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Carraig Fada on Rossmore Island near Sneem - Tahilla Co. Kerry

Family Friendly | Private Cottage | Activity and Adventure | Seaview | Romantic Properties


This lovely stone fronted holiday home is located on Rossmore Island.  It has a wonderful setting overlooking the Bay and is a lovely place to relax and hide away from the hustle and bustle of busy daily life.  Located in beautiful Tahilla between Kenmare and Sneem on the Ring of Kerry road in South Kerry the house is sited to maximise the breathtaking views over the bay, islands and Beara Peninsula.

The downstairs area is mainly open plan with a kitchen, dining and sitting room area.  The dining area features a lovely round table perfect for seating up to six people comfortably.  There are doors leading out from the dining area to the patio outside meaning you can really bring the outside in and vice versa on a fine day.  There is a TV in the sitting room area.  There is also a separate lounge downstairs with a three and a two seater couch along with a comfy armchair – perfect for reading a good book or just taking time out to enjoy your surroundings.  

* Please be aware there is a step from the kitchen to dining area and also a step from the dining area down to the sunroom.

Patio doors open onto a large outdoor patio area with furniture offering privacy from neighbours on either side.  From here you can enjoy lovely seaviews as well as full views over the garden.

There is a pond in the back garden shared with house next door and a little bridge leading up to a viewing area over the sea.  The steps up to the viewing area are quite steep so care should be taken. It is very important that young children be supervised at all times as the pond is easily accessible.

The three bedrooms are all located upstairs along with the main bathroom (small) with bath and shower over the bath. There are 2 x double bedrooms and 1 x small twin room.  There is also a shower room downstairs.  ALL BEDDING IS FEATHER AND DOWN.

A travel cot and highchair are available on request.  Please mention at time of booking.

The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need during your stay including washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.  


  • Although there is a fireplace in this property, for safety reasons it is not permitted for guests to light fires in it.

Sneem is located just 5 miles away:

Sneem is a charming village idyllically situated between the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range and the sea of Kenmare Bay in the southwest of Ireland. The stunning countryside offers an abundance of outdoor activities, while the village itself is full of places to visit, shop, eat, drink and relax.

Sneem village is composed of two squares, north and south, joined by a bridge over Sneem river. The village is quaint and pretty, local pride evident in the colourfully, painted houses and well-tended public areas. Sneem is a regular award-winner in the National Tidy Towns Competition, winning the top prize in 1987.

Parknasilla Resort & Spa is just 2.5 miles away:

Parknasilla Resort & Spa, with its magnificent gardens, golf course and labyrinth of walks, is one of Europe's finest hotels and is less than 2.5miles from the house. . It has a rich heritage dating back to 1692 and is a nearby gem that you simply must visit. The marked pathways and tracks that wind through the hotel's extensive woodlands and islands are set amid spectacular, lush scenery. The walks are designed so that you can choose a short walk lasting about 30 minutes or a longer route taking up to 2 hours. When you finish up back at the hotel, you can then reward yourself with a drink in the bar or afternoon tea and sit back, relax and enjoy the wonderful ambiance and comfort of this unique hotel.

Kenmare is just 11 miles away:

The Heritage town of Kenmare is a mecca for some of the finest dining in Ireland. You really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out, from bar food to seafood and a range of other types of excellent restaurants to experience. The nightlife in Kenmare suits all ages & there is a great selection of pubs & late night bars to choose from with many featuring live music from traditional Irish to rock & modern styles..

Other Local Amenities:

Star Sailing & Adventure Centre

This  purpose-built Activity Centre and Bar/Restaurant is fast becoming an essential part of a family holiday in the region. The centre itself is situated on the shores of Kenmare Bay and surrounded by the Caha Mountains just a five minute drive from Kenmare Town Centre.  The activities on offer include kayaking, sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, hillwalking, team games and a Wildlife Safari Cruise on Kenmare Bay. Also available are the children’s playground, American pedal boats, water trampoline and slide, archery range, soccer pitch with changing facilities and the family walking trail.  Star Sailing and Adventure Centre, Dauros, Kenmare, Co. Kerry 064 66 41222.    


The Bonane Heritage Park provides visitors with an 1600 metre walk on gravel paths through 5000 years of history while enjoying some breathtaking scenery. Bonane Heritage Park is situated 10Km from Kenmare on the N71 and is open to visitors all year round.


Kenmare boasts two super golf courses.  The Ring of Kerry Golf Course is located two miles outside of the town and offers spectacular views of Kenmare Bay from the course itself and also its newly renovated Club House.  Dream Ireland guests may avail of special discounted green fees. 

Kenmare Golf Club is located in Kenmare Town and follows the shores of Kenmare Bay Estuary.   


There are lots of great fishing spots to choose from in the area including Clonee Lake, Kenmare Bay and the Black Valley.  Permits can be obtained locally.

Hill Walking 

The Kerry Way and Beara Way walking routes are ideal for those with an interest in trekking or you could even join the annual summer hike to Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntouhil.  The foothills of the famous MacGillycuddy Reeks are right on your doorstep.


This  vicinity offers some incredible dive spots and wrecks.  You may even be lucky enough to come across a dolphin or two.  Try-dives are available for beginners and advanced dives for the more experienced at Kenmare Bay diving. 

Pony Trekking

Pony Trekking is the ideal way to explore the hidden treasures of this  hinterland.  Professional lessons are also available for beginners.

Other activities in the area include quad biking, pet farms, craft workshops and bicycle hire. 

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  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Central Heating
  • Private Garden
  • Sea View
  • DVD Player
  • Patio Furniture
  • Patio Area
  • Washer/ Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • 4 ring hob
  • Sleeps up to 6 people
  • Garden Furniture
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Cot available on request
  • Saor View
  • Highchair available
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Oven
  • Parking Available

Rossmore Island

  • Property Type
    Detached House
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    2 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

Jun, 2019

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5 out 5 rating

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Family with young children

Wonderful home

"This home is so cosy and welcoming, with a gorgeous sunroom to take in the amazing view of the ocean. This was our favourite spot on our whole 2 week vacation!"

L. Hrabota - USA

Jul, 2018

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Island Retreat

"really lovely home in a peaceful location away from hustle and bustle and yet just a short drive to Kenmare or Sneem. Very good location on the Ring of Kerry"

Gerhard - Austria

Jun, 2018

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5 out 5 rating

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5 star holiday

"5 star all the way. Island cottage over looking the Bay"

G. Bickert

May, 2018

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5 out 5 rating

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Five star Island Retreat

"Stunning property and stunning location."

Monica- Germany

Jul, 2016

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5 out 5 rating

Traveled with :
Family with teenagers

We did not want to leave

"Our family of 5 - me and my husband and three college age kids, had an unforgettable stay in this wonderful cottage in this beautiful place. We flew to Ireland from Chicago and after staying 3 nights in Dublin we drive to Kerry for the week. We were greeted by caretakers Anna and Patrick. They so kindly informed us of our immediate surroundings and provided loads of material about things to do, places to see and where to eat, and folks we might be interested in talking to (I was doing some family tree research). The cottage itself is just as it looks online, possibly more beautiful (often online presentations are misleading, especially in terms of space - not so in this case).The kitchen is very well equipped, which was good because we did want to cook and use the grill. Two of our kids are college runners and they were able to continue their training with morning runs. With the cottage as our home base we were able to to see most of the peninsula as well as Dingle. Although we still had a stop in Galway and then London to look forward to before heading home, we really had a hard time leaving the serenity of this little home on Rossmore Island."


Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Thursday 25th of August 2016

"Thank you so much for sending on this lovely review of your stay on Rossmore Island. It is indeed such a special place and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Lisa"

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