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Restored 18C coastguard cottage on the shore of the beautiful Kenmare estuary

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

30 metres from the sea, seals on the rocks, magnificent views over the estuary

Pier Cottage is a sensitively restored 18th century stone coastguard's cottage which can be rented throughout the year as two totally self-contained units. This is the 'West End', sleeping up to 7 in 3 bedrooms. (The 'East End' sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms - see property 8235078 - , and the whole Cottage, sleeps up to 11 - see property 8250937 .) Situated one mile west of Castlecove, just off the famous Ring of Kerry, Pier Cottage is only 50 metres from its own shingle beach and immerses you in the wild natural beauty of Kerry. It is Ideal for all types of activities such as hiking, fishing and golf. However, you can simply relax outside the Cottage, watch the seals play and literally feel the cares of the world drift away....and, after sun set,you can nestle up by the fire, guarded against the elements and listen to the cries of the curlews … whilst you sip an Irish whiskey!


The Cottage is an ideal base from which explore the many fascinating areas in this, the most scenic corner of Ireland. Two of Kerry's most visited sites - Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connell, known as the 'Liberator' and Staigue Fort, Ireland's best preserved pre-Christian stone fortress are within 15 minutes drive.

You can head north to Killarney with its famous lakes, north-west to Waterville, Ballinskelligs and Valencia Island, from where you can take an unforgettable boat trip to Skellig Michael, recently made famous as the stunning location for the last scene in 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens'. To the south lies Bantry Bay, which is reached via spectacular mountain passes. Kerry and West Cork are dotted with wonderful tropical gardens, especially beautiful in May and June.


ANGLING AND BOAT TRIPS:-As you will see, there are several very experienced and fully insured boatmen happy to take you on a variety of sea trips...most have informative websites - Katherine knows them all and will help you make the right choice!

DERRYNANE SEA SPORTS:-Located in one of the safest and most picturesque little harbours imaginable, Helen and her experienced young helpers offer a huge variety of sea sport activities for all ages during the summer months. All details on their excellent website!

RIDING:- Caroline Donnelly, an extremely competent horsewoman, owns and runs the Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre. Turn left just before Caherdaniel, and you will find it a couple of hundred yards down the road on the right. Caroline and her team are fully insured and have horses and ponies for all shapes and sizes! Hard hats provided. As the best rides are along the Derrynane Dunes make sure you book in low tide ....A 'must' for riders of all ages and abilities!

GOLF:- The golf courses of Kerry are legendary! Four of these are within 3/4 of an hour's drive of Westcove and many more a bit further afield but still well worth the journey for serious golfers...

WALKS:-Kerry is a walker's paradise - from gentle strolls over sandy beaches to more challenging hikes over craggy hills - and our favourite local walks described here are ideal for dog owners, but please be sure to keep them well under control, especially on the hills where there are always sheep around. We suggest that the more serious walkers amongst you visit At 200km the Kerry Way is one of the longest - and certainly the most scenic signposted walking trails in Ireland. The 3 legs worth considering and easily walkable from Westcove are - 'Waterville-Caherdaniel', 'Caherdaniel-Staigue', and 'Staigue-Sneem' - details are on their 'trail description'.

SEAWEED DISCOVERY WALKS AND FEASTS:-John and Kerryann Fitzgerald run Seaweed Workshops from their base in Caherdaniel: Their love of nature and all things marine has lead them to focus on seaweed which they have been harvesting, eating and experimenting with for many years. Kerryann uses her culinary skills to create delicious dishes from hand harvested local seaweeds.Click here to see what they can offer at Westcove. Contact John on 086 1062110 or email

BLUEBERRY HILL FARM (about a mile north of Sneem on the Killarney road) is truly family friendly. They offer an amazing variety of courses and activities for all ages, and the Family Fun Tour is a fantastic outing for children.

For more details about the excursions and activities above please go to ''

Accommodation: West End sleeps up to 7 in three bedrooms.

West End Ground Floor:

Sitting Room : Wood-burning stove - with 2 opening doors - storage heater, TV, DVD player and comfortable seating for 7. A selection of books, toys & DVDs.

Kitchen: Open plan, equipped with an electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and round dining table seating up to 8. Electric wall heater.

Bathroom: Bath with electric shower over, loo, basin and heated towel rail.

Cloakroom: With loo and hand basin.

Bedroom 3: Twin Beds. Electric wall heater.

Utility Room: Sink, washing machine, tumble dryer, storage heater and microwave. Door connecting to the East End when taken together...(otherwise locked!)

West End Upstairs:

Bedroom 1: 5ft. double bed and wash hand basin. Electric Wall heater.

Bedroom 2: 3 single beds. Electric Wall heater. En-suite shower room - with shower cubicle, wash-hand basin and loo.


All outside facilities are shared by both the East and West Ends.

There is a large lawn facing south over the estuary with 2 picnic tables. In the lean-to shed there is additional outside furniture and 2 BBQs as well as a selection of life jackets for all ages. Fishing rods and shrimping nets are usually available (please enquire).

There is a small rowing boat for guests to use at their own risk. Please use life jackets provided.

If you have your own boat, there is slipway for launching it beside the pier and safe mooring in the little harbour.

Owner's note… All our visitors seem to agree that the unique, magical location of this cottage surpasses all their expectations – no description or photograph can do it justice! However, being only 30 metres from the very rocky seashore and close to the pier itself, Pier Cottage can be a hazardous choice for those with very young children – they would certainly need constant supervision.

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Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018


Caherdaniel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 has a bath with shower over, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. Bathroom 2 has a shower, toilet, sink and heated towel rail. There is also a downstairs toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 has a vanity unit and all bedrooms have magnificent sea views. All beds made up with duvets and two pillows
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • bay/sound
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Katherine Casey, our housekeeper, will greet guests soon after arrival and can advise on excursions, local attractions (boat trips etc) and can provide frozen, home-cooked, meals on request.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Restored 18C coastguard cottage on the shore of the beautiful Kenmare estuary
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

typical, cosy cottage perfectly located

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our three kids stayed at the West end Pier Cottage for one week this July. It was an unforgettable experience for us.

The Stone house is equiped with all you need, even a dish washer, a laundry machine, a fire place and games for the Kids and brochures and information of local attractions. Susannah has even put together some suggestions of trips around the area (we enjoyed the Skellig round trip), besides all useful information you can find in advance on the Westcove Web site. The friendlyness of the People is outstanding; Susannah the owner with her great hospitality, Katherine the manager who explained everything at site and by good look we had these very kind neighbours at the Est End Pier Cottage who even provided us wih freshly caught fish!

We found it ideally located directly besides the water for using the rowing boat and for shrimp catching, and at the ring of Kerry for trips. There are stores in Kenmare and small Shops in Sneem, West Cove and Cahardaniel which are open every day. We also loved the crumbles, pies and croissants from the nearby bakery and suggest the Blind Piper Pub for food and live music on Thursday evenings.

We highly recommend the lovely Pier Cottage and we hope to come back one day!

Boschetti Family, Switzerland

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect Irish vacation

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a remarkable Irish vacation Pier Cottage is the perfect choice. I wish to thank Susannah for the supportive and flexible booking, as well as Katherine for making us feel at home. It is difficult to say what was best; waking up to the sight and sounds of seals playing in the cove, the breathtaking view, the ideal location on the Ring of Kerry for shopping and sightseeing, or just the feeling of being at home sitting in front of an open fire. To say the least anyone staying at the Pier Cottage will leave with heavy heart and the intent to come back. Thank you for a fantastic vacation and we will see you in the future. Ward, Marlies and Steven

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for this lovely review...we look forward to welcoming you to Pier Cottage again in the future!...Susannah
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Fantastic summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

We booked the entire cottage, my wife and I and our 2 year old girl and invited my sister and her husband and their 18 month old boy to join us. It was ideal for sharing with another small family and a magical place for children. Hares grazing on the lawn, seals basking on the rocks, boats sailing by... and for adults direct access to the water where we swam and used our canoes and Kayaks every day. Also a local cafe/bakery 10 minutes walks away with amazing coffee and pastries. We got great weather so breakfast/dinner/lunch was served on the benches overlooking Kenmare bay. Traditional cottage with all you need for a holiday and perfect hostess locally.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stanton, MI, USA

Peaceful location, amazing views

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, this was perfect. Blackberries to pick along the driveway, bees buzzing amongst the wild fuschia, gorgeous sunrises...

Our family LOVES Pier Cottage. It is an incredible place to stay - we were there for 2 weeks in early September. Gathering yourself to get there is one thing, but BEING there is reward enough. From the excellent facilities (3 BR, 2BA, ocean right out the door) to the friendliness of the people (thank you, Susannah and Katherine), it all made for a memorable stay. There's a row boat you can use to get across the harbor mouth to a beautiful sandy beach (try at low tide, it's easier).

The cottage was clean and warm - internet worked just fine and the large kitchen had just about anything you'd need. Walk out the door and there's a stone beach, which our daughter clambered on several times daily to see what the tide left for her. Behind the cottage is another stone beach, also perfect for learning about tides, nature, and more. There's a fireplace to add to the atmosphere, laundry facilities, and thick stone walls to keep the rain out!

We learned about local markets (Kenmare, Sneem) and got glorious fresh fish and veggies for our meals. We traveled to Skellig Chocolate Company, and Portmagee for more fish. We enjoyed Derrynane beach (and horseback riding there, with Eagle Rock Equestrian Center), and Derrynane House (home of the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell). We got THE BEST croissants in the world from Jane Urquhart, right up the drive at Westcove Bakery. It was wonderful.

Only an hour from Kenmare or Killarney, Pier Cottage is ideally located to explore Co Kerry - but beware, the roads are tiny and winding! Mostly, we preferred to stay home and just absorb the beauty of the place. Westcove harbor has many small fishing and sailboats, some go out daily. There are seals out from shore on a rock, so find the binoculars - they are cool!

We LOVE Pier Cottage and highly recommend it. It would be perfect for a family or larger family gathering (rent both ends). Although it is an hour's drive to larger cities, for those families that just want to absorb the beauty of Ireland, this is the place. There is plenty to do locally, and plenty to do in your own back yard here. I can't recommend this place highly enough - unlimited stars!

Some photos I shared are here:

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location directly at the sea. Lovely & cosy stone house!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Traumhaft schöner Urlaub

  • 4 of 5

Traumhaft schöne Lage.Ruhe und Erholung pur.Super Aussicht.

Sehr schönes einfaches Cottage.Einkaufsmöglichkeiten sind in der Nähe.

Super Angelmöglichkeiten.Man kann direkt vom Haus den Kerryway wandern

(sehr empfehlenswert),Auffrischung im Blind Piper und zurück.

Rundum super Urlaub.

Ausflugsziele in alle Richtungen toll.Landschaftlich ein Traum.

Ankommen und wie zuhause fühlen.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
'The Black Shop', Castlecove
Nearest Ferry
145 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Waterville, a championship links course
Nearest Train
62 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
The Blind Piper
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
The White strand and many more!

There is plenty to see and do within 15 minutes drive of Westcove:-

Visit Derrynane House , ancestral home of one of Ireland’s leading historical figures, Daniel O’Connell known as 'The Liberator'. A 19th century politician, Daniel championed the cause of the Irish in the British parliament and succeeded in achieving Catholic Emancipation, his house, surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens is open to the public daily in the summer., and weekends all year round.... the lovely tea-rooms have an irresistible selection of home-made cakes! The house overlooks Derrynane bay, with it's spectacular dunes - great for dog walking and horseback riding and one of the loveliest sandy beaches in Ireland, where there is an excellent watersports centre in summer - with many facilities for all ages.

In Caherdaniel stop for a Guinness at Freddy’s – a traditional local pub, - or go to The Blind Piper, a younger atmosphere with excellent, home-cooked food and live music on Thursday evenings. In summer, there’s a bustling market in the Community Centre on Friday mornings with lots of local produce and crafts.

The largest and arguably the best example of a pre-Christian ring fort in Ireland, Staigue Fort is about 3 miles above Castlecove, less than 15 minutes drive away. ...well worth a visit, especially on a clear day, when the views out over the Atlantic are breathtaking.

Follow the Ring of Kerry clockwise to the West and explore Waterville with its famous sea trout lake and great restaurants. Take the Skellig Ring - one of the most scenic routes along the 'Wild Atlantic Way' - to Port Magee , cross the bridge over to Valencia Island with its many tourist attractions.

A boat trip to Skellig Islands - famous as a location in the 2 latest Star War films, is a must! On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find perfectly preserved beehive huts, part of a 6th century monastic settlement. On the spectacular Small Skellig 23,000 pairs of gannets nest on every available ledge making it the second largest gannet colony in the world.

Kerry is a paradise for walkers. Stroll along the beautiful beaches and dunes of Derrynane or venture up into the hills and follow the well signed 'Kerry Way'.

40 minutes drive east along the north coast of the beautiful Kenmare Estuary, is the picturesque town of Kenmare, well-known for its many tempting shops and excellent bars and restaurants. On Wednesdays there is a lively market all year round selling everything from crafts and jewellery to a mouth-watering selection of cheeses, pates and other home-made delicacies!

Drive south from Kenmare over spectacular mountain passes, to explore the Beara Peninsula which has so much to offer visitors, including the imposing stately home, Bantry House, the Sculpture Park and many beautiful gardens ...

The one hour drive to Killarney is probably the most scenic in Ireland - a winding road with magnificent views over its famous lakes and mountains. The town itself is now overly popular, teeming with tourists, huge hotels and souvenir shops, however it's well worth visiting Muckross House and Gardens and the 15th century Muckross Abbey on the lakes shortly before Killarney.

Wherever you are in Kerry you will find excellent and varied restaurants offering delicious seafood & quality local produce. The convivial atmosphere of the Irish pub is legendary and most serve great value home-cooked food. The whole family can be assured of a very warm welcome. Kerry people are known for their wit... you will be drawn into conversation with the locals .... so enjoy making new friends, the 'craic' (fun) & stories ..and more stories!! Don't forget to catch a live music session one evening!

Westcove makes an ideal base for golfers wishing to play the legendary courses of the ‘Kingdom of Kerry'. Check their websites for details:

Within 25 mins drive – WATERVILLE – – magnificent links course (always rated one of the top 10 in Ireland) – a must for serious golfers. PARKNASILLA – - just east of Sneem – very scenic 12 hole course – fun for all the family.

Within 45 mins drive – RING OF KERRY – – 18 holes with panoramic views over Kenmare Estuary – take a buggy unless you are a mountain goat! KENMARE – – the first 9 holes of beautifully kept parkland are followed by a hillier 2nd 9 – good value for money and an excuse to visit this ‘shopper’s paradise’.

About 1¼ hours drive DOOKS – – a classic links with stunning views over to the Dingle Peninsular. KILLARNEY - - 3 courses on the legendary lakes.

You will find details of all the above with links to all attractions on arrival


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

PLEASE NOTE - Owner's Cancellation Policy

Any deposit paid on booking is non-refundable - except when the client rebooks at the time of cancellation the same property within the following 12 months, in which case the deposit can be carried over less a 10% admin fee. If the owner is able to re-let the property/properties for the full period of the booking, the deposit will be returned less a 10% administration charge.

If the booking is cancelled after the full balance has been paid, i.e. six/eight weeks prior to the commencement date, the full sum shall be forfeited. However, as a concession, if the owner is able to re-let the property/properties for the full period of the booking the sum paid for the rental will be returned less a 10% administration charge.

Any cancellation made by the client for whatever reason must be confirmed by email.


Please note: the owner may request a security deposit for weddings/celebrations
Please visit the owner's website at Westcove for full details

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund