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Brendan's Cottage

(Ref. 2570)

Valentia Island, County Kerry Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "The owner of the property is very friendly and accommodating."

    The property is a walk from the little village of Knightstown where there is a pub and hotel, stunning views on the right hand side of the house. big long garden. mostly everything that you'd ever need for cooking is there in the house. lovely little base, quiet and peaceful. will be back again.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely few days stay here and a special mention to Pete he was a gentleman and made us feel very welcome from the start."

    A lovely man and a lovely cottage Thanks for everything Pete Regards Claire Kevin and David

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "I had a wonderful stay at Brendan's Cottage - a very genuine old Kerry cottage once lived in by Brendan, the owner's uncle."

    The host lived opposite so was on hand but unobtrusive so travelling alone I felt very safe. I loved everything about this stay - the garden was a hidden gem and the family of cats up the road so sweet. From my bed I could see the sea and the mountains. Valentia Island is so beautiful and on my last day I found the family farm where my great great grandfather came from - with a view of the Skelligs! I was very sad to leave Valentia Island but I will be back to stay at Brendan's Cottage!

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Brendan's cottage is a charming cottage, with an enchanting garden."

    It has an old world atmosphere, but all the necessary mod cons and more We had a great week there. Peter the owner is so welcoming and friendly. It was a pleasure having a few conversations with him, about the weather and the locality. It is a great base for touring the iveragh peninsula, and also for hill walking, tracks and trails. You could do a different hike every day for a month and not have to travel more than 20 miles. Looking forward to our next visit to Kerry. Thanks again to Peter for the loan of his lovely cottage Couldn't recommend higher

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "A Wonderful Holiday!"

    Brendan’s Cottage is delightful, the accommodation is cosy and comfortable, and the kitchen is well-equipped, the house had everything we needed. We also enjoyed the beautiful garden with it’s sunny and shady areas. The location is stunning, we stayed for two weeks, no need to venture far as there are so many beautiful spots to visit in the area! The owner is a lovely person, welcoming and helpful. We’d certainly recommend Brendan’s Cottage, we had a wonderful holiday and we’re looking forward to another visit. Noreen and Peter, June 2023

    Reviewed by Noreen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Pete is an uncomplicated and very attentive host."

    We were completely satisfied with everything. The cottage is cosy, spacious and clean. The location of the accommodation is ideal for those seeking peace and quiet. We would come back at any time.

    Reviewed by Bernhard4.7May 2023

  • "Peter is a wonderful host and the property is beautiful."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "Brendan’s cottage is a lovely place to stay being so close to the sea and with a beautiful garden."

    Very peaceful and relaxing.Valentia Island is stunning. Mr Cahill is very helpful and makes you very welcome so would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything was perfect,I wished to stay longer."

    The cottage and the garden are beautiful and charming. The owner was very helpful and friendly. He collect us from the hill because my GPS was showing me wrong address for the cottage. I hope to come back next year. Thank you so much Mr. Cahil!

    Reviewed by Mihaela5.0Jun 2022

  • "I had a very relaxing peaceful week in brendans cottage, the owner was very ..."

    I had a very relaxing peaceful week in brendans cottage, the owner was very friendly and welcoming an absolute gentleman and could not have been more helpful, the house is a cosy comfortable place to stay in with every thing needed and looks even better than the pictures on hogans website, valentia island is very quiet full of history and a beautiful scenic location with the town of cahersiveen a very short distance away, even though the weather was'nt great for the week I was there overall I couldnt complain and enjoyed it so much that I'd love to go back again

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely stay, welcoming landlord."

    Reviewed by L5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with all mod cons."

    Close to all amenities. The host was extremely helpful and welcoming. I would definitely return for another visit

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful garden, excellent Host to meet and greet."

    Definately would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2021

  • "We have just returned from a really enjoyable stay in Brendan`s cottage."

    Everything about it was just perfect for us and our host Peter was most welcoming. He filled us in on the amenities and attractions on the island which was really helpful. Good weather was an added bonus for our stay. We were so at home in our cottage which was so well kitted out. We would highly recommend Brendan`s Cottage for a relaxing break in a very beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great spot."

    Very convient for us for traveling around the area. Just to advice people there is no local supermarket so make sure you bring plenty of provisions . It was ideal for us . Cottage was very clean & had everything we needed. Remote so may not be everyone’s choice . If you are looking for quiet & relaxing it’s the place for you

    Reviewed by Gerard4.4Jul 2020

  • "The location was wonderful ,the cottage had everything that a family would want or need."

    Mr Cahhill was always on hand if anything was required he was a mind of information on location to visit.. If there was a down side it was the lack of Internet access Lol? But was not a problem for us because you can do without Internet for a week or two?? Great location wonderful place. Will use that cottage again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Our stay at the cottage was extremely pleasant."

    The owner was welcoming and provided all the information and useful advice we needed for our holiday on Valentia Island. The cottage was immaculatly clean and was fitted with everything required for a comfortable stay. We would definitely return to this beautiful place on the edge of the ocean.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Aug 2019

  • "Despite the weather on Valentia Island, and most of Kerry, being particularly wet and windy while we were there, the cottage played a large part in us enjoying our stay very much."

    Friendly people, excellent food, terrific Guinness and a very comfortable cottage to go home to in the evening. There was even milk in the fridge on our arrival. We would have enjoyed Mr Cahill's interesting and large garden if the weather had been kinder.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2019

  • "The house was comfortable and clean and cosy."

    There was milk in the fridge and tea and coffee there when we arrived, there was a beautiful mature garden at the back. It was an ideal base to tour the area. I would recommend it and I would definitely go back there again

    Reviewed by Dympna5.0Jul 2019

  • "Extremely well equipped cottage."

    The owner has given careful thought and generosity in anticipating and providing for every requirement. The lovely garden is understated in the property description.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jul 2019

  • "Simply exhilarating, literally nothing we ever wanted that we didn't find in the house with a splendid environment on a picturesque island!"

    Reviewed by Shiraz5.0Jun 2019

  • "Peter, the owner of Brendan's cottage, seemed like a nice man and was quick to respond whenever we had questions or problems, which we really appreciated."

    That said, the cottage had lots of quirks. The most stressful quirk for us was that we were being charged for all the gas heating and electricity we used while staying in the cottage, as reflected by the meter reading. (This was mentioned in the listing, but it's so unconventional that we didn't notice/understand it when we were making our booking). We stayed for six days and only ended up paying $13, so the expense wasn't bad. However, we were very anxious during our first night or two in the cottage, before we had gotten a good estimate of how quickly our energy expenses could add up. The cottage itself was kitschy, not necessarily in a bad way. It did have spots of mold in a few places. The location was beautiful, and the garden was huge and lovely. All things considered, we were happy to move on to our next bnb when we left.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are accurate and not misleading. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mallory2.5May 2019

  • "We had a magical time made even better by the owner's kindness."

    Milk & cake in the fridge, turf & matches by the fire. Valentia Island is a very special place. Thank you - we shall be back

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful place."

    Very friendly and helpful host.

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Aug 2018

  • "Brendan’s cottage is in a charming location."

    Easily accessible from the Ring of Kerry by a road bridge and/or ferry boat. Valentia Island turned out to be a very interesting place of important historical significance. This is where the first cable Telegraph transmissions to North America took place, it also has prehistoric tetrapod tracks fossilised along the rocky beaches and of course you can take a boat trip to Skellig Michael to the famous filming location of the latest Star Wars movie.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms with basin: 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area, open fire and electric heater.
  • Oil central heating with open fire (the open fire will be removed from 1/1/23 and will be all oil central heating) and electric heater in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, radio
  • Fuel & power charged by meter reading
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Lawned informal gardens to rear and patio area with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: No children under 5, including infants.

The property

Knightstown 1 mile. A charming, traditional, detached Irish cottage set in a quiet position just a stone's throw from the water's edge, between the villages of Chapeltown and Knightstown on Valentia Island.

Care has been taken to preserve the original character of this single-storey property, whilst providing a comfortable standard of accommodation and convenience.

The property benefits from a welcoming open fire and delightful informal gardens to the rear, which afford privacy and seclusion.

With excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep and a variety of boat trips departing nearby, Brendan's Cottage provides an ideal base for people who want to explore this beautiful and fascinating corner of County Kerry.

About the location


Cahersiveen 15 miles; Kerry Airport 53 miles.

Knightstown is the main village on Valentia Island, which lies off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. It is accessible from the mainland by ferry from Reenard Point, or via the road bridge at Portmagee. Knightstown provides restaurants and Irish pubs as well as entertainment and local shops. It is also the departure point for a variety of sightseeing boat trips and fishing trips. Take a trip to the magnificent Skellig Islands, the site of a 6th century monastic settlement, and home to a large colony of gannets and puffins. With around 650 residents Valentia Island stands out as one of the westernmost inhabited locations in Europe, and was the site of the first permanent communications link between Europe and the United States. The Island is famed for its magnificent 'Fogher' sea cliffs, which rise majestically from the Atlantic Ocean on the northern side of the Island, and the subtropical gardens at Glanleam House, which are a unique delight for visitors of all ages.

Note: No children under 5, including infants.
Note: the open fire will be removed from 1/1/23 and will be all oil central heating and the electric heater.