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Comfortable home with breathtaking sea and mountain views

Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh

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Comfortable home with breathtaking sea and mountain views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Glenbeigh House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 2 bath rooms and 2 shower rooms, sleeps 7/8

Pairc na Realta is high in a valley away from traffic with superb views of mountains and the Atlantic. Rossbeigh beach (5km of sand with swimming and surfing) is at 2 km. The house was built by the present owners 32 years ago and has been upgraded and remodelled over the years. It has two wings, separated by a central living area. The principal bedroom with four-poster bed and its own bathroom and separate shower room is in one wing. In the other there are three bedrooms a bathroom, separate shower room and a games room. The main living area comprises a state of the art kitchen diner separated from the sitting room by a cosy sunken central stone fireplace, with bench seating set round it. A sun room has recently been added with dining and sitting areas, and adjacent covered area. There is wifi broadband for guests' use. The garden extends to 3/4 acre (0.3 hectare) and has recently been landscaped. There is parking for three cars by the house and for a further three by the front gate.

Trips from the house: You'll see some of the highlights in the photo gallery.

We'd recommend the following day trips:

1. Driving the Ring of Kerry, which passes right round the Iveragh Peninsula. Kenmare is a delightful town and a good stopping point for lunch.

2. Spending a day in the Killarney National park, maybe taking a jaunting car (horse drawn trap) or hiring cycles locally.

3. Driving round the Dingle Peninsula, in summer months including a boat trip to the Blasket Islands. Dingle is a pretty town where you can stop for lunch.

Ways to spend half a day include:

1. A visit by boat to Skellig Michael climbing 700 steps to the top to see the 6th Century monastery (perfectly preserved) and in early summer watching the puffins which nest there.

2. Taking the short car ferry crossing (about 5 minutes) to Valentia Island, which has many attractions including the oldest Tetrapod (amphibian) fossilised footprints in the world, and the site and memorial of the first transatlantic cable.

Walking: The Kerry way runs past the front gate. This is a waymarked walking way running for 215 km round the Iveragh Peninsular. It takes you through glorious scenery, without being too strenuous or difficult. For walkers looking for a greater challenge, the house looks out towards the western end of the Glenbeigh horseshoe, and walking up the incline behind the house you eventually get to the summit of Drung Hill. From there you take in a wonderful Atlantic view and then walk along a ridge at around 2000 feet for the 25 km hike to end up in the village of Glenbeigh. There are countless other local walks, one of the favourites being to the end of Rossbeigh Strand and back, the circuit taking roughly two hours. The owners' library contains books and other details of walks.

Fishing: Local waters abound with skate, shark (many species, from little frilled sharks to potentially man-eating blues), ling, cod, conger, pollock, monkfish, coalfish, dogfish, mackerel and many more. Even tuna is brought to Kerry waters by the Gulf Stream. Local fishing grounds hold many Irish Sea Fishing Records.

Local skippers take fishermen out for an hour or two, or day-long trips, maybe to the Skelligs or Blaskets.

For shore fishermen Rossbeigh strand, is famous for bass fishing, particularly in early spring. Many places along the coast are suitable for rock fishing. The owners' library contains details of local sea fishing.

For freshwater game fishermen the area abounds with lakes and rivers for salmon and brown trout. The salmon season runs from 9th February to 30th September, and trout from 15th March to 12th October. Caragh lake, set in unparalleled scenery is a 15 minute drive away. Salmon are caught here, as they are on the Upper Caragh River. The river has 9 beats.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german
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Calendar last updated:
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About Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh

We have been married for 44 years and have three children and (so far) five grandchildren. Nick is a UK citizen and still works part time as a lawyer and corporate adviser; Oonagh, from Ireland, retired as an inner-city teacher a few years back. We spend eight months of the year in London and the rest of the year split between Kerry and other parts of Ireland and Europe.

Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh purchased this house in 1977

Why Nick and Oonagh van der Borgh chose Glenbeigh

We spent our honeymoon in Glenbeigh and fell in love with the area and its people. We bought the land on which the house stands a few years in to our marriage and put up the house quite soon after. Over the years we have improved and extended the original house to make the comfortable and much-loved home we are fortunate to own today. We were a little nervous about letting originally, but have been incredibly fortunate with Homeaway guests, all of whom have shown the greatest respect for our home and its contents over the last five years.

What makes this house unique

Guests are all amazed when they have got up the drive and into the house. They are drawn to the sunroom and almost without exception just gaze at the views and mutter 'incredible'. In all directions there are mountains and sea to take in, with maybe the movement of livestock in the farming landscape. The house is spacious, comfortable, warm and well equipped, being our own home for some weeks during the year. We don't bother to put much away, so guests enjoy the use of music, books and good kitchen equipment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Nick, I just wanted to thank you again for the use of your lovely spot in County Kerry. We had a lovely time enjoying the sights and of course the food. The views at Pairc Na Realta are beautiful and we loved sitting in the sunroom soaking up the vistas. We were able to do many day trips around the 2 peninsulas as well as some walking tours. My son and my daughter's boyfriend even managed to get to the top of Drung Hill one morning. Our weather was changeable but it was nice to come home and sit by the fire and enjoy all the comforts of home.

Your house allowed us to feel welcome; the personal touches of you and your family completed the home experience. The many books on the area were very informative and a great help to immerse ourselves in the culture. The Irish member of our party appreciated reading the book about interesting unknown facts of Ireland and is planning to buy it for his parents to read.

From my family to yours, we thank you for your hospitality and generosity.
May 2012
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Comfortable home with breathtaking sea and mountain views
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 50 reviews

Highlight of our Trip to Ireland

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Parc Na Realta and it was every bit as enjoyable or more so this time around. After staying a night on the south coast, when we pulled in to the drive it felt like coming home again. Nick and Oonagh have considered every element to make us feel at home and comfortable during our stay.

The kitchen is top notch in every way and we enjoyed shopping at the local Aldi (a great value) and making many meals at home. The house is laid out very thoughtfully with spacious bedrooms, sitting, and dining areas. We loved the sun room for reading, eating and relaxing with glorious views in all directions. We remarked how every window in the house has spectacular views, simply mesmerizing. Our nine year old son and 3 year old daughter absolutely loved the table tennis room. We had several tournaments to their delight.

We much appreciated the detailed orientation guide sent in advance which gave us some great ideas of things to do, all different and new for our second trip here. Some of the highlights include walking and driving through the Gap of Dunloe--spectacular scenery, a trip round the Ring of Kerry and down to the gardens at Garnish Island, walks on the beach at nearby Rossbeigh, and the sheep dog trial demonstration at Kells Sheep Centre about 6 km from the house. Ask Clara at the Riordens shop for directions.

The onsite help were extraordinarily friendly. The housekeeper Dympna called to make sure we were getting along and asked if we needed anything. Clara at the shop who provided the welcome basket was so kind and helpful. We couldn't have been more pleased with our whole experience. Thank you Nick and Oonagh for providing such a wonderful place for our family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Vincent and for the tip about the sheep dog trial, which we'll add to the orientation guide. Glad all went well on your second visit all the way from Utah.


  • 5 of 5

I always look at photographs and reviews with some cynicism these days; people are so clever with cameras. However, I was very excited about our forthcoming stay at Pairc na Realta, having read all the excellent comments, and was not disappointed. The oohs and aahs from my travelling companions on our arrival said it all (and I got lots of praise for being clever enough to find such a lovely home for our week's holiday!).

The house is super with a light, modern and well equipped kitchen. It was just great to find sharp knives for once, and lots of very useful miscellaneous herbs and spices (so unusual in a rented property). Lashings of kitchen roll, foil, cling film, hand wash, washing up liquid - all very useful and welcome. The house was spotlessly clean and very well maintained with a lovely outlook from each and every bedroom - the beds very comfortable with lots of spare blankets and hot water bottles if required. The table tennis was great, especially since the weather was rather mixed, to say the least. But the house was really snug (we did light a fire) and it was lovely watching the storms come and go, to be followed by bright sunshine to complement really fabulous views from the living areas. There are plenty of TV channels to choose from, should you find the time to watch! When the sun shone we enjoyed the delightful, clean beach at Rossbeigh and the walks from the house, which are lovely, with the Kerry Way right on the doorstep. We would have liked the use of a barbecue to make the most of the fantastic terrace, but I can't think of anything else which could have improved our stay.

Nick and Oonagh were very responsive to all questions prior to and after our visit and ensured we had everything we needed (sorry we did not get to meet you). Dympna was charming. She gave us a very warm welcome and even offered to come back half way through our visit to help with something - thank you Dympna. Should we come back to the area this would be our chosen place to stay, if it is not booked up! I am sure this lovely holiday home is extremely popular.

In a nutshell, I highly recommend Pairc na Realta.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this kind review, Claire. We have taken on board your tip about the lack of a barbecue and are building one this autumn to be ready for next year's guests. I hope this may encourage your return.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Pataro family from Michigan

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to be invited on this trip with our daughter, son-in-law and their three children. The home had everything we needed and loved the size of it. It worked well for the 7 of us. The views of the mountains and the bay were spectacular. We all wished we could have stayed longer. We have stayed in many vrbo homes and this was the first time we had someone there to explain everything for us and also the welcome basket was greatly appreciated. Thank you Nick and Oonagh for sharing your beautiful home with us. This was a vacation spot none of us will forget.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your positive review. We hope that you will return one day. Nick and Oonagh

Thanks for a wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Nick and Oonagh

Thanks for a fantastic week in your lovely home. The weather was a bit mixed, but we had anticipated that it might be in early May and that was one of the reasons we wanted to book your house since it looked as though it would be a warm and comfortable place to which to retreat. And so it was - we were very happy sitting in the sun room watching the weather outside, or by the fireplace. Although we would love to come back in warmer weather and enjoy the views from the terrace too - the house must have the best view in Kerry! There didn't seem to be a thing you hadn't thought of to make your guests comfortable and we are already planning a return visit.

We found your guide to the area really helpful and took up many of your recommendations, as the house is so well placed as a base for exploring the area. In a week we were only really able to scratch the surface and look forward to seeing more next time we visit.

Thanks for making us feel so welcome and at home in your home!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Kate for your kind review and we shall look forward to your next visit
Wilmette, IL

Perfect Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We just got back to Chicago after a wonderful, two-week stay at Pairc na Realta. Our two daughters, ages 8 and 10, had a blast. The house is open and spacious, with plenty of room for them to play and lots of fun things to do, including many board games and a ping-pong table. The outside grounds are beautiful and the girls enjoyed playing in the well maintained garden and on the hill in back. They especially enjoyed making friends with the two ponies next door.

The house is perched on the side of a mountain (by Chicago standards) and offers spectacular views of Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula. Inside, it is cozy and snug, so even on the couple of days when the rain came down and the wind howled, we were very comfortable and had a great time playing games beside the turf fire and watching the mist and the fog drift through the mountain gaps.

The location of the house is ideal, with many fun family activities nearby. Glenbeigh is charming and the people are so nice. We ate several times at the pub in the Towers Hotel. The food and atmosphere were great, and the girls enjoyed playing with Patch, the owner’s dog. We spent a glorious day at Rossbeigh Strand and we drove out to Dingle a couple of times to take the girls to a pottery class and to see Fungie the dolphin. The girls also really liked visiting the Kissane Sheep Farm in Moll’s Gap.

Killarney is only a half hour away. The town is lively and the National Park is beautiful. We went horseback riding in the park with Killarney Riding Stables (they are great with kids!) and took a jaunting car ride through the park to Ross Castle. For anyone from the U.S. with a hankering for an American-style hamburger, our daughters highly recommend Eddie Rocket’s in Killarney.

Nick and Oonagh are the perfect hosts (even though we’ve never met them). They have thought to provide everything you could want for a great family vacation. Nick is very nice and well organized. It is a pleasure to do business with him. We are recommending Pairc na Realta to everyone we know who is considering a trip to Ireland. Our family loved our time there and we will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this Tim and Lee Ann, and for the recommendations - always welcome and I'll make sure to check them out. I greatly enjoyed our email correspondence which has strayed quite a bit from the letting. Oonagh and I hope to welcome you and the girls back some time soon.


  • 5 of 5

My husband is a professional artist and the sunroom with nearly 180* views was the perfect room/studio to capture the ever changing moods of the sky, landscape and seas when the weather outside was not hospitable.

We have stayed in many “holiday lets” and this is the nicest by far! With comfy furniture in the living spaces (no slippery dark leather sofas and chairs here - real upholstery!) and plenty of good lighting to curl up with a book from their extensive library. The bedrooms are furnished with comfortable beds, bedside tables with lamps, lots of closet space and all have big windows with expansive views.

The bathrooms are large and airy and nicely fitted out with places to put one’s toiletries and other personal items and all have heated towel racks. The kitchen (I love to cook!) is perfectly laid out with room to prepare meals, a wide range of pot and pans, baking dishes, utensils and electric appliances to choose from. There are more than enough dishes, cutlery and glasses, including wine glasses and a wine rack!

Nick and Oonagh are most caring and accommodating, truly lovely people we feel very blessed to have met and stayed in their beautiful Irish home. The people they employ to caretake the property are also exceptionally helpful and nice!

There is an excellent store in Glenbeigh (with a gas station) that has a terrific meat market (and an ever so nice young man who is the butcher). This market carries almost anything one might need. The hardware store just out on the highway from the house, Riordan’s, is the place to purchase your eggs - from Clara. Her hen eggs are nearly as large as her duck eggs! She told me she has tried various breeds but the Rhode Island Reds seem to produce best for her and to use the duck eggs in baking as they whip up extra light!

We will return to this property as often as possible! Enjoy!!

M L and Sheri D Coleman, Sedona, Arizona

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that the house met expectations. It was also a pleasure to meet you at the house when we were all in the area at the same time. We don't have that opportunity with many guests. We do hope that you will return soon. Best wishes, Nick and Oonagh


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Kerry, 40K, Cork, 130 K, Dublin, best for DE, 320K
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Cork. (Also Rosslare at 300K and Dublin at 320K)
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Dooks Links Course
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Glenbeigh (also nearer cafe summer months at 500M)
Nearest Beach
1000 Metres
Coolnaharragill. Also Rossbeigh at 3K.
Car: necessary

The house is located 4 miles from the village of Glenbeigh, and is set up above the famous Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsular. The area is one of the most scenic in the whole of Ireland, with Ireland's highest mountain a few miles away and magnificent ocean views both from the house itself and from countless points around the coast. The Kerry Way passes the front gate, and takes you up in to local unspoilt hill walking areas. Our nearest small beach is a kilometre from the house, down a small lane, and the famous five kilometre beach, Rossbeigh Strand, is two kilometres away. Dooks links golf course is a ten minute drive, and lake and river fishing, and riding facilities are very close. Our local shop is a 600 metre stroll and famous restaurants and bars are a short drive away.

Golf: Dooks, at 10 km, a short, but beautiful, links course overlooking Dingle Bay, recently substantially remodelled.

Killarney, at 40km, two 18 hole championship courses, Killeen and Mahoney’s Point, and a further 18 hole course.

At 50 km, outside Tralee, a sensational links course overlooking some of the finest scenery in Ireland.

At 35km, west from the house along the Ring of Kerry, Waterville, a links course once assessed by Golf World as the 5th best course in the 'British' Isles.

Ballybunnion, at 85km, two championship links courses (the Old and the New courses).


Rates & Availability

From €750 Per week

Glenbeigh House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 2
Apr 4 2015 - May 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
May 31 2015 - Jun 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4
Jun 28 2015 - Aug 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
Aug 30 2015 - Sep 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 5
Sep 27 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
Rate 3
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes A security deposit of a minimum of €250 is taken against breakages and power consumption at the time of booking. Oil and electricity are charged by meter.
Late bookings. A 10% discount on normal rates is available in respect of lettings booked within 14 days of commencement date.
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Glenbeigh House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , En suite with bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - shower , En suite with bedroom 1
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds (This is suitable for one adult or two children)
  • All bedrooms have good storage space. The double bedrooms and the bunk bedded room have stunning views down the valley to the mountains and ocean. The twin bedded room looks up the valley towards mountains. The principal bedroom has a bathroom and separate shower room both en suite. It is emphasised that the bunk bedded room suits two children/young adults, but only one older adult.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
In addition to the above accommodation there is a play room with table tennis table, and a sun room, with dining and sitting areas. Oil and electricity are charged for at cost, by metering. Free wifi within the house (speed 0.87mb)

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