Silver Birch House, a unique holiday home on a 40-hectare woodland and its own golf course, waterfront, overlooking Glengarriff Harbour and Garnish Island Flower Iceland.
The property has a total of 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms with Ensuite-.
The house has 3 large kitchens, sauna and a games room with pool table. In addition to the use as a holiday home for large families and larger groups are Silver Birch House is also suitable as an ideal location for parties, family celebrations and weddings.
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I stayed at Silver Birch with my group of 11 adult students for a week-long learning adventure in the area. Our goal was to explore many of the forests, nature reserves, and gardens in Cork and Kerry. Silver Birch is surrounded by acres and acres of ancient woodlands, and is very well situated for easy access to many of Ireland's top nature sites, including Glengarriff Nature Reserve (5 minute drive), Garnish Island (2 minute drive and then 10 minute ferry ride), Killarney National Park (1 hour drive), Bonane Heritage Park ( 20 minute drive), and much more. Silver Birch is also ideal as a home-base for exploring all parts of the Ring of Beara and Ring of Kerry. Glengarriff's main street is within walking distance from the property and the bigger town of Bantry is only 15 minutes away for grocery shopping, gas fill-ups, and lots of other things to do and see. The wonderful and very popular town of Kenmare is only 45 minutes away. In addition to the great location, Silver Birch House itself is fantastic. One whole side of the house is almost entirely glass, with views of Glengarriff Harbour that are so spectacular, it's hard to believe that what you are seeing is real. There are plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms for a large group and lots of little sitting nooks to escape to for some private time. The main kitchen is huge and very well equipped. There are two smaller kitchens that are perfect for setting up coffee/tea/snack stations for a large group. While we prepared many of our own meals at the house, we also hired a local caterer (who the property manager had recommended) for a couple of our dinners. The catered meals were exceptional and received rave reviews from the entire group. Finally, we received five star service from start to finish from the Silver Birch management team. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Esther, the property manager, for a tour of the house. Every part of the house was impeccably clean. Fires were lit in the multiple fireplaces. Fresh flowers were arranged on the dining tables and in all seating areas. It was truly a warm and genuinely inviting welcome. In summary, if you plan on visiting the Cork/Kerry areas, treat yourself to a stay at Silver Birch. If you don't need a house this large, there are several smaller homes on the estate. I stayed at Aspen House with a couple of friends for a few days before the bigger group arrived. We loved it!
We had a group of 16 family members from the US and Ireland spend a full week at Silver Birch house in late June 2012. We wanted to find a large high-end house that was large enough to have our entire group under one roof and Silver Birch House certainly fit that bill.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in all respects. The house is situated just off the bay, deep within a private estate with lush vegetation all around. It is a very private location, yet still close enough to walk to town if you are so inclined. There are a few other rental houses elsewhere on the estate, but they are no where near Silver Birch House. The local golf course is actually part of the estate (at least as far as I could tell ), just a short walk away and happy to accommodate visitors.
The house is very clean and in excellent shape overall (which must be hard to do given the climate). Its large common areas are great for family gatherings and dinners. The children on the trip enjoyed the game room as well as the easy access to the bay. The pictures of the house accurately reflect the reality of what you get which I would characterize as a clean, Scandinavian/modern, upscale house with great common areas.
If I had to pick one area to upgrade it would be the towels/linens. They are fine and in great shape, but if they were upgraded I think it would make the house over-the-top luxurious. Just a minor quibble though.
I also have to say that for the size and condition of the house, I think it represents an excellent value as rental homes of this size and quality (of which there are few in Ireland) seem to cost a lot more to rent in most cases.
The rental agent was professional and easy to deal with. They have their own website which has floor plans of the house and some more information. You can find the website just by searching for "Silver Birch House". Just FYI, you have to wire, in euros, your deposit and rent. You also have to settle up the utilities bill at the end of your stay in cash. Minor logistical hassles that are more than worth it.
Overall we had a great stay in the house and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a private, high end house to host a group gathering.
Silver Birch House.
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