Our house in Sneem is our second home located at the edge of the village. It is very comfortable, with an open-plan living area downstairs with wooden...
Where is it?
The property is located in a very quiet and safe area in the village of Sneem. The village comprises two squares, North and South, linked by a bridge in the middle. The village is located on the world-famous Ring of Kerry amidst dramatic rugged mountain and seascape. To be precise it is situated on the Iveragh Peninsula and the route N70 runs through the village. This is traditional Ireland in a very beautiful part of South Kerry, located between the seaside town of Waterville and beautiful Kenmare. The tourist centre of Killarney is only forty minutes drive along one of Ireland's most scenic and beautiful drives.
The area around Sneem offers a multitude of water-based, sea angling, river fishing, boat tours, equestrian, golf and mountain walking activities. There are numerous excellent golf courses nearby including championship courses such as Waterville where world famous golfers are regularly seen taking some time out. Horse Racing tracks are situated in Mallow (Cork), Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and Limerick. Sneem is known for its warm and friendly local community, and it also has a strong British and Dutch ex pat community. Tour buses pass through the village filled with Americans, Germans, British and Japanese tourists but this just adds to the buzz of the village for a few hours around the middle of the day.
The village has a doctor (2), pharmacy, post office, churches (RC and Anglican), butchers (famous for Sneem black pudding), restaurants, pubs and craft shops. There are a number of artists living locally, some with private galleries.
There are some excellent hotels, such as renowned Parknasilla Resort just outside the village. There is a smaller modern hotel in Sneem with a good dining room. There are a number of small restaurants (some only open March to October while others open all year round) in the village and nearby Kenmare town is recognized as a gourmet and artisan food location in Kerry.
Further away there is good shopping in Killarney (40 mins drive) and the county town of Tralee (famous for its Rose of Tralee festival). Cork City offers excellent shopping (every bit as good as Dublin in terms of variety and store brands) and is two hours away within easy drive. Limerick City is also about two hours easy drive with all the history and culture it has to offer.
One of only two coral beaches in Ireland can be found near Gleesk pier, not far westwards from the house.
There are numerous sandy beaches in South Kerry, the primary one being Inch Strand. Near Sneem there is a lovely hidden beach with island you can walk to at low tide to view the ruined monastery and cemetery (at Derrynane.
Dingle is a very popular destination with tourists and is an hour's drive away.
Airports are Kerry (regional 50 mins), Cork (international 2 hours) and Shannon (international 2.5 hours). Dublin is much further away (5.5 hours). By car, there are ferries such as Brittany Ferries via Cork, Stena and Irish Ferries via Rosslare, Co Wexford, or Irish Ferries and Stena via Dublin or Dunlaoghaire (just south of Dublin).
The Ring of Kerry is the most visited route in Ireland for generations of international travelers, especially American and European. The climate and flora is influenced by the Gulf Stream and the adjacent National Park with its very diverse fauna and flora which offer an amazing place to relax or participate in many outdoor activities. Whether it is watching for Ireland's largest herd of native Red Deer (once near extinct) as they roam the forests and countryside freely, or following segments of the hugely popular 'Kerry Way' walking trail, you will have lots to do and see. The Geopark has an information office in Sneem. The are many ancient and historical sites in the area around Sneem, for example, stone forts such as Staigue Fort (circa 1BC), Ballinskelligs ancient monastic colony on rocks off the mainland (boat trips availble), and Derrynane House (home of Daniel O'Connell MP, The Liberator). Muckross House and Gardens is situated on the Sneem road out of Killarney is a 19th Century victorian mansion set amidst the stunning beauty of the National Park. There are tea rooms and traditional farm as well as house tours or a walk to Muckross Lake, one of the three famous Lakes of Killarney.
The village of Sneem and its environs has been a favoured holiday destination for families and single travelers since mid 1800s. Famous visitors to Sneem included people such as Princess Grace of Monaco, President Charles de Gaulle of France, Charlie Chaplin maintained a summer home in the area and his family still do. It is a favored spot for holiday homes for some of Irelands judiciary, business and artistic people over the decades and remains so today. Expect a slower pace of life here than elsewhere in Ireland such as Dublin or Cork, expect a welcome chat from the local inhabitants, and expect informality and some decent real Irish pubs filled with locals of all age.
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