It's irresistibly cosy, with a stove, books, and records. It's a 4 minute walk from the beach, and a 9 minute walk to the nearest pint.
Check-in: After 3 pm if we've had someone leave that morning
Check-out: 11 am if another guest is due to arrive that day.
Otherwise we're easy.
The Acorn is a self-contained apartment attached to a family home on the Dingle Peninsula. It is a four minute walk to one of many stunning, unspoiled beaches. The Acorn is an intimate open-plan hideaway with a kitchen, living space, double bed and work desk. It has a bathroom with an electric shower. Linen and towels are provided. It has a large selection of books, DVDs and vinyl but there is no TV. There is internet access. There is a safe parking space. Surfboards and wetsuits are available on request.
We have just installed a stove in the space, so it will be proper cosy now!
Guests will be left to their own devices but we work from home so are usually here to offer help with travel plans or share our local knowledge.
Nestled between sea and mountains, the Acorn is on 3/4 of an acre, surrounded by mature trees. It is situated on the outskirts of Castlegregory village which is known for its fishing, water sports, surfing, hill-walking, and white sandy beaches, so much so it is known as the Gold Coast. It is also part of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland's first long-distance touring route. There are a number of fine eateries and pubs servicing the area, especially during the Summer season. There are two grocery shops, a pharmacy, a post office, a hairdresser's, beautician's, butcher's, laundrette and a gift shop.
There is a practically non-existent bus service (passes once a week!), so own transport is unfortunately mandatory! Unless you are alright hitching. Michael is, and never waits longer than 25 minutes for a lift.
The Acorn is a superb base from which to explore this incredible peninsula but it's also a great little space to enjoy some serious down time.
No public transport. :(
Other Things to Note
Because of the thick walls in our house, and our rural position, internet can be a bit patchy, so if you are planning a Netflix marathon or staging an international webinar, the Acorn might not be the place!
We have kept the Acorn cat-free for a buddy of ours who is allergic. We would prefer if guests didn't smoke tobacco in there (it'll kill ya in the end!)
We have check in time set at 3 and check out at 11am. These are flexible when we don't have another guest arriving or departing. Check the calendar, or check with us!
What a wonderfull place and lovely people.
You can see en hear the sea, taste special homebacked bread, hear music in a long forgotten way and birds you never heard before, felt real old fashioned stove heat.
What a lovely place made hosted by lovely people!
Ailbhe and Michael made us feel so welcome - the annex to their house was really the perfect way to spend a long weekend, and we really wished we could've been there longer. It had every amenity we needed: store cupboard basics, good cookware; and a myriad of extra things which made it so special: a record player with a great collection, a lovely book selection, a super comfortable bed!
I can't recommend it enough: when can we come back?
I had a wonderful time during my stay at The Acorn. The cottage was just perfect - clean and well maintained with delightful and interesting touches that added a sense of nostalgia and comfort. I enjoyed burning the peat briquettes in the stove so much that I had to go to the grocery store in Castlegregory to reload with more before I was done. I used the kitchen extensively and everything I needed was there. The surrounding area is dramatically beautiful and Michael and Ailbhe were friendly and gracious but very respectful of my personal space. My only complaint was the I had to leave after only 3 days. Next time I'll stay for a week or two. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this rental for anyone wanting a break from life's stresses and a great dose of natural beauty.
I stayed with my girlfriend at the Acorn. The house itself, the surrounding area (so close to to an awesome beach) and Ailbhe and Michael being very caring hosts... everything was absolutely perfect. We enjoyed every day of our visit. There isn't much to add.
We had a fantastic stay at The Acorn. It was clean and had everything we needed for our trip. The wood stove and record player were amazing! Great location to reach Dingle or the Ring of Kerry. Ailbhe and Michael were really helpful when we asked them about the area.
Would definitely recommend.
We very much enjoyed our stay at The Acorn. Ailbhe & Michael were lovely hosts. We appreciated all the details that made the space cozy and cute.
Ailbhe & Michael are the parents of two small chublets. When they have the time to pursue other interests they like to make and watch films, dust down their dancing shoes, pick up a ping pong bat and faff about their gaff and garden.