Holiday home, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, so we are also available for a non-simultaneous swap. Stunning architect designed house, situated at the foot of Mount...
Where is it?
I don't know what to say except this region of Skellig Kerry in SW corner of Ireland is one of the most unique places in the world, anchored by the Skellig Rocks 10km in the Atlantic, the 6th Century monastery is now UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the Wild Atlantic Way, and on the famous Irish scenic drive the Ring of Kerry, in the SW corner of Ireland and Europe, in the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.
With the highest mountains in Ireland on one side, and penned in by the Atlantic Ocean on the other 3 sides, the landscape, the history, the archeology, the food, the traditions and the People here in this Region of Skellig Kerry is very very unique and special. Have a look at #SkelligKerry & #SkelligCoast and you'll see the images on Twitter and on FB.
Our house is 1km from the village of Cahersiveen, it stands on its own large garden (mostly wild shrubs in the ditches, and is very private (but will wonderful resident Irish neighbours too) so many be beaches closeby, mountains and the sounds of the estuary which flows into Valentia Harbour (especially at night) are magical.
So if you like to hike or walk on mountains, the highest mountains in Ireland run down the backbone of this peninsula. And there is an ancient pilgrim trail on the mountain opposite our house on the other side of the Estuary, it is one of only 14 National Pilgrim Trials in Ireland. - Cnoc na dTobar, Hill of the Wells. You can see the Skelligs Rocks from the trail (See photo)
If you like to golf, our house is 20 mins from the world renowned Waterville Golf Links and the newer Skellig Bay course, also by Waterville Village. (See photo)
if you like beaches, there are 4 blue flag beaches within 30 mins drive from our house and so many other coves and beaches (without the facilities but with the same clean Atlantic waters). A quick swim and a jump of a pier every day of your trip is a tradition here. We have wetsuits and the water is never that very cold as the gulf stream come by our coastline. It's not the Med but a quick dip is so invigorating! Surfing and sea angling are also popular. Derrynane Beach and Ballinskellig Beach are very popular long sandy blue flag beaches. (See photos)
If you like food, Michelin list has named only 2 food pubs in all of county Kerry on the 2015 list, both in Cahersiveen. Fish is obviously a specialty but also our lamb and beef is local and grass-fed.
If you like archeology, Pilgrims have been coming to this Skellig Region of Kerry for thousands of years. Drawn by the majestic Skellig Rocks, the larger of which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can try to take a boat trip to land there in the Summer months - it's very weather dependent and one of life's privileges even to see the Rocks, not to mind land there and walk in the monastery built by the monks over 1000 years ago. Many ancient Ring Forts, old churches. (See photo)
The oldest fossilised tetrapod tracks in the world are to be found on Valentia Island, something like 280Million years old.
If you like photography, we're in the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the World. And the Atlantic Ocean is different every single day.
The landscape is world renowned, any website or photos or video of Ireland will feature much of the landscape here.
There are lots of playgrounds for children, in Summer the Water Centre has a trampoline out off the pier which is a godsend on the soft days (i.e.. rainy days). Skellig Chocolate Factory (sells in Harvey Nichols and Harrods and Dublin's Brown Thomas). Chocollette's in Cahersiveen and le Petit Delice bakery that supplies the pastries to Kerry's 5* hotels. Old Barracks which encourages smaller kids to come dressed as knights and princess or whatever…..hosts an important exhibition on local man Daniel O'Connell, after whom the main street in Dublin is called.
If you like to cycle, then there are any number of fantastic routes. Into the mountains, over mountains passes. You have to do the Skellig Ring.
This is a place you walk, you stroll, you sit, you talk to locals, you interact, you smile and nod, and you just get to FEEL: this place.
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