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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
Cosy relaxation, read those books reserved for the holidays Ocean view from the front door & 3 rooms,
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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
Cosy relaxation, read those books reserved for the holidays
Ocean view from the front door & 3 rooms,
Fully equipped Kitchen cum diningroom to cook your favourite dishes
Outside dinning, reading or chatting with friends or family in spectacular setting
Sleep sound
Safe swimming  Derrynane  Beach voted 2nd in the Tripadvisor Traveler's top 10   in Ireland in 2016
Derrynane Harbour close by for watersports, sailing, fishing, surfing
Derrynane Blue Flag beach and sand dunes for safe swimming & windswept  romantic walks
Experience the magic of the  Wild Atlantic Way
Gaze at the stars,area designated as an Amazing Dark Sky Reserve for its pristine skys
Small beach with safe swimming nearby
Surfing the broad Atlantic
Ancient stone fort at Staigue 3 miles
Walk on the Kerry Way marked walking trails, through forest, coastline, hills & valleys
Ancient Ogham stone at Derrynane
Changing colour of the majestic mountain range and landscape on the Ring of Kerry
Majestic Ring of Kerry Views.
Fresh baking every day nearby
Toilet facilities suitable for a wheelchair user
Lowlevel shower
Entrance suitable for a wheelchair
Suitable set down point for a wheelchair user
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Bungalow -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Caherdaniel, County Kerry

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mariom m
scotland
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Really lovely”
Reviewed September 12, 2018 for a stay in September 2018

Gorgeous location with stunning views and total privacy.
As a wheelchair user I can confirm that the property was spot on with the exception of the shower seat, a little too small for a paraplegic, I felt unstable on it.
Lovely and cosy, when, due to the weather we lit the fire and remained at home all afternoon. Electricity and oil was approx €12 for our 3 night stay. Very reasonable. Plenty of info on the sights and tours available in the county. Sneem (where we picked up the keys) was great for restaurants and bars and supermarkets.

The owner popped in briefly after pre arranging to say Hi and Bye. She gave us fantastic ideas on which routes to see the " best of the best" and she was right. A lovely half day tour in stunning weather. Thank you very much Josephine!

Highly recommend.

Date of stay: September 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Michael V
2 reviews
“Really nice location”
Reviewed October 23, 2017 for a stay in October 2017

The house is really cosy and in a very good condition. It´s modern, heating works well (important in October, but the chimney is fun as well...), and there is lot of space. It was a warm welcome, having the chimney already prepared to get on fire. :)

Having outstanding view from the terrace to the sea, especially in the morning.
Location is really great for exploring the western part of the Ring of Kerry. There is so much to see there. Great beaches, great locations, also great to visit in autumn.

It´s a little bit hard to find if it's dark, so use the small map delivered with the key, and need to remember some marks during daytime when arring at darkness. ;)

Do not miss the pub in Caherdaniel, having live music on Sunday and Thursday at 21:30. It's really dynamic who will join there for playing...

Date of stay: October 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Leszek P
1 review
“super place.....”
Reviewed May 19, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Quiet and peaceful but ideally placed on the Ring of Kerry. The cottage is set parfect place , beautiful views, Very well equipped and comfortable.

Date of stay: May 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kathleen...
2 reviews
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“Lovely Holiday”
Reviewed July 19, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Recently back from our stay in Gorteen.
Gorteen is ideally situated for exploring the ring of Kerry and further afield. There is a small beach a stone throw away beside O'Carroll's Cove Beach Bar and Restaurant, brilliant location if you're not looking to travel. Whilst Caherdaniel itself has little going on, everything is accessible by car.
Derrynane House is only a 10min drive and has a wonderful fairy trail and beach brilliant day out for the kids. There are other beautiful parts of the gardens to visit too, we didn't due to have two small children with us. Be sure to stop off in the coffee shop at Derrynane house to sample the scones and Fairy Cakes.
Waterville is 20-30 minute drive depending on roadworks, with a beautiful stoney beach and artisan shops, lovely place for a picnic. We stopped off in waterville on our way to Skelligs chocolate factory (be sure to use a Sat Nav) where we got to watch chocolate being made and more importantly got to sample LOTS ! Came home with bags full of treats.
We travelled an hour out to Kenmare which has a LIDL, Supervalu and Aldi to get some essentials. There seems to be a daily markets where you can buy locally produced goods from breads, fruit vegetable and fish to rugs, pottery, jewelry and clothing. A day well spent.
We decided to visit Blueberry Farm in Sneem with the two children (aged 4 and 1.5) coming from the city we have been to petting farms but never had we had such an educational and hands on experience such as this, children got to feed the animals, groom them and even milk a beautiful jersey cow. My four year old said it was the best part of the holiday (costs 40 euro for a family of four for an hour and a half). Stopped off in Sneem afterwards for food.

The house itself is lovely and offers plenty of space, we had planned initially to travel with six adults, three small children and a dog however due to unforeseen circumstances we traveled with four adults and two children. The property overlooks the bay and it is a beautiful space to sit and have a cup of coffee on the bench, however I feel that it isn't suitable to allow a dog of the lead as the lane leads onto a busy road, and isn't suitable to allow children to play freely either as there is no gate securing the property. For those reasons spent little time outside and instead opted to go to the beach to allow the children to burn energy.
Inside the house there are three brilliant size bedrooms, the room with a double bed and a single is an ideal family room, however the single bed could do with being updated as it was a bit wobbly and when we looked underneath there were a couple of wooden slates missing and some had been replaced with what seemed to be MDF board.
The bedroom with two single beds which my partner opted to stay in due to the extra space and fear of the single bed collapsing had notice a slight draught coming through the window.
The living room/kitchen area is an excellent space to relax after a busy day, and a fire to stay cosy (we opted not to use the fire because of the small children)
Josephine called a few times throughout the week and was very welcoming and helpful, the banana bread was delicious.
All in all it was a fantastic stay and we got to do a lot of activities as mentioned earlier. A few minor things we noticed but not enough to put us off. Would recommend this for anyone looking to explore the Ring of Kerry.

Date of stay: July 2016
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Liked best: ideal for visiting different places
Liked least: outdoor area not safe for young children.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities
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Tracysmy
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Retreat”
Reviewed May 9, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Very quiet location, area of outstanding natural beauty, fantastic views of Kenmare bay, wonderful night sky, within the Kerry dark sky reserve.
Spent a week at Gorteen with my husband who is a full-time wheelchair user, great wee place, wide doors, wheel in shower, shower chair available, lowered pathway, lowered light switches, great place for travelling the ring of Kerry. Well equipped, had everything we needed, and we were able to bring the dogs. WiFi was available and we never lost connection once which was great for such a rural location. Fire was set ready to light which was great after the long journey we had.
Loved the banana bread Josephine the owner brought us round.

Date of stay: May 2016
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Liked best: Location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
People with pets
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Management Response
May 21, 2016
Your great review of Gorteen is much appreciated, thank you. The endorsement you gave of the wheelchair facilities is most helpful to those with similar requirements considering a stay there. We are really delighted that you enjoyed your holiday.
Josephine & the O'Neill Family.
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631jamesk
Richmond, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Absolutely Magical”
Reviewed June 11, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Gorteen is nicely appointed. The views of Kemare Bay from the front patio are stunning. We loved walking the nearby Derrydane Beach and portions of the Kerry Way.

Date of stay: May 2015
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Liked best: All of it. The house the beaches and mountains.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Jun 28, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review of your stay at Gorteen. We do appreciate it,
Josephine & The O'Neill Family.
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Janeyb519
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Amazing location and views, average house.”
Reviewed June 4, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

If you got dry weather you could sit out the front and admire the views all week. We arrived on a cold day and heating for the house was on a timer and barely took the chill away, so had to head out to buy peat.
I would have expected a 4 star house not to have leaking taps, marked furniture and incomplete tiling in bathroom.
We did get tablet on arrival but no great tourist details in house folder or instructions on where to leave key on exit. The latter became clear when the owner banged on the door on our last morning at 10.30am - sadly we were hoping for a long lie. Another two visits by her within the next hour made us feel rushed - even though she had told us no one else was coming in that night.
In summary - great location and house ok, but would expect wi fi and better decor

Date of stay: June 2015
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 17, 2015
Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Gorteen.It is a shame that you did not have better weather during your visit, however as we are situated on the south west coast of Ireland, our weather can sometimes be unpredictable! Our location is also the reason why it is not easy to get WiFi everywhere, and so we do not claim to offer this service in the house. However it is provided free in the local pubs, restaurants and cafes in the surrounding towns and villages.
Thank you for pointing out the leaking tap, this has now been fixed, and the one missing tile in the bathroom is being sorted out. Other issues you raised regarding your visit can be put down to your arriving a day later than your booking stated, and while we were happy to accommodate the altered dates, it was vital that I made contact with you prior to your departure. Generally departure time is 10am, which is why I called around that time to be sure to meet you.
I do hope that the minor issues you raised will not deter you from visiting our beautiful area again in the future, as weather and electronic communication - or lack of! – is generally considered part of it’s rustic charm. We will certainly look forward to welcoming you back and thank you again for posting your review.
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