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Gortagown Cottage

(Ref. 928458)

Sneem, County Kerry Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is absolutely beautifully located for The Ring Of Kerry and has fabulous views of its own right from the door."

    It is ideal for a family wishing to tour the area on a budget. Charlie was extremely welcoming and accommodating, he kindly gave us extra peat for the fire on our first night. It was pleasing to find all the amenities like a washing machine to keep up with our holiday necessities.

    Reviewed by Guy3.1Apr 2024

  • "Very remote."

    Access lane needs resurfacing. Very low water pressure in shower (gravity fed) Otherwise thoroughly enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Brian3.8Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely time - despite a visit from storm Agnes!"

    The cottage was clean and tidy, the heating worked well and the facilities were perfectly satisfactory. The owner, Charlie, is a lovely chap, very friendly and welcoming. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend it but you'll need your own transport.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "Nice and authentic cottage."

    Good place to start exploring the Ring of Kerry.

    Reviewed by Rik4.4Jul 2023

  • "So peaceful and secluded, everything we were hoping for with the added bonus of a lovely view onto open farmland with rabbits, cows and calves in the next field."

    You should add a picture of the view from the back of the house to the listing and also some furniture for sitting out there would be a great addition. Facilities were quite basic but a happy trade off for the location. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Geraldine4.4Jul 2023

  • "Excellent comfortable property."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Oh boy, I had a bit of a rough start with this cottage (more on that later) but did eventually warm up to it."

    I'll start with the positives: + quiet/peaceful location away from traffic + views of animals and wildlife (very common to see hares in the garden!) + the bedrooms are spacious yet cosy, and retain their heat overnight + the main living room is cosy, the furniture is comfortable, and there is a decent view of the Caha Mountains from the dining table + the kitchen has a good selection of quality appliances including a tumble dryer! + the FM signal is strong (surprising in such a secluded location) and there is a radio (it's an old Sony from the 1990s but has decent bass); I enjoyed 2FM so much that I stopped using Spotify! + solid mobile coverage (at least for 3 network; TescoMobile was poor by contrast) such that the lack of Wi-Fi wasn't a problem: 3 provided 1080p streaming with no glitches (I purchased the SIM from 3 store in Killarney - 20 euros for unlimited data) Now to the negatives: - the second lounge/living room is the most musty-smelling of all the rooms, especially when cold, and the laminate flooring seems out of place compared to the other rooms. In short, it's easily the least cosy room in the cottage. It would be improved enormously if the floor was carpeted, and that huge blank wall is just begging for a large TV - the TV in the main living room is small (B&B-sized) and fixed to the wall in a corner - its placement is daft, especially when there is wall-space above the fireplace for it - lack of sockets (because old cottage), especially in the living room where there is only 1 single socket - and that is being used by the TV! Although there are multiple sockets in the kitchen, all of them are occupied by appliances - musty smell when rooms are cold (because old cottage) - the dirt-road to the cottage is fairly steep with a gate at the bottom (because the cottage is on farmland) - cyclists may find this particularly awkward Given the age of the cottage and its location on farmland, such compromises are normal and should be expected if you wish to stay here. It seems the owners are aware of this and have priced it accordingly. Now to the rough start: when I arrived at Gortagown Cottage, there was no electricity. Without electricity, there was no heating, and only a limited supply of water (there is a water pump in the cottage; the taps delivered water at low-pressure, before running dry a few hours later), and my e-bike was low on juice since I had just cycled 63km from Ballinskelligs - this meant cycling the next day to purchase bottles of water would be dicy unless I could charge in Sneem. As I had only ever started an open fire once before, I burned my hands several times trying to get the peat to burn, but without much success. All told, the electricity was off for 19 hours, making for an uncomfortable and frustrating experience that night and most of the following day (the cottage was cold and musty without heating, and I could not sleep at all in the cold bedroom. If I sound like a wimp, just bear in mind that I have a crippling chronic illness). The owner's only contribution to me was one bottle of water that he filled at home, and an offer of a lift to Sneem (I'm not counting the jokes he made about the situation when he returned from playing golf the following afternoon). Sure, he was no doubt busy that morning behind the scenes, getting on the case of ESB and trying to restore the supply, but given my chronic illness, I expected more than this minimal level of service. When it became clear that the problem was more serious than a tripped breaker, a good host would have returned with a 'welcome basket' of food items that could be made with the gas hob (I only had microwaveable food with me since I don't want to fuss with cooking when on holiday), and a powerbank for charging my phone. A great host would have offered alternative accommodation for that night (e.g. B&B or hotel nearby). If I was left without electricity for 19 hours in England, I would have received £125 in compensation; on this trip I received nothing... Accuracy of listing: ***** (5/5) [photos updated recently] Cleanliness: ***** Comfort: *** Facilities: ***** Helpfulness of owner: ** [comments made by Agnes concerning the owner are accurate] Value for money: *****

    Reviewed by Del4.7May 2022

  • "Cottage has a nice downstairs room which when you light the fire is cosy."

    The second main living space downstairs smells of damp and faces basically a blank wall and needs some TLC. Outside is a very nice view but it is a shame the window looking on to it is so small.

    Reviewed by Sonya3.1Sep 2019

  • "Dear Sir / Madam, We had a great holiday in County Kerry during the week of August 17 to August 23 2019."

    The area is beautiful, so is the area at the cottage. The cottage is very remote, but that was no problem for us. The description how we could find the house was accurate. The facilities as they were described were also present. What really disappointed us was how dirty the house and the decor was. In addition, the entire house smelled musty. On arrival we found the empty house with doors that were not closed. The owner hardly showed any interest due to his indifferent / easy-going attitude. We were forced to request certain things from him. The toilet / shower and the bathroom cannot be seen on the site. Given its state, I understand that no photos of this are shown. Outside the garden set consisted of a table and three chairs, two of which were broken. We add a few photos as an illustration. For a few of us it was too dirty to shower downstairs. The equipment such as the washing machine was very dirty. The soap dish was completely full with soap residue and black scale. There was a rug in front of the fireplace. In our opinion, a fire hazard. The coffee maker was not functioning properly. Each time the water did not run well, so that half of the coffee powder was hit. We first cleaned a few things and aired the house well. The cottage is very dated and sloppy finished. We are not satisfied with how we found the house and therefore find that as a mediator falls short in displaying a correct impression of the house. We will no longer use this house in the future. Sincerely, Agnes de Beer-Wissink PS. We will still send the photos.

    Reviewed by Agnes2.2Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful setting, close enough to Sneem and Kenmare for days out."

    Facilities in the cottage were really good. The owner was very helpful and brought extra wood for the fire. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Helena5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very difficult to find the place: no signalisation on the main road, no signalisation of the cottage"

    Reviewed by Sylvestre5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely helpful hosts."

    Cottage has everything and more than you would need.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage looked amazing and had great views."

    The facilities were comfortable and reminded a lot of my village with the fireplace and some older furniture. However, we found every commodity we could think of there and enjoyed the stay.

    Reviewed by Elena4.7Mar 2019

  • "We would suggest your checking with the owner for more precise directions to the cottage."

    (In this case, through Moll's Gap rather than Kenmare....coming from Killarney.) otherwise everything, everybody and every place ... FANTASTIC!

    Reviewed by Annemarie5.0Sep 2018

  • "For a complete get away experience in the beautiful Kerry countryside, Gortagowan fits the bill."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed tucked away but only a short car ride from Sneem and the Ring of Kerry which is teeming with life. (Visit Sneem early to avoid the coaches!) For something not quite so busy, the Beara peninsula is just as picturesque. Last year we did hotels but decided to try cottages this year and we were not disappointed as they gave us more freedom to do as we please. The instructions, while fairly vague, worked well. We rang ahead and were met by Charlie who gave us plenty of information! The view from the cottage alone was worth the price of admittance!

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2018

  • "I had a relatively long stay in this venerable cottage, and I was extremely happy the entire time."

    The location is beautiful with views of the distant Caha Mountains on the Beara Peninsula. The setting is rural and pastoral, peaceful, secure, and private. It is an excellent location for exploring the three peninsulas of County Kerry (Iveragh, Dingle, and Berea) and the Killarney National Park. The owners could not have been kinder, more responsive, more helpful, or more invested in my comfort and satisfaction. They were the best landlords I've ever encountered. This is not a luxurious facility, but if you are looking for an authentic cottage experience and a comfortable and affordable stay in the glorious County Kerry, this would be a good place for you.

    Reviewed by Retha4.8Oct 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location and the owner couldn't have been more hospitable and helpful."

    The cottage was really well equipped and lovely and clean and cosy. Excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x twin, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 4)
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Reading room (seats 3).
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Saorview, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lawned garden
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 miles.

The property

Sneem 5 miles.

Nestled in the heart of the countryside, five miles from the popular village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry is this cosy and traditional detached cottage.

Lovingly decorated throughout, this cottage is ideal for couples or groups of friends wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the sheer peace and tranquillity of this countryside location.

This lovely cottage boasts a warm and inviting sitting room complete with an open fire where you can kick back and relax, whilst soothing any aching bones after a day of walking or cycling, and you can also find a simple but well-equipped kitchen to cater for all your needs.

Leading off the sitting room is a quiet and relaxing reading room, where you can retire with a good book or where children can play games.

Upstairs, two spacious bedrooms complete the accommodation offering a variety of sleeping arrangements to cater for many party types.

To the front of the cottage is a sprawling rustic garden and on a clear day you can see the Atlantic Ocean on the horizon.

Just a few miles away is the charming village of Sneem, which means ‘The Knot’ due to the knot like swirling of the River Sneem meeting the currents of Kenmare Bay just below the village.

Sneem is home to a selection of traditional pubs featuring regular live Irish music, craft shops and eateries.

It lies along Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way and is surrounded by stunning seascapes and breathtaking scenery in all directions.

Why not explore some of the sandy beaches along the peninsula at Derrynane, Castlecove and Waterville, and golf courses are plentiful with courses at Kenmare, Parknasilla and Waterville.

Other attractions include Killarney Lakes and National Park, boat trips to the Skelligs and the stunning Beara Peninsula.

This delightful cottage near Sneem is the perfect choice for a relaxing Irish break.

About the location


Kenmare 17 miles; Waterville 22 miles; Killarney National Park 22 miles.

Situated between the towns of Kenmare and Waterville, and on the route of the Kerry Way, the village of Sneem provides shops, pubs and a number of cosy tea rooms. With rows of brightly coloured houses, and a lively atmosphere, Sneem is a previous winner of the National Tidy Town Award and is a popular stop for tourists and locals alike. Sneem is located on the famous Ring of Kerry and is known as the Knot in the Ring. Just ten minutes drive away is the Blue Flag beach at White Strand, whilst the nearby town of Kenmare offers beautiful coastlines to explore, winding streets and interesting boutiques, while the coastal town of Waterville is only a short drive away, and provides a great day out for all the family. Parknasilla Hotel with its spa and golf course, and Derrynane Beach, are within easy reach, or try walking on the famous Macgillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland, with notoriously rugged terrain to conquer, or make the short journey to Killarney National Park, where beauty abounds.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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