We’ve all dreamed of staying in a lakefront property, the tranquillity of a lake and its surroundings will give you a soothing escape to help ease the mind and calm the soul. If you’re like me and your idea of ‘pure bliss’ is indulging in a luxury escape in a private lakefront home, then look no further. Especially after the hard past few months during the pandemic, we all deserve a little getaway to unwind and relax with our loved ones. That’s why you can’t get any better than Caragh Lake in Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Caragh Lake is a large scenic lake nestled in a special area of conservation that includes Killarney national park, the Macgillycuddy reeks and the Caragh river catchment. Did you know?!? The valley in which Caragh lake sits was carved by mighty ice age glaciers. It’s serene waters and panoramic rugged mountain views will certainly work its magic on you and stop you from what you’re doing. It’s the perfect opportunity to snap up some scenic shots for the ‘gram.’

There’s an array of activities you can do here. From stand-up paddle boarding to stargazing in one of the best spots in the world. Did you know? Kayaking and night Stand up paddle boarding on Caragh Lake house is two of the five activities of the Reeks District ‘Big five’ challenge. So why not take part in some of the most thrilling adventures that Ireland has to offer and complete Ireland’s ultimate bucket list adventures!

 

Stargazing

Pick up a warm cosy blanket with a hot chocolate in hand and head on down to the water’s edge. On a clear night, the spectacle of stars over Caragh Lake is simply breath-taking! The lake is on the edge of the Kerry International Dark- Sky reserve, one of only three ‘Gold tier’ dark-sky reserves in the world. So, whether you want to indulge in some astronomy or if you just fancy sitting outside with the kids, this spot is fantastic for some serious star gazing.

Paddle across Caragh Lake

Kayak 6km across this beautiful glacial lake and that’ll be another one to cross of the Reeks district big five challenge.

Book your Kayaking here

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate and chilled, why not hire a boat from Upper Caragh Fishery for €60 a day

Book your boat hire here

Night Stand up paddle boarding

Just imagine floating on a lake on a clear, moonless night, barely a breath of wind and the warmth of a glowing fire nearby with some toasted marshmallows waiting for you on your return. This experience offers star gazing opportunities like no other and you will be doing it in the only ‘gold tier’ dark sky reserve in the Northern hemisphere.

Book your SUP here

 

Where you can stay

We’ve not just got one property on this lake, we’ve got 3! These are the perfect homes to recharge your batteries. Most of the time you won’t even have to leave because all you have ever wanted and needed in a luxury escape is right here, all in one place. And the best news, you’ll receive a €100 discount if you book a one week stay in these homes during September.

Caragh Lake house

Caragh Lake house is the perfect luxurious private villa that will help recharge your batteries. This private home has been recently renovated to the highest standard combining original charm and character with stylish contemporary interiors.

This 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom secluded paradise is perfect if you’re a family looking for an escape. Did we mention as soon as you walk out onto the terrace and the garden you are right on the water’s edge? You can swim, paddle board and hop on a boat. Or if you want to take in the scenery grab a bike and feel the breeze. Boats are provided by Upper Caragh Fishery and bikes are provided by KGC.

Acorn and Salmon house

Both three-bedroom homes are on their own small private island – Madam’s Island. This is the ideal place to get away from it all, surrounded by the lake, oak trees and fields of sheep, Salmon and Acorn house have beauty, peace and tranquillity. Take a walk to the end of the garden and follow the short path down to your own personal slipway on the lake…