This unique stone cottage overlooking Kenmare Bay and the Caha mountains in Ireland, is a warm and welcoming retreat. Outside, there may be otherworldly scenery, crashing seas and spellbinding skies, but inside all is calm and serene. In other words, the perfect contrast to days spent hiking, wild swimming and exploring the countryside. A cosy cocoon where evenings can be spent snuggled around the woodburner, indulging in guilt-free Netflix binges on TV, or curling up with a novel.
Looking more closely
‘Sienna’ is just over 20 years old. The house was built by an Irish lady who was returning to the area of her birth after spending half a life in Australia. She went on to plant the most fabulous natural looking gardens, with flower beds, herb and vegetable patches. Flanked by tall trees and foliage, with a bubbling stream, the garden has a story book charm. Today the house is owned by another Irish-Australian who felt the very same siren call and returned to his roots in search of a holiday home near the cosmopolitan district of Kenmare.
In the latest reincarnation of this stone-clad coastal home, modern luxuries have been added as well as eco-friendly features such as the spring water feed. The living spaces are decorated in heritage colours to echo the landscape. An earthy palette of burnt sienna, milky white and bluey-greens.
A mango wood sideboard covered in a tasselled abstract tapestry was chosen to match the shaggy cows in the adjoining fields, while huge picture windows usher nature indoors and lead to a stilted veranda. The guest bedroom has an en suite shower room while the master suite features a cast iron clawfoot bath – both sharing views across the bay.
Every consideration has been made for the lucky guests. Two double bedrooms benefit from the flexibility of zip-and-link beds which can either be arranged as super-kings or twin beds. While there is an additional shower room with WC off the utility.
While outside, the tender work of the original owner still shows today within the acre of gardens and fruit orchards. An emerald lawn bordered by established trees makes a sheltered spot for sunbathing, while the veranda with a hot tub was designed for admiring the moon rise over the sea on languid summer days.
What the owners say
“We enjoy the majestic views from our home that fan out in all directions over meadows, mountains and the sea. Following the sun over the Kerry sky, or watching the moon rise over the water on our enormous deck or from behind the picture windows is time well spent.”
Sienna is available to rent via Unique Home Stays