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!
We had a wonderful time at The Acorn. Michael & Ailbhe are brilliant, accommodating, and very friendly hosts. They went to extra lengths to provide toys for my 3 year old and even some wellie's. The Acorn is in a beautiful area with loads to keep you busy in and around Dingle peninsula.
Ailbhe & Michael were great and lovely hosts! The house was tidy and warm and welcome (fire in the stove+wonderful fresh bread) - We had a great stay at the Acorn, even if it sometimes was windy and rainy! :) totally would recommend Ailbhe & Michael's place for a stay!
Everything was fine! The house was clean, the fireplace very nice, the shower hot and that there was everything there for breakfast was a really nice extra (especially the home made bread and marmalade!). Thank you!
In short, our stay was wonderful and we would recommend staying at the Acorn.
We stayed for 2 nights in February. The listing description is very accurate. The space is roomy for 2 people, the bed is comfy, the record player is a fun touch, and the remoteness was refreshing. The charm of this place is off the charts!
Just as it says in the description, this is not a perfectly climate controlled hotel. We were there in the winter and had some moments of being cold. Personally, we liked the cozy feeling of the wood burning stove and the satisfaction of lighting the fire ourselves. It is a charm vs. comfort trade off and you should make the decision for yourself.
Ailbhe and Michael are very friendly although we did not see them very often since we were away most of the time. They are helpful when you ask for information but definitely try to give you lots of privacy.
I wouldn't hesitate to come back.
Michael and Ailbhe are extremely generous and kind hosts. The cottage is an absolute gem! It's in a stunning location and is tastefully decorated plus has a record player with a great record collection. Fresh bread on arrival was a real treat. Highly recomended.
Fantastic weekend at Michael and Ailbhe's cottage. Great welcome, with the stove lit and an emergency meal just in case! Perfect location for exploring the surrounding beaches, Dingle and more, with plenty of recommendations from Michael. Ideal for a romantic break, we'll be back again!
Had a fantastic time at The Acorn. Loved the remoteness of the house, but also its closeness to the local beach (5 min walk) and other amenities. The location is ideal for those who either want a quiet stress free break from life’s hustle & bustle or for those who love to explore the Dingle Peninsula. The accommodation is very welcoming with an array of books, records (& record player) and DVD's to enjoy. Ailbhe & Michael were very kind and left a fresh loaf of homemade brown bread, butter, jam & milk in the house for my arrival. Must not forget the stove that kept me company on the wild nights. Do not overlook this house. It’s a gem!!!!!
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.