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I stayed here in the beginning of November with my wife and our 2 friends. From the moment we pulled into the driveway, we knew we had found some place truly special. We spent the majority of our time just sitting on the rocks watching the seals. This property is located on a 'dark sky reserve'. You've never seen so many stars! The caretakers were extremely welcoming and kind. All of their recommendations for sightseeing and restaurants were excellent. The directions given from the airport to the cottage were flawless. I'm already planning a return trip back in a couple of years.
This was our 5th trip to Ireland. We had wanted to see more of the Ring of Kerry and what a way to do it-an 8 day stay right on the Bay of Kenmare. The Pier Cottage is a restored coast-guard station and would be best described as a 'duplex'-we had the east side with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a kitchen, dining table and living-room in a great-room. While able to sleep 4 comfortably it was perfect for my wife and me. There is a peat/wood-burning fireplace in the comfortable living-room with a generous amount of both in a covered outdoor storage bin. I had indicated our particular desire for peat which Michael our caretaker provided for relaxing peat fires each evening.
This brings us to Michael and Katherine our property's caretakers who acted more like our personal hosts providing not only a warm welcome with lots of information of local interest but also making reservations for us to travel to Skellig Michael (one of 2 World Heritage Sites in Ireland) as well as information for the Gap of Dunloe in near-by Killarney (about an hour's drive north-eastthrough the beautiful Molls Gap, the Ladies View and the Killarney National Park.) These are 2 not-to-miss day events, weather and health permitting (Skellig Michael and the Gap of Dunloe). Katherine will also provide home-made Irish dishes on request for a modest fee. Communication with Katherine was quick and simple via the Pier's on site Wi-Fi.
The Pier Cottage is situated on a grassy terrace gently sloping to the bay with off-shore seals for your personal entertainment! Despite our best intentions to use the onsite row-boat, we never had a chance given all of the other things to see and do. There are several good pubs in adjoining villages within a short and easy drive-our favorite was the Blind Piper in Catherdaniel. As you can imagine, a rental car is critical for a full Ring of Kerry holiday experience-in our opinion it is a must.
Other things not to miss include: Valentia Island (another day-trip), Derrynane Bay and Beach with Derry cemetery and ruins, the villages of Sneem with several quaint shops including Quills Wollens, and Waterville with the Fisherman's Bar (delicious seafood), the town of Kenmare to the north with its Wednesday street market, colorful buildings and Kenmore lace (above the very helpful Visitor's Center with an abundance of local maps).
All in all-a beautiful place with beautiful people providing a wonderful experience. We would indeed return to the Pier Cottage.
Dieses wunderbare Haus liegt in sehr ruhiger Lage direkt am Meer, in der Nähe eines kleinen Hafens. Morgens tummeln sich die Robben auf den Klippen vor dem Haus. Der Kerry-Way (ein sehr schöner Wanderweg) ist in einer viertel Stunde zu erreichen und erschließt den Gebirgszug. Ein sehr schöner Sandstrand ist auch gut zu Fuß zu erreichen. Den Abend kann man gemütlich am Kamin ausklingen lassen. Was braucht es mehr, um einen schönen Urlaub zu genießen?
Besonders hervorragend war der Kontakt zur Vermietung. Die Begleitung vor Ort ist ausgesprochen freundlich und jederzeit bei Fragen ansprechbar.
It was our first visit and hopefully not our last. A family of four (2 adults, 2 children). We had one week at the Garden Cottage and one week at Pier Cottage (also owned by the family). It was a wonderful holiday, the locations of both were cottages were so beautiful, especially Pier Cottage with its view of the sea. The cottages were very comfortable and cosy, it all made for a truly relaxing holiday.
The properties are in a fantastic location to discover the surrounding area, with the stunning beach at Derrynane under 10 minutes away by car or a walk along the Kerry Way over hills with breathtaking views. It all made for a truly relaxing holiday.
We have stayed at East End, Pier Cottage on two occasions and both times had wonderful relaxing weeks. It is such an idyllic location – quiet but within easy reach of beautiful beaches and scenic car rides. We whiled away the hours in front of the Cottage and were delighted when seals appeared in the waters below. We were fascinated to see the statue of Charlie Chaplin in nearby Waterville (he was a regular visitor). The Lakes of Killarney are within easy reach by car and are spectacular, especially if the mountain route is taken. A trip to the Skelligs was unmissable – the birds and seal sanctuary something only seen before on TV. There are so many suggestions for outings that many visits would be needed. Pier Cottage is the perfect holiday base for families or couples. (ET)