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Sat 6th September 2014
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A true Irish rural getaway- Bliss.

My sister and I stayed in Loch Cruite Cottage this summer and would love to go back. On arrival there was wine, bread and honey to welcome us. To say the least we were speechless at how beautiful the valley is that this 200 year old barn conversion is nestled into. As this cottage is located over the other side of the mountains to Dingle, over Connor pass, and then along a single track that runs up through the valley, you have the true experience of peace and quite amongst stunning Irish scenery. The wildlife is in abundance, endless birdwatching from the cottage, also at Brandon Point, and along the coast line. Walking opportunities are all on your doorstep and the owners of the cottage are incredibly helpful and happy to advise you on the best walks. Of course, the local pub O'Connors is definitely worth a mention. This is a true local's pub, oozing with character, good food, Guinness and live music. We were welcomed and entertained three evenings of our weeks stay! Fahamore beach was another fantastic day, swimming in crystal clear water, gazing up at rolling mountains and hardly anyone there, definitely a surreal experience for us. The house itself played a part in gaining the true Irish rural experience. The traditional decor added to the charm of the house and was all immaculately clean when we arrived. All appliances were in working order and the kitchen well equipped enough for what we needed. Ditching the 'rat race' lifestyle in this homely cottage for a week was the most relaxing way of holidaying we have done so far. Personally, sometimes not having wifi is a good thing! The two double bedrooms which we slept in were comfortable with plenty of warm bedding. The bathroom was clean, with a sink, loo and a shower cubicle with an electric shower. The house is located alongside a small working farm which gave us a sense of the local farming way of life. This included observing some sheep sheering in the adjacent barn, great fun! Over the back of the cottage you can walk to Loch Cruite, we timed it right to watch the brown trout jumping. The house was true to its description and rating on the website, bringing a few extra towels is the only advise I can give you and to enjoy your stay. Ireland and the Dingle peninsula has us hooked, we'll be back!

Maureen M
Sun 30th November 2014
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Authentic Irish Cottage with Quaint Village Nearby

We loved our stay at this clean, comfortable well stocked farm house nestled in the valley, surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains, lakes, and fields. Peaceful yet plenty to do there. Our family climbed the mountains and found hidden lakes with stunning views of the valley. Saw dolphins off of Brandon Point; had a picnic on a beach near Slea Head and enjoyed the shops and pubs in nearby Dingle. The locals in Cloghane are friendly and inviting, with great music and singing in the pubs at night. Though it was far from where we live in the USA, they made us feel at home.

LindaS3246
Mon 1st December 2014
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Fabulous place to stay!

We got to the cottage and were greeted by the owners who are very friendly and helpful with sight seeing and restaurant recommendations. The cottage itself is full of old world charm and is really well kept with everything you might need for your vacation rental in terms of amenities. The view is wonderful as the cottage is situated at the foot of Mt. Brandon and you can look out over the country to see the fabulous unspoilt coast-line along Fermoyle beach which I'm told is one of the longest beaches in Ireland.The local village of Cloghane is located approx one mile from the cottage and there are some great pubs (O'Connors and Murphy's in Brandon pier) who serve good food (and good pints!) and have music 3-4 nights a week. There is a limitless amount of sight-seeing opportunities around - hiking Mt Brandon, exploring Fermoyle beach, and driving up over the spectacular Connor Pass to explore Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula. Our family had a great time in both the lovely cottage and the area and will be putting it on the list for a return visit to Loch Cruite Cottage.

Audrey M
Mon 18th May 2015
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Idyllic, peaceful, perfect

My husband and I spent a beautiful, sunny week together at Loch Cruite cottage this May. The owner was incredibly friendly and helpful and made excellent recomendations on how to spend our time in Colghane on the Dingle Peninsula. The cottage itself is seated in the side of a large hill, overlooking two lakes and a sheep farm. Behind the cottage, there is a secluded, mountain-fed lake. Absolutely breathtaking. Over the course of our stay, we walked beaches and hiked part of Mount Brandon, discovered a tiny abandoned village at the end of a desolate road, met numerous sheep, discovered a lone horse walking on the beach, enjoyed the silence of a place without traffic or hustle and bustle and relaxed. It was the best vacation we've ever taken, and it won't be our last. We arrived expecting rain and cold, but were pleasantly surprised by sunny days, and crisp evenings. We were kept warm at night with a cozy peat fire and enjoyed numerous meals in Cloghane at O'Connor's Guesthouse. We even went to a sing-along evening in town and were warmly welcomed by its residents. We drank tea, ate homemade biscuits, and enjoyed Irish songs and an excellent fiddle player. If you want to a truly singular experience in the beauty of the Irish countryside, Loch Cruite Cottage is the place to go. Five stars.

Eileengreaney
Wed 13th May 2015
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Perfect break in the mountains and close to the sea in the cosiest cottage we have ever been.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the cottage and it's location under Mt Brandon and Loch Cruite Corrie Lake overlooking Brandon Bay.Heavenly walks on Fermoyle Beach and up Mt Brandon.This is a Walkers paradise.Fab atmosphere in O Connors Cloghane and Murphys on the pier In Brandon.Totally unspoiled natural beauty.

Catherine M
Thu 27th August 2015
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Perfect in every way

My husband and I, along with our two children aged 2 and 8, spent a wonderful holiday here in August. We cannot speak highly enough of the owners and the effort that they made to make us feel welcome - including wine, bread and jam on arrival. The cottage itself is beautiful, charming, cosy and immaculate with a traditional fire - perfect to relax in. The beauty of the area is hard to describe. The views around the cottage are spectacular, beautiful lakes on your doorstep and fabulous beaches to explore. We spent our days surfing on Fermoyle Beach, rockpooling on Cappagh Beach and visiting Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula. We finished the day off with the most fabulous pint of Guinness at Nora Murphy's pub in Brandon, where there is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, a pier which will keep the kids busy for hours and great music on a Sunday night (highly recommended). Without question, our holiday in Cloghane has been our most memorable and enjoyable as a family and the boys have come away with fantastic memories not only of the area, but of the fabulous people who made us feel so welcome. We cannot recommend this property highly enough and we will most certainly return.