During mid-August, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in Ireland with our children and grandchildren -- 13 in all. The villa was perfect and easily accommodated eight adults and five children, ages 7 to 13. The children had the upstairs to themselves. The villa is open and specious and extremely well equipped with every feature and gadget. Having two large living areas, the kids and adults could have a good time without interfering with each other. An adult could always find a quiet space when needed. The interior is larger than pictured; indeed, the pictures on the internet do not do it justice. The children played soccer in the large fenced-in backyard and enjoyed exploring the rocks on the sea. Everyone enjoyed the hot tub, especially with the full moon as we overlooked the sea. Jer and Shirley were helpful and available when needed.
The villa is an easy five minute walk into town for dinner at one of three pups or to pick up extra groceries or wine. We particularly enjoyed drinks (no dinner) at The Castle Pub, operated by Ms. Kathy O'Sullivan, which is at the entrance to the town of Ballyheigue. Kathy even taught me how to pour a Guinness. The patrons were friendly, so much so that a fellow patron overheard our need for rosemary for our lamb dinner, and quietly secured some for us from his nearby garden.
In order to avoid driving on the narrow roads, we desired a van to take us around as we toured all of southwest Ireland. Shirley highly recommended Paudie at Collins Bus Hire (one of the best decisions we made as we traveled most days). Paudie provided a van for 18 operated by Donal who picked us up at Shannon Airport. Donal was absolutely wonderful. He was safe and dependable and knew the area like the back of his hand, from the Cliffs of Moher (on our arrival day which Shirley recommended) to the tip of the Dingle Peninsular. He guided us through the countryside with ease and with a story on every turn in the road.
Overall, we had a most delightful holiday exploring southwest Ireland and making friendshios with the residents. Shirley with her recommendations and her villa were perfect for enjoying every moment of our vacation. It could not not have been better. Carol