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About this listing

Bothar Bui is nestled on a secluded hillside overlooking Kenmare Bay on the Beara peninsula in the heart of Ireland’s scenic South West.

Designed by renowned Irish architect Robin Walker, this unique modernist assemblage of historic farm buildings and contemporary structures works as a rare family holiday retreat. The house makes the best use of its quiet location, surrounded by 12 acres of indigenous oak woodland leading down to a small harbor with private shoreline

The space

Our house is utterly unique! It is designed as a getaway sanctuary. Because of the house being divided into separate buildings, you can stay with your friends and family but have plenty of space for yourselves and if it's just a single or a couple, the kitchen is cosy and welcoming, beautiful site, woods mountains and seaside.
The house is only rented as a whole as there is one kitchen and two bathrooms.
Sleeping accommodation:
There are two rooms in the upper bedroom house; one with two single beds and the other with one double bed; there is one bathroom between them. There are two rooms in the lower bedroom house with a double bed and a single bed in each room and a bathroom between them. There is another little out house with a double bed and in the "studio"/ big living room, there are two sofas which are also single beds and one sofa which is also a double bed. In this room is a large wood-burning stove.
The kitchen/dining-room/living-room is the original old farmhouse with an open fireplace. There is oil-fired central heating everywhere.

Guest access

Guests have access to the 12 acres of woodland that is the property and a private shoreline below, a little stony beach which is a safe place for children to play.
Bothar Bui also has it's own website to browse for further details and watch a film.

Interaction with guests

We meet the guests on arrival and after that if they wish to arrange boat trips with my husband Kieran or if they would like him to bring them fresh seafood, he fishes shrimp and has a mussel farm. Guests usually meet me when they visit my gallery in Castletownbere, Sarah Walker Gallery which is situated on the waterfront in an old stone boat house.

Other things to note

Children are half price (€10 per child) under extra guests after 4 people.

There are a lot of steps around the house which get slippy in wet weather. Guests when booking should be aware that Bothar Bui has tricky terrain, with the slippy steps and paths and steep pathways through the woods to the shore. Guests must understand that Bothar Bui is not suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet. The balconies are not suitable for children to play on.

The access to the house is via a steep driveway, there is parking for four cars.
The original old farm house and out buildings date from the 1700s, the house was re-built in the early 1970s so it is rustic not shiny and new. It was really designed as a summer house and so with the central heating on in cold weather when it is warm and cosy inside there are sometimes condensation drips in the contemporary buildings but not on the beds! We are constantly repairing and working on the house to maintain it.
The roads in Beara are narrow and it takes a while to travel places that might look closer on the map, it is not an ideal place to stay for trips to Killarney or Blarney etc. it is a long drive away from typical tourist spots. Most of our guests see that as a bonus and enjoy the beauty of Beara and the property itself.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 9
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 24 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: 36
Weekly Discount: 20%
Weekend Price: 157 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 5
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed, 2 couches

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 4PM

We expect guests to leave the house as they found it. We ask guests to bring their rubbish to the local waste station when leaving but if you have problems with the opening hours we can dispose of it for you for a small fee.
We ask guests to move furniture back into place if they have moved any furniture.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

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68 Reviews

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Daniela User Profile
June 2017
Sarah is a wonderful host, very responsive and helpful. In the house there are many information on activities in the area. Also many books. The view is excellent. If you want to get away from your busy life and the unnecessary luxuries, this is the right place.

Kandis User Profile
June 2017
We came to celebrate our mother's 80th birthday. We couldn't have picked a better place in which to create and savor those memories. Sarah and Kieran are the perfect host's. The location is remote, but offers the most Beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend it to all.

Ciara User Profile
May 2017
I came to Bothar Bhui with family for my 30th birthday and it was such a special weekend that we will all remember. We were really struck by the amazing view upon arrival and the individual character of all the cottages. Due to the fact that the cottages are separate, it was possible to socialise together as a group but also to have time alone when desired. I would recommend taking time in one of the sunken baths which looks out onto the bay. Overall the feeling was that we had arrived at a unique, restful place that I would recommend without hesitation. The hosts left us a lovely welcoming gift upon arrival and were very helpful and easy to contact. We would definitely love to return on a family holiday.

Paul User Profile
May 2017
We enjoyed a short but very memorable stay at the beautiful Bothar Buí. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and appreciate life's simple pleasures. Thank you Sarah for your warmth & hospitality and sharing this special place with us.

Hauville User Profile
May 2017
Perfect location and nice welcome. Very nice place, with such a view !

Neil User Profile
April 2017
This is a very special place - we feel so lucky to have stayed here.

Preethish User Profile
April 2017
Easily your Top 5 best getaway in Ireland - Period!
Sarah User ProfileSarah is a superhost.
Response from Sarah:
Thanks Preethish! nice chatting to you:)
April 2017

Castletown-Bearhaven, IrelandJoined in January 2014
Sarah User ProfileSarah is a superhost.

I am an artist and gallery owner, originally from Dublin, living in the Beara peninsula since 1991. I love travelling myself and I really enjoying meeting the guests who come to Bothar Bui, I like seeing their reaction to the house and the location as one of my favourite things is to visit interesting houses and places. Most of the guests will meet me at the house or else in my gallery in Castletownbere.

My eRated username is sarah-walk

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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