Pier Cottage in Castlecove on the famous Ring of Kerry, is actually a pair of restored, old stone coastguard cottages overlooking its own private shingle beach with panoramic views over the beautiful Kenmare estuary. It can be rented throughout the year as two separate units or one interconnecting cottage. This listing is for East End which sleeps up to 4 guests in one double and one twin room. (See separate listing for the larger East End sleeping 7 in three bedrooms)
Pier Cottage is on the waters’ edge and really immerses you in the wild natural beauty of Kerry. It is an ideal location for all types of outdoor activities from hill walking and cycling to golf and fishing. It is also perfect for a quiet secluded break as you can swim, row or shrimp just by the cottage ....or simply sit outside watching the seals play on the rocks or the magically ever-changing light as the wind chases clouds across the mountains and sea.
If you have your own boat, there is safe mooring in the little harbour and a slipway for launching beside the pier. We also have a rowing boat (& life jackets) available for guests to use at their own risk.
When the sun sets over the Atlantic, you can nestle up by the open fire, guarded against the elements and listening to the cries of the curlews as you sip an Irish whiskey.
The cottage has a spacious sitting room with TV/DVD and dining table for 6. The well appointed kitchen has an electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher & microwave. There is a washing machine and tumble drier available in the adjacent ‘lean-to’ for guests use when the West End is let separately…otherwise the internal utility room may be used.
Upstairs is the king-size double bedroom, a twin bedroom and bathroom.
There are electric wall heaters throughout the cottage (electricity included) and it also has internet access. A cot and highchair is available for children if needed. Babysitting can be arranged if required.
Spacious open plan living area with turf fire, storage heater, TV and DVD: a dining area seating 6. Kitchen corner with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. A washing machine, tumble dryer and sink are in the adjacent 'lean-to' for use when West End is let. Otherwise, the internal utility room in West End may be used.
Bedroom 1 has one king-size double bed, and Bedroom 2 two single beds, one of which can slide under the other, to make a comfortable single room.The bathroom has a bath/electric shower, loo, hand basin and heated towel rail.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry (1.5 hours drive) 60 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available, 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||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
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 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 eveningo 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.