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Excellent 5/5 Score from 11 reviews

Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms

Bungalow | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Irish Tourist Board approved 4* accommodation situated adjacent to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Fully equipped and furnished to a high standard Gorteen has sea views from 4 rooms.

Families with small children find it particularly attractive that its fully equipped kitchen cum dining area is connected to the sitting room by an arch style opening as it enables them to have a view of the children at all times.

Safe sandy beaches within minutes.

The picturesque village of Caherdaniel with its charming pubs, ' Freddies' there since time began and 'The Blind Piper' which offers excellent food, traditional music and has a children's outside play area is a 20 minute walk.

Wheelchair users please note the following features about Gorteen.

• Access: Gorteen which is in an elevated location, is accessed from the main road up a steep hill and a wheelchair user would need a car to leave the property surrounds.The setting down point for vehicles at the front door has a dropped kerb and there are no steps in the property. Corridors and doors conform to the required width for easy passage..

Therefore it is suitable for exiting a car outside the front door unaided,entering through the front door and also for manouvering within,i.e. rooms, kitchen, toilet etc.

• Bedrooms: All rooms including bedrooms are on the ground floor and are laid out in a way that is suitable for a wheelchair user and all main sockets, light switches, door handles are within reach of a seated position.

• Bathrooms: The ensuite bathroom has a wheel-in (level access) entry to the shower . There is a fold-down shower seat. Taps and grab rails are accessible from a seated position. There is enough space to transfer from chair to toilet safely with appropriate handrails.

• Kitchen facilities: The kitchen has lowered worktops, sink and hob. Oven, microwave and fridge are at an accessible height.

Josephine the owner will only be too happy to answer any question you have or to supply you with more images.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Glanbeg 250 m
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Kerry 77 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 64 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Sitting room with open log fire

Utility room with full laundry facilities.

Gorteen has 3 bedrooms sleeping 6 people, 1double room with en suite shower, 2 twin,

Fully equipped kitchen cum dining with arch type opening to sitting room.

Further details outdoors

Ample safe parking.

Further details

Electricity and oil used for heating are an extra charge and are meter read at the end of the stay.

The County Kerry region

County Kerry also known as The Kingdom is the closest thing to 'Heaven on Earth'. Helped by a temperate climate, even the Winters are mild, it is a striking panorama of rugged coastline, mountainous landscapes including Ireland's highest mountain range ' The Magillicuddy Reeks', sandy beaches,fauna and sub-tropical flora.

It has all the necessary elements for a wonderful and memorable holiday experience. It is rich in archaeological treasures and boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a number of National Parks.

It is a haven for giving children 'some close to nature experiences', writers,artists,musicians, botanists, watersport enthusiasts,walkers, anglers, golfers, cyclists.

It's people are genuinely warm, friendly and hospitable.


Gorteen is situated in the Skellig Region, an area of stunning views,diverse landscapes, rugged coastline, rolling hills and golden beaches. The area is renowned for its heritage sites the most noted being the Skellig Rocks UNESCO World Heritage Site,the larger island Skellig Michael is the world's finest example of an early Christian monastic settlement dating back to the 6th or 7th century, the smaller island Little Skellig is home to thousands of Gannets, Puffins, Guillemats and Cormorants.There are a number of locally licensed boats operating trips to the rocks. Other sites worth visiting is Staigue Fort an example of an ancient stone fort near Castlecove, Ogham stones or early christian settlements dotted around the region.

At Valentia the 365 million year old footprints of a tetrapod can be seen.

Derrynane House and National Park, 3Kms from Gorteen,once home of the great parliamentarian and barrister Daniel O'Connell, now a museum set in magnificent gardens is ideal for children and adults to explore. You can finish off with a cup of coffee, lunch or snack in the tea rooms attached to the house which offer a fantastic selection of home cooked food.

Other local activities:


Children and adults alike can enjoy a variety of sandy beaches and safe swimming in clean clear waters all within easy reach of Gorteen.



Derrynane Seasports at Derrynane Harbour offers Canoeing, Windsurfing, Watersking, Dingy Sailing.

Seafari Kenmare:


Sea Angling can be enjoyed from the headlands, cliffs and sheltered bays in the area.

For Game Angling Lough Currane near Waterville is one of Irelands great game fishing loughs and is famous for its spring salmon and large sea trout.


The regions clean, uncrowded and temperate waters containing rich marine life has many sites suitable for experienced and beginner divers.

Around the Skellig rocks are two sites rated among the Top 20 Classic Dive Sites in the World which feature the wreck of a decommissioned naval ship. Water temperatures range from about 10degrees C in Spring to 16degrees C in early Autumn.


Whatever your level of fitness you will find a walk to suit you in this region. A network of trails have been developed the best know being the The Kerry Way made up of paths, green roads and along surfaced roads.In addition to these trails there are guided walks provided by guides and activity centres in the area as well as a number of walking festivals throughout the year. Maps and guide books are available from the local Tourist Offices.

Alternatively enjoy a stroll or brisk walk on Derrynane beach and Sand dunes.

In short the area is a walkers paradise no matter what time of year.

Horseriding and pony treking is available at Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre in Caherdaniel 2Kms.


The visitors view of Ireland is very often encaptured in the Ring of Kerry, adjacent to Gorteen and its hidden gem the Skellig Ring, where the drive over St. Finians Bay is particularly spectacular, with their dramatic coastlines, spectacular scenery, colourful towns and villages and ancient heritage sights. Similarly the Rings of Beara and Dingle.

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Review 1-10 of 11

8 Jul 2014


"Home from home"

Arrived to find keys in front door, ( obviously no crime here). and what a view.... situated on an elevated position overlooking the ocean and close to several beaches, places to eat and drink or just… More

Your review of Gorteen is much appreciated, thank you. The details you gave of the surrounding area, will I am sure, be most helpful to future quests. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to meeting you again.
Josephine & O'Neill Family.

9 Jan 2014


"Perfect location, stunning view and loads to do and see"

I was very impressed with the value I got for my money: the house is overlooking the sea from almost every room, it is well-equipped and, all in all, just ideal for the perfect getaway! There are at … More

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of Gorteen. We are delighted that you found both it,its location and the whole South Kerry area has much to offer and made your stay such an enjoyable experience. My apologies about the access road,the heavy rain in recent times has made maintaining it a challenge. Meanwhile I have already taken steps to have improvement works carried out on it. Thank you for booking a return visit and we look forward to meeting you again in May.
Josephine and the O'Neill Family

7 Nov 2013


"Large cottage with beautiful views"

Great cottage for a quiet and relaxed holiday. The views are fabulous and the picnic table is a great extra. Property has large bedrooms. The walks in the area are excellent.

Your review of Gorteen is really appreciated,thank you. We are pleased that you found it had much to offer that made your holiday a relaxing and enjoyable experience. As we know this was not your first visit,we look forward very much to meeting you again.
Josephine and the O'Neill Family

9 May 2013


"Excellent cosy house with great views"

Great cosy house! Amazing sea views.
House is fully equipped and has everything family needs.
Close to beautiful beach and Derrynane house. Great location for walks.
If with kids, visit Fairy land (on the grounds of Derrynane mansion)
Thanks for a homemade bread.

I would definetely recommend this house to friends and family (actually did already)

Thank you for leaving a review about your recent stay at Gorteen. We are pleased to know that you all had a great time there and that you found so much in the area to enjoy.Your recommendation is much appreciated.

11 Aug 2012


"A comfortable and spacious property, with a lovely outlook"

The property is well-situated for some of the best scenery of the Ring of Kerry and there's a great view from the front of the house. It has a comfortable lounge and walk-through to a kitchen diner. The bedrooms are spacious and nicely furnished. There's a separate utility room. The showers worked, but were disappointing and could benefit from upgrading. Keep some euros handy for when you leave to cover the charge for electricity and oil (for the central heating). The key pick-up arrangement was easy and we had a 'welcome visit' from the owner soon after we arrived to make sure all was ok and to give us some tips on the local area. Overall, a comfortable relaxing week.

8 Aug 2012


"Great house and location from heaven"

A really great house to rent and plenty of space.The dog had plenty of room and made himself feel at home.It was so lovely with a real fire place and one night when we had rain it was lovely to look o… More

18 Jul 2012


"Nice views and great location on the Ring of Kerry"

My favourite thing about this house was its location. It's up off the main road. We felt like we were fairly secluded. There are very nice views of the bay. (Though you can't see the whole b… More

2 Sep 2011


"Lovely property in fantastic location."

We are a large family of 4 children including 1 wheelchair user and a 10 month old baby, we found Gorteen suited us perfectly, it is in what must be the best location in Ireland with stunning views fr… More

4 Jul 2011


"Wonderfull walks, nice pubs."

The area is absolutely beautifull. A lot off fresh air away from the city. Good possibilities for hiking, sheepwatching, drinking Guinness and eating lamb and fish in and around the villages on the Ri… More

14 Jun 2011


"You will not be disappointed"

Caherdaniel is a magical place, we discovered lots of beaches which are pristine and really beautiful. This is a great house for spreading out in. The front bedroom with the ensuite is lovely. Althoug… More

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Calendar last updated:29 Oct 2014

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