About this listing
This award-winning B&B and restaurant has warm & colourful en-suite twin, double or family bedrooms decorated with artefacts from Lorna's world travels and are suitable for family holiday' or a relaxing romantic break.
There are stunning mountain views and Inch, a green flag beach with professionally taught water sports, is ten minutes drive away. Just follow the mountain stream along the garden for great hill walking and Castlemaine harbor is a brisk 30 minute walk from the house.
Pretty flower and vegetable gardens surround the property. The award winning vegetarian & seafood Restaurant is open all day for delicious home grown, local & organic produce.
Lorna teaches Egyptian belly dance & is a food and story writer; she, her family and staff are always ready to spend time with guests on things to see in the area.
The house has a large selection of books, art work. and there is often live music events; the cafe is a great place for meeting up with other travelers .
There is free wifi and off road free parking. The Killarney to Dingle bus route passes the door during the summer and a free pick-up service for guests to & from Castlemaine village.
There are several food pubs with great character & diverse live music in the villages of Boolteens, Castlemaine and Inch. The closest shop and garage is two mile away.
The B&B is central to Tralee, killarney and Dingle and Kerry Airport is only 30 minutes drive with regular flights from Dublin, London and Germany.
Pets are welcome on request.
The restaurant, the front room our library and balcony; our outside seating area with our beautiful gardens which have many secret places to sit and contemplate.
We are on the 561 South coastal road heading towards Dingle. The views are of Castlemaine harbour & the Iveragh Peninsula & behind the house there is easy access to the Slieve Mish mountains. The local beaches such as Inch strand & the historic Minard Castle are 10 minutes drive away and generally there are a great deal of hill walks, water activities & authentic local pubs with live music in our area. Killorglin is our closest small town just 15 minutes drive & is where the Ring of Kerry begins,it is also famous for Puck fair in August. Killarney to the South is just 25 minutes drive away with the National Park, Muckross & Ross Castle. The Lakes & Ladies view is on the dramatic pass through the mountains to the quaint & colourful town of Kenmare. Dingle 20 miles to the West is a pretty harbour town with a hinterness of stunning scenery, islands, ancient monuments, mountains & beaches - & of course there is Fungi the 35 year old dolphin who swims in Dingle bay. 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.
There is public transport between Killarney & Dingle during june to August which passes our door. otherwise buses are to Castlemaine Village. We offer a free pick up and drop of to Castlemaine and charge around €25 for an airport or train run to killarney, Tralee or Farranfore station - must be pre booked. Cars are available from Kerry airport and there is ample safe parking.
Other Things to Note
Our breakfast is vegetarian with vegan & gluten free options...let us know your allergies in advance.
Distances are greater than you think here and roads are narrow..the smaller car works best!
we prefer arrivals to be before 9pm and we are happy to serve a later dinner if we are informed in advance.
in summer there is long light and in winter the country roads can be very dark already at 5pm so allow time to arrive safely. We are a destination well worth lingering at and enjoying the food, books and gardens...so relax this is your holiday!
Breakfast is 08:30 -10:00 check out is 11am. let us know if you want dinner and give us a rough time. Use the seperate entrance for pets. only smoke outside the house. try to avoid showering after 11. If you come home late - it is an old house so "hush" on the stairs.
About the Host, Lorna
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.