En suite double or triple good family room. Breakfast optional & must be booked in advance. Central to Dingle, Killarney & Kerry Airport. Seasonal Vegetarian & Seafood Restaurant, organic gardens.Mountains, Beaches, local music pubs See our other rooms, Romany wagons & Self catering chalet. Pet friendly.
This award-winning Guest House & Restaurant has unique en-suite double, twin or family rooms We have Romany wagons, a self contained chalet, prettily decorated with a mixture of antiques & colourful artifacts from Lorna's world travel,
The gardens are full of indigenous shrubs, exotic plants, herbs and vegetables. The Restaurant is open all day in summer for delicious home grown, local & organic produce & serves and eclectic mixture of award winning vegetarian/ vegan/ gluten free & seafood dishes
Lorna is a teacher of Egyptian belly dance & Vegetarian cuisine, a food and short story writer; she, her family and 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, discussing specialized meals for people with dietary needs. The space has a large selection of books, musical instruments, art work & there are always fascinating people to talk to over a coffee.
There is free wifi and off road free parking. The bus service runs regularly to Castlemaine & even past the door during summer. The place is central to Killarney, Dingle & Tralee & just 1.5 hours from either Cork or Limerick. There is a free pick-up service to & from Castlemaine
Pets are welcome on request.
The views from the windows are of The Slieve Mish Mountains [1000 feet] to the north; Castlemaine Harbour & the Magillacuddy Reeks to the south. Just follow the mountain stream along the garden for great hill walking or walk to Castlemaine harbour, the old pier with its exceptional wild life and fishing. Six miles away, Inch beach is an exceptional focal point for walking plus it is a green flag beach with professionally taught water sports.
There are several food pubs with great character & diverse live music in the villages of Boolteens, Castlemaine, and Inch.
Kerry Airport is only 20 minutes drive with regular flights from Dublin, London and Germany.
During winter we do accept bookings and we can offer vegetarian breakfasts & dinners if you book in advance. we offer tea making facilities in our vegetarian kitchen.
The restaurant with wood burning stove, the front room our library and balcony; our outside seating area with our beautiful gardens which have many secret places to sit and contemplate. During September to March we allow guests tea making facilities in our vegetarian kitchen.
Interaction with guests
yes we always help with directions and useful info on places to see and do
Other things to note
Our optional 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 even the musical instruments
Breakfast is optional & needs booking in advancecheck 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.
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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.