About this listing
En suite double 4 beds 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 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. 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.
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.
This B&B is a total gem. It was even more wonderful than it looked in the listing. A family of four with two teenagers, we arrived tired and hungry (and late) and were greeted with warmth and an amazing pasta dinner. The decor of the house is magical, and the gardens are beautiful. Lorna is a marvelous and gifted host. The staff are gracious and lovely as well. Our stay at this B&B was one of the real highlights of our trip. We enthusiastically recommend it.
I didn't get to stay here because I didn't have time to make it out to Kerry for this visit. I had asked if Lorna could compensate me for any percentage of a refund but didn't get a reply back about it.
Pictures of the place and the breakfast look darling. Hope I can stay here or in a place like this next time I visit Ireland.
Eine sehr außergewöhnlicher und individueller Ort an dem wir uns sehr wohl gefühlt haben!
Lorna und ihr Team sind wirklich sehr freundlich und zugewandt.
We were expecting a more intimate setting rather than a small hotel with restaurant. It was not clear that guests would eat in a restaurant.
we have four ensuite rooms a chalet and a couple of gypsy wagonsa beautiful gardens and an unusual home that we share with our guest , my husband and i sleep upstairs in one of the old rooms. There are bins in every bathroom and i am sorry you were unable to find yours, towels and hand towels, offer our guests filtered water herbal teas. You are a lovely lady, but why did you not ask for a glass or a wash cloth, or even the location of the bin. I hope you enjoyed the garden, the mountains and the food, and please come again and enjoy our home.
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!!
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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.