We stayed at Ger and Marie's gypsy wagon for one night but I wish we could have stayed for longer. We arrived late due to a long day's cycle but was welcomed in by Ger despite the time. The wagon itself is wonderfully quaint, snug and beautifully appointed with lovely touches (fairy lights, electric heater) all over the place. There was an excellent shower/toilet block.
Breakfast by Marie the next morning was truly divine. We had it alfresco watching the sun rise over the mountains and I would heartily recommend the homemade porridge and the scrambled eggs with feta and sundried tomatoes. An exceptional place to stay and we will definitely be in touch if we are in that neck of the woods again.
I arrived at Chez Shea - a landscaped plot with a vintage caravan and a gypsy wagon on a small farm close to Lauragh on the Beara Peninsula - on Monday 4 August. For the week I stayed I felt, on the one hand completely at home but on the other the pleasure of really beautiful surroundings and enjoyable times with the two other guests staying there at the same time and the really sound hosts, Ger and Marie. I stayed in the old gypsy wagon. It was a lovely space and atmosphere to relax in with a book, coffee and tunes in the background and the double bed was really really comfortable. The scenery around the farm is gorgeous, but as Chez Shea is also situated very close to Healy Pass in the centre of the Beara, it is a great base from where you can get anywhere on Beara very quickly by car. Being brought breakfast to your door each morning from a menu of three options was like being spoilt, a lovely feeling when you're on holiday. The pancake and fruit breakfast was particularly special. I've been to Beara on many occasions, but this year was the best yet and that was in large measure because Chez Shea is a special place and because Marie and Ger, in a really natural and respectful way, make you feel its your home away from home for however long you're there.
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