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Stunning views of the rocky Kerry shoreline

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

dining room

This is a space that is as delightful for a relaxing late morning brunch, as for a formal dinner with sunset accompaniment.

kitchen counter open plan kitchen
Rates & Dates

Step out through double doors on to an al fresco patio - a wonderful open air seating area handy to the kitchen, and ideal for breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, or a barbeque. And what a view first thing in the morning, just breath-taking.

outside patio
breakfast tray living room fire

The house has been cleverly designed to allow for two spacious living spaces. A stunning sitting room on the ground floor, complete with TV and a toasty open fire place, has French doors opening onto that ubiquitous seascape.

sitting room fireplace view from sitting room
view from upstairs the upstairs sitting room

Climb the stairs to a sitting room of magnificent vistas, where a centrally placed designer 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 out, is more than special.

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ground floor sitting room

The other half of this upstairs accommodation is given over to the generous and private master bedroom, and its striking walk-through ensuite bathroom with his ‘n her sinks.

master ensuite bathroom
master bedroom
master bedroom chairs

Meanwhile, behind the solid oak doors that are a feature of this home, there are two more lavish double bedrooms, with en-suite shower rooms on the ground floor.

double bedroom double bed chicken sculpture chair detail from bedroom hall and stairs
two beds

An elegant twin room and consummate family bathroom complete the downstairs accommodation.



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.

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outside furniture


The grounds are very private, with a large gravelled parking area and a lawned area to the side. There are splendid views down Kenmare bay to the Atlantic.

in the garden dinghy moored man beside signpost
house at dusk


Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
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.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

view with boat

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-

Just to let you know how much our group all enjoyed the Hollies.

The house was exemplary and very well presented. Very clean and very comfortable. Wonderful kitchen and dining area with great views. The facilities were excellent . The location of the house is excellent and offers great views of the bay and hills far away.
The meeting arrangements were great and very timely. Sinead was a great help and showed us everything we needed.
Booking and payment arrangements were fine – no problems with any transfers. The local area has much to offer and your meteorological provision could not be faulted with Mediterranean warmth and clear blue skies.
It might be worth adding some detailed directions to the property on an email although Rossmore Island is so small it hardly mattered .
All in all a great holiday and excellent service spoilt only slightly by Liverpool losing the Champions League !

Graham Fullerton, June 2018

Speechless and Sighing

"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."

Catherine -   July 2013

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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.

Wild Atlantic Way

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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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