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Entire homePrivate host

Luxury ocean-front cottage with private beach. ALASTAIR SAWDAY RECOMMENDED

4.7/5 Exceptional

Entire home

2 bedrooms3 bathroomsSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor space
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace
Sneem, County Kerry

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationParknasilla Golf Club11 min drive
  • Popular LocationBlueberry Hill Farm21 min drive
  • Popular LocationDerreen Gardens60 min drive
  • AirportKillarney (KIR-Kerry)84 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 4
1400 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    2 single beds
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 3
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Luxury ocean-front cottage with private beach. ALASTAIR SAWDAY RECOMMENDED

Waterfront cottage with kitchen and patio
A 1400 sq ft, stone cottage in a stunning location in County Kerry with one acre of grounds leading to the water’s edge, a terrace and private beach.
Seal Rock Cottage has panoramic views of the ocean, islands and mountains. Situated on Rossmore Island it is connected to the famous Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge.
The interior has been designed by Andrew Burch, the much acclaimed Welsh Interior Desgner aind consists of a sitting room with library and open log fire, a garden room with cast iron stove, a surround sound home entertainment system and stunning views over the water. And a dining area, well equipped luxury kitchen, laundry room and cloakroom.
The grounds are sympathetically landscaped retaining many of the existing natural features including a stream, mini-waterfalls, and ocean-side terrace.
Voted one of Ireland's top 10 cottages by Alastair Sawday.
Sorry but we are not able to accept guests under the age of 18 and no pets

Ireland's Riviera: So called because of it's lush semi-tropical vegetation and micro climate. It's perfect location has attracted celebrity interest with the Riverdance founder, Michael Flatley, wishing to purchase a property on the Island.
Seal Rock Cottage has been inspected and selected for the latest edition of Alastair Sawday's Special Places.
It has also been photographed and selected as the feature property in the magazine Country Homes and Interiors.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Michael and Jane Madigan

Languages spoken


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Beach towels


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car required


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Electric kettle
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster


  • Dining table


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 3 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet paper

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Library


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Games
  • Video library
  • Books
  • Music library

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near a laundromat


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • On the waterfront
  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • Near the bay

Things to do

  • Golf on site
  • Cycling on site
  • Golf nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 1400 sq ft (130 sq m)
  • Property does not allow children


  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing/boogie boarding
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 20


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Property registration number 2211806SH

We should mention

A car is required for transport to and from this property

About this area


Located in Tahilla, this cottage is in a rural area and on the waterfront. Kenmare Heritage Centre and Cromwell's Bridge are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Parknasilla Golf Club and Blackwater Stables. Scuba diving and windsurfing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with mountain climbing and cycling nearby.

What's nearby

  • Parknasilla Golf Club - 11 min drive
  • Blueberry Hill Farm - 21 min drive
  • Sneem Church - 22 min drive
  • The Way the Fairies Went - 22 min drive
  • Derreen Gardens - 60 min drive

Getting around

  • Killarney (KIR-Kerry) - 84 min drive

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 19 out of 23 reviews
5 - Excellent 83%
Rating 4 - Good. 3 out of 23 reviews
4 - Good 13%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 23 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 23 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 23 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful home
A really peaceful retreat in Ireland. The home is very clean and stylish. The view is terrific. I would highly recommend!
Stayed 5 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Cottage
The Cottage was very comfortable and exceeded our expectations. The secluded location was perfect, and the view of the water and mountains was amazing. The Cottage is only a 15 minute drive from Sneem and a 25 minute drive from Kenmare. Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Beara Peninsula are easy day trips from the Cottage. We had a wonderful time exploring the stunning countryside of Southern Ireland, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Rossmore Island. I would certainly recommend this property to others who are considering a visit to Ireland.
Stayed 7 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

quiet getaway
A beautifully presented property that is exactly as per the pictures. A secluded spot for a quiet getaway but in a fantastic area for exploring. Highly recommended.
Stayed 7 nights in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Spectacular and Unforgettable
It is difficult to summarize the time spent at Seal Rock Cottage. I must admit, I am a person who is easily impressed by the finer things that I come across in life, but Seal Rock Cottage was so much more than a simple luxury experience. It was like entering a planned theme experience. But it wasn’t… it was natural… organic. From the moment we turned off N70, and crossed the ancient bridge, the experience unfolded. Through a cow pasture, over a knoll, along a single lane dive, to the gates of Seal Rock. The next four days will remain embossed on my mind till the end. Our stay was in the month of December, not what one would think of as a time to tour. To the contrary, it was a spectacular time to visit Rossmore Island. Everyday was different… cloudy… sunny… misty… stormy… and so on… and so on. All that was punctuated by tempest coming ashore one the night. We woke to a daybreak of waves crashing on the shoreline, and a wild frothy bay. Showering with a view through a skylight was like being in an action movie. All of that being said, and I haven’t even mentioned the quality of Seal Rock Cottage itself… and I won’t attempt to do so. Think of luxury, comfort, and cozyness against the backdrop of a spectacular natural setting. I could go on and on… but you have to experience it for yourself.
Stayed 4 nights in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Perfect, perfect, perfect!
We spent 10 nights in Seal Rock Cottage, July 14th to 24th, where all our expectations were surpassed. We arrived to the pristine and beautiful house where we enjoyed all the comforts of the well-appointed interior. We were fortunate to be here during the “heatwave” and loved spending time outdoors: dining on the patio, relaxing in the garden, swimming and enjoying the stunning views. We enjoyed great walks in Derrynane, Caherdaniel, Eyeries and Bray Head, Valentia finishing our stay with a trip to the Skelligs. Seal Rock is very secluded yet not isolated being close to both Sneam and Kenmare. If you are looking for a place to unwind, switch-off and totally relax, then we would highly recommend Seal Rock Cottage.
Stayed 10 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Magical Getaway
If you want to get away from it all, this is a fantastic place to do it. Whether sparkling in the sunshine or moody mists, it's an extremely comfortable place to unwind. The view never gets old, the house is beautifully furnished and well stocked. Be aware that you will need to get in the car to go anywhere.
Stayed 14 nights in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Great base to explore Kenmare.
Had a lovely break. Did some amazing walks. Lovely people and had some lovely take out dinners from local restaurants. Beautiful spot.

5/5 Excellent

Absolutely perfect spot for a geataway and tour of the Ring of Kerry. Thoroughly enjoyed !
One word Perfect in every way !
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Seal Rock Cottage
Lovely cottage in a wonderful location.
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2020

5/5 Excellent

Most Perfect Respite
We stayed two months and it could not have been more perfect. The cottage, property and location were everything we expected and much more. Excellent as a base for daily excursions if that is your interest, but don’t miss the beauty and peace of just spending quiet time at the cottage itself. This is a very special place you don’t want to miss. And I highly recommend booking in the off season: we enjoyed so much more without crowds and busses and in many cases nearly had it to ourselves. This micro climate gives you all kinds of weather in one week, even one day and that in itself is sensational and typically Irish, so don’t bother trying to time it just right, just book it and enjoy it. Superb hosts who haves earned their reputation.
Stayed 55 nights in Jan 2020