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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "We immediately felt at home when we arrived."

    The owner was so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The washing machine wasn't working and she offered to do it for us. We were blown away with the views and waking up every day with the sheep for company was a real treat! I think we may be back and back again.

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.4May 2024

  • "The owners were very friendly and couldn't do endif to help specially my mother is disabled."

    We left the cottage clean and tidy. A very big thank you to the owners of Lyle boy cottage. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Oct 2023

  • "We stayed 6 nights and this was our first holiday home rental in 8 years."

    The bungalow and area exceeded our expectations in every respect. We knew Paul and Vera would be lovely hosts, ...and they were particularly understanding with our children who loved the friendly sheep dogs. The beds were all very comfortable and the house is warm, spacious, quiet and easy to keep clean. It's a great house if you have limited mobility. There are small waterfalls on the Cottoners river just 50m from the house and you can hear them constantly outside the back door. I adore the sound of a running river. The hydro track that leads to Lough Echter (300m climb) and then on to Caher and Carrauntoohil peaks (900m climb) is only 600 metres away with a spacious car park. If you have the time/energy/weather/courage to complete the horseshoe walk, you will enjoy one of the finest hikes in the whole of Ireland! And it's all right on your doorstep. We loved visiting Kate Kearney's Cottage pub with live Irish music, 7-9pm. There's the nearby Gap of Dunloe or going west there's the Ballaghbeama Gap or Ballaghasheen Pass and on to Waterville. All with stunning views and walks. We didn't find this house in any way's only 10 minutes back into Killorglin with Aldi and all the shops you need for your holiday. Killarney is only 25 mins away and the Torc waterfall nearby was stunning and only a 10 minute return walk from the car park. In summary this bungalow is a real gem, Paul and Vera have hearts of gold and as owners of our own holiday homes, we give this house, it's facilities, value and location our highest recommendation. We certainly hope to return next year!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a great weeks holiday from here exploring Kerry."

    The accommodation was perfect for our requirements and very comfortable. Vera, our host was very helpful and accommodating. I suppose the main question is, will I return in the future? The answer is a resounding, yes.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2023

  • "It is 10min drive around narrow roads from Killorglin but if it peace and quiet your after with plenty of hiking this wont dissapoint."

    We loved it and Vera wss a great host .

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "Although well equipped the property is very tired and requires a good deal of maintenance ( especially the heating system which had clogged radiators and no thermostatic control) and updating."

    A very isolated location that might not appeal to all ( a 15 minute drive to the nearest main road, at Killorglin). Although it is also only a 15 minute walk to the nearest lake (Lough Acosse).

    Reviewed by Colin2.5May 2023

  • "The owners were very friendly and very helpful."

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2022

  • "The perfect cottage for those you prefer remote locations."

    Ideally located for exploring coastal Kerry. The cottage has everything you need. The hosts were very welcoming: A welcome gift was also included - milk, butter and a "Yorkshire Cake". Definitely recommended - provided you prefer a remote holiday far away from it all

    Reviewed by Holger5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is our 2nd time back at Lyreboy."

    Its a lovely, airy, bright and spacious bungalow in the Kerry mountains - very near Carountoohill. It's had recent new flooring in the hall and lounge and is newly painted in the bedrooms and hallway. There's a lovely woodburner in the lounge and Vera leaves enough wood and kindling to light a few fires in the evening if you wish. It's a very quiet and rural spot so perfect for a relaxed getaway. It's quite isolated so you will need a car to get to the shops/restaurants. Vera keeps the bungalow very clean and there are all the basic essentials when you arrive like toilet roll, washing up liquid etc. She also left us a carton of milk, tea bags and a cake which was very pleasant. Vera and Paul are the owners and they live in the detached farmhouse on the same site as the bungalow so if you need anything they are on hand. Other than that they give you privacy and space for your holiday. There is no wi-fi at this property and we could rarely get a 4G signal either. I would definitely go back to this bungalow especially if they get decent Wifi - i did miss reading my newspaper every morning!

    Reviewed by Natasha4.7Oct 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay, great house, very comfortable, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it and would stay there again."

    Great location for exploring the Macgillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh peninsula as well as Killarney National Park.

    Reviewed by Donal4.7Sep 2022

  • "Helpful, friendly nice cottage, well equipped, very welcoming and both pet and human friendly!"

    Many Thanks.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Sep 2022

  • "We were made very welcome by the owners."

    We rewarded them with their kindness. The house is comfortable and located in the middle of nature 10 minutes from a town where you can buy the necessary; Thanks again!

    Reviewed by Olga4.4Aug 2022

  • "Stunning location by itself and with short access to all the wonders of Kerry."

    Reviewed by Janusz5.0Jun 2022

  • "Loved everything about our stay."

    Vera and Paul could not be nicer more friendly people. You are welcomed from the moment you arrive and they are available to speak to at any time. Beautiful surroundings with great walks and and things to do. A car is essential however. I have no hesitation is recommending this peaceful , friendly place to stay. Look forward to another visit soon. Kev and Sue

    Reviewed by Sue and Kevin4.7May 2022

  • "Peaceful few days exactly what we were looking for owners were nearby but not ..."

    Peaceful few days exactly what we were looking for owners were nearby but not intrusive so all in all a very enjoyable experience

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2022

  • "It is dog friendly but no where really you can walk the dog ,because lots of ..."

    It is dog friendly but no where really you can walk the dog ,because lots of sheep in the area ,instructions for washing machine would be helpful ,enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Nigel4.4Sep 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lyreboy."

    The facilities/furnishings are basic and quite old but everything was to our satisfaction. The bungalow has big rooms (a lovely big kitchen/diner) and there is a lovely woodburner in the lounge which we enjoyed. The location of the bungalow is very rural so if you want to be near restaurants and attractions etc this is not for you (the nearest big town (Killarney) is about 40 mins drive away). On the drive down from Dublin we stopped at a Tesco on the main road and did a big shop there so we had nearly everything for the whole week. We ate out a couple of times at Waterville town (coast). There is a small supermarket there too called Fogarty's. They sell fantastic whippy ice cream, definitely worth going too if you like whippy ice creams! The cottage is very close to a trail that leads to Carantouhill which is the highest mountain in Ireland. The owner, Paul, was very kind and gave us a lift in his 4x4 half way up the trail to Caher west mountain. There is WiFi in the bungalow and we found this adequate for general browsing and surfing. Not sure if it would be good enough to watch a video with. This holiday cottage is ideal if you want a peaceful, rural getaway in the heart of this beautiful mountainous county. Paul and Vera are lovely, friendly people and will help you with any queries you may have. We would definitely recommend this holiday bungalow for a peaceful holiday in a fantastic setting.

    Reviewed by Natasha4.4Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location."

    Very clean and comfortable cottage. Absolutely amazing, friendly and helpful hosts!

    Reviewed by Gosia5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very well presented cottage with great facilities."

    Really appreciated welcome packages

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had an enjoyable stay at the cottage."

    The house was quite old but is very well maintained and clean. It has very beautiful views (mountains, sheep) in both front and back of the house. Very peaceful place. Friendly and helpful hosts. Also close to the beautiful Gap of Dunloe and Killarney. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone considering stay around the ring of Kerry.

    Reviewed by Ezra4.7Dec 2020

  • "The hosts are lovely."

    ..their collie dog lovely..the night sky was lovely and clear...perfect spot for hiking....its a dated house but has everything you need..will def go back

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2020

  • "We were made extremely welcome by Paul and Vera (and Shep the dog!"

    ) and had a fantastic stay. The house was lovely, comfortable and spacious with everything we needed. The location is central to everywhere with amazing local views. We would (and probably will) return without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2020

  • "This is a great holiday bungalow beautifully situated."

    . mountains in the background very spacious accommodation large bedrooms lots of wardrobes and hanging space. it was 1 km walk from us to the start of of the carrauntoohil Horseshoe hike and you about 12 minutes drive to killorglin which has a selection of of restaurants and supermarkets all the facilities you will need. Lovely couple that run it. I hope to go to the area again if I do this will be my first choice. Mike G

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2019

  • "Second year we stayed here."

    Fantastic location & owners could not do enough for you. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2019

  • "Amazing scenery."

    Cozy cottage with a wonderful environment. Friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Natalia5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage took a while to get to as it is in the he middle of nowhere but it was worth it for the astounding setting."

    It was spacious and equipped adequately. There was a little bit of a tiredness about the decor & furniture but this didn’t affect our lovely time there and our falling in love with Ireland.

    Reviewed by Jan3.4May 2019

  • "The cottage is in an outstanding location surrounded by the Kerry mountains and a roaring river on one side."

    Every window has a breathtaking view. We were welcomed with a lovely tray of biscuits, cake and tea. The fire was already lit and warming the sitting room. The family were very helpful. but not at all imposing. The house had all the essentials and was perfect for us as a base for hiking. We all loved the stay.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2019

  • "House was perfect, hosts were amazing."

    Really made us feel at home

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Aug 2018

  • "My wife, daughter and I went to Lyreboy on the 4 November 2017 to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary, explore the Kerry area and do some hill walking."

    On arriving at the cottage we were met by Vera Sheehan who gave us a warm Irish welcome. In addition to the starter pack we were given a card, a cake and a box of After Eight for our anniversary. The cottage and the owners Paul and Vera Sheehan were great and nothing was too much bother for them. We stayed for a week and enjoyed every minute. We will definitely return to Lyreboy.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Nov 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room (seats 5) with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Saorview, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent from April to October, charged by meter reading from November to March
  • Starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned gardens with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Please note this property needs 48 hours notice to be able to accommodate a booking.

The property

Glencar 3.5 miles.

A delightful, detached property set within beautiful surroundings, close to the village of Glencar, County Kerry.

Situated on the owner's land, 50 yards from his own home, this charming Glencar cottage has been finished in a traditional style that provides cosy and welcoming accommodation.

Set entirely on the ground floor, this Glencar cottage features two spacious double bedrooms, a twin bedroom, and a sitting room with a roaring open fire.

This Glencar cottage sits in a tranquil valley and guests can take advantage of fine days by lighting the barbecue and enjoying the wonderful scenery.

Perfect for those with a sense of adventure, this County Kerry cottage offers walks from the doorstep with a variety of routes throughout the stunning Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, which includes Carrantouhill, Ireland's highest peak.

Nearby, the popular town of Killarney has a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as hosting a plethora of festivals throughout the year.

Explore the national park with its expansive lakes before relaxing with a pint of the black stuff in one of the fine local pubs.

The famous Ring of Kerry is just a short distance away, or take a trip to the Blasket Islands or discover Dingle's historic beauty and there are also many unspoilt beaches in the area, including those at Rossbeigh and Inch.

A fantastic Irish holiday awaits you at this lovely Glencar cottage!

Please note this property needs 48 hours notice to be able to accommodate a booking.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

About the location


Glenbeigh 8 miles; Killorglin 11 miles; Killarney 20 miles.

The village of Glencar is located right in the centre of the region of Kerry otherwise known as The Kingdom. Glencar is a nature lover’s paradise surrounded by the mountain range Macgillycuddy Reeks, with Carrantouhill, Ireland’s highest mountain, majestically towering overhead. With hundreds of acres of forests and numerous lakes, such as Lickeen Forest, Caragh River and Caragh Lake, Glencar offers wonderful scenery and great walking and angling opportunities. An abundance of wild and birdlife can be found in the area, including pheasant, duck, wood pigeon, mink, fox, mountain hare, wild goat and sika deer. The village is home to three pubs, including The Climbers' Inn, which offers good food and drink, and a Post Office and food store. The pretty town of Killorglin, the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, is within easy reach, and offers a variety of cafés, pubs and restaurants, while an abundance of sandy beaches and golf courses are within easy driving distance.

Please note this property needs 48 hours notice to be able to accommodate a booking.

Please note - £250.00 Good Housekeeping bond on this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas