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The Old School

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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
7 nights minimum 
Cottage
This former school house has been lovingly restored to provide luxury self-catering accommodation for 6 to 8 guests while retaining the historic character of the building. Situated on Kerry Head, along the Wild Atlantic Way, 4km from Ballyheigues Blue Flag beaches, golf courses and traditional pubs there are spectacular views over Tralee Bay and the Dingle Peninsula. Described as one of the top ten Irish holiday hideaways by the Irish Independent newspaper, the Old School is an ideal location from which to visit the many attractions along the Irish West coast.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
3 Doubles1 Sofa1 Cot
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
brendan b
Hosting since March 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Louisej2006
Louisej2006
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom3 contributions
A stunning location in a spectacular county!!!
We both stayed at the Old School for a week during early July 2014. The location is stunning with spectacular views across the bay to the Dingle Peninsula. It is an ideal place to either explore the delights of Northwest Kerry or use as a relaxing hideaway!!! We would both highly recommend the Old School for couples or families!!! We both thoroughly enjoyed our week in West Kerry and look forward to coming back some day!
Visited July 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 29 July 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

HLeformal
HLeformal
Paris, France13 contributions
Relaxant
Une pause Irlandaise très agréable dans ce petit coin du Kerry. Une vue fantastique sur la baie de Ballyheigue et la péninsule de Dingle. Situé à 2h de route de l'aéroport de Shannon, à 20 minutes de Tralee, la plus grande ville du coin, à 1h de Killarney, ou de Dingle, sites touristiques incontournables. La maison est très agréable, idéale pour une petite semaine en famille et Brendon, le propriétaire, est toujours disponible pour répondre, par mail, aux questions.
Visited April 2014
Written 28 April 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Theresa H
Theresa H
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
An exceptional place to relax and see the west of Ireland
I stayed at The Old School between Christmas and the New Year, with my boyfriend. Staying at the Old School really was a treat - it is a beautiful luxurious cottage situated just outside a small town, with spectacular scenery literally at the end of the garden. We found the Old School to be in immaculate condition - everything from cutlery to bed linen was perfectly clean and fresh. There is an amazing open fire place and an abundance of DVDs, videos (!), CDs and books provided. All bedrooms are large and the master is particularly comfortable, with en suite and a sea view. The heating in the Old School is great - it didn't feel cold at any time and we had plenty of hot water throughout the day. A great beach is a 5 min drive away, as are some small shops. Easy access to Dingle and other lovely places to visit. Highly recommended :)
Visited January 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 6 January 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mike C
Mike C
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Magical and central West Ireland seaside cottage
Beautiful cottage overlooking the ocean. Peace and privacy, but close to pubs and the market. We didn't want to leave the open, spacious yet cozy stone cottage with sweeping views of the ocean and mountains across the bay (and surrounding green farmers' fields with their stone fences - and cows). When we did we found that the old schoolhouse was centrally located and a great base to explore the west coast of Ireland - Ring of Kerry, Dingle Penninsula, Ballybunion (golf). You can have dinner in Dingle and still be home to watch the sunset over the ocean, and then go down to the local pub for a pint and listen to live traditional music. The warm cottage has stone walls, wood plank floors and working peat fireplace. But also all the modern amenities one would expect. We could have easily spent a month. The old schoolhouse is clearly a labour of love for the owner, who also preserves the old schoolroom, which is part of the cottage, in its original museum quality form. This place is a gem.
Visited August 2013
Written 10 November 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lisa B
Lisa B
Jonen, Switzerland4 contributions
A cosy, charming cottage with a fabulous oceanview, lots of privacy, not very touristy, and great for families
If you are looking for a cosy, charming cottage on the southwest coast of Ireland which offers you privacy, great ocean views and is family-friendly, this is the cottage I would recommend. Although the house itself is quite old, it has been well renovated and is very well maintained. It has also been very tastefully decorated to give you a true sense of lodging in a typical Irish cottage (although the frying pans could stand to be replaced). Since we were traveling with our two three-year-olds, it was also great to have a cottage that was well equipped with many of the conveniences of home such as a washer/dryer, dishwasher, and television with VCR/DVD player. The owner is also very good about leaving a book with detailed operating instructions for the various appliances, along with suggestions of what to do in the area. One caveat re small children is that the stairs leading upstairs, where 3 of the 4 bedrooms are located, are very steep. So either you let your children sleep in the downstairs bedroom, or you do as we did and block the stairway from the top with a chair at night and help them go down the stairs during the day. We had the choice of putting our children into the smallest of the 3 upstairs bedrooms (which has a ceiling window and a futon bed) or into the back bedroom which is much bigger and has a normal bed but has a low window that does not lock. We decided for the latter, so that they have more space, a better bed, and more air at night and just moved the wardrobe and dresser in front of the window, so they could not get to it. This second bedroom was also conveniently connected to a bathroom. One inconvenience was the lack of a WiFi connection. I had to purchase a remote device from Vodaphone (a hot spot device) to ensure my own access and to avoid paying high charges from my local provider in Switzerland. Luckily, they had a good offer at the time that did not require me to sign a contract and included up to 5 GB of downloads. But afterwards I had a device which I could not use outside of Ireland. The location of the cottage was great too. It was just a short five minute drive to the Ballyheigue Beach (a beautiful, well-kept beach) where there is also a nice playground, a local grocery store, and a great pub which allows children to enter even in the evening hours for dinner. The food there was also great, and it gave us a chance to hang out with some "locals". Ballyheigue is a popular holiday place for Irish families, so there were lots of kids there as well. The cottage is nice and private, since the neighbouring houses are far enough away, and yet you are only about 1 hour's drive from Killarney and about 45 minutes drive to the Dingle Peninsula. The famous Ring of Kerry is also within a reasonable driving distance. So you can enjoy all the great touristy sights that the southwest coast has to offer, without being in the middle of the touristy hustle bustle. It was a great coastal get away with true Irish charm.
Visited July 2013
Written 8 August 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Ocean views
  • Waterfront views
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer

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Map
Access
Car required
How to get there
FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT 330 km 205 miles 3:45 hours Take M1 towards Dublin City Centre Merge onto M50 Southbound At junction 9 take N7/M7 towards Limerick At junction 30 take M20 towards Cork After 9.5km (6miles) take to N21 to Tralee Follow R551 to Ballyheigue Continue through village and West along the Coast Road The Old School is 4.5km (3miles) from Ballyheigue on the seaside of the road FROM SHANNON AIRPORT 150 km 95 miles 2:10 hours Take N18 towards Limerick At junction 1 take M20 towards Cork After 9.5km (6miles) take to N21 to Tralee Follow R551 to Ballyheigue Continue through village and West along the Coast Road The Old School is 4.5km (3miles) from Ballyheigue on the seaside of the road FROM CORK AIRPORT 175 km 110 miles 2:15 hours Take N27 towards Cork After 3km (2miles) turn left onto the South Ring (West) Then N22 via Killarney to Tralee Follow R551 to Ballyheigue Continue through village and West along the Coast Road The Old School is 4.5km (3miles) from Ballyheigue on the seaside of the road FROM ROSSLARE HARBOUR 300 km 185 mile 4:25 hours Take N25 towards Cork Then N22 via Killarney to Tralee Follow R551 to Ballyheigue Continue through village and West along the Coast Road The Old School is 4.5km (3miles) from Ballyheigue on the seaside of the road GPS position : N52o24'01” W009o53'41” N52o24.0266 W009o53.6875 Google position : 52.40047800497416 Y-9.894046783447265 Loc8 position : PFB-06-PR9
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 11 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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