The Shepherd's Cottage
About the home
The cottage is within the world-renowned “McGillycuddy Reeks”, and is a European designated area of “outstanding natural beauty of the highest class”. This class of designation is matched only by the Killarney National Park which has been described as “probably the loveliest part of Ireland if not Western Europe”. This is a place of contemplation where you can simply step back from the chaos of the world and feel free of the things of man – a true sanctuary. From here you can see the world go by as if from a river bank, no longer caught in the current as the river flows along its path. This is a place to reconnect with your authentic self, to re-ignite your creativity and rediscover what once was lost in more than one sense.
Pocket of beauty where time stands still: Rose Martin of the Irish Examiner visits a secluded cottage where few have ever flocked looking like a Paul Henry landscape, The Pocket is cradled in the arms of Mullach an Aitinn, a flange of the McGillicuddy Reeks mountain range in Kerry. The 'summit of the gorse' looms over Coomlumminy and the Blackwater valley below and is the sort of moody, mountainous place where the profane gives way to the sacred. And it's no wonder there are remains of a monastic settlement in the mountains, or it still retains a pull for more secular, but still spiritual types. The early Christian settlement of Teampall Diarmada is tucked into the upper folds of this cul-de-sac, and in the other, the derelict ruins of a hunting lodge remain. Then, there is the Shepherd's Cottage.The only house as far as the eye can see, this stone-built and blended cottage is only ten years old but follows the ghost of a pre-famine dwelling, whose lazy beds are still to be seen in the rushy fields behind. Up in the airy mountains, the falling water glitters in the August sunshine. This is an elemental and stirring place, one that uplifts and soothes at the same time, a place so rare. This is a Pocket of beauty where time stands still. Leave the whizzing highway behind and turn onto empty back roads and you're suddenly back to nature! Stop the engine, pull the handbrake and open the door. Nothing. Just a warm breeze and the distant bleat of sheep and quality fresh air that is priceless. Welcome to The Pocket, where the ancient prevails and where times reined in by the horseshoe of Mullach an Aitinn (name of mountain). This is the land the first people roamed, a place where monks went to pray and where raparees held out. Now, a different generation comes here and for different reasons, but only a few ever get to stay.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Gym, Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
Further details indoors:
The bedrooms are fitted with big brass bedsteads and each has a different style. Homely, but chic, the rooms come with high ceilings and, in some, gable windows giving lots of air and light. Each bedroom also has a different view from the window. The polished wooden floors are the perfect accompaniment to the neutral décor. The master bedroom has a wall-length tapestry over the bed and comes with a large en suite; the living room has an old brick fire-breast and is furnished with simple, wine red sofas — shelves of books and DVDs are testament to long, quiet days. Nearest neighbours aren't too far away, but standing in the garden, you're master of all you survey. There's something here for the wild and timid, and because Kenmare is half an hour away and Killarney 40 minutes, the isolation can be as long or as short as you want.
Further details outdoors:
3 acres with pond and river. Large lawn area and walled garden.
Notes: The cottage is the Shepherd's Cottage hence there are a great many sheep on the surrounding mountains, dogs must be kept on leads, obedient quiet dogs only please! The pond and river is a danger to children so therefore parents are asked to supervise children at all times. Cot and high chair are available on request. Welcome pack in arrival.
1. A nominal holding deposit of €100 is payable at time of booking to secure your dates and then once availability is confirmed by us (if your dates are not available for any reason your holding deposit will be refunded) a non – refundable booking deposit of 20% is required to book your accommodation. Confirmation will be issued to you upon receipt of deposit. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Directions and instructions regarding arrival at the property will be issued on receipt of balance of payment. Please call us on 0044 (0) 1242 262488 to arrange payment of your final balance.
2. In event of cancellation the following charges will apply:
a) Booking deposit is non refundable
b) 6 to 4 weeks before date of arrival 50% of the final balance.
c) 1 week or less before arrival 100% of the final balance.
Short term holiday home rental agreement.
The renter agrees to the following terms & conditions.
1. Security deposit & electricity charges: The owner will reduce the security deposit refund: if there are breakages or damages to the property or contents; if any contents are missing; or if excessive clean-up is required. Renter will report any damages to the Agent as soon as they occur so that they can be resolved for the next guest. The property and its contents must be left clean and tidy at the end of the rental period (e.g. dishes washed, garbage bagged, used bed sheets and towels placed in bathtub). Electricity is metered and will be verified before and after stay to determine any excess charges.
2. Bed linen & towels: Bed linen and towels are supplied and have been freshly laundered for your stay. A basic amount of extra bed linen and towels is also provided. If you wish to do washing during your stay a washing machine and tumble dryer is available for use. Beach towels are not provided, and no towels provided are permitted for use outside the rental property.
Full terms and conditions will be sent to you with the confirmation of your booking.
The County Kerry region
Kerry is famous for it's beautiful lakes and mountains. Kerry has an amazing coastline which can easily be compared with California's "Big Sur" possibly the most beautiful meeting of land and sea in the world.
The Kenmare / Coomlumminy area
The house is really in the heart of the McGillycuddy Reeks known as the Highlands of Ireland. The 'Pocket' is a horseshoe of mountains at the end of a valley. The old town land is known as Coomlumminy in the Blackwater valley. It is famous among walkers. The area is known for it's fishing on the Blackwater river. The Eclipse activity centre is nearby and offers horse riding, archery, mountain biking, fishing, shooting, canoeing etc. Sneem, Kenmare and Killarney are within easy driving distance. The house is located in the centre of so many wonderful drives in all directions such as the famous Ring of Kerry, Glencar, The Black Valley to The Gap of Dunloe, The Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen Pass. Through Kenmare to Glengariff and Garnish Island.
How to get there
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Fly to Kerry Airport Farrenfore or Cork City Airport or Shannon Airport or Take Ferry to Swansea to Cork or Fishguard to Rosslaire. Drive to the cottage.
Activities near Kenmare
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
15 Sep 2012
My wife and I stayed at the Shepherd's Cottage April 11-13. The weather was great and this home is simply AMAZING. It's the last house of a dead end road, surrounded on three sides by... more
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|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|September||8 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||€ 585||-||-||1 Week|
|October - December||29 Sep 12||22 Dec 12||€ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas||22 Dec 12||29 Dec 12||€ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year||29 Dec 12||5 Jan 13||€ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Off Peak||5 Jan 13||16 Mar 13||€ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|St Patrick's/Easter||16 Mar 13||8 Jun 13||€ 585||-||-||1 Week|
|Semi Peak||8 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||€ 765||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak Time||6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||€ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|September||31 Aug 13||7 Sep 13||€ 765||-||-||1 Week|
|Semi Peak||7 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||€ 585||-||-||1 Week|
|Off Peak||28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||€ 395||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||€ 895||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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