just can’t list it all, so here are a few of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The nearest supermarket is in Reendesert a few minutes drive away, but a trip to Bantry town will not disappoint – about 10 minutes – there are several large outlets to choose from.

Bantry has a rich history. 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.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Storms and general mismanagement doomed the Armada – an exhibition in Bantry House details more of this, plus the gardens are fantastic.

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

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 https://bearatourism.com/things-to-do/beara-way-walking-route  offers a safer route.

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. Here you can find palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.

The tiny Garnish Island, just off the buzzing village of Glengarrif, 15 minutes away, demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.

Further along, Castletownbere is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bere Island, itself with many ancient archaeological sites, the town has a long military history.

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.
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.

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 – and a simply stunning beach.

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 Strand Cottage, 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.

Healey Pass

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.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – under four hours from the cottage
Cork Airport – approx 1 and 1/4 hours from cottage
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and 3/4 hours from cottage

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just under four hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also just under four hours from the cottage

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Bell House

Bell House

Bell House

Ring out the old, ring in the new

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County Carlow

The Bell House has been fashioned from the some of the beautifully restored, cut-granite buildings that encompass the courtyard of Lumcloone House. It’s original 19th century architecture informs a rambling, delightful and idiosyncratic home.

Just over an hour from Dublin and only half from Kilkenny, this idyllic home makes a romantic rural escape in Ireland’s Ancient East.

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Casual and Curious

The entrance lobby forms a central link of the house.

The main living spaces span one side of an L shaped arrangement, with the informal dining room occupying the central elbow.

Here beneath a lofty pitched ceiling, an archway of French doors open from the gable-end onto a south-facing gravelled terrace; brilliant for al fresco meals.

dining room table

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,280 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    1 with kitchenette & large balcony
    Bathroom with shower
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    KItchen
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Wood burning stove, large garden
    Large furnished patio
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
  • Small Dog Friendly – please ask
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terrace
kitchen

A chequer-board of stone tiles announce a well-appointed and stylish kitchen annexed onto the opposing end of the dining room.

the kitchen
Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Neff electric oven with 4 ring hob
• Tall fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two King-size convertible Zip & Link
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet throughout
• Flat-screen TV
• Pelaton spin exercise bike

Other

• Selection of books
• Boardgames
• Gas Central heating
• Charnwood Woodburning Stove
• Firepit & logs
• BBQ

Stepping down behind the kitchen, is a bright and spacious sitting room.

sitting room

Delightful features of this room include the recessed Charnwood stove – seasoned wood supplied – and deep-set windows overlooking the beautiful cut granite courtyard of the main house.

sitting room stairs

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stairway

window detail

bedroom stairs

Directly above, and accessed by a sensual sweep of cantilevered stone stairs, is one of two generous double bedrooms. It’s coved ceiling, and quirky little floor-level windows augment the romance.

double bedroom

double bed

This bedroom has a generous and chic ensuite bathroom, which boasts both a glass shower booth and bath.

bathroom ensuite

The second beautiful double bedroom is also in the attic, at the far end of the home, and includes a small study area on the landing as you enter.

A modest kitchenette has been included in the coving making the room semi-autonomous.

 

second double bedroom

The headliner here though is that this bedroom accesses a large and private decked balcony, with views of the wonderful Carlow countryside across the walled garden.

bedroom balcony

The bedroom is served by a bathroom with dual-head shower off the corridor below.

Here too is a utility room, full of everything you will need.

Outside

The main house and associated buildings are listed and are part of an ongoing restoration project by the owners, with some restricted access.

The property consists of 12 acres with broad views of the Blackstairs and Wicklow mountains – Mount Leinster in the distance – which include an expansive walled garden, currently set as pasture for rescue goats.

Amateur ornithologists will appreciate the mesmerizing starling murmurations in early Spring, abundance of seasonal swallows, and the rookery. Binoculars supplied.

The Bell House is approached via its own treelined driveway that snakes through a small woodland, and has its own private driveway, parking, and a magnificent sheltered patio area with cushy furniture and a firepit.

garden patio

Built in or around 1824 The Bell House originally accommodated the butler and housekeeper and subsequently housed the captain of a group of British Constabulary officers during the Irish Civil War.

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

Holidays’ Dates for 2022 are priced as following.
Easter Week 14th-  19th April 2022 – €1,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2022 – €1,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €1,500
New Years’  30th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  -€1,500

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.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
October to May €1,280 €700 €700
June to September €1,500 Not Available Not Available

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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.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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 – small dogs only – please check with us.

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Out & About

 

Try one of the numerous local Festivals:

Meandering rivers, rolling hills and medieval discoveries are the backdrop to this fascinating County with so much to do we just can’t list everything, so here are a few of our favourites:

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is just a couple of minutes from the pretty village of Fenagh, with its garage, grocery shop, off licence, two very friendly pubs and a post office; but you will need to go the 20 minutes by car to Carlow town for a broader spectrum of goods.

Fenagh is on the 75 km Mount Leinster Heritage Drive which passes through the beautiful countryside of south Carlow. Notable features in the landscape Mount Leinster – it’s highest peak at 796 metres.

Mount Leinster photo by Kevin Higgins

Carlow town was the country’s capital in the 1300’s but it’s probably best known as home of the nation’s 4th most popular Institute of Technology.

Just east of Carlow Town, Browne’s Hill Dolmen is regarded by many as one of the foremost prehistoric monuments in Ireland. Its burial chamber roof is certainly one of the heaviest in Europe at about 100 tons.

Carlow Castle is a popular 13th century attraction. An attempt by a doctor in the 1800’s to convert the stone castle into an insane asylum destroyed most of the castle, however the two remaining towers demonstrate what an impressive construction it had been.

You may also be interested in a visit to the romantic ruin of Duckett’s Grove

Duckett's Grove

Visual Arts Carlow is a stunning building in the heart of Carlow Town and home of Visual Centre for contemporary art, Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for contemporary art.
George Bernard Shaw Theatre – part of the Visual Arts complex, a 320-seat theatre with a packed programme of drama, film, dance, music and comedy.

O’haras is the local beer; brewed in Bagenalstown, well worth a try.

As mentioned elsewhere, the region is spoiled for fine golf courses, and If you enjoy a spot of leisurely fly fishing, Rathcon Lake is well stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is designed so that 90% of the water is coverable from the bank. Rods and tackle are available for hire.

The River Barrow which flows through Carlow town, is the second-longest river in Ireland providing an inland link between the port of Waterford and the Grand Canal, which in turn connects Dublin to the River Shannon.


A walking trail known as The Barrow Way which follows the original towpath of the river for 114 kilometres, and would take approximately 4 days to cover on foot, though cycling is permitted. It is one of Ireland’s most scenic long-distance trails but remains largely undiscovered.

The vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a short drive, with its fine cathedral, and thirteenth-century Castle, which was principal residence of the Butler family for over 600 years, and well-known design and craft heritage. The city is renowned as an arts and crafts centre and is well served by restaurants and festivals.

Kilkenny Cathedral

Kilkenny Cathedral

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from the house.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 15 mins hours from the house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about an hour and 15 mins from the house.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is also about an hour and 15 mins away.

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Off the N80 Carlow/Wexford road and 10 minutes’ drive from the M9
Bagenalstown train station is 15 minutes away and trains take 1 hour to Dublin.

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terrace
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Lis na Carrig

Lis na Carrig

Lis na Carrig

Abundant Unexpected Indulgence

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County Dublin

An exceptional Victorian mansion hiding within an immaculate five-acre garden, in the exclusive leafy Dublin suburb of Foxrock.
Expanded to include a gym and home cinema, each room in this irregular heritage house offers stunning glimpses of the ubiquitous gardens.
Just perfect for corporate or family gatherings, 25 minutes from the city centre.

 

Classic and Playful

From the wisteria clad exterior, a Georgian arched double-door entrance leads through a small lobby to a cosy raised-panel reception, with an open fire and an antique grand piano welcome.

This original section of the house contains the more formal rooms, featuring elaborate pelmet-ed drapes over generous sash windows, period furniture, and quintessential black and white marble fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 12 guests
    From €14,000 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Six double bedrooms – 5 ensuite
    +1 private bathroom
  • Reception Rooms
    Entrance Reception, Drawing room, Dining room
    Sitting room, Sunroom
  • Entertainment
    Snooker room & Bar, Cinema
    Gym & Steam room
    Children’s Entertainment room
  • Other Rooms
    Family Kitchen & Breakfast room
    Pantry, Cool room, Guest cloakroom
    Laundry room, Utility room
    Two private offices, Three Garages
  • Features
    Open Fire places, Grand Piano
    Putting Green & Walled Garden
    4 acres of formal gardens
    Patios & Balconies
  • Contempo
    Multiple Flat screen TVs, Hi speed WiFi internet
    integrated sound system
    24-hour security monitoring
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Special Events: 3 nights minimum
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The elegant dining table can seat up to sixteen people, in a room featuring twin chandeliers, extravagantly ornate moulded plasterwork, and an indulgent gilded mirror.

The demure bay window table to one end is a particular delight.

 

A few steps lower in a more recent enlargement of the house, is the spacious family kitchen and double-height breakfast room, with a span of windows overlooking the front gardens.

Comprehensively equipped for the gourmet chef, what you can’t find here will be in the adjoining cool-room or pantry.

Stained glass pocket doors off the breakfast room reveal a substantial family sitting room, defined by a crescent screen of windows opening onto a sheltered patio at the end. A large TV, a large sofa, and an open gas fire…

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 2x Electric ovens
• 4x hob Induction & 2x gas rings
• 2x Fridge-freezer
• 2x Dishwashers
• 2x Microwave
• Toaster
• Coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machines & Dryers
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Four King-size and
• Two King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Hi speed Wi-Fi Internet, inc. garden
• Sky TV in family room, playroom and Cinema
• 3 bedrooms with smart TVs
• Snooker table and bar
• Home Cinema
• Children’s toys, books, games
• 24-hour security monitoring

Other

• Housekeeping provided
• Steam room
• Gym (4 machines)
• Putting green
• Gas BBQ
• Garden furniture
• Access to Aventine Wellness Gardens

Extending to the rear, a magnificent two storey sunroom opens out onto an herbaceous garden and all-weather putting green.

Airy, bright and luxurious, it features an exquisite open stairway with a glamourous wrought iron balustrade.

Entertainment

Overlooking the sunroom is the snooker room, complete with a bar tucked away in one corner – another stunning surprise, in a home that is packed with fun.

The neighbouring room, is a gymnasium, furnished with four machines and lots of mirrors.

For your convenience, there is a shower room with steam room to one side.

You may also want to avail of the impressive home cinema, which is on the ground floor at the extreme end of the modern wing.

Ultra-comfortable Sky viewing etc. on the big screen with surround sound!

Bedrooms

There are six diverse double bedrooms available, each with their own bathrooms.

The sublime master bedroom is on the top floor of the original house; it is paneled and floored in natural warm wood, with complementary fitted wardrobes, and has large dual aspect windows.

The generous bathroom is equally perfect with enclosed toilet, bath and shower.

The sleigh bed bedroom is at the top of the house, has a small dressing room which opens onto its own balcony.

The chic grey bedroom comes with a classy matching ensuite.

This sophisticated bedroom has a large TV and a desk for that bit of catching up…

There are two more bedrooms, across a short link beyond the snooker room.

Both with balconies overlooking the walled garden, and with zip and link beds which can be set up as twins instead of doubles.

 

Additional rooms

For business clients, who require a private office, there are two available on the ground floor – one with a patio in the walled garden.

A function room adjacent to the offices and cinema, is frequently used as a games room for kids, but serves equally well for hosting small events or celebrations.

Outside

The five acres of garden is a simply stunning blend of whimsical and formal, with some market garden thrown in. There is a mature pond, a woodland walk, delightful sculptures, beehives, and even a treehouse.

Within the manicured walled garden at the rear there are several seating areas to enjoy barbecues or just chill.

If you need to catch up on your golf, you will enjoy the landscaped all-weather putting green complete with sand bunker.

The owners have a particular interest in the healing qualities of nature and are currently initiating the Aventine Wellness Gardens at the rear of the estate, which will be available to guests.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

For special Celebrations or Corporate Events, the minimum stay is 3 nights. Please apply for rates.

Christmas 23rd December to the 28th December 2022 – €20,000.

New Year 30th December 2022 to the 3rd January 2023 – €20,000.

A refundable breakages deposit of €1000 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Housekeeping can be provided.  Please inquire if it is needed.

  Per week
October to May €14,000
June to September €20,000

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Out & About

 

Without getting into the whole Dublin experience, here are a few of our favourites…

Useful stuff

Access to Aventine Wellness gardens (yoga, wellness walks, horticultural workshops).

and some other useful contacts…

 

The Locality

 

 

The house is located a seven-minute walk from Foxrock Village, an affluent leafy garden suburb of Dublin that was devised in the 1860s offering ‘the fine air of a district midway between the mountains and the sea’.

Immediately to the South lie the Dublin mountains, which continue on through County Wicklow.

During the civil war Lis na Carrig was raided by anti-treaty forces. It is reported that Michael Collins visited the house just days before his assassination in Co. Cork.

The area is notable for Leopardstown Racecourse, which is more than 130 years old and is the only remaining horse-track in the greater metropolitan area. The are several golf clubs nearby – the Foxrock one dates from the same period.

Sam Beckett

Samuel Beckett, writer, was born locally in 1906, and the singer Joe Dolan, lived here until his death in 2007.

Getting around

Cycling is an option, but it will be convenient to bring a car as it is quite a walk to the nearest public transport or indeed grocery outlets.

Dublin’s M50 orbital motorway passes nearby, which is very convenient for quick access to points North and West of the City.

Carrickmines Green line Luas station tram is about a 20-minute walk away, but it also has a free Park ‘n Ride car park. Trams leave every 10 minutes or so and take about half an hour to St. Stephen’s Green in central Dublin. This can be a convenient way to go, as the line passes the retail units of Dundrum Town Centre, and eliminates parking problems.

Shopping

Fruit and vegetables are available from Thomas’s in the village, just along from the butcher. There is a comprehensive shopping mall at Carrickmines Park which is only about 5 minutes by car, but for most groceries, Dunnes Stores at Cornelscourt is the best bet, 5 minutes in the opposite direction.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – is half an hour from the house
Belfast Airport – about 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – about 2 and half hours from house.

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

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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
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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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Ballymacooda

Ballymacooda

Ballymacooda

Natural Beauty and Memories Remade

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County Clare

This lovingly restored and extended rural cottage in an enchanting location has been rescued and transformed into an exquisite lakeside hideaway.
The home is exclusively private, amid some 30 acres of countryside, with an abundance of windows and clever construction configured to embrace the landscape.

Less than half an hour from the rugged Clare coastline and adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way, you are in Ireland’s Traditional music heartland.

 

An architectural junction

From the paved patio, a generously glazed entrance hall, brilliantly connects the original cottage with a crisp contemporary extension set at an obtuse angle.

From the main living area, it is clear why these additional rooms are askew – the sensational view. Full height windows perfectly capture the isolated lake and forested landscape.

A sliding glass door opens back onto the entrance patio, making it a special spot for sunset socialising.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 6 guests
    From €2,400 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan living
    Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
    with walk-in larder
    Entrance Hall, Utility room
  • Features
    Recessed fire place
    Underfloor heating
    Lakeside jetty
    Sheltered courtyard
  • Contempo
    Smart TV, Excellent WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
    Electric curtains & Blinds
  • 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 kitchen and dining area occupy the other end, pastel soft and unobtrusive, with stylishly upholstered dining chairs, and a walk-in larder cached behind the tall cupboards. The countertop lighting can be switched between cool and warm.

Throughout the extension, the luxury vinyl tile flooring runs askew retaining the alignment of the original cottage, and the curtains and concealed blinds are electrically operated.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electrolux twin ovens
• 5 ring ceramic hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster

Utility Appliances

• Bosch Washing machine
• Bosch Spin-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Three King-size beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• Contemporary recessed electric fire
• Underfloor heating
• Electric curtains
• Electric blinds in sitting room

Other

• Use of lake and jetty
• Use of rowing boat (Life vests essential)
• Sheltered yard area

Bedrooms

Under the mono-pitch roof, with stairs leading from the entrance hall, the restrained master bedroom enjoys the same pervasive lake view.

Built in sliding wardrobes and a snug ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and dazzling skylight, span the opposite wall.

In the cottage wing…

A classic three-quarter paneled corridor in the completely refurbished old stone cottage, leads to two double bedrooms, both furnished in gleaming white, and sharing a family bathroom.

The bathroom is paneled as the hallway, and has a wonderful free-standing double-ended bath to compliment the twin head walk in shower.

The utility room with laundry facilities, is also off this hallway.

Outside

The cottage is about as private as you can get, at the end of a few kilometres of winding unpaved road, sitting on an acre, with 30 acres of surrounding land and woodlands to wander.

 

The jetty is great to fish off, and there is a small boat down at the lake, remembering it is extremely important to follow safety procedures around water.

 

There is a paved courtyard to the rear, which can be a sunny spot to sit on windy days; plans are underway to refurbish another of the original buildings as a self-contained annex to the house at a future date

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 payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per week Weekend Mid-week
September to May €2,400 €1,200 €1,200
June to August €2,400 Not Available Not Available

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Reviews

 

We had a lovely time…

….,please pass our thanks again to Louise. From the stunning house to the welcome gifts, from the access to lake and farm as well as the sights of Clare, it was a great break. We will definitely be back..

Dermot C, July 2022

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Out & About

 

Castles, caves and cliffs, not to mention the Atlantic Ocean, surfing, and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.

Inis Mor – Aran Islands

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

Ballymacooda is only about 10 minutes South West of Ennis by car. A vibrant medieval town, it is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County, and is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), amongst others. Its narrow streets have much to recommend it.

It is often regarded as the home of Irish Traditional music:

“As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it’s one of the best reasons to stay here”

Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012)

The nearest beach is 30 minutes away at Spanish Point; so named after the execution of shipwrecked sailors who landed there from the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Lahinch beach

The other is the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.

About 15 minutes on from Lahinch, the rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking. It is also possible to take a sea cruise below them, weather permitting!

Just North of the cliffs is the remarkable Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.

The Burren

The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way at the start of the Burren, is a hotbed of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.

Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one. The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle.
Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.

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There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.

County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…

 

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Shannon, Dublin or Cork airports.
Shannon Airport – about 30 mins from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx. two and a half an hours from the house.
Cork Airport – Just over two hours from the house.

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

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