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Holiday home at Oilean Rua
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Bedroom with built in wardrobes
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Walk in shower in bathroom
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Sea views of Smerwick Harbour from Living room
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry

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Charle123...
2 reviews
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“Happy Times”
Reviewed 9 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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Many thanks to Sarah & Ray for a wonderful stay! Accommodation was top class and will definitely return again. Location is perfect allowing us to explore the wonderful South West Kerry and Cork. But returning every evening to a peaceful and tranquil setting with what can only be described as probably the best views in the Area. Being Ireland there's no guarantee of sunshine which means choosing your accommodation is so important and on this occasion we struck gold!

Tips!
1. Swim at Wine Strand
2. Slea Head Drive
3. Ring of Skellig/Valentia Island
4.Dingle Ahoy (Fish & Chips Van)
5. Inch Strand
6. Wheaten Bread (Ballyferriter)
7. Killarney National Park
8. Arapent Cathedral
9. Titanic Experience (Cork)

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Sep 2017
Thank you for your lovely review, we were delighted to welcome you back to Oilean Rua this year and to see you again next year, God be willing! Hope you had a safe journey home and thanks again.
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Charle123...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing”
Reviewed 10 November 2016 for a stay in June 2016

I and my partner had an amazing stay with Oilean Rua. The owner gave us a warm welcome, they are very helpful and kind. The cottage is really lovely inside and out and the view outside is stunning. We had a great time visiting nearby places like Dingle and shops. It's nice visiting Dingle at 10:00 in the evening whilst the sky are still clear.

We had a relax and peaceful holiday.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Nov 2016
Thank you for a lovely review, very pleased you both enjoyed yourselves and your time in Dingle.
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wigan1992
Wigan
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Absolutely Fabulous”
Reviewed 12 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016

This is a lovely property. The owners Sarah and Ray are very helpful and considerate. The property is a separate annexe to their home but is beautifully furnished and very private. We were so lucky having seven days of unbroken sunshine on the Dingle Peninsula. It is a lovely part of Ireland and we enjoyed the long walks in the beautiful Brandon Bay, Ventry and Tralee Bay, Slea Head, the Connor Pass , as well as the Eco Tour boat ride from Dingle. There is so much to do here but the holiday was made so special by the hospitality of Ray and Sarah. I would highly recommend this property, it is very special.

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Liked best: The property is of a high standard and in a great location.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Sep 2016
Thank you very much for your lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Ireland and would welcome you back in the future
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Chris S
Gainesville, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Best ever in over 30 years of overseas travel”
Reviewed 20 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Ray and Sarah's cottage/annex is a gem--architecturally lovely and exceptionally well-designed inside, including beautiful decorating touches. It is both homey and elegant. Very light and airy; the windows look out onto beautiful views in the distance of Smerwick Bay/Harbor and the mountains, and there is a lovely landscaped garden in the back. The cottage is secluded from the heavy Kerry tourist traffic, yet very close--8-10 minutes from Dingle--to both civilization and the stunning sights and activities on the west Dingle Peninsula.

Sarah and Ray were very generous in all the provisions they left for us in the kitchen and bathroom. There was even a brilliant bouquet of red tulips in the sunny kitchen to greet us upon our arrival. They were very considerate and solicitous of our needs, without being at all intrusive. As we said, Carol and I have traveled overseas renting lodgings (either individually or as a couple) for well over 30 years and cannot remember a more lovely or satisfying place to stay.

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Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
1 Sep 2016
Hi Chris,
Thank you so much for such a lovely review, really sorry for late response, but have only just realised you left a review!
It was a pleasure to welcome you into our apartment and we might see you again in the future.
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michele n
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Fantastic Ventry Holiday”
Reviewed 11 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

A wonderful house and a lovely generous couple who made our stay so enjoyable. Everything you need is supplied and what an amazing view to wake up to every morning. Dingle peninsula is stunning and will keep you busy on your holidays. Plenty to see and enjoy.

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Management Response
12 Oct 2015
Thank you Michele for your kind words, we very much enjoyed meeting the two of you and wish you all the best in the future.
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Irishmike...
Bryan, Texas
1 review
“Well Done!”
Reviewed 3 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

I'm going to add to the already glowing reviews of Oilean Rua. Sarah and Raymond are first-rate hosts with an outstanding property. Not only are they extremely pleasant folks, the facilities are very well done--you'll likely want for nothing. And immaculately clean! What may be missing regarding the description of the property is just how spectacular is the scenery. The views of Smerwick Harbor and the looming hills, regardless of the weather, are pleasant reminders that you are truly in Ireland. The location is just far enough away from Dingle to escape the crowds, yet close enough to feel a part of the activities in town.

I've been to Ireland many times and have used self-catering facilities a couple of times. This is the best by far. Many thanks Sarah and Ray!

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Management Response
4 Aug 2015
Thank you Michael for such a lovely review and how pleasant it was for you to stay in our property. Would love to welcome you back with your family the next time you need a relaxing break.
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TMac29494
Annapolis, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Comfortable Home for a few days”
Reviewed 30 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Loved this place. Wonderful setting, with view of Smerwick Bay and the surrounding hills. It's a postcard when the sun chases away the mist that comes in off the Atlantic in the morning.

The unit is well laid-out and "plays" much bigger than a one-bedroom apartment. The bathroom is large, with tiled floor, a walk-in shower (plus a tub with spa jets), and tiling on much of the wall area. The kitchen is well-equipped with pots, pans, knives and cutlery...containers and cling wrap for storing leftovers, too. Bedroom is large with plenty of storage. The foldout sofa in the living room is comfortable, too.

Sarah & her husband have truly made this place into a home away from home.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
31 May 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review, it was very nice to meet you both and thank you for leaving the apartment so clean. We hope to see you again soon,
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