The Nest grass roofed eco-cottage

Cabin - Entire home/apt · Heron's Reach, Ballymore, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
Your host, Louise
3 Reviews
Response rate: 78%
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The Space

Quaint and quirky with up-cycled charm. The Nest is a grass roofed cottage/cabin nestling less than 2 miles from Dingle Town. From the double bedroom you can reach into the conservatory pick flowers and fruit in season. There is an Edwardian sofa bed in the living area which is available for an extra guest.
There is a shower room with basin and toilet. The emphasis has been on keeping things simple and rustic. There is a peat burning stove for cosy winter evenings. Wifi is provided. The kitchen area has a full sized cooker and there is a microwave and small fridge. We aim to attract people who enjoy being somewhere different. If you want hotel accommodation this is not the place for you.
Dingle Town is two miles away. How long it takes to walk there depends on how fast you walk and who you stop and talk to.
The fabulous and hidden Birnham Lagoon with egrets, herons and otters is just down the road. You can also fish there.
The cottage is a fabulous place for exploring the Dingle Peninsula. Within 20 minutes drive there are great sea food restuarants, mountains, beaches, mythology and Celtic charm. If you want a night out most of the pubs in Dingle have traditional music.
If you want to take taxi - all all the local drivers know The Nest - it's about 8 euros to town.
We run regular writing retreats at The Nest and lots of photographers and artists use it as a working hide away. We even have our own serial story going to which you are welcome to contribute.
There is wifi and a washing machine.
It's just The Nest and somewhere to think, muse and restore your soul. As the Irish would say 'A thin place'.

Guest Access

You will have the whole appartment to yourselves.

Interaction with Guests

We travel between Dingle and England. We are happy to share our extensive knowledge of the area with guests and can point out to them some of the hidden secrets of the area. Sometimes even our friends born and brought up in Dingle don't know about them!

The Neighborhood

We love early mornings down at the lagoon watching the bird life.
The changing light on Mount Brandon enchants us as the sun is setting.

Getting around

The Nest has it's own parking.

There is no public transport to The Nest but town is less than 2 miles away so walkable or a quick taxi.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible
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  • This place is wonderful. A little bit of heaven! :)

    June 2014
    Response from Louise:

    Hopefully you will be come one of our regular guests. I'm glad you thought it was heaven. I'm counting the days until we are back in Dingle to stay there.

    June 2014
  • We spent 2 nights in the Nest. It is small, basic, rustic. A getaway, as described. We didn't meet Louise , but she was there very quickly answering any questions I had , was very amiable and obviously misses being in Dingle! The cottage is not for anyone with animal allergies, or who can't sleep if they hear any scratching in the dark! Birds clatter over the conservatory roof. The wash machine/dryer is in the shed, with probably a lot of other stuff , like the ash pan we couldn't find! It is easy to go past the entrance when arriving, even in the daytime. Care needed driving out onto the road, as it's on a bend. We really enjoyed Dingle pubs, bit over crowded at night( bank holiday) but fun, the Lagoon, and the views, (when the mist lifted). Bed was comfy, antique sofa bed needs better cushioning for long term use. Wifi worked, and Irish telly channels. We had no neighbours in the adjacent Herons Nest, so it felt very private. Great time had. Thanks Louise .

    June 2014
    Response from Louise:

    I quite like the sounds of the animals at night but I can understand that if you were used to the city they could be un-nerving.
    I've passed the details about the dog hairs on to my cleaner and we are replacing the vaccume cleaner.

    June 2014
  • Wonderful place to spend a long weekend. Absolutely everything you could need. House was clean and felt like home from the moment we walked in. Can't wait to go back.

    April 2014
    Response from Louise:

    So glad you liked The Nest so much. It's a really unique place and we work hard to keep it that way so it is great when it's appreciated.

    April 2014
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I live in England but spend every spare moment in our house in Dingle. We run Writer's Retreats at the house and now want to open it up to other people so they can discover the hidden Dingle we have explored over the past 13 years. We have a dog, Zip and a 3 legged cat Mimi. Zip loves being taken for walks by guests. I'm a keen walker. My husband Chris, has Parkinson's and has to take things more easily but loves sharing stories with guests. We are both writers and you will often find us working away on our latest projects. My favourite thing to do in Dingle is fish, and then share what I have caught with other people. I love cooking and there is always a home made cake on the go.
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