We rented this house for a week in July.
It was pretty difficult to find a house of this size in Kerry so the choice was pretty limited.
There were good and bad points about this house which I'll share in the hope they may be of use to fellow travellers.
Firstly the good points;
Good location, close to Dingle (10 min drive)
Great beach about 5 minutes walk from the house
The house itself is deceptively spacious as the loft is converted it squeezes in a couple of extra rooms up there.
And the not so good points;
The hours of entry, you are not allowed to even approach the house until after 5pm on the Day of check in (the host was very specific about this) and you have to be fully out with keys in letter box by 10am on the day of check out (again no flexibility about this at all even when requested) I get they need to clean the house but this does seem a bit over the top to me given everything they expect you to do before you leave.
The list of instructions insisted we stripped all our own beds and leave the bedding and towels in the laundry room, everything had to be back in its specific place. All the rubbish had to be put in the bin outside and the recycling had to be taken to some petrol station 5 miles away along with a host of other instructions.
There were signs all over the house telling you what you could and couldn't do, not open windows, not change settings on TV etc etc etc. All a little over the top.
The condition of the house was a little lacking. The floor tiles in the kitchen were missing grout and loose, the oven was tiny with a door that didn't close and it took ages to heat up. The Jacuzzi had a broken button so we couldn't use it. The blinds in the skylight windows upstairs are paper thin so come 4am it's like the middle of the day in the bedrooms, black out blinds would easily have sorted this. Now these are all minor things but when your paying €3000 a week to stay somewhere you do expect the place not to have these kind of defects.
All in all the house was OK but definitely overpriced for what it is. Next time I think we will go elsewhere.
Great location with beach 5 mins away. Short drive into lively DIngle. Beautiful house that sleeps 12 comfortably. Would most definitely book again.
Cannot begin to adequately express how perfect Niamh and Frank's house was for our family vacation. There were 12 of us. Two of our children and their spouses and six of our grandchildren. We enjoyed this wonderful spot the first week in August, and it was amazing. The boys cooked huge breakfasts every morning in the wonderful kitchen and everyone then took off exploring. The beach down the road (accompanied by Monster, the dog from across the street), the climb up the mountain behind the house. Dingle, Slea Head, Ballyferriter, Inch Beach, castles and ruins, even golf for 8 of us one day. Loved being in the farm area surrounded by sheep and cows (even enjoyed the "traffic jam" occasionally while waiting for the cows to pass!). Evenings were spent around the table playing cards and games, and most nights the kids took over the upstairs lounge area watching movies and playing Wii. A huge thank you to Frank and Niamh. You have a beautiful spot here, and we had a memorable and fantastic family week enjoying beautiful Ireland and its wonderful people.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The house is so comfortable and the setting is stunning
We had a great time very comfortable home and responsive owners. The setting is magical and conveniently located just outside Dingle with a lovely beach just a three minutes walk down the road
Beautiful home and views! The beach area 2 mins away by foot is incredible! Niamh, is lovely!
If we ever get back to Ireland we are going straight back to this home! It was perfect! Thank you!!!
Getting too old to travel but wanted to show children and grandchildren one of my favorite places on earth. We stayed in this beautiful house that was replete with every convenience and glorious views--all we could have desired. We visited every ancient site in the area, hiked up hills, fished in Dingle Bay and returned to the comforts provided by the kind and helpful owners. This house will always be part of my best memories of Ireland
We flew from the States and then drove across the country to get to this rustic piece of land and sea. Encompassed in the serenity of the green, we were relaxed and happy. But once we turned onto the Wild Atlantic Way, we felt a certain excitement. The foxgloves and wildflowers along the walls led us to the Cinn Aird road and everything stood still- vibrating in a free space that allows all to breathe. I'd vote this the most relaxing place on earth.
We arrived late so had to go looking in Dingle Town for dinner. We landed at John Benny's where they made us feel so welcome and cozy on a tapestried bench with locals, a fish curry, mussels, roast/ veg/ mashers for the kids. A woman with her squeeze box and a man with a guitar and stories played just feet away while we ate. Later in the week we attended a more formal folk concert at St. James that's not to be missed. We also enjoyed Chowder, Ashe's, The Goat Street Social Club, and all the wool shops before we left.
The morning we awoke, we watched a fox spring over the hills with birds squawking around her. She came all the way to the yard and stared at us, as sure a welcome as any stranger'd expect. We cooked and enjoyed many meals in the great kitchen at the house, found quiet moments in the beautifully lit front room. The bedrooms were quiet and comfy. There's so much space to be together but enjoy moments alone, too.
The walk from Didean to the beach delighted and enchanted us. All the colors surprised us, especially in the subdued and misty rain (purple-pink foxgloves, small yellow flowers and white, the rocks in lavender and rose and greys, the turquoise sea and blue skies, the emerald green all around!). We took another walk to a lighthouse and castle ruins along some cliffs nearby. The Slea Head Drive and short hike to Peddler's Lake at Conor Pass were refreshing!
We took a few road trips crossing the country over our 2 week stay and were always relieved to come back to this quiet, homey spot.
Frank and Niamh were patient with our big group and very efficient and helpful communicating, but did not hover. We are simply grateful they shared this glimpse of peace with us.