An Ancient Canvas where Time Stands Still
Caha, County Kerry
Bedded into the rocky northern slopes of the Beara peninsula and looking out on the Atlantic Ocean across the broad Kenmare estuary, Caha is a chic contemporary limestone cottage beautifully designed to maximise its stunning location.
The cool white minimalist interior spills seamless out into a terraced natural rock garden where the mountain and sea views work their charm. It’s time to explore yourself in this magical landscape.
Limestone and Light..
The expansive open interior of polished marble floors and white surfaces makes a striking contrast to the rustic limestone walls of the exterior.
Here reception rooms blend doorlessly together in a split level rambling arrangement where light and sound bounce around you.
The cool Scandinavian styling owes more to geometry than decoration. Details are key in such a Spartan design, and so we find elegant use of contemporary lighting, and polished granite fireplaces that are uniform and unassuming.
Furniture is restricted to essential elements, and well chosen pieces of leather and oak.
Warm, wide board floors in the drawing room balance the exposed pine rafter and ties above.
An impressive walnut and chrome staircase spirals invitingly towards the sky-lit mezzanine - a tranquil reading refuge.
Under-floor heating, and an integrated audio system keep services inconspicuous. Functional blinds supplant curtains above windows that everywhere frame picture postcard coastline views.
The stylish thoroughly modern kitchen has copious worktop space in quartzite to match the flooring, fitted cherry cabinets with integrated appliances, and a generous helping of those ubiquitous views.
A handful of broad steps lead off the main hallway to four ensuite double bedrooms on two levels, each with warm floor to ceiling tiled shower rooms.
All the bedrooms reflect the same restrained minimalist interior with no compromise on comfort.
French doors open from the living room onto a sunset patio, and from the main reception area onto a generous south facing sheltered courtyard, with low stone terraced beds of purple heather and built in benches of duck-egg blue.
There is something very special about this sculptured garden and the tufts of flamboyant yellow gorse that tumble their coconut fragrance down the slopes around this multi-gabled home.
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.
Pets – No, sorry!
Out and About
Isolated but not remote, the Beara Peninsula defies analysis.
The sea, the air the history, there’s so much to explore, and so many flavours to try
We just can’t list it all, so here are a few of our favourites...
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
We had a more than perfect holiday
All the times we have been to Ireland, Wales and Scotland we felt ready to go home after a week, but this was the first time that we all felt that we could stay for at least one more week.
In our opinion Beara is the nicest part of Ireland: beautiful scenery, very nice and tiny roads, not many people and impressing (loop)walks. In in our advantage was the weather, almost spring. Kenmare is great and also Gleninchaquin (almost in the backgarden) and Black Valley. We have been to Castletownbere but not even to the far end of Beare; that is for next time as is Allihies.
Your house is as perfect as Beara is. Laid out in beautiful, quite area with nice views; and (very) close to everything we wanted to do.
In our opinion the house is huge but also very cosy. We loved the open fires and the fact that all the bedrooms were close to the center. Very nice kitchen too with everything we needed. Good to have a lot of information available about the area. We had a lovely dinner at the bistro in Eyeries; we also had a meal in 35 in Kenmare; nice but rather expensive. And off course we had tea in the Park Hotel; great place to be and just watch other people.
The kids loved the quality of the WIFI; high quality for such an isolated area. Good idea to have Apple-TV; we used Spotify a lot for playing our music. That was sure more than enough for us but the only tip we have for you is making a link between Apple TV and the great audio-sound system in the house; we felt it as some kind of pity that such a soundsystem couldn’t be used by us because of lack of (our) CD’s.
So in a few words, your house is just great. All the feedback is positive; no critics at all.
Bart and family, Nederland, January 2017
We spent an amazing week at Caha ...
which is located in Collorus on the Beara Peninsula. It was a beautiful, secluded, restful location in an architecturally stunning home. Every convenience could be found in the home, including a fabulous, fully equipped kitchen which was essential to us, as we like to cook in as much as we like to explore the local fine dining scene. It has the advantage of being close but not too close to Kenmare, a village with a great bakery and at least two outstanding restaurants. From Caha, it was easy to explore the beautiful Beara Peninsula with day trips to the Eyeries, Healy Pass and beyond, or head east to Waterford or Wexford.
A must do for visitors is to purchase some fresh, local oysters! Shucking them is another story but we did manage to release those buttery morsels, eventually.
Many thanks to Elaine who guided us to the location of the house and made sure we felt welcome and knew the run of the place as well as the area. This is a hidden gem, and we will come back one day very soon.
Below are some photos, a screen saver opportunity everywhere we looked!
Anne Maree Healey , June 2018
We had an absolutely delightful time at “Caha" last month
The house was exactly as described and pictured on your website. The kitchen was well equipped, which was important as we tended to have most of our evening meals in. The beds were very comfortable and the bathrooms were super. The living areas were also very comfortable and there were some lovely spots to sit and relax with a good book.
The outside patio was nice and sheltered, but if there is one area I would comment on for improvement it would be the outside furniture. Not enough of it and what was there could use an upgrade. [ Thanks Mark, we'll sort that out...]
We felt well supported by Unique Irish Homes throughout with the helpful updates and info from Mary and especially having someone right there to help with the inevitable bits and pieces as one settles in was great. Thanks Elaine!
So all in all, I would say we were very happy with the experience. Now if you could just arrange for Teddy Sullivan’s to be magically transported across the bay, that would be perfect……………!
Mark Bowyer, July 2018
We spent 4 weeks this summer in this lovely house...
on Beara Peninsula and we would come back any time.
Not only that Caha is a spacious house, it offers every comfort that you might expect. The house is tastefully decorated and has every amenity to feel home.
It is situated in a beautiful and remote landscape with magnificent views over the sea. In clear nights, you can enjoy a starry sky which can hardly be seen elsewhere.
Although, it is a very quiet place, the next small shop or filling station is only a ten minutes drive away.
It is a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family.
Jacqueline and Stefan, September 2017
"We have just had a terrific week on the Beara peninsula...
Caha house was so comfortable with every mod con available for our use.
We were met by a most friendly Elaine who showed us around and told us about places of interest etc. She had left us a welcome pack very thoughtfully put together and the house was spotless.
We were blessed with gorgeous weather which meant we saw the stunning scenery at its very best. We would highly recommend Caha house to anyone looking for a special place to holiday".
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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.
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 - Caha 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.
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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.
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
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 Caha, 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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