Due to Covid travel restrictions, all our foreign visitors had to cancel/postpone yet again in the Summer of 2021. However, the Irish “Staycationers”
soon filled up all our properties and, although I didn’t actually ask for reviews, the following are excerpts from emails that enthusiastic visitors
(mainly to Westcove House) sent to me after their stay:
Just a quick note to let you know we had a fantastic time in Westcove.
Stunning location, wonderful Company and lots of fun. The games room was a huge hit with the kids. Everyone loved their trip to Westcove. Thank you for
Mary from Cork, October 2021
We had the most wonderful time, thanks in large part to the wonderful Katherine!
Memories for a lifetime.
Marian from London, October 2021
Thank you for the use of your beautiful home.
The entire weekend was a huge success with the only complaint coming from those who had to leave early! Katherine, Collette and their colleagues served
up a wonderful meal on Saturday evening and could not have been nicer. The setting was spectacular and we spent most of our time sitting out in the
front watching the world pass us by. Thank you again for sharing such a special place with my family, our friends and myself.
Mark from Co. Limerick, September 2021
We would definitely love to visit again!
I want to thank you and all the team at Westcove House, for making our important celebration so special.
Dominic from Co. Clare, Ireland, July 2021
We have had the most wonderful week in Westcove and everyone is delighted and keen to book again for next year.
Thank you so much for a great holiday - it really is a gem and you have organised it all so well.
Anna from Dublin, June 2021
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Westcove House and Westcove Estate
Our stay at Westcove was beyond perfect.
We all adored the house and the soft air and light over the estuary. Katherine was a total star, as well as a wonderful cook. We have all fallen in
love with Westcove and Kerry.
SG and family from Shropshire, August 2022
This was a perfect holiday.
A group of us from England returned to Westcove House after sixteen years, and the happy memories came flooding back and were reinforced. Just as in
2006 the weather was perfect all week and our time was spent, when we were not simply relaxing and enjoying being in such a special place, watching the
seals and fishing boats down at the pier, walking on the Kerry Way (to Staigue Fort – great coffee!) and Caherdaniel (Guinness and tasty food at The
Blind Piper!), exploring the beach and gardens at Derrynane, and touring the Ring of Kerry. Outside school holidays even the ‘honeypot’ tourist sites
were relatively quiet. But of course the best part of our holiday was simply being in Westcove House. Because it is also a family home the House feels
‘lived in’ and visitors can soon forget the world outside – especially important after and during such terrible times. Much of the pleasure stems from
the wonderful warm welcome from Katherine. It was brilliant to see her and Michael again, and to meet Colette and Stacey. Katherine and Colette cooked a
delicious meal for us on our final evening and we enjoyed her food from the freezer on two other nights. The House is incredibly well-equipped,
including if you choose to cook your own meals; bedrooms, bathrooms, heating etc are all the highest standard; and the view from the front terrace will
take your breath away. Our thanks to everyone at Westcove – and to the family for sharing a treasured place. Tears were shed when we left; we hope it
won’t be another sixteen years before we return.
Kevin, June 2022
Westcove House Is a Special Place
With a break in the Covid-19 restrictions, our family - fifteen of us - were able to spend a week there in August having booked the House and Garden
Cottage. It was memorable. The House is full of character with impressive family portraits, grand rooms, antique Austrian furniture and memorabilia
from China. The accommodation is comfortable with all modern conveniences. The kitchen is superbly stocked. The setting is amazing, perched above
Westcove Harbour and Kenmare Bay. The Soay sheep, in the field in front of the House, are your companions for breakfast on the terrace as you savour a
hot croissant from the adjacent Westcove Bakery and gaze across the water at the mountains of Beara.
There is so much to do in south Kerry. Our highlights included daily swims in the clear waters of nearby Westcove harbour, or White Strand, or
O'Carroll's Cove or Derrynane beach. We hiked the Walk of the Planets with breathtaking scenery on the Kerry Way from Westcove to Caherdaniel. The reds
and oranges of the fuschia and montbretia adorn the route. We visited Derrynane House which was fascinating as was the visit to Staigue Stone Fort. Some
of us golfed in Parknasilla and others (no names mentioned) enjoyed the Skelligs Chocolate factory. Covid-19 prohibited our trip to the Skellig islands
as no boats were allowed to land. We learnt about seaweed from a local expert and then spent an afternoon foraging and eating seaweed! At night, we
enjoyed cocktails before dinner in the bar and all dined together in the dining room sharing intergenerational stories.
Susannah, the owner, was most charming to deal with and Katherine was very helpful on site. She prepared lasagne and apple crumble for us on arrival and
encouraged us to use the herb garden.
Overall, our holiday in Westcove House was really enjoyable. It is a brilliant place for a family to get together and form lifelong memories. We
strongly recommend it.
MS, August 2020
Ideal Country Setting For a Special Group Getaway!
My group and I rented out all three properties on the Westcove Estate for a week-long group reunion with old friends. We are all hikers/ climbers so this
was the ideal location for exploring the amazing scenery along the ring of Kerry. The properties were beautiful and it was obvious a lot of love went
into them, with gorgeous old rooms, garden space and a patio with a fantastic view across the rugged bay from the main house. Cleaners came twice a week
to freshen up the living space, and there was a freezer full of home-made meals for us to purchase if we wanted. Being right on the coast, swimming at
the nearby sandy beaches was a great way to start each morning! Definitely recommend for special group events.
LG, July 2020
Westcove is the family home of Susannah Adlington and is very much treated like that. It is a lovely manor house of grand proportions and secret passages
used in days gone by as servant access halls. The cottage and stables are charming and perfect for special guests and kids. There are plenty of
activities on the grounds to keep kids entertained and adults marvelling at the views and tranquil rural setting of the rugged Irish coastline.
The staff takes great care of the property and the guests. We used them for several nights of cooking and enjoyed every meal. All of the suggestions made
by Susannah for local storytellers, musicians and dance teachers were marvellous and made our evenings enchanting. The longer we stayed, the more we
relied on Susannah's local attraction suggestions and found that there is enough within a minute’s drive from Westcove to keep our diverse group
entertained for two weeks. The boat captains and guides were all first rate.
Overall, my family and I were very impressed by Westcove in every regard. We have rented many homes and villas around the world and Westcove was second
Richard from New York, USA, July 2019
The Perfect Irish Vacation Home
We just got back from a family reunion at Westcove House. We rented the entire estate, sans Pier Cottage, for a week and had a wonderful time.
All the buildings on the estate are comfortable, charming and well equipped. There are plenty of places for people to gather (and get away from each
other). In the evenings, when the weather was nice, we had blazing wood fires in the outdoor fireplace on the porch of the main house overlooking the
beautiful view of Kenmare Bay. When the weather was a little more Irish, we sat around glowing turf fires inside.
The Westcove area is amazingly beautiful with tons of activities to choose from. We went horseback riding, surfing, sea kayaking, golfing, and took trips
to Skellig Michael. One of my favourite things to do was to hike up over the hill to the Blind Piper and back. Check out the Mighty Munch fish and chips
Susannah, the owner, is charming and a joy to work with. I very much enjoyed our phone calls.
Katherine, the caretaker, is very nice and accommodating. She took great care of us and prepared a delicious celebratory sit-down dinner for our whole
The Westcove Estate is the perfect place to stay while visiting Southwest Kerry. We will be recommending it to all our friends and returning as soon as
Tim L – July 2019
Great Golf Accommodation
We had 12 Golfers staying at Westcove House (including the Stables & Garden Cottage) for 5 nights as we golfed various courses around Kerry. It was an
eclectic and spacious location with plenty of room to spread out. We took advantage of the catering and were very glad we did. We had hot breakfasts
every morning and a warm, home cooked meal waiting for us each night we returned home. The meals were delicious and we will never forget coming home out
of the cold, rain and sleet to a hot, delicious, homemade Irish stew!
Having a home base like Westcove House made our golf trip very relaxing and very cost effective. There is plenty of space to either gather and enjoy
stories of the day or retreat and drown your sorrows privately.
Location is good, we made it as far as Old Head and back in a day. We also played Waterville, Hogs Head (both very close), Tralee and Adare Manor. There
are a number of other options in the area.
Susannah, the owner, was great to work with and very attentive. Katherine and Bernie made our stay wonderful and were great cooks. They were always on
time in the mornings and very accommodating around our arrival times for evening meals. I highly recommend taking advantage of their catering services.
They were also a wealth of local knowledge and information which made our stay even more memorable.
We will definitely stay here again the next time we are golfing in south west Ireland!
Harper from Brooklin, Canada, October 2019
Westcove Access to the full Ring of Kerry Experience
Westcove is an idyllic setting from which to enjoy the Ring of Kerry and its rugged beauty and amazing history and activities. We had 18-21 guests with
us over two weeks and every one was thrilled with the accommodations, the helpfulness of the staff, the dining experiences (from formal dinners to BBQ's)
and the wide-ranging local activities recommended by the owners. We also used many of the recommended entertainers from storytellers to musicians to
dance instructors and were enchanted by them all. The bakery next door was accommodative of all our morning bakery needs.
Overall, we found the Ring of Kerry to be one of the best vacations our family and friends every had (and we have arranged many similar gatherings all
around the world). It far exceeded our expectations as an overall visitor venue and a place we will always remember. What better recommendation can be
given than to say that this is a place where lasting memories are made and seared into your psyche.
R from USA, June 2019
Bliss and Happiness
We were 22 people and two dogs arranged in three houses around a wonderful courtyard, overlooking a wonderful landscape and sea. The main house is full
of charm and character, strangely refreshingly familiar, as if we had always been there. The stable and cottage took two families who adored everything.
Christmas went too fast, log fires, enormous meals, bracing walks, a swim on the day, hill climbing, and a yearn to return. Why this familiar feeling -
it's a sign of something known, quality, character, and a great host to co-ordinate and arrange with, Katherine, in site was magic, directing us to shop,
and pub, catering for everything. Sat Chit Anananda!
Guest from London, UK, December 2018
Stayed for 6 days with family and friends visiting from USA England and Ireland to celebrate my cousins very special 50th birthday. First impressions
WOW... what a beautiful old Irish country home (castle I believe back in the day). It truly felt like home with all the home comforts. A group of 28 we
used all 3 dwellings, house, cottage and stables. Days spent driving and walking around the stunningly beautiful Wild Atlantic Way, I had forgotten just
how beautiful Kerry is. We re visited the quaint little villages of Valentia, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs, Waterville, Caherdaniel, the busy bustling
Kenmare, the beautiful postcard village of Sneem, all the while drinking in the seas, cliffs, mountains, and beautiful fresh air. We drank and ate local
delicious home cooked food in the pubs, sang and danced to the music. We re-gathered every evening at 7 for pre drinks and delicious canapés on the
terrace overlooking the bay before dinner was served by Katherine and her little gang of Merry women. we were truly spoilt all week with their home
cooked delights. One night they prepared a lovely bbq despite a little downpour mid cooking the lovely ladies still managed to deliver. One evening we
held a special party in the stables for Janet’s 50th, we had a Ceili band play, sing and teach us old traditional Irish dances... great fun had by all.
This is a house built for ‘a gathering’ And that’s exactly what we did. To say it was enjoyed by us all is an understatement. Westcove you are beautiful,
I really hope to visit again soon. Katherine and all the ladies, huge thanks you made us all so welcome and spoiled us.
Jenny, August 2018
A true fairy tale setting with exceptional homes and hospitality
We stayed here for 1 week with extended family and friends. We had more than enough room for our group of 12 but enjoyed the luxury of the extra space.
The terrace of the main house overlooks the cove and bay. That was my favourite spot. I loved kayaking right from the house out into the bay with the
seals. The bakery nearby was such a treat. The coordinator and owner gave us great help and recommendations. We did the Skellig trip with John, music
night with Pat, storytelling with Batt and the seaweed walk. All were great additions. There are great small towns nearby with idyllic beaches and
culture and pubs. Great local history. Westcove quickly became my favourite place in Ireland and I can't wait to return someday.
David from San Francisco, USA, June 2018
A memorable week with friends and family
My husband and Family were recently so lucky to be invited to join our special friends and their family to celebrate a special birthday. The week we
spent at Westcove exceeded all our expectations and we had a fantastic time here enjoying every minute of Westcove and the surrounding areas.
Our friends rented the House, the Stables and the Cottage. We all enjoyed the accommodation which for our group size of 28 was very comfortable, clean,
spacious and had all the amenities you would wish for! We were all so very happy we did not want to leave! For our group everything was just perfect, we
all gathered together in the dining room for breakfast, dinner, and the living room with a bar in the evenings for drinks, games, songs and storytelling.
One night, we had a ceilidh in the games room in the Stables which was so much fun! A local group played for us while we danced and made the most amazing
memories we will never forget!
The staff at Westcove are amazing so friendly and full of advice and recommendations if asked! The meals prepared by Katherine and her staff were lovely
and always tasty great to return to on some nights after a busy day exploring the Wild Atlantic Way.
We had a busy week enjoying the surrounding areas including parts of the Ring of Kerry, beautiful beaches, trips into Killarney, walking, golf, shopping,
a trip over to Valentina on the car ferry , visiting the local restaurants and amazing local pubs with local music and more.
An amazing week at Westcove with the best friends and Family we could wish for enhanced only by the beauty of this place! We would return in a heartbeat.
Till we all meet again... Thank you xx
A Perfect Vacation
Wow! This place was a bit of heaven on earth - my family (all 19 of us) stayed in the Westcove House and Stables to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday.
Katherine and her staff are wonderfully accommodating and the food and service was excellent! We enjoyed being on the water, breath-taking scenery, and
easy access to many Kerry activities and outings: The Skellig Islands, horseback riding, walking the Kerry Way, great pubs, Killarney National Park,
Kenmare market, church in Caherdaniel. Refreshing and inspiring! Thanks for sharing your beautiful properties and grounds with us - we feel lucky to have
Luke, August 2018
Simply the best vacation we have ever had!
We were here as a very special celebration of my Mum's 80th birthday. Her grandparents came to the US from Ireland and she always wanted to come here and
see it. Dad decided to give her this amazing birthday gift for her and also for all of us. So many great experiences, but the best were the family
dinners together. Amazing tastes of Ireland that we experienced together as a family, relaxing and talking and growing closer. Thank you Katherine,
Colette & Bernie especially for making this trip so special for us, giving us memories to last a lifetime!
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Guest book reviews and emails from recent visitors:
(as The Stables is usually let as an annex to Westcove House for large groups, there are, unsurprisingly, fewer individual reviews)
My wife organised a week's stay at the Stables for my 70th birthday celebration.
My children and their partners and our youngest (Noggin the cockapoo) all came. We had a wonderful time with good daytime weather complimented by
fantastic harvest moons and starry night skies. Katherine catered for the birthday feast and dinner on the night of our arrival with great food and
settings. Heartfelt thanks to her and of course to Susannah.
RO & AM from Dublin Aug 2022
The Stables was a perfect venue for our family get together.
We all enjoyed the week very much, and thanks to Katherine for some delicious food we ordered.
VB from Cork, July 2022
The Stables was ideal for the family.
It was close to the family holiday home, where other family members were staying. The extra space of the function room, allowed the younger members
freedom to let off steam in the rainy weather. We love that part of the world. We had 2 meals made by Katherine, the chicken & leek pie and the lasagne.
Both were excellent. Saved us cooking. Highly recommend this option. Both Susannah and Katherine were lovely and very helpful. Many thanks from us all.
Lucila from North Yorkshire, April 2022
We had a brilliant time and are still on a high from our stay in The Stables!
Cathal from Arklow, Ireland, August/September 2021
Excellent, fab house, ideal for kids and all the family, amazing grounds and sea view!!!!
Can’t wait to go back!
Kinley, Sep 2020
An Idyllic Week
We spent an idyllic week in The Stables in August 2020. The ideal place to get away from pandemic worries! We were two families with 6 teenagers and a
dog. So much space and beautiful views. The weather was stunning every day and in the evening there were plenty of rooms for everyone to get peace and
quiet. We swam every day and ate well every evening- a few nights we got food prepared by Katherine which was such a treat. I can’t recommend it enough!
JD, August 2020
Fantastic week in The Stables at Westcove. A great property for families and friends. Lots of space and beautiful grounds. Lasagne and chicken leek pie
from Katherine a real treat too. Highly recommend.
Great for families
We had a fantastic time at Westcove staying in the Stables in July 2020. What a fabulous house and location. The Stables is great for families with lots
of green space around the house for the kids to play and when the rain comes (quite likely even in July!) the playroom has loads of space for the kids to
do their own thing and play table tennis and chill out. Our kids painted and did lots of art work as there was so much around to inspire them. It’s only
a 2 minute walk to Westcove pier which is practically your own private pier and we did loads of pier jumps there (wet suits on!) which the kids loved.
Nearby you have the fabulous beach at Derrynane with two lovely strands and some great walks on the Kerry Way. There are other nearby beaches at the
little inlets and coves which are great, secluded and great for rockpoolimg.
Local pubs were closed when we were there except those that serve food. We loved The Blind Piper in nearby Caherdaniel. Great food and a great pint.
Finally, a word for the hosts: Susannah who owns the property is a real gem and nothing is too much trouble for her when you are making a booking. When
you are there, Katherine looks after all your needs and is very helpful with things to do and can make pre prepared food for your arrival.
Michael – July 2020
Would definitely come back again
We stayed in The Stables as part of pre wedding celebrations. It was a lovely stay, relaxing and beautiful views all around. Would definitely come back
again. The staff are very helpful and friendly, in particular Katherine and Susannah who were extremely helpful and accommodating. Thank you for such a
Danica - Australia - April 2018
Great for a big Family
We had a wonderful Christmas at the Stables. Our 5 children ranging in age from 27- 16 really enjoyed their time in West Cove. The Stables is perfect for
a big group like ours and with lovely comfortable beds and bedrooms with plenty of space, no one felt crowded. The Christmas decorations were a lovely
added touch and made our 16 year old, reluctant traveller, much happier about being away from home at Christmas.
The kitchen is very well equipped and anything I thought I needed was there.
The sitting room, cosy and made really toasty with the open fire, perfect for long winter evenings after bracing walks on the long strand at Derrynane.
Although we know the area well, it was a treat to stay somewhere new and explore another part of this special area. Being able to walk down to the Pier
early in the morning or just before dark was great. the setting of the house is just picture perfect, sea, tiny coves and with the backdrop of mountains,
which were obligingly snow covered. We were able to enjoy the spectacular thunderstorms from the comfortable warm vantage point of The Stables and spent
our evening playing board games, some we brought with us but some were in the house. The jigsaw of the car kept us busy for the time we were there in
fact we nearly had to extend the stay to finish it...
So as you can see, we loved the house and the setting.
Family from Tipperary, December 2018
Best place for bigger crew of friends to stay in Kerry!!!
From the beginning to the very end I cannot find a single flaw to this outstanding holiday.
1) Location is superb!!! From one side when you take shower you see the beautiful Kerry mountains, on the other side when you wake up, right from the bed
the first thing what you see is a fantastic view on a sea and the always green coast around.
2) The house itself is perfect!!! There is so much space everywhere you can do literally anything! Outside it's a massive garden where we had a big
barbecue and laugh, inside then after few beers, we had a tournament in table tennis and table football. Everything works well, the beds are big and
3) My friend forgot her job badge and the lady in charge of the Stables found it and sent it by post to her right away all the way to Dublin without even
Big Thanks to Katherine - the property manager and Susannah - the owner
I can't wait to go there again !!!
Pavel, September 2018
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The house was lovely!
The nearby beaches were breath taking. House met all of our needs. The sound of waves hitting the rocks in the distance was soothing. We travelled from
Colorado to pick up our daughter who was attending U.C.C. in Cork. This was a nice place to spend with her and my son.
Marco from Colorado, USA, May 2022
Really lovely location.
Really lovely location. The cottage was really cosy and clean. We had a relaxing few days. Would definitely return.
Claire, August 2021 – Garden Cottage
After spending a wonderful first week in pier cottage with extended family, a smaller group of us decamped to the garden cottage for a second week on the
grounds of Westcove. It was a perfect location for just the four of us. The garden cottage itself was a little more modern than pier cottage but without
the stunning sea front location. It was a different vibe and we enjoyed the charms it had to offer on the grounds of the larger Westcove house
overlooking the picturesque harbour below. It’s a deceptively spacious cottage and served as the perfect base for day trips to the surrounding area.
Westcove is a hidden gem.
Alex W - August 2020
Garden Cottage is a slice of heaven!
Our stay at Garden Cottage was delightful. Very clean and updated, yet still keeping with the charm of a beautiful 300 yr old cottage. The grounds and
location were breath-taking. Enjoying our morning breakfast on the patio overlooking the bay and sheep and goats and horse was picturesque. Katherine,
the caretaker was very helpful and we really enjoyed her vegetable quiche she prepared for us! As well as The bakery/cafe on the estate was excellent!!
We enjoyed a brisk hike up the mountain across the way. The panoramic views were stunning! We will definitely stay here again, next year! 5 star rating
from The Frye Family!
Karen F, Sep 2019
The cottage was everything we expected, and more. The cottage was spotless inside, with comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen, plenty of hot water, and
Susannah made preparation easy and anticipated all our questions before our visit. Katherine made arrival smooth and seamless.
Ryan, June 2019
This is an excellent property that is very accommodative for a large family/friends group. It is pleasant in its setting and views and the staff is very
helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our magical stay for two weeks.
Richard M, New York, June 2019
Sensitively restored, well equipped cottage. Katherine was a lovely host. We will return :)
Ronan from Ireland, Aug 2019
One of the most beautiful areas of Ireland!
This is a wonderful place to stay in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland. It was comfortable and quiet. The property was beautiful and the cottage
was in great shape. The price was very reasonable. A great place to come back to after our days of exploring. The website is incredibly thorough with
tips on what to bring and a long list of activities in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay (9 nights) and we would return in a heartbeat. We felt
welcome and were well taken care of. Although it is necessary to hire a car when staying in this part of Ireland, I was surprised at how quickly we
became comfortable driving on left, even though we'd never done it before. If it's your first time driving on the left, I definitely suggest renting an
automatic transmission. We give this property an A+!
3 Oct 2016
Wish we could have stayed longer
What a wonderful place you have here... We enjoyed every minute... The weather was perfect. We took lovely walks, went for drives, ate lovely food. We
loved sitting on the patio, just listening to the birds and the sheep. We loved the beaches and wish we could have stayed longer.
P & K N & daughter - Toronto, Canada
Wonderful scenery and so relaxing
Recently stayed in Garden Cottage which was great as we had my elderly mother (90) with us - we had everything we needed downstairs with only two steps
between the lounge and hallway. Upstairs also has its own shower and toilet and the twin room was very cosy. If there was any problem we only had to
contact the housekeeper for help (we had no problems by the way). The food is excellent (book in advance). The house and grounds are beautiful and a
short walk down to the pier is also rewarding. There are so many restaurants and attractions within reasonable driving distance. Highly recommended.
Michael B Sept - UK - August 2017
From the time of our warm welcome to the last moments of dappled sunshine on the patio, we have had a wonderful stay in Garden Cottage. Our toddler had a
great time in the surf and the adults enjoyed a thundering gallop along the sands at low tide (like a scene from a 'Discover Ireland' TV ad') ...The
cottage was lovely and we took full advantage of the outdoor areas and BBQ (we are Australian after all...)
R & MT
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Visited from the US.
It was a fantastic location for a remote cottage right on the Ring of Kerry. Many beautiful excursions within an hour drive. Gorgeous hikes very close too! Enjoyed our
stay and our wonderful host!
Date of arrival - 14 April 2023 – Lisa – Pier Cottage East
The property was perfect.
I had very high expectations from the photos and those expectations were exceeded. Katherine was a wonderful host.
Date of arrival - 2 April 2023 – Joseph – Pier Cottage Whole
The setting is very beautiful
There are seals in the cove and you can access the water for a swim from right outside the cottage. The cottage itself is warm and clean and has a good range of kitchen
equipment. The location affords easy access to an array of sites (Ring of Kerry, Skellig Ring etc) but also feels removed from the hustle and bustle. Highly recommend.
Date of arrival - 24 March 2023 – Laura – Pier Cottage West
Ireland is definitely worth a trip
The Irish are such a nice bunch, we noticed that with Susannah (boss of Westcove) and Katherine (manager). The Pier Cottage is not a new building (somehow logical), but
you have everything you need and everything works. Highlights are of course the seals in front of the door (not these uniformed, well-trained ninja military types from
America, I mean the seals), the water and Ireland itself. We thought it was great and will be back. The only tip I would like to give here for everyone who wants to
travel there from Germany: Don't take the ferry, no, no, no...
Date of arrival - 22 March 2023 – Andrea – Pier Cottage East
My husband and I were looking for a rustic cottage to stay at while we were in Ireland and this cottage was perfect.
The kitchen had everything we needed and the fireplace was great to come back after a day in the rain. The seals out on the rocks were great to see every morning and
the view was breath taking . I would recommend anyone to stay here we had a wonderful vacation.
Date of arrival - 15 March 2023 – Paula – Pier Cottage East
A Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Ring of Kerry.
Pier Cottage is beautifully situated on a small headland just meters from the sea. No matter which room you are in, the view from the lovingly
furnished cottage is unique. Time to linger, dream and take a deep breath is guaranteed. Great excursions in lovely and mystical Kerry… sandy beaches,
forests, cliffs, old monasteries and just the best pub in the region: The Blind Piper Pub. This was given to us by our landlady as a tip on the way. In
general, the service was A1. Thank you so much for the warmth and hospitality. We will definitely come back sometime!
SW from Germany, October 2022 - Pier Cottage West End
A great location right on the water.
You can watch the seals from the house. The house itself is very cosy, especially due to the open fireplace and the overall ambience. The surrounding
area also has a lot to offer. Surely one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and a place to come back to!
October 2022 - Pier Cottage West End
Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Ring of Kerry.
Pier Cottage is beautifully situated on a small headland just metres from the sea. No matter what room you are in, the view from the lovingly furnished
cottage is unique. Time to linger, dream and breathe deeply is guaranteed. Great excursions in lovely and mystical Kerry. Whether sandy beaches,
forests, cliffs, old monasteries or just the best pub in the region: The blind Piper Pub. This was given to us by our landlady as a tip on the way. In
general, the service was 1A. Thank you very much for the warmth and hospitality. We will come back sometime for sure!
Stephen, October 2022 - Pier Cottage West
Close your eyes and dream of an absolutely perfect spot to experience an Irish sense of "place".
The Kenmare River at your doorstep, the rough outline of the Beara Peninsula across the water with long, white clouds dancing around its edges and you
have this site. And don't forget the seals that regularly appear each day less than 100 yards away.
Raymond, October 2022 - Pier Cottage East
Property is situated in a dark sky reserve.
The night sky is amazing. The cottage is cute and provides space and versatility to meet the needs of a diverse group. The region is beautiful. We
loved watching the seals, cormorants, egrets and herons. Snorkelling on a calm day at the bottom of the garden reveals crabs, various fish, including a
conga eel! Katherine's food was delicious, and she couldn't have been more helpful!
Janet, August 2022 - Pier Cottage Full Cottage
Thanks so much to Katherine and her helping hands.
We had a splendid birthday celebration and her food was delicious. We managed a birthday swim and the seals gave us great company!
It was a total delight staying at Pier cottage and my sisters were completely in love with the place.
Some seaweed from the area will be featured in my upcoming sculpture series at IMMA next weekend ☺️
Éidín - Pier Cottage
I have to let you know that we had such a lovely time in your cottage
The location is so tranquil and we really enjoyed just sitting outside gazing at the view and the shifting mists on the Beara peninsula. We are keen
walkers and we got to explore a few different bits of the Kerry Way that we weren’t familiar with. May I also just say how lovely Katherine was – very
helpful and highly organised and her baked goods were a godsend! Next time we come we’ll bring a canoe!
NH & EL from Dublin, July 2022 – Pier Cottage West End
Our holiday is now over and we have fond memories of our time at Pier Cottage!
The house with the beautiful surroundings and of course the seals! It was just perfect! The on-site support from Katharine and her delicious food were
excellent. We hope to come back soon. Thanks for everything.
A & M from Germany, July 2022 - Pier Cottage East End
One of the best outlooks of any place we’ve stayed around the world.
If you love the sea, wildlife and peace this is the place to be. Around 30 seals live not far from the shore! The property is quite cosy and basic in
some ways but we loved our stay. Sound can travel from the other end of the cottage but if you get to know your neighbours then it’s not a big issue.
The proximity to the best of Kerry is unbeatable - we walked, swam, sunbathed, kayaked, visited Skellig Michael and gardens. The Blind Piper is a great
local pub. Definitely want to return some day.
MO from Herefordshire, UK, July 2022 - Pier Cottage East End
The location of the cottage is simply fabulous.
We were very well looked after and the cottage was very comfortable, cosy and well equipped. So wonderful being able to watch the seals playing from our
window! Would love to stay at this beautiful place again.
Helen MacKeith from London, May 2022 – Pier Cottage
It was amazing - my wife and I loved our stay.
It was right on the Ring of Kerry, which was amazing to drive and see all the nature and history along the way. We got to see seals playing right off the
shore a few mornings and had amazing views of the stars at night.
Daniel from USA, April 2022 – Pier Cottage East End
We have stayed many places but this was by far our favorite.
It is secluded on the coast, surrounded by beautiful landscape and you wake up every morning to a gorgeous sunrise & seals on the rocks. The East End
cottage had everything we needed and was perfect for our family of 4. We had a washer & dryer but I definitely took advantage of drying our clothes on
the clothesline in the sunshine and ocean breeze! The coast line was perfect for our 2 girls to hunt for crabs, snails, shells and shrimp. It is right
on the Ring of Kerry so you have many options on towns and sights to visit. The view was my favorite. I teared up having to leave because it was simply
the most perfect place we have stayed. The caretaker Catherine was delightful and greeted us upon arrival. She informed us on all the places we should
visit. I couldn't recommend this place more, you will not regret it!
Family from Indiana, USA, March 2022 – Pier Cottage East End
This was a return visit to Pier Cottage.
We Loved it the first time.....and twice as much on our second visit. The location is stunning, a stone’s throw to a rocky beach with fantastic mountain
views. The Cottage is clean and cosy with an open fire...
Philomena from Dublin, March 2022 – Pier Cottage East End
We had an amazing time in the Pier Cottage.
Location on the ring of Kerry is great. It's perfect for a quiet week end getaway. The seals are super cool and easy to spot in the morning, and the
chimney is a nice addition in the cold evenings. The place is super cosy and well equipped for cooking. I would love to go back!
Clemence from Dublin/France, March 2022 – Pier Cottage East End
Mitten in der Natur fühlt man sich Teil davon.
Es war eine einzigartige Erfahrung! Die Kinder genossen die Umgebung und waren begeistert davon, die Robben zu beobachten. Das historische Steinhaus,
typisch die Region, war eine weitere schöne Erfahrung. Wir danken Ihnen herzlich!
In the middle of nature you feel part of it.
It was a unique experience! The kids enjoyed the surroundings and loved watching the seals. The historic stone house, typical of the region, was another
lovely experience. Thank you very much!
Family from Germany, March 2022 - Pier Cottage East End
The property is very nice and the views with the seals in the morning is just amazing. The area is lovely.
Marta, January 2022 – Pier Cottage West End
Das Haus ist wunderschön und gemütlich.
Vom Esstisch aus kann man sogar Robben beobachten. Das Haus ist mitten in der Natur. Abends kann man es sich
vor dem Kamin gemütlich machen. Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt und werden das Haus unseren Freunden weiterempfehlen.
"The house is beautiful and cozy.
You can even watch seals from the dining table. The house is in the middle of nature. In the evening you can make yourself comfortable in front of the
fireplace. We felt very comfortable and will recommend the house to our friends."
Jana from Germany, January 2022 - Pier Cottage East End
The cottage was cozy and met all our needs.
The location was far more beautiful that the pictures show. There were rocks were fun to climb through. The pier was just a few steps away if you want
to canoe or kayka. There were a lot of seals in the harbor which were great to watch and photograph. Sunrises and sunsets were beautiful and different
every day. The owner was wonderful to communicate with. She was extremely helpful. There were lots of beautiful sites close by. Our time there was
Nina from USA, December 2021 - Pier Cottage East End
We had breakfast every day with seals!
Katherine is fantastic; she cooked for us great pies and gave us good advice on where to go during wintertime.. We found people so warm and friendly..
The only thing I'd change is the duration of our staying..too short!Hope to see you soon, guys!
Ilaria from Italy, November 2021 - Pier Cottage East End
Atemberaubend schönes Cottage bei dem alles passt.
Sauberkeit, Gemütlichkeit und Ausstattung waren super.
"Breathtakingly beautiful cottage where everything fits.
Cleanliness, comfort and facilities were great."
Kerstin from Germany, November 2021 – Pier Cottage East End
It was pleasant experience staying in Pier Cottage and felt like a home.
I would strongly recommend to anyone and particularly during summer will be brilliant.
Vijayakumar, October 2021 - Pier Cottage Whole
A quiet cozy cottage and so great if you want some peace, but shops and pubs close by if needed, Very good.
Gerard, September 2021 – Pier Cottage East End
What a fantastic stay we have just had at Pier Cottage.
The location is absolutely ideal. We swam across the bay every morning between the moored boats to the little cove opposite us. We cycled, walked and
generally explored the area. Theres lots to see and do. The house is small but perfect for two couples. Really well laid out. The kitchen has everything
you need, we cooked in a number of evenings and had all we wanted. Catherine baked us the most fabulous apple tarts and chatted with us to point out
what was in the area and what we might enjoy. Genuine 5 star rating from us, huge thank you to Susannah and Catherine.
Heather - September 2021 – Pier Cottage East End
Quarantining at Pier Cottage
My wife and I spent 14 days quarantining at Pier Cottage East End, and the cottage and grounds were perfect for us (and exactly as advertised on the VRBO
site). Though the weather was often cold and rainy, there were plenty of breaks of crisp sunshine and rainbows daily to enjoy the immediate environs out
of doors (seals on the rocks every low tide) in the fresh air whilst maintaining the quarantine restrictions. Likewise, the indoor space was sufficient
for me to do a 5 day silent retreat while my wife had plenty of space to pass her time reading, exercising, and engaging her art. Katherine, the
absolutely charming caretaker, shopped for us and cooked and delivered delicious dishes we ordered. Life couldn't have been easier. Susannah was also
phenomenal to work with in the lead up to our visit. We already miss the simple life, and would most definitely be thrilled for an opportunity to visit
Pier Cottage again!
G & J from New York, November 2020
Our extended family return again and again, as we always have the most wonderful time there. It’s so cosy well equipped, clean and Katherine is always at
hand willing to help. It’s situated in the most beautiful location with stunning views. It really is a hidden gem on the Ring of Kerry. We will
definitely be back soon again.
Sharon, Co Wicklow 2020
Location location location!
What a wonderful cottage in a truly unique setting! Opening the door in the morning to the view of boats moored in the bay, the seals sitting on the
rocks - being able to walk down to the little pebble beach a stones throw from the door was amazing!
A great location to explore the ring of Kerry and the Skellig ring from! The Blind Piper pub nearby did great pub food and allowed our dogs in.
Nearby walks to Staigue Fort, Lambs Head and Derrynane Beach filled our chilled-out days - and we Bbqed at night using the bbq supplied in the shed! We
could hear the seals crying or singing as the sun set!
The cottage was clean, cosy and warm! We lit the fire every night and the electric heaters kept It warm throughout! Loved it and hope to come back some
Andrea, September 2020 – Pier Cottage West End
Lovely cottage, great views. The cottage was well provisioned, and comfortably accommodated our family. We will definitely return.
September 2020 – Pier Cottage West End
East End Cottage has everything you need is cozy & in a great location.
Excellent. Recommend ordering Katherine's food, delicious & waiting in the freezer on arrival.
Alice, August 2020 – Pier Cottage East End
It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic location.
Pier cottage is set right on the sea front overlooking Kenmare bay. It’s the magical location that has kept me returning to Westcove since I first stayed
here as a child. Stepping out of the front door of the cottage to take in the vista of sea, mountains, rocky shore and sandy beaches in the distance is
truly memorable. All the amenities of Caherdaniel and Derrynane are a short drive away. The cottage itself is cosy and comforting with all the facilities
you could wish for. It’s a truly memorable place to spend some down time. Katherine was always available if needed and helped us settle in quickly. The
meals supplied by Katherine were also fantastic and offered a great alternative to self-catering when needed. Also, a big thank you to Susannah who
managed to re-arrange our booking when COVID hit,ensuring we still got a holiday this year. Two weeks in Westcove was just what we needed to rest and
Alex W - August 2020
East End Cottage has everything you need is cozy & in a great location.
Excellent. Recommend ordering Katherine's food, delicious & waiting in the freezer on arrival.
Alice, August 2020 – Pier Cottage East End
A special feeling
We had a wonderful week at Pier Cottage - the feeling of the place, the conversations with Katherine & her wonderful food - this week has contributed to
our family becoming stay in Ireland converts!
Lorraine, July 2020 – Pier Cottage East End
Lovely cottage, wonderful setting
What an absolutely beautiful place. There is a wealth of information left describing the best places to visit but you don't have to go far- the views
from the property are jaw-dropping. Will definitely stay again!
Richard, February 2020 – Pier Cottage East End
What an absolutely great place to stay. We loved the location and style of the property. We walked through the door and immediately felt at home, it's
very comfortable and has amazing views through the windows. We felt we could ask Katherine for any information needed and met Susannah and her friends
for coffee. We were very sad to leave!
Steven, October 2019 – Pier Cottage East End
The Most Magical Place!
We have just returned from our holiday in Ireland. In your original confirmation email to me I think you said I don’t think you will be disappointed -
what an understatement - this is the most magical place. I now understand why my parents always loved it so much. The view from Pier Cottage is just
amazing, we barbecued most evening on the rocks at the end of the garden as we just wanted to drink in that scenery. It was an action packed week - the
family went out in the boat with Ray and caught loads of mackerel (which we barbecued for supper), we went riding on Derrynane beach, walked from the
cottage to the Blind Piper several times (and back!), and visited the seals on the rocks most evenings, as well as loads of walks with our dog on
Derrynane and Waterville beaches. Loved it all!
Katherine was so warm and helpful, and her home cooked dishes were delicious.
Jo - 17-23 August 2019 - Pier Cottage West End
Great family retreat
We loved staying at East End Pier Cottage. We had beautiful weather so in between our sightseeing trips we also enjoyed the lawn area, sandy beach and
the row boat to go out and see the seals up close. We booked 5 days in the middle of our trip (over Easter) so we had built in rest days at the cozy
cottage. All the conveniences, including laundry, while keeping the charm of a cottage atmosphere.
Jenny, April 2019 – Pier Cottage East End
What a fabulous week we had at Pier Cottage! Even the weather co-operated!
We had 3 games of golf at Parknisilla,Ring of Kerry and Kenmare...all great, all quite different. We also enjoyed the kayaking, saw loads of seals and
birds (wish we had remembered the binoculars)! Eating out was a joy especially at the Beach place, O’Carrolls, fresh fish and great service. The Blind
Piper was fun too, especially on the music evening. Took a drive to the Skellig too which was beautiful. Ate at Smugglers Cove near Waterville, lovely
fresh fish again!
Rozzi & Johnny from UK - Easter 2019 - Pier Cottage West End
We loved Pier Cottage!
Everything about Pier Cottage was wonderful. The location on the Ring of Kerry makes it ideal. The views from the cottage were gorgeous. It was super
clean, and had everything we needed to prepare meals. Susannah and Katherine were so helpful and made us feel very welcome. The pier cottage will
definitely be on our list of places to stay on our next trip to Ireland.
Jennifer, October 2018 – Pier Cottage West End
Look no further - the perfect choice!
We recently rented both of the adjoining cottages in mid-winter!
If you have ever dreamed of being all alone in an authentic and cozy Irish stone cottage with blazing log fires overlooking the most magnificent views
you could ever imagine, with its own little beach and a colony of seals keeping an eye on you on your own private little peninsular then you have
definitely found the right place.
Perfectly clean and perfectly equipped from kitchen to bedrooms to living rooms to utility room, log fire and stone interior, views of the hills behind
you and the sea and mountains in front we just didn't believe our luck in finding this gem.
A friendly little pub and village shop just 15 minutes walk away and then if you take the car, the unforgettable drives around one of the most stunning
coasts in Europe.
Susannah cannot do enough to make your stay as perfect as possible and as for Katherine, always discreetly on call to help but only when and if you
contact her. Don't miss her delicious cottage pie which, amongst other dishes, she will discreetly leave in the fridge for you on order.
If you are not convinced yet, watch the film 'Ryan's Daughter' (filmed nearby) get the magic, and then live it at Pier Cottage. It's quintessentially
Ireland and you won't regret a minute of it.
Thank-you Susannah in England and thank-you Katherine in Westcove for all that Irish magic, we'll be back as you may well imagine!!!!!
Stuart, January 2018 – Pier Cottage East and West End
Paradise on the Ring of Kerry
Pier Cottage is one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed. A lot of this is due to its stunning location, away from the main house of Westcove on
its own little pensinsula, surrounded by water and nature. The ocean starts just after the front lawn, there is a seal colony in the little harbour and
nothing could beat getting up in the morning and watching them from the living room window. There are also lots of birds and other lucky visitors have
even spotted otter.
The cottage is cosy, well equipped and clean. The bed is very comfortable and there is plenty of hot water in the bathroom. There is an open fire, which
is great in winter and on colder days , when you just want to relax and read. Wifi is fast and free and there is a TV/DVD.
There is a fantastic supply of information on what to do and see in the area, as well as restaurant recommendations and suggestions for walks. We have
met both Susannah, who owns Westcove and Katherine, who is the caretaker for the cottages. Both ladies have been very welcoming, kind and helpful and we
felt very well looked after.
Some of our friends thought it strange that we chose to visit Ireland in winter, but February is actually a great time to visit Kerry. We have been very
lucky with the weather and had much of the beautiful walks and sights to ourselves.
We booked for a week, but could easily have stayed two or three weeks.
Pier Cottage is a truly special and magic place and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I hope we will be back one day!
M & K February 2016
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Weddings and Celebrations:
The Most Amazing Week at Westcove!
We had the most amazing week in Westcove House and Garden Cottage in August! We luckily were able to hold our small family wedding at Westcove, with the
ceremony outside overlooking the stunning views! All the catering for the day was arranged and prepared by Katherine and her team. All the food was
delicious and they helped make the day so special with the relaxed atmosphere they created.
Our guests stayed in the main house, while we stayed in Garden Cottage. Both houses have everything you need for a perfect week in Kerry. The main house
is beautifully decorated, we loved the bar snug and the secret library! Garden Cottage was set up perfectly with a lovely private terrace to relax on.
loved being so close to the Westcove Harbour, every day we would be down for a swim, kayak or paddleboard. My sister's three kids loved learning to swim
on the little beach opposite and visiting the seals in the harbour!
We would not hesitate in recommending Westcove to anyone, hopefully we will be back soon!
P&S G, from Scotland August 2020
Our destination wedding at Westcove was, in a word: perfection. It exceeded our expectations and our guests couldn’t believe what an idyllic setting
Westcove provided. Upon our arrival, Katherine finalized our wedding day details and gave us lovely location suggestions for wedding photos. Jane showed
us around her bakery and let us sample our delicious wedding cake.
The whole week was magical, with memorable excursions, including: a guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, Eco Tour of the Skellig Michael islands, horseback
riding on Derrynane Beach, and multiple trips to the Blind Piper for trad music!
The highlight of our trip was our wedding ceremony on the terrace of Westcove House, followed by a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. Katherine’s cooking
was superb and received many compliments from our US & UK guests. Our guests even surprised us by booking the band from the Blind Piper to play in the
stables during our reception! Katherine graciously accommodated the last-minute change. Everything fell so neatly into place, it was as if we had an
entire village helping to give us the best day possible.
We fully intend to return for an anniversary trip someday. (Our friends and family also plan to join us!)
Ryan & Collette Whittaker - Minnesota, USA - June 7, 2019
Wedding Reception at Westcove
We had our wedding at Gougane Barra, and stayed at Westcove for the week. About 26 people stayed in the 3 buildings. Absolutely beautiful location.
Staff was extremely helpful. Had our reception in the stables room, with a great meal, catering, bar tender, and DJ all provided/arranged by Westcove.
No hassles. Could not of had a better stay! Plus, running trails up the hill across the street.
Katherine was exceptionally helpful prior to and throughout our stay.
Hopefully will get the chance to go back in the future and enjoy the experience again! Also, there is a DJI Mavic Pro somewhere in the water off the
estate if anyone finds it!
We could not recommend it more!
The most perfect wedding we could have asked for......
We had our wedding in Westcove House at the end of June 2019. We found it over 2 years ago and fell in love with the place immediately and knew it was
perfect for our wedding. To say that it didn't disappoint is a massive understatement, we are both still pinching ourselves at the wedding we had.
Our families came done for the whole week and some said they felt they had arrived on the set of a movie they were so blown away by the house and its
setting. The house, stables and cottages fitted everyone perfectly and the accommodation was lovely.
Katherine was so helpful and supportive throughout the process of planning our day and the team she works with were so professional on the day itself. It
was an intimate family wedding in front of the main house with dinner and party after in the converted stables. We were able to decorate the room
ourselves which made it very personal, in fact the flexibility we were allowed while designing the whole day made everything feel very personal.
Not only is Westcove House in an amazing location for a wedding it is also really accessible to large chunks of Co. Kerry. We ran out of time to see
everything but have already booked our return visit.
Thank you for everything Westcove House....see you next year!!
Fiona, June 2019
Memories to cherish and make us smile for evermore
We had the best week imaginable here. We had a magical wedding celebration with all our friends and family thanks to Katherine, Susannah, Bernie, Michael
and all the gang at Westcove. It exceeded all of our expectations and we have memories to cherish and make us smile for evermore. Cannot thank you all
enough and will return many more times in the future.
Amy & Ben from Listowel, County Kerry, May 2019
We could not have had a more incredible experience
We had the most incredible week with 25 of our closest family and friends to celebrate our wedding. We could not have had a more incredible experience.
Our family, ranging from 18 months to 87, had the most beautiful time. We will remember this place forever, but will sure to be back for more family
events!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, we could not recommend this place any higher!
Sarah & Marc from Rochester, New York, June 2019
Here are more comments from some of Sarah & Marc's relatives:
“Beautiful week! You worked very hard to make our daughter's wedding memorable. Thank you. Loved the Cottage and the views”
“We will remember Westcove fondly - the gorgeous view, beautiful buildings, and delicious food. This was the perfect place to celebrate a wedding. Thank
you for making it a lovely time!”
“What an amazing experience we have had here at Westcove! You were all so helpful and kind and hospitable! The views and weather couldn't have been more
perfect! The wedding, cocktail hour and reception were handled so nicely and with grace. It was truly like a dream! I wish you and anyone else who comes
here, all the best. This is a magical spot.”
“Thank you for the most magical week we could have imagined. People came from the US and the UK to celebrate with us and all had a wonderful time. The
house was perfect, the weather was perfect, the food was perfect, thank you.”
“Choosing Westcove as a wedding venue from only pictures online was, in a word, stressful. But Katherine and her staff made us feel welcome and assured
us that our wedding would be awesome. It was more than that. It was perfect. We cannot thank everyone here enough for their hospitality, and willingness
to welcome our family and friends with open arms. We will not forget a moment of our time here and are already looking forward to our next trip!”
I can't tell you how much we loved our time at Westcove!
Everything was perfection from the moment we arrived. Katherine was so kind and helpful. The food was incredible - I have never seen so many cleared
plates at a wedding! We could not have dreamed of a more perfect time, and everyone who stayed agreed as well! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home
with us! The House looks gorgeous in the background of our wedding photographs.
A & S Wedding August 2018
The most magical place for a wedding
Trying to write about Westcove makes me wish I were a better writer. How can I explain in a review what a special place it is? We decided to do a
destination wedding in Ireland and so wanted to find a place that showed off the beauty of the country, that would make all of our guests feel at home
and that would leave us with warm and happy memories for years to come. Westcove was all that and more. We rented out all three Westcove properties and
Pier Cottage for our wedding week. Everyone had their own space, but there was also lots of room for socializing. No one could quite believe how stunning
everything was. Katherine and her team were a dream from start to finish. They did an incredible wedding meal and we didn't have to worry about anything.
Kerry itself was simply amazing. Guests golfed, hiked, went horseback riding, went on day trips, and overall just had a wonderful time. I remember
sitting in the sunshine the morning of my wedding and thinking that moments like this were what life was all about.
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