About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)
Welcome to our family’s home in the most beautiful and least discovered village in the most beautiful part of Ireland. The house is located in Caherdaniel village and is walkable not only to an excellent restaurant, shop and two pubs, but also to—
• Breathtaking beaches and surf
• Derrynane House national park’s historical museum with exquisite botanical gardens
• The gorgeous Kerry Way walking path
• Caherdaniel’s own stone ringfort
• and a remarkable number of activities and adventures including:
horseback riding, surfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and organized tours of the Skellig Islands
The house is a fifteen-minute drive from two championship golf courses and an easy day trip to Kenmare, The Lakes of Killarney, the Killarney National Forest, and the Gap of Dunloe.
The Aunts' House is two stories with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, a fireplace, and all modern conveniences. Enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains or stroll in to the village and become a part of its life. We’re confident that, once you have been here, you will be as in love with Caherdaniel as generations of our family have been.
Keywords: restored, oceanviews, village, Ring of Kerry, Ireland, Iveragh, beach, mountain, Kerry Way, Derrynane
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 9, 2018
We have a young family in Rhode Island and our three kids love Caherdaniel. We decided to restore The Aunts House because we wanted our children to have the loving connection to it that we have always had.
Owner purchased this House in 1938
Why Owner chose Ballycarnahan
This home has been in our family for four generations. We began restoring it in 2003 and completed the work last year. I first visited my aunts living in this house in 1984 and fell in love with Caherdaniel. It is a truly wonderful place.
What makes this House unique
The village of Caherdaniel is one of Ireland's great (and largely undiscovered) gems. From our house it is only steps to the village for dinner, groceries or a pint, to Eagle Rock Equestrian stables for a beach ride, and the Kerry Way for one of the most beautiful walks in the world. It's a short walk to the Blue-Flag beaches for swimming, surfing, or the occasional dolphin-watching and Derrynane House National Park with its exquisite sub-tropical gardens and museum of the life and legacy of The Liberator, Daniel O'Connell. From the house, you can enjoy views of the ocean and the mountains or strike out on day trips to Killarney National Forest and the Lakes of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, or Kenmare. World-Class golf is only a fifteen minute drive to Waterville (Waterville GC and Skeliig Bay GC). Deep-sea fishing and Skellig Rock trips leave right from the village. The Aunts' House offers the perfect mix of the quiet beauty of The Ring of Kerry with the life of it's most wonderful village.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
We loved this house
My wife and I fled snowy New England for a February stay at The Aunt’s House, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat. The house itself was clean, warm, and comfortable, and it’s nice that the owners preserved many of the home’s original features like distinctive doors and locks when they performed their recent renovation. And we really appreciated the stash of maps and walk descriptions -- we lit a peat fire every night and planned the next day’s walks and drives over a dram or two of Irish whiskey.
Caherdaniel and the Ring of Kerry in general are a bit more quiet in the offseason, and that suited us fine. Fewer tourists meant more room for us at the bar at the Blind Piper, where we had dinner most nights, and we never saw any campers or tour buses on our explorations. We’re also fairly avid runners, and a quick down to Derrynane House or past a ogham stone was a great way to start each day.
We had a blast on our visit, and we’re already planning a return trip.
Great location. Perfect House for Us.
I'm very familiar with this fabulous tourist destination and picked this house specifically for it's location right in the center of Caherdaniel. It was perfect for us. Almost a year later, I still think about that lovely bright master bedroom with soft comfy sheets, plenty of light for reading at night and a beautiful view out over the fields. The second bedroom was perfect for our daughter. She loved her cozy room with the futon bed. Initially, I was concerned about no wifi or TV for my teenager, but she quickly learned to appreciate the radio. She listened to it a lot. We loved having the second bathroom. The kitchen was perfect for a holiday house. The living room had a nice fire that we lit every night. We hiked the hills, ran the scenic road to Derrynane and listened to live music every night. We rented horses from Caroline and rode along the beach. We met lovely people everywhere. The coffee shop across from the Blind Piper has fabulous scones and tea. We rented a wifi device from the car rental company which was perfect. I appreciated Maurice's long welcome letter with all the details necessary to get around, find provisions, and work the devices. There were plenty of 'where to go' books in the living room. My husband jokingly said his only complaint were the loud cows moo-ing up the hill behind the house. ha ha.. I'll take a cow over a Septa Bus any day! Can't wait to go back.
Not fit to rent out!
We stayed in this house last summer. We booked for two weeks, but after struggling for 8 nights to hang on in there we gave up and went home. It is not fit to be rented out, and would fail Irish rental inspection. There are minimum standards in Ireland for rented accommodation and this fails on number of fronts. Ventilation is substandard, and for the windows at the rear of the property you are expressly instructed not to open them. The furnishings are mouldy and no amount of airing the place helped! The second bedroom was a double bed mattress on some boards attached to a single bed frame! Sitting on the side of the bed would cause it to tilt over. The fireplace in the second bedroom is simply a hole in the wall, no surround or mantel and the bed is tight against it. The mattress in the main bedroom supplies zero support and felt damp, so we had to use the inflatable mattress we found in the cupboard. This was very uncomfortable, but better than contracting pneumonia sleeping on a damp mattress. The sofas in the living room were covered in dust, and the bedroom off the living room has two rusty beds and is both dirty and covered in cobwebs. The kitchen table top is not attached to the legs, and the dishwasher door cannot be opened as the cooker is in the way! The space under the staircase is open plan and on plain view. It is filled with a collection of items and is a fire hazard. The bathroom are the only sections that have seen any renovation, but they too are not ventilated, the tiles are slippy when wet, and the shower pressure is abysmal even though one is an electrical power shower!! However the item that was most offensive was the location of the septic tank. The house is not on mains waste, so it uses a septic tank to handle waste. However the tank is too close to the house and in the warmer summer weather gave off a foul smell which, at it is within 5m of the house, wafted into the house and eventually became too oppressive for us to stay. Until the house is brought up to minimum rental standards I would not recommend it to anyone.
A special place
We won't soon forget our trip to Caherdaniel and the Aunts House. The location is perfect, within walking distance of a little village that seems out of another time. Our boys bought a soccer ball at the corner store and played in the field beside the Blind Piper pub while the adults tipped a pint of Guinness. We ate the local mackerel and sat by a peat fire at Freddie's pub. We dove into the cold water and stopped to wonder at an ancient dolmen. As a runner, I couldn't asked for more scenic routes, climbing back roads into the hillside, passing sheep on the rising road and being rewarded with commanding views of the sea and the Skellig Islands. On another run, I found a house that resembles a ship, complete with a captain's wheel on the front porch. The Aunts House is well maintained, clean and comfortable, with a fireplace and two showers. I still remember the St. Brigid's Cross and the puzzle of the counties of Ireland. It's such a welcome break from the sterile, anonymous sameness of American hotels. You'll feel like you're a year-round Caherdaniel resident within a day or two. We took extended walks to an ancient Abbey, which is right on the water, near a stunning beach. On the way back we visited the home of Daniel O'Connell, soaking in the history, and we left believing this must be the beautiful place on earth. If you get the chance, you've got to go.
Tracie and Courtney - Alberta, Canada and Tennessee
The Aunt's Cottage was just wonderful and the owner absolutely terrific!! Once we arrived, the lady that looked after the home was extremely helpful and pleasant! We would definitely recommend staying here - there is just so much to see around the Ring of Kerry. The home is in an excellent location for sight seeing and if you want some of the best food around, check out the Blind Piper within walking distance from the house. There is also a riding stable a short walk from the house as is the ocean!! All in all it was the best vacation ever.
This is a great house and location!
My husband and I and our teenage daughter stayed at the Aunts House in July of 2007 - in the midst of the renovation (!) - and we loved it then, so I'm sure it's even more wonderful now that the work has been completed.
The house was charming, roomy, and comfortably furnished (with two great showers!). The location was ideal for historic or scenic walks (I spent half a day exploring and meditating out on Abbey Island!) and provided an ideal base of operations for day trips in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Ireland. The food at the local pub was fresh and delicious and there was live traditional Irish music several nights during the week, which was particularly important to my husband and daughter who are players.
In short, I can't wait to go back!
Skellig Trips, Kerry Way Walking, Convenient to Pubs/restaurants, Village Market
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Weekly bookings are Saturday to Saturday only
We ask for half of the rental total to hold the reservation and the balance one month before your arrival.