Designed by an architect specializing in vernacular European architecture, this beautiful home combines the best of traditional Irish country architecture with modern conveniences. From the outside, the house appears to be two connected traditional cottages much like the ruins of the Kelly homestead that is located on the property. Situated on over two acres of garden, field and forest overlooking Dingle Bay, the house is perfect for a relaxing vacation. Mountains ideal for hiking rise up directly behind the house and Kells Bay, with its beach, boating and fishing, is the view.
The inside the home features an open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, three bedrooms, one with a loft and two with fireplaces. There are two bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower. The kitchen opens onto the living room and dining area. The home is furnished with Danish inspired Irish furniture hand crafted in teak by Al O’Dea in Tuam, Ireland in the 1970’s. The home is beautifully decorated with art by Irish artists and the home owners, both teachers and artists, one specializing in painting Irish landscapes. This is a special place.
Although the house is available for rental, it is our home not a rental property. You will feel like you are staying in a beautifully maintained private home; you are. This opportunity also comes with responsibilities. We expect you to treat our home and belongings with respect. We rent only to small groups of six or less. If you are a larger group, we strongly encourage you to rent from our good friends and neighbors Agnes and John O’Sullivan whose rental property is also listed on this site (VRBO listing 95006).
To rent our home is to take a step back in time into a conceptually old, but functionally new house. It is not by accident, however, that the house does not have internet or a TV. You have tranquility and beauty. The house also has a very will stocked collection of Irish literature and books on Irish history, archeology, anthropology, and natural history. Many of these things you can experience right on the property as our woods is unusual in West Kerry, and the ruins of the Kelly farmstead that we have partially restored and maintained is a special place with its own connection to Ireland’s rich and difficult history.
For those seriously interested in rentals we will gladly provide you with additional photos and a complete floor plan of the home. All renters will receive a guide to the area that we have put together complete with maps, day trip suggestions, dining recommendations, hiking and walking information, and suggestions about where to shop for locally grown and raised food.
My wife Vicky and I are teachers and artists. We live and work in Boston Massachusetts, USA. When I was a teenager I spent my summers helping to build this house house in Kells
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1972
This house and community is where we are who we want to be. We look forward to sharing it with you.
We took my 82 year old mother on her second trip to Ireland (her first was 40 years ago) and the highlight of our trip was our week long stay in this wonderful house where we enjoyed quiet and gorgeous views the whole day long. There is lots of room and lots of comfort, and a kitchen that was fully appointed and a pleasure to use. We are both architects and my brother is a graphic designer and we all appreciated the intelligent use of Irish Arts and Crafts, both new and old, for the interiors. The owners were extremely helpful, not only with their instructions and advice, but also for arranging to have the house open and ready for us when we arrived. In less than a day we felt at home and well cared for. This house is an ideal choice. Thank you so much.
A sojourn in this stunning house would make a good holiday anywhere, and in this idyllic location with these views it is a very special experience. The modest and appropriate exterior conceals a beautiful white interior of mid-century modernist character with vast rooms, three of which are double-height. Over 40 years, the Lawrence family has furnished and decorated the house from local sources and collected books about Ireland and the locality so that you feel you are in your own private museum and library.
Just above Kells Bay with easy access to the Ring of Kerry and Cahersiveen, it's a good base for touring, but the house is so spacious and relaxing we found ourselves choosing to spend a part of each day here, A wonderful place and the perfect insurance against unpredictable weather.
It was love at first sight, we could have stayed on indefinitely.
My husband and I recently stayed for a week in this great home. The house was architecturally interesting and comfortable ... contemporary of late 70's vintage, but with elements of Irish country vernacular. There are 2 double-height living areas, perfectly placed picture windows in every room, and a gorgeous unobstructed view of Dingle Bay.
Tad, the owner is easy to work with, very helpful and generous with information about the area and things to do, but we were perfectly happy to spend a couple of rainy days in the house. Since this is a second family home for the owners, the house is well provided with daily necessities and we felt very much at home.
We hope to return for a future stay. Thanks, Tad!
We enjoyed every moment we stayed in this beautiful home. Sitting by the peat fire, or out on the patio overlooking the bay, cooking in the lovely kitchen, enjoying the tranquility of the setting --this was a truly magical base for exploring Kerry and the surrounding area. The home and its furnishings are in beautiful condition and you'll love being there. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend it.
Our family of four stayed at this lovely home where we could create delicious meals, sleep in comfort, and walk to the water or in the mountains. This place became a perfect home base for us to travel and experience the magical area around Dingle Bay.
What a fabulous place to be simultaneously transported to another world while being held in cozy home comfort. The house is in a breathtakingly beautiful setting, looking out over Dingle Bay toward the mountains on the Dingle peninsula. I never tired of the view, as the landscape and water keeps changing with different light, mist or fog or sunlight. Sometimes it was hard to pull myself away to go explore the nearby castles and monasteries! And if I chose not to go exploring, I could hunker down with a book and a mug of strong Irish tea next to the turf fire.