About the property
- House2583 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
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 40 years ago for their own occupation 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 with table tennis and library housing part of our varied 500 book collection. The main living area - 45 ft x 20 ft (13.8m x 6.1m) - 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 and a sun room with dining and sitting areas. There is an adjacent covered area. There is wifi broadband for guests' use. The landscaped garden extends to 3/4 acre (0.3 hectare). There is parking for three cars by the house and for a further three by the front gate. Overall the house is very homely because we spend many weeks a year there ourselves.
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 summer watching the puffins which nest there until early August.
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 2,000 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.
Oonagh van der Borgh
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- Mar 12, 2018
About Oonagh van der Borgh
We have been married for 48 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.
Oonagh van der Borgh purchased this House in 1976
Why Oonagh van der Borgh chose County Kerry
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.
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Highlight of our Trip to Ireland
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!
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.
My wife and I spent a wonderful fortnight at this scenic location. The house is substantial and perched atop a ridge, affording magnificent views of sea and countryside. The house is well equipped and the kitchen provides a welcoming space in which to spend time. Unfortunately the weather was poor during our stay so we were unable to take advantage of the beautiful sunroom. The open fire was a centre point during our stay and provided excellent warmth. Dympna greeted us on our arrival and made contact during our stay to check that all was OK. Nick, the owner, provided excellent information on the location and was prompt and helpful during all prior communications. We hope to return in better weather to enjoy the sunroom.
A second home
I can only imagine what Pairc Na Realta is like in the sunshine; it must be utter, utter bliss. We had hilariously dreadful weather, with gales screeching down the chimney and hail pounding the windows - and we still loved the place! Family down the road in Cahirsiveen had a gleaming white, stark pad and we quite felt sorry for them. This is a real home, filled with wonderful books and games, and - more than anything - a sense of a home. It was big enough for all 7 of us to spread out and have our own space, yet the open plan kitchen/living/sun room was cosy. Everything was really clean, the kitchen was brilliantly well-stocked, and the views from the terrace (when the sun finally came out! ) were sublime. Kerry is unbelievably beautiful, and anyone staying here will get a sense of peacefulness taking over them almost immediately (and this house is a place '...where peace comes dropping slow' as Yeats would say!).
You will love it here. We want to give it 4 and 7 eighth stars (but that option isn't available): the missing eighth would be the tiny moan that the hot water needs putting on so often - and if you forget, you have to wait for your shower! Which, with 5 kids, we are used to anyway, but it would have been great to have had constant hot water. That's the only gripe though. Otherwise, we had a wonderful stay here and no-one wanted to leave. I'm not even going to mention the weather (I didn't, did I? The force 8 gales??! The 'see if you can see this hand I'm holding up in front of me, through the torrential rain/mist'?? ) as it didn't matter - we were very, very happy here!
Thanks Rebecca for your helpful comments and for the Yeats quotation - our favourite poet. We are of course concerned when a rating of less than 5 stars is awarded by any guest. We note your adverse comments about the new water heating system installed in April. At that time we put timers on the two immersions to save guests the expense of wasted electricity if they forgot to turn off the immersions when the tank had heated up. We discovered after your stay that one of the timers had ceased to function (after only four months) and we installed a new one immediately. Having since stayed at the house ourselves we confirm that the system is working fine now. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that one day you and your family will return and have better luck with the weather. Nick and Oonagh.
Excellent location for Kerry and Dingle
Wir weilten im Pairc Na Realta als Familie mit insgesamt 6 Personen. Der Zugang zum Haus ist auch mit einem grossen Auto (wir hatten einen 7-Plätzer gemietet) problemlos. Das grosszügige grosse Hause bietet absolut ausreichend Platz für Bedürfnisse des Zusammensitzens oder auch für Rückzüge. Die modern eingerichtete Küche beinhaltet alles, was zum Kochen benötigt wird. Es fehlt einzig eine Kaffeemaschine. Die hohe Anzahl Schlafzimmer und Badezimmer mit Duschen ist sehr angenehm. Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist das Aufbereiten des Warmwassers vor Gebrauch, zuweilen hatten wir wenig Wasserstrahl beim Duschen. Wir genossen das Cheminée in der Stube, Holz kann man bei den Tankstellen kaufen. Im Haus gibt es sehr viele Bücher und auch DVD's, allerdings nicht auf deutsch. TV- und DVD-Gerät sind im übrigen in einem guten Zustand. In den Schlafzimmern ist der Boden mit Teppichen belegt, das Mobiliar ist etwas älter.
Das Haus ist eine exzellente Basis, um sowohl Kerry als auch Dingle zu bereisen. Gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten gibt es in Killorglin nach rund 20 Fahrminuten.
Eine grosse Hilfe ist die Assistenz des Vermieters Nick. Er hat eine mehrseitige Broschüre zusammengesellt, welche nicht nur die verschiedenen Bereiche des Hauses beschreibt, sondern auch wertvolle Informationen zur Region liefert. Im Mailverkehr hat er uns im Vorfeld der Reise und auch während des Aufenthaltes wertvolle Hinweise gegeben, vielen Dank !
Zwei Wanderungen vom Haus aus sind absolut zu empfehlen: Zur Küste Glenbeigh/Rossbeigh (Wandertipp Nr. 1 von Nick). Diese führt nach einen abwechslungsreichen Hinweg recht lange etwas erhöht asphaltiert dem Strand entlang, ehe man kurz vor Rossbeigh recht steil und lange hinauf zurück gelangt.
Die zweite Wanderroute führt beim Tor unten links dem Strässchen entlang, nach ca. 500 Metern dem Wanderweg Kerry folgen (Achtung: Schild ein wenig versteckt). Danach alles hinauf so weit man will, durch diverse Schafgehege. Wunderschöne Aussichten, speziell wenn man oben auf dem Sattel anlangt.
Insgesamt haben wir eine tolle Erinnerung an diese Woche, auch wenn das kühl-windige Wetter den Gebrauch des Sitzplatzes und Gartens nicht zuliess. Zum Wandern ist dieses Wetter aber geradezu ideal, und die Aussichten ändern je nach Wetter- bzw. Wolkenlage ständig. Auch wenn die Infrastruktur nicht überall topmodern ist, verdient das Gesamtpaket auch in Anbetracht des Preis-Leistungsverhältnisses 5 Sterne.
EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS
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.
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.
Pataro family from Michigan
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.
Thanks so much for your positive review. We hope that you will return one day. Nick and Oonagh
The house is located 4 miles from the village of Glenbeigh, and is set up above the famous Ring of Kerry (part of the Wild Atlantic Way) 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. There are magnificent ocean views both from the house itself and from countless points around the coast. We are 500 metres from the Gold Standard Kerry Dark Skies Reserve, giving virtually unparalleled starlit night skies. 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 and summer-time cafe are 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).
Additional information about rental rates
A security deposit of a minimum of €300 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.