About this listing
Our Romany wagons are restored to accommodate a couple. Prettily decorated & candle-lit the rounded barrel shape create a warm romantic glow. Bedding is provided & a lovely homemade vegetarian breakfast in the cafe, Bathrooms are in the house.
The historical wagons are small and cosy and without electricity, they are suitable in late spring summer and early autumn. they sleep two plus there is a side bed for a child. They are authentic and although we have renovated them with an insulated roof the front and back are original. The wagons were made from the Ford boxes which brought the Ford car parts over to the Cork plant. They were used as holiday wagons from the 60's up until the early nineties. As traffic became faster the horse drawn wagons became increasingly dangerous on the narrow Kerry roads. We have kept the traditional colours and made them more spacious inside by removing the bunk beds. They were originally advertised to sleep a family of five. Originally the wagons would have slept many more as children would have nestled underneath with an awning around the chassis. The wagons have the original hay boxes and front seats for the driver.
It was tradition to travel in the wagons from farm to homestead and to sharpen tools and especially make buckets and coal scuttles from tin. Hense the name Tinkers, which was/is an honourable profession and craft.
We provide bed linen and towels and you toilets and showers are in the house. There is a toilet for the night at the back of the house which is fully lit all night. The restaurant can be availed of for drinks and food. We have wifi which can be a bit spotty.
The Restaurant and lounge and the beautiful gardens
Interaction with Guests
As much as they want, we love chatting with our visitors but also respect their desire for privacy.
There are lots of secret areas in our house and garden and plenty of books to browse through
There are the Kerry mountains behind the house and lovely walks which can be a gentle stroll or a more adventurous mountain hike. .
not far away is the beautiful Inch beach..You can easily spend a week in this area and make trips to Dingle and beyond[ Dingle is a 30 minutes drive], there are great boat trips around the islands which include dolphin and whale watching trips with knowledgeable sea rangers. The walks around Dingle are extensive and they include beaches such as Binban or the Crystal beach, tidal so do watch the tides, and of course the documented Dingle Way which is all over the Dingle peninsula.
The kerry ring begins 20 minutes away in Killorglin anti clockwise you can take a drive to the exotic gardens in Kells bay shop in Cahersiveen, explore Valentia and Ballinskelligs and possibly take a boat trip to the Skelligs rock, the eight century monastic settlement . Thirty minutes away the clockwise trip of the ring of kerry is via killarney, the lakes , kenmare & Sneem and there you could cut home for an interesting pass route through the Macgillicuddy reeks.
The Beara peninsula begins in kenmare which is 1 hours drive away, from there you can easily go to Castletownbere and even as far as the tip, Allihies, that would be a longish drive but easily doable in a planned day and all stunning and very diverse scenery. Bantry Bay is 40 minutes from Kenmare and can also be a day trip.
Cork city is 1.5 hours away and also a nice day trip, Likewise Blarney Castle is about the same.
There is of course North kerry and coastal areas including Fenit which was the harbour St, Brendan sailed to the Americas from, and the port of many of the hunger ships which left kerry during the famine and further around the coast is Kerry Head and the Well of st. Brigit, healing for the eyes.
Inch beach is five minutes drive away and a stunning-5 miles walk on silky soft sand, with ancient dune formations which archeologists visit world wide, the peaceful beauty of Annascaul lake - is just 15 minutes drive away and in the pretty village Annascaul is the homestead of the hero Tom Crean the Arctic explorer. Along the headland is Minard beach with the remains of a Norman castle. Two miles from home is Caherconree mountain a promontory fort on the scenic pass route to Camp, a spectacular mountain and a safe marked mountain hike- or there are a great deal of walks closer to home in our own Slieve Mish Mountains as well as short walks which take you down to Castlemaine harbour.
There are also reasonably priced guided walks around the Killarney national park on a daily basis and lake trips to Ross Castle, jaunting trips in a trap around the park as well as historical building such as muckross House and the cathedral.
we have not yet mentioned the night life which includes quality traditional music in various pubs and venues in the small towns and rural areas.
In summer the Killarney Dingle bus via Inch beach runs past the house. Off season Castlemaine is the closest bus stop and we will pick you up and drop you.
Other Things to Note
The phoenix is an old house with large gardens, so there may be the odd spider, loud birds, cockerels and donkey noises in the morning. We a vegetarian BnB and restaurant, serving some local fish. we are on the Wild Atlantic Way , a by road which can be busy during high season We have comfy couches in the restaurant and beautiful gardens so you are encouraged to relax and enjoy.
relaxed and respectful of each other and our home
We do have pets, cats and dogs and you may bring your pets
Lorna is a teacher of Egyptian dance, a vegetarian and wholefood cook a short story writer[ author of The Phoenix Cookbook "A Culinary Adventure" and a youth and community worker. The Phoenix was established twenty years ago by her and her husband Billy who is a collector of jazz music. The house is a renovated farmhouse full of books and musical intruments, an open fire, solar panels, natural stone walls, hemp plaster and unusual decorations and antiques from Lornas world travels. The garden is a mixture of wild and cultivated plants and secret places to sit and contemplate as well as a glass house and a fantastic vegetable patch. Lorna and her staff are always ready to spend time with guests on any thing from exciting activities in the area, to identifying the rare herbs and plants in the gardens or discussing food, world travels, films, books and art. Lorna lived in Switzerland for many years and speaks Swiss german and could even give an impromptu dance performance at the end of the evening.