The Caragh Lake Residence

killarney, county kerry
6 bedroom - 6 bath
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€400 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This 6-bedroom house on the shores of Caragh Lake, around 30km west of Killarney, is a great spot for a family reunion and includes elegant living rooms, superb views of Caragh Lake, Seefin Mountain and the Dingle Peninsula, and plenty of space to play. With its own private lakefront, a beautiful spacious interior and breathtaking 180º views, this secluded house, just off the Ring of Kerry, is the perfect place to rest, recharge and reconnect. A path leads down to the shore where you can sit on the rocks, go for a swim, or take out a fishing boat or go on a canoeing expedition. The house sleeps up to 12 plus a baby and has plenty of space for a multi-family group to spread out, with 2 separate wings and plenty of personal space. There is a beautiful family bedroom with ensuite walk-in shower plus a bathroom next door. The hosts can help arrange a large selection of activities starting from the house and can book in-house chefs, professional family portraits, babysitters and more. There's also good quality WiFi plus Apple TV with Netflix.

Why Kids Love it

This house is great for a large family gathering and particularly suits children aged 8 and up, who can take advantage of the outdoor activities and lake. Right from the house you can go boating, swimming and fishing; you can go horseback riding on the beach, and learn to canoe, surf or rock climb. There is an endless supply of fun activities nearby for all the family including geocaching, candle making, local pancake restaurants and more. Note that little children will need supervision around the lake and in the garden - the lake isn’t fenced and there is a drop down from the stone patio at the front to the lawn. There is a beautiful Blue Flag beach at Rossbeigh, a short drive away. A little further afield you have the awe-inspiring Skelligs - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently featured in the final scenes of Star Wars - The Force Awakens; there are also the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre; Loher Fort; Gallarus Oratory; Ross Castle; Muckross House and Farm; and many more places to chose from.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights, with 5 nights at Christmas, New Year and Easter, 4 nights in mid season and 7 nights in summer. Note that there are some areas where young children need extra supervision; there are original artworks on the wall that little fingers should be kept away from. No smoking, no pets, no parties or events. Check in time is flexible. Caragh Lake is a quiet and tranquil spot and part of a Special Area of Conservation. The house is therefore not suitable for loud groups or big parties, and speedboats or jet-skis are not permitted on the lake. It is secluded with plenty of open space. Prior booking is required for fishing boat and canoe excursions - please enquire regarding rates and availability for any excursions and activities. Local festivals include the Flavour of Killorglin, a food festival held in September, K-Fest, an exciting music and arts festival held in Killorglin in early June, and Puck Fair, one of Ireland's oldest fairs, held in Killorglin from the 10th to 12th of August.

About the Location

The house is beautifully situated right on the shores of Caragh Lake, a large scenic lake set within a Special Area of Conservation that includes Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Caragh River Catchment. It is around 40 minutes west of Killarney and 7 minutes from Killorglin - a bustling market town with 3 supermarkets, 4 local butchers, a fishmongers, organic food shop and artisan bakery. If you feel like dining out, there's a fantastic choice of restaurants there, along with 2 high end restaurants right on Caragh Lake itself. The property is about 2.5 hours from Shannon Airport and 4 hours from Dublin, with Kerry Airport a 30-minute drive away. Car rental is essential; there are taxi firms to take you home from local pubs. Cycling is possible with bike rental in Killorglin. Airport transfers may be available - enquire for more information.

Accommodation Details

This 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom lakeside retreat consists of 2 separate wings, each with their own living area. The main central living room boasts floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors overlooking a large patio, expansive lawn and 70 meters of private lakefront. It has a big open fireplace, tasteful furniture and original paintings. The large kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for preparing delicious meals, and has a long oak bench to lounge on, sip your tea and look out onto the lake. There is also a dining room, and additional open-plan kitchen, living and dining room. The house sleeps 12 people with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms - 2 ensuite doubles, 1 ensuite twin, plus a further 3 double bedrooms, with 3 additional bathrooms. Outside there’s a raised stone patio overlooking the lush green lawn and private lakefront, along with ample seating and a Weber barbecue.

Style Notes

Contemporary Irish. Recently updated with all modern conveniences, the house combines original charm and character with stylish contemporary interiors. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in the living room offering 180% degree views while seats are set up to allow you to relax around the house with views of the lake and countryside. The original paintings and open fireplace in the main living room make it cozy and elegant. The stylish retro kitchen is set up for large family dining, maybe with a trout fresh from the lake. Beds are cosy and comfortable with goose down quilts and 100% cotton sateen linen. Both living areas have widescreen satellite TV with Irish, English, German, French and other international channels plus Apple TV, and there is strong WiFi throughout. We love the views, the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere and the huge picture window in the dining room.

  • 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
3 king
2 queen
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Jens B.
Member since November 30, 2016
I grew up on and around Caragh Lake and recently moved back to this beautiful part of the world with my wife and eight year old son. As a family we love the water. For years we've been sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding, mainly on reservoirs around London, but on a trip home mid 2015 the penny dropped - this place was heaven and it was time to move back. I'm originally German, moved to Ireland when I was a kid, lived in France for a number of years and for the past twenty have been in the UK, working in digital media. For us it's about the quality of life here - the great outdoors, fantastic food and time with friends and family. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this part of the world home and, whether at Bells Cottage, my parents' charming traditional Kerry farmhouse; Caragh Lake House, our large lakefront home which we recently renovated; or one of the other homes on and around Caragh Lake that we manage; we look forward to sharing this little bit of heaven with you.

Killarney, County Kerry

Ireland’s adventure capital

Down in the far southwest of Ireland, Killarney is a vibrant town surrounded by astonishing countryside, ideal for a family adventure. Rock climbing, horseback riding and watersports are just some of the activities you could be doing, when you’re not making friends with the locals in charming pubs, following fairy trails or spying seals and dolphins on a seafari. Bring wet weather gear and be prepared to take awesome photos.