Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
"An Bothán" is the Irish for "The Shed". An Bothán began its existence as the home of the O' Shea Family, my mother-in-law's family in the late 1800s. When the family built a new house nearby in the 1950s the house was then used as a milking shed. Over the years the house had fallen into disrepair until 2002 when we began the project of restoring it to a habitable space once again. We hope that we have managed to marry old charm with new modern comforts. Outside there is a seating area and this is a real sun-trap when the sun is shining. Our closest beach is only a 5 min. stroll from the cottage, at Muiríoch. It is a long, sandy beach wonderful for walking, safe for swimming and ideal for building sand castles. This is only one of many beaches in the area. At Ballydavid pier (approx. 10 min. walk) there are two smaller beaches which are also very popular.
Our wish for you when you holiday in our cottage is that you will gain "suaimhneas" a Gaelic word which means "peace, tranquillity, quietness, relaxation".
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Muiríoch 500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry airport 64 km, Nearest railway: Tralee 55 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, 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, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage is fully equipped with all modern appliances to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The main double bedroom is en suite and has a view of "An Fear Marbh" island. Soak those aching muscles after a hard day's hill-walking in the roll-top cast iron bath, in the main bathroom. The main living space has high ceilings and exposed beams and also contains a wood-burning stove for any cool evenings. The loft area has proved very popular with guests in the past as a chill-out area or indeed a den for the children where they can play games.
The County Kerry region
County Kerry is situated on the south-west coast of Ireland. Its greatest asset as a tourist county is its scenery - sea, mountains and lakes. Its large expanses of green are due mainly to the climate which is mild in the main and we get plenty of rain. The summers can be very mixed, weather-wise - we may experience relatively stable periods of very fine, sunny weather but also, there can be periods of rainfall. However, most people visiting Ireland are already aware of this and don't seem to mind it if the weather isn't wonderful.
The county is quite big and while there is a huge amount to do and see in Kerry - Muckross house and Lakes of Killarney in Killarney; The Geraldine Centre (museum) and The Aquadome (water activity centre - swimming pool and water-slides) I suggest that the West Kerry area probably provides more than enough sight-seeing and activities to keep you occupied for at least one holiday.
Ballydavid is a small West Kerry fishing village situated in Smerwick Harbour facing "The Three Sisters". It is one of the few remaining Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas in Ireland so try your cúpla focal in the local shops and pubs.
For those of you who enjoy an active holiday, there are many different walks for you to try and for the very serious hikers, how about climbing Mount Brandon (3,000 feet). Take a trip to the Blasket Islands, an amazing experience of beautiful landscape which was the source of inspiration for many great writers and artists. Golf is also available at Ceann Sibéal links course approx. 20 mins drive away.
Also, there are many archaeological sites within a stone's throw - Gallarus Oratory, one of the best preserved examples of dry-stone built early Christian churches in Ireland, dating back to the 9th century. Cill Mhaolchéadair is another example of early Christian churches in the area and a little further afield at Ventry, beehive huts.
Dingle town itself is only 8km away and is home to many shops, cafés, restaurants, art galleries, sailing club, etc. Spend a lazy afternoon exploring the town, browsing in the shops, enjoy lunch on the marina, take a boat trip to see Fungi the Dolphin, Dingle's most famous resident and at night time visit any one of the numerous pubs to enjoy a session of traditional Irish music.
These are only a few suggestions for you on your holiday and certainly this is only a taster of all that awaits you in Dingle/Ballydavid.
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30 Jul 2014
This is a wonderful, clean, tastefully decorated and restored house in a beautiful area. The owner is both friendly and helpful (without begin intrusive in any way). The house has a wonderful rela… More
19 Sep 2013
"Far away from every day life in a beautiful cottage"
We stayed in the An Bothan Cottage in early September 2013. The weather was beautiful most of the time and we enjoyerd very much to stay in the cottage. The cottage is clean, spacious and well furnish… More
21 May 2013
"Fabulous stay in cottage"
I stayed in this cottage for three nights in May 2013 with three friends.
The cottage is lovely with views of the sea and mountains. There was plenty of room for the four of us and it would easily cope with six people. Elaine couldn't have been more helpful, both in email correspondence before we arrived and during our stay.
The cottage is situated in the west of the Dingle Peninsula, a few miles from Dingle town where there are numerous pubs, restaurants and things to do. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful Dingle Peninsula and also took a day-trip to Killarney. I would highly recommend this cottage.
14 Jan 2013
"Shelter in the storm!"
We spent a delightful four nights with two 10 year olds at this cozy but modern stone cottage during a rather stormy session just after Christmas. The howling wind, pelting rain and sleet only added to the ambience and we felt snug as bugs each night listening to the tempest. In fact it didn't deter at all from exploring all the great stuff literally (or at least practically) within walking distance - Kilmalkedar, Gallarus Oratory, the beach at Muirioch, etc. Dingle Peninsula is equally as gorgeous and inviting in winter as summer, perhaps more so as you have it so much to yourself. Dingle town and its many pubs and restaurants is a quick 10 minute traffic-free drive away.
Elaine was a gracious host, very flexible to our arrival and departure, and full of excellent and advice and recommendations. Her lessons in lighting a peat fire (and keeping it lit) were invaluable! We enjoyed watching her husband attend to the adjacent cows and sheep each day also!
Having used self-catering cottages, etc all over the world I can say An Bothan sets the standard for what we seek. It was welcoming, eminently comfortable, private - in short like our own home, albeit all too briefly. I just wish our own home were so lovely and quaint!
12 Aug 2012
"Nice relaxing cottage"
We enjoyed our stay in this cottage. The cottage is very comfortable and has lots of character . The location is good too, about a 5-10min drive to Dingle and about a 10-15min walk to nearby beaches and two pubs. Would recommend for anyone looking for a relaxing base on the Dingle peninsula.
31 May 2012
"Ein irisches Cottage wie man es sich wünscht in einer tollen Landschaft"
Wenn man ein Ferienhaus in Irland sucht, dann stellen sich die meisten ein gemütliches Cottage vor. Uns hat das Haus vom ersten Moment an sehr gut gefallen. Mit allen "modernen" Einrichtungen, die man so benötigt, aber trotzdem der Charme eines wirklich irischen, gemütlichen Cottage. Alte Holzdielen, ein Ofen und schöne Ausblicke Richtung Smerwick Harbour - man fühlt sich hier sofort wohl. Eine kleine Empore kann sehr schön als Spielecke für die Kinder genutzt werden. Das Cottage liegt in Alleinlage im nördlichen Teil der Dingle-Halbinsel, eine ruhige und noch ursprüngliche Gegend. Zum Meer sind es nur ein paar hundert Meter und man kann von hier aus prima Unternehmungen zu allen Teilen der Halbinsel starten. Elaine hat uns sehr nett empfangen und einige Tips gegeben.
Insgesamt hatten wir tolle 11 Tage auf der Dingle Halbinsel und das heimelige Cottage hat sehr dazu beigetragen.
20 Mar 2012
Wir waren 8 Tage im Ferienhaus An Bothan und haben uns direkt wohlgefühlt.Das Haus ist urig und gemütlich. Vorallem am Kamin fühlten wir uns wohl.Es war sauber und die Küche war ausreichend ausges… More
19 Jul 2011
"Peaceful, spacious and welcoming, in a terrific location."
I found An Bothán after a long search for a suitable place to take my father for a 70th birthday trip. This turned out to be a great choice; we received a very warm welcome with a bottle of vino! … More
10 Jul 2011
"Just what the doctor ordered !!!!"
From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, everything was perfect (knowing that we can't control the weather of course but even that was above par for at least a few days!!!). Great welcom… More
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