- Near the Sea
- Riverside / Waterfront
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Beach nearby
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Pet Friendly
- Sea View
Set just 25 metres from a private shingle beach with panoramic views over the Kenmare estuary, this old stone coastguard cottage is a beautiful and unique setting from which to explore the famous Ring of Kerry.
Cosy on the inside and stunningly located, Pier Cottage is the ideal sanctuary for a holiday in south west Ireland. The surroundings are wonderfully peaceful and serene so those in search of rest and relaxation can write, paint or just while away the hours watching the seals playing on the rocks below. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will also be in heaven – opportunities for walking and fishing are abundant, keen golfers will find no fewer than five courses within an hour of the cottage, water sports like water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing are on offer at Derrynane (4 miles away) and activities like shooting and pony trekking can also be arranged. Whether you spend your days spinning for bass and mullet, ambling along deserted sandy beaches, exploring historic sites or enjoying a pint in a famously welcoming Irish pub, you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
The cottage is in Westcove, 1 mile west of Castlecove, 3 miles east of Caherdaniel, just off the famous 'Ring of Kerry', one of the most scenic drives in Ireland, and one hour south of Killarney. There are lovely beaches, pubs and historic sites within 15 minutes’ drive and there are numerous possible excursions: head north to Killarney with its magnificent lakes, northwest to the legendary Dingle Peninsular, or west to Waterville, Balliskellings and Valencia Island, from where you can take an unforgettable boat trip to the Skelligs. To the south lies Bantry Bay, accessible via spectacular mountain passes. Kerry and West Cork are dotted with tropical gardens, especially beautiful in May and June, and the countryside surrounding Castlecove is ideal for all types of walking, from gentle strolls along beaches to serious hikes over craggy hills. The 'Kerry Way' walk takes you along the ridge of hills, all the way from Waterville to Kenmare and is well sign posted, but still unspoiled.
There is no public transport in Westcove so a car is essential for getting around. The property is located in Kerry, on the southernmost point of the scenic 'Ring of Kerry', overlooking the beautiful Kermare Estuary - between the villages of Castlecove and Caherdaniel, ten miles west of Sneem and ten miles east of Waterville. The nearest airport is Kerry, 20 minutes north of Killarney and 1½ hours drive from Westcove. Ryanair fly there from Luton and daily from Stansted. Many airlines fly to Cork, about 2¼ hours away: from London (Heathrow and Gatwick), other UK airports and Europe. Shannon Airport is a good 3¼ hours drive away.
Inside, the cottage blends original features like stone walls and wooden beams with contemporary comforts and there are five bedrooms in total - one king, one double, two twins and one triple. There are two living rooms - one with an open fire and one with a wood burning stove - and you will also find a well-equipped open plan kitchen with a dining table, an additional kitchen corner and dining table, two family bathrooms and a utility room. All rooms have electric wall heaters (electricity is included in the rental).
The picnic benches in front of the cottage offer magnificent views over the Kenmare estuary and the mountains of Beara beyond, and 20 metres away is a private shingle beach where you can fish, skim stones and watch for seals bobbing in the water. A small rowing boat is available for guest use, or mooring is available if you want to bring your own.
Domestic help and babysitting are available by arrangement and there is a rowing boat for tenants to use at their own risk: life jackets are provided (please consult safety leaflet in cottage before taking boat out). Bicycles, fishing rods etc. may be stored in a lean-to shed.
Conditions of Rental
Changeover day is normally Saturday but in low season this can be flexible. From mid-June to mid-September the minimum stay is 7 nights and short breaks (minimum 3 nights) are available at other times of year. Dogs are usually welcome (please check with owner), but not upstairs or on furniture please.