Bungalow | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Loher Beach House overlooks the beautiful Loher beach. Whilst set in a truly spectacular, secluded location it is very convenient for the shops, restaurants and facilities. In fact Skellig Bay Golf Links is just a 10 minute walk along the road. Our Irish home has been designed to optimise its prominent position to provide stunning sea views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and to provide light, spacious, luxuriously furnished accommodation equipped with everything our guests would need for the perfect relaxing break. Even a spotting telescope is provided to capture up close views of the Sea Birds diving and the array of wildlife. The house is located on the Ring of Kerry just outside the village of Waterville and is the ideal choice for: Golf, Fishing, Diving, Riding Walking, beach combing and many other outdoor pursuits and plus touring the Sth West.
We have over 30 wonderful customer reviews as not all are on trip adviser and below is a couple just recently left. The first one by a German Family from Munich and the second is one from the US:
"We already had a real nice contact to John before we arrived. He gave us detailed directions and even recommended a nice coffee house for a stop on our way from the airport. So we weren't surprised that everything here totally met our expectations! Penny gave us an introduction and later on pampered us with her self-made tiramisu and lemon drizzle cake that we ordered following another of John's hints. John called the first evening to make sure everything is ok and to give us some tips on excursions. The house is really spacious and spotless clean! No marks on the walls, the kitchen is shining and also offers space. The towels are new, the mattresses are comfortable. The showers really have power, you don't have to hop between the single drops ;)! Normally traveling in southern Europe we haven't had that luxury before! All of us really appreciated the free Wlan, so we could share all those pictures with those we left at home. The view out of the window on the sea is spectacular!! We had one or two completely rainy days, but it didn't matter because we totally felt at home here. Even with six people you don't feel crowded. There is a big TV set, which also plays music, there are some DVDs, games, books, magazines. We explored the ring of Kerry, the ring of Skellig and went to Killarney national park, but the real highlight was our tour to the Skellig Islands leaving from Bellinskelligs! To come to an end of our gushing:
We can highly recommend Loher Beach House and totally enjoyed our vacation here. Thank you so much, John and Penny!!!
Jason & Monica - US based in Germany - Best Location in Europe to Date
My family and I have travelled all over the European continent to places such as Rome, Paris, Venice, London, Mallorca, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Without question, our stay at The Loher Beach House was by far our favourite place, so far. The views from this true get-away would not be done justice with mere words. But, if I must, the views are spectacular. Ballinskelligs Bay, the countryside and surrounding wildlife provided the perfect setting for some much needed rest and relaxation. Aside from the picturesque landscape, the home itself was truly marvellous. A fantastic kitchen with the best amenities made cooking meals for our family of 6 a delight. We found the quaint, seaside town of Waterville to provide adequate supplies for cooking gourmet meals in a home with solid granite counters, full stove, conventional oven, convection oven and dishwasher. We were surprised to find a very clean and comfortable living arrangement with ample space for our family to spread out. Comfortable beds, clean and well maintained bathrooms with full tile and plenty of hot water made our evenings enjoyable after long days of exploring Kerry. Port Magee, Cahirciveen and all places in between welcomed us with warm smiles and friendly conversation. The local residents were very warm and kind as the welcomed us into their corner of paradise. Some of our favourite restaurants include The Red Fox Inn, on N70 just past Killorglin and The Blind Piper on N70 just past Waterville on the way to Kenmare. In Kenmare, we recommend the Seafari, a boat trip through the bay capped off with complimentary coffee and whiskey.
If it's golf you're after...ask and ye' shall receive. There are two local courses to choose from; The Links at Waterville, a top 5 in Europe course, or Skellig Bay Golf Club which you pass through on your way to house. We found the course so breathtaking that we spent as much time taking pictures as we did swinging clubs. The staff was incredible and friendly. If you can't bring your own clubs, not to worry, they provide Titleist clubs for rent.
The owners of this property were friendly, quick to respond and facilitated a special request for a bottle of champagne on our anniversary. The monetary transactions were seamless and the return of our deposit was without delay. We would recommend this property to anyone who wishes to truly enjoy a relaxing vacation with good food, good golf, great Guiness, stunning views and friendly people
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lohar 200 m|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry 55 km, Nearest railway: Killarney 55 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|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, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
Loher Beach House has everything you need for a comfortable relaxing holiday. It is circa 2000 sq ft. The open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen are all very large plus, they have spectacular sea views, whether you are sitting in the lounge having drinks whilst being entertained by the Gannets diving or the Dolphins, sitting at the dinner table at sunset watching the Hares on the lawn, having a coffee at the breakfast bar or cooking whilst entertaining your family.
There are 3 good sized double bedrooms each ample wardrobe/draw space plenty of good hangers and full length mirrors. They also have spacious en-suite shower rooms with excellent power showers and large shower trays. The beds in two of the rooms are zip linked hence they can be converted to twin singles as required. Quality bed Linen and towels are provided i.e. Sheridan/Christy
* The Kitchen & Utility Room are equipped everything you could want:
- Quality Shaker solid oak units
- Granite Worktops
- Siemens A class Appliances - touch control creamic hob, muti-function Micro/Oven, Self Clean Main
oven, auto sensing tumble dryer
- Extensive Spice Rack
- Excellent utensils/pans, etc
- Arthur Price Jazz cutlery
- Quality white china
* The Dining Room has a superb Bylsma solid oiled oak dining suite and is situated beside a 3m window
overlooking the sea
* The Lounge is Huge 5.8m x 8.6m & luxuriously Furnished
- Collins & Hayes Suite
- Blysma solid oiled Oak Furniture
- Oiled Oak Flooring
- Latest 42inch High Definition Plasma TV, BlueRay 5.1 Home Cinema system with MP3 interface
- SKY+ Digital TV & Recorder
- Large Glass fronted stove/open fire - Burn Turf, Logs or coal
* Main Bathroom - Is equipped with large double ended bath
* Master Bedroom - Includes latest HD LED TV, a large walk in wardrobe, en suite shower room
* Central Heating & Double Glazing - Latest condensing boiler ( fully programmable) together with hi tech glass ensures you stay warm at minimal cost. Also a superb open fire for those that like the feel of a real fire
* Entertainment - Music/DVDs/ Books/Magazines & Family Games - There is a range for your use
|Further details outdoors||
Loher Beach House is situated on a stunning elevated 1 acre site overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and the Atlantic. The gardens are landscaped in natural local stone and planted with a wide range of plants to complement the sea facing location. French doors open onto the patio which is furnished with top quality Teak table and chairs hence you can enjoy an al fresco meal or just sit and watch the sunset over the mountains. For your convenience the drive goes right around to the rear of the house so you can drive right up to the back door. There is a large garage accessible for bikes, etc. and it houses the BBQ, a swing ball set, Beach Boards, fishing rod & reel all for your use.
As said previously. the area is renowned for its wide range of activities. There are lots of beautiful, safe Blue Flag beaches within easy reach for beach combing, fishing or surfing. It is an Anglers and Golfers paradise they are truly spoilt for choice. For Anglers many of Irelands biggest specimens are caught here each year and for golfers the local courses attract the worlds top golfers and the general area is steeped in history. Some examples of things to do:
- Skellig Rocks - Take a boat trip to the Skellig Rocks explore how monks lived in the 12th century and see
one of the largest Sea Bird colonies in Europe.
- Visit Derrynane - Stunning beach & Cove plus Daniel O'Connell Museum & Gardens
- Killarney National Park - Muckross House and the Great Lakes
- Art - Landscape artists paradise visit the Cil Reelig Art Centre
- Skellig Ring - A must do trip for panoramic views of the Skelligs, Valentia Island and Dingle and the Blasket
Islands. Chocoholics can stop and sample the exclusive handmade chocolate factory
- Sea Fishing - Deep Sea trips available also excellent rock and beach fishing for Bass
- Game Fishing - Some of the best Sea Trout & Salmon fishing in Ireland in the Lough Currane system
- Golf - Links courses ranked in the world top 10 on your doorstep plus many others within a short drive
- Walking/cycling - hundreds of stunning walks & cycle routes i.e. Kerry Way but in our view the best walk is to
just turn left at the bottom of the drive and walk out to Hog's Head
- Horse Riding - several stables offering a wide range of facilities including beach riding
1. A deposit is required to confirm booking and a damage deposit is required with your final payment
2. Final payment is 6 weeks prior to arrival. Once received payment will be acknowledged and directions supplied together with access details.
3. Charges include quality bed linen and towels and will be changed weekly for multi week rentals if required.
4. Quality cot and high chair are available by prior booking
5. No smoking in the house
6. No Pets allowed
The County Kerry region
Kerry is renowned for its spectacular beaches, mountains rugged peninsulars, picturesque bays and fishing villages and profusion of sub tropical plants & trees. Whatever your interest, kerry will surprise and entertain you with the very best of everything from the finest gourmet restaurants to widest range of outdoor pursuits, Golf, Sea & Game Fishing, Walking, Cycling, Riding, Kayaking, Surfing, Beachcombing.
The area is steeped in history and has the greatest density of historical and archealogical sites in Ireland.
For example: discover the dramatic abbeys of Muckross,, Innisfallen and Adfert, Explore romantic castles Ross Castle or Stague Fort; visit the palatial gardens of Muckross, Derrynane House.
Enjoy the 3 day annual Caherciveen carnival and the famous Puck Fair held in Killorglin
You will really enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the Kerry people. The Irish refer to Kerry as the "Kingdom" as it is believed to be the closest thing to heaven on earth and its people are very happy to share it with you.
The Gulf Stream ensures that the climate remains mild with a good balance of sun, wind and rain June to September are generally the best months for weather however, this past two years both May and October were very dry warm and sunny.
Loher Beach House is perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and surrounded by Ireland’s highest mountain range. It is the ideal location to explore the "Ring of Kerry" and has the widest and most varied range of outdoor activities one could wish for.
Alternately, just relax in the luxury of our home and enjoy the spectacular scenary and array of wildlife.
For the foodies there is a wide range of eateries on tap including some of the finest Seafood restaurants and/or enjoy the Guiness and the atmosphere in one of several traditional Irish pubs.
The SouthWest of Ireland is home to some of the world's most renowned and prestigious golf courses - Waterville, Dooks, Ballybunion, Tralee and Killarney are amongst the top courses in the world and are all within easy reach. The new "Skellig Bay" links course is a rising star and is just 1 km from the house.
Please review our Guest Feedback section - This is just a snapshot of it but a key differentiator and will give you a good appreciation of what people enjoy about holidaying at Loher Beach House and why they come back to us year on year.
Waterville has also attracted many celebreties over the years, for example Charlie Chaplain, who loved it so much he made it his home in retirement. World famous golfers travel here regularly to enjoy the challenge of the world renowned links courses - even Tiger Woods. I have detailed below a general overview together with a more detail on of some of the most popular venues and activities plus there is lots of information at the house for you, including maps :
As the name implies we are surrounded by water hence the area is also renowned for its diverse range of water based activities - for example kayaking - enjoy a day dolphin, seal and basking shark spotting, Watch the Sea birds working and do a spot of fishing over the inshore reefs & creeks for Bass, Mullet & Mackeral. Join a diving trip to explore the magical underwater environment - On tap are some of the best and most renowned diving sites in Europe. Surfing is now becoming popular; in fact there are local meets regularly both in Waterville and just a km from the house.
There are several idylic Blue Flag Beaches, such as Derrynane, Ballinskelligs, the White Strand and Kells Beach. Plus you have the beautiful secluded Loher Beach just below the house. Hence Beach combing in the many rock pools is superb way to relax and there are so many choices of beach that you will never find a crowded one
If you are a keen angler, like myself you will be spoilt for choice. For years Waterville has been a mecca for anglers who come here to enjoy the Game and sea angling. From the Lakes & rivers Sea trout and salmon are the the main quarry. . In fact, the largest Sea Trout in Ireland is always caught locally on the Lough Currane system and every year. My personal best Sea Trout is 9lb 6 oz and is mounted on display in the lounge.
Sea Angling is also excellent from the shore or a boat. Shore fishing for Bass & pollack is superb as is the Deep Sea fishing from where some of my sea angling friends have captured monster Skate over 200lbs, conger to 60lb and Tuna to 80lb. In fact this coastline also produces some of Irelands largest specimen sea species each year
For families, there is something for everyone; there are lots of attractions in the area - in fact just a 15 minute walk from the house is the ancient 6th century Loher Ring Fort. The excellent world renowned Skellig Experience Interpretive Centre at PortMagee provides information on the UNESCO Skelligs World Heritage Site. But - why not visit the site in person, boat trips depart from the centre and from Waterville. Other attractions in the area include Derrynane House and Gardens, The Old Barracks, Glanleam House, Cill Rialaig, Kells House & Gardens, The Staigue Fort & Ballycarbery Castle. The Old Cable Station Museum - also depicts the history of the first transatlantic cable which was run many years ago from Waterville via Ballinskeeligs and Valentia.
There are numerous walking and cycling routes in the area, including the world famous "Kerry Way", which follows the coastline and passes just at the rear of Loher Beach House. The spectacular "Skellig Ring", however, is a must do trip either by whatever means of transport as it offers stunning views of the coastline and Skellig Rocks. Also Chocoholics can stop and sample the unique and very special hand made chocolates, or a "Solid" easter egg at the Skellig Chocolate factory
Waterville Golf Links
Links land is a geological rarity. Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. www.watervillegolflinks.ie
Skellig Bay Golf Course
The course opened for play in Spring 2006 and has already been rated in Irelands “Top 50”.
"Skellig Bay is full of challenging golf holes” says Sunday Independent Golf Correspondent Dermot Gilleece.
The Skellig Experience
Here, you can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry! Here, through re-creations and models you can study the works and lives of the Skellig monks of the early Christian period, their activities, their endurance and their dedication in gaining a foothold on a tiny, inhospitable, offshore island and creating a community there that survived for some 600 years. In The Skellig Experience’s 80-seat auditorium, a 16-minute audio-visual presentation will take you in the footsteps of those Skellig monks, and wonder at the legacy of architecture that they left behind. In The Skellig Experience’s re-created Skellig sea cliff, with life-size models, you can get to know, by sight and sound, the life and times of the Skellig Monks.
Fishing in Waterville
Waterville is a Game and Sea Anglers paradise. The Lough Currane system includes five Loughs which offer the best Sea Trout fishing in Europe. Boats and/or Ghillies are available details at www.loughcurrane.com . For Shore anglers, there are numerous beach and rock fishing marks all around the Bay. In addition to the usual types of fish, Bass are readily taken on both lures and the fly, an experience rarely forgotton. A great spot for Bass fishing is from the beach below Lohar Beach House, alternatively visit one of the many other surf beaches in the bay such as Waterville, Reenroe or Derrynane. The rocks towards hogs head regularly produce specimen Wrasse and Pollack as well as conger eels and Mackerel. I have also caught the occasional Trigger fish. Many of the best marks are within walking distance of the house. Superb Deep Sea fishing is available for parties or individuals.
For sea fishing take a look at www.cfb.ie.
I am happy to give advice or help recommend and/or arrange guides or trips.
Derrynane House & Gardens
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands. The gardens are particularly spectacular and lead down to a blue flag beach. The planting is sub-tropical due to the mild climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. Location: 4 miles from the house (off N70 - "Ring of Kerry"). Outdoor self-guiding trail.