Foxhill Valentia Island 3 beds / 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 7

Welcome To Foxhill, very close to the hardest location to find in the entire Galaxy!

Well not that hard only 80 kms or 50 miles to be exact but that was the line used by Luke Sky Walker in The Last Jedi when he was found on Skelligs Rock, just one of the reasons to visit this amazing place!! There are trips to and around the island daily (in season) see the links below.

 

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Foxhill is a 3 bed 2 bathroom single story house only 700 meters from Knightstown and the Atlantic Ocean, actually situated on the Wild Atlantic Way that sleeps 7 people. It’s an amazing place to base yourself while you explore the island and surrounding areas and all it has to offer. From amazing walks up Bray Head and Geokaun Mountain to The Skelligs Chocolate Factory there is something for all the family. See below for info. Lots more information about the Island of Valentia can be found here. Valentia Island Website

All the comforts of home, WiFi, Large Flat Screen Smart TV so you can hook into your own Netflix Account, Oil Central Heating, Large Kitchen with all usual features and a lovely quiet conservatory / reading area with amazing sea and mountain views.

In the summer months there is a ferry from the mainland in the winter there is the bridge from Portmagee a more scenic route.

To book a full Skelligs experience please follow this link

The Skellig Experience

 

But First Watch This Video Of The Story Behind J J Abrams and The First Time The Crew Saw The Island Click Here: SKELLIGS & STAR WARS

 

For rental dates and costs please email: info@barrade.co.uk

Or Call: UK +447831 837 367 or ROI: 087 451 1957

Flights from London Luton or London Stanstead to Kerry Airport in Farranfore daily from £9.99 off season have a look here Ryanair Website

 

Our View

 

Foxhill

 

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The Portmagee Channel on a peaceful day!

The Lighthouse Valentia Cromwell Point on a Wild Day!

 

For rental dates and costs please email: info@barrade.co.uk

Or Call: UK +447831 837 367 or ROI: 087 451 1957

Flights from London Luton or London Stanstead daily from £9.99 off season have a look here Ryanair Website

 Various Other Attractions & info…

Kerry Dark Skies

Orion As Seen In Dark Skies

The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve has been designated Ireland’s FIRST International Dark Sky Reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (Dark Sky Link), one of only 3 gold tier reserves on the planet, and the only gold tier Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere.

This means that on clear nights the sky in this South West region of Ireland is simply stunning, with many astronomical sights seen through the naked eye as can be seen say in the Grand Canyon or the desert plains of Africa. Constellations can be viewed here with many more stars than are shown on the usual sky maps. The beautiful band of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Star Clusters and Nebula’s are just some of the naked eye wonders to see without the aid of any astronomical equipment or filters.

 

Knightstown.

 

Boston’s Bar Valentia Island.

 

Only a 10 minute walk down from Foxhill, the walk back always seems to take longer…..

This is our local pub a real proper Irish Bar with a slate floor and bar and an open fire…. The Guiness is not bad either so they say!!

The Royal Valentia Island

 

The Royal Hotel and Pub Valentia Island, steeped in history lovely food and occasional live music. The Royal was built around 1880 when the slate quarry and the atlantic cable company was in full swing. Valentia Island was sometimes called Valencia as written on the photo. Only 800 meters walk from Foxhill. Again the walk home is usually longer! Excellent Resturant and Pub Food available all year round.

The Royal is situated in Knightstown which was designed by Alexander Nimmo in 1830. He was commissioned by the Knight of Kerry to design the new village on Valentia Island in County Kerry, which was later named Knightstown. Amongst other projects, he is credited with designing the road from Galway to Clifden and the harbour of Roundstone in Connemara. In the 1830s he redesigned over 30 harbours on the western Irish coast. At Limerick one of his major projects was the Wellesley Bridge which was constructed 1824 to 1835 (it is now known as the Sarsfield Bridge).

With a Peter Street a Jane Street a pub called The Royal a Cricket Team, Tennis Courts and Clock Tower this town has a truly English heritage!!

Portmagee Village (PORGmagee to some….)

Portmagee Village, approx 3 miles from Foxhill with the amazing restaurant and live music of The Moorings Pub featuring live music and various other events. Excellent restaurant that serves food all year round and also has pub food / sandwiches. New Years Eve here is world famous due to the New Year / Old Year custom where the old year man walks the village and then he is “shot” allowing the new year, a younger man, to take his place. An old tradition going back 300 years!

 

Geokaun Mountain

For a small fee, Geokaun Mountain, on a good day is second to none, you can see all around the area and even as far as Dingle Bay. Well worth a visit. See the link above. The small island you can see is Beginish Island it is currently uninhabited, the last remaining residents being 2 elderly brothers who left the island in the 1990s. There are a small number of holiday homes on the island which are used seasonally. The island is used for sheep farming and by tourists in the summer months who use the island’s beaches for recreational purposes.

 

Valentia Slate Quarry

Valentia Slate Quarry was first opened in 1816 to supply slates mainly for roofing and flooring. It also supplied gravestones to all the local cemeteries and because of the excellent quality of the slate (non porous with no impurities), these memorials can still be seen today as perfect as the day they were erected as far back as the 1820’s. When the great municipal buildings were being erected in London in the mid 19th century, Valentia Slate was used extensively. These included the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and many of the Underground Railways such as Waterloo, Charing Cross, Liverpool St., Black Friars. It was also used in the Paris Opera House. George Magnus became a shareholder in the Quarry and he set up an enamelling business in London and one of his finest products was white enamelled Valentia Slate Billiard Tables made entirely of Slate and one of these can still be seen in the Isle of Wight.