Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry 48 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||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 bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|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.
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 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.