Westcove House

A classic Georgian manor house, Westcove is nestled on the southern tip of the famous Ring of Kerry, overlooking Westcove harbour and Kenmare estuary with glorious views of the mountains of Cork’s Beara peninsula in the distance.

Westcove House is teeming with history, character and charm. The antique 18th century painted hunting lodge furniture brought to the house by an Austrian baron and the many Chinese artefacts and paintings make Westcove an eclectic mix of past and present owners yet has all the conveniences of modern life including full central heating, satellite TV and wi-fi.
Click here if you would like to read more about the history of Westcove House.

The House sleeps 10 comfortably: two doubles, two twins, two adjoining single bedrooms and five bath/shower rooms for larger groups, The Stables sleeps a further 11 and 5 more can be accommodated in Garden Cottage.

Located in The Stables building, but approachable from the outside, are a Games Room and Studio, plus Sauna area with exercise space, shower and loo – (Note: these are facilities shared by all the properties.)

The huge Games Room is very well equipped with table tennis, table football, darts and other games. It also converts well into a small meeting/party room as it has 30 stacking chairs. Irish live music/dancing evenings can be arranged for special celebrations – very popular with all ages! Adjoining is a large, well lit, north-facing studio with a small snooker/pool table which can be folded away when space is needed by art groups.

Light housework 3 times a week, gas, electricity, bedding, towels and fuel for open fire and wood-burning stove is included in the rental, but cooking, food shopping and extra housekeeping will be tailored to individual requirements.

Here is some General Information about what we can offer at Westcove House – and The Stables and/or Garden Cottage when rented by the same group. Do have a look at our very flexible Catering Options as well.

Facing south, spanning the whole width of the house, is a large stone-clad terrace with built-in barbeque and comfortable garden furniture. A magical place for dining or just relaxing, whilst admiring the panoramic views over sea and hills beyon A gate opens to a pathway through a field of Soay sheep (a ‘rare breed’ originating from the island of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides). This leads down to the small harbour with a jetty… A great spot for crabbing! Behind the house is a spacious rough lawn, ideal for children and the young at heart to let off steam!

Ground Floor:

Sitting RoomThis attractive room features an unusual sunken area built around a wood-burning stove, seating up to ten at ground level – very popular for an after dinner singsong! We have an electric keyboard and a guitar which guests are welcome to use. There is also a sofa, three armchairs, T.V. and DVD. This room leads to.
BarA very cosy space, with more comfortable seating and a radio/CD player. Gather round the open fire and watch the ever-changing light beyond, through the full length glass door which opens onto the terrace. A quaint staircase leads up to a little gallery, well stocked with books, games, a card table and a writing desk are the perfect place to escape for a little quiet time!
Dining RoomThe oval table in this large sunny room can seat up to 12. A further 6 can sit around a table in the bay window, and in fact, with the use of additional folding tables, it is possible to seat up to 26 so the occupants of all three houses can dine together. The TV in this room has Satellite as well as Irish Channels. Sip your morning coffee in here as you watch the sun rising over the glittering sea, and in the evening, enjoy one of Katherine’s delicious home-cooked dinners as the fading light casts a magical pink glow over the estuary and the distant hills.
KitchenThis is spacious and fully equipped – the large recently installed range cooker has two fan-assisted electric ovens, a grill and 5 gas hobs. There is also a spacious fridge, microwave and two dishwashers.
Back HallIt has another fridge and 2 freezers leading to laundry/boiler room with industrial washing machine and drier. Cloakroom and extensive area for coats, boots, golf clubs etc.
Bedroom SixUp three steps at the back of the house is a twin bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and loo.

First Floor

Bedroom OneThis elegant ‘master bedroom’ has a Superking – six foot – sized bed and lovely period furniture. Spacious en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, bidet, loo & basin.
Bedroom TwoFull of character with a comfortable – five foot – king-sized bed, en-suite loo, basin and separate shower.
Bedroom ThreeTwin beds (or superking double), vanity unit, adjoining shower room with loo & basin.
Bedroom FourSingle bedroom with antique Austrian painted furniture: – a four-poster bed – large single or ‘very cosy’ double! – a wardrobe and two bedside cupboards.
Bedroom FiveSmall single bedroom boasting another stunning 18th century painted cupboard. Bedrooms four and five face south over the estuary and have an interconnecting door.
BathroomAdjacent to bedrooms four & five, with bath / shower, basin & loo.

Floor Plans

Low Tide in Winter
View from Harbour
View from the East with Terrace
View from Terrace
Bluebells from Dining Room
Through the Front Door
Entrance Hall
Entrance Hall
Sitting Room
Bar through Sitting Room
Guests relaxing after dinner
The Bar
Bar and Gallery
The Dining Room
The Kitchen
Master Bedroom
Master Bathroom
Bedroom 2 (kingsize bed)
Bedroom 3 (twin or double)
Bedroom 4
Bedroom 5
Bedroom 6 (ground floor)
Dining Room Alcove
Games/Function Room (in Stables)
Playtime for Soay Lambs
Dad, keeping a watchful eye!
A couple of nosy seals!