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Mountain farmhouse near Ring of Kerry with stunning views, flocks of sheep

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Secluded sheep farmhouse accommodating 12 in 3 separate cottages

The ancient Irish name of this group of farmhouse cottages reveals a lot. It’s “Barralach”, meaning “over the lake”. The lake in question is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, lying in a special area of conservation. Barralach enjoys spectacular views over the lake and up to the dramatic peaks of the Macgillycuddy Reeks or mountains. [Barralach is pronounced “baralack”. A fluent Irish speaker will render the final “k” very softly! Try it; you can do it too!] This secluded settlement is nevertheless close to the hikers’ Kerry Way and only ten minutes from the shops and pubs of Glenbeigh village. Three of the cottages provide separate accommodation for the different elements of your party, with privacy and independence. The 14-seater dining table, however, and the great wood stoves in the very spacious Main Cottage bring the entire group joyfully together. Our guidebooks and maps ensure you make the most of your outings from Barralach. And if the weather turns inclement, the large assortment of wellington boots, raincoats and extensive collections of books, videos and games will keep you going. Immersed in nature, you will delight in Barralach’s mountain sheep, hares, rabbits, weasels, birds & magically ever-changing views. You'll love our crystalline deep-spring water. Our housekeeper may be available to provide excellent meals of the finest local fare "a la Barralach!".

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About the Owner

Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
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Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

De retour après notre séjour chez vous , je voulais vous dire que ce fut parfait , site merveilleux, cuisine de Betty O’Shean excellente ; ce fut un séjour enchanteur ; tous mes amis ont grandement apprécié; merci beaucoup; nous reviendrons très certainement .
Sep 2015
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Guestbook comments from the manager

De retour après notre séjour chez vous , je voulais vous dire que ce fut parfait , site merveilleux, cuisine de Betty O’Shean excellente ; ce fut un séjour enchanteur ; tous mes amis ont grandement apprécié; merci beaucoup; nous reviendrons très certainement .
Sep 2015
  • 1 of 5

34 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)


Wonderful stay at Barralach cottages

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Barralach cottages with my family -- 7 adults in all -- and we all had a wonderful time. The property and views are absolutely gorgeous! The cottages are cozy while also providing plenty of space for a large group. The housekeeper was very helpful in coordinating our arrival and departure and Peter, the owner, sent information about the house and area ahead of time which was much appreciated.

We loved staying up on the hill -- with the views of lakes and hills -- and enjoyed going out for dinner in Glenbeigh and other neighboring towns. There's plenty to do and see in the area!

Thanks for everything -- we had a wonderful trip!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this kind review. And well done for finding these hidden away cottages at midnight! Please come back
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Idyllic Location on Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

My family of 12 stayed the Barralach cottages for a week and they were everything we could have hoped for. There were plenty of beds and bathrooms to accommodate our group. Everything was clean, comfortable, and in good working order. The main cottage made a great place for everyone to hang out until people were ready to retire for the night in their own rooms. The kitchen had all the appliances and tableware you could possibly need - and we put it to good use, cooking dinner at least half the nights we were there. The dining room table was big enough to allow all of us to eat dinner together and also served as a good gaming table for our nightly game of dominoes or cards. As others have mentioned in their reviews, the views are spectacular and there are hiking trails that lead right from the house to the top of the hill for even more viewing and picture taking opportunities. My nephew got engaged on our trip and the backdrop provided spectacular engagement pictures (my husband is an amateur photographer). I would highly recommend the cottages for anyone visiting southern Ireland. And Peter, the host, was very responsive with the few questions we had during our stay. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure chatting with you and dealing with your various issues. And renewed congratulations to your husband! Please come back again soon!
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Ein Traum!

  • 5 of 5

Dank der guten Wegbeschreibung haben wir die total einsam gelegenen Häuser gefunden.

Das Gehöft ist einfach ein Traum! Der Blick über Meeresbucht, Fluss, Berge und See ist unbeschreiblich. Wir konnten uns nicht sattsehen.

Die Einrichtung ist äußerst komfortabel, sehr persöhnlich und voller liebevoller Details. So haben wir uns auch an Regentagen rundum wohlgefühlt. Als Ausgangspunkt für Wanderungen, zum Angeln, für Ausflüge ist dieses Quartier absolut zu empfehlen.

Einziges Manko: der letzte Wegabschnitt zum Haus ist für einfache Autos eine Herausforderung...

Vielen lieben Dank für diese wunderschöne Urlaubswoche!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for writing such a charming review of the Barralach cottages. The satisfaction of my visitors means everything to me. Yes, the approach road to this farm is indeed a little rough! Please do come back again soon!
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Absolutely amazing holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

There are just too many compliments for this property! I will start with the view, which was about the most spectacular of any place I have ever stayed! Whether blue sky or rain, the view was something that I caught myself staring out over repeatedly. As for the accommodations, they were perfect for our group. Each of the cabins is well appointed and has clearly had great time and effort put into their restoration. The main lodge was an amazing place to gather, whether it was around the enormous dinner table to catch up with new cousins, or enjoying drinks and music by the wood stove. We took numerous hikes and walks right from the property, and each offered stunning views that were uniquely Irish. Having been to Glenbeigh for numerous family reunions over the past 20 years, this was by far our best accommodations, and I can only hope that we will be able to come back to the "Sheep Farm" again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this most generous review. We’re looking forward to your next visit!
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Probably the best place I've ever stayed!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Barralach after a four day stay in Dublin. I’m back home now but can’t stop wishing I was still there! Barralach is an absolutely amazing and wonderful place. I had an idea of the beauty of the cottages from the pictures on this site, but in person, it’s breathtaking. The rest of the group didn’t really know where I was bringing them so they were blown away by the location and beauty of Barralach. Every time we drove up the winding road was like doing it the first time because we couldn’t believe we were so lucky to be staying there. The cottages are all well furnished, very comfortable, and include some eclectic touches; all of which made for a great stay. The kitchen and washer/dryer met all our needs. It was lots of fun to shop in the local supermarket (Aldi in Killorglin) and eat some of our meals at the cottage. The views outside are incredible: the ocean, lake, mountains, and sheep are all in one view and that’s the thing that really makes Barralach special. Some of us hiked up the hill behind the cottage several times. There’s a little, hidden waterfall within the hill and my son loved finding that. The small woods around the house are really fun to explore too; the amount of green and moss in there again added to the magical nature of the place. And there’s plenty of room for fun in the yard. We had coffee and tea outside several times and played some rugby too. Peter himself gives lots of suggestions and helpful hints, listen to him! We had several fires in the wood stove and following his step by step directions made it very easy and rewarding. We also climbed Caher in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks in an attempt to summit Carrauntoohil. We followed his suggested route, and I think it was a better experience because of it. Weather kept us off Carrauntoohil, but the hike and summiting of Cahor was just as good. And if you look close, you can see the trail from the house which is pretty cool. We also used the map he provided in the blue folder. The maps also match all his suggestions that he sends in a packet of information. I can’t say enough about the pleasure and good memories we all got from staying here. On our drive out, we rescued a sheep that had fallen through the cattle guard...it was a perfect end to a perfect stay. We’re lucky to have been there and highly recommend it...let’s just not tell too many people so we can preserve the magic of the place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations to the young man who discovered the mountain spring. The sight of water gushing out of the earth is a moving experience. And thank you for rescuing the sheep. Please come back!
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Der schönste Ort in Irland

  • 5 of 5

Die Barralach Cottages liegen auf einem Plateau, im Rücken ein kleiner Wald, nach vorne raus ein perfekter 270° Rundblick auf diverse Berge - unter ihnen der höchste Berg Irlands - den Lake Caragh sowie die Verlängerung der Dingle Bay. Das Haupthaus mit offener Küche, riesigem Eßtisch, Wohnbereich mit Holzofen und eine Art Wintergarten, alles mit großen Fenstern zur Natur, sind geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Das Haupthaus hat ein Zimmer mit großem Doppelbett, zwei weitere Häuser haben jeweils zwei Schlafzimmer. Es ist alles zusammen so schön, dass man eigentlich die ganze Zeit dableiben möchte. Auch bei schlechtem Wetter ist es wunderbar. Dabei hat die Umgebung mit nahegelegenen Stränden, dem Ring of Kerry und dem Killarney National Park einiges zu bieten. Die Remote-Betreuung durch den Eigentümer Peter und die Unterstützung durch Housekeeper Betty lassen nichts zu wünschen übrig.

Schöner geht es nicht!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The most beautiful place in Ireland, you say. Such clear statements tend to come from well-travelled persons like yourself. I too know of no place more beautiful in this Emerald Isle! Please do come back soon with your fine group.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kerry airport at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Glenbeigh at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Cork at 120 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Dooks at 4 Kilometres Nearest Train : Killarney at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Glenbeigh at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Rossbeigh Strand at 4 Kilometres Car: necessary

Located right on the Kerry Way and two miles from the Ring of Kerry, Barralach is a hill-walker’s paradise. Our own 10 acres and the thousands of surrounding acres of open hillsides provide pasture for flocks of mountain sheep and lambs. We are close to the mid-point between the great golf courses of Killarney, Tralee, Waterville and Ballybunion and are only 10 minutes from Dooks 18-hole links course. We overlook the salmon and trout lakes and rivers of the Caragh system. The great Atlantic surfing strand of Rossbeigh and the quieter beaches of Dooks are close by. The fine restaurants and pubs of Killorglin and Glenbeigh, on the Ring of Kerry, are easily reached. Our brochure will guide you to the best eateries, and to superb and memorable activities such as horse riding on Rossbeigh strand or in Killarney National Park, visits to the Skellig and Blasket Islands, outings with the Dingle dolphin or magnificent walks on the Kerry Way, and drives on the Wild Atlantic Way. Skellig Michael is not only a Unesco Heritage site but now also a hideaway of Luke Skywalker of Star Wars, and is easily visited from our cottages.

Other Activities, all around us are: mountain biking, photography; landscape painting; bog vegetation lichens & natural springs; hundreds of acres for young and old.

Geology, showing dramatic effects of the Ice Ages in the shaping of the landscape all around us and the deposit of erratic boulders.

History including the Kerry Bog Village, the astonishing 350 million year-old tetrapod tracks, Gallarus Oratory and many Mass Rocks.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
January-March 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
June 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
August 2017
28 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
September 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October November December 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The three cottages are rented out as a single unit only. Rates are for the entirety of little "village". You have access to all the cottages even if your group is small.
Electricity is charged at cost as used, but you will have absolutely unlimited free wood from our own trees for the large stoves.
No charge for telephone, barring exceptional circumstances. No rates/fees.
We trust our guests since they are invariably honest. Accordingly, we require no security deposit. Guests will be expected to report any damage to the housekeeper and we will arrange for a very fair settlement.

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player


  • Groups
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 240 m²


  • Middle cottage - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Middle cottage
  • Lake cottage - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Lake cottage
  • Main cottage - Toilet, Main cottage
  • Main cottage - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Main cottage
  • Residents of all three cottages have easy access to the cloakroom in the Main Cottage.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main cottage - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Middle cottage - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Middle cottage - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Lake cottage - 2 Single Bed
  • Lake cottage - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, Child bed is an upper bunk but is full adult size
  • 2 doubles, 3 twins, 1 cot The distribution of bedrooms over three cottages gives independence to the different elements of your party. At the same time, everyone can meet joyfully around the large wood stoves and social areas in the Main Cottage.


  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Mountain biking trails of many kilometres, much variety and stunning views start right at your front door; and you will not meet a single car but many sheep! We are actually on the Kerry Way, at its most scenic point; a paradise for hikers and hill climbers. This is a good point for setting out to the incredible Skellig Islands. Wireless broadband (WiFi). All phone calls to UK and Ireland are free.

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