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

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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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.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 2 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 7PM
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: House
Room type: Private room

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Kitchen
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Prices
Extra people €25 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee €5
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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

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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Vedenii User Profile
September 2017
It was a great time spent at Stephens house. Stephen was very welcoming and helpful host. He made us a great, beautifully served breakfast, and he gave us advice on how to get on the Skelligs boat which really helped. It was a pleasure meeting Stephen, we enjoyed staying at his place. Highly recommended!
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you for your kind words Vedenii and Inesya. I hope you are enjoying Galway and the rest of your trip. My Instagram posts have got more likes since Inesya gave me some great tips! :)
September 2017

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

Ashley User Profile
August 2017
The house and location are lovely. Stephen is a great host and we very much enjoyed our time!
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you for your kind message Ashley and Greg. I hope Skellig Michael was fun and not too much like pulling teeth! May the Craic be with you! (Irish word for fun!)
August 2017

Paul User Profile
August 2017
After warmly welcoming us into his home, adorned with various musical instruments and framed photos, Stephen showed us to a large, clean & attractive bedroom, then offered hot drinks and cake. As we relaxed with this late night treat we were entertained by Stephen's engaging stories--from local Valentia island human interest tales to personal stories on how he came to be living on the island. Stephen was informative, especially in sharing his detailed knowledge of places to visit on Valentia, and more. In the morning he cooked a hearty, delicious, piping-hot, full Irish breakfast, with black and white puddings, mushrooms & tomatoes, and meats, eggs & toast. It was a splendid meal & a delightful stay.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
What can I say Paul and Michelle - warm words indeed! Thank you so much and I hope you had a great time meeting your relatives. I look forward to seeing some of photos you took at my house. :)
August 2017

David User Profile
July 2017
Nice b&b with a beautiful view. Irish breakfast was excellent. Recommended.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
Thank you for staying with me David and Anne and for your very kind review. Stephen
July 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

Robert User Profile
July 2017
You could not ask for a better AirBnB experience. Perfect spot to stay before you head out to Skellig Michael or return from it. Stephen is amazing and his breakfast was wonderful. Beautiful views as well.
Stephen User Profile
Response from Stephen:
You and Hugh are great guests Rob and will bring a ray of sunshine into anyone's home. Thank you for staying with me. :)
July 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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