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 www.kerryway.com 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 email@example.com
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 'westcove.ie'
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.