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“A Charming 'Home from Home'”
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Lauragh, County Kerry

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Yvonne S
Esse, Poitou-Charentes, France
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“A Charming 'Home from Home'”
Reviewed 1 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We spent the most wonderful week in this charming cottage in a fantastic location. Our hosts, Eileen & Robert could not have been more helpful & the welcoming cup of tea, log fire & basket of goodies on our arrival was a lovely personal touch.
The cottage had everything we could have wished for for a comfortable & romantic stay, apart from a tea cosy, which we bought in Kenmare & left in the cottage for future 'tea addicts' to enjoy & make use of!
We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gorgeous Beara Peninsula & we hope to return to Old Pub Cottage sometime - it is a gem!

Date of stay: May 2015
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Liked best: The charm & character
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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marinag50
Ravensburg, Germany
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58 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“a cosy dream”
Reviewed 8 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We spent a wonderful cosy week in this cottage - that we highly recommend!
Originally we just wanted to have a central located base to explore the Beara Peninsula, Inveragh and Dingle, and thought this Cottage would be well located. As we arrived (in the evening) we have found much more: a wonderfull warm-hearted Eileen who made us a warm tee and a inviting fire in the oven and gave us plenty of suggestions, what we could visit and see and patiently answered all our questions. It was wonderful! So we found much more interesting destinations than the "Standard turist way", we would never have reached otherwise. The Beara Peninsula fascinated us the most with diversified impressions: rough mountains, gentle hills, wild coasts, colourful settlements, spectacular views, breathtaking scenic landscapes and very little tourists...! so beautiful!!
and the Cottage: it was our home far from home, a place to feel well! Inviting, warm, lovely equipped and furnished with love to the detail: we didn't miss a thing.
Eileen and Robert are the loveliest hosts! we pested them with questions and the were always smiling available.
the only negative element was: one week is toooooo short!

Date of stay: June 2015
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kerry1015
Victoria, Canada
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“This Cottage Completely Charmed Us!”
Reviewed 30 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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If you've seen the pictures of The Old Pub Cottage, then I can tell you that the reality is even better than the lovely photos! This beautiful and charming abode is perched on a small hill off a quiet country rode on the Beara Peninsula, a region of Ireland which we soon discovered is one of the most wildly scenic parts of the country and is still relatively undiscovered by tourists.
We were warmly greeted at the cottage by our hosts Eileen and Robert who had already laid a blazing fire for us and made a pot of tea. There were fresh flowers in the windowsill and a basket of treats to last for our stay. Because the evening was chilly, they even made sure the bed warmer was on. What a welcome!
This lovely couple are gracious hosts who helped us plan our day trips for the five days we spent at the cottage. Yes, we did the Ring of Kerry but I can tell you that the smaller and more scenic Ring of Beara, on which the cottage is located, is worth taking at least a few days to explore.
We drove over spectacular Healy Pass, explored small farm and fishing villages, rode the cable car over the Atlantic to Dursey Island and visited Garinish Island, a beautiful paradise with spectacular gardens. Much of our time was spent gazing at green valleys and ancient, rocky slopes and watching lambs in the fields. The Beara Peninsula is also home to many ancient stone cairns and circles. These are magical, haunting places and not to be missed.
Back to the cottage: it was spotlessly clean and had every convenience we could need, including a washer and dryer. It reminded us of a cottage our of the shire in Lord of the Rings. So cute and well cared for.
The cottage is about 20 minutes from the gorgeous little town of Kenmare and is perfect for visiting Killarney (about an hour away). Muckross House and Killarney National Park are worth a visit. The lake is lovely and you can rent rwoboats to explore.
Because restaurants are about half an hour away from the cottage, we stocked up on local breads, jams and cheeses for breakfasts then ate our dinners in Kenmare and some of the cute roadside pubs (a nice, nearby pub with good food and good Guinness is called The Sailor's Bar, I think).
Anyway, our great thanks to Eileen and Robert for being such warm hosts. We will never forget our visit and we hope to return one day. We would give this place 10 stars if we could. — Kerry and Chris from Vancouver Island

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: The charming atmopshere of the cottage and the location and hosts
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Cantgetan...
Victoria, Canada
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48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Chris's persepective”
Reviewed 30 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

This is a wonderful little hideaway. If you ever want to get away from it all, this is the place to go. A simple 23k drive away south from Kenmare on the ring of Beara. Great value for the $, wonderful hosts with lots of humour and concern to make sure you have a good time. The cottage is cute, clean, heritage rustic in a way, but has wireless, electric heat and a fireplace, washer and dryer etc. I could easily imagine building a place like this to live in here in BC. As far as the area goes the Beara Peninsula wins hands down compare to the Ring of Kerry. We spent a week and saw no other tourists and spent time out in valleys at stone rings with no one for miles. There is so much to se on this peninsula you could spend years here. I would not hesitate to recommend this as a wonderful getaway from it all place.

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: Hosts were super helpful and friendly
Liked least: Couldn't walk to a pub.
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Your age range 50-64
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RYChang
1 review
“A quaint, relaxing getaway”
Reviewed 22 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My boyfriend and I heard about this place from a mutual friend who had stayed there over te summer, and they were absolutely right about this place! Albeit the Feb month was a little bit chilly, the O'Shea's did a fantastic job in ensuring that we had all that we needed to stay warm and cozy. We had plenty of wood to feed te fireplace, the heater was on, and they even equipped the bed with an electric blanket! They gave us wonderful directions for what to do and where to eat in the area. Even though we were only able to stay for 2/3 nights we had booked, we would highly recommend anyone to pay a visit to this lovely hidden gem! If you love the old school feel and the countryside, this is a place you MUST stay at! - Ruby & Dylan (feb 2015)

Date of stay: February 2015
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