Drombeg, Beara, Co. Cork
Drombeg is simply one of the very best situated homes on the beautiful Beara peninnsula.
Set in its own private garden from its hill-top location Drombeg commands stunning 360 degree views taking in the Kenmare river, Caha and Kerry mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Two miles from the lovely village of Ardgroom (good shop and pub), Drombeg is on the Beara way, part of the magical Wild Atlantic Way.
A traditional Beara farm-house, Drombeg has recently been sensitively, brightly and professionally converted to offer modern, cosey accommodation for four. The home is a snug base from which to explore the fabulous and unspoilt beauty of Beara or to simply relax with a good book and glass of whatever-you-please to enjoy the peaceful location and magical views and to simply unwind.
The dining and living room can be entered via the small handy hall-way or directly from the east garden.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 4 guests
From €1,200 per week
One double bedroom
One twin bedroom
Family bathroom with shower
- Other Rooms
Kitchen, Dining Room
Wood Burning Stove
Gardens in East, West and North
Drombeg is centrally heated throughout supplemented by a simple to use and very effective Scandinavian wood-burning stove (Yotul). So sunny and bright on those fine days and snug and warm at other times.
The fully equipped, modern kitchen leads from the dining room and includes a delightful bright breakfast area.
A wonderful place coffee in hand to ease into the day while immersed in the views north over the sea to the Kerry mountains and east over Ardgroom harbour to the Caha mountains beyond.
The upstairs bedrooms are accessed by stairs leading from the living area.
The second bedroom (to the right) provides two single beds. Lit by sky lights the snug space is bright and airey with views over the fields and hedgerows towards Ardgroom and Glenbeg lake.
The bathroom on the landing between both bedrooms offers a power-shower supplied with lashings of hot water. As with the rest of the house the bathroom is airy and spotless.
Fully modernised Drombeg offers totally comfortable modern day living while freshly painted thick stone walls and traditional furnishing hark back to its proud, traditional Beara roots.
Enjoy the lovely paintings by local artists in Beara which can be further experienced in galleries in Kenmare and by following the Beara artists trail guide which will take you right to their studios
Given its wonderful position, the gardens of Drombeg surrounding the house offer sheltered sitting areas to the east, north and west.
The terrace provides views to the east over Ardgroom harbour and the Caha mountains and north across Kenmare Bay to the Kerry mountains. The terrace is equipped with comfortable outdoor seating and large table. A portable barbeque is provided. A perfect place to watch the sun set and the moon rise, or the sun rise and the moon set depending on how you have chosen to spend your days.
To the east a private garden provides a second secluded and sheltered area.
It also features beautiful traditional farm outbuildings that have recently been finely restored.
“A wonderful magic place-both this cottage and Beara. The view was incredible and our cow neighbours fun and friendly. Beara itself was beyond words: the beauty, not touristy, just a beautiful, haunting, spectacular world that we will always cherish and hopefully come back to.” (June 2019, John and Karen, Vermont, USA).
“To Sheila and Jo, Thank you. All expectations came true ! This cottage, this place, the surroundings, the mountains, the view, the sky, the clouds, the rain, the sun, the waterfalls, the ocean…It all came together and we loved it. (August 2019. Erik and Aline, Holland)”.
Well, what can we say that has not been said by the many who have already stayed here? We don’t want to leave…..ever…… ( July, 2017. Angela and Angus, Rotheram, UK).
The cottage became home, the second we stepped in. We enjoyed the peace and the tranquility- the bumble bees being the noisiest sound. And on our last night we watched the Milky Way and falling stars. We will carry all this back with us, especially the most beautiful views ever…… (August 2017, Vendulka and family, NYC, USA).
Drombeg Cottage is new to Unique Irish Homes Summer 2021.
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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 …
The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. The landscape has many Neolithic monuments with the village being marked by a stone circle.
For more serious shopping, working port town Castletown-Bearhaven is just 17 minutes by car.
Beara is a landscape of rolling grasslands and jagged hills, split centrally between Cork and Kerry. Kerry’s foodie hotspot Kenmare and Cork’s mountain valley retreat, Glengarriff are nearly equidistant from Drombeg Cottage, each about 40 minutes by car.
At the tip of the peninsula a spur off the loop road continues to Ballaghboy. From here you can catch Irelands only cable car for the ten minute ride to Dursey Island. The rickety car carries six passengers (or the equivalent in sheep) about 250m above infamous Dursey Sound, where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous.
photo – Nigel Cox
With magnificent views stretching from the Skelligs to Mizen Head, only a handful of inhabitants brave this wild and windy island. Dolphins, whales and innocent basking sharks are frequently seen in the surrounding seas.
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 Ardrgroom, 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.
photo – John Gibson
For a period during the 19th century copper mining was the major industry in the area, and much evidence still exists in the small town of Allihies where there is an interesting museum.
Castletownbere on the southern side of the peninsula is Irelands largest white fish port. The harbour is deep and is reputed to be one of the safest in the world. Sheltered by Bear Island, it has a long military history.
The tiny Garnish Island, just off the town of Glengarrif demonstrates this in a series of gardens flush with rhododendrons, azaleas and other surprising plants.
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: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport – approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Shannon Airport – approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 4.5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express – 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 2 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4.5 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4.5 hours from house