Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A 1400 sq ft, stone cottage in a stunning location in County Kerry and with one acre of grounds leading to the water's edge, a terrace and private beach.
Seal Rock Cottage has panoramic views of the ocean, islands and mountains. Situated on Rossmore Island, County Kerry it is connected to the famous Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge.
The interior has been designed by Andrew Burch, the much acclaimed Welsh Interior Designer and consists of a sitting room with library and open log fire, a garden room with cast iron stove, a surround sound home entertainment system and stunning views over the water. And a dining area, a luxury kitchen fully equipped with Siemens American style fridge/freezer, Siemens dishwasher and Zanussi stainless steel oven and hob. The laundry room contains a Siemens washing machine and separate tumble dryer. The downstairs cloakroom lies beyond.
The grounds are sympathetically landscaped retaining many of the existing natural features including a stream, mini-waterfalls and pools.
A path follows the stream towards the ocean, over a bridge and ends at a waterside terrace. Sit, relax and enjoy the spectacular mountainviews and everchanging seascape.
Steps lead down from the terrace to a private beach suitable for fishing, bathing or the landing of small craft.
Sorry but no children under 16 or pets.
Inspected and selected for inclusion in Alastair Sawday's Special Places. Also featured property in Country Homes and Interiors magazine.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Private beach at cottage|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry (Cork has more connections) 48 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 30 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The guest bedroom has two single beds that can be converted into one King size. Please specify preference at booking.
|Further details outdoors|
Rossmore Island lies 5 miles from Sneem and 11 miles from the gourmet town of Kenmare in County Kerry. Beyond the nearby McGillycuddy's Reeks lies the famous lakes and town of Killarney – a mere one hour's drive. Also within 90 minutes are the world class golf courses of Tralee, Ballybunion, Dooks, Waterville and the Ring of Kerry (10 minutes)
The region has unequalled scenery, where the beauty of mountains, sea, lakes and woodland can be seen in varying light and shades whatever the weather. Because the shore is washed by the Gulf Stream, the area enjoys a mild climate where tropical plants flourish outdoors.
The Ring of Kerry follows the coastline and is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country. A multitude of interests and activities are available including walking,riding,cycling, canoeing, fishing, boating and golf. Guides & Ghillies can be arranged. Nearby Kenmare is renowned for its fine dining restaurants and music-filled traditional pubs and is a mere 15 minutes away.
Fishing, boating and bicycles can be arranged., ask the owners for details.
Drinks tray for consumption via an honesty box system. Driver and executive car available for transport within the locality. Unlimited free internet access.
The County Kerry region
County Kerry is a striking panorama of deep blue lakes, wild mountainous landscapes, rugged coastline and sub-tropical flora.
It is often referred to as the Kingdom, as it is believed to be the closest thing to heaven on earth. It will be an endless source of pleasant surprises and entertainment for you and your family, surely providing glimpses of Paradise.
Facing the broad Atlantic ocean, majestic Kerry is a place of breathtaking scenery where you’ll be enchanted by the wealth of nature’s treasures; from heritage centres to Ireland’s two highest mountains ‘Carrantoohil’ and ‘Mount Brandon’ and Ireland’s highest pass ‘The Connor Pass’.
Kerry is a place for lovers of all the good things in life; from the lake district surrounding Killarney National Park, to the spectacular scenic drives on the Dingle and Ring of Kerry peninsulas. North Kerry, genius in literature, theatre, music, art and storytelling is also the proud home to Ireland’s National Folk Theatre. And of course, the true Irish culture is alive in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Kerry, where traditional Irish music, dance and song come to life. From championship golf courses and world-class equestrian centres, to stunning cycling routes & walking routes, angling, sailing & watersports, Kerry is indeed a haven for activity based holidays.
Kerry has something to do for everyone, such as Festivals, Activities and Attractions - Go to www.discoverireland.ie/southwest/kerry to discover all the details
The villages of Sneem and Kenmare are both nearby, as is Parknasilla, just ten minutes away. Local facilities include a golf course. This is the most majestic section of the "Ring of Kerry", and the cottage is ideally placed for touring the area. Sneem is one of the most colourful, picturesque villages in Ireland with rainbow coloured shops, providing good amenities for provisions, Quills Irish linen and six pubs serving fine fare for guests who choose not to cook. Useful sites for activity and attraction details are www.sneem.com and www.kenmare-exclusive.com
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18 Jul 2014
"The best house I have ever stayed in, overlooking the stunning, rugged bay; seals and hares abound in this heaven.."
Sometimes you look at the website photos and can't imagine the house will be that perfect but it was. Stylish, funky, sumptuously decorated; warm cosy nooks and a magical terrace before you walk … More
6 Jul 2014
"I've been to Ireland a few times....This place is the one I want to return to"
From the time you pull up to the gate your saying to yourself, WOW!Incredible view of the water and the Berra Penninsula. I felt as if I was seeing Ireland from days gone by. Very quiet and serene. Th… More
I would just like to respond to the comment on the lack of clothes hanging space (closets) mentioned in the review above. Both our bedrooms have sloping ceilings in places and are therefore not really suitable for tall wardrobes. There are clothes hooks (and hangers) on all the upstairs doors should guests wish to use these for a few garments and each bedroom has ample drawer space.
28 Jun 2014
"Beautiful location with stunning views; first class accommodation"
Stayed at Seal Rock for a week and had an excellent time both at the cottage itself and travelling around Kerry and Beara. Travelling to Seal Rock for the first time is a lovely adventure - single tra… More
1 Jun 2014
"Fantastic cottage with wonderful views in Ireland"
My wife and I had a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage. The view is terrific and the cottage is beautifully decorated and has every amenity that you would want. It is a great spot for making day… More
7 Dec 2013
"Everything we wanted in an Irish cottage experience, from the views to the amenities!"
This was a lovely cottage with luxury decor and amenities, and an amazing view of the sea! We spent two weeks here and the location on The Ring of Kerry is one of the most scenic areas of Ireland with… More
15 Sep 2013
A well-equipped and well-loved cottage perched at the edge of an unbelievably stunning remote setting. Although dodging the tour busses on the Ring of Kerry provides too many thrills, once one crosse… More
5 Nov 2012
"Pure escapism, stunning views and added wow factor"
We booked Seal Rock cottage for a short break and were not disappointed. The location is stunning (the drive onto the island is an adventure in itself!) with amazing views from every window over the bay and to the mountains on the ring of Bera.
The property is on an island in a very remote location a good 15 min drive from any civilization, which gave us the escapism and peace and quiet we were looking for. The property really is beautifully furnished to a very high spec, with some very nice touches by the owners (we were tempted to make them an offer for the amazing driftwood lamps). As it was October we didn't use the BBQ but I imagine summer evenings eating on the veranda with that view would be phenomenal...
We hadn't appreciated how much there is to do and explore in the surrounding area; we'd recommend heading into Kenmare (15-20 mins away) for lunch and a stroll around the shops (which are geared up for tourists but locally run and well worth a wander) all the local pubs (Crowleys especially) were really friendly and had Live music on most nights. We taxi'd from the house into Kenmare one night for a bite to eat in 'Packies' restaurant and had some of the best fish dishes we'd had in a very long time
We'd also recommend the Sea-fari from Kenmare pier, with the crazy captain and some seal and eagle spotting, or a drive around the ring of Bera or the ring of Kerry route over to Killarney and visit Muckross house and Abbey - the surrounding area is just stunning. We had a great break and would highly recommend Seal Rock cottage as a base to explore it from, or simply a place to escape to in itself.
2 Sep 2012
Lovely house, incredible setting..great place to watch the weather from or to venture forth.Decor elegant and sophisticated.… More
26 Mar 2012
"Wonderful Getaway Cottage on the Southwest Coast"
We were looking for an intimate self-catering cottage for several nights from which to explore the southwest coast, and found it at Seal Rock. The Owners have proudly furnished Seal Rock as a very ni… More
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