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Secluded Shoreline Holiday Haven

Cove Lodge, County Kerry

Hidden like a fairytale secret at the edge of an ancient and enchanted woodland this modern rustic stone cottage blends gracefully into the banks of the Kenmare River.
Its rambling terraced garden, with patioed barbeque area and tranquil viewing points, tumbles down to the rocky waterfront.

living area

Where wood, stone and water harmonise

Cove Lodge is approached through four acres of indigenous oak trees and mature shrubs. Facing northwest, the house has commanding views out across the broad Kenmare estuary toward the soaring landscape of the Iveragh peninsula.

hall door stove

Inside, the living space is bisected by a broad chimney breast that serves two wood burning stoves back to back. To one side an arc of paned window treats you to a panoramic coastal vista.

desk brandy bottle terrace view

An epicurean Kitchen and dining area share the adjacent room. A large five ring cooker with twin ovens beckons to the serious chef while a six seater oak dining table and chairs wait expectantly in the bay window to the garden side.

Rates & Dates drawing room

To the other side, a snug drawing room opens out through French doors onto an expansive terrace that enjoys the evening sunshine, and is just perfect for a lobster barbeque and a tall glass of something white.

french doors dining room

Lloyd loom furniture lends an informal conservatory style to the space.


A large double bedroom together with ensuite bathroom at the eastern end of the house completes the ground floor tour.

master bedroom mirror

Two of these double bedrooms will also function as twin rooms - the King size beds can divide.

twin bedroom stag taps


The woodland setting embraces this homestead, with awesome seascape glimpses where ever you look.

pond and house

The informality of the gardens encourages exploration - a wander round the pond, or down across the stony terraced garden to the cove – perhaps resting a while on a bench.



Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children - The property is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
Pets – No, sorry!

bathroom bedroom

The two upstairs bedrooms share a shower room, and they both have velux roof windows.
From one, a pair of French doors opens onto a small Juliet balcony overlooking a sheltered and sunny fern garden.



The house is equipped with everything you would expect - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave, books, games, videos ..

It has its own fresh water well, and there is a bountiful supply of dry wood for the stoves. Of course there is also oil fired central heating.

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Harbour view

Out and About

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

bird on lake
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-


Our stay at Cove Lodge was, in a word, spectacular!

Everything about Simon and Jane and their wonderful property is worthy of every superlative I might find in the dictionary. I cannot think of a single thing we would have needed or wanted that wasn’t provided. It was our most wonderfully memorable holiday ever. Many thanks to you for the clear communication and seamless arrangements.
With much appreciation,

Susan Baker, July 2017

Cove Lodge is the most beautiful and well-equipped home we’ve ever rented (we are Americans who have lived in the south of France for the past twenty years). The views over the bay are stunning, from every room in the house. The kitchen cupboards were full; more than enough plates and glasses (so often in French rentals there are ugly little wine glasses, if any, so we take out own. Not necessary here). The kind owners were there to greet us, and left us food, including home-baked oatmeal cookies and wonderful Irish soda bread.
We fell in love with the Beara Peninsula; there’s so much to do and see that we didn’t leave the peninsula in the week. There’s shopping just down the road at the Ardgroom Post Office and Café; they even have a decent wine selection and organic food. And Ardgroom’s small restaurant, The Bistro, is fantastic. We went twice.
Thank you so much Unique Irish Homes and Simon and Jane!

Mary Abbott, France, July 2017

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Cove Lodge...

The house and grounds were lovely and comfortable. It is a magical location.
The house was thoughtfully stocked with everything we could have possibly needed, from local guide books and maps, to books and games for rainy days, to kitchen utensils and laundry soap. Simon and Jane gave us a very warm welcome and told us about many great local attractions. They had even baked cookies for us and set out tea.
We could not have been happier with our vacation at Cove Lodge. We will certainly recommend Cove Lodge and Unique Irish Homes to anyone we know who is planning a trip to Ireland.

Neel Keller - June 2017

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thank you so so much for the wonderful stay at Cove Lodge!

We had the best time! Everything was just perfect: from the booking process to departure. Simon and Jane were the perfect host and showed us everything we needed! The house was just like pictured and absolutely amazing! We would love to come back someday and recommend Cove Lodge and Unique Irish Homes to everyone who is looking for a beautiful and uncomplicated Irish experience!

Eric and Family, August 2017

About the Locality

The nearest town for basic requirements is Ardgroom just 3km away. Close to the village there is a picturesque stone circle, one of a plethora of megalithic monuments to be found in the region.

stone circle

For more serious shopping, gourmet restaurants, and an informal farmers market on Wednesdays, Kenmare is a delightful 30 minute drive back up the Bay.

The rugged Beara peninsular is shared by counties Cork and Kerry - Cove Lodge is balanced on the border. 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 offers a safer route.

Wild Atlantic Way

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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.

cable car 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.

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

copper mine 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.

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.
As a result, you will come across palm trees, luxuriant sub-tropical vegetation and exotic flowers growing in abundance.


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.

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 Cove Lodge, 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.


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.

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