Exotic en suite double or family room, sleeps 4, 20 miles to Dingle, killarney/Kerry Airport. Vegetarian/Seafood Restaurant,organic gardens, close to mountains, Inch beach, Trad music pubs. See our B&B, gypsy wagon self catering chalet. pet friendly.
This award-winning Bed & Breakfast & Restaurant has unique en-suite double, twin or family rooms decorated with a mixture of antiques & colourful artefacts from Lorna's world travels. There are rooms suitable for family and we supply a baby bed. Between our romany wagons, chalet & private rooms, depending on how people sleep, we can accommodate about 20 people
The gardens are full of indigenous shrubs, exotic plants, herbs and vegetables. The Restaurant is open all day 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. Lorna could give an impromptu dance performance at the end of the evening. The place has a large selection of books, 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 towns of Boolteens, Castlemaine, and Inch.
Kerry Airport is only 20 minutes drive with regular flights from Dublin, London and Germany.
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.
Interaction with Guests
We are always available for chats and we have lots of information on beautiful places to visit off the beaten track. we also have maps and publications and guide books for your holiday.
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.
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!
non smoking throughout although there are dedicated areas in the garden.
Our stay at Lorna's place was brief but very memorable. Lorna is incredibly thoughtful. We were greeted with a warm pot of tea upon arrival and ate a delicious breakfast in the morning. You'll feel right at home staying with her!
Lorna's home and restaurant were a lovely place to come home to after a day of exploring. The spread Lorna put out for breakfast was delicious and it was lovely to enjoy it outside in the sun. Highly recommended for anyone looking to explore the ring of Kerry.
We stayed at the Phoenix while visiting Dingle & the west coast ! We loved it so much, such an experience! We originally planned staying one night and ended up staying two! Great location for exploring Dingle& Kerry. Amazing amazing food, so great-hopefully we can recreate our dinner w/ Lorna's cookbook! Also, the design is amazing. Loved our time at the Phoenix, thank you so much!!
This quirky and enjoyable accommodation is very close to the Dingle peninsula. We enjoyed our stay there even though we were only there for one night. It was one of the best sleeps we've had in our holiday travels. We took advantage of an early bird dinner meal in the Phoenix restaurant and had a sumptuous breakfast in the morning in the same location. Lorna was an exceptional host and we appreciated the time she took to ensure everything was gluten free. Thank you Lorna for a great stay!
Lorna'a B&B is perfect to explore the Dingle and Kerry peninsulas. The place is actually more than a B&B. It has a great vegeterian restaurant (a welcome change to fish and chips !) and the come-and-go atmosphere with the community evolving around the place makes you feel at ease immediatly. Last but not least, kids loved the garden ! A perfect treat.
Hote sympathique et excellente cuisine végétarienne
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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.