Heron's Reach Dingle

House - Private room · Heron's Reach, Ballymore, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
Your host, Louise
21 Reviews
Response rate: 78%
Response time: within a day

The Space

A. tardis of a house with a delightful south-facing deck within walking distance of the magical Birnham Lagoon and woods. Two miles from the centre of Dingle Town, Heron's Reach lets you enjoy the amenities of the town combined with the quiet of the countryside. The front of the house has views over Mount Brandon and at the back of the house, nosy cows look over the fence.

There are four bedrooms, each offering slightly different features. There is one en-suite double room, a twin room with open fire, a queen size with washbasin and access to south facing decking. Upstairs there is a large family room. There is a large living room with a tv but our experience tells us that most of our guests like to spend the evening talking, often over a glass of wine or bowl of ice cream. For those who prefer to cook for themselves there is a well-equipt kitchen with a dishwasher. We have wifi but cannot be held responsible for any problems caused by our suppliers.

How to sum up Dingle. Most people use the word 'magic'. Within 20 minutes there is hill walking, swimming, golf, restaurants (our favourite at the moment is The Global Village), shopping, canoeing, traditional music and best of all, peace and quiet. Watch the sun rising over the lagoon listening to the cries of oyster catchers and enter another world.

The house has plenty of parking and storage space for bikes, canoe, etc. It is fully equipped and also has wifi. We accept well behaved dogs by arrangement.

Town is a 30 minute walk and 8 euro taxi ride home after an evening enjoying the pubs of Dingle. There is no public transport but hitching is easy and pretty safe.

Run by award winning writers, Louise and Chris this house has been the inspiration for many artists who want time to think and work. Writing tution, mentoring and appraisal by separate arrangement. Come with an idea, go home with a masterpiece.

Guest Access

Guests are welcome to use the kitchen, living room, shared bathroom. Guests should be aware that unless they have made a whole house booking, that at such a popular house there may be others at the property. If you want something self-contained please see our one bedroom property, The Nest on Airbnb.

Interaction with Guests

We move between England and Ireland and if we are away guests are looked after by our house keeper, Linda. We are writers and may have projects to complete during your stay, we are not being rude if we chose to stay in our room, just getting on with work even though we woud prefer to be doing something else.

Other Things to Note

We are unable to cater for special diets. If there is something you especially need for your breakfast please bring it with you.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 6
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $841 /week
Cleaning Fee: $7
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Some pets
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Louise's home was lovely. We ended up extending our stay an extra night because we loved the town and got so lucky with the sunshine. We didn't meet Louise as she was out of town, but our contact remained smooth and she graciously accommodated us for an extra night. Linda (Louise's alternative contact) was also helpful and reachable via phone for our questions. Peaceful location outside the center. Definitely would recommend this place to anyone staying in Dingle!

    June 2014
  • nice if you go with friends

    June 2014
    Response from Louise:

    It's a great house for big groups.

    June 2014
  • We stayed in the "Rambling House," next to Atlantic Cottage, and loved it there! The kitchen was bright and sunny, and such a nice place to hang out and enjoy the gorgeous views in the mornings before we got out and about. Louise greeted us when we arrived, and made sure we had everything we needed, and was always on hand if any questions came up, or if we needed advice. Just up the hill there are the ruins of a church that are definitely worth a visit, and there are some walking trails around there too, with great views. Would definitely recommend!

    May 2014
    Response from Louise:

    Kilmalkedar is a special place and it was lovely to be able to share it with you.

    May 2014
  • Nous ne comprenons pas la remarque concernant le fait que nous n'ayons pas fait notre vaisselle car nous sommes restés une nuit et n'avons pris que le petit déjeuner ???? C'est d'ailleurs le seul endroit dans notre séjour où on nous a demandé de préparer nous même notre petit déjeuner. Je ne savais pas utiliser la cafetière, par chance, l'hôte était levée et nous a montré ! ! Nous n'avons pratiquement pas eu de contact avec ces gens qui étaient, semble t-il, là plus pour le festival local que pour accueillir des personnes chez eux.

    May 2014
    Response from Louise:

    Obviously you had not read the house rules about clearing up after yourselves but was it really appropriate to not use plates and to leave jam spoons on the table? We are not a bed and breakfast establishment and do not profess to be such, we leave guests a simple help-yourself breakfast because we are working. You arrived and went straight out so we did not get the impression that you wanted to spend time with us.

    May 2014
  • Even with the host not at the property she ensured everything was clean and ready for when we arrived. Perfect directions to the house and 'nest'. We stayed in the nest by accident but were still very happy with our one night visit. Lovely quick conversation in the morning with our host who arrived as we left. Perfect place to chill out, read a book and go for walks.

    April 2014
    Response from Louise:

    So pleased you enjoyed The Nest. And lovely to meet you too and hear about your travels. Just wish it could have been longer.

    April 2014
  • We had a perfect week end in Dingle and Louise's house was just perfect!! It was very clean, the bed was comfortable and there was nothing missing in citchen or bathroom. We had no problems to find the house and the view out of the windows in the green fields of Ireland was so nice!!! Thank you Louise!!

    April 2014
  • Absolutely the best! Wish we would have stayed 2 weeks instead of just 2 days. Loved it.

    March 2014
  • Had a wonderful stay at Heron's Reach! I used my time here to recharge during a busy week I traveling, and it was the perfect place to relax and use as a launching point to explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula.

    March 2014
    Response from Louise:

    Dingle recharges one's batteries like no where else I know. So glad you loved our house.

    March 2014
  • Can't say enough nice things about Louise and Chris. Genuine people, with huge hearts and a dog that loves everyone (apparently me in particular...Lol). They go the extra mile. I could write on and on but the essence of it is that they epitomize what a host SHOULD be in every sense of the word. Now, I owe Chris a limerick so I will get on with that in due course....:-)

    March 2014
    Response from Louise:

    We really enjoyed your company and Zip is still pining for you.

    March 2014
  • I cannot say just how much I LOVE Heron's Reach. It was so cosy that my mother wanted to stay another day in Dingle.
    The house was spacious, clean, and warm. Like other people have said, the place is quite tricky to find at night, my advice is to follow her directions literally. And drive slow.

    Dingle is a beautiful place even during winter. Heron's Reach is a beautiful drive between the town and the beautiful views at the end of the peninsular. Louise was extremely helpful and friendly. This is where I want to retire.

    January 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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