Large 5 Bed trad Irish cottage (modern interiors), on Wild Atlantic Way & Ring of Kerry

Large 5 Bed trad Irish cottage (modern interiors), on Wild Atlantic Way & Ring of Kerry




Apr 2015

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 11
3 Bathrooms

About our home

We spend 3 - 4 months of the year in our home here, this Region is a Place that you FEEL and our house is designed with that in mind. It's a new build (2004) but in the style of an old Irish traditional cottage, with modern extensions, insulations and contemporary interiors. 4 bedrooms downstairs sleeping 7 (1 en-suite and a separate full bathroom downstairs too), large guest bedroom upstairs with en suite and walk-in wardrobe and big glass windows for views over the Estuary and onto the mountains. Separate glassed in mezz level for tv and double sofa bed. Kitchen & open plan dining area by patio doors with views, stove/open-fire in the living area there. Then completely separate new living extension with WC and office space. Outdoor furniture and an outdoor gas fire pit (so you can sit outside for a long time and watch those starry skies)

A home for 4 children, so has all the important stuff like a good space to play football, a place to hangout and watch DVDs, swings, a sea kayak and place to dry wetsuits…. and a separate living space for the adults too to enjoy. Because we spend so much time here, including at Christmas and in Winter, our kitchen is a full spec for family living. With underfloor heating and a solid fuel open fire (burn the traditional turf). Books, dvds, CDs, toys, games etc.

4 bedrooms downstairs (2 doubles, a twin and a single) with 2 bathrooms and a large separate bedroom upstairs with an en-suite bathroom. Also a double sofa bed in the TV room upstairs. Lots of glass to enjoy the views.


More about us

  1. We're a typical Irish family with 4 children aged 7 - 12. We're very active, very sporty and we like people.

    We are both professionals and live and work in Dublin, but Cahersiveen is my home (Mother). I grew up here and our children love the freedom they have in rural Ireland. And we love to come to this Place where every hill has a name, every field has a story and every rock in every field has a memory. It's very special and we're very lucky. It's real Ireland with real Irish people whether they were born here or not - they have chosen to settle here to be in Real Ireland. It's a bit of a secret here, amazing fresh food (fish and grass-fed beef and lamb), wonderful fishing, golf, mountains, pubs where chat and craic and dancing is for the love of it - not a show for visitors. Lots of artists, music and traditions. We often have visitors to our home, and we help them to discover this Place depending on their interests, with suggested itineraries etc. and you have to flexible and open to new experiences and all sorts of weather. If we don't have rain we don't have rainbows and that green green grass. "No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes"

    This is our second home and we use it all of July and August, Christmas time and Easter and Halloween school holidays if we aren't travelling. So outside of those times, it's usually free (when family don't make use of it if it's free). September is a really lovely month, purple mountains, warm(er) ocean and still bright until 9pm here (We're very far West)

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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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