About This Listing
Rare traditional farm cottage with lovely garden, in a peaceful and stunning location on the Dingle Peninsula, just 25 mins from Dingle town, overlooking beautiful Brandon Bay and the mountains. Artist Sue and Oliver dog will welcome you warmly.
With twin beds and sloping ceilings, furnished and decorated extremely comfortably in contemporary style, your room has uninterrupted views of Brandon Bay, the mountains and the Maharees Islands, as does the separate bathroom (bath, loo and shower) for your exclusive use. Bedlinen and towels are provided. Breakfast, either continental style or cooked is included in the price. Finn Cottage is detached and very private, situated on a small and quiet lane above the bay and the Wild Atlantic Way to Brandon Head. It is directly on the walkers' trail to Sauce Creek, The Dingle Way and Araglen. It is approximately 20 -25 mins by car from Dingle town centre over the Conor Pass and is perfectly based for walking The Dingle Way or climbing Brandon Mountain. More leisurely walks can be enjoyed on the many pristine and beautiful beaches, from where dolphins, gannets, other sea birds and the occasional seal can often be spotted. The garden has seating areas where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee and watch the ever-changing sky and seascape. There are often cows or sheep grazing peacefully just beyond the garden. Sue's studio is usually open if you wish to look at her paintings, prints or greetings cards - all of local landscapes and animals. There is no compulsion to purchase - browsers are welcome! There are excellent pubs, many offering food, within a few minutes drive of the cottage. There is also an excellent shop and artisan bakery in Cloghane village. Finn Cottage is not equipped for wheelchair access and is a non-smoking household.
In the evening you are welcome to share the sitting room with the owner (and young, friendly, unsmelly, non-shedding dog Oliver) during your stay. There are no self-catering facilities, but if you have special dietary needs please let me know at time of reservation and I will advise if I can help with this.
Interaction with Guests
Sue will be available to answer questions about the area and local amenities.
The tranquillity of rural Ireland - like going back 50 years in England. Fewer cars, no hassle, nearest traffic lights at least 25 minutes away, no aircraft noise, the friendliest people, the relaxed and hilarious repartee of conversations in the pub, the sea.
The price we pay for living this rural idyll is that the nearest public transport is Bus Eireann in Dingle. But there is a bookable minibus service to Tralee which local residents use all the time. It's cheap as well! You need private transport if you are disabled, as was my husband.
We are a non-smoking household, both inside and in the garden. No other rules!!
Sue was an absolutely fantastic host. She was so warm and welcoming that we felt like we were visiting a friend. Her cottage is a home away from home -- cozy, quiet, and all around beautiful. Lots of nice walks close by, and we loved the tiny village of Cloghane. Highly, highly recommend.
Such a wonderful short stay. Sue was kind enough to accommodate us for one night after Christmas before we stayed with friends. The location was perfect for where we needed to be for the New Year and Sue was such a kind host sharing her local knowledge. We particularly loved the views, Sue's wonderful dog Ollie and our hot water bottles in our room after our night out.
Sue was even kind enough to track us down in the local pub later in the day to return some left-behind make-up! Such a lovely stay, we will definitely be recommending this place for friends visiting West Kerry.
Sue was a brilliant host a we enjoyed our stay at the Dingle peninsula a lot! We were warmly welcomed and felt very much at home in the lovely house with view down to the bay, so that we even decided to stay for an extra night. The room was really comfortable and Sue helped us with every problem that occured or even before it actually occured. She gave us tips on where to go and what to see and we spent some nice time in the evenings with her and her dog Olli! Best Airbnb-place we have had during our whole time in Ireland and highly recommended to everyone still to come!
Artful soul sisters separated by an ocean....that's how I felt about my time with Sue and Oliver! I didn't want to leave! Seriously! I could be very happy to stay there forever. The perfect room, an engaging hostess, the bestest puppy and the most gorgeous landscape ever. It's no wonder Sue is the kind of artist she is......the surrounds are a true inspiration. Close enough to Dingle Town for the lovely Slea Head Drive. Far out enough to feel the peace of the country and the lure of the sea. Staying with Sue and feeling so well taken care of, made the last two nights of my stay in this amazing country a real joy. I am hoping to keep in touch with this lovely lady. This is a WIN WIN kinda deal.......!
Sue was very welcoming and her rustic off the beaten path place was very quaint and restful.
My boyfriend and I spent 3 days at Sue's place and we really enjoyed it!
She did everything to make us feel comfortable in the house and for our visit in Dingle and the area. She is lovely, welcoming and helpful.
The soda bread and the jam she makes for breakfast is gorgeous.
We recommend her as she is a great host!
Hi Joelle thanks for your kind review. Actually there is a clear picture in the gallery of photos of the room with its two beds and, as advertised on the site 'twin room' means two beds rather than a double. However I was happy to move the beds together for you. You would have been more than welcome to more toast - we were chatting so much and I forgot to offer you more - croissants, pains au chocolat or homemade toasted soda bread. That's my fault - so apologies for that! There was fresh fruit juice on the table and if I know that you like fruit and yoghourt it helps me provide what you want, within reason. Continental breakfast at this (quite low) room rate for two people would normally be fresh fruit juice, toast/croissants etc as above, homemade jams and honey and tea or coffee.
My mum and I stayed at Sue's on our recent trip to Ireland, and it was by far our favourite place that we stayed. Sue is a warm, interesting person and her dog, Oliver, is a sweetheart. They were both very welcoming, the beds were super comfortable and the cottage itself was charming with a great view of the country-side and bay. I would definitely recommend staying here. It is on the other side of a mountain pass from Dingle - a quick drive away yet you get to escape the tourist frenzy if you are traveling in the summer.
About the Host, Sue
I'm a happily busy working artist, painting the coastal landscapes seascapes and indigenous animals of the Dingle Peninsula. I love to garden (when I have time) and walk my dog Oliver on our pristine beaches. My husband and I and two cats (no longer with us) moved to West Kerry from Dorset, England over seven years ago. We fell in love with Brandon, its people and location immediately. There is always plenty to do here: walking - mountains or beaches, windsurfing, horse riding, bird watching - or just relaxing. It's a real un-winding kind of place. You can feel the stresses and concerns of modern living just slip away - that's why I love it so. I'm a keen cook, I try to play the Irish bouzouki and I'm a passionate rower - both of the traditional Kerry currach and sculling in quads and singles at Tralee Rowing Club. Life is good here and I invite you to share a little piece of it! I will be delighted to be your host.