A tranquil haven, not on a camping or caravan site, right on The Dingle Way, and close to The Wild Atlantic Way, this quiet, cosy home is situated in a wonderful private rural location down a single track 'boreen' right on the beachfront, overlooked by Mount Brandon.
Has its own gated access leading onto a lovely vast sandy beach when the tide is out, or shallow calm sea when the tide is in.
Whatever the weather, this is a very comfortable base for up to 4 persons (note - the 2 beds in twin room are quite narrow, so best for small adults or children, although the sofa is a longer option).
Just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, explore the wonderful and varied Kerry countryside, or take part in the many popular sports and hobbies available locally, such as wind/kite/board surfing; diving, walking; climbing, hiking or sea and river/lake fishing.
A beautiful quiet setting but close to all amenities, and especially great for couples of all ages, and families with children and dogs., even singles needing solitude.
Then of course there is the music associated with Ireland. Many live musicians of all types gather in the local family friendly pubs for evening sessions. The public are always invited and indeed welcomed to join in.
Do not expect a brand new, pristine or large home. It is a compact size, used by families with children and dogs, and myself with my dog and wheelchair. Being very close to the beach and ocean it can be windy. However it is home from home - clean, cosy. comfortable and homely, with fabulous views, whatever the weather, and with a fully equipped kitchen. (Full electric fan oven/grill; gas hob; cooker hood; toaster; elec kettle; coffee maker and percolator; toasted sandwich maker; blender; microwave; fridge/freezer; good pots and pans; utensils; crockery; glassware etc.
The garden is partly paved but mainly grassed, no flower beds or tubs. Jackie, my manager, can provide any info and see to anything that needs doing during your stay, as she only lives just down the lane.
She also runs Pilates and Aerobics classes, and is a qualified sports and/or relaxing masseuse. She is also qualified to offer guided walks and climbs of differing difficulties, including Mount Brandon..
The home is fully equipped, double glazed and has gas fired central heating. It has 2 bedrooms, one double with toilet and wash hand basin en suite, plus one twin bedded room.
Separate shower room/toilet/whb.
Large sitting/dining room area with comfortable fitted bench seating overlooking the bay. Sliding patio door.
Dining table with seating for 4.
Satellite tv/dvd player with a good selection of DVDs. Sliding patio doors lead onto surrounding decking, and sheltered paved area behind.
Garden table and chairs for enjoying the outdoors.
Separate large car port with washing line. Small outbuilding with washing machine and small chest freezer plus small wheeled bbq. Decking all round mh. Garden is laid to lawn and there is a secluded protected patio area to the rear with table and chairs for four. Double glazing. Gas fired water and radiator central heating + gas fire in lounge. Electric fan heater and oil filled radiator if required.
Nearest pub/restaurant is in Cloghane village (Connors -5 mins drive); Brandon (10 mins); Castlegregory shops/pubs/restaurants (inc takeaway burger/pizza etc) -10 mins drive, Tralee 35-40 mins, Kerry Airport 45 mins. Dingle 20 mins. Shannon airport 2 hours; Cork airport 2 hours.
Nearest shop is in Cloghane (v small) with own bakery. Larger (Spa) supermarket in Castlegregory and farmers market during summer on a Sunday in the Cummunity Centre. Also has free internet access.
Main shopping area is Tralee - Tesco etc. and lots of small shops, plus a market in usually on a Friday. A very scenic drive to Dingle (also has an excellent supermarket called Garveys) is only 15-20 mins over the Conor Pass, which has fabulous views both to Dingle and back to Castlegregory and Cloghane. Pedlar's Lake, with a waterfall, is on the way and overlooks a valley with peat bogs and lakes dotted along it. Killarney and The Ring of Kerry start just 45 mins drive away.
There are many artisan shops in the local villages, and especially in Dingle Town and around The Slea Head Drive.. Pottery and local crafts are widely available, plus local markets and farmers markets open in the summer months selling home made bread, cakes, chocolate, smoked fish, pates, sausages etc., cheese with seaweed is a speciality. Fresh locally grown vegetables such as onions, carrots, parsnips, cabbages etc. and of course, potatoes are often sold at the side of the road.
It is also a famous area for wind, kite and board surfing, scuba diving, sea, river and lake fishing, horse riding on beach or mountains, walking, hiking, climbing, sightseeing, local Irish music or just relaxing in the laid back atmosphere of rural Kerry, with just the seagulls, oyster catchers and sheep for company!!
Music forms a large part of Irish life, and most pubs have live local bands/groups or solo singers and some have dancers. A great one for families is The Railway Pub in Camp, music from 7pm ish on a Sunday. Dingle has music in most pubs, most nights and some during the day. There are also recitals etc in one of the old disused churches.
Take a scenic drive round Slea Head, see The Three Sisters, The Blasket Centre at Dunquin, ancient beehive huts and the old fort. Also close to the location for the famous storm scene which took 3 years to film, in Ryans's Daughter, starring Robert Mitchum, John Mills and Susan George, who actually stayed in Fermoyle House, which overlooks fabulous 10km long Fermoyle Beach, just around the corner from Drom.
At the moment mobile phone coverage is not always good for all networks here, Vodafone is probably the best. You may need to travel a little way to get a good signal with other networks, although things are improving. Wifi is available here at Drom, but is not brilliant all the time, (sometimes not at all, depending on weather, other usage etc) and is not suitable for large downloads like films etc.
Cloghane village is 5 mins drive. Brandon 10 mins drive. Castlegregory 10 mins drive, Tralee 35 mins, Kerry Airport 45 mins. Dingle 20 mins. Cork is about 2 hours drive, as is Shannon.
Nearest shop is in Cloghane (small). Larger (Spa) supermarket in Castlegregory. Main shopping area in Tralee - Tesco, Dunnes Stores (MandS), Penny's (Primark) etc. and lots of small shops, plus a market usually on a Friday. Lidl in Dingle and Tralee.
Brilliant area for wind, kite and board surfing, diving, sea, lake and river fishing, walking, hiking, climbing, sightseeing, music or just relaxing in the laid back atmosphere of rural Kerry!
The Blasket Island Heritage Centre is on the Slea Head Drive near Dunquin and well worth a visit. Take in beautiful Inch Beach on the way back from Dingle via Annascaul, calling in at The South Pole inn where Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer lived. Then look at the view on the way back, across Tralee Bay on your left when nearing Camp village.
More locally, visit The Maharees (7 hogs), and stop for a drink at Spillanes on the way to the harbour right at the end. The Jamie Knox school is available round that area to teach wind/kite surfing and diving, or to hire equipment..