|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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This very clean house is located just one mile from Dingle town with great views of the surrounding mountains, harbour and Dingle bay. There are three en suite bedrooms, two double beds (queen size) and one twin room (two single beds). It has a very spacious kitchen with all utensils provided and all modern coveniences. The sitting room has an open fireplace with a sofa, recliner/swivel chair and piano. The house is centrally heated using oil which is included in the price as is the electricity.
Dingle town is just 1 mile away and a very nice stroll. In the oposite direction is Conor Pass and many stunning walking trails.The house is usually surrounded by sheep and lambs in the neighbouring fields which is a delight in spring time. Dairy cows pass by frequently too, sometimes twice a day. The area is also dotted with ancient celtic stone monuments and archeological sites.
The Dingle Peninsula,
Of course the Dingle peninsula is world famous for its natural beauty and friendly locals. It is also famous for it's cuisine and fresh local produce (fish is a speciality), traditional Irish music and it's old world pubs. With many stores to choose from you can pick up anything from woolens to local crystal. You can even purchase some horse feed while enjoying a pint !
Touring from Dingle,
Killarney and the Ring of Kerry are meerly an hour away, the Blarney Stone, Cork city and West Cork only two hours away. Galway, the Rock of Cashel, Kinsale are three hours from here.
There is so much to see in the area. Come and explore for yourself !
I am a chauffeur/tour guide providing tours of the entire island of Ireland. I specialize in the hidden gems of the countryside, unique attractions, back roads and the very best of local produce. I also design itineraries online giving my clients the choice of self drive, guided tours or bus tour.
Des Murphy purchased this cottage in 2000
This cottage is elevated and is close enough to Dingle town yet surrounded by mountains, fields and ocean views. There are usually sheep, lambs and cows in the neighboring fields also. The sunsets are breathtaking with tranquil walks through the hills and valleys.
Stunning surroundings, a real piece of rural ireland, scenic drives, unspoiled countryside, clean air, peace & quiet, great restaurants & pubs, great music, traditions & characters,hill walking, friendly people, endless local history and folklore.
A much delayed review! Stayed at this wonderful home for a week in March. Per previous reviews, all is as stated in description. Desmond and Sarah couldn't have been more helpful. Sarah even brought turf she had cut herself for us to have a fire! Views are amazing, the sky was ever changing with gorgeous skyscapes! A nice walk to the village and short taxi ride home if you didn't want to walk back. After 2 weeks of driving around Ireland, it was great to be able to park the car and not worry about the narrow roads. However, a convenient location and easy to travel and tour other areas if desired. There were 5 of us staying in the home, 2 couples and 1 single gentleman. Home was comfortable for us all. A most wonderful time had by all! Thanks Des and Sarah!
We had a wonderful time at Spellstone house. It was cozy, comfortable and convenient to town. The views were amazing out of every window. A great property!
Three weeks in Dingle staying at Spellstone was absolutely wonderful. This rental is the best deal you'll find for size of the house and the amenities included.
Thank you Des (and Sarah) for making us feel so welcome and taken care of...
The setting of this cottage is breathtaking. Fantastic views of the harbor and surrounding mountains are superb. Everything that describes the house and amenities is perfect. The only thing missing is a butler. The interior and exterior are immaculately clean, updated and fresh.
Spellstone is just a relaxing accommodation with everything one could ask for during a vacation. The close proximity to town, the serene settings, the quiet of the rural life and comfort of a home away from home made our stay so memorable.
Every morning we were greeted by our four legged neighbors grazing on the grass in the lawn surrounding the cottage. You can just sit our on the lawn chairs and enjoy the fresh air of Dingle and listen to the bleats of the sheep, lambs and cows in the fields.
Having Spellstone as a home base was so much better and relaxing then staying at a B & B, hotel or guesthouse.
The owner, Des Murphy and property manager, Sarah Cronin made it such an ease to book, pay deposit and final payment. Des came the first day we arrived to say hello and Sarah greeted us and showed us the layout. Both couldn't have been any more accommodating . We appreciate the touches they provided.
We have been coming to Dingle off and on for the past 16 years and this stay was our most enjoyable. Des and his team are "Brilliant"!
Thanks so much again Des and we will be in contact on our next Dingle vacation.
-Keith, Barbara and Marjorie
We booked with the owner two days before our arrival as our prior travel arrangements got dashed at the last minute. The owner could not have been more responsive and accommodating. Upon our arrival, the property manager warmly greeted us and gave us a wealth of information that made our stay all the more convenient and enjoyable.
Everything you read in the other reviews is spot on. The home is immaculately clean and well appointed. The presence of the guitar, fiddle, piano and squeezebox are great diversions for musicians who have come to the area for its rich traditional Irish music scene. It's location is perfect, just outside the bustle of Dingle Town but close enough to walk (or cab if you're not so inclined). A local cell phone with 10 euro of time already loaded on it (which you can "top up" at the supermarket if you run out) is another amenity provided which was a nice touch and very useful for making restaurant reservations, calling cabs, etc.
Once you wander into town, the locals are more than willing to point you to things which might interest you just for the asking. Using their input, along with the Rick Steves guide (which we found to be spot on in nearly every instance), we were not disappointed. The number of outstanding musicians per capita playing in the local pubs is equal to U.S. music towns like Nashville and New Orleans. While the pubs are where the real fun is, don't miss a trad music performance in the Dingle Music Shop or the St. James Church where the setting is more intimate and the audience more subdued.
One new activity that appears to not have hit the general info guides yet is the Dingle Cookery School on the west end of town. We took an Irish cooking course there and spent a wonderful rainy afternoon learning about and cooking traditional Irish dishes, including brown bread and a hearty turnip and squash soup that left us so full up and satisfied we skipped dinner.
All in all, lots to do and see in and around Dingle. Then after long days and nights of exploring and pub crawling, you return back to the home for peace, quiet and comfort and to recharge your batteries for tomorrow!
Go dte tú slán
Greetings, prospective Dingle travelers! Let me share with you the experiences of two couples that spent four nights at this delightful holiday home in early June, 2015.
Firstly, working with Mr. Murphy was straightforward and efficient.
Secondly, everything is as described in the VRBO posting. It is a well-appointed, very livable place in which to explore Dingle. Sarah, the property manager, does a great job of showing and explaining the home, and also has some wonderful suggestions. All the amenities worked. I love the open hearth, and enjoyed playing the guitar whilst watching and warming myself in front of the fire. Beverage at hand! We would sightsee during the day, come home and make a meal (how much nicer than the VRBO picture is the view when you look out the kitchen to the harbor and make dinner) and then off to town for the evening. Our favorite sights were: Minard Castle, the Dingle Peninsula loop (make sure to stop at the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum-a private collection that doesn't look like it would be much but really is worth the stop) and Dunbeg Fort, if it hasn't fallen into the sea. The video at the welcome center is informative. The day we were there it was a lashing rain and hurricane winds. Impressive under those circumstances! Go to Kennedy pub! (a Sarah suggestion) Sure, everyone goes to places by the harbor. Venture further away! Kennedy is a small, more local establishment. Went every evening. Then you can walk on to the rest of the night. Do not miss the fresh fish shop (just a little caravan, really) next to Tesco and the hot dog seller across from the harbor. Wonderful! Excellent John Dory, scallops and mussels. The proprietress was very nice as well. Do the walk away from the road to town that is described in the "Bible" for the house. I could go on, but suffice it to say that the experience Mr. Murphy provides is wonderful and good value for the money. He also has great information about his part of Ireland; don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to getting back!
Indoor climbing wall & zip line, Seal & bird/ wildlife sanctuary, Dingle Brewing Company + visitor centre. Pottery for kids & adults, Corn maze (seasonal), Archeological tours, Walking tours. Dingle Aquarium.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Aug 26 2016 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Deposits are taken by internet banking or Western Union. The full amount is then paid on arrival. Deposits are returned on departure once the house is left in a satisfactory condition. Please email for more information.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.