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“Our Favorite Place in Ireland: Colette's Cottage.”
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Birds-eye view of house and Collorus Point
Hilltop Cottage, front
Hilltop Cottage, Easter time
Kitchen
Dining/sitting room
Living room
Bedroom
Traditional window
The new bathroom
From the patio
Summer view from house
From the patio
Collorus Harbour with Hilltop Cottage
Collorus and Killmacilogue Harbours
Autumn view from Hilltop Cottage
Full moon, Collorus Harbour
Yard
Kitchen garden
Mimi
Hilltop garden
Bonnie Rose with chick
Hilltop Birds
April bloom at Derreen Garden
Allihies
Gleninchiquin Park
Cods Head
Sunset in March from Collorus
Cod's Head Allihies
Light House Bere Island
From the top of Knockatee, Lauragh.
Out on an excursion to Sherkin Island.
Our little rescued deer being released to the wild.
Colette, your host with Fifi, Foxy and Timmy.
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Farmhouse -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 3
Lauragh, County Kerry

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Duflynnea
West Stockholm, New York
1 review
“Our Favorite Place in Ireland: Colette's Cottage.”
Reviewed 2 January 2016 for a stay in September 2015

My husband and I were touring Ireland for 11 weeks from August 30th to November 15th and stayed in many places over this time. This was, by far our favorite. We stayed at Collete's home for 2 weeks from September 26th to October 10th, 2015. The cottage is set on a hill with a sublime view overlooking Kilmakilloge/Collorus Bay. It is a place of quiet and rest, where your can refresh and renew your body and spirit. Colette provides a tasteful accommodation, filled with original art, antiques and an outside patio that has a handcrafted natural screen for privacy, while surrounded by a pastoral setting and the Wild Atlantic Way It is a traditional Irish cottage that has been transformed with all the modern conveniences, without losing its original beauty and charm. But, so much more than all this, is Colette herself, and her canine companions, Fifi, Foxy and Timmy. Colette is generous and kind, sharing bounty from her lovely vegetable garden and her delicious baking. Possessing great knowledge of this area and its history, Colette is a guide, as well. We went on several hikes together and discovered many hidden treasures of the Beara. There are also other fine places to visit nearby: Gleninchaquin Park; Derreen Gardens; lovely Kenmare (dont' miss Seafari EcoTour of Kenmare Harbor); Killarney National Park; touring the Wild Atlantic Way from Ardgrom to Allihies (a rapturous and thrilling ride); the Healy Pass with its fantastic vista and climb over the Caha Mountains; and lastly do not miss the excellent cuisine at Josie's in Lauragh. This is a wonderful place to stay and we highly recommend it, as we hope to return here again.

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Liked best: The location and the host
Liked least: Having to leave
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3 Jan 2016
It was a pleasure to share Hilltop with you. W'll meet again! Happy New Year to you!
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JulieDere...
Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Perfect relaxation with superb views”
Reviewed 4 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We had two wonderful weeks here and just enjoyed the very local area, the views and the peace. Collette was amazing; we enjoyed her knowledge, fresh produce and returned home recharged. The weather was very mixed but the light and the rainbows well worth the rain. Crab sandwiches on the harbour were unforgetable. We walked most days, and loved the quietness and the many late morning starts . The log fire was fabulous. Thank you, we will return

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bethWhite...
white rock
2 reviews
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“a cottage retreat to experience a simpler way of life”
Reviewed 24 September 2015 for a stay in June 2015

our second most enjoyable stay at hilltop cottage. We plan to return again. The reasons are many, The beautifully restored cottage, peaceful surroundings, but more importantly the warm welcome we always receive from Colette. Her connection to nature, knowledge of the surrounding countryside, love of animals and simpler life-style makes our visits richer and more meaningful.

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thenon-to...
Winter Park, Florida
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“Cozy historic cottage oozing with character begs you to stay longer.”
Reviewed 18 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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My wife and I have rented cottages in the UK, France, Italy, and Ireland and this is the only cottage we have come back to a second time, and many of the other ones were wonderful. Colette has an artistic ability to mix interesting objects and art together with the authentic rustic features of this cottage, yet it has all the conveniences. Make sure you look through her great assortment of books. There are fabulous walks from the door down to the water, sheep out front to watch while you're sipping wine at the patio table, her loveable puppies and Colette is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Beara. She showed us great walks on the map as well as great places to eat and explore. This might be only cottage we'll ever stay at a third time!

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Liked best: authenticity of cottage, unique unspoilt location with view to bay
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Jane W
1 review
“lovely cottage - exceptional views”
Reviewed 16 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015

The light around coastal cottages is almost always special and Hilltop Cottage is no exception. The inside is tastefully decorated more as a home than a "holiday let" . We spent cool evenings in front of the log stove and enjoyed selecting from the wide range of reading and dvd items. Days were spent exploring the exceptional coast and local towns or just "hanging out" and taking in the views as the light changed. Colette is an exemplary host and landlady, nothing is too much trouble and she takes the utmost care to ensure her guests enjoy their stay to the full. A cottage to please the sporty, active, artistic, romantic or just plain idle.

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FreyaWats...
County Kildare, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“A haven!”
Reviewed 28 June 2015 for a stay in September 2014

I spent a wonderfully tranquil retreat here on my own, walking the amazing countryside during the day, even swimming in the sea, then cozying up with the log stove in the evening. The cottage had everything I needed to make my stay comfortable, with plenty of books and DVDs to look through too.

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NWG55
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Bliss”
Reviewed 20 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

My four nights at Hilltop Cottage comprised the crowning touch to my 60th Birthday solo Celebratory journey to Ireland. I arrived by bicycle, greeted by Collette and her sweet dogs. I received a bonus welcome of warm dinner and wonderful conversation. The cottage was a perfect embodiment of long cherished fantasies. I could revolve slowly 360° inside or out, upstairs or down, and encounter only views to engender delight. The setting is stunning. The cottage conveys charm, history, warmth, and carefully chosen individualized touches of creativity and artistry throughout...all creating a pervasive, welcoming and quite palpable perception of "home".The bed has a down-filled duvet, and coziness is enhanced by wood stove and wonderfully soft wool blankets . And then there is Colette...gifted, gracious, genuine,generous and wise. Her presence and abundant hospitality added an unanticipated and abiding gift to an already exceptional experience. I had the opportunity to purchase home-baked bread, jam produced from her organic garden, and beautiful fresh eggs. I was persistently captivated and enchanted by home, hostess, setting and surrounding possibilities for encounters and exploration. It was both pleasure and privilege and I have every intention of returning.

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Liked best: Colette, cottage itself, views and setting
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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