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Designer Home on Dingle Bay

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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.

Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Tad Lawrence
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About Tad Lawrence

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 in Kells

Tad Lawrence purchased this cottage in 1972

What makes this cottage unique

This house and community is where we are who we want to be. We look forward to sharing it with you.


Kells Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • All children are unique so we have not set an age minimum but the house is probably not suitable for children 2-5 and in any case consult the owners.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be set up as a single king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This is up a ladder-stairs (not for elderly or young child)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Designer Home on Dingle Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Lovely Holiday Home - cosy with beautiful view - felt like staying here forever...

  • 5 of 5

Our family (with 3 children from 7 to 12 years) spent 10 days in this lovely Irish home at Kells Bay. Our family felt very comfortable in this cosy home. Our children loved playing outside in the huge garden, while we parents sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the breathtaking view. The kitchen is very well equipped ans spacious, the cottage is lovely decorated (lots of art) and the very suitable for a family. The next seaside is only a few minutes to walk. The cottage is situated very good, so that we were able to do many different day trips. The caretakers were very helpful and gave us a very warm welcoming. We spent a very relaxing holiday einjoying the house and the breathtaking scenery. We can highly recommend this holiday house. We ourselves are looking forward coming here again - it is heaven on earth...

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic home by the sea .... just off the Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing week of solitude at this property with day trips to Valentia Island, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, Jameson Distillery in Cork, and Skellig Michael. From the kitchen and living room, the view of the sea is stunning. The property is spacious, decorated with handcrafted furniture, hand woven pillows, throws, pillows, and wall hangings, not to mention the beautiful watercolors. The kitchen is well equipped. The caretakers are readily available and very welcoming. We have stayed in many VRBO properties, Wolsey Lodges, B&Bs across the UK and North America, as well as varying accommodations throughout Europe and Asia, and we highly recommend this property. It is unique in its tranquility and scenery.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chesterfield, MA

Heaven in Kells

  • 5 of 5

Tad and Vicki have themselves a real gem with their lovely home in Kells Bay. Arriving during the day is definitely key! Everything that is described in the listing is accurate and exceeded our expectation! The artwork, Craftsmanship and location of their home is perfect for those seeking an Irish seaside getaway, look no further!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remarkable and memorable experience

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sussex, UK

Unique property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect escape in Kells Bay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Kerry Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Many, Waterville, Dooks
Nearest Train
31 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Kells Bay House and Gardens
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Kells Bay Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.