Clais na Trá, our holiday home in Cromane, is located in a Special Protection Area close to the Wild Atlantic Way, on the scenically-magnificent west coast of Ireland. Enjoy stunning sea and mountain views in a quiet and peaceful setting. This is a superb base for exploring the beauty and wonder of the natural environment in this world-famous part of Ireland.
The house is named after the fishing dock it overlooks and is a recently-refurbished traditional bungalow with four bedrooms offering comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people, situated towards the end of a very quiet cul-de-sac, single track road. It is just 15 minutes' drive from Killorglin, 30 minutes from Kerry Airport, less than five minutes from Dooks Golf Club and two minutes from Cromane Strand. The house affords stunning views of Castlemaine Harbour, Mount Brandon, Inch and the Atlantic Ocean beyond from the front, with fields and views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks, at the rear.
The sitting room looks out on to Castlemaine Harbour (as do three of the bedrooms) and comfortably seats five. The house is centrally heated and there is also a woodburning stove which can be lit if the evenings turn cool. The stove will be prepared for your arrival with some fuel provided. (Additional fuel is easily obtained at the local store, some 10 minutes' drive away.) A Blue Tooth speaker enables guests to plug in their mobile phones and enjoy music of their choice. This is a cosy setting for re-living the day's stand out moments, relaxing with a good book, listening to music, browsing the Internet or planning the next day's activities. Enjoy free wi-fi broadband internet access (10 mb download, 3 mb upload) which provides excellent connectivity.
Having a good night's sleep is an important part of any holiday. All the single beds have anti-allergy duvets, and all beds have electric blankets, adding a little touch of luxury for tired bodies turning in after a day's sightseeing or walking in the hills.
The kitchen has an electric kettle, cafetière, electric fan oven and a gas hob, a four-slice toaster and a standard microwave. There is a generous fridge-freezer. The kitchen has all the equipment needed for preparing simple meals. The small larder has a stock of staples such as sugar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, some dried herbs, flour and salt and pepper. Local supermarkets stock an appetising range of freshly-produced convenience foods, as well as the local specialities such as fresh seafood, for which the area is renowned. Enjoy sharing home-cooked meals around the charming, traditional farmhouse table. If dining out appeals, Jack's Coastguard Restaurant is about a mile away, and Killorglin (5 miles) and Glenbeigh (8 miles) both have a wide variety of eateries to suit all pockets. Quinlan's fish and chips could be the freshest you are likely to taste anywhere. Please note there is no dishwasher - only the human variety!
The modern bathroom has a shower over the bath as well as a separate hand set. A non-slip mat is supplied. Hand soap, shower gel and shampoo are provided.
The entrance to the house is via the utility room at the rear of the property. This is the place for leaving outdoor shoes and coats and is the location for an additional sink, the washing machine, steam iron, ironing board, clothes pegs, clothes airer, hair dryer, hi-vis gilets.
There is a generous outside space at the property for relaxing on the four folding garden chairs (included for guest use) taking in the wonderful views and having a glass of wine on a balmy summer's evening. Previous guests have enjoyed a barbecue using disposable barbecues which are readily available locally. (We ask that guests take responsibility for disposing of the barbecue and leave no trace.) Because of the house's elevated position, be prepared to pop on a layer or two even on the sunniest of evenings. We mention this for those who might be especially interested in star gazing on a clear night, in an area with very little light pollution.
We are lucky in having some excellent beaches in mid-Kerry; Cromane Strand is only a mile away and the nearest Blue Flag beach, Rossbeigh, is approximately fifteen minutes' drive. We have some bodyboards available for guest use (at own risk!) Small fee payable. Please request information about these prior to arrival.
This is a great base for those who enjoy walking with parts of the Kerry Way close by, playing golf, fishing or visiting well-known tourist destinations such as Killarney's beautiful national park which includes the Gap of Dunloe. If touring part of the Wild Atlantic Way or the Ring of Kerry beckon, the holiday home lies in close proximity to these.
Most of all, though, this is the place to be if you want to spend time unwinding and relaxing. Enjoy this magnificent setting. Make some memories.
(We regret to advise guests that the property is unsuitable for small children aged under 12 years of age, as it is not safe for that age group.)