About the home
This cottage is situated in the small fishing village of Ballydavid on Smerwick Harbour on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 upstairs, a double and a double/twin both with en suite bathrooms. Downstairs there is a double bedroom en suite and a bunk room with 2 bunk beds, this takes the 4th bathroom as its en suite. Their is a large kitchen/dining/sitting room off of which is a sun-room in which to relax and watch the world go by.
The house has a high pressure water system for power showers.
The village has a fishing pier and 2 small sandy beaches, Smerwick Harbour is ringed by numerous long sandy beaches and cliffs which provide magnificent walks, 'The Dingle way' walking trail goes through the village.
Ballydavid has two pubs with live traditional Irish music sessions and a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
Attached to TP's pub is the excellent Idás restaurant run by chef Kevin Murphy.
A short drive from the house are 2 renowned restaurants, The Old Pier and Gormans.
It's a 5 mile drive from the charming town of Dingle with it's many shops restaurants and pubs.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Ballydavid, 100m|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 3 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Secure parking|
The County Kerry region
Kerry is the most southerly county on Irelands western seaboard. The terrain varies from rich farmland in the north to the beautiful mountains & lakes of the south and west which has a stunningly beautiful coastline.
The west coast is dominated by two large peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the more southerly one is the Iveragh Peninsula which has the beautiful "ring of Kerry" touring route. Lying to the north of Iveragh is the Dingle Peninsula with the beautiful town of Dingle and the Blasket Islands.
The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean . The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the east to Mount Brandon in the west, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula.
Ballydavid sits on the eastern shore of beautiful Smerwick Harbor on the north west of this peninsula in the shadow of the majestic Mount Brandon.
The Dingle / Ballydavid area
The Dingle peninsula has something to offer to everyone. Among other things: sandy beaches safe for swimming and some of the best surfing in Ireland as well as some great hill walks.
Dingle has a scuba diving centre, a sailing centre, an adventure centre with a climbing wall and an excellent aquarium.
Numerous boat trips are available from the Dingle marina, you can take a trip to visit the Blasket Islands, take a sea angling trip, take a trip to view the stunning sea cliffs or visit Valentia island at the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula to the south by daily ferry.
A 'Fungie trip' to see the famous resident Dingle dolphin is almost mandatory.
Horse riding/trekking can be booked at local riding centres.
There are many fine restaurants in Dingle serving fresh locally caught fish as well as pubs which serve lunch and seafood all day.
Pubs at night are great 'craic'.
Each year Dingle hosts arts, film & food festivals as well as the famous Dingle races in August.
Ballydavid has a relaxed stress free atmosphere with clear fresh air from the ocean and mountains. Our advice is to make this a destination and become immersed in the locality rather than using it as a staging point for visiting other places. You will not want to leave and any pre-planned trips off the peninsula will feel like an unwelcome chore. The beach and cliff walks are fabulous, hill walking of various levels is available and Mount Brandon is a fabulous climb, for golfers there is the beautiful Ceann Sibeal golf course nearby.
There is a thriving Irish language community with a rich musical tradition and there is live music in the pubs at night.
Some history and facts of the area: Smerwick Harbour and its fort, Dún an Óir (the golden fort) is where in 1580 the English - among them Sir Walter Raleigh - massacred several 100 Spaniards and Italians who had landed to support the Munster rising.
Smerwick Harbour was a Viking settlement .The name Smerwick comes from two Norse words, smoer and wik, meaning butter and harbour.
At the end of the peninsula is Slea Head and the treacherous stretch of sea called Blasket Sound, where two ships of the Spanish Armada were smashed to bits in 1588.
In the summer boats cross from Dunquin to the Blasket Islands, now uninhabited but once home to an Irish-speaking community, which became a Mecca for lovers of the language and culture.
The Dingle Peninsula is extraordinarily rich in archaeological remains - some 2,000 monuments have been identified, many dating from the Bronze Age and the Early Christian period.
At Slea head the most westerly point is Garraun Point, this is the nearest part of Western Europe to America.
Gallarus oratory & castle. Kilmalkedar church.: A short walk (3Km) or drive from the village is Gallarus Oratory the small dry-stone church which is among the best-known early Christian sites and dates from 700 or 800 AD.
Nearby is Gallarus Castle which was built by the FitzGeralds and is probably 15th century in date. It is one of the few surviving castles on the Dingle peninsula. It is a four-storey tower with a vaulted ceiling on the fourth floor; none of its battlements remain.
The early Christian ecclesiastical complex at Cill Mhaolchéadair (Kilmalkedar) is also nearby (3Km).
This site is spread over a large area of around 10 acres. The history of this site is associated with St Brendan, but the site is said to have been founded by St Maolcethair. At the centre of this area is a 12th century Romanesque Church, it consists of a nave and chancel. Amongst the other features here are, the Alphabet Stone, A holed Ogham Stone, Sun Dial, two bullaun stones, a large stone cross, St Brendans Oratory and numerous cross slabs.
The stone beehive huts along the Slea Head drive said to date back at least to the 12th century AD show us how some early Christian monks lived.
How to get there
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Nearest airport is Kerry about 1 hour drive, Cork & Shannon airports are 1.5 & 2 hr drives. Ryanair fly to Luton, Stanstead, Frankfurt-Hann, Faro & Alicante from Kerry.
Aer Lingus have regular flights on the Dublin/Kerry route for onward connections.
Train connections from Dublin to Tralee with bus to Ballydavid.
Activities near Dingle
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
07 Sep 2012
This was a remarkable place for my family. The house is beautiful and user friendly. The people from the village are some of the nicest people we ever meant. But most of all the views around the area are breathtaking. We were told it has great fishing but we only experieced that in the local eatery.
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|Prices for group size 10|
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|April May||14 Apr 12||5 May 12||£ 400||£ 100||£ 120||2 Nights|
|May||5 May 12||9 Jun 12||£ 450||£ 110||£ 130||2 Nights|
|June||9 Jun 12||30 Jun 12||£ 500||£ 130||£ 150||2 Nights|
|July||30 Jun 12||7 Jul 12||£ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|July/August||7 Jul 12||25 Aug 12||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|Late August||25 Aug 12||1 Sep 12||£ 600||£ 140||£ 180||1 Night|
|September||1 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||£ 500||£ 130||£ 150||2 Nights|
|October||29 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 450||£ 110||£ 130||2 Nights|
|November||27 Oct 12||1 Dec 12||£ 400||£ 100||£ 120||1 Night|
|December||1 Dec 12||22 Dec 12||£ 370||£ 90||£ 110||2 Nights|
|Christmas-New Year||22 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Cleaning charge of £70 pounds for stays of 5 days or less. Electricity charged @ £0.15/Unit, Heating cost £0.8/ unit (liter gas oil)
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