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.