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Rock Lodge & Dairy Cottage, County Kerry
These two homes nestle side by side in the shelter of a spectacular rocky escarpment on 125 acres stretching between Lough Currane and the pretty Copal Lake which is part of the estate. The rugged beauty of the landscape, the fantastic lake fishing and the proximity to the renowned Ring of Kerry, guarantee an unrivalled experience for visitors along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Note that it is not possible to rent Rock Lodge on its own without Dairy Cottage. However if you would like to rent Dairy Cottage only, please click here for information.
The houses are reached along the meandering scenic Lake road out of Waterville, the curved stone entrance welcomes you to the avenue which brings you to the large gravel sweep at Rock Lodge.
Modest sized windows hint that this is the oldest house in the valley. A taller parallel extension attached to back of the original cottage more than doubles the accommodation.
French doors open informally into the kitchen end of a large country-cottage living area.
Suspended fishing poles and fly rods along the beams anticipate tomorrows catch.
Simple presses share the space eclectically with a freestanding antique sideboard, a huge six ring Rangemaster cooker, and fridge freezer.
The downstairs bathroom and wc has washed sage half panelled walls. Alongside is the utility area with drying room and Belfast sink with brass mixer taps occupies the remainder of the ground floor.
An oval dining table with six matching Regency style mahogany chairs occupies centre stage. At the other end of the open layout, powder blue sofas cosy up to a wood and turf burning stove.
The walls are white throughout, and in this southern extension, they are fitted with large picture windows framing natures angled brushstroke rock face.
An archway cuts through to the hallway and formal entrance in the original cottage.
To one side is the snug - a comfortable me-time reading room, with its thick walls, old random stone floor and lingering scent of turf from the stove.
Upstairs in the original cottage, the angled ceiling, knee level windows and plump solid walls confer an intimate atmosphere to the two double bedrooms.
Two of the bedrooms have super-king sized beds which can be split to make twins. All have ensuite shower rooms with toilets.
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On a kind day, morning sunshine floods the pine floored principal bedroom - large enough for its own sofa and antique writing table.
A gravelled yard surrounds this spacious and unique cottage - a completely rebuilt slice of heaven for two.
Asymetrically Y shaped in plan, with velux roof lights, each of the three main rooms get multi aspects and abundant light. All on one level, Dairy Cottage is wheelchair friendly.
The contemporary kitchen is cleverly fitted along one side of the half panelled living-dining room.
French doors open onto a private south facing outdoor area which overlooks the pond and catches the best of breakfast sunshine.
Rooms are all of very generous proportions, inviting and sumptuously furnished. The Super-King sized bed can divide to allow a twin room.
The ample half panelled ensuite bathroom includes a shower cubicle with an extremely effective power shower!.
A full size billiard table more or less monopolises its own room, but there is still space for an expanding library, and if you're in musical mood - there's always the piano..
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Dairy Cottage shares this idyllic setting with the main house is sited on 125 acres which front onto Lough Currane and the privately owned Copal Lake. This is Glenmore, one of Ireland's finest sea-trout fishing areas, boat hire and ghillies can be arranged, so if that is your passion, please let us know.
The southern vista is dominated by a rocky escarpment and Eagles Hill – all good hill walking ! In fact the Kerry Way passes right by the gate.
No better place for a spectacular sunset, a small whiskey, and a long yarn.
Star gazers should note - this is the epicentre of Kerry's Dark Sky Reserve - we have minimal light pollution here, so bring your scope !
The Cottage comes with everything you would expect from a quality home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer to microwave; in addition there is a piano, a full size billiard table, books, games, dvd's ..
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Beware that some of the local features can be hazardous for young children.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home, but also a serious sheep farming area. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
Out and About
Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do. There are truly amazing blue flag beaches, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants. We just can’t list them all...
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
- Play a round on The Links
- Boat around The Skelligs
- Taste a chocolate shoe
- Some music and a pint at The Blind Piper
- Savour Fine seafood at The Moorings
- Ramble along the Kerry Way
- Catch a trout on Lake Currane
- See who you'll meet in the Lobster Bar
- Scuba dive beneath The Skelligs
- Cycle around the Ring of Kerry
- Go for a dip at Derrynane
- Gallop along the strand at Cahirdaniel
- Fit in anywhere
A little belatedly,
We were delighted by our stay and more than happy with our choice of Rock Lodge. It was a wonderful house – and not just a house, it was clearly a home and we felt truly welcome. The house had everything we needed and it was very comfortable for the five of us.
We discovered a beautiful region, visiting the area, walking from the house itself several times, walking in the hills, but also by the sea, getting to know the nearby villages and towns, their pubs, their shops, the people. But we also enjoyed just staying in the house, sitting in the garden, eating breakfast outside, enjoying the view as the light changed on the hillside and over the wider landscape.
And it was so calm, the only noise was an occasional crow or sheep, or the sound of the wind.
Of course, the weather was changeable and it did rain a couple of times during our stay, but only a couple of times and we were able to fully take advantage of being in such a wonderful place – and that is why we chose to go to Kerry in the first place.
Paul Watkinson, France August 2016
About the Locality
Waterville on the Ring of Kerry, is a twisty ten minute drive away. There you will find a supermarket for most things; restaurants and fuel.
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The town blossomed in the late 1800’s when the first undersea telephone cables were being laid between Valentia Island and Nova Scotia, and the region became a communications hub for Europe.
Prior to the laying of the Transatlantic Cable it took approximately two weeks from a message to reach North America from Europe - weather permitting - as all communications were sent via boat.
Renowned Fly Fishing for Sea Trout and Salmon, Lough Currane is the largest of several lakes on the Cummeragh River. It is 3 miles long and just under 2 miles at its widest. Ghillies are available, providing boats and engines.
Over 90% of Specimen Sea Trout (6lbs plus) in Ireland, are hooked on this famous lough.
Lough Coppal has its own river system and is around 1/2 a mile wide. Fishing is by boat and available by ticket.
photo- Richard Smith
The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland’s first by the International Dark-Sky Association - one of only three Gold Tier Reserves on the planet, and the only such Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.
On clear nights the sky in this region of Ireland is simply stunning, with as many astronomical sights visible to the naked eye as in the desert plains of Africa. - http://kerrydarksky.com/
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.
Waterville derives its name from the name of Butlers family home – now a hotel. The town was a favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. Coppal Lake was Charlie Chaplin's favourite spot in Waterville. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the town.
You will not be disappointed by the dazzling views of Ballynaskelligs Bay, the Skellig Islands and Derrynane on a drive south around the head to Caherdaniel.
The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland's truly great strands. While you are there you could pop in to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of the great 19th century politician Daniel O'Connell . It must have been a long ride from here to sit in Parliament in London.
The towering Skellig Islands can clearly be seen rising steeply from the ocean about 12km off the tip of the peninsular. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a remarkably well preserved monastic settlement that bears testimony to the hardiness of sixth century monks.
Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are also home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.
The outcrop will feature as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.
How to get here - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1.5 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 2.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 3 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 5 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 5 hours from house
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