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“Heavenly Hideaway”
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View from the garden
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Master Bedroom (please note that there is no longer a TV in this room)
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En Suite Bathroom
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Evening at the waterside terrace (please note that the kayaks were loaned for this photo)
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Kenmare, County Kerry

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u7jf
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Heavenly Hideaway”
Reviewed 29 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Seal Rock Cottage is Heaven on Earth!
The location is breathtaking and the spacious seafront stone cottage stunning.
From the moment one drives across the little bridge onto Rossmore Island, it seems that the worries of the world slip away.
My husband and I were utterly taken with the location, decor and facilities at beautiful Seal Rock Cottage.
Owner, Jane's attention to design, decor and detail make this one of the loveliest and most atmospheric cottages in Ireland.
Jane is warm, friendly and an absolute pleasure to communicate with. Jane was also extremely fast in returning our €300 security deposit.
At Seal Rock Cottage every guest need is anticipated and exceeded.
The kitchen is brilliantly equipped for the most discerning gourmet.
We loved bottle of wine left to welcome our arrival. Thank you!
There is a convenient downstairs cloakroom, with adjacent washer and dryer. There are raincoats, umbrellas, beach equipment, Wellington boots for walks, and a fabulous assortment of board games, books, CDs and DVDs. There is also a selection of 'honesty bar,' spirits.
The open wood/peat fireplace is gorgeous, as is the gas-fired heater in the adjacent garden room. The fabrics and furnishings are all sumptuous natural fibres and driftwood timbers that resonate the natural seaside and country surroundings.
The bed was like sleeping on a cloud. The king sized bed had the most divine feathery/lofty mattress topper; the pillows were huge, soft, supportive, white goose down, the duvet was feather-light, fluffy and cosy, and the linens were the highest quality, highest thread-count, silky quality sheets that I have ever experienced in guest accommodation.
We loved the seaside views from the bedroom windows. There was a chair, a chest of drawers, beach towels, a powerful blow dryer and a wall mounted television in each upstairs bedroom. We only used one room, but the other bedroom/bed looked equally delectable.
The natural toned shower room ensuites were bright with velux windows that overlooked the fabulous coastline. The towels were large and soft. The toiletries high quality.
We were grateful that we were able to control the central heating as we did experience one or two chilly days, despite our stay being mid-summer.
There are stunning views from every room in the house. We particularly liked settling into the cosy sitting room with the open fireplace and simply reading and relaxing. The adjacent 'garden room,' has expansive views of the terrace, garden, foreshore and ocean. We also enjoyed watching DVD's on the large television/entertainment system in this room, with its woolly rugs and enormous throw cushions.
The weather was not always cooperative during our stay, but I felt that this made Seal Rock Cottage an even more cosy refuge. I have no doubt that the outdoor entertainment area would be a delightful place to sun-bake, sip wine and watch the ocean, but we loved being holed-up from the cold rainy weather with the fireplace going.
There is much to love about Seal Rock Cottage.
We did several day trips around the beautiful 'Ring of Kerry,' including 'Jaunting Car rides through the Gap of Dunloe,' boat excursions along the various lakes near Killarney, as well as a visit to the Dingle Peninsular, but it was always such a pleasure to return to Seal Rock Cottage, at the end of the day.
We can't wait to return.

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Liked best: Attention to every conceivable guest comfort as well as location and decor. Oh and the heavenly bed!
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Idonotwan...
Launceston, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely spot--luxury cottage.”
Reviewed 5 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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A dream of a position, absolutely everything we needed (even Scrabble!) and a cloud-soft bed. This place has been set up with great care and attention to all the details that the most discriminating traveller could wish for.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Louise S
Burford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing”
Reviewed 8 February 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Travelled with two great friends to celebrate new year and our friends birthday, we were like excited children when we got through the door looking at the rooms and views! We didn't want to come home. Thank you for making it possible for us to stay somewhere so magical :)

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Liked best: Comfy beds, sofas, open fire and stunning views
Liked least: Couldn't get wifi but it did make us all switch off for a few days :)
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Karine G
London, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely stunning cottage with breathtaking views”
Reviewed 7 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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We have been to many luxury self-catering properties in the UK and this ranks amongst the very best of them. The cottage is in an amazing location, secluded and private, with stunning views over Kenmare Bay. It was a pleasure and privilege to be able to stay in such a luxurious and beautiful place. Inside it is stylish, spacious, very comfortable, well-equipped and beautifully decorated with exquisite attention to detail. The views from the cottage are simply breathtaking and the whole experience was perfect. Needless to say, the cottage is also very convenient for touring around the Ring of Kerry which is one of the most scenic and magical places. I cannot recommend Seal Cottage highly enough.

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Liked best: The attention to detail in every aspect
Liked least: the lack of wardrobes
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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jobojek
london
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“The best house I have ever stayed in, overlooking the stunning, rugged bay; seals and hares abound in this heaven..”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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person found this review helpful

Sometimes you look at the website photos and can't imagine the house will be that perfect but it was. Stylish, funky, sumptuously decorated; warm cosy nooks and a magical terrace before you walk to the waters edge. Wave watching, storm tracking and sunsets to die for from the beautiful sun room. I cried when we had to leave it was so calming, peaceful and special.

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Ron P
Camano Island, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“I've been to Ireland a few times....This place is the one I want to return to”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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From the time you pull up to the gate your saying to yourself, WOW!
Incredible view of the water and the Berra Penninsula. I felt as if I was seeing Ireland from days gone by. Very quiet and serene. The cottage itself is very well equipped everything you need. The two bedrooms are very roomy and the beds were some of the most comfortable I've ever slept on. The only thing lacking was a closet. There were no closets anywhere in the house to hang anything up. Strange.
Since I do all the cooking I can say that the kitchen has everything you need to cook anything. We usually only had breakfast and dinner since the days were spent out and about. There is a TV but I never turned it on. We read and listened to a lot of music.
One of the most romantic places to stay. I will return someday with just my wife.

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Liked best: Being isolated from the rest of the world
Liked least: Time went to fast
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
15 Jul 2014
I would just like to respond to the comment on the lack of clothes hanging space (closets) mentioned in the review above. Both our bedrooms have sloping ceilings in places and are therefore not really suitable for tall wardrobes. There are clothes hooks (and hangers) on all the upstairs doors should guests wish to use these for a few garments and each bedroom has ample drawer space.
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colin r
Chatham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful location with stunning views; first class accommodation”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Stayed at Seal Rock for a week and had an excellent time both at the cottage itself and travelling around Kerry and Beara. Travelling to Seal Rock for the first time is a lovely adventure - single track road over a long brow with stunning views as the cottage appears in the distance. Very well equipped cottage with extremely comfy beds and a landscaped garden dropping down to the stone table right on the ocean - we could have stayed here reading books and enjoying the scenery rather than going out. The weather was too good to do that and we travelled around to enjoy some of the many wonderful walks and sights that were nearby. All admin dealt with promptly and courteously. Couldn't wish for anything else in a holiday location or experience. Did not want to leave.

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Liked best: Landscaped garden with idyllic sea view
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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