Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
We wish to welcome you to this tranquil private property, set in its own private valley, overlooking the mountains, near the sea, where you and your family and friends will be the only residences on the 60 acre property. The cottage is up a 0.5 mile private drive, so you could just leave the car behind and forget the rest of the world, if you would want to. Alternatively, you can enjoy a large range of outdoor activities, to suit all ages, for all weathers. Whether horse riding on the beach, golfing, walking, listening to traditional music, diving or snorkeling, local pubs and restaurants, to name but a few, this location will meet your holiday needs. The property is in Lauragh, Co. Kerry, on the beautiful Beara Peninsula (the “Ring of Kerry” is the peninsula above the Beara Peninsula, but we are not on the typical tourist and coach party trail, but still have all the beauty and scenery).
We can sleep up to 11 people comfortably, however, you only pay depending on the size of your party, making it cost effective, for example, it costs only £295 per week for 4 people. Please see the rates and availability section for the combinations in which you can stay with us, rates set depending on your party size.
What Another Year!
This has been our 2nd year of renting the cottages and we have been fully booked for the entire summer season, with lots of positive and wonderful feedback from our guests. For this reason, we are looking forward to welcoming new guests and enquiries for staying with us throughout 2014. We are already getting initial enquiries and early reservations, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To secure your booking at this stage you need only pay a small deposit.
The Property, sleeping 1-11 people
The property consists of two neighbouring traditional cottages, called the Stone Cottage and The Lodge Cottage, plus the annex entitled the “Haven” (recently introduced and renovated), each approximately 250 years old. The photos below show the layout of these three buildings, within the plot.
The Stone Cottage sleeps 4 comfortably (1 double and two singles), the Lodge sleeps 5 comfortably (1 double and 3 singles), although you can have additional cots, a folding bed, or an additional single bed to be placed in the rooms, if your party is larger. The Haven sleeps an additional 2 people.
Each property is furnished with thick good quality mattresses and lovely bedding and beautiful throws. They are of a high specification, both in renovation, and fixture and fittings, including leather chesterfield sofas, pot-bellied open fire place, underfloor heating, "bubbly" left in the fridge for your arrival, Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely dressings, good quality kitchenware and comfortable living. We do not charge for electricity, gas nor for cleaning.
Good Value and Cost Effective
We base our charges on party size so it makes staying with us cost effective. For 2014, staying with us, for a party of 4, starts from £295 per week.
ONE PARTY RENTAL, NO NEIGHBOURING OTHER PARTIES - It is for this reason and their close proximity, that if you were to just rent one cottage, we would not rent out the other properties, to reserve your privacy. We don't want you having to share your holiday with unknown neighbours. This is unlike most other holiday rental companies.
Although small things, there are lots of added touches and efforts made by us to make a stay with us a little bit more special, naming a few: towels provided, napkins and serviettes for dinner, china tea set, tea, coffee, milk and biscuits/cake on arrival, bubbly in the fridge, wood for the fire, dishwasher and washing machine tablets, bathroom soaps and lovely bath oil, plus free use of the new food pantry system. In addition, if you didn't want to cook all the time, we can offer you a catering service, where your requested meals are delivered to the cottages, a cleaner, plus babysitting and taxi services to enhance your unique holiday. We aim to tailor your stay to meet your needs.
Couples, Families and Multiple Parties
This location is the ideal tranquility for walkers, writers, golfers, photography enthusiasts, painters and divers, to name but a few. For the family, there are a variety of sports and activities, both on and off the farm, to keep everyone entertained, ending each day refreshed and healthy, not to mention tired. It is that old fashioned outdoor lifestyle for the children, with a sense of freedom, peacefulness and space. "Swallows & Amazons" style. Please click on our range of suggested activities for the children and adults, via the links above. If you need us to help organize your week of activities, do let us know.
Weekends, Midweek and Weekly Holidays
You may stay for a short or long weekend, midweek holidays, a week or longer stay, depending on your needs. To find out about rates and current availability, simply click on the links provided.
For the comfort of all our guests, this is a pet free and non smoking property.
You may wish to sign up with us via our own website, so that we can send you our latest deals.
Finally, I look forward to hearing from you, if you wish to stay with us. Do contact me if you have any further questions and I am more than happy to help.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Loughaunacreen "The Point" 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry 58 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
As well as home for home comforts, the cottage is provided with the following facilities:
- underfloor heating
- washing machine
- children's activities, such as fishing nets, kites, cricket bat, jigsaws etc.
- a travel cot.
- As this is a "getting away" experience, we have not provided any televisions in the properties. However, we have provided a radio, record player and records for your entertainment, plus lots of board games, jigsaws, children's toys and dressing up costumes.
|Further details outdoors|
This is a truly "getting away from it all experience, going back in time". As we have provided plenty of activities and suggestions, there is no need for a television at the property. However, there is a radio if you need to stay up to date.
Exciting and fun. You can explore the secret sub-aquatic world of the Bay under the guidance of professional divers from Kenmare Bay Diving. Located at the spectacular Kilmackillogue Harbour, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the house, the diving club will supply you with all the gear and equipment you need. For complete beginners or seasoned pros. Telephone +(00 353) 087 699 3793 to book or make enquiries
Crabbing and rock pooling
Just a short distance from the farm, the children will enjoy the rock pools and sea life, from crabs to jelly fish. Typically, you find yourselves as the only family at the cove. Fishing nets and buckets available for use.
Within this natural beauty spot of south west Ireland, there are two beautifully appointed 18 hole courses in Kenmare. Kenmare Golf Club is set in the heart of the town with next to the water's edge. Secondly, The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club just out of the town is at an elevated position, with spectacular views high above Kenmare Bay. Both clubs welcome non-members. Their phone number to book are: +(00 353) 064 66 41291 and +(00 353) 064 66 42000 respectively.
Swimming in the sea
Just a short distance from the farm, the calm waters of the local cove make for lovely swimming. Typically, you find yourselves as the only family at the cove.
Canoeing & Kayaking
A 15 minute drive from the farm, you can small sailboats canoes and many other water-related crafts, which are to be found at "Star Outdoors". Water activities are offered with experienced instructors and state-of-the-art equipment. Telephone +(00 353) 064 66 41222 to make enquiries or book.
Dromquinna Riding Stables, closest to Kenmare town. Mountain, sea and woodland rides from 1/2 hour upwards. Beginners and experienced riders. Lessons available for children and adults. Pony camps, 3 to 4 days. Telephone : +353 (64) 66 41043 or +353 86 108 3318 (Mobile). When booking tell them that I, Debra, sent you.
Blackwater Stables. Approved Stables for pleasure rides through the scenic Kenmare - Blackwater area. Horses & ponies to suit all. Blackwater Stables offers a wide variety of equine activities, from Trekking to lessons as well as breaking and schooling of young horses. Telephone : +353 (64) 66 28939.
River fishing is the business of Kenmare Angling and Sightseeing, ideal for the smaller group or for those who prefer to plan their own excursion. Small, private tours of Kenmare Bay can also be arranged. Your knowledgeable skipper will inform you as you sail. Telephone +(00 353) 087 259 2209 for more enquiries
Clay Pigeon Shooting
If you find yourself back in Kenmare, or want to go specifically, clay pigeon shooting can be organised through Sheen Falls Lodge, one of the town 5* hotels. Telephone +(00 353) 064 66 40003 to book
Approximately, a 15 minute drive from the house, on Kenmare Bay, sailing is possible from "Star Outdoors". The Kenmare River is a very under-used waterway, which means that there's plenty of space for novice sailors and old sea dogs alike to explore the river. Your voyage will be undertaken with supervision and tuition. For more information, phone +(00 353) 064 66 41222
Bay cruise trips
Again, a 15 minute drive from the house, you can take a cruise from "Star Outdoors", from their pier at Dawros. Find the seals in their natural habitat and enjoy the informative, commentary and refreshments on board.Telephone +(00 353) 064 66 41222 to make enquiries or book.
Water skiing is just one of the water pursuits available a mere fifteen minutes journey from the farm at "Star Outdoors". All the equipment is the latest available with instructors to ensure your safety. Telephone +(00 353) 064 66 41222 to book
If you have your own bikes with you, you can enjoy peaceful bike rides up and down the farm, or around the local coast roads. Alternatively, if you don't have bikes, you can hire a range of bicycles from Finnegan's Bicycle Hire at the top of Henry Street, in Kenmare. Its an ideal way to is the ideal way to experience the atmosphere, sights and scenery. Telephone +(00 353) 064 66 41083 to book
"Row your boat"
Either a half an hour beautiful walk or a 5 minute drive, you can hire a rowing boat and enjoy a lazy sail at Cloonee Lake. Following an hour or two bobbing on the water, you could enjoy some refreshments at the Lakehouse, next to the lake, or take a picnic for the walk home. To book, simply call +(00 353) 064 66 84205
At The Property
Tent building and camping
Simply put up the tent provided, along with some sleeping bags, and enjoy a night under the stars. You never know what animals you may here or see in the dark of night, or the early morning rise, such as the stag or deer
Enjoy a spot of kite flying with the kites already at the farm.
Simple farm cricket, to be played within any of the fields. There are cricket bats, balls and wickets provided for your pleasure. The streams are definate "6's".
Small to higher hill climbing
The farm is surrounded by many beautiful walks, with a small hill as part of the farm property. Up at the peak, you can see over the surrouding countryside and bay. Absolutely beautiful scenery. This walk is possible for small children and not too steep for adults carrying smaller children.
Like the cricket, enjoy a game of family rounders with the equipment provided, on the farm.
For those quiet times, enjoy a game of chess or draughts with the board provided.
Jigswas & board games
Whether early mornings, before heading out for the day, or last thing at night, enjoy a variety of the board games and jigsaws provided.
There is a gramophone at the house, for a selection of records to be sung or danced along to. Possibly, an evening of fun, along with the dressing up.
The children love wandering the farm with a purpose. What better way than to go on a bug hunt. Nets and jars provided, providing the bugs are set free at the end of the show-and-tell period
Make you own farm treasure hunt
Using the maps provided, you can set up your very own treasure hunt for the children. We have provided some "treasure" for your convenience. You may want to think about your own prize to suit.
The farm is fortunate to have lots of wild flowers and grasses. In moderation, feel free to pick the wild flowers, which can be pressed into bookmarks and cards, for example.
Beastly beast fishing in the streams
Nets and jars provided for those children that like hunting in water for living creatures.
For a spot of entertainment, there is a box of dressing up clothes, for all those little ones with a large imaginations
Children's traditional irish cooking
Getting the children involved in a spot of irish cooking, for a traditional family feast.
Running, climbing, hiding, football, volleyball over the fence...you make it up as the play continues...
Generally, putting their wellies on, opening the door, and letting them run free...
Happy New Year - 2014 Rates
Our 2014 dates, rates and availabilities are now available. Please enquire and book early to avoid disappointment. At this stage, we only take a deposit.
Low season 4 Jan 2014-29 March 2014 and 27 September 2014-20 Dec 2014.
Peak season 29 March-27 September 2014 and 20 Dec-3 Jan 2015.
Weekly means Saturday to Saturday.
Long weekends are Thursday to Sunday, whereas Short Weekends are Friday to Sunday
Midweeks are Monday to Friday
If you only book a single cottage for your holiday, we will not be renting the other cottage to another family. It will be empty during your stay to reserve your privacy. A weekly rate for 2014 will be £295 per week (low season) up to £465 (peak season). If you want to rent the second cottage, it is only an additional £200 per week.
Typically, a weekly rental begins on a Saturday afternoon (3.30pm) and finishes on a Saturday morning (10am). However, please contact us regarding these times as we are flexible depending on travel arrangements.
If we can suit your travel arrangements, we will endeavour to suit your stay.
If you want to book a holiday or enquire about dates, until we have set up our payment system, simply use one of the Contact Us options. Thank you. We offer a fair cancellation policy. Simply pay for your holiday, to secure your booking, and if you need to cancel 6 weeks prior, we will reimburse you minus your deposit.
However, if we are able to rent the cottage the week you were due to visit, we will reimburse you the full amount. Alternatively, if you want to rebook a different week instead of your intended week, within the same low or peak periods, you will not be charged any money for the change.
NB: Prices may be subject to change.
Prices are quoted in Sterling GBP.
The County Kerry region
Half in Kerry and half in Cork, the Ring of Beara - the Beara Peninsula is Ireland in a nutshell, with a landscape that is beautiful, magical and full of rugged charm.
The most westerly of Cork's peninsulas, and arguably its most spectacular, the Beara Peninsula is shared by county Kerry and presents exhilarating hill walking along the 196km Beara Way and a drive circuit of breathtaking scenery in the Ring of Beara. A route much less travelled than the Ring of Kerry, Beara's secret is one that is still quite well kept.
The Ring of Beara links the towns of Glengarriff in Cork with Kenmare in Kerry, in a round about fashion. Glengarriff is an attractive little village deep within Bantry Bay. Boat trips run from Glengarriff to Garnish Island famed for their wonderful Italianate garden. Between Glengarriff and Castletownbere the road is flanked by exposed banks of jagged rock with the rugged peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain and Hungry Hill in the Caha Mountains.
At the hamlet of Adrigole is the turn off for the Healy Pass, a serpentine road that cuts through the mountains to the village of Lauragh with views of spectacular glaciated valleys. The road cuts through Castletownbere, a characterful town with an authentic work-a-day feel and definitely worth a stop. Boat trips run from here to Bere Island and megalithic stone circles, such as the Derreenataggart Stone Circle, punctuate the area.
From Castletownbere take the road down to Dursey Island, a place of desolate beauty that is worth visiting. There is nothing on the island other than sheep, but you won't get the opportunity to travel to an island via a tiny cable car swinging 30m above the waves, that many times in your life! From this Dursey detour, you pick up the road to Allihies a quaint former copper mining town, reminiscent of St Austell in Cornwall.
The road then twists and turns through the iridescent fuchsia clad hills to the brightly coloured cluster of buildings of Eyeries a village renowned for its tweeness. The road winds further up through the mountains and the hamlets of Ardgroom and Lauragh before coming out to Kenmare.
The complete loop will take you back to Glengarriff via the Caha Pass, a precarious winding road literally through the mountains, tunnelled in the 19th Century. The Ring of Beara would take a day's driving though you may wish to stay longer to explore its beauty on foot.
This location is the ideal tranquility for walkers, writers, golfers, photography enthusiasts and divers. For the family, there are a variety of sports and activities, both on and off the farm, to keep everyone entertained, ending each day refreshed and healthy, not to mention tired. It is that old fashioned outdoor lifestyle for the children, with a sense of freedom, peacefulness and space. Please see our range of suggested activities for the children.
The town of Kenmare, a 20-25 minute drive from the farm, has a variety of restaurants and good food in it's offerings, two of which have one the 2011 Irish Restaurant Awards for "Best Restaurant" and "Best Service". Starting in the 70's with a modest two restaurants, today it has over 30 of the finest establishments ranging from coffee shops and cafes to top class a la carte restaurants employing the best chefs of Europe.
Kenmare is proud to present the wide choice of foods and styles available in the town visited annually by gourmets from all over the globe. Local produce like Lamb, Kenmare Bay Salmon, Trout, Beef and Shell Fish are the chef's choices and selected to create the many special dishes you will find on the menus of the various Kenmare restaurants.
If you were prefer to stay more local to the farm, you have the choice of either "Josie's Restaurant", "Teddy's" or the "Lakehouse" for evening food.
For a pure self catering experience, it is recommended that you purchase your food from the town of Kenmare, on your way to arriving at the farm. There are a variety of local shops such as the butchers, health food shop, bakery, or the local supermarket for all your needs.