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Alchemy and ancient vistas

Boolakeel House, County Kerry

An exceptional guest apartment that occupies the seaward portion of an extensive and completely unique house perched on the eastern slopes of a sheltered Atlantic inlet, with its own private beach, pier and dramatic coastline.
One of Europe’s most westerly headland homes, and location of the Skellig Islands.


Magical vistas and intrigue

An almost gothic entrance tower hints at the fairytale interiors of this rambling apartment, partly classical and sometimes rustic, where idiosyncrasy lurks around every corner.

entrance door view of house from angle

From the well stocked formal library at one end, the ground floor expands through a kitchen area into a well lit space with a dining table to seat six and featuring an open fire set in a quirky intimate cave-like snug.


  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €950 for a weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Three double bedrooms
    All with ensuite bathrooms
    2 large single bedrooms
    sharing an ensuite shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan kitchen
    with dining table for 6
    Fire place snug
    Sitting room, Library, Snooker room
    Observation Tower
  • Features
    Beach frontage with private Pier
    25 acres of gardens with water features
  • Contempo
    Two TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    central heating
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Mid week: Monday to Friday

  • Restrictions
    Not available for Hen or Stag parties
    Pets cannot accompany guests
dining area

Oversized rough hewn timber columns and beams also form an impressive open stairway to two spacious bedroom suites on the floor above.

kitchen dining area sofa in window
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric oven
• Ceramic electric 4 ring hob
• Under-counter fridge
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Tassimo coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer in kitchen
• Iron


• Sizes - Three double beds, one King-size and one Super King-size Zip & Link
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 2 Flat-screen TVs
• DVD player in living room


• Excellent selection of books
second bedroom bedroom bed stairs library
master bedroom master bathroom

The bathroom serving the master bedroom is a paradigm of decadence.

inside master bedroom view of tower clocks on wall

It’s easy to lose your sense of direction as you move up and down and through this delightful home.
A central stairway spirals up from the snooker room past a generous sitting room with gorgeous garden views and on up to a panoramic observation room at the top, overlooking the bay.

snooker table stairway view from tower
Floor plans sitting room

A short balcony links over a reception area of the main house to a stretch of three cosy ensuite bedrooms lining a peaky passageway.

single bedroom second single bedroom ensuite a double bed


Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!

vegetables flowers house front view


house front garden house at dusk

The house is approached via a long winding driveway that twists down through dappled woodland from the entrance gates.

bamboo walk

There are 25 acres of half hardy exotic gardens with meandering paths, ponds, bridges and cascading falls, that ultimately reach a private pier and sheltered beach.

garden bridge
sky view

Out and About

Anywhere along the Ring of Kerry you will be spoiled for things to do on your holiday, there are truly amazing blue flag beaches for surfing and kiting, fabulous golf courses, incredible lake and river fishing and brilliant restaurants.

headland landscape
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-


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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.

Wild Atlantic Way

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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.

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/


photo by Snalwibma

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 featured as a location in the latest Star Wars movies.

Tearaght Island, the most westerly of the Blasket Islands, at the mouth of Dingle Bay to the north, 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.

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 and Derrynane on a drive south around the head to Caherdaniel.

derrynane beach

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.


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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