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The house from the gateView from the front lawn of the Skelligs
A Photographer's B&B on Valentia
A Photographer's B&B on Valentia
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 private baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
2 private baths
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Full Breakfast included. Located up on the less-busy High Road in Valentia Island with stunning views over Portmagee Bay.

5 minutes drive from the colorful fishing village of Portmagee (with great bars and food), and 7 minutes from Knights Town, the pretty port where you can take the ferry to Cahersiveen.

Within walking distance and/or a short drive of all Valentia beauty spots. The entrance to Geokaun Mountain and cliffs is 3 minutes walk away, for example.

The space

Valentia Island is an area of breathtaking scenery on the Skellig Ring and the Wild Atlantic Way.

My home is right in the center of this stunning landscape, which is perfect for walking, fishing, painting, photography and generally relaxing.

You have your own spacious double-bed room with a pine wood queen-size bed. The room is at the front of the house with stunning views over Portmagee Bay and an en-suite shower, toilet and a spacious walk-in wardrobe.

The room (and the front of the house) is South-West facing and gets lots of light all day. There are wonderful views from the garden (which has a patio table and chairs) over Portmagee bay to the left and front - and the Skellig Rocks, to the far right.

There is also a modern, well equipped bathroom for guest use just across the hall should you wish to take a bath, rather than a shower (this bathroom is for guest use and is not shared by the host).

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and biscuits are always available to you in the large, extremely well equipped kitchen and dining area. Feel free to use the toasted sandwich maker.

The breakfast area has a large, solid pine table, and includes two original traditional Irish "Sugán" chairs (with woven straw seat). This room also has excellent views of Portmagee Bay from the large patio door and picture window.

You are welcome to spend as much time as you wish in the well-appointed sitting room. Read a book from the well-stocked library shelves, in the sun-room or on the patio, if you wish, with more superb views towards the Skellig Rocks, or just enjoy the scenery and relax.

Guest access

Double Bedroom
Sitting Room
Sun-room (reading / teaching room)
en-suite shower and toilet
main bathroom and toilet
kitchen

Interaction with guests

I am really looking forward to meeting you and adding to your experience of this wonderful part of the world. I will do whatever I can to make your stay as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible.

If I say so myself, I'm a pretty good cook and I will enjoy showing off my skills by cooking a full Irish breakfast for you, or offering you a lighter alternative if preferred. Please let me know of any special dietary requirements you may have.

If you need help with booking trip or need to use the computer to print a document or send an email - or anything else - just ask!

Of course, if you wish to just enjoy your stay quietly, and get on with your own "thing", you'll hardly know I'm here. :)

Other things to note

I am an award-winning professional photographer, writer and photography teacher. My recent publications have included a book of landscape photographs from South Kerry (which was featured on Irish TV) and a book of photographs of traditional Irish musicians.

I love to talk about photography and I will be glad to offer some hints and tips should you wish to ask me a question.

Anyone interested in learning more about how to use their cameras - either for general use or landscape photography - can avail of half or full day teaching sessions or longer workshops from me. Professional photo-shoots are also available if required.

Amenities
Kitchen
Internet
TV
Essentials
Prices
Extra people €20 / night after the first guest
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 4PM - 7PM
Check out by 11AM

Please contact if expected to arrive after 7pm

Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
Availability
1 night minimum stay

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John User Profile
August 2017
Very comfortable and relaxed stay with Stephen. Will definitely return.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thanks for the review John. Hope to see you here again for another photography tuition, soon.
August 2017

Liam User Profile
July 2017
Just stayed in Stephen's place in Valentia Island and had a great stay. I also discovered that Stephen gives Photography Tuition and as I was in Valentia Island on a Photography trip, I decided to take tuition with Stephen during my stay. This was a great idea as Stephen is an excellent teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and the stay in his home. I would highly recommend Stephen as a host, and also if guests want to take Photography Tuition during their stay. Looking forward to my next visit already.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thanks for a fantastic review Liam, and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the photography lesson. Hope to see you again soon. :)
July 2017

Fabio User Profile
April 2017
We really enjoyed our stay at Stephen's home. We did not had any issues finding the place and Stephen was very keen to give us a lot of suggestions of things to do in the area. The place is very clean, quiet and far far away from civilization. Perfect place to stay if you want to visit the area. (i.e. Skellig Michael and Geokan mountain). Stepen also prepared a proper Irish breakfast in the morning for us! Amazing!
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Hi Fabio and Anita, I really hope you both enjoyed your Easter break in Kerry and it was a pleasure to have to stay in my house. Thank you very much for choosing me as your Airbnb host. Stephen
April 2017

Clément User Profile
March 2017
One of the best experience we had with airbnb. Stephen is a great host, airbnb can be proud to have ambassadors like him. Everything was perfect from when we arrived and we left. If you are looking for a place in a wonderful area and you are looking for sharing a good moment with your host Stephen is the one. Breakfast was very good. Thank you Stephen for hosting us and we hope to see you again as soon as possible. Recommended at 100% for other travelers.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you very much for your kind and heartwarming review Clément. I am thrilled to hear that you and Stephanie had an enjoyable stay in my home. I do hope that you managed to see some of the Island before you continued your journey. I very much hope to meet you both again very soon.
March 2017

Stephen was a great host and a gentle man . The house was in a beautiful location very scenic and close to many beautiful areas of interest and the house and room was very comfortable . The breatfast was top class really enjoyed my stay and will return
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you fir your kind review Dolores. It was a pleasure to host you and I very much hope to see you again when you are visiting the area.
March 2017

Christine User Profile
January 2017
Truly a haven for photographers, writers, and lovers of scenic beauty. Stephen is a congenial host who made sure every aspect of our stay was enjoyable. From the moment we arrived, we felt catered to with tea and cake in the afternoon, delicious Irish stew for dinner, and a full Irish breakfast in the morning. Our room was comfortable and warm with its own ensuite bathroom. The spectacular views of mountains, Portmagee channel, and sheep-covered slopes were visible from every room, and the conservatory and even gave us a glimpse of the Skelligs! The living room offered the comforts of a warm fire, good music, or television if desired. The highlight of our stay was Stephen's amazing instruction in photography which included both photo lab time and field work in some of the most dramatic sites on the island. We can't wait to visit again!
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you so much for your heart-warming review Christine. It was a genuine pleasure to host yourself and Sam, and to offer Sam photography tuition. I felt as though I had two old friends staying in my house and it was a joy to spend time with you both. I very much hope to meet you both again in the near future.
January 2017

Jocelyn User Profile
January 2017
I had the pleasure of staying with Stephen this weekend in his beautiful home on Valentia Island and it was such an enjoyable experience. He was a very attentive host and had dinner ready on my arrival which was very thoughtful after my long trip from Dublin. He went out of his way to ensure my comfort. In the morning he was also kind enough to cook a wonderful breakfast, his cooking is absolutely delicious! I couldn't recommend staying with Stephen enough not only does Valencia have astounding scenery but you will be looked after to no end with such a considerate host. Thank you Stephen! Highly recommended ☺
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you so much for your kind review Jocey - it was an absolute pleasure to host you on Valentia. If you are ever this way again, please do say hello. :)
January 2017

County Kerry, IrelandJoined in October 2016
Stephen User Profile

Hello, I am a British-born award-winning photographer, writer and photography teacher, recently moved to Valentia from County Limerick after 17 years.

My recent publications have included a book of landscape photographs from South Kerry (which was featured on Irish TV) and a book of photographs of traditional Irish musicians.

I love music almost as much as I love photography and have often combined the two - and you will see evidence of my passions in the form of musical instruments and old cameras around my home.

If I say so myself, I'm a pretty good cook and I will enjoy showing off my skills by cooking a full Irish breakfast for you.

One of the things that drew me to this part of the world, was the stunning scenery and the fantastic quality of the light, which is the thing that really makes a landscape photo.

I love to talk about photography and I will be glad to offer some hints and tips should anyone wish to ask m a question. Longer teaching sessions can be arranged at additional cost, in the purpose built teaching room.

I am really looking forward to meeting you and adding to your experience of this wonderful part of the world.

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