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Hen Cottage, County Kerry

Nestling on the Southern reaches of Dingle Bay, Glenbeigh is home to this charming three bedroom cottage. The original house was completely renovated and has been sympathetically extended to harmonise perfectly with its environment. Bright yellow doors and a central skylight, combine with white-washed walls to make this unpretentious holiday home a model of lightness and simplicity.

sunny patio

Country Cottage on the Ring of Kerry

Set in an acre of its own secluded grounds, and with views overlooking a small lake, Hen Cottage is the perfect place to unwind and an ideal base for a family holiday.

It is superbly located for a range of outstanding beaches and exploration of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsular

This is truly a home where decor and interior is comfortable, modern and chic.

entrance to house

The sitting room serves as a reception for the house and has a large open hearth and deep commodious sofas, making it a very relaxing snug.

sitting room

A second living room at the end of the cottage is the ideal spot for enjoying family games or watching a movie or TV.

view from window

The kitchen adjoins to the original cottage via a short passage where light streams down from an unexpected but fabulous skylight. All three bedrooms are located here and have ensuite bathrooms with showers. Linen and towels are of course provided.

the skylight Rates & Dates

The thoroughly modern kitchen sits at the centre of the house, and is open plan with the dining area.
The central preparation island help make this the room where guests and family alike gather.

the kitchen doors

Large sliding glass doors open out onto an expansive and sunny patio that blurs the boundary between interior and exterior, and makes eating outdoors an everyday affair.

twin bedroom two chairs
entrance hall


Smoking - no, sorry
Pets – by arrangement
The owners regret that their home is not suitable for Stag or Hen bookings.

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master bedroom


The house has under-floor heating.
There is also a marvellous open fireplace, with fuel supplied.
There is a Fridge freezer, dishwasher, clothes dryer and washing machine.
A microwave is not provided, and there is no broadband connection available here
We have TV, books, games, and DVD
A child’s Cot is available
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

hen sculpture


Out and About

Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do on your holiday, and nowhere more so than in Glenbeigh. Often referred to as “the Jewel in the ring of Kerry”, there are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kiting, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..

nature and the outdoors prevail
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

Graham, we loved Hen House. It was perfect for us, spacious and open comfortable clean full of light and water on both sides. Also we had our three year old daughter with us and she loved the house and yard. The caretaker was also helpful and available when we needed her. The location of the farmhouse is quiet and private but close to so many wonderful things. Thank you.

Sally Chandler, May 2016

We spent a fabulous week here in August.
Great location for walks and quiet sandy beaches. The kids loved exploring and blackberry picking!
The cottage itself is clean, comfortable and well equipped for us (a family of 5).
Would definitely recommend Unique Irish Homes.

Theresa Finn, August 2014

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About the Locality

The local town of Glenbeigh just 5km from the cottage, is a corruption of the Gaelic word meaning "valley of the Birch trees”.
The Natterjack Toad, the only species native to Ireland, can be found here. They are active at night with a very loud and distinctive mating call.
Like the Connemara Pony of Galway, the Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland. The breed developed physical characteristics including an unusual footfall pattern, which helped it move on soft ground such as peat bogs. These ponies are known for hardiness and an ability to survive in harsh conditions.

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Caragh Lake is a beautiful expanse of water 4 miles long, set among broom and heather with majestic mountains for background, it is well known to anglers for excellent fishing.
Coomasaharn Lake, the largest of the lakes in Glenbeigh, is enclosed on three sides by high rocky mountains protecting it from modern polluters and is known for its trout fishing. Strange things happened when the last Ice Age receded - some creatures became marooned- and this is one of the lakes in Ireland which has the Sliver Blue Char, a rare example of a remnant fish from that period.


photo by Snalwibma

Tearaght Island, the most westerly of the Blasket Islands, at the mouth of Dingle Bay, is also the most westerly point of the British Isles, and the closest point in Europe to America.
Nobody lives there, it is essentially a bird sanctuary, but the stories of a community living on the edge of the world have become classic writing throughout the world.

Rossbeigh beach

Near the village is the ruin of "Wynne's Folly", a castle mansion built by Lord Headley Wynne in 1867. The barbarity and brutality of these land owners in pressing the locals for funds is notorious. In the late 1880’s there were numerous evictions, as tenants were just not able to afford an increased rent of a massive 50% in most cases, to pay for the construction of the Wynne castle. However, Wynn eventually drifted into insolvency, and he made his exit from the Glenbeigh.
During the first World War, the Castle and grounds were let to the British Military Command and used as a training centre for reservists. In 1921 Republican forces burned the castle to the ground and it was never rebuilt.

The Dingle Peninsula is littered with much much older monuments, mostly cross-pillars and standing-stones, and it would take at least three days non-stop to visit everything worth seeing, but if you pass one – have a look, because these carvings put the a in ancient.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1/2 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 2 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.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
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

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