|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Have an unforgettable time at the Martramane House in picturesque Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula.
This beautiful self-catering house is in County Kerry on the southwest coast of Ireland. Castlegregory, known as 'Castle' by the locals, has become quite the artists colony, because of its serenity, history, and brilliant views. From every window in the house, you will enjoy breathtaking beauty, including Brandon bay, the Atlantic ocean, the 3100 foot high Brandon Mountain, and Loch Gil. Walk into town, for restaurants, pubs with traditional music, art, historic St. Mary's Church, and a fully stocked grocery store.
The area is well known for its hiking, windsurfing, water sports, horseback riding, and antiquities dating back to the first millennium. It's close to several of the world's greatest golf courses, 45 minutes to Ballybounion. Walk the miles of sandy beaches and more.
The Dingle Peninsula has the reputation for having an exhilarating blend of mountain scenery, big skies, historic sites, rugged coastlines contrasted by sandy beaches, and the friendliest most generous people in Ireland.
We stayed at Martramane house for 3 nights in September and found it to be very basic but cozy overall. There was plenty of room for 8 of us, including kids. The living room was a great atmosphere with the fireplace and the dining room was a nice size to seat us all. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable. There are two toilets, however only one shower on the second floor. It would've been nice to have another shower to accommodate the first floor bedrooms as well. The house is located on a very quiet lane in the town. One thing we would've loved to see more of is the view from the house which is hampered by the tall hedges. Overall, we found it to be a nice gathering place after our daily excursions. We also really enjoyed NatterJack's pub in the evenings. The house is located a close drive to the ocean and horseback riding, which we loved!
Mindy's home in Castlegregory is charming and cozy. It's surrounded by green fields and sheep - the views from the second floor are as picturesque as you can find. It's walking distance to the small town it's situated within and the Spar grocery store there. We drove to many of the main sights in Dingle in 30-45 minutes. The bedrooms and the bathrooms were clean and warm. The hot water was readily available, thanks to the instructions we were given upon check-in. The caretaker who stopped by also gave us firewood for the fireplace and fresh bread for breakfast. Very thoughtful!
However, you are in the Irish countryside, so arrive prepared for what you will find - such as minimal speed on the wifi, and dark streets without street lights after sunset. Also, the bathroom situation is somewhat awkward - there are no mirrors above the sinks in the two standalone toilets. There's only one bath for all the bedrooms and there's no lock on it (can be awkward when there's a large group using the same bathroom - a lot of knocking happened prior to entry).
Overall, we liked our stay though there are some add-ons such as mirrors and locks that would have improved the experience. Great place to stay to see Dingle at an affordable rate. Thank you for taking care of us so well Mindy!
Arrived to find a list of maintenance issues which included washing machine, dishwasher and VCR not working amongst other things, although bedding had been cleaned the duvet cover was stained badly. Garden hadn't been maintained the grass hadn't been cut or hedges, and absolutely no outside furniture whatsoever which is ridiculous as its a holiday let. Owner refunded to us the cleaning costs of 100 euro but didn't really compensate for the fact the place had been neglected. I have holiday lets myself in the lakes so I was reluctant to write a bad review however I think potential guests should be aware. I know the owners live abroad but that should be no excuse if charging and advertising as a holiday let in such poor condition, it needs money spending on it to give it more of a holiday feel and appliances should be working, it's only saving grace was its location to the village but that's about the only positive I could find
Une semaine passée à deux familles avec six enfants à Matramane House pour de formidables vacances... même les jours de pluie ! Grande, confortable, chaleureuse et bien équipée. Et un point de départ idéal pour découvrir les merveilles de la péninsule de Dingle. Vraiment, merci pour cette agréable maison.
Une petite suggestion seulement : équiper la maison de tables et chaises de jardin et d'un barbecue, lorsque le soleil est là, c'est un plaisir de profiter pleinement du jardin !
Myself, my husband, 3 small kids and niece had a wonderful 2 week holiday in Matramane house. The location was perfect for us....within easy walking distance of Castlegregory village and yet it very much felt as though we were out in the countryside. A great base for beaches and day trips around the Maharees and Dingle peninsula....and an easy 20 minute drive to Tralee.
On the downside I think for the price I would have expected a higher spec'd house. The downstairs bedrooms (most likely an extension) and toilet were a bit colder than the rest of the house... We used a heater in these bedrooms....Also there was only one shower in the house....I was expecting more. The vcr player did not work and there was no dvd player and only basic tv. Luckily we brought our own dvd player. The upstairs banisters were far too wide for small kids so we got visitors to bring a stair gate which helped a lot. Also, the sheds at the back of the house were blocking beautiful sea view sunsets which was a real shame....a patio with simple picnic table and chairs replacing these sheds would be amazing..Finally the grass surrounding the house was overgrown so when we arrived all of our feet and shoes (including the kids) got wet on arrival!
Despite these few negatives, I would recommend this house. It has a real homely charm with a good sized living room and plenty of beds and all mod cons (bar channel tv/dvd). The owners kindly provided two travel cots and a high chair on request. In hindsight we should have requested a stair gate also. The agent was easy to contact and very helpful and promptly arranged for the heating to be fixed when it was not working for us...she also provided us with a heater for the babies room.
A bit of tlc would make this house a dream holiday home but overall as it stands I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
My kids and I spent four nights at the the Martramane House and found it to be charming. It was warm, clean and quiet and best of all situated in Castlegregory, a lovely little town on the northern coast of the Dingle Peninsula. Thank you for a great stay!
|Refundable damage deposit||$214|
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.