House | 15 bedrooms | sleeps 26
Westcove Lettings consists of; Westcove House, The Stables and Garden Cottage – three wonderful and unique period properties, full of character set in the same grounds overlooking the beautiful Kenmare estuary in Co. Kerry. Georgian Westcove House comfortably sleeps 10 while the converted stables and wonderfully restored Garden Cottage sleep 11 and 5 respectfully. Together all three properties are ideal for reunions, get-togethers and celebrations of special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries and any other type of 'gathering' you may be planning. The elegant dining room in Westcove House, overlooking the waters of Castlecove harbour, comfortably seats 18 (maximum 26) and various delicious catering options can be provided. (Contact owner for details) Live music/dancing can be arranged for guests in our games room which adjoins The Stables but is also accessible from the outside.
Our games room is also ideal for holding talks, classes, activities and demonstrations for a wide variety of interest groups. Art groups delight in our north-facing studio, while walking groups can revive weary muscles in our sauna after a day's rambling. Golf courses in our area are among the best in the world and within an hours drive you will find several top class facilities making Westcove also an ideal base for golfers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 26, 15 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Derrynane 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry 60 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||15 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, 4 En suites and 4 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (18), Double beds (4), Cots (3), Dining seats for 25, Lounge seats for 26|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors|
All three houses have their own terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. The large south-facing stone-clad terrace in front of the House with its built-in stone BBQ, and magnificent views over the estuary and mountains beyond, can accommodate guests from all three properties. To the south of the Stables is a large rough lawn, a perfect spot for children to play and there is a swing set for younger ones (This area is also suitable for a marquee or as a helipad!). Westcove Harbour with a small private jetty is 60 metres walk, down through a field full of decorative Soay sheep - all part of the property - an ideal spot for catching crabs! A rowing boat is also available at guest's own risk...life-jackets provided.
The County Kerry region
In Kerry, known as 'the Kingdom',sandy bays alternate with cliffs & rocky headlands jutting into the wild Atlantic, while inland there are serene lakes, glens & river valleys carved during the ice-age.The scenery is constantly changing as cloud shadows move with the wind across the dramatic landscape. The colours are amazing! Patchworks of green/brown boglands dotted with purple heather& dancing white bog cotton,roads flanked with fuschia clad hedgerows...then in winter deep purple mountains blend into rust/copper & even more dramatic skies & seas.
At any time of year,Westcove is an ideal base from which to explore.Travel the 'Ring of Kerry'inland to the town of Killarney with its magnificent lakes,parkland,lively restaurants,bars and shops. Each town/village you pass through will have its own 'festival' at some stage during the summer – such as Waterville's Charlie Chaplin festival, Cahersiveen's Celtic festival & Killorglin's Puck Fair (where a goat is crowned king for 3 days!).
Travel north to Kerry's Gaelic speaking Dingle peninsula & see its most famous resident, Funghi,a wild bottlenosed dolphin who has made the bay his home. Travel east to Kenmare - a shopper's paradise with a brilliant market on Wednesdays ... then south over spectacular mountain passes to Bantry Bay. A botanist's dream, the Kerry& West Cork area is dotted with wonderful tropical gardens, especially beautiful in May & June.
A boat trip to Skellig Islands,a UNESCO World Heritage site is a must! Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 218m above sea level and on the summit of this awe-inspiring rock is you will find perfectly preserved beehive huts, part of a 6th century monastic settlement. On the spectacular Small Skelligs 23,000 pairs of gannet nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.
Kerry is a walker's paradise from gentle strolls along lovely sandy beaches to more serious hikes over craggy hills. In the Castlecove area,the famous 'Kerry Way' walk takes you along the ridge of hills from Waterville to Kenmare & is well signed, but still wonderfully unspoiled.
For the more adventurous,the clean Atlantic waters and miles of beaches are perfect for all kinds of water-sports such as surfing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and diving. Numerous water-sport centres offer activities for all levels & activities - most run summer camps during the summer months - the one in Derrynane is nearest to you.
Horseriding and ponytrekking is available nearby in Caherdaniel while golfers will enjoy the challenge of the 5 excellent and varied golf courses within a 45 min. drive of Westcove.
If fishing is more your thing,the warm Atlantic drift ensures a variety of species (over 50) & pollution free waters make for rich fishing grounds. Salmon, trout and sea angling are all available locally.
During the winter, challenging shooting over the wild stretches of bogland for woodcock and snipe can be arranged. Irish gun licences must be obtained in advance.
Wherever you are in Kerry you will find excellent and varied restaurants offering delicious seafood & quality local produce. The convivial atmosphere of the Irish pub is legendary & many serve great value home-cooked food. The whole family can be assured of a very warm welcome.Kerry people are known for their wit & stories... you will be drawn into conversation with the locals so enjoy making new friends the 'craic' (fun) & stories. Don't forget to catch a live music session some evening!
There is plenty to see and do in and around Caherdaniel. Visit DERRYNANE HOUSE & NATIONAL PARK, ancestral home of one of Ireland's leading historical figures, Daniel O' Connell known as 'The Liberator'. A 19th century politician, Daniel championed the cause of the Irish in the British parliament and succeeded in achieving Catholic Emancipation, his house and grounds' have been preserved and are open to the public in the summer. The house is surrounded by spectacular sub-tropical gardens & the lovely tea-rooms have an irresistible selection of home-made cakes. Don't forget to pick up a map of the 'FAIRY TRAIL' and see how many 'fairy houses' you can discover in the gardens!
In Caherdaniel stop for a Guinness at Freddy's – a well known local pub which has been there forever, or go to The Blind Piper – a younger atmosphere and excellent food. In summer, there's a bustling indoor & outdoor market in the Community Centre between 10 and 12.30 on Friday mornings with lots of local produce and crafts. There is also an excellent food market on Sundays.
The largest & finest & arguably the best example of a pre-Christian ring fort in Ireland, Staigue Fort is less than 15 mins drive away. It is worth a visit, especially on a clear day, when the views out over the Atlantic are breathtaking. Even older than is is the Tetrapod track on Valentia...of international importance, this series of footprnts of a tetrapod is the first fossil record of an amphibian animal in the world.
Of course there are numerous lanes to wander and cycle along or take in the sea air on the beautiful beaches and dunes of Derrynane. There are also a couple of excellent, slightly more challenging walks you can try, starting from Westcove itself.
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7 Jan 2013
"Perfect Birthday Celebration Location"
We rented Westcove for the perfect October weekend to celebrate my 40th birthday. The house is ideal for a large group (22) with great rooms, comfort and a fantastic bar area. The location is ideal for walks or drives and very near Caherdaniel if you fancy some good craic at the local. We availed of the catering which was super and all beverages were easily arranged in advance so they were waiting for our arrival which was great as we live in Hong Kong. We also booked Pat and Wally to play and they helped top off a wonderful weekend. I've never completed an online review before but we had such a perfect time I'm delighted to recommend Westcove Lettings.
5 Oct 2011
"A perfect taste of Ireland"
We had the pleasure of renting three homes at Westcove this past summer.We were so pleased with all of them! The views from the main home were breathtaking and the location was perfect. The staff were so delightful and most helpful with anything we needed during our two week stay.
15 Aug 2011
"Another lovely holiday in the wonderful Westcove"
This was our fourth visit to Westcove and it didn't disappoint. We enjoyed the flexibility of Katherine's meals, which allowed everybody to eat together (we were a party of 21 in all) - certainly something that would have posed problems had we chosen to dine out. The tranquility of the area and magical views - especially with the moon on the water at night - the fantastic Derrynane beach, the comfort of the houses and the service Katherine and her team provides is what brings us back. We have converted our friends to the magic of the area! Try the horseriding on the beach and the motorboat rib trips.
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