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Luxury House - very special, very private, with stunning sea & mountain views – Home 92224 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Luxury House - very special, very private, with stunning sea & mountain views – Home 92224

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min stay

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House / 3 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 9 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Sneem Secret Harbour is a superb luxury hideaway overlooking the sea in the exclusive area of Oysterbed & Parknasilla, close to Sneem village in the 'kingdom' of Kerry on the magical Wild Atlantic Way.

Very special, very private, very beautiful and almost secret.....if you are looking for tranquillity, privacy, comfort, safety and space, and the ultimate escape, this 'little piece of heaven' is the perfect place.

The panoramic sea and mountain views are simply spectacular and the maze of tracks winding through the 7 acres surrounding the house offer wonderful walks and hours of exploration for everyone.

Whatever your interests, the area offers a fantastic choice of exhilarating and fun activities to suit all ages and levels of experience: kayaking, snorkelling, diving, coasteering, hiking, hill walking, cycling, horse riding, angling, golfing, painting, bird watching, whale & dolphin watching, photography, nature and wildlife....or simply

Sneem Secret Harbour is a superb luxury hideaway overlooking the sea in the exclusive area of Oysterbed & Parknasilla, close to Sneem village in the 'kingdom' of Kerry on the magical Wild Atlantic Way.

Very special, very private, very beautiful and almost secret.....if you are looking for tranquillity, privacy, comfort, safety and space, and the ultimate escape, this 'little piece of heaven' is the perfect place.

The panoramic sea and mountain views are simply spectacular and the maze of tracks winding through the 7 acres surrounding the house offer wonderful walks and hours of exploration for everyone.

Whatever your interests, the area offers a fantastic choice of exhilarating and fun activities to suit all ages and levels of experience: kayaking, snorkelling, diving, coasteering, hiking, hill walking, cycling, horse riding, angling, golfing, painting, bird watching, whale & dolphin watching, photography, nature and wildlife....or simply relaxing. There are few other places where you can enjoy the outdoors in such visually stunning and dramatic scenery, from dazzling lakes with dramatic mountain backdrops to hidden valleys and panoramic ocean views.

The house is in pristine condition with all high quality furniture and appliances. The interior is fresh and contemporary with a palette of colours, plants, pictures and furnishings that is rich, warm, welcoming and wonderfully relaxing. The amazing views wrap around the house and can be enjoyed from every window.....sea, ebbing tides, changing weather fronts, panoramic mountains, glorious sunsets, starry skies, moonlit waters, extensive gardens and native woodland which is home to lots of wildlife.

The south-facing kitchen, dining, living room and conservatory are flooded with sunlight that streams through large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. These exit onto a paved patio with dining furniture and a gas BBQ to enjoy relaxed dining outside. A highly efficient geothermal system provides comfortable and cosy under floor heating throughout and the stylish wood burning stove adds that bit of extra magic on chilly nights. WiFi is freely available in the house.

Further details

We provide the highest quality bed linen and lots of soft white towels. We also provide a very good supply of all the kitchen essentials, a generous welcome hamper, mobile phone for inland calls, firewood for the stove, books, maps, dvds, music, games, art materials.

Free WiFi is provided throughout the house.

Gas BBQ is available on request (please let us know in advance if required-€30 p.w. charge).

Reliable babysitting can be arranged and if required, please let us know.

Extra supply of fresh Bed Linen and Towels is provided for multi week rentals.

The usual time of occupation is 5:00 pm on your arrival day and no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of your departure. Please let us know if these times are unsuitable and, if possible on the day, other arrangements can be put in place.

Saturday is our standard changeover day, especially during high season, but please do contact us if you would like to discuss alternative arrangements.

Further details indoors

The interior is modern and contemporary with a palette of colours, plants, pictures and furnishings that is warm, welcoming and wonderfully relaxing. The house has all high quality furniture and top of the range appliances and is superbly equipped. The interior is bright and spacious, designed to provide maximum pleasure and comfort as you relax and enjoy the stunning views of the changing tides, evening sunsets, sea and mountains, and observe the variety of wildlife that regularly visits the grounds (we provide binoculars and wellingtons for your convenience).

This is a house for all seasons. Sunshine and brightness stream through the large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors in the conservatory, living room and kitchen/dining area. All these conveniently open on to the south facing sun patio for outdoor dining and relaxation during the summer.

The eco-friendly and highly efficient geothermal system provides under floor heating throughout the house. All floors are tiled for maximum heating efficiency and the effect underfoot is luxurious. For those relaxing and romantic nights in by the fire, the contemporary wood-burning stove in the living room provides that extra little bit of charm, comfort and cosiness (firewood provided for your convenience).

High quality Thomas Sanderson blinds are fitted on all windows and doors giving complete privacy. These neat and discreet blinds don't ever interfere with the wonderful views and with the addition of blackout blinds in the bedrooms, are totally effective in eliminating all day light in the bedrooms, guaranteeing a great night's sleep or a welcome afternoon nap.


The 3 large en suite bedrooms are spacious, bright, beautifully decorated and have lots of storage.

Bedroom 1 - Ground Floor with King bed (5ft-153cm). Ensuite has bath with overhead shower.

Bedrooms 2 & 3 - First Floor rooms each have 1 King bed (5ft-153cm) and 1 Single Bed (3ft-90cm).

Bedroom 3 opens on to a large deck giving panoramic views. Both Ensuites have large power showers.

There is a guest toilet in the entrance hall.


The contemporary designer kitchen has top of the range integrated appliances (at eye level for extra convenience) and is designed to create a very user friendly work space. It is immaculately white, superbly equipped with a fantastic stock and selection of high quality crockery, cutlery, glassware and equipment to ensure that our guests' cooking experience is hassle free and successful, whether its bangers and beans or lobster and steak that's on the menu!


A wonderfully bright, spacious room with comfortable modern leather suite, flat screen TV, Sky multi channel, DVD/Radio/CD player. We provide a large selection of books and dvds for all tastes. Doors open on to the south-facing sun patio that overlooks a small pond and the extensive grounds surrounding the house. The contemporary wood burning stove is a lovely feature in this room and the walls are covered with stunning photographs of local scenery and original art works by Irish artists.


Two sets of double glass doors lead from the living room into the conservatory. This is a beautiful room, full of sunshine and brightness, where you can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the stunning panorama of ever changing views - the tides, evening sunsets, changing weather fronts, Sneem Rowing team heading out the bay for training, the glorious array of colours from the natural heathers, montbretia, foxglove, furze, holly and rowan. Use the binoculars to take a closer look at any passing wildlife. You will sometimes spot the otters or indeed the majestic White Tailed Eagles that have been re-introduced into Ireland after an absence of 100 years.


The utility room has a Freezer, Washing Machine, Condensing Dryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Hoover, large selection of books and games and extra storage.

Further details outdoors

We built Sneem Secret Harbour in 2007. It is the only house on the 7-acre site and is located on a blissfully quiet, picturesque boreen, in an area with only a handful of privately owned houses so there is an atmosphere of calm tranquillity all year round. The house and gardens sit on an elevated site and provide truly spectacular 360* views. The variety of scenery is stunning - there are un-interrupted views of the mountains and the sea that is no more than 100m from the house. Sitting in the conservatory and watching the tides changing or the weather coming in over the mountains, the sun setting or the moon rising over the's almost an activity in itself!

The traditional stone exterior blends beautifully into the surrounding 'pink' stone that is a natural feature of the area, and which creates a backdrop to the gardens and extended grounds that are full of lots and lots of trees, shrubs and luscious evergreens....oak, ash, birch, rowan, chestnut, bamboo, willow, holly, heathers, laurel, rhododendron, ferns, flaxes - these all provide a spectacle of colour at different times of the year and are home to a wonderful selection of wildlife (all kinds of birds, rabbits, hares, otters....which you can observe, sometimes up very close! and especially first thing in the morning (binoculars provided) - a paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers. There is a maze of tracks running through the grounds which provide lovely walks and lots of exploration!

The kitchen, dining area, living room and conservatory all conveniently open onto the south facing patio that runs along the entire rear of the house and enjoys sunshine all day. Patio furniture is provided so that you can take full advantage of the fine weather, and a gas BBQ is available, on request if required.

Bedroom 3 opens on to a large first floor deck which can be accessed also by means of an outside stairway at the rear of the house. Up here you can enjoy absolute peace and tranquillity along with the spectacular views of the grounds and surrounding sea and mountains. This deck area is totally private - a perfect place for reading or painting, enjoying a coffee in the morning sunshine or a cool glass of wine in the evening.

Oysterbed Harbour, with its sailing yachts and fishing boats, variety of wildlife and magical scenery, is less than a 10 minute stroll from the house. This is an idyllic spot for a swim or some relaxed fishing, or to just sit and watch for the seals and dolphins and enjoy the silence! Take a walk down here early in the morning and you're sure to meet some of the local fishermen and, if you fancy some fresh fish for dinner, they will be happy to include your order in their daily catch (depending on what's in season - crabs, prawns, lobster during the summer).

Location description from owner

The Province of Munster region

Sneem Secret Harbour is located just 3km from Sneem village on the world famous Ring of Kerry (N70), unsurpassed for its spectacular scenery and panoramic mountains.

Approximately 25km westwards, you will find miles of long sandy beaches at Derrynane. All watersport activities, including instruction and gear hire, are available here for adults and children. Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. It is now a public museum and a tour around the house, followed by coffee in the tea rooms, is a must.

Kenmare is 24km away, a half hour drive along the beautiful coast road of Kenmare Bay. Kenmare offers a wonderful selection of 5 Star Hotels, Shops, Cafes, Bars and award-winning Restaurants. We highly recommend a cruise with Seafari Ecotours, a 2 hour, 10 mile cruise around Kenmare Bay and islands.

A drive to Muckross House &Gardens in the Killarney National Park (43km) passes through some of the most exquisite scenery in Ireland and provides breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney and surrounding mountains. Killarney is a large tourist town and guarantees a great day out.


Sneem, meaning "knot" in Irish, is known as "The Knot in the Ring". It is a totally relaxed and friendly village and the ideal location for guests looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Sneem has all the usual services of any small town or village, with lots of interesting souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, 4 Star hotel and a wonderful selection of traditional Irish pubs (6) that serve terrific food, regular live music sessions and lots of friendly craic! Try D. O'Sheas pub in the North Square where Mary and Gearbhan are always on hand to serve a very warm welcome, a great pint of Guinness and really good food at reasonable prices, served all day long and which you can enjoy sitting beside a roasting turf fire if the weather is cold or on the deck overlooking Sneem River on warm, sunny days.

It is the ideal base from which to explore the entire Iverage Peninsula (Ring of Kerry), the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, West Cork and further afield in any direction.

There is so much to see and never enough time!
OYSTERBED HARBOUR is practically on our doorstep and it is simply stunning. The bay is sheltered and safe, enjoying the benefits of the Gulf Stream and the mryiad of islands are home to some wonderful wildlife - watch out for the residents!... the curious seals, herons, cormorants, oyster catchers and the dolphins that regularly visit the harbour. Also the White Tailed Eagles that have recently been re-introduced into Ireland after an absence of almost 100 years. These majestic birds are regular visitors flying directly over our house and on to Oysterbed Harbour on their foraging route between Killarney National Park and the Kenmare Bay.

The 5* PARKNASILLA HOTEL and Gardens is just 2km away. This is one of Europe's finest hotels and has a rich heritage dating back to 1692 and has hosted many a famous visitor including Princess Grace and her family. Also George Bernard Shaw who described Parknasilla as a place that ‘does not belong to any world that you and I have ever worked or lived in. It is part of our dream world’.
It is a nearby gem that you simply must visit. The marked pathways and tracks that wind through the hotel's extensive woodlands and islands are set amid spectacular, lush scenery. The walks vary from about 30 minutes up to 2 hours and hen you finish up back at the hotel, you can then reward yourself with a drink in the bar or afternoon tea. Use of the hotel's fully equipped gym and swimming pool is available to non-residents as is the luxurious Thermal Suite.

SNEEM and nearby areas offer every kind of outdoor pursuit - Swimming, Snorkelling, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Hillwalking, Cycling, Golfing, Horseriding, Walking, Boat Trips, Painting, Birdwatching - and our house is ideally located for you to enjoy any of these activities. Please do let us know if you have an activity or hobby that you would like to do during your stay and we will be delighted to advise you on what's what and who are the best local operators. We can also help you to book/organise the activities in advance of your arrival, if necessary. And for those wet days..! we provide a large selection of books, painting and art materials, music, dvd's and games. As mentioned above, Pool and Gym facilities, along with luxury spa treatments are available in the nearby Sneem Hotel and Parknasilla Hotel, and non-residents are very welcome.

Walking and hiking are a huge part of the great outdoors in this area. There is an incredible choice and variety of walks and treks. We are very keen walkers - we met hillwalking and got married on top of a mountain! We can suggest some wonderful looped walks in the area. Walking maps are available from Sneem Tourist Office and also from the Geopark Centre in the village, where walking guides can be booked, if required.
The Kerry Way practically passes our door and at over 200km, it is one of Ireland's longest signposted walking trails and also one of the most popular. It passes through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside and offers a spectacular choice of gentle or rugged routes - from beaches to mountains, short trails to 4 day treks!
Sneem is surrounded by mountains and Ireland's highest peak, Carrantouhill (1039 metres) and the Macgillacuddy Reeks are visible from the deck and are within easy driving distance from the house. Further afield on the Dingle Penninsula is Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest mountain.

If you enjoy any of these, then Oysterbed harbour, with its myriad of islands, is a truly magical place for all these activities. As mentioned above, the bay is sheltered and safe, and enjoys the benefits of the Gulf Stream and is home to some wonderful wildlife. We are familiar with some of the local Kayaking and Dive centres and will be happy to assist you in arranging classes and/or day outings.

Kerry is a paradise for anglers and you'll be spoilt for choice! If you ever dreamed of catching a salmon, then catch your first salmon while staying with us! We can put you in contact with some of the local Fisheries Managers and help you organise everything - boats, rods, gear, licenses, ghillies, etc. for a perfect day's fishing. If you would like to try some sea fishing, we can recommend some local boat operators who are familiar with the best fishing spots and who will take you out the Kenmare Bay for a truly memorable fishing experience.

Kerry is a golfer's paradise and offers golf courses to cater for, and challenge, every skill level from beginner to pro. Kerry's coastline is studded with links courses offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic, while away from the coast you'll find stunning parkland courses that sit in the valleys between the mountains, so whatever your handicap, or the weather, you'll be blown away... by the scenery!
-Parknasilla Golf Club (12-hole) is the nearest course and only 2km from the house. It is a challenging parkland course with stunning scenery.
-Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club (17km away) and Kenmare Golf Club (25km) are both top class courses and offer great golf.
-Waterville Golf Club (40km) is the jewel in the crown. This is a stunning course, ranked in World Top 20, and if you're interested in golf, you simply must find the time to play here ....'golf at Waterville is a mystical experience'.
-Killarney Golf Courses (18-hole x 4 and 9-hole x 3) (45km) offer an endless choice of superb, world renowned courses. The Killarney Golf & Fishing Club hosted the 2011 Irish Open.
As you can see, we are ideally located for all of the above and also within daily driving distance from some other world class courses in the south west e.g. Ballybunnion, Doonbeg, Dromoland, Adare, Tralee, Kinsale, Fota.

Our house is the perfect base from which to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, West Cork and further afield! We can recommend some wonderful 'off the beaten track' trips, where you can experience the incredible natural beauty of Kerry and stop for coffee, lunch or dinner in some really great bars, cafes and restaurants.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • 3 En suites, 1 Toilet Only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time:17:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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House rules

-Check-out is no later than 10.00 a.m. on departure day. We request that guests leave the house and its furnishings in a clean and tidy condition and advise us of any breakages/malfunctions.
-Stays shorter than the stated minimum may indeed be possible so please email us to discuss your particular preferences.
-The house comfortably accommodates up to 6 guests. Persons other than those in the guest party may not stay overnight - except in special circumstances and with prior owner approval.


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This House has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 05 Jun 2009. Located in Sneem, it has 9 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £928 to £1183.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 Apr 2017.


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“Fantastic Kerry Stay”

Reviewed 20 Nov 2012

Property was gorgeous, sitting on small inlet bay of the Kinsale River surrounded by hills on all sides. Perfect place to spend some nice relaxing time and even spent one day of our week just relaxing at the house where we read, explored with our 4 year old (nice abandoned homes on the site), cooked, napped and went down to the bay to look around. A real piece of heaven on earth. Owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable and no item is left unattended. Groceries are stocked, included plenty of food to keep you fed for a week, wifi is supplied, house is spotless, etc. The owners answered any question I raised and were on call for any further assistance. There is no doubt that when we return to Ireland, this will be our first choice. Lilly does an amazing job and if you are going to the Ring of Kerry or just staying in SW Ireland, I would strongly recommend here.


Reviewed 4 Nov 2012

Everything was exactly as promised and more. Wonderful location for those who enjoy privacy and being away from the crowds. This home is tucked away in a far corner if Ireland where life is a bit slower and you can almost forget what day it is. The home is clean and well kept with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The owners are available if you need them but we only had to call once for a minor question. As others have said, the fridge was stocked and the owners met us as promised to let us in and show us around. Great place to kick back and enjoy the real beauty of Ireland

“Luxury house, fantastic views, away from it all!”

Reviewed 29 Jan 2012

Our holiday started with a very warm welcome in person from the owners, together with a delicious hamper, well stocked fridge and plenty of local maps and guidebooks which we loved. Our teenager loved the TV, dvds, and reading in the conservatory whilst enjoying the views. Great location for exploring the Ring of Kerry and a short drive to Kenmare with its great shops, restaurants and wonderful food market.

“Superb house in a relaxing and private setting close to lovely Sneem”

Reviewed 16 Jan 2012

We had very high expectations of this property and we were not disappointed. The house is very comfortable and superbly equipped. It kept the whole family happy: plenty of opportunities for walks and exploring, reading or perfect for teenage chilling. The house is quiet and private with lovely views but really handy for getting out and about around this lovely part of the world. In one too-short week we packed in quiet, short walks; more strenuous walks up the mountains; riding on the beach (twice!); boat trips from Kenmare and of course, countless visits to Sneem. (O'Shea's is just great). Everyone was so friendly, particularly the owners, who couldn't have been more helpful. A great place to stay.

“A jewel in Kerry”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2011

We spent a wonderful week at "Sneem Secret Harbour". This house is worth a 5-star hotel. Bedrooms are very large, each with its own bathroom which is very convenient with teenagers. Beds are extremely comfortable. The kitchen is more than generously equipped. The living-room is very comfortable and the view from the "conservatory" is magnificent. The house is very tastefully decoratd, with many wonderful photos of Kerry landscape. The location is very private. You can fully enjoy the beauty of nature but you are close enough to the lively village of Sneem. The particularly friendly welcome of Eugene & Lilly Ross is a another plus, together with all their useful advice. The location is perfect to explore Kerry, go fishing, walking or horseriding. We would recommend "Sneem Secret Harbour" to anyone looking for a top qualitiy accomodation.

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