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Stunning views of the rocky Kerry shoreline

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The Hollies, County Kerry

The Hollies is perched in its own landscaped grounds on picturesque Rossmore Island , where the broad expanse of The Kenmare River meets incoming Atlantic swells. 
A narrow stone bridge makes the connection to the spectacular Ring of Kerry, which links the busy market town of Kenmare and the idyllic colourful village of Sneem.

The Hollies kitchen

This Home is currently for Sale - Rentals as normal during 2018
interested parties please contact Graham

Recently completed luxury holiday home

The house has been cleverly designed to allow for two spacious living spaces, with oak doors and woodwork throughout.

Climb the stairs to a sitting room of magnificent vistas, and a large master bedroom with walk through bathroom en-suite.

A centrally placed gas fire instantly accords the room both warmth and atmosphere. To curl up with a book in one of the sumptuous sofas, and catch the reeling birds, rolling mountains and restless sea, as you look up, is more than special.

second sitting room Centrally placed gas fire

There are three more lavish double bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms on the ground floor.

A second comfortable sitting room, complete with TV and an open fire place, has French doors opening onto the ubiquitous views.

This is a great spot for when you want to catch up with news, sports, or relax with a movie.

large master bedroom
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The superbly appointed kitchen opens through to the panoramic dining area, where a generous circular table can seat ten comfortably.

Savour a relaxing late morning brunch, or a formal dinner with sunset accompaniment.

Double doors open out from here to an al fresco patio.. A wonderful open air seating area for breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, or a barbeque. What a view first thing in the morning, breath taking.

double bedrooms, with en-suite The kitchen and dining area
walk through bathroom


Smoking - no, sorry 
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.
Pets - possibly, check with us 

The Hollies


Everything you would expect from a five star home, from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to Satellite TV, books, games, videos - If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

relax in front of TV The sofas French doors

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Out and About

There are so many hidden delights to be explored in mystical Kerry that you will want to return again and again to discover more. There are frequent fairs, festivals and sporting events that you may like to experience, but they are too seasonal to mention here..

Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

Speechless and Sighing

Catherine - Date of stay 10 July 2013

"We have just spent 10 days in the Hollies, notwithstanding the fact that we probably experienced the best 10 days weather-wise in a decade in Ireland, this house is a perfect base for visiting the breathtaking surrounding area of Kenmare.
In fact it felt more like having been lent a lovely house by good friends than a rental. It is spacious and extremely comfortable, good beds, linens, comfortable couches, an extremely well equipped kitchen if you are into cooking, which I am.
There is attention to detail, it is very tastefully decorated, from the living areas looking out on the beautiful view to the modern practical bathrooms. There is an air of generosity and a feeling that a lot of care went into even the smallest details.
Good books neatly piled, board games, comfy cushions and the fireplace made us "nearly" regret the astounding weather which pushed us outside to sit having breakfast or dinner on the patio, speechless and sighing at the beauty of it all."
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Peppers cooking

The Locality

The surrounding mountains and valleys were sculptured by glaciers during the last Ice age, some 10,000 years ago. When it receded, some river valleys, like Kenmare became Ocean inlets.

Seals abound in the Kenmare River

The waters around our coasts are remarkably warm - 7° to 8°C warmer than the average global sea temperature at these latitudes, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream drift which comes across the Atlantic from the Caribbean.

Flora and Fauna benefit from this benign climate, surprising us with some tropical plants and even the occasional coral beach.

The Red Deer and Irish hare may be found in Kerry.

Seals dolphins and whales also abound, but it is the variety of seabirds that most visitors will notice. Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.

Ocean view
The population of Ireland pre the Great Potato Famine of the mid 1800's was about 6.7 million.
Rossmore Island at that time had 170 inhabitants. Currently Ireland has about 4.7 million people
The Island now has no permanent community.

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Stone bridge

Not surprisingly, the sea and its riches have formed the basis for local industry throughout history.

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Exposed as it is to enormous winter storms, Kerry has seen many maritime tragedies. Sailing too close to Irish shores at the end of the 16th Century, over two dozen retreating ships of the Spanish Armada, each with bounty and crew, ploughed into coastal rocks from Donegal to Kerry.


How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house

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