The Rambling House is where, within recent memory, the small community of Kilmalkedar used to gather to tell stories, play music and dance. The house has been restored and has central heating but the emphasis has been on keeping its unique character as one of the few traditional houses left on the Dingle Penisula. Built on part of an ancient monastic site which has links back to St Brenden and St Malchodeir, the house retains the spiritual tranquility which drew the monks to the area. It still has a crog loft where traditionally the children and old people slept to benefit from the warmth of the fire.
The house is ideally positioned for hikers and walkers being within minutes of the Pilgrims' Way. Those who wish to fish will find a selection of recipe books to help them prepare their catch for the table. There is an outdoor tap and drying space for those wishing to snorkel or windsurf.
In the past two years, 3 weddings have been celebrated by guests in the garden of the Rambling House. It has been the venue for many significant birthdays and anniversaries. A small house with a big heart it has also been used for bespoke concerts and theatre performances.
Keywords: Cottage, house, farm house, holiday home, vacation home
The Rambling House is owned by Louise Page and Chris Hawes both award winning writers. Louise works as a lecturer in several universities and regularly gives talks to luncheon clubs about the trials and tribulations of restoring the Rambling House called 'Sand Crows in the Chimney'.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2000
After very stressful medical treatment we decided it was time to move on. We went on holiday to Dingle and came back restored in body and spirit. What ever is going on in our lives our hearts lift the moment we drive over the top of the hill and see Smerick Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean spread out before us. As writers we have found the peace and tranquility has helped our work.
The sunsets are fantastic, especially in the winter. We enjoy the friendliness of the local people and have never been able to walk to the beach without being involved in at least one conversation. There is always something going on. At Christmas there is the swim with dolphin and the Wren Day parade. At Easter the greeting of the dawn at Gallarus. During May the Bealtanine Festival (Celtic Summer) brings fabulous artists to Dingle. In the summer the beaches are not crowded and have no litter. In October there is the food festival which puts at least two inches on the waistband.
I was afraid that my first trip to Ireland after wishing for it for 27 years would not live up to my expectations. But, it did. And Rambling House had a great deal to do with it. A beautiful, old world cottage that felt homey and comfortable. The oddities (for Americans) such as switches on every plug, not dryer, etc. were charming and amusing.
The area in which the house is situated is a dream. Dingle Peninsula is a beautiful place and we had a wonderful time getting lost.
We stayed three nights at the cottage and were very happy with the house. If you enjoy charming, historic, peaceful places, Rambling House is for you. The bright kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy the morning sun and the evening light. We were afraid the shower situation might be a problem with two adults and two teenage girls, but we found we had plenty of hot water for all. The beds were comfy (we only used three out of the seven available). We loved the location. It is less than ten minutes to Dingle restaraunts and shops but is so peaceful. There are two great walks right out the door. If you need five-star, luxurious accomodations, stay somewhere else. If you want a homey, peaceful, place, stay here.
This is the second year our family has decided to vacation at the rambling house on the dingle peninsula in ireland. not only is the cottage cozy and tastefully decorated, it has probably the best views and most peaceful atmosphere. we stayed on the dingle peninsula for a week and a half both holidays and found that there was so much to see that we didn't get everything in we had wanted to either time. i recommend this place to anyone wanting a great getaway.
My husband and I rented Rambling House for a month. He was there for the first 10 days. We hiked every where possible. It was great to be outdoors and the views were amazing. When he went home, six of my girlfriends from the states came. It was a lot of planning getting everyone there. One from California, Massachusetts, Michigan and two from Florida. No one knew each other just me. It was a great time. The house was so comfy and cozy. The kitchen became the heart of the house, sitting around the table, talking, drinking wine, playing dominos, watching the sun set. There was always plenty of hot water and even though it was a bit chilly(I'm from Florida) outside, the house was always warm. With six women...one bathroom was never a problem! The house had everything we needed. It is just a short drive in to Dingle. I have to give a shout out for the DIngle Pub, best food ever. We were lucky to be there for the Dingle Wine and Food Festival. It was yummy. We did our best to support the Irish economy while shopping in Dingle:) The house was so convenient to all the sites we wanted to see, we could do short day trips and not end up exhausted. We had the opportunity to meet the owners, Chritopher and Louise, what great people. Felt like I had known them a long time. Louise really helped my husband and I with the hikes by providing a detailed topography map of area.
Rambling House was everything I wanted it to be for this trip. I will never forget the time spent there with my husband and girlfriends. I just loved the house, the red door, the yard, the quite, the views of the harbour, the barn cats and the biggest apple tree I ever saw!
We stayed in this cottage for about 10 days, and had a lovely time. The views were incredible, and the surrounding area is so beautiful. The house is very charming and cozy - with plenty of space for our family. We would highly recommend staying here!
I stayed at the Rambling House for almost three weeks and loved the cosy farmhouse that was so close to Dingle and all of the attractions on the peninsula. It was the perfect home base for my Ireland adventure that I had planned for so long. The house is indeed a traditional farmhouse and the small bookcase once held the church records for Kilmakedar Church. The house is well equipped with everything I needed to cook and relax. My son, daughter-in-law, and a family friend stayed at the Rambling House with me for over a week and we had plenty of room for everyone. We looked out at Smerwick Bay every morning from the kitchen, snitched apples off the tree in the backyard, drove around Sleahead and visited Gallarus that was just down the road. And, lest I forget, the delicious chocolate cake (and fresh milk) that greeted us on arrival.
But Louise and Chris were so welcoming and made the whole visit so special. This was the easiest rental I've ever had on VRBO and Louise shared so much local information that allowed me to visit areas I would have missed.