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Excellent 5/5 Score from 8 reviews

One of 3 Barralach cottages. Bring your cameras!

Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Barralach is absolutely exceptional in that it consists of three habitable cottages let out as a single home. There are beds for up to 10 guests in three distinct cottages, providing an agreeable degree of independence. The main cottage includes the kitchen and large dining room, with a table that seats 14. There is also the large drawing room area with great log fire and extensive library. There is unlimited free firewood. Numerous visitors have thus declared it the perfect location for great and joyful family reunions and for specialist groups such as golfers, artists, and hikers.

This ancient settlement is unspoilt by modernity, although comfortable, and enjoys its stunning views in delightful mountain isolation, except for the sheep, hares and other wildlife. The housekeeper may be prepared to cook fine meals if requested.

We will provide you with a brochure identifying so many key attractions, in addition to golfing, hiking and fishing, such as the amazing big-sea Rossbeigh strand and the quieter beach at Dooks, the Dingle Dolphin, the once-in -a lifetime Skellig island monastery and bird reserve, the lakes of Killarney including Muckross National Park, horse riding and mountain biking, Kenmare, the Blarney Stone.

Only a few minutes drive away is the delightful village of Glenbeigh with its typical pubs. At 15 minutes you have ancient Killorglin of the Goat, its shops and numerous pubs and restaurants.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Dooks, 10 minutes.
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Kerry, at 40 minutes. Cork at 2 hours., Nearest railway: Killarney, 40 minutes.
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, Boat available, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Main Cottage has a King sized double bed and an en suite bathroom, containing bath, separate shower, and WC The Middle Cottage has a King size double bed, bathroom with bath, separate shower, and WC, and two single beds. The Lake Cottage has a bathroom with shower but no bath, and a WC, and four single beds The Main Cottage also has a cloak room with basin and WC, this room being easily accessible to residents of the other two cottages.

The dining table is immense, a single unjointed piece of wood 11 ft by 4 ft and 4 inches thick, (that's 3.5 m by 1 m by 9 cm); it can seat 14 with ease.

The great log fire joyfully unites your family or group.

The number, quality and variety of views actually through the windows are probably unmatched anywhere. Cameras are a must!

Further details outdoors

The "exterior facilities" are the immensity of Nature, with its sheep and wildlife. Beyond our own 10 acres, bordered by a mountain stream, are hundreds of acres of moorland through which you may roam at will or bike on the tracks.

Further details

The three cottages are rented out as a single home. Even if your group is really small, you will have the run of all cottages. A honeymoon couple will normally occupy only one cottage but has the choice. There is unlimited free firewood for the large log fire and closed stove. Electricity is charged at cost, as measured by the meter, which is available for all to read.

The County Kerry region

Kerry is famous for its mountains, lakes, history, and craic; for its golf, horses, fishing, dolphins and bird life; for its ever-changing light and unchanging hospitality.


The attractions of Glenbeigh are well presented in the community's website video Key features are Rossbeigh strand, hill walking especially along the Kerry Way and horse riding including the Glenbeigh Races (generally in early September), and Dooks golf course. Caragh Lake rejoices in amazing beauty, boat fishing, Lickeen Fair in June, Puck Fair in Killorglin in August. We are only 45 minutes drive to the departure point of boats to the Skellig Islands, so justifiably a UNESCO world heritage site. The Skelligs are an historical, spiritual, ornithological and geological wonder.

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Review 1-8 of 8

26 Aug 2014


"Amazing base for outdoor adventure in an extraordinary setting with all the comforts of home"

We spent two weeks at Barralach with our adult children, their spouses, parents-of-spouses and friends. We could not have found a better way to enjoy being together while allowing every one privacy an… More

Thank you Karin for this review as charming as our earlier correspondence had lead me to expect. You will be so especially welcome when you come back. Peter

11 Nov 2013


"Truly spectacular setting and property"

Barralach was booked as a week long foray by London based mountaineering club, Ibex, to the mountains of Kerry. Once the rough track upwards had been negotiated, we were treated to quite awe inspiring… More

Thank you for this splendid review. Barralach has indeed enchanted groups of every persuasion, including hill walkers, golfers, fishermen, bridge players, artists, geologists and of course extended families with their children. The immense beauty of the place, it's history embedded in Ireland's past, the vast range of available activities, these ensure a superb experience for all.

10 Oct 2013


"Amazing - beautiful- better then we could have ever expected!"

This magical place was the highlight of our Ireland trip. I am an artist who conducts art retreats all over thr US and Europe. As I began the search to bring my plein air art retreat to Ireland, I found the sheep farm and it sounded like everything we wanted. The description was intriguing, and the owner Peter was so sweet and accommodating.

When we arrived at this most beautiful setting we all stood, looked at the spectacular 360 degree view and we all cried. The view takes ones breath away. The farm is warm, cozy and welcoming. We immediately felt at home. Many wonderful paintings were done there and thousands of photographs for future references.

Peter's neighbor Betty was so sweet and cooked wonderful meals for us. Shawn our taxi driver was so funny, helpful, and a wonderful knowledgable tour guide who took us on a few excursions.

Our only regret is that we didn't stay there for a month. We can't wait to come back!

Joan Darflinger
Gainesville Georgia

But please DO come back with another charming group. Shawn and Betty would love to see you again. And we could arrange for a caterer to come too if you would like.

28 Jul 2013


"off the beaten track country escape"

Wow, what a view. We were very lucky with the weather during our stay, and every day could just sit up on the top of our mountain, with the sheep, and take in the vista. The cottages have been very … More

Thank you. It was a delight to welcome your group. Peter

27 Jun 2013


"One-of-a-Kind Experience"

This interesting and peaceful and peace-filled and beautiful spot on an Irish hillside overlooking sea and mountains is a one-of-a-kind retreat. We felt as if we had dropped into a hobbit house (for … More

Yes indeed, Barralach is the real historical Ireland and we hugely enjoy welcoming overseas visitors back to share it. Thank you for this review. Peter

13 May 2013


"Anniversaire de Mamita"

Ayant déja passé une semaine idyllique à Barralach il y a quelques années, nous avons organisé en septembre dernier 2012 d'y passer une semaine pour fêter les 90 ans de notre mère. Nous étions 10, 4 générations (90ans-2ans) et cela a été merveilleux. En dehors de toutes les activités à proximité (golf, pêche, marches sur la plage et en montagne, équitation, visite de jardins et j'en passe! tout le monde était occupé!) l'organisation des 3 cottages était parfaite. Les chambres séparées parfaites pour la paix entre les gėnérations! eau bien chaude pour les douches /bains à volonté! mais surtout cette grande pièce de sėjour où nous pouvions tous nous réunir autour de la cheminée avec vue imprenable sur lacs et montagnes et cette grande table où nous prenions tous nos repas ensemble..Peter, le propriétaire était toujours disponible pour répondre à nos questions; grâce à lui nous avons trouvé le traiteur de Milltown pour préparer le buffet d'anniversaire pour 20 amis et puis Betty est venue nous cuisiner les specialités irlandaises, (gigot d'agneau sauce à la menthe, Irish stew, apple pie/custard etc) et nous lui avons demandé de rester pour nous servir et ranger aprés le dîner! Bravo et merci Betty.
Nous n'avons aucune hésitation à recommander Barralach et avons bien l'intention d'y retourner très vite, peut être pour les 40 ans d'un ami!

Thank you. Barralach does indeed lend itself particularly well to large family get-togethers. The generous open fire, the very large dining table, and accommodation in three separate cottages provide the perfect environment.

15 Jan 2013


"The Most AMAZING Setting"

Pictures do not make this charming place justice. The location is just so special, far and up enough the mountain to feel surrounded by nothing but nature, yet so convenient as the pub is only 10 mins drive away! We found the property well maintained and with nothing to fault.. this is paradise for nature lovers. Because the accommodation is split in three cottages we found it ideal to rent for a joint holiday with friends. We can't wait to go back next year!.

Thank you for this charming review.

9 Jan 2013


"Awesome family holiday house"

My family and I spent a week at Barralach in September 2012, and what an awesome stay we had! The cottages have a spectacular location, far up the country roads in true mountainous beauty. Coming from Cape Town we are quite accustomed to beautiful surroundings, but the views from Barralach simply blew us away with more stunning scenery at every turn. Conveniently though, the cottages are only a few short minutes from the shops, pubs and beaches of Glenbeigh and Rossbeigh, and close to all the tourist attractions that the ring of kerry has to offer. We particularly liked the Kerry Bog Village Museum, and Burkes at Rossbeigh which had great horseback rides (kids included too), mini golf, and a big maze to get lost in.

The cottages are clean, comfortable and well equipped throughout (good kitchen equipment, warm and comfy bedding and wellies for our mountain walks). Peter, our host, was both friendly and helpful and we loved coming home at the end of the day to a delicious dinner prepared by Betty. There is plenty of information on the area provided, which helped us find our way round and learn about the history of Kerry. And when the weather didn't play along with our plans we played board games by the warm fire - Jenga being our family favorite. On waking in the morning we were delighted to find sheep and hares roaming around the lawn, and we developed a morning ritual of having a picnic breakfast on the rock table at the end of the garden - what a fabulous way to start the day!

My children really wanted to sleep in their own separate cottage, and initially i wasn't so sure, but I was relieved to find a baby monitor there that we used to keep a listening ear on them and so it worked out well. They loved exploring the mountain and having their adventures among the trees just behind the house.

I can really recommend Barralach for a wholesome healthy family holiday - We are certainly keen to return!

Thank you. We love welcoming families.

Review 1-8 of 8

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