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Kingdom Of The Hare

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at this lovely cottage a couple of weeks ago."

    It was perfect for us, very quiet and the most spectacular scenery. It was well stocked, and a lovely, warm and cozy cottage. The only issue we had, is that we didn’t have hot water for about a day and a half, but the owner did his best to resolve it, which he did. I think it was something to do with a broken pump? We would love to stay again though, and a week was simply not long enough.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Mar 2024

  • "It’s greatest assets are the beautiful setting and character of the house."

    Reviewed by Maria3.1Jul 2023

  • "What a lovely property in a gorgeous setting!"

    We had the most fantastic week at the Kingdom of the Hare, even without wall to wall sunshine. I've never slept so well in my life and waking up to the view of the Glen and St Finan's Bay was absolutely priceless. The house is gorgeous, well equipped (although the range had us scratch our heads on the first day) and we even spotted a few hares so it lived up to its name. The host provided excellent instructions and recommendations (we paid the Driftwood café a couple of visits as it was so good and at walking distance) so thank you. I'd love to go back one day. One week just was not enough!

    Reviewed by Nathalie5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was a lovely property in a beautiful location, clean and very much as described."

    We did have a bit of trouble cooking and ended up adapting a couple of meals to heat on the hob as the oven turned itself off half way through cooking when the water for the rest of the house had heated up. This is not a criticism as the information at the property was quite honest; I just felt it would take me more than a week to learn to cook on a range!

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Jun 2023

  • "Wir haben einen wunderschönen Urlaub im cottage verbracht."

    Nach dem wir uns an die irischen Straßen gewöhnt hatten, war auch die Zufahrt zum cottage mit unserem Bulli kein Problem. Das cottage ist gemütlich eingerichtet und der Kaminofen hat es an kühlen Abenden kuschelig gemacht. Wir haben den atemberaubenden Ausblick auf die St. Finans Bay und auch die Gesellschaft der Schafe und Kühe rund ums Haus sehr genossen. Der Umgang mit dem Ölherd war ungewöhnlich, aber das haben wir gemeistert. Warmes Wasser in der Küche wäre schön gewesen, aber man kann nun mal nicht alles haben! ;-) insgesamt gesehen, war das Kingdom eine prima Basis für unseren Urlaub und wir haben es sehr genossen dort zu sein. Vielen Dank!

    Dear Gaby, Thank you for your kind feedback, I am glad you enjoyed your holiday. You were the last group to use the old heating system, we are replacing it with something that will hopefully be more efficient and rational! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gaby4.7May 2023

  • "Kingdom of the Hare is a fantastic place to stay, the level of care and effort which has been made to ensure guests have a comfortable and memorable experience is really heartwarming and the location, views, locality and wider area of Atlantic Coastal Kerry can only reasonably be described as spectacular."

    Whichever direction you arrive from and whatever the weather, coming into The Glen is visually stunning and the cottage is the perfect safe haven to explore from and return to. Every aspect of guest’s welfare and comfort have been catered for and Kingdom of the Hare is cosy, charming and unique, the property is finished, furnished and stocked to a very high standard throughout and feels like you are staying with close friends who have stepped out rather than renting a soulless bed for the night. There are certain aspects that might not suit everyone - the access to the first floor bedrooms is by spiral staircase which we all found an absolute delight but if you were portly or decrepit could be a challenge. Sound travels very well within the house which we had no problem with - you don’t have to raise your voice to call people for dinner (unless they are plugged into headphones) - the heating system is quirky and charming but very effective and we found it easy to use (didn’t have to do anything with it and cooking on the range when it’s on is super simple). The access road/track is long and bumpy but only adds to the authenticity and privacy of the property - we loved everything about Kingdom of the Hare and I recommend it enthusiastically as one of the best places I’ve ever stayed!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2023

  • "This cottage is what we dreamed of for a holiday,for its beauty, comfort and tranquility."

    The instructions of how to work the heating and cooker as well as info of the local area and sight seeing spots were excellent (as well as written with good humour). We had the most spectacular time and our host was superb.

    Thank you Sam, we're glad you enjoyed your time there so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Sep 2022

  • "We arrived back over the weekend from our stay in this cottage and while it's still fresh in my mind I want to say what a great time we had."

    The cottage was in the most stupendous setting, surrounded by fantastic scenery with birdlife and wildlife galore. Each morning we had hares come to the garden to eat the daisies, wash themselves and relax- This was a very special experience and something that I loved waking up to each day, the cottage lived up to its name for sure. Kingdom of the Hare was a warm, clean and well stocked cottage with everything you needed to live in a very comfortable way. As a person who loves to cook, I particularly appreciated the fully kitted out kitchen. The Skellig Ring and the wider area around this cottage is coastal beauty and wild nature wherever you turn. If you are looking for a get away from it all experience then this is definitely the place to be. Many thanks also go out to Stephen, the owner, for his responsive manner coming up to our stay.

    Thanks Tracey, I'm so pleased you had such a good time, and that the hares were so co-operative! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2022

  • "The house was spectacular."

    Beautiful cottage tastefully updated to modern comfort. House was extremely clean with great instructions. The glen was beautiful and perfectly located for exploring the area. Truly a hard to beat location and house combination. Host was quick to be responsive when we had a question. Loved the picnic table outside and beautifully done bathroom. Can’t wait to come visit again soon!

    Thanks Ian, I am delighted you enjoyed it after such a long journey! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2022

  • "We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this lovely, isolated cottage."

    Blessed with a week of warm weather, we ate several meals and drank many glasses of wine in the garden, taking in the splendid view down the valley to St Finian's Bay. We soon mastered the art of cooking on the range, though never did get the water hot enough to make use of the inviting roll-top bath. But who cared when there was a super-efficient rain shower on hand? Our only disappointment was that we didn't see a single hare, so we renamed the cottage "The Kingdom of the Swallows," of which there were a great many.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2021

  • "A splendid cottage in a wonderful location."

    Lots to do, pandemic notwithstanding. If it’s a quiet, peaceful break you’re after, this is the place to find it.

    Reviewed by John4.7Dec 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x large single, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with freestanding bath, shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with solid fuel stove
  • Utility
  • Oil heating with solid fuel stove
  • Oil-fired range with 2-ring hob and two ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, DVD player and a selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and initial logs for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and patio with bench and swing seat
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5.6 miles, pub 4.6 miles
  • Note: There is an external shower and drying area to clean up after the beach
  • Note: As all the bedrooms are reached via a spiral staircase, the house is not suitable for toddlers or those with limited mobility
  • Note: There is no wifi at the property, however there is good mobile signal Please Note: This property only sleeps 5

The property

Ballinskelligs 4.5 miles.

Built at the turn of the century in 1898 and lovingly restored in 2016, Kingdom Of The Hare is perched at the edge of Europe, near the beautiful St. Finian's Bay in County Kerry, offering five guests a peaceful and idyllic holiday destination.

Located at the head of a glen descending towards the Atlantic, Kingdom Of The Hare stands alone, a detached two-storey cottage, featuring an open-plan layout, spiral staircase, and within reach of many popular locations, including the coastal town of Ballinskelligs.

Take in the picturesque surroundings before stepping inside this picture-perfect property, being welcomed into a homely setting, with a solid fuel stove to heat you up on cooler nights, and plush seating resting atop the traditional stone slab floors.

Enjoy using the classic oil-fired range cooker, brightening up the room with its cornflower blue colour, with a microwave and integrated dishwasher in here too, while a fridge/freezer and laundry facilities lie in the handy utility room.

Gather at the dining table and enjoy playing a board game from the selection at the cottage, before climbing the spiral staircase next to it to retire to one of the three bedrooms; choose from a double bedroom, a twin bedroom or a single bedroom, with a cloakroom up here too.

Freshen up in the ground-floor bathroom where a beautiful freestanding roll-top bath can be a place to relax, with a contemporary walk-in shower here too, you can choose how best to prepare for your day.

Enjoy time out in the fully enclosed garden, hopefully spotting the cottage's namesake, some hares, while you are here, as well as admiring the various sheep and cattle too in the neighbouring fields.

The property sits on the upper slopes of The Glen as it is locally known, meaning you can enjoy lovely views from all sides of the surrounding open countryside.

The only surfing beach for miles, St Finian's Bay is a small sandy beach, surrounded by slate cliffs and jagged rocks, it boasts some dramatic scenery all year round, and makes a perfect activity for an active group, with the Driftwood Café, a surf-themed bar/restaurant overlooking the beach.

Visit the beach over at Ballinskelligs which offers a more sheltered spot with shallow, calm waters, great for families and with its own amenities too, including a beach café, a gallery and a pub, Tig Rosie's pub.

Continue to explore the wondrous Wild Atlantic Bay, heading up to Valentia Island to experience the stunning views over Bray Head and Geokaun mountain, visit The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre dedicated to the Skellig monks, with a craft shop and a café too, discover Glanleam House and Gardens and walk up to the picturesque lighthouse too.

Enjoy a Sea Quest Skelligs Tour from Portmagee, and make sure to enjoy a walk along the Kerry Cliffs for some stunning scenery.

Within reach too is the Ring of Kerry, Cahersiveen and Waterville.

Discover a fantastic escape to the Kingdom Of The Hare in County Kerry.

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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