Castlecove is an idyllic coastal village situated in the Iveragh Peninsula on the famous Ring of Kerry, arguably Irelands most beautiful coastline road. It is an area renowned for its picturesque surroundings of mountains and views across the Kenmare Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The nearby Castlecove village offers a grocery shop, coffee shop, pub, church and Staigue Fort House & B and B. O'Carroll's Cove Beach Bar and Seafood Restaurant is located close by and is a renowned award-winning restaurant, while further amenities can be found a short drive away in the picturesque towns of Sneem (14km) and Kenmare (40km).
This location on the Ring of Kerry enjoys breath-taking 360-degree views of the Caha mountains on the Beara Peninsula to the East and McGillicuddy Reeks and Staigue Fort to the North. Nearby Castlecove beach is a wonderful sandy beach and as for sailing and fishing enthusiasts, Westcove Harbour (2.5km) offers secure and sheltered anchorage.
South Kerry offers a plethora of activities along its scenic coastline, including the magnificent Skellig Michael, whale and dolphin watching, Kerry Geopark in Sneem, Derrynane Historic House and Gardens and Killarney National Park. The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve, being one of only two gold tier sky reserves in the Northern Hemisphere, is a rare area of exceptional quality, starry nights and nocturnal environment, a protected place of natural darkness at night.
Originally built in 1823 by William Jermyn, Scart House has been merited with national recognition and awards in the late 1990's for its history of conservation works protecting its architectural and period features.
It is also famous as being the birthplace of James Franklin Fuller, one of Ireland's foremost Victorian architects and responsible for some of the country's finest works of art including Kylemore Abbey, Ashford Castle, Parknasilla, Farmleigh and the Gardener's Lodge in St Stephens Green.
Scart House is a truly wonderful Georgian country and coastal house which is one of the finest restorations for a property of its era in South Kerry. Situated in a sheltered glade just 400m from the shoreline, its unrivalled location directly on the Ring of Kerry enhances its appeal alongside its beautiful example of Georgian architectural design. Built on a H-plan, it is a three-bay, single-storey over raised basement house and the roof is capped with Valentia slate. Extensive restoration works of the property have been undertaken during a thirty-year period, including works to the original roof in 2007.
Fronted by stone piers, the imposing residence is approached by an impressive avenue with mature trees on each side. A flight of steps leads up to the front door with fan light above, which is at first floor level of the South gable and opens into a wide entrance hall with two of the six reception rooms on either side. On the right is a dining room for entertaining and a drawing room on the left. A central hallway connects to the master bedroom of the house and two further double bedrooms on the first floor with a bathroom.
The main living accommodation is on the ground floor level with kitchen, pantry, utility room, WC, study, main bathroom and two further bedrooms. The interior over the two floors is characteristic of its Georgian era with ornate cornicing, sash windows and architraves and all renovated to a beautiful contemporary design.
Gardens and Grounds
Set within private grounds of about 1.42 acres (0.60 hectares) in total, the grounds are well presented and divided amongst gardens, lawns and paddocks. A range of outbuildings on the grounds include outdoor wood cabin, log shed and a traditional stone cut outhouse. There is also a herb garden, orchard, glasshouse and a pagola covers a stone patio on the western side of the house, ideal for watching the sun set.