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Pairc na Realta is high in a valley away from traffic with superb views of mountains and the Atlantic. Rossbeigh beach (5km of sand with swimming and surfing) is at 2 km. The house was built by the present owners 32 years ago and has been upgraded and remodelled over the years. It has two wings, separated by a central living area. The principal bedroom with four-poster bed and its own bathroom and separate shower room is in one wing. In the other there are three bedrooms a bathroom, separate shower room and a games room. The main living area comprises a state of the art kitchen diner separated from the sitting room by a cosy sunken central stone fireplace, with bench seating set round it. A sun room has recently been added with dining and sitting areas, and adjacent covered area. There is wifi broadband for guests' use. The garden extends to 3/4 acre (0.3 hectare) and has recently been landscaped. There is parking for three cars by the house and for a further three by the front gate.
Trips from the house: You'll see some of the highlights in the photo gallery.
We'd recommend the following day trips:
1. Driving the Ring of Kerry, which passes right round the Iveragh Peninsula. Kenmare is a delightful town and a good stopping point for lunch. 2. Spending a day in the Killarney National park, maybe taking a jaunting car (horse drawn trap) or hiring cycles locally. 3. Driving round the Dingle Peninsula, in summer months including a boat trip to the Blasket Islands. Dingle is a pretty town where you can stop for lunch.
Ways to spend half a day include:
1. A visit by boat to Skellig Michael climbing 700 steps to the top to see the 6th Century monastery (perfectly preserved) and in early summer watching the puffins which nest there. 2. Taking the short car ferry crossing (about 5 minutes) to Valentia Island, which has many attractions including the oldest Tetrapod (amphibian) fossilised footprints in the world, and the site and memorial of the first transatlantic cable.
Walking: The Kerry way runs past the front gate. This is a waymarked walking way running for 215 km round the Iveragh Peninsular. It takes you through glorious scenery, without being too strenuous or difficult. For walkers looking for a greater challenge, the house looks out towards the western end of the Glenbeigh horseshoe, and walking up the incline behind the house you eventually get to the summit of Drung Hill. From there you take in a wonderful Atlantic view and then walk along a ridge at around 2000 feet for the 25 km hike to end up in the village of Glenbeigh. There are countless other local walks, one of the favourites being to the end of Rossbeigh Strand and back, the circuit taking roughly two hours. The owners' library contains books and other details of walks.
Fishing: Local waters abound with skate, shark (many species, from little frilled sharks to potentially man-eating blues), ling, cod, conger, pollock, monkfish, coalfish, dogfish, mackerel and many more. Even tuna is brought to Kerry waters by the Gulf Stream. Local fishing grounds hold many Irish Sea Fishing Records. Local skippers take fishermen out for an hour or two, or day-long trips, maybe to the Skelligs or Blaskets. For shore fishermen Rossbeigh strand, is famous for bass fishing, particularly in early spring. Many places along the coast are suitable for rock fishing. The owners' library contains details of local sea fishing. For freshwater game fishermen the area abounds with lakes and rivers for salmon and brown trout. The salmon season runs from 9th February to 30th September, and trout from 15th March to 12th October. Caragh lake, set in unparalleled scenery is a 15 minute drive away. Salmon are caught here, as they are on the Upper Caragh River. The river has 9 beats.
Bunk beds (This is suitable for one adult or two children)...moreless
All bedrooms have good storage space. The double bedrooms and the bunk bedded room have stunning views down the valley to the mountains and ocean. The twin bedded room looks up the valley towards mountains. The principal bedroom has a bathroom and separate shower room both en suite. It is emphasised that the bunk bedded room suits two children/young adults, but only one older adult....moreless
In addition to the above accommodation there is a play room with table tennis table, and a sun room, with dining and sitting areas.
Oil and electricity are charged for at cost, by metering.
Free wifi within the house (speed 0.87mb)...moreless
A security deposit of a minimum of €250 is taken against breakages and power consumption at the time of booking. Oil and electricity are charged by meter.
Late bookings. A 10% discount on normal rates is available in respect of lettings booked within 14 days of commencement date.
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Kerry, 40K, Cork, 130 K, Dublin, best for DE, 320K
Cork. (Also Rosslare at 300K and Dublin at 320K)
Dooks Links Course
Glenbeigh (also nearer cafe summer months at 500M)
Coolnaharragill. Also Rossbeigh at 3K.
The house is located 4 miles from the village of Glenbeigh, and is set up above the famous Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsular. The area is one of the most scenic in the whole of Ireland, with Ireland's highest mountain a few miles away and magnificent ocean views both from the house itself and from countless points around the coast. The Kerry Way passes the front gate, and takes you up in to local unspoilt hill walking areas. Our nearest small beach is a kilometre from the house, down a small lane, and the famous five kilometre beach, Rossbeigh Strand, is two kilometres away. Dooks links golf course is a ten minute drive, and lake and river fishing, and riding facilities are very close. Our local shop is a 600 metre stroll and famous restaurants and bars are a short drive away.
Golf: Dooks, at 10 km, a short, but beautiful, links course overlooking Dingle Bay, recently substantially remodelled.
Killarney, at 40km, two 18 hole championship courses, Killeen and Mahoney’s Point, and a further 18 hole course.
At 50 km, outside Tralee, a sensational links course overlooking some of the finest scenery in Ireland.
At 35km, west from the house along the Ring of Kerry, Waterville, a links course once assessed by Golf World as the 5th best course in the 'British' Isles.
Ballybunnion, at 85km, two championship links courses (the Old and the New courses).
Year Purchased: 1977
About the owner: We have been married for 44 years and have three children and (so far) five grandchildren. Nick is a UK citizen and still works part time as a lawyer and corporate adviser; Oonagh, from Ireland, retired as an inner-city teacher a few years back. We spend eight months of the year in London and the rest of the year split between Kerry and other parts of Ireland and Europe.
Why the Owner Chose Glenbeigh: We spent our honeymoon in Glenbeigh and fell in love with the area and its people. We bought the land on which the house stands a few years in to our marriage and put up the house quite soon after. Over the years we have improved and extended the original house to make the comfortable and much-loved home we are fortunate to own today. We were a little nervous about letting originally, but have been incredibly fortunate with Homeaway guests, all of whom have shown the greatest respect for our home and its contents over the last five years.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Guests are all amazed when they have got up the drive and into the house. They are drawn to the sunroom and almost without exception just gaze at the views and mutter 'incredible'. In all directions there are mountains and sea to take in, with maybe the movement of livestock in the farming landscape. The house is spacious, comfortable, warm and well equipped, being our own home for some weeks during the year. We don't bother to put much away, so guests enjoy the use of music, books and good kitchen equipment.