Manor House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Westcove House is an early Georgian manor house nestled in southern tip of the famous 'Ring of Kerry' , overlooking Castlecove harbour, the beautiful Kenmare estuary & with lovely views of the mountains on Cork's Beara peninsula beyond. Inside the central hallway with its high ceilings, you can immediately feel the character and sense the history of this unique home, which is an eclectic mix of past and present owners but with all the modern conveniences of modern living including internet connection. The house comfortably sleeps 10 in 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms, 2 adjoining single rooms and 5 bath shower rooms. Our spacious and fully equipped kitchen has a large range cooker, freezers & dishwashers. From the 18th century hand painted hunting lodge furniture, to the many Chinese and Irish artefacts/paintings of the current owners, Westcove is much more than the usual 'holiday rental' . Whether you simply wish to explore this part of Kerry, walk, cycle, fish, golf, write or come together with family and/or friends, Westcove is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Enjoy meals in our elegant dining room overlooking the harbour (delicious catering options available!) Relax with a drink by open fires in the sitting room, or sit out on the terrace taking in the Atlantic air and watch the boats, or our herd of Soay sheep at play, against a backdrop of ever-changing colour. Westcove also features an art studio, a small gym and sauna. We have a large games/party room where we can arrange live music, Irish dancing (or other activities you might request)
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Derrynane 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), 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, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
GROUND FLOOR:Large entrance hall with sitting room to the right featuring a sunken seated area around a stone fireplace. Also, a sofa, three armchairs, TV and DVD. This room leads to the 'Bar' with open fire, music centre and glass door opening onto the terrace. A quirky Dutch staircase leads up to a little mezzanine gallery, well stocked with books and games, a writing desk and card table. The large sunny Dining Room to the left of entrance hall has seating for up to 12 around the main table.Another table can seat 8 in the bay window. This room has Satellite TV . The spacious Kitchen has a large cooker with two electric ovens 5 gas hobs and grill; fridge-freezer, microwave and 2 dishwashers. At the back of the house are Bedroom 6 and shower room, laundry / boiler room, fridge, freezer, cloak room and area for coats & boots.
FIRST FLOOR: Bedroom 1 is v. spacious with a 6 ft Super King size bed & en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet, loo & basin. Bedroom 2 has a 5ft double bed, en-suite loo, basin and separate shower. Bedroom 3 has twin beds (or 6ft double), vanity unit, adjoining shower room with loo & basin. Bedroom 4 has a 3'9" antique Austrian four poster bed. Bedroom 5 has small single bed. (Bedrooms 4 and 5 are interconnecting if required). There is a bathroom adjacent to bedrooms 4 & 5, with bath / shower, basin & loo.
|Further details outdoors|
A large stone-clad terrace faces south with panoramic views out over Kenmare Estuary & the hills of the Beara penninsula beyond.... a built-in BBQ & lots of garden furniture, makes this an idyllic setting for dining & relaxing . In front of the Stables is a large rough lawn, a perfect spot for children to explore and play. There is a swing set for younger ones. This area is also an ideal place to erect a marquee for small weddings and other celebrations. It is also suitable as a helipad !
Castlecove harbour with its small private jetty is an ideal spot for catching crabs & prawns. You can walk down to the small pier from the steps at the front of the terrace through our field of decorative Soay sheep. You are welcome to take out our rowing boat - at your own risk of course!
At Westcove, we have an excellent cook and we encourage guests to make the most of their holiday and our accommodation by availing of her services during their stay. Breakfast, extra housekeeping, shopping and babysitting can also be arranged – full options available on request.
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 stone 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 pony trekking 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 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.