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Awesome Views - Day or Night!*** - from a Cozy Farmhouse Near Golf & Beaches

Bedrooms 3
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 7-9)

OUR RENOVATED STONE FARMHOUSE, near the Ring of Kerry, offers breathtaking views from a newly constructed year-round glass conservatory in a quiet, private spot close to beaches, golf and mountains.


A short hike up the hill behind our home is rewarded with a panorama you'll never forget -- the westernmost land in Europe, the Skellig Islands; Ballinskelligs Bay, with the shimmering colors and lights of Waterville at its throat, and MacGillicuddy's Reeks, with Ireland's tallest peak.

ENJOY restaurants and pubs with traditional entertainment in Caherciveen, Portmagee, Valentia, Waterville and Ballinskelligs; the world-class Waterville Golf Links, blue flag beaches, magnificent walks, fresh and saltwater fishing, horseback riding, surfing, diving and wind surfing.

ALSO CLOSE BY are pre-Christian sites; boat trips to the monastic settlement on Skellig Michael; Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, Ireland's 'Liberator;' and the Cill Rialaig pre-famine village and artist colony.

***The Iveragh Penninsula where our house is located was recently given the highest ranking (Gold Tier) as an International Dark Sky Reserve by the Dark Sky Association, in recognition of the exceptional quality of its night sky. Important to astronomers and amateur sky-gazers alike, this is the only spot so designated in Ireland and one of only three in the world!

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Keywords: Self Catering Holiday Home, cottage, farm, beach, golf, hiking, scenic, ocean, lake.

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Property Manager
Daphne and Peter Wolf
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2017

About Daphne and Peter Wolf

We are New Jersey natives with Irish, Scottish and English roots. Peter is a freelance writer and photographer and Daphne is writing her dissertation for a PhD in Irish History at Drew University in Madison, NJ. We have two grown children, Patrick and Casey.

Daphne and Peter Wolf purchased this house in 2001

Why Daphne and Peter Wolf chose Ring of Kerry

We first saw this house in 1998 on a visit to Ireland and were overwhelmed by the spectacular view. It belonged to a cousin of Peter's mother and when he passed away we purchased it and renovated it with lots of help from other cousins living nearby.

What makes this house unique

Besides the proximity of one of the best golf courses in Ireland, Waterville Links, we enjoy the beach in Ballinskelligs, hikes around the countryside and the quiet, peaceful beauty on all sides.


Ballinskelligs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Instant heat shower and electric room heater.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • King size bed (1) Can be separated into 2 twin beds on request; Double Beds (1); Twin or Single Beds (1); Bunk Beds (1); Extra sleeping options: Baby Crib (1); On request, (1) Fold-up bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
NO internet or WiFi in house, but there are many hot spots available nearby. You can also purchase a USB mobile broadband stick or a mobile WiFi hot spot device at a Vodaphone store or online. Works great! NO telephone in the house, mobile/cell phone recommended.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Awesome Views - Day or Night!*** - from a Cozy Farmhouse Near Golf & Beaches
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews
Portland, Oregon

A comfortable farmhouse in a beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Tig John for three nights right before the New Year holiday. We had some travel delays the first night so did not arrive until 10:30 pm. Eileen, the property manager/caretaker, was fantastic and very flexible in helping us make arrangements to get the keys.

When we got there we were delighted to find a house that has clearly been loved by generations. There was an ample supply of peat for the stoves, and space heaters to help beat the winter chill. I think the only complaint I had was that, although the kitchen was well stocked, i struggled a little with lack of counter space. The beds were very comfortable and I highly advise that you try to climb the hill behind the house. It's a bit of a climb, but well worth it. The views are amazing.

A couple of things we learned:

- Finding the house for the first time after dark can be challenging. Try to get there before nightfall.

- Starting peat fires can be challenging (even with instructions). Be patient and keep trying. The stove in the sitting room is much easier to get going.

- Eileen is a font of information about things to do/see locally. :)

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your thoughtful review, and I hope you had some good weather to enjoy the hill climbing!
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Cosy, comfortable cottage with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay in the heart of the Kerry with great access to beaches, stunning cliffs and the mountains. The cottage is clean and cosy, with plenty of space and comfortable beds and furniture. The views from the conservatory are amazing and hard to leave! The owners provide great communication with great help available locally if it is required. I couldn't think of a more homely or pleasant place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you had such a good time at the cottage.
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Ideal location to unwind and enjoy the Kingdom of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a property that is secluded, charismatic and with stunning views this is one for you. I've been going to Ballinskelligs for over 35years due to family connections. We had to make a visit at very shot notice but Daphne was incredibly responsive and flexible. Nothing was too much bother and her local contact, Eileen is lovely. We had 10 nights at this property and it just felt like home from the first night. Highly recommended for an authentic Irish experiences.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

We and our three children had a really good time in this wonderful house and the amazing area surrounding it.

Inside, there is everything that really makes this place a holiday home. The kitchen is well equipped,

there was plenty of information on the area available and in the living room we even found books and games and - although we did not need it - TV/DVD. Maybe more important was the cozy atmosphere of warming fires in the fire places and last but for sure not least the unbelievable panorama view across the valley and the coast, which you can enjoy not only from outside the house, or the hill behind it, but also from the bright and spaceous Wintergarden.

Watch the pictures and videos which are provided - the true view is even more amazing and provides a different picture of the bay everytime the weather changes - which is rather often, of course :-)

Even though the weather was not perfect (which was admitted even by the Irish) we were able to take great hikes (don't miss the Bolus Loop).

We enjoyed the chocolate tasting in really nearby St.Finian's Bay and explored the different beaches as well as the local pubs.

It always felt really good to come back "home" to the cottage with nobody around but hundred sheep!

We certainly would like to come back to this house in Ballinskelligs!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry, the weather this year was not very good, so we are pleased that you were still able to enjoy yourselves. You are welcome back anytime.
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We loved it...

  • 5 of 5

We have very enjoyed the stay in this cozy house. We loved the sun room in the evenings overlooking the beautiful area. The beds were very good and we slept well. We made very nice excursions. The streets there are always very, very small. Attention, it`s not so easy to drive (we have had a little accident) ! But anyway we gladly coming back one day.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so sorry you had trouble driving on the local roads. They can be challenging (and rewarding!). We would love to have you back again.
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Cozy house with a breathtaking view!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time staying at this lovely little house on the "diamond" of the Ring of Kerry. We loved spending time in the bright and airy sun room overlooking a beautiful, green valley. Having a fire in the evening was a nice comfort as well. The nearby sheep were also entertaining to watch!

The kitchen had all the equipment we needed for home-cooked meals and many other useful items were provided to make our stay comfortable. The caretaker, Eileen and her daughter were very welcoming and gave us lots of good tips for where to visit in the area. They even went out of their way to bring over some DVDs specifically for our 13-year old daughter to enjoy. Staying at this house was a great choice that made our trip to Ireland even more memorable.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Ballinskelligs House Rental Rates

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Oct 11 2016 - Apr 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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Waterville Golf Links
Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Shannon Airport
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Waterville Golf Links
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cable Leary's
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Ballinskelligs Blue Flag Beach
Car: necessary

Live Irish music and dancing nearby


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