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En suite double or triple good family room. Central to Dingle, killarney & Kerry Airport Vegetarian & Seafood Restaurant,organic gardens.Mountains, Beaches, local music pubs See our B&B, Romany wagons & Self catering chalet. Dogs welcome.
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.
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.
Weary travelers, we arrived when the sun was spreading its warmth and light over the beautiful and peaceful gardens. Lorna's warm and genuine welcome immediately made us feel at home. Morgan prepared two fantastically delicious dinners with flavorful fresh ingredients that delighted our palates and senses. The color and the flavor of her delightful home restored our bodies and souls. It is a soulful oasis of peace and tranquility. We loved our time there and would absolutely return should the chance arise!
Nancy our last hug meant so much to me, and i need to really thank you , you were so grateful for everything we did, and it felt like you did so much for us by that lovely thankful manner, you made me feel good even when i was tired at the end of the day, I can only say i was blessed to meet you xxx
Lorna's castle + gardens + her vegetarian self-made food in her restaurant + her numerous and various life stories she tells is an extraordinary experience you should not miss!! The en-suite rooms are really cute, clean and well equipped; breakfast is lovely; many additional offers! A 5* experience! :-)
Wir hatten einen wundervollen Aufenthalt in Lornas Cottage. Sowohl die Zimmer als auch das Restaurant sind total gemütlich und man fühlt sich sofort willkommen. Beide Abende haben wir im Phoenix Restaurant gegessen. Das Essen war super frisch und mehr als köstlich. Absolutes Highlight war Lornas Frühstück mit selbst gebackenen Scones, köstlichem Käse, selbstegmachter Marmelade, Haferschleim mit frischen Früchten, Hummus und vielem mehr. Yummi...wir konnten gar nicht aufhören zu essen. Thank you so much Lorna! We will definitively come back!
Wir wurden von Billy herzlich willkommen geheißen, er war sehr um unser Wohl bemüht; dass Zimmer war sehr nett eingerichtet und sauber. Das Frühstück und das zusätzlich bestellte Abendessen waren vorzüglich. Ich würde jederzeit wiederkommen. Tolle Atmosphäre!
We were welcomed by the staff, Lorna and Billy with hospitable warmth. It was a quick overnighter, but we had a bit of a chat and even met Lorna's mum, who was celebrating her 79th birthday! Next morning, had a chat to Billy in the garden, which is a masterpiece in itself. Could have hung around easily for longer!
This was just great experience during our travels in Ireland - we were 2 adults and 3 kids. The accomodation was just as described , very interesting house-style with many decorations from Lorna´s travels. Lorna provides excellent food , each breakfast was just an experience, the kids loved it here. The garden is beautifull and you we were treated very well during our whole stay. The cousine is something extraordinary, hard to find it these days and we all have enjoyed it a lot. It´s definitely worth to try it ! Thanks Lorna, you were definitely the best host during our travels in Ireland. Hope to see you :-)
We've been delighted by our 4 days stay at Lorna's house. My daughters (6 and 9) were happy to play with the animals (dogs and cats) and to visit the beautiful garden. We've enjoyed the breakfast (organic food, fresh fruits, apple scones, cheese, cereals and so many other very good things to eat) included in our reservation, and we also discovered the restaurant's menu (vetegarian anf fish); it's not cheap but it worths it because it's delicious and everything is homemade with fresh products. From the house, it was easy to visit the Dingle peninsula, Killarney and Tralee's areas. Lorna and her husband were very kind to anyone. We keep a very good memory of our stay ! Sabine
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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.