About This Listing
A hideaway off the Ring of Kerry, but not on it. Even at the peak season you are far away from the maddening crowd. You'll need to plan a stay of more than a mere weekend, to unwind, otherwise the change in pace can be too jarring. Its no city break
The most westerly point in the Europe.
The island has a bridge to the mainland at one end a car ferry at the other.
Surfing all year round 15 minutes from the door, depending on experience level. Horse riding on beautiful beaches nearby and some of the best hiking in Ireland.
A hideaway off the Ring of Kerry, but not on it. Even at the peak season you are far away from the maddening crowd.
Kerry airport (1 1/2 hours)
Cork airport (2 1/2 hours)
Shannon airport (3 1/2 hours)
Dublin airport (5 1/2 hours)
Holiday home, with full kitchen and cooking facilities, washing machine and dryer.
There is a three person sit on canoe and life jackets, we have a choice of wet suits from very small to large.
We would be delighted to provide suggestions for sight seeing, restaurants and activities.
Go to the Tetrapod trackway. See 370 million year old foot prints in rocks at the Tetrapod trackway. The tracks are regarded as among the earliest footprints known to science, and certainly the oldest known footprints in Europe.
Walk or drive to the top of Geokaun Mountain on Valentia Island, it is one of the Ring of Kerry's highest points. Enjoy 360 degree views at the summit, and spectacular sights from the viewing deck.
Plan a day trip to the Skelligs a 6th century monastery perched on a rock 11km from land. A UNESCO world heritage site.
Go diving, learn to canoe, or just take a leisurely stroll down to the village and have a pint.
Head in to Caherciveen on the Ferry and get fresh bread from the French Bakery and stop off on the way home by the fish factory buy the catch of the day.
Walk to the beach at Glanleam and spend an afternoon on the beach looking over at Begnish. Stop off on the way back for a pint and a crepe at the Pod and Boston's.
Hop in the car and drive to Ballinskelligs via the chocolate factory in Finians bay an have lunch in Cill Rialig a restaurant associated with an artists retreat 25 mins drive away.
There is a Ferry from May to Oct every 10mins this is a 3 minute walk from the front door.
There are bikes for hire in village by the harbour which is 150m from the front door, cycling is probably the best way to explore the island.
The bridge to the mainland is 15 mins drive away and leads to Portmagee a harbour village.
A little history about the house.
The linking of the American continent with Europe was one of the major telecommunication advances of the 19th century. Kerry's geographical position, on the edge of Europe, made it a prime location for the first transatlantic cable. After several attempts, a successful working link was established in 1866 with a cable running from Newfoundland to Valentia Island. The Anglo-American Telegraph Company erected terraces of housing and other facilities for the staff working there.
The single room at the back of the house is used for storage so its probably better to leave that room alone, although there is nothing delicate in it.
Interaction with Guests
Myself or whoever welcomes you will be able to help you if you need anything during your stay.
The ferry is operating at the moment 100m from the house which makes the point and Caherciveen within walking distance.
No pets or smoking pets unfortunately, or any smoking indoors.
Please leave house as you find it.
James. we were very happy with our stay in your house. I was a bit worried that it would be a bit cramped for 6 adults. However it was surprisingly large for a terraced house. The bedrooms were particularly roomy and I liked the wooden floors. The view from the front windows are great to wake up to. Also it was nice to sit out the front. We didn't get around to using the back garden but that looked good for a quiet read. Overall we found the house very comfortable with good facilities for cooking and washing. The location is ideal for walking to the village and strolling about by the sea. We hope to be back again.
With two children ( boy 10 and girl 9) finding the ideal holiday spot can be always be a challenge, but I have to say Valentia Island has to be one of the best we've had....stunning is the only word I can think of to describe it.
The house itself has real character and there is a really nice feeling waking up in the high ceiling rooms looking out at the sea and hills beyond. It had all the essentials including wifi so we felt very at home there. The house is situated about 5 mins walk or less ( depends if you stop off at the playground which became a regular visit) from the ferry port and main village where you can find a nice cafe, hotel with restaurant/bar and small shop etc..
Apart from relaxing, we used the kayak (provided by the host), went swimming in the sea in front of the house, walked around Geokaun mountain, cycled to Glanleam beach and fished from Culoo rock (even caught a fish!)
Overall, I'd highly recommend this property and location to anyone looking to see and experience hands on the magical side of Ireland.
Set in a fabulous location, what could be a truly stunning spot was sadly let down by a lack of simple preparation and downright laziness.
Arriving at Cable Terrace, we were blown away by the breathtaking view while the exterior of the house, with it's enticing yellow door, was even more picturesque than anticipated. Inside this historical property, with it's large rooms and original features from the 1800's, it's like a delightful journey back in time.
However, first impressions last and we were disappointed by the lack of simple readiness and preparation on arrival.
With the property offering four large rooms, I was asked by James, on reservation, whether all rooms and beds would be needed for the trip. An odd enquiry as one assumes paying a 'handsome' fee for the entire home would demand full use. I directed all should be ready for our arrival and he agreed. And when we get there, only the two front rooms are made up with sheets and towels, while the two back rooms are not. One room in particular is completely uninhabitable, with over a dozen boxes strewn about. I specifically booked a large home as I wanted my family the freedom to arrange and move themselves as they desired but James robbed us of that choice.
Downstairs, the living room was another major let down. The couches, covered by stained, grubby cream sheets and tatty cushions coated in dog hair (which is strange given the advertisements strict 'no pets' rule) were hugely unacceptable. Pull back the seat cushions themselves and we found dust, crumbs, parts of children's toys, old playing cards - one wondered if any preparation had happened at all.
This was all the more galling given the steep €80 cleaning fee - the steepest I've encountered - as it suggested a listing to high standard.
The outside space, which again has massive potential, is another example of sheer neglect, with both the front and back in need of some serious manicure. The lovely outdoor furniture sits amongst reeds of long grass covered by cobwebs and decay.
And communication was also vastly below standard. Informed we could arrive at a time when suited, James instructed us to let a neighbour know of our ETA so she could provide the keys. Which we did but then found ourselves briefly delayed and subsequently subjected to calls from said neighbour demanding our whereabouts. If we has known of such strict scheduling, we would have adhered.
It's a shame the negative first impression outweighed the whole experience as the open fires and glorious views in the morning were absolutely wonderful while Knightstown itself, only a few steps walk along the wild seafront, was an undiscovered gem.
This property however, one felt somewhat duped by the lacking in cohesion between advertised listing and actual reality. What it needs is pure elbow grease and a massive spruce because as it stands, we would not recommend. Unfortunate as it's a beautiful home in a beautiful location.
Thank you for your valuable review Stephen.
Thanks for leaving the house so well afterwards.
It was unfortunate that weather was so poor for your stay it is not always that way.
I only got to meet you and your family for a brief moment to check that all was well, I hope the rest of your trip was a success.
I have taken your points on board it is extremely useful feedback.
Thank you again for your comprehensive review, it is much appreciated.
We never got to meet James in person but he was accommodating with our schedule. There was a cute café that was walking distance from the house which was nice but beyond that, with poor whether, there wasn't much else to do close by. The yellow door sold me.
Valentia island is located off the Ring of Kerry and on my opinion this is the best place to be as you have all the beauty without all the people! This house offers you spectacular views, access to uninhabited islands, walking distance to pubs and restaurants and access to beautiful beaches. The car ferry runs continuously and from the main land you are not far from Kerry's beautiful and famous (but sometimes busy) towns. James provided us with all we needed and was quick to respond to any queries we had. The house is full of Irish charm and a great base for one of the most spectacular coasts I have ever seen.
About the Host, James
The house by the shore is my family home in Kerry where I spent my childhood and our children do too. Its a holiday house so functional and practical. Expect the odd trace of a toy or child about the place.
Father of three boys 15 through to 2.
I swim in the open sea daily, someone has to, though I don't advocate that anyone else does.
My partner Leonora and I are well travelled having lived in Georgia, Jamaica and Japan too, different ends of the spectrum, we enjoy meeting people from other countries and cultures.
Sea fishing with local knowledge - fantastic way to combining a day out and get your dinner.Valentia Island Kerry
Great bar food, local fish, and great atmosphere. Go over as a foot passenger on the ferry 3 minute walk from the front door.
Wonderful for a day trip - sometimes you can get the whole island to yourself.Kerry
Beach in the photos good place to spend an afternoon.Kerry
Great 360 View of the island and surrounding area.
(website hidden) Get a boat to the Skelligs from here UNESCO world heritage site and see where 6th century monks lived. Or just check out the restaurants and bars.Portmagee Kerry
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre R567, Co. Kerry, Ireland (website hidden) As on of the best place in Kerry for contemporary art, fine craft, and great food.