The Bridia Valley is one of the most isolated valleys in Ireland. This is a 7km long cul-de-sac where no traffic passes through to reach some distant destination. The peace and tranquility of the Bridia Valley is 'the destination'. From Caragh River Lodge, it is over 8km by road to reach the nearest village of Glencar.
The Guest House is set on an elevated site that overlooks the surrounding mountains of the Bridia Valley and the River Caragh which is around 200m from the house. The property includes an acre of land and sheep graze in the fields surrounding the house.
The main access point to the Kerry Way is within a kilometer, at Maghanlawaun. The trail passes behind the house as it follows the Lack Road over shoulder of Beendarrig and down towards Lough Acoose. From this ridgeline, it is possible to climb Caher Mountain and on to Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntoohil.
Caragh River Lodge is a modern guest house with three ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to eight people.
The Superior Double bedroom, on the ground floor, is the most spacious of the rooms with large windows that have sweeping panoramic views of the valley. There is a Standard Double bedroom and a Large Family room with a double and two single beds. Both of these rooms have mountain views, looking up towards Beendarrig at the back of the house.
Each bedroom has a thoughtful 'In Case you Forgot' basket which contains disposable razors, shaving foam, shower gel, shampoo, face cloths and tissues. Guests can help themselves to Tea and Coffee in their bedroom.
Two and three course evening meals are available at Caragh River Lodge. As there are no local grocery shops, it is essential to book in advance giving at least 24 hours notice so fresh ingredients can be sourced.
There is a choice of places to eat at Caragh River Lodge. Guests are welcome to sit at the main social table in the kitchen/dining area and talk with the hosts, Doreen and Tom. Alternativley, there is a table in the adjoining lounge, where guests can also eat. On warmer days, guests are also welcome to dine outside and admire the views. Coffee-lovers can enjoy a fresh 'bean to cup' brew made with the DeLonghi machine in the kitchen.
There is a large secure shed, for cyclists arriving to the house, to store their bikes. Any wet gear from the day can be left out in the shed to drip-dry. Packed lunches can be ordered to take on the journey the next day and a luggage transfer can be organised.
There are a number of local activities that Caragh River Lodge are happy to help organise for guests, from guided walks up Carrauntoohil, to boat fishing on Caragh Lake or Woodcock shooting during the Winter months.