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Songdoc Oct 22nd, 2006 04:21 AM

Two Leprechauns Seeking a Magical Self-Catering Cottage near Dingle
On my recent trip to N. Ireland I guess I got spoiled. I fell in love with a cottage (Limepark) where my partner and I spent a blissful week touring the Antrim coast. It was like our own little home -- from the early 1700's, yet with all modern amenities; beautiful views; privacy; kitchen, huge stone fireplace, and more.

We're looking for something similar for our upcoming trip, to use as a base to explore the Dingle Peninsula and surrounding area.

My initial search has been frustrating. All I'm finding are agency-rented, sterile homes that sleep 7 - 8, and seem to have no charm or character. I'm also finding that lots of places are closed in February. We just need one bedroom, sitting room, kitchen,and bath--with lots of charm.

Any wonderful gems to recommend?

cavan97 Oct 22nd, 2006 12:55 PM

What was once a derelict famine cottage, oft photographed on the Slea Head road near Dunquin has recently been beautifully restored and is available for rental. I'll search for it and post the site shortly.

Barbara_in_FL Oct 22nd, 2006 02:21 PM

I think you mean this:

I have had it bookmarked "just in case" (because I'm a compulsive armchair traveler).


Songdoc Oct 22nd, 2006 03:50 PM

Barbara -

I'm not sure if you saw my response, thanking you under the original posting. The cottage you recommended looks PERFECT.

I've contacted them and my only concern is that they will only offer a rate for a full week -- and I hate paying the same amount for four or five days that I'd pay for a week. BUT, I may just have to find a way to spend a full week -- unless I find someplace even better :-)

I'm soooo grateful for your suggestion!

cavan97 Oct 22nd, 2006 05:28 PM

Thanks Barb,
That's the spot!
songdoc...most self catering units in Ireland only rent for the week.

sparky Oct 30th, 2006 12:27 AM

You often find that the weekly rate on self cateirng is cheaper than a nightly rate off season.

Songdoc Dec 8th, 2006 05:36 PM

Hi Melanie -
Congratulations on finishing the new units. Limepark is truly magical and I have raved about it on this board -- and to many friends. (As you probably know, our friends John & Maureen Organ will be staying with you in February.) I'm jealous.

For our upcoming trip, my teaching brings us to Co. Donegal and we've decided to explore different areas of Ireland -- but we look forward to returning to Limepark at some point.

Best regards to you and your family,

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