Croí na gCnoc
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The property is sited on half an acre, on this picturesque Island, and is ideally placed near to the sea. It boasts some of the most spectacular views on the Island and the house has been designed with this in mind.
The nearest (shale) beach is visible and within easy walking distance from the house. Equally the small fishing village of Portmagee with award winning pubs, restaurants and post office can be reached on foot.
This house provides the opportunity to access the rugged Kerry countryside and an excellent base to tour the famous ring of kerry and beyond.The Island itself offers a wealth of activities including angling, diving, and island cruise charters are available at both Portmagee and Knightstown piers, and you can enjoy the freshly caught seafood in the local restaurants.
Valentia Island is an undiscovered paradise for many and a well kept secret by those that return year after year to holiday here.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Glanleam, sandy beach 2km; Shale beach 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cork 166 km, Nearest railway: Tralee 83 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The house was constructed and completed in 2008. It is heated with the newest technological geo-thermal hot water/heating system, with under floor heating on the ground floor and radiators heating the upstairs rooms.
The property is furnished to a high standard and comprises of a grand and imposing entrance hall, with a feature open fire. The hall is full height with exposed beams and a first floor galleried seating area with spectacular views from an arched window looking over Portmagee channel to the Kerry mountains.
Access to the main living room, featuring a further open fireplace with panoramic windows capatalising on the spectacular views. Furthermore guests can benefit from Freeview satalite TV, and DVD player.
Leading from the hall is the entrance to the open plan Kitchen/Dining area with all modern appliances including 5 ring hob and separate double oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. A dining table overlooks the patio area with additional seating at the breakfast bar.
The utility room is located off the kitchen and houses a washing machine and dryer.
Also located on the ground floor a large bathroom with bath, toilet and electric shaving point.
In addition to the rooms already described there is a spacious double bedroom featuring an adjoining room containing a single cabin style bed, and separate en suite shower room.
Upstairs features an open gallery with leather chair overlooking the hall and surrounding area through an arched picture window, the ideal place to sit and relax.
Off the walnut floored landing are three bedrooms and the main family bathroom. The front room having a double and single bed with stunning sea views, a bedroom to the back of the property has 2 single beds with a further bedroom that has double bed and shower en suite. This room commands both sea and mountain views to the front and side of the property.
The family bathroom, features a jacuzzi bath with electric shaver point, toilet and hand basin.
|Further details outdoors|
Patio doors lead out from the kitchen/diner to a paved area with garden furniure. Here you can enjoy breakfast, morning tea and soda bread admiring the picturesque sea and mountain views. Equally you may prefer to sit and watch the sun going down in this tranquil idyllic setting - the choice is yours!
To the front of the house there is ample parking for several cars and gardens.
The owner/ house keeper will be on hand to meet and answer any questions on arrival.
Bedding,linen/towels are included in the hire cost however electric is metered and paid locally, in euro, at the end of the holiday let.
The County Kerry region
The beautiful place called Valentia Island (Dairbhre in Irish- Place of Oaks), is one of Europe's western most inhabited locations, lying off the Iveragh Peninsula just off the main Ring of Kerry in the Republic of Ireland.
It is linked to the mainland by a bridge at Portmagee, as well as by a ferry (seasonal) which sails from Reenard Point to Knightstown , it's capital town, the island's main settlement.
The permanent population of the island is 650, and the island is approximately 11 km long by 3 km wide.
Situated on the main Gulf stream the Island boasts an array of magnificient tropical plants and shrubs with colourful fuchsia in abundence.
Croí na gCnoc House is situated in what can only be described as one of the most sceneic locations in the south west of Kerry!!!
Walking anywhere in Valentia is an experience in itself. For the fishing enthusiast, whether deep sea angling or shore fishing is your passion, Valentia is an ideal base. You can hire a boat from Knightstown pier and go deep sea angling.
For a more prersonal service, and to cater for your individual needs boat cruises can be arranged on request.
There are some great places to eat both in Valentia and it's surrounding areas offering varied types of cuisine. The Island offers a wealth of activities and you might consider:-
Golf (Links nearby include Waterville & Killorglin)
World renowned Diving Centre
Skelligs Rocks (Located approx 7 miles out to sea)
No trip to Valentia would be complete without a boat trip to the Skelligs as it is highly recommended. This is an excellent location to have a picnic so ensure you pack some lunch! The views are breath taking looking back towards Valentia Island and Portmagee or out across the Atlantic Ocean for as far as the eye can see, next stop America! From here you can view the original ‘bee hive’ houses where the Monks once lived. You can admire the beautiful wild birds, including Puffins, and it is not uncommon to see dolphins in these waters.
Tetra Pod Fossil Prints - Valentia Island
385 million years old Tetrapod fossil footsteps have recently been discovered on Valentia Island, near Cahersiveen. This is a major discovery since only a few similar examples exist throughout the world. It has attracted interest from palaeontologists world-wide and was featured in “National Geographic” magazine
Trans Atlantic Cable to Newfoundland USA – Valentia
Laid in 1865 the Trans Atlantic Cable linking Valentia to Newfoundland, was at the time the only telegraphic link between Europe and the United States. It dealt with up to 4000 messages a day between the two continents, was manned 24 hours a day 365 days a week and provided employment for up to 242 staff.
Glanleam Sub Tropical Gardens – Valentia Island
Relax in hidden valleys, admire the beautiful exotic plants and the magnificent views while wandering through the wonderful Subtropical Gardens at Glanleam House. Once the seat of the Knights of Kerry, the gardens are now open to the public from 11am to 5pm. Delicious meals, snacks and fresh pastries are also served in the newly re-opened tea room.
Altazamuth Stone - Valentia Island
The script on the original stone reads 'Great European arc of longitude, site of the position of the Altazamuth Stone used to determine the longitude of Valentia in 1862'
Cliffs Of Fogher
This was once a working sheep farm but the present owners have invested time and money to make this one of the most spectacular walks on the Island. It is possible to drive to the top of the mountain although 1st gear is recommended!! Alternatively a car park is situated half way up the mountain and allows taking in the viewing platform observing the Cliffs of Fogher and the Dingle peninsular beyond. From here you can complete the ascent to the top of the mountain on foot. No trip to Valentia would be complete without doing this walk. A small fee is incurred to cover maintenance and car parking costs.
Valentia Annual Regatta
The sport of Coastal Rowing can be traced as far back as the old cobblers and fishermen of the mid-Nineteenth Century. Various boats and crews of cobblers are recorded as racing out to meet the incoming schooners, etc. with the winners receiving the valuable piloting contract. There was also the benefit of racing to the best fishing grounds. This was a means of survival and of earning a living, but in their spare time and during holidays these coastal crews raced for sport. This sport has carried on to this day and Valentia boasts first class rowing teams. Each year a regatta is staged, on the Island, and is an excellent family day out.
Valentia Island GAA Football Team & O'CONNELL Stadium
Mick O'Connell was a very successful Gaelic footballer from County Kerry in Ireland .Mick O'Connell was born on Valentia island just off the coast of County Kerry in 1937. He was famed for rowing across from Valentia to the mainland for training and matches. Regarded as one of the game’s most accomplished and stylish players he played in nine all Ireland football finals for Kerry. He played club football with Valentia Young Islanders and still resides on the Island. The Young Islanders are to this day a formidable team and their football pitch is located in Chapletown. This is another great afternoon out for all the family for a small admission fee.
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19 Jan 2013
"A fabulous self catering option in a little piece of heaven"
Myself and my partener stayed there with our five children and we were joined for a weekend by the Grandparents. the house is really spacious, very well equipped and spotless. The property manager was very helpful and provided us with lots of tips regarding the area. There is also a spectacular view from the house. A trip to the skelligs is a real must during your stay.
11 Jan 2013
"Tremendous holiday home with magnificent views located on an Island with outstanding natural beauty!"
Croí na gCnoc House is a large property with many attractive features including breath taking views of the Portmagee Channel and the picturesque mountains of the mainland beyond. located in its own e… More
23 Sep 2012
very nice B&B house, very professional service and delicious breakfast, all over very recommendable… More
3 Sep 2012
Beautiful & spacious house with spectacular views. Enjoyed the jacuzzi. Really needed to have 2 weeks as we travelled by car because of the dog. Possible improvements a larger television & softer mattresses.Due to the remoteness of the island you need to plan ahead as there are no bank machines and only 1 pub would provide cash back (when the system was working!)
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