Welcome to Tír na Meala
"Tír na Meala" is Irish and translates into "Land of Honey".
The B+B is a former honey farm and there are still active beehives on the
grounds. A local artist (Pauline Dodds) painted the four seasons of
beekeeping on the ceiling of the guest used library.
The house is under German-Irish management and has a friendly and
comfortable interior. Each of the five guestrooms is dedicated to a
specific colour and has its own bathroom. Guests are also welcome to
relax in the peaceful environment of the library and the natural
garden with two nature ponds.
Organic and wholesome food
You may find the dining room one of your favourite places as we
emphasize organic and wholesome food, both very tasty and healthy. So,
start your day with freshly made muesli out of organic grain, seeds,
fresh fruit, nuts and cream, delicious pancakes with maple syrup and
homemade bread out of freshly milled organic grain. Certainly you also
have the option of a traditional Irish fry.
Out and about
You will be perfectly prepared for either exploring one of the five
spectacular peninsulas of southwest Ireland or maybe a day trip to
Cork City which is only 50 minutes away. There are also some
picturesque towns to discover, like Dingle, Killarney, Kenmare and
Nearby you also find the famous Guagán Barra Forest Park, ideal for
hiking tours. It is also the source of the river Lee where St.
Finnbarr established his first monastery in the 7th century, which is
a picturesque well known spiritual place with a little mountain lake
The B+B itself is located in the Múscrai Gaeltacht area, one of the
few remaining Irish speaking regions of the country. Cultural events
in Coolea include: sheep shearing competition, regular traditional
Irish music pub sessions and art exhibitions. One of the four local
pubs is located on the border between Cork and Kerry and is in fact
the highest pub in Ireland.
If you like you can also take one of our bikes out and cycle along the
historic Beara Breifne Way which comes within a short distance of our
B+B or just take a stroll through the beautiful country side and meet
our friendly farmer neighbours who are always ready for a little chat.
We also offer overnight accommodation for bikers on tour. Your bike
can be stored in a safe place and we will wash your cycle gear for a
fresh start next morning.
Coolea is one of the rare communities in Ireland that has its own
public open air heated swimming pool, so if the weather permits why
not go for a relaxing swim.
For parties/groups in our house we provide a free of charge workshop which
can be used for different courses.
How to reach Tír na Meala
You can travel to Ireland via plane, bus or ferry, arriving
in Dublin, Killarney (Kerry airport), Rosslare or Cork. The house is within easy
reach from Cork and Killarney, both by car as well as by public
transport. Tír na Meala is situated 5 kilometers from the N22
Cork-Killarney road near Ballyvourney and the Cork-Kerry border.
If you arrive by plane in Cork or Kerry airport we would also arrange to pick you up.
A warm welcome
Ireland is famous for its cordial atmosphere and its hospitality and it is
our aim to let you experience this at first hand.
We will do our utmost to make your stay an enjoyable one.