Our house is part old stone cottage and part rebuilt barn. It is a few metres' walk from a beautiful beach, with uninterrupted sea views. There are two comfortable guest bedrooms to choose from, one with a double bed and the other with a double and a single. There are two shower-rooms with toilets, a huge lounge with views over the bay and a woodburning stove. The house is situated in St Finan's Bay, south-west Kerry, from which the Skellig Islands can be seen. It sits in the middle of 1.5 acres of land, which is bordered on one side by a stream with a waterfall. The area is very quiet and undeveloped, ideal for a peaceful retreat, with breathtaking views everywhere. The house is about 15km from the nearest towns and shops, so a car is absolutely essential. Visitors have described our house as a haven of peace and quiet.
Needs and Animals
- My pets
- 2 cats
We have two 5-year-old ginger cats, Dennis and Vera, who are brother and sister. They are typical rural cats, who like to come and go, but spend much of the time sleeping and enjoying home comforts. They are fed morning and evening, and need to keep their water-supply topped up. They might be a bit shy at first. Most nights, before we go to bed, we put them outside (there are 3 outbuildings they can enter for shelter). If the weather is very cold or stormy, we let them stay indoors. Really, we'd simply ask our house-sitters to let the cats follow their usual routines and habits. They are not always very demonstrative but they do appreciate human company.
- 150 - 500 m² (1590 - 5290 sq. ft.)
- More than 1000 m² (1060 sq. ft.)
Quiet and restful are the first words to spring to mind. And we're surrounded by stunning scenery. The area is very quiet and undeveloped, ideal for a peaceful retreat, with breathtaking views everywhere. The house is about 15km from the nearest towns, Cahirciveen and Waterville, so a car is absolutely essential. There are no shops, pubs or bars in our village, though within walking distance are the church, a Holy Well, the community centre, a small village school and a world-renowned artisan chocolate-maker's (which welcomes visitors, and has a cafe). There are two banks in Cahirciveen, and a library. There are post-offices in Cahirciveen, Waterville, Ballinskelligs and Portmagee. There is a doctor's surgery and pharmacy in Waterville as well as in Cahirciveen.
Comfort and Luxury
Visitors to our house are often captivated by the view from the large bay window in the lounge, which looks out onto the beach and ocean - they say that whatever the weather, it is mesmerising to simply sit and watch the ever-changing sea and skyscapes. They say it's more absorbing than the TV! Bird-watchers will enjoy the diving gannets and soaring birds of prey. Seals make regular visits to the bay; dolphins and basking sharks visit less often, but you never know your luck. We don't subscribe to a TV provider but we have a TV screen and DVD player, and a vast collection of DVDs. There is a radio, a CD player and many CDs. We also have hundreds of books. We have a backgammon and a Scrabble set. Wifi is available. The woodburner in the main living-room is very user-friendly, and keeps the room cosy, though there are also electric heaters if making fires is not your thing. The decor and furnishing of the house is a mixture of contemporary, traditional and regional. Our water supply comes from the mountain, and when tested was found to be of superb quality so there's no need to buy in plastic bottles. There is a terrace, with seating, at the front of the house for enjoying the views and the sea air in fine weather. The house is in the Kerry Dark Skies Reserve, and is in one of the least light-polluted areas on the whole of Europe - on clear nights, the display of stars (including the Milky Way) is quite magnificent. Visitors have often waxed lyrical about being lulled to sleep at night by the sound of the sea.
Tourism and Leisure
The area is ideal for hiking and exploring, with ancient monuments, hill forts and Ballycarbery Castle at the nearest town of Cahirciveen. Cahirciveen and the village of Waterville have a great selection of restaurants, shops and bars. There is a golf course at Waterville, a Blue Flag beach at Ballinskelligs (about 5km from the house) which is very calm and safe for swimmers. Some of the local beaches are used by experienced surfers; the less-experienced can take surf lessons in Ballinskelligs. For those with the fortitude to tackle the hilly terrain, bicycles can be hired in Cahirciveen. From the house, there are several very pleasant routes for walkers. Within easy, level walking-distance are the Holy Well; The Glen Pier; Keel Church, a ruined and very atmospheric building in a beautiful setting; the world-renowned artisan chocolate-maker's Skelligs Chocolates (which welcomes visitors and has a cafe); the more intrepid can hike up to Bolus Fort, which was built during the Napoleonic wars. There is a neolithic wedge-tomb about 20 minutes' walk away, and standing stones are plentiful in the area. The fishing-village of Portmagee, a fifteen-minute drive over the mountain, is very picturesque, with an excellent bar/restaurant. There are three different sub-tropical gardens to visit within a 45-minute drive. There are riding/pony-trekking facilities in the area - there is a range of leaflets at the house outlining the different attractions and activities in the area.
Keel, County Kerry, Ireland
From Sunday 2018
To Tuesday 2018
We haven't yet bought our tickets, but we'd really appreciate it if our house/pet-sitters could arrive a night before we leave, and maybe stay a night after we return. I've factored the extra days into the dates above.
Registered since 16/05/2018