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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
Cosy relaxation, read those books reserved for the holidays Ocean view from the front door & 3 rooms,
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Gorteen, Best view in Ireland from 4 rooms
Cosy relaxation, read those books reserved for the holidays
Ocean view from the front door & 3 rooms,
Fully equipped Kitchen cum diningroom to cook your favourite dishes
Outside dinning, reading or chatting with friends or family in spectacular setting
Sleep sound
Safe swimming  Derrynane  Beach voted 2nd in the Tripadvisor Traveler's top 10   in Ireland in 2016
Derrynane Harbour close by for watersports, sailing, fishing, surfing
Derrynane Blue Flag beach and sand dunes for safe swimming & windswept  romantic walks
Experience the magic of the  Wild Atlantic Way
Gaze at the stars,area designated as an Amazing Dark Sky Reserve for its pristine skys
Small beach with safe swimming nearby
Surfing the broad Atlantic
Ancient stone fort at Staigue 3 miles
Walk on the Kerry Way marked walking trails, through forest, coastline, hills & valleys
Ancient Ogham stone at Derrynane
Changing colour of the majestic mountain range and landscape on the Ring of Kerry
Majestic Ring of Kerry Views.
Fresh baking every day nearby
Toilet facilities suitable for a wheelchair user
Lowlevel shower
Entrance suitable for a wheelchair
Suitable set down point for a wheelchair user
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Bungalow -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Caherdaniel, County Kerry

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Tracysmy
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Retreat”
Reviewed 9 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Very quiet location, area of outstanding natural beauty, fantastic views of Kenmare bay, wonderful night sky, within the Kerry dark sky reserve.
Spent a week at Gorteen with my husband who is a full-time wheelchair user, great wee place, wide doors, wheel in shower, shower chair available, lowered pathway, lowered light switches, great place for travelling the ring of Kerry. Well equipped, had everything we needed, and we were able to bring the dogs. WiFi was available and we never lost connection once which was great for such a rural location. Fire was set ready to light which was great after the long journey we had.
Loved the banana bread Josephine the owner brought us round.

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Liked best: Location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
People with pets
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Management Response
21 May 2016
Your great review of Gorteen is much appreciated, thank you. The endorsement you gave of the wheelchair facilities is most helpful to those with similar requirements considering a stay there. We are really delighted that you enjoyed your holiday.
Josephine & the O'Neill Family.
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James K
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Absolutely Magical”
Reviewed 11 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Gorteen is nicely appointed. The views of Kemare Bay from the front patio are stunning. We loved walking the nearby Derrydane Beach and portions of the Kerry Way.

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Liked best: All of it. The house the beaches and mountains.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jun 2015
Thank you for taking the time to post such a great review of your stay at Gorteen. We do appreciate it,
Josephine & The O'Neill Family.
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Janeyb519
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing location and views, average house.”
Reviewed 4 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

If you got dry weather you could sit out the front and admire the views all week. We arrived on a cold day and heating for the house was on a timer and barely took the chill away, so had to head out to buy peat.
I would have expected a 4 star house not to have leaking taps, marked furniture and incomplete tiling in bathroom.
We did get tablet on arrival but no great tourist details in house folder or instructions on where to leave key on exit. The latter became clear when the owner banged on the door on our last morning at 10.30am - sadly we were hoping for a long lie. Another two visits by her within the next hour made us feel rushed - even though she had told us no one else was coming in that night.
In summary - great location and house ok, but would expect wi fi and better decor

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Jul 2015
Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Gorteen.It is a shame that you did not have better weather during your visit, however as we are situated on the south west coast of Ireland, our weather can sometimes be unpredictable! Our location is also the reason why it is not easy to get WiFi everywhere, and so we do not claim to offer this service in the house. However it is provided free in the local pubs, restaurants and cafes in the surrounding towns and villages.
Thank you for pointing out the leaking tap, this has now been fixed, and the one missing tile in the bathroom is being sorted out. Other issues you raised regarding your visit can be put down to your arriving a day later than your booking stated, and while we were happy to accommodate the altered dates, it was vital that I made contact with you prior to your departure. Generally departure time is 10am, which is why I called around that time to be sure to meet you.
I do hope that the minor issues you raised will not deter you from visiting our beautiful area again in the future, as weather and electronic communication - or lack of! – is generally considered part of it’s rustic charm. We will certainly look forward to welcoming you back and thank you again for posting your review.
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Caherdaniel, Ireland
Reviewed 15 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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Liked best: great view over the bay and being without WiFi
Liked least: for the kids: the low water pressure of the shower
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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Management Response
18 Apr 2015
We are so pleased that your trip to Ireland and your stay at Gorteen was such a wonderful experience. Thank you for the review on Tripadvisor, it is much appreciated. We hope you will get a chance to make a return visit.
Regards,
Josephine & the O'Neill Family
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 November 2014 for a stay in August 2014

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
6 Feb 2015
Thank you for leaving a review about your stay at Gorteen. We are very pleased to know that you had an enjoyable time there and also that you found its location suitable for exploring the activities of the area.
Your comments are much appreciated.
Josephine & the O'Neill Family.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 November 2014 for a stay in September 2014

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Liked best: Peace, quiet and beautiful outlook
Liked least: Bath seat
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
4 Feb 2015
A great review of your stay at Gorteen, we are really pleased that you considered it one of the best holidays you have ever had,Thank You.Your endorsement of the suitability of the house for a wheelchair user is most appreciated. I welcome and have noted your comment on the shower seat. We look forward to meeting you soon again.
Josephine & the O'Neill Family.
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Peter L
Clondrohid
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Home from home”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Arrived to find keys in front door, ( obviously no crime here). and what a view.... situated on an elevated position overlooking the ocean and close to several beaches, places to eat and drink or just take a walk. We visited Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville and Cahirsiveen but also went to Valentia Island, and Derrynane House and Gardens. Derrynane beach is nearby but Carrolls Cove and Rath beach are within a walking distance. House is fantastic, two showers available, open fire if chilly and a brand new picnic bench arrived outside the front door during our visit. Caherdaniel Village also within walking distance so we walked most places. Would love to stay again.

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Liked best: View and location
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
30 Sep 2014
Your review of Gorteen is much appreciated, thank you. The details you gave of the surrounding area, will I am sure, be most helpful to future quests. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to meeting you again.
Josephine & O'Neill Family.
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