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

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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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Calendar last updated:
29 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

A place of tranquility and peacefulness

We were a family of nine and stayed at Barralach cottages for two weeks. We enjoyed the tranquility and peacefulness of this wonderful location. The views reached from the sea on the left over lake Caragh in the centre up to the highest Irish mountains on the right and were absolutely magnificent. The colours and moods kept changing with the weather and the time of day and made you raise your head again and again when actually reading a book. The surroundings offered plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including beautiful hiking trails. The layout over three cottages gave everybody enough privacy when needed and helped to really relax. The kitchen was exceptionally well equipped and all appliances were in good working condition. Many details in the cottages were thought out very well and showed that they were used by the owners themselves. For us it was one of the best self-catering houses we have ever been to and we would certainly like to come back one day. Thank you to Peter and his family for letting us be there!
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Glenbeigh in County Kerry

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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Mountain farmhouse near Ring of Kerry with stunning views, flocks of sheep
average rating of 4.952381 based on 48 reviews

Perfect place to stay in Ireland!

  • 5 of 5

It was everything that Paedar said it would be. The location really makes you feel like you’re part of Ireland. Betty, the housekeeper, was always ready to help in any way. If you have a chance, have her make a wonderful meal for you! Quite a bargain.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding property, great for groups

  • 5 of 5

This remote and beautiful property was perfect for our family visit to Ireland. Although there were eleven of us spread over three buildings, we never lacked room. This is a truly unique place, high up on a hill with magnificent views and only sheep for neighbors. The main building is homey and comfortable, filled with a spacious library and interesting artifacts from the area. The kitchen and dining areas served us well with ample dishes and cookware. Any group looking for a getaway in Kerry would find it both charming and nicely located to points of interest.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this delightful review. I am so glad Barralach provided the right environment for your warm family reunion. Please do come back, all three generations of you!
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Unbelievable, Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

The views are breathtaking and the location is perfect for a stay in Kerry. While staying on the mountain you can easily imagine how it was in centuries past. The quiet, the air, watching the sheep dot the mountains, noticing how the clouds come in and fill the valleys, then clear out and again exposing the fantastic views. And then there's the Milky Way at night. I believe I haven't seen a darker sky with the stars and planets as bright since we were at Organ Pipe in Arizona 25 years ago. It would be hard to say which had better viewing.

The cottages are beautiful, comfortable, clean, and have all the modern conveniences. The main cottage where everyone spent most of our time except for sleeping has breathtaking views from many of the rooms with large windows. All three cottages were very comfortable and just perfect.

The village of Glenbeigh is a stones throw away with a great pub at the Glenbeigh Hotel. Gas and a small super-market are also in town.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Thank you, Tom. I’m so glad you sensed the history; the Barralach cottages really do provide a feeling of how our ancestors lived. Your review is finely observed and beautifully written. Thank you again and do please come back."
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  • 4 of 5

Exceptional location! Rough drive to get to property but worth the view. House was comfortable for a family with separate cottages. Having the sheep was so fun, but the sheep doo everywhere in the yard made it difficult to walk out to see the property. Betty cooked two meals and it was outstanding! Exceeded expectations!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review and I’m delighted your stay and Betty’s meals exceeded expectations. Thank you also for the fine painting of the cottages that you left behind. Your comment about the sheep droppings gives me a chance to emphasise that Barralach is indeed on a sheep farm. There are free range sheep around the property most of the time, to the delight of all. We keep the yard between the cottages clear of droppings by closing the gates, so you can walk from cottage to cottage without risk of stepping on something. In addition there is a pooper-scooper to clear up any more troubling problems beyond the yard! But I am sorry you were inconvenienced.
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Fantastic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible views and place to stay. Great for hiking and exploring. Very peaceful location and also nicely situated for day trips in the Kerry area. We hiked all the trails, jogged around the lake, swam in the lake, but mostly took in the breathtaking views.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ryan, for this fine review.
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Adorable stay in the Ring of Kerry

  • 5 of 5

The place was adorable - sheep roaming around, unbelievable views, AMAZING kitchen table for games and hosting our big group, and an extremely comfortable space for our big group. We would absolutely come back - and have even shared this place with friends looking to visit Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steph for that bubbling review from an effervescent group! So very glad you appreciated the huge table which has quite some history. Very good to know you will come back. Peadar
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Kerry airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Rossbeigh Strand
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 & Availability

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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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.