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!