The gypsy wagon is a truly romantic experience, candle lit, authentic, & with the comfort of being insulated & situated in a beautiful garden, even with the rain pattering on the sides of the wagon you will feel cosy and comforted. WC/shower are in the restaurant. We also have other accommodation available in the house.
our restaurant provides vegetarian breakfasts which are optional.
The historical wagons are small and cosy and without electricity, they are suitable in late spring summer and early autumn. they sleep two plus there is a side bed for a child. They are authentic and although we have renovated them with an insulated roof the front and back are original. The wagons were made from the Ford boxes which brought the Ford car parts over to the Cork plant. They were used as holiday wagons from the 60's up until the early nineties. As traffic became faster the horse drawn wagons became increasingly dangerous on the narrow Kerry roads. We have kept the traditional colours and made them more spacious inside by removing the bunk beds. They were originally advertised to sleep a family of five. Originally the wagons would have slept many more as children would have nestled underneath with an awning around the chassis. The wagons have the original hay boxes and front seats for the driver.
It was tradition to travel in the wagons from farm to homestead and to sharpen tools and especially make buckets and coal scuttles from tin. Hense the name Tinkers, which was/is an honourable profession and craft.
We provide bed linen and towels and you toilets and showers are in the house. There is a toilet for the night at the back of the house which is fully lit all night. The restaurant can be availed of for drinks and food. We have wifi which can be a bit spotty.
feel free in our garden and cafe seating area outside and in, ask us if you need washing doing or want to watch a special match on tv or need special diet or an early morning pre breakfast tea...we are here to help you out and make your holiday special
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We have a handy little guide book with lots of maps and helpful info, plus we know what to avoid or see. Distances are deceptive here...things look straightforward on a map, but they rarely show the narrowness of the roads and the bends, if you are used to wide roads and right hand driving add a tad MORE time to every trip you plan
Other things to note
We are on a small but can be busy by road on the Wild Atlantic Way. It can be wet and windy..raincoats and a wooly or so sunny you would need a strong sun cream...all in one day. We do have a dark sky reserve just across the harbour, so we also see stars as if they are 3D on a clear night.
pets on a lead and considerate to people in our area and home
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Lorna is a teacher of Egyptian dance, a vegetarian and wholefood cook a short story writer[ author of The Phoenix Cookbook "A Culinary Adventure" and a youth and community worker. The Phoenix was established twenty years ago by her and her husband Billy who is a collector of jazz music. The house is a renovated farmhouse full of books and musical intruments, an open fire, solar panels, natural stone walls, hemp plaster and unusual decorations and antiques from Lornas world travels. The garden is a mixture of wild and cultivated plants and secret places to sit and contemplate as well as a glass house and a fantastic vegetable patch. Lorna and her staff are always ready to spend time with guests on any thing from exciting activities in the area, to identifying the rare herbs and plants in the gardens or discussing food, world travels, films, books and art. Lorna lived in Switzerland for many years and speaks Swiss german and could even give an impromptu dance performance at the end of the evening.