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.