My fiance and I spent 2 nights at the Portmagee heights last weekend and from the moment we set foot in the beautiful slate home we were treated like royalty. We got engaged on a nearby beach at sunset, so anywhere we stayed would have been pretty special but we felt so lucky to have stumbled on to Monica's place. She was interested, friendly and discrete all at the same time. When she found out about our trip her family bought us a wonderful present as they 'wanted us to remember where our first engagement present had come from.'
The room was gorgeous; extremely comfortable with chic, modern decoration and fantastic views of the harbour. The room had its own ensuite bathroom with huge power shower that was a welcome luxury at the end of a hard days hiking in the surrounding countryside. Plenty of hot water too, especially considering the house was heated geothermally.
Portmagee itself is a quaint and pretty little fishing town, we ate a delicious dinner at the local pub and joined the locals in a traditional Irish music set. We spent a day exploring Valentia Island and will definitely return when the route to the Skellig Islands are open. We were lucky with the weather and were strolling around in jeans and tee-shirts while the rest of the UK seemed to be wrapped up in waterproofs and woollies!
What we enjoyed most at our stay at Portmagee Heights was the friendly service and the luxury accommodation with delicious individually prepared breakfasts at very agreeable rates (only E 40 per person per night). The views were like nowhere on earth and the town was colourful and pretty with services and people to match. We felt privileged to have the area almost to ourselves and there is very little that beats a dramatic sun set into the ocean behind the formidable vista of the Skelligs . Out of season is a must for anyone thinking of visiting the ring of Kerry and Portmagee in particular, no crowds, idyllic views where mountain meets sea, warm hospitality and exquisite sea food, simply perfect!