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Hands across the Ocean

#10 The Cable Station House, County Kerry

Built 120 years ago as a telegraph relay station between Europe and North America, this historic limestone building has been imaginatively converted into a cluster of contemporary apartments.
Waterville is the only village where Ireland's legendary Ring of Kerry slips past the Atlantic, and where you can be lulled to sleep by the music of the ocean.

Living room

Convivial comfort with maritime murmurs

The entrance to #10 is via an almost nautical galvanised gangway.

the entrance aerial view of house

aerial photos- Terry Gordon

The apartment is on two floors – the majority of the lower level consists of a spacious open-plan, wainscoted living area which seamlessly accommodates the well-appointed kitchen, eight seater dining area and comfortable sitting room.

the dining area the dining table

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests
    From €1,750 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms, One twin bedroom
    One single bedroom
  • Bathrooms
    Master has ensuite with shower
    Family Bathroom with shower
    Shower room with WC
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting room with Kitchen & Dining area
    Entrance Hall & Study
  • Features
    Easy walking distance to the town
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

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  • Pets
    Please check with us
the entrance hallway the kitchen

A shower room with WC off the entrance lobby separates a single bedroom and a small study, which offers an intimate escape for reading or phone calls.

single bedroom

Large sash windows flood the apartment with light during the day whilst curiously steampunk fittings light up the evenings.

the study
dining area master bedroom

Steep vaulted ceilings with ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ bonnet windows are a feature of the upstairs quarters, where there are two azure blue double bedrooms and one twin room.

bedroom window folding screen blue bedroom twin bedroom beds
twin bedroom

The master bedroom has an ensuite with shower - the others share a family bathroom

family bathroom the stairs attic window
waterville beach

Outside

The private gardens are shared with other residents of The Cable Station where there is ample parking. It is only a short walk into the village and down to the seafront.

view of house
FAQs
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring electric ceramic hob
• Electric Oven
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine-dryer
• Electric heating
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two single beds, one double, one King-size and one Super King-size Zip & Link
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• USB charger sockets
• DVD player

Other

• Some books
• Selection of games

Restrictions

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

view towards Derrynane

Out and About

Celebrated for two world-class golf courses, internationally renowned fishing, the world famous Kerry Way Walk, stunning scenery and fantastic sea food, the Ring of Kerry is the apotheosis of the Wild Atlantic Way.

statue of golfer

photo Bernard Gagnon

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About the Locality

Waterville is a busy village situated on Ballinskelligs Bay which is on the world renowned Ring of Kerry. There are two supermarkets, a chemist and other shops, petrol stations and several fine restaurants.

Wild Atlantic Way

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The village rose to prominence in the 1880’s when an American telecom company laid two undersea cables across the Atlantic connecting North America with Europe - all routed through this station in Waterville. The purpose was to break the then virtual monopoly of the existing line to Valentia Island and thus bring down the prices. To this end The Commercial Cable Company was formed in 1884 and its fine logo is visible on the outside of The Cable Station. Siemens in Germany produced some 2,399 miles of cable for the job, and the town rapidly expanded to cater for an influx of some 300 techies and their families, building fine new homes along the Promenade - even eventually constructing a golf links.
The cable station in Waterville relayed its last message in 1962.

close up of cable

The connection, known as the Mackay – Bennett line after its owners, was laid and serviced by a specially designed ship of the same name, which famously happened to be working in the vicinity of the Titanic on that fateful night, and undertook the unenviable assignment of gathering up bodies adrift in the ocean after the disaster.
There is a permanent exhibition of Waterville’s place in the history of the Transatlantic Submarine Cable at the nearby Tech Amergin art centre. In the summer there are walking tours of the village taking in all the important landmarks.

statue of Chaplin

Waterville 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. There is now an annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in the village durring the month of August.

West of the village, there is a long strand adjacent to the golf links, which is bisected by the tidal estuary of the River Inny, excellent for blustery walks.

The beach at Derrynane is one of Ireland's truly great strands. It is 20 minute drive away around the headland with simply stunning views on the way. 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.

Castle Ross

15th century Ross Castle is worth a visit if you plan to visit Killarney.

The towering World Heritage 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 Little Skellig alone.
The outcrop features as a location in the latest Star Wars movie.

puffin in flight puffin landing

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.

lakes of killarney
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How to get here - Car advised..

By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farranfore) 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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