Fodor's Expert Review Atlantic Villa

Farranreagh, Knight's Town, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

This substantial detached house was built in 1873 for the cablemaster who was in charge of the transatlantic cable station that put this sheltered inshore island on the map. Today, it is run as a stylish B&B by Jackie and Brian, who returned to Ireland after two decades working abroad. Decor is elegant and stylish, the views of sea and garden are beguiling, and the many extras tempt most guests to stay more than one night. You can book a seaweed bath, and follow it with a sauna, enjoy tea or coffee all day beside the open fire in the large sitting room, or make yourself at home in the garden, which is a riot of color and also produces food for the table. Breakfast is very special here, ordered the night before and taken at a communal dining table, and features artisanal sausages and bacon, frittata, fresh scallops, or fresh fruit, all decorated with edible flowers. Special packages include the Skellig boat trip with picnic, yoga packages, or a historical tour of the Iveragh peninsula.

PROS

  • characterful Victorian house
  • dedicated owner-chef
  • guests welcome to enjoy garden

CONS

  • gets booked up fast
  • limited choice of pubs and restaurants nearby
  • island very busy July and August

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 087-212–6798

HOTEL DETAILS

5 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas–Feb.

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