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Dirreen House

(Ref. 1011339)

Athea near Listowel, County Kerry Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

Reviews & Ratings

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  • clean (9)
  • welcome (9)
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23 Customer Reviews

  • "We are seconding the positive remarks in the other reviews."

    Any deductions are to do with relatively minor matters. If people can manage without house Wi-Fi and a dishwasher (which we wouldn't have used anyway) then it's a well maintained comfortable bungalow in a quiet and convenient location to access West Limerick and North Kerry.

    Reviewed by Paul And Marion4.7Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay, really enjoyed ourselves."

    Nice and quiet location, bungalow has excellent facilities and the food left as a welcome was an unexpected delight. Highly recommended. Just the two of us so one bathroom no problem but useful to have an en-suite, or good planning, for large groups. We took a bit of time to work out how the hot water was provided to sinks so a note about that in a welcome pack might be an idea. We were surprised how we missed having WiFi for planning trips even though we knew it was not available so worth consideration in future. All that said we would be back in a flash of we could.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a beautiful cottage, so spacious and secluded!"

    So so peaceful and perfect for 5 - 6 people! Everything was provided in the cottage, cutlery and extras in the kitchen area and toiletries and cleaning products in the bathroom which was so handy! Everything from an iron to a vacuum cleaner was provided! Handy with so many of us to maintain the cleanliness. Even left fresh bread, scones, eggs and many more items on our arrival. The only feedback I would leave is that items of food left in the fridge were not halal, so an option for vegetarians would have been nice but that’s a very minor opinion I’d say, not something that would make me not want to book again! Already looking for dates for the next time I visit. Thank you once again!

    Reviewed by Mehwish4.7May 2023

  • "Another great stay in a real home from home."

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Mar 2023

  • "Todo perfecto, hasta había un bizcocho y unos scones esperando en la cocina."

    .y algo para comer en la nevera.. El lugar recóndito y adorable pero muy bien comunicado. Pudimos ver paisajes increibles. Recomiendo acercarse a Ballybunion, un entorno con acantilados y playa no muy lejos.

    Reviewed by Ana Isabel5.0Oct 2022

  • "The house was wonderful."

    We were so excited when we arrived. The house smelled so fresh and clean. The baked goodies waiting for us were amazing. We enjoyed how peaceful it was. It was off the beaten path but made a good place for us to explore Ireland in that area. We brought our moms so I felt a home would be best for them rather than a hotel. WE loved sitting outside on the back porch in the mornings and evenings. Thank you so much!!

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage accommodation is every bit as good as the previous reviews, worth all 5*'s and a real home from home."

    If like me you have a long drive, be assured that you will arrive to a clean warm comfortable home with a more than adequate welcome pack, way beyond what we expected. The patio is a real sun trap for your morning cuppa. I was visiting Ireland to catch up with family. My travels took me to Cork, Limerick and Kerry, and I even fitted in some sightseeing. Trying to find just the right location was difficult, but this proved to be just perfect. We managed fine without Wifi - as the phone signal was very good, but it would have been a nice to have if it had been available. I hope to come back again one day!

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect, the house was spotless and comfortable and the scones, bread and everything else left for us was most welcome."

    The location is great, nice and peaceful. We can't wait to visit again.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property great location for where we wanted to be, near to Athea, which has good amenities."

    Welcome pack in the cottage was very generous, and we were grateful for the starter fuel pack for the wood/peat burner. The property has everything that you could possibly need for a homely stay, and we were blessed with fabulous warm weather, although if you have normal March Irish weather, you'd be grateful for the the warm and cosy home. A perfect home from home, and one we shall use again at some future date

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

  • "After a long journey, it was a wonderful surprise to find freshly baked Irish bread and scones, together with a well stocked fridge with all necessary items for a full Irish breakfast; tea, coffee, chocolate, even a bottle of wine."

    Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness. The cottage was spotless and well appointed with everything we needed for a relaxing and enjoyable family break. The cottage is in a rural area but connected via a well maintained, surfaced road to the main road. This meant that we were able to take advantage of the location right on the border between Limerick and Kerry and enjoy sight-seeing within this beautiful area. Adare, The Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Limerick and Cashel are all within easy reach. We were also able to cast some films from our tablet onto the t.v and make use of the strong telephone signal meaning that for us (2 adults: 2 children) lack of Wi-Fi was no issue on some of the rainier February days. In summary: rural peace but well connected. Even a small convenience shop and very good Chinese in the local village! Perfect. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely Christmas break."

    Very clean house, very good beds - we slept fantastic during the week we stayed there. A very generous welcome package including fuels, some homemade bread and wine - wow! Very relaxing!

    Reviewed by Max5.0Dec 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dirren House, it was a cosy comfortable cottage, very modern but delightful."

    We also enjoyed the cake, scones, wine, milk, bread and loads of food items left for us so thoughtful. I highly recommend staying here. It is right in the country away from towns and cities, but only a couple of hours from Limerick and the beautiful coast. I would also like to say the housekeeper was so kind in forwarding a birthday card that arrived after we had gone home.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Sep 2021

  • "Direen Cottage is a very well appointed cottage which was so clean and fresh."

    Sleeps 6 comfortably with super comfy beds. Outdoors there is seating with a bbq and lots of space in the private garden. On arrival we found the fridge and kitchen stocked with all the makings of an Irish breakfast, along with fresh baked wheaten bread, scones and fresh fruit. We have never had the likes of this at any other self catering property we've stayed at. There was also a supply of turf for the stove! The house is equipped with all you could need, however the absence of WiFi was felt -especially by our kids! Thankfully there was very good 4G signal at the location from our network providers. The location itself is a little removed - 20 min drive to Listowel. Athea itself is a very small village with little amenities. But we used Direen Cottage as a base for exploring North Kerry as far down as Dingle, along with West Limerick and Co. Claire (a car ferry is located 20 mins away in Tarbert for trips to Kilrush & Kilkee) All in all, a great little base for travelling around this area, which is stunning in itself!

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had a great stay in Doreen House."

    I have never stayed in a house so clean. Every room was beautifully decorated, beds very comfortable. Living was fab. We came home wanting to re-decorate our own house. The garden was also very tidy - patio was lovely and caught the evening sun. It is a property I would highly recommend for anyone to stay. Most activities or towns were within 15km of the house. We missed having a dishwasher and really missed wifi. This is why I havent given it 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Aug 2021

  • "If I could give this place a higher rating I would."

    It's simply the cleanest most amazing holiday home I've ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "The house was super clean and tidy, beautiful to side garden, kids enjoyed playing outside with their games."

    We had fantastic BBQ, highly recommended to have few day out of the world.

    Reviewed by Abobaker5.0Jun 2021

  • "The house was amazing, we loved our stay for a week, such a generous welcome ..."

    The house was amazing, we loved our stay for a week, such a generous welcome pack beds so comfy, can't wait to rebook for next summer

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2021

  • "The lady who looked after the house, Denise, was fantastic."

    She left out fresh scones and food for us and went out of her way to help in any way she could.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2020

  • "The House was perfect for us."

    It was so clean and comfortable. The hostess was very friendly and helpful. The house was stocked with lots of food and goodies when we arrived. Would certainly consider going back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "We are just back from a week in this lovely home in Athea in Co."

    Limerick . The house was extremely comfortable and clean. And with three young kids there was a safe garden for the kids to play in. Upon arrival there was a welcome pack of fresh scones , bread, milk and rashers etc , this was a brilliant idea. Every thing from the booking , to the accommodation to correspondence from Hogan Cottages has been 100%. Would definitely recommend and I can see is rebooking in the future.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Aug 2020

  • "A lovely house in a beautiful rural location."

    Perfect as a base for visiting the local Limerick and Kerry areas. The host was helpful and easy to contact. The house was spotless and we had a lovely welcome pack of homemade breads and all the necessities for a lovely Irish breakfast. I would happily recommend this house, it is great for families.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "This was a fantastic holiday home which our family of 2 adults and three children stayed at for a week in July 2020."

    It is set in a lovely quiet country area near the beautiful village of Athea. The house was so quiet and we all got great nights sleep as the beds were very comfortable. The house has loads of safe outdoor space for children to play. The house was spotlessly clean and we must give special thanks to our host who couldn't have done more for us. There was a fantastic welcoming pack of bread, milk, butter, wine, cereals, rashers, sausages etc. which was greatly appreciated. We would have no hesitation in staying here again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Fabulous bungalow, had a lovely welcome hamper too."

    Only negative is tv would benefit from a sat dish to get more channels. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again though!

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV and a selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • For wood burner starter pack will be provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Garden to the front and back with lawn and patio
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Children under 2 years old allowed, travel cot, highchair and stroller available upon request

The property

Found in the beautiful rolling hills of Direen near the village of Athea in County Limerick, is this wonderful property Dirreen House, all ground-floor and packed full of everything you need for a great self-catering experience.

Best suited to a family or group of friends wanting to explore this splendid area, you are near to the border of the neighbouring County Kerry, so there's even more to discover just a short journey away.

Entering the property from the back will bring you to the kitchen, where you will enjoy preparing a loving meal for the family, hopefully with some help, although compact, it still has all you could want.

Serve up on the dining table in the next room and enjoy some quality time together, and discuss what activities you'll do next and where you want to spend your week.

The sitting room will be your favourite place to relax, with a plush seating arrangement and a woodburning stove, on a cooler evening you won't want to move from this inviting spot.

When it's time to go to bed, there are three delightful bedrooms to choose from; a king-size, a double, and a twin room, providing you with an arrangement that will be suitable for most parties.

On a warm summer’s day sit outside on the patio and watch as the children play on the large lawned garden, with green fields stretching as far as the eye can see.

Athea itself is home to a few local pubs and a local shop with other amenities for you to enjoy.

The lively town of Listowel has a good selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants for you to try, as well as a weekly farmers’ market, Listowel is a lovely place to spend a lazy afternoon, plus the town is situated on the banks of the River Feale, which offers fantastic fishing opportunities.

Within easy driving distance of your cosy cottage are many popular attractions and destinations to pack into your holiday such as the beachside golf course at Ballybunion and the wild and rugged county of Clare, just a short ferry journey away.

Alternatively, if you venture further south you can spend a day exploring the sights of Tralee, one of Kerry’s largest towns.

From Tarbert you can take the ferry across the Shannon Estuary to the rugged and beautiful county of Clare, where you can drive along the Loop Head Peninsula to see its iconic lighthouse, or venture a little further and experience the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural attraction.

Dirreen House is a lovely property you will enjoy taking your family to and immersing yourself in the wonders of Ireland.

About the location


Tralee 16 miles; Ballybunnion 9 miles.

The bustling market town of Listowel, designated as a Heritage Town of Ireland lies alongside the bubbling River Feale in the beautiful north of County Kerry. Listowel is celebrated as the literary capital of Ireland, and the annual festival is one of Ireland’s most famous, with authors and playwrights from around the world descending upon the town each June. The narrow streets are littered with brightly painted buildings, home to many welcoming shops and pubs, with the latter regularly showcasing traditional Irish music. The town offers something for everyone with a popular racecourse providing two meetings a year, a golf course, a writer's museum, the unique Lartigue Railway, the Garden of Europe, a May Bank Holiday weekend military tattoo, September Harvest Food Fair and a castle. Listowel is within easy driving distance of many other enticing attractions, including golden beaches, the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. The perfect spot to experience an authentic Irish holiday.

Note: Children under 2 years old allowed, travel cot, highchair and stroller available upon request.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas