The Bonane Residence

county kerry, ireland
4 bedroom - 3 bath
(2 reviews)
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€275 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This stunning period home in a picturesque valley on the Beara peninsula, on the border between South Kerry and West Cork, is beautifully set up for families and includes plenty for young children. The 4-bedroom house has 2 wings, with 2 bedrooms on one side of the house, and 2 on the other, so it works well for 2 families, multi-generational groups or parents with older children that want their own space. The garden is great for playing in and exploring, and the destination works well for families. The valley is in the heart of the Beara peninsula, and on the ring of Beara which makes up part of the Wild Atlantic Way. As well as Kenmare, Kenmare Bay, The Ring of Kerry, Killarney and Dingle to the north, you can explore Glengarriff, Bantry Bay and West Cork to the south.

Why Kids Love it

There is a great stash of toys and games for children of all ages, plus DVDs, Netflix on both TVs, and coloring and activity books. The layout of the house and garden make it great fun to explore, and perfect for games of hide and seek. There is an abundance of wildlife here, with many different types of birds, as well as rabbits, hares and deer in the garden. The house has great kids bedrooms with cozy kids beds, plus high chairs, kids plates, cups and more provided. There is a chocolatier across the road that does chocolate making courses for kids. Both double rooms are next to a kids room; one sitting room is set up as a play/TV room for children, with the other as a more grown up space for parents. Along with a stunning coastline, the area is very popular for hill walking, cycling and kayaking.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 5 nights, but there may be flexibility so please request if you need a shorter stay. There are 2 wood burning stoves (one in the sitting room, one in the kitchen) which can get very hot. Stair gates are not fitted on either set of stairs but they could be arranged on the back stairs on request. The garden and woodland is quite wild in parts and has a stream so we would recommend young children are accompanied while exploring. There are no shops in walking distance so you would need a car and remember to stock up on essentials. Bonane parish is very small, with just the church (next door), a chocolate shop and a small number of houses. There is a wider community of Bonane with a small school and other properties dotted around the valley. No smoking, no pets. Along with the crib, the hosts can also provide baby equipment (changing mat, potty, baby bath etc). They have 2 Stokke high chairs that can be set up for babies or older children. A car is essential.

About the Location

The house is nestled in a picturesque valley on the Beara peninsula, on the border between South Kerry and West Cork. It is 10km outside the vibrant tourist town of Kenmare. The village is in the Sheen Valley Heritage Area, a beautiful location steeped in ancient history and dotted with historic sites and prehistoric structures. Golf, fishing, sailing, horse riding, diving are all within in easy reach. The closest airport is Kerry, an hour drive with regular flights from London Stansted and Luton, Frankfurt and Berlin, all with Ryanair, and daily flights from Dublin with Aer Lingus. Cork International Airport is an hour and a half drive and has flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and many other UK and European airports. Irish Ferries, P&O and Stena have daily sailings to Rosslare and Dublin from Pembroke, Holyhead and Liverpool. There are also ferries to Ireland from Scotland, France, Spain and The Isle of Man.

Accommodation Details

This 325-sqm property has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is set across 2 floors and surrounded by woodlands and countryside. Downstairs, there are 2 sitting rooms, a large kitchen-diner, a WC and a small utility room. Upstairs there is a double bedroom and large twin bedroom (with plenty of space for a crib or extra bed) at the front of the house which share a family bathroom with bath and separate shower. At the back of the house, with access via a separate set of stairs, there is a double bedroom with ensuite shower room, and a further bedroom with bunk beds, trundle bed and ensuite shower room. A good quality wooden crib/small bed can go in any of the rooms. The house sits on 4 acres of land, half of which is a small natural woodland.

Style Notes

Country Retreat. The house is a period property, built in 1897, and has been renovated while keeping some of the original features. The high ceilings and large windows mean that the house is light and bright, and there is a very neutral palette with added colour in the furnishings and accessories. Having lived in London for many years, the owners created a home with a bit of an urban twist, including a subway-tiled kitchen, beautiful storage baskets and boxes, and graphic print posters. There is a small stream running through the garden, ample lawns, lots of mature trees and a gravelled patio area with large dining table, wood burning pizza oven and gas barbecue.We love the harmonious feel, the outstanding location, and the super fun kids bedrooms.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
2 king
1 bunk bed
3 twin / single
1 toddler bed
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Lucy W.
Member since September 13, 2016
We are a wife and husband and two children from Hackney, London who left the big city in 2015 and moved to Galicia in Northern Spain. We spent a wonderful year exploring this less travelled area and now live in South West Ireland. Committed independent explorers who enjoy staying in unique locations.

2 reviews

Tyler R.
Visited in October 2019
Truly one of the most beautiful homes we have ever stayed in. Lucy went above and beyond to make our stay absolutely perfect, and the home made our holiday for my fathers 70th birthday SO enjoyable. Our 6yo and 4yo children were delighted with all of the toys and books in the home (all perfectly organized!!!) and also loved walking in the forest and playing in the little stream on the property. The location is fantastic for day trips in the surrounding area and the town of Kenmare is pure magic!! We truly hope to return again someday soon. Thank you Lucy!!
Danielle C.
Visited in June 2019
I cant recommend Bonane Residence enough... the house is fab and perfect for 2 families holidaying together. The house has great style and has every mod con you can think of. There were lots of toys, books & activities to keep my young ones entertained for the duration of our holiday. Lucy, the host, was extremely helpful... she was on hand to help to answer any questions we had... and was full of local knowledge and recommendations. There was lots to do in the area for the whole family and this really was the perfect base. We will hopefully return again!

County Kerry, Ireland

Scenic drives, rugged coastline and an island straight from Star Wars

In the southwest of Ireland, County Kerry has views to die for. With rugged coastline and soaring mountains, pretty villages and crashing waterfalls, there's plenty to stop and admire while you drive the Ring of Kerry, a popular route around the area. Be sure to stop for a hike in Killarney National Park, and don't miss the Skellig Islands, where you can take boat trips to an ancient monastery reached after climbing hundreds of hand-carved stone steps. You (and the kids) might recognise it from Star Wars.