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Escape the ordinary in this Kerry cottage with award-winning gardens
Derreenrickard Cottage and its 19-acre gardens are on the market for €775,000.

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HIDDEN AWAY ON the Ring of Kerry, at the foot of Knockatee Mountain, is Derreenrickard Cottage, a spectacular stone-fronted home that’s been renovated by its current owners with the utmost love and care.

The cottage sits on 19 acres of incredible gardens, and spans a sizeable 144 sq m/1550 sq ft.

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Refurbished from a near-ruin in the mid-nineties, the two-bedroom home makes the most of its location, with views over Kenmare Bay and the Knockatee mountains from almost every room.

The cosy lounge features exposed beams and an open stone fireplace for an old-world feel, and next door, there’s a private library for the new owners to get lost in.

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Upstairs are two cosy double bedrooms, with a shared family bathroom off the landing, and more of those breathtaking mountain views.

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The gardens here are truly one of a kind: they span almost seven acres, and in 2006, they won the coveted Viking Irish Gardens award.

The current owners planted the gardens, and surrounding trees, themselves, creating a year-round oasis of colour that includes 40 different breeds of rhododendron.

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As well as shrubs and flowers, the current owners also planted a variety of trees across the estate: oaks, beech, wild cherry, pines, and Douglas Firs are just some of the varieties on show here.

The owners have also added seating areas, a patio, a pond and a birdhouse – so taking a break on your garden ramble is easy, too.

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The tiny parish of Tahilla may not be the centre of the world, but for peace and tranquility, it’s hard to beat. Kenmare town is a 20-minute drive from the cottage, and Cork city is 90 minutes away by car.

Derreenrickard Cottage, Tahilla, Sneem, Kenmare, Co Kerry is on sale for €775,000 from Sherry FitzGerald Daly via

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