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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Waterville, County Kerry

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cubbish86
Bedlington, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A perfect getaway - well-appointed, luxurious and delightful”
Reviewed 6 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015
1
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We have just returned from a delightful week staying at the charming Cuanbeg cottage over the Easter holidays and could not be happier with the experience. We contacted the owner only one day before we wanted to book the place and were delighted to find that not only was there availability but there was an attentive, knowledgeable owner who was pleasant and efficient to deal with.

The location of the cottage is second to none - you really are remote, but not so far away from local amenities to be inconvenient, with the town of Cahersiveen only a ten minute drive away. We followed our sat-nav all the way from Newcastle, England without a hitch and only ran into trouble in the last mile when we forgot that the owner had sent us directions and we tried to find the cottage ourselves late at night! However, once we had remembered that we had directions saved from the owner, we found the cottage in no time at all. If you're driving, follow the owner's directions to the letter and have faith - it might feel like you're driving into the middle of nowhere but the directions are spot on. Note that the road is a single-lane road but in good condition, with only the lane up to the cottage being a bit bumpy - but that said, we managed it perfectly fine in a Citreon DS3 so there's no trouble at all.

The cottage itself was wonderful - spacious, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. I note that there is a review underneath commenting on how dusty and unclean the property was - I experienced none of that, and I'm a genuine stickler for dirt. There was plenty of fuel left for the peat-burner in the kitchen and the house was wonderfully warm and cosy despite the gale blowing around. The kitchen had everything you needed for a good meal and we actually ate in the cottage more than we did out and about - the sign of an excellent kitchen. The living room and the bedrooms were comfortable, large and warm and were perfect for relaxing in at the end of a busy day.

Finally, the property comes with a hot-tub which I note many people below have enjoyed - we certainly did, sharing a hot-tub under the stars on a warm spring evening was tremendous. We did get a bit of a fright when a horse appeared behind us but that's rural life!

We were there eight days and found plenty of things to do around the area - lots of walks, good eating, scenic drives and interesting shops.

One thing to note which we completely overlooked when booking is that the cottage does not offer wifi, which came as a bit of a shock to us but only because we hadn't checked beforehand. We forgot to arrange roaming for our mobiles so we were completely cut off from the outside world for seven days unless we used the wifi in the various villages we wandered into. That said, this is certainly no detriment to the cottage - in fact, I think we had a better time for not being chained to mobiles and ipads!

I'd heartily recommend this property if you're after somewhere that you can relax, enjoy life and have a perfect base for which to explore southern Ireland. I'd say it was suitable for both couples and families - it has the cosiness that a couple would enjoy but also the space for a family to enjoy. We were genuinely sad to leave the cottage at the end of our stay and I know we will be back at some point in the future.

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Liked best: The location and cleanliness of the cottage
Liked least: Lack of wifi - but that's to be expected
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
8 Jun 2015
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in cuanbeg,
It is a wonderful place to get a way from it all and take a moment for yourself. I appreciate your comment about the wifi. Yes what would we do without it, but as you said ye had more time to relax together without being buried in the mobiles or iPads. it is also available in the village nearby where you can check your email and enjoy a coffee. it is a question we need to consider for the future, but we need to be mindful of the dynamic and tranquility of the cottage. We look forward to your return in the future.
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Diarmuidl...
N.Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fell well below expectations”
Reviewed 27 October 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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After a bit of searching we found the house, lovely and peaceful setting...
Then we got into to the house, it was late in the evening and we had a long drive behind us coming from county derry so just rested the first night and went to bed early. Got up the next morning and noticed my girlfriends sister cleaning and dusting the house, shelves, benches, tabletops...all layered in dust.
Ventured out to the hot tub and lifted the cover and the smell that hit me when i opened it left alot to be desired, a stale stench of old dirty water. Wasnt sure why this was, thought initially it was due to the cover being on for a period of time, this wasnt the case. Water was that dirty/cloudy you couldnt see your feet when sitting in it. One of the children came out in a body rash after his first time in the tub. When going to enter the pool we used the step to climb in and the rotten wood step broke when my girlfriends brother stepped in it causing him injury by going over on his ankle. We then removed the filters and they were the colour of an old rusty nail, orange, they shud be white. We cleaned them.
Now onto the back door....we were warned in an email before arrival the back door was damaged, we took this on board and wedged it open when kids were out side so it would bang or swing and was closed at all other times. On returning home we got an email to say we broke the back door and were being charged. Along with this we were told we broke the stoves front glass and a hole in a chair. This was most certainly not the case. We left the place in a better state than it was when we arrived in it.

Went to ring and sort these problems out and got through to the housekeeper(cant mind her name) and was told gillian had charged us and would not be returning the deposit and was demanding more money. We asked to speak to gillian and were told she was on holiday and was unable to talk. I asked how is she able to correspond with you and is very quick to demand money and refuse to return the deposit but is not able to speak to us about it. Very convenient I think. I was told she would return the call on return from 'holiday' but i have yet to receive this phonecall.

Very disappointed after spending alot of money to enjoy this fabulous area of our country.would not recommend this to a friend on any terms.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
5 Nov 2014
Unfortunately this review was expected. The person involved had said he would ruin our reputation and character during a dispute regarding damage done to our cottage. Fortunately this is a very rare occurrence. We pride ourselves in providing a good service to all our guests as can be seen by the other reviews of our property. Our cottage is located in a beautiful part of the country and we endeavour to assist our guests to ensure they have a great holiday. I will end this by sharing our most recent review, which was posted on a different site, from a guest who stayed in October
Review #9524854 “AMAZING!!”
3 of my friends and I recently stayed at this cottage. It was beyond amazing! The cottage was spacious with comfortable beds and beautiful views. It's central location made commuting to nearby sights easy. You would definitely need a car to get you to and from the cottage. We enjoyed sitting in the hot tub after our long, busy days of sight seeing. Gillian is wonderful and is always very prompt in answering questions and assisting you with whatever needs you may have. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone and I am planning on going back with my family.
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shirleyk0...
Dublin
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely Cottage”
Reviewed 21 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We stayed in this cottage for two weeks in August and would recommend it without hesitation. Excellent communication with the owner and plenty of information regarding local activities and sights. The house is beautiful, spotlessly clean and really well equipped. A car is necessary and we had wonderful day trips to local beaches, towns and villages. There was no problem keeping the two children occupied and feeding the horses at the end of the garden quickly became part of the morning routine. This is a lovely part of the country with beautiful scenery and good restaurants. The local surf school at Ballinskelligs beach was a major hit for the kids " The best summer camp ever". Overall a lovely holiday, great accommodation and highly recommended.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Nov 2014
Delighted the kids enjoyed their holiday. Everybody is happy if the kids are happy. The area, restaurants and beaches are amazing and it definitely is a great location to get away from it all. Hopefully you will get a opportunity to come back.
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Hazel M
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect, Ideal and stunning views”
Reviewed 16 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

We searched for a cottage in Ireland with a private hot tub for a week over new year and came across cuanbeg. I can say we are over the moon we did. It is in an ideal location for a quiet family break, the cottage situated on it's own with the most stunning views all round. It's a short distance away from everything you need from supermarkets to restaurants and pubs. The hot tub is ideally situated to get the best views. With having 2 young children it was great and spacious and they could make as much noise as they liked without disturbing anyone. There is so much to do (more in the summer as things were closed for the winter season as we expected). The owners of the cottage were super and went out of their way to accommodate our every need, especially for the kids and the communication was fantastic from beginning of booking to the end of the stay. I would recommend this to anyone for a break away from everyday life and you can be in a relaxed, heavenly place with views you can not even imagine from Coastal and beaches to mountains and hills. Definitely a place we will look at going to again in the future.

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Liked best: The quietness and use of the hot tub.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Fillols2
Malvern, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Fantastic house in a beautiful location. We had a lovely time.”
Reviewed 5 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

My husband, myself, our two teenage children and my husband's sister had a wonderful stay at Cuanbeg. The cottage was welcoming. The weather was wonderful. We had a fantastic day on Derynane Beach, a day on Valentia Island - beautiful - and a magical day on Skellig Island. Loved this part of Ireland and would definitely return. We enjoyed seeing John, the farmer tend his cows and when my husband vanished for an hour we found him at the bottom of the lane chatting to John. Very friendly, laid back place. Of course, due to my daughters insistence on booking a cottage with a hot tub, this was our highlight on returning after a busy day, to sit in and enjoy the bubbles and the view.xx

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Liked best: the hot tub and the view
Liked least: No wifi for my husband's business but we found a lovely cafe at Ballinskellig Beach to use the wifi - only down the road.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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