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St Finian's Bay Cottage

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Ballinskelligs, County Kerry Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is warm and comfortable."

    It has everything you may need and feels very much like a home. Fabulous views of the coastline. People in the village friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful place, the view from the windows was fabulous, close to children's playground and the ocean."

    I recommend it to everyone. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Neringa5.0Aug 2022

  • "Overall a very nice comfortable cottage well stocked with cleaning stuff, tea towels, towels ,bedding etc."

    .. We found the cottage a bit hot at times and despite turning the heating off on the timer in the utility room , the heating still came on. We ended up turning most of the radiators off. It would also be useful if there was an information pack explaining how the heating works, the arrangements for rubbish disposal. (Household waste can be left at the community centre as can your recycling with the exception of bottles). A bottle bank is available at Cable O'Leary's a few miles away. We had 2 excellent meals at The Driftwood Surf Cafe and at the Hake Hatch takeaway a few hundred yards away. Again this info would be useful . Overall though we had a great time at this cottage and can highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Jun 2022

  • "A gem hiding in plain sight."

    I have a confession to make: I have overlooked this cottage every time I have searched for cottages in this area; unassuming on the outside and an uninspiring interior, I booked it only because there was nothing else available. Upon arrival, it took only 5 minutes to realise that I should have booked it years ago! The interior photos have not been updated in years - they don't show the beautiful new kitchen, nor do they do justice to the stunning views (mountains nearby, and a sea-view in the distance). No, you cannot see the Skellig Isles directly from the cottage (blocked by the hillside), but the view is awesome nonetheless. When the owners renovated, I'm glad they preserved the traditional layout of the cottage, unlike so many renovations that gut old cottages and build open-plan layouts (aesthetically-pleasing but lack coziness and are difficult to heat). The cupboards are absolutely stuffed with utensils and supplies (in sharp contrast with most cottages that just give you the bare essentials) - trust me, you'll never run out of toilet rolls! It's also the first time I have found unopened food items in the freezer (to the owner: I'm sorry for eating all of your chips, fish fingers, cornflakes, crispbread, baked beans etc!). As for the location, it is second to none: Kerry Cliffs is only 4.5km down the road, Portmagee (where most boat-tours to Skellig Michael depart from) is just 8.5km away, and the bridge to Valentia Island is right next to Portmagee. Final confession: I'm struggling to find anything negative about it! The furniture is old and careworn, if I'm nit-picking. Health permitting, I stay in 4 cottages per year, but never the same one twice. However, this is one cottage that I would seriously consider returning to (and hopefully I'll find another bag of chips and box of Bird's Eye chunky fish fingers in the freezer - the tastiest treat I've had on any trip!). Accuracy of listing: **** (4/5) [text accurate but photos ancient], cleanliness: *****, coziness: *****, bedding: ***, furniture: ***, kitchen: *****, Wi-Fi: *****, TV: ****, helpfulness of owner: *****, value for money: *****

    Reviewed by Del4.4May 2022

  • "I love this area and the cottage is in a great location."

    The kitchen has been redone nicely since we were last there, but sadly there was no dishwasher

    Reviewed by Michelle3.4Aug 2020

  • "We did have a very good time at St."


    Reviewed by Dineke5.0May 2019

  • "Sykes cottages did sent me too much advertisement"

    Reviewed by Arjen5.0Jul 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with breakfast bar (seats 2) and dining area (seats 4)
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room (seats 5) with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine in utility room, TV with Freeview, radio, selection of books
  • WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Small front lawned garden, rear raised lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles.

The property

Ballinskelligs 4 miles. Overlooking St Finian's Bay and located just 4 miles from the popular seaside village of Ballinskelligs, County Kerry is this pretty, detached, holiday cottage.

Set across one floor and offering basic but comfortable accommodation, the highlight of this Ballinskelligs cottage is undoubtedly the panoramic sea views that can be enjoyed to the front while lounging in the sunny, south-facing garden.

The three bedrooms at this Ballinskelligs cottage include two twin rooms, representing perfect sleeping accommodation for a family group, or small gathering of friends.

Hikers can enjoy hillwalking from the doorstep, while the spectacular Skellig Rocks, which can be viewed in the distance, are home to a 7th century monastery and can be reached by a short, invigorating boat ride - a must see for visitors to the area.

Sea fishing can be enjoyed locally, while there is a selection of golf courses nearby, most notably the Waterville Golf Links.

The Blue Flag beach at Ballinskelligs is always popular with families, and young visitors can take advantage of the playground just a stone's throw away.

The cottage is also just half a mile from the local beach and a chocolate factory!

The wonderful scenic drives of the Skellig Ring and the more famous Ring of Kerry are easily accessible, making this Ballinskelligs cottage a wonderful base from which to explore this beautiful region of Ireland.

About the location


Waterville 8 miles; Portmagee 10 miles; Cahersiveen 10 miles.

Located on the magnificent Skellig Ring between Waterville and Valentia Island, on the forthcoming Wild Atlantic Way, with wild rugged coastlines, scattered islands, vast mountains and high passes, the seaside area of Ballinskelligs sits on the attractive Ballinskelligs Bay and is an Irish-speaking area with a unique history and culture. Once the land base for the monks of Skellig Michael, the surrounding area has numerous prehistoric and early Christian ruins along its shores. The area is renowned for its miles of golden beaches and turquoise waters and offers excellent swimming and watersports on the Blue Flag beach, along with boat trips to the Skelligs, walking in the Ballinskellig/Bolus Head Loop and cycling. A visit to the Skelligs Chocolate Factory is a must! There are plenty of world class golf courses nearby, Waterville has an 18-hole championship golf course, just nine miles away, there's also Dooks Golf Links at Glenbeigh, and those at Killarney and Tralee. With a mini-market, a pub and a restaurant in the village of Dungegan, pub/restaurant on the seafront in Ballinskelligs and restaurants in Portmagee, Waterville and Cahersiveen, this is a perfect base for a family holiday by the sea!

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