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Luxury ocean-front cottage with private beach. ALASTAIR SAWDAY RECOMMENDED

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms and luxury Interior Designer rooms and kitchen.

A 1400 sq ft, stone cottage in a stunning location in County Kerry with one acre of grounds leading to the water’s edge, a terrace and private beach.

Seal Rock Cottage has panoramic views of the ocean, islands and mountains. Situated on Rossmore Island it is connected to the famous Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge.

The interior has been designed by Andrew Burch, the much acclaimed Welsh Interior Desgner aind consists of a sitting room with library and open log fire, a garden room with cast iron stove, a surround sound home entertainment system and stunning views over the water. And a dining area, well equipped luxury kitchen, laundry room and cloakroom.

The grounds are sympathetically landscaped retaining many of the existing natural features including a stream, mini-waterfalls, and ocean-side terrace.

Voted one of Ireland's top 10 cottages by Alastair Sawday.

Sorry but due to the expensive designer furnishings we are not able to accept children under sixteen and no pets

Ireland's Riviera: So called because of it's lush semi-tropical vegetation and micro climate. It's perfect location has attracted celebrity interest with the Riverdance founder, Michael Flatley, wishing to purchase a property on the Island.

Seal Rock Cottage has been inspected and selected for the latest edition of Alastair Sawday's Special Places.

It has also been photographed and selected as the feature property in the April 2009 issue of homes magazine Country Homes and Interiors.

Go to our website to see more photos and get a real feel for this unrivaled luxury property and location (please, do not hesitate to contact owner for further information and link).

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Michael & Jane Madigan
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have seen the Atlantic in all its moods. We have seen a hare in the garden & a gannet dive from 30 metres straight into the sea. If you tire of driving, the peace & calm of this cottage & its garden is a memorable haven.
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sneem in County Kerry

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Adjacent to bedroom 2
    Cloakroom - Toilet
  • Luxury contemporary bathrooms with power showers
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Guest - 2 Single Bed , Can attach as double
    Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedrooms have been furnished to a high standard and include Hypnos beds and the finest Egyptian cotton sheets with feather filled mattress toppers & duvets. The 2 single beds in the second bedroom can be converted to a double if required. Stunning ocean views.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A path follows the stream towards the ocean, over a bridge and ends at a waterside terrace. Sit, relax and enjoy the spectacular views and ever changing seascapes. Steps lead down from the terrace to a private beach suitable for fishing, bathing or the landing of small craft. The accommodation includes a sitting room designed to be the quiet room with library and games cupboard and open, peat burning, fire and a garden room with a flat screen TV and home entertainment system and stunning ocean views. The Designer kitchen comes fully equipped with Siemens American style fridge/freezer, Siemens dishwasher and Zanussi stainless steel oven and hob. The laundry room contains a Siemens washing machine and separate tumble dryer. The downstairs cloakroom lies beyond. The contemporary bathrooms have power showers. STRICTLY NO SMOKING. Any breach will incur a cleaning charge of €300 NO CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN. NO PETS


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Luxury ocean-front cottage with private beach. ALASTAIR SAWDAY RECOMMENDED
average rating of 4.769231 based on 19 reviews

Extremely romantic place

  • 5 of 5

We (my fiancée and myself) came to the cottage on Friday night. It was quite cold these days (below 0 Celsius), but heating worked very well + we could make use of the amazing fireplace! The house is just perfect if you like to be at the end of world. House is indeed decorated in very professional way which emphasised the cosy and magical atmosphere of the place. Communication with the owners was very good and getting to the site not as difficult as it could look like. We wish to go there again!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing beautiful cottage, outstanding see view

  • 5 of 5

Very unique and beautiful cottage on an small Island just beside the ring of Kerry. With the first step in the house we felt like coming home. It has a very warm atmosphere and nice arranged furnitures. We had a very Irish week with sunshine the first half and storm at the end. We enjoyed having breakfast on the nice terrace with the ocean behind and sitting down just a few steps away from the sea in the evening. And even the storm was fascinating - feeling the strength of the wind and sea. The place is furthermore a great starting point for exploring the ring of Kerry. The owner (Jane) provided us with a lot of helpful information and answered all questions soon. We would love to come back to this lovely place.

Marc and Christina

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful,unique,dreamlike, i have no words

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is truly unique. The location of the cottage, the view, the home decoration ....Everything about the cottage is simply right. I'll come back again. Ich schreibe jetzt in Deutsch weiter, weil mir die englischen Worte fehlen. Ich war überwältigt. Die Lage des Hauses, die Aussicht, die Inneneinrichtung, alles war perfekt. Der Kontakt zu den Vermietern war so herzlich und unkompliziert. Einfach ein Diamant.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Trip to Ireland

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this part of Ireland from this fabulous cottage. It is filled with luxuries and views that cannot be found just anywhere and was exceptionally clean. We greatly appreciated the washer and dryer after 2 weeks of traveling and every other amenity one could want was available. The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the complete silence, it was wonderful. We enjoyed long walks up to the entrance to Rossmore Island and encountered a family of cows! The location is very convenient to Sneem and Kenmare, which had 3 grocery stores and all the supplies you might need. Jane and her husband gave us all the information needed for our arrival and were very responsive to our questions. We toured the Ring of Kerry and its incredible coastal views, and also toured the Killarney National Forest area. About 3 hours away are the spectacular Cliffs of Moher if you decide to venture out a bit further. We would not hesitate to recommend Seal Rock Cottage and would return there in an instant if we are able one day!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderfull weeks in this fabulous cottage: The pictures on the website show really what you get and even more ! Nothing missed, neither the charming luxury of the house nor the fantastic environment.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home on the Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

Lovely 2 bedroom home on Rossmore Island on the southern Iveragh coast, about 10 minutes to Sneem and about 20 minutes to Kenmare.

Beautifully appointed and spotless, this is a great find. if you value privacy and views, this is a wonderful choice. Fully equipped kitchen, two living areas, fireplace and fully modern appliances and bathroom fixtures. Great picnic table at water's edge. Owners Jane and Michael were very easy to contact and prompt with all replies. Everything was as stated in the description. Directions to the house were good; we found it without difficulty but HIGHLY recommend planning to arrive before dark. I would return and definitely recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tahilla Cove
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
At the bottom of the garden!
Car: necessary

Rossmore Island lies 5 miles from Sneem and 11 miles from the gourmet town of Kenmare. Beyond the nearby McGillycuddy’s Reeks lies the famous lakes and town of Killarney – a mere one hour’s drive. Also within 90 minutes are the world class golf courses of Tralee, Ballybunion, Dooks, Waterville and the Ring of Kerry (10 minutes)

The region has unequalled scenery, where the beauty of mountains, sea, lakes and woodland can be seen in varying light and shades whatever the weather. Because the shore is washed by the Gulf Stream, the area enjoys a mild climate where tropical plants flourish outdoors.

The Ring of Kerry follows the coastline and is one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the country. A multitude of interests and activities are available including walking, riding, cycling, canoeing, fishing, boating and golf. Guides & Ghillies can be arranged. Nearby Kenmare is renowned for its fine dining restaurants and music-filled traditional pubs and is a mere 15 minutes away.

Golf: There are many world class golf courses in the vicinity - Ring of Kerry Golf Club is a 15 minute drive and Kenmare Golf Club a 20 minute drive from the cottage. The courses at Killarney (venue for the 2011 Irish Open) and Waterville are also within a reasonable distance.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £262.18

Rates can be paid by Euro bank transfer to the owner's account at the Bank of Ireland, Kenmare or by credit card via the secure Paypal system at our website. The damages deposit will be refunded within 14 days of the property being vacated provided there have been no damages during your stay. STRICTLY NO SMOKING. Christmas, New Year and Easter are all charged at high season rates.
We cannot accept bookings that include children under 15 or pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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