Mountain view House is the perfect place from which to explore the most beautiful parts of Ireland –the Ring of Kerry and the Beara peninsula. It is set in 6 acres of grassland and has stunning views over the mountain ranges of McGilly Cuddy’s Reeks and the Kenmare River. It has its own stream and gardens.
The house itself is cosy and warm, easy to use and just as easy to lock up and go. There is an open fire in the sitting room and a wood burning stove in the kitchen, as well as a quick an efficient central heating system. It is a ideal place to stay in both winter and summer. The Christmas festivities in Kenmare are second to none. The kitchen is fully equipped.
The Gulf Stream on the south west of Ireland ensures a warm climate, ideal for walking, fishing, sailing and even swimming! The beautiful gardens of Derreen House, where there is a famous collection of sub-tropical trees and plants, is well worth a visit.
Mountain View house is in an ideal position for walkers to enjoy the many paths and routes, taking you across the Kerry Way, and over some beautiful mountain ranges. The routes along the coast towards Sneem provide some of the best sea views in Kerry.
Kenmare town itself is as picturesque as any in Ireland. It is famous for its markets, both for livestock and for local, natural products. Along with its award winning restaurants and well known musical pubs, it is an ideal place to have a meal or sample some Guinness of an evening. The many art galleries provide an excellent opportunity to see the work of some very gifted local artists, who capture the landscape in all its forms. Also, The Church of the Holy Cross in Kenmare is a large and impressive building with very beautiful and splendid interiors, whose spire can be seen from all over town.
Within easy distance are the Skelligs, Blarney Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. Not to be missed is the beautiful valley of Gleninchaquin, with its stunning waterfall. This feeds into the chain of freshwater lakes –the lakes of Cloonee, where the views are incredible. For those interested in fishing, it is easy to hire a boat for the day and go out on one of the stunning lakes in the Blackwater valley. Alternatively, for those with artistic leanings, there are glass engraving classes, batik classes and, for those with a passing interest in chocolate, there is a shop in Bonane, which demonstrates exactly how it is made.
There is a riding school for beginners, or the more advanced, which comes highly recommended, called Dromquinna Stables. There is also a sailing club, Star Outdoors Centre, which provides courses in Kayaking canoeing and supervised hillwalking. All of this, within a few minutes from the house. There are also two 18 hole golf courses near Kenmare.
If you are interested in taking a dip in the sea, there is nothing better than popping down to the beautiful Templenoe Pier in the early evening, where you can swim and look across the bay to the stunning views of the Caha mountains.
We hope you have a wonderful stay in our house and enjoy it as much as we do.