July 11, 2006
The bathroom has a good sized shower/bath and is quite large for an Irish bathroom. There is a back door out to a small backyard area with a clothes line and laundry shed. In the laundry shed a small and well aged washer and dryer struggle to keep up the demands on their meager resources. These are coin-operated and should only be used as a last resort to the laundry in Dingle.
There is a good-size kitchen area with dishes, pots, pans, and all classes of knives and utensils. A small refrigerator performs admirably in keeping your foodstuffs cold. There is a kitchen table that holds six comfortably and is also perfect for planning your next excursion into the great outdoors. A bookshelf holds a selection of garage sale bestsellers and magazines to read in front of the fire. The living room has two couches and a couple large, comfortable chairs for lounging with a hot whisky before the peat fire. Peat can be purchased in any store in town, but will probably be provided in a large basket next to the fireplace. There is a small TV, but the reception is poor although the local stations can be interesting to watch. We loved the Irish language soap operas.
In the front is a graveled car park; you can pull up right next to the door for quick unloading during storms. A optimistic picnic table or two is out front in the grassy area. We did use it one night when we returned from the pub to look at the stars. The sky was perfectly clear and midnight blue and covered with bright stars. There is no way to describe it unless you’ve been in a place with no artificial light around and no pollution.
The view out to Clougher Head and across the bay to Ballydavid is beautiful no matter the weather. We were often treated to rainbows over the waves.
The cottages are a short distance from Ballyferriter and several good pubs. If you want groceries the Black Cat down the road has a small selection. For more items take a 20-minute drive into Dingle.
The area is strewn with walking trails, ruins, and sites of interest. Directly out from the cottage and slightly to the left is a road that leads to the shore, and my wife found a number of fossils in the rocks. Find a good map and use the cottage as a central point to make day trips.http://www.godingle.com/suantra/tour.html
From journal Co. Kerry