Hi Simon and Jane,
This is pretty much what I have of the interior plus some fairly good shots of the exterior and views.
Probably would benefit from some additional interior ones though.
The house is reached along the meandering scenic Lake road out of Waterville. A curved stone entrance welcomes you to the avenue, culminating the large gravel sweep at Rock Lodge. Modest sized windows hint that this is the oldest house in the valley. A taller parallel extension attached to back of the original cottage more than doubles the accommodation.
French doors open informally into the kitchen end of a large country-cottage living area. Suspended fishing poles and fly rods along the beams anticipate tomorrows catch.
Simple presses share the space eclectically with a freestanding antique sideboard, a huge six ring Rangemaster cooker, and fridge freezer.
An oval dining table with six matching Regency style mahogany chairs occupies centre stage. At the other end of the open layout, powder blue sofas cosy up to a wood and turf burning stove.The walls are white throughout, and in this southern extension, they are fitted with large picture windows framing natures angled brushstroke rock face.
An archway cuts through to the hallway and formal entrance in the original cottage.To one side is the snug – a comfortable me-time reading room, with its thick walls, old random stone floor and lingering scent of turf from the stove.
The downstairs bathroom and wc has washed sage half panelled walls. Alongside is the utility area with drying room and Belfast sink with brass mixer taps occupies the remainder of the ground floor.
Upstairs in the original cottage, the angled ceiling, knee level windows and plump solid walls confer an intimate atmosphere to the two double bedrooms.
Two of the bedrooms have super-king sized beds which can be split to make twins. All have ensuite shower rooms with toilets.
On a kind day, morning sunshine floods the pine floored principal bedroom – large enough for its own sofa and antique writing table.
Rock Lodge shares this idyllic setting with a smaller cottage which is occupied by the affable and erudite owners. The house is sited on 125 acres which front onto Lough Currane and the privately owned Copal Lake. This is Glenmore, one of Ireland’s finest sea-trout fishing areas, boat hire and ghillies can be arranged, so if that is your passion, please let us know.
The southern vista is dominated by a rocky escarpment and Eagles Hill – all good hill walking ! In fact the Kerry Way passes right by the gate.
No better place for a spectacular sunset, a small whiskey, and a long yarn. Star gazers should note – this is the epicentre of Kerry’s Dark Sky Reserve – we have minimal light pollution here, so bring your scope !
Smoking – No, sorry! Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Please note that some of the local features can be hazardous for young children. Pets – Possibly, check with us – as it’s a serious sheep farming area.