Key Information

The house is located 2km from the centre of the charming town of Kenmare.

  • 3 bedrooms – sleeps 6
  • On the Wild Atlantic Way, The Ring of Beara and The Ring of Kerry
  • Beautiful views over the Caha mountains and Kenmare Bay
  • 15 minute walk to town
  • Close to supermarkets
  • LCD, DVD, WiFi
  • Daily songbird wake up call
  • Spot the deer on the lawn

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South Kerry Experiences

You need more than just an outstanding place to stay.  These are some of the experiences that will help make your holiday special and  memorable.

Meet professional designers and craft makers, galleries, artist studios, and shops on the Beara and the Dingle peninsula and along the Ring of Kerry.  Studio locations are dotted across the County of Kerry. A visit to any studio along the route offers you the chance to see first-hand the making of exceptional craft work. Demonstrations and workshops with the makers can be arranged

A family chocolate making workshop in Lorge’s factory and discover the passion of chocolate and share the fun together. Learn the history and origin of chocolate before getting stuck into dipping, moulding and making! family chocolate making workshop in Lorge’s factory and discover the passion of chocolate and share the fun together. Learn the history and origin of chocolate before getting stuck into dipping, moulding and making!

Cycle over the Priest’s Leap to Glengarriff, where a driver will be awaiting to bring you back.  The 30 km  climbs 1600 feet, and then returns to sea level.  The road rarely sees more than a couple of dozen cars a day.  You might see Sika deer, Irish hares and red squirrels, woodpeckers, dippers and kestrel.

Hike with a local storyteller and naturalist who will bring the countryside alive.  This part of Kerry is blessed with many hiking trails, but being away from the tourist centre of Killarney they are peaceful and tranquil.

Golfers are spoiled for choice in Kerry.  Kinsale, Ballybunion and Adare are all within 2 hours.  Waterville, Tralee, Killareney, and The Dooks are about 1 hour.  Ring of Kerry and Kenmare Golf Club are both within a 10 minute drive.  And once in a blue moon very lucky golfers might be able to get on to Hog’s Head.

Traditional Music  – McCarthy’s Bar, The Brook Lane and The Lansdowne Arms are always good for a traditional music session.  However for an amazing experience we can turn your house into an entertainment hub for the evening with local traditional musicians and a story teller.

Watersports including kayaking, sailing, surfing.    You try out diving with a an afternoon introductory course, or head out for deep sea fishing in the Atlantic.

Join a  Marine Biology and Oceanography scientist on a fantastic adventure, discover the vast biodiversity this fascinating microcosmos has to offer and learn more about the extreme environment of the tidal zone along the Kenmare Pier and Park.  You’ll also learn a little about the edible plants growing in and and beside the sea

The World’s Oldest Field Sport   Enjoy a private Hawk Walk where YOU fly a hawk. Experience the pleasure and excitement of falconry, a sport that has fascinated kings, princes, lords and ladies for 4,000 years.  Your instructor will introduce you to your hawk and, within minutes, you will be setting off around the magnificent woodlands to fly your hawk free. As you fly the hawks, your Falconer will explain about the hawks exceptional eyesight, their speed and agility and also about the individual hawks that you are flying, their characters and temperaments and how easy or difficult they were to train.   Be sure to bring your camera! Flying a hawk is an experience of a lifetime.

Sheep dogs – Meet a local shepherd, as the sheep dogs work  the flock of sheep on the mountain.   The farmer then gives a fascinating demonstration of how a sheep dog is used to bring in the sheep. Responding to whistled commands, the dogs guide the sheep downwards. Miraculously, by the end of the demonstration all the sheep are calmly gathered in a pen beside you.    You’ll learn a little about the economics of sheep farming, the different breeds and uses from wool, to meat, to cheese, their importance for the substantiable grazing of land.  Depending on the time of year, the shepherd will demonstrate shearing sheep.  And of course, if they are around, you can take a hand at feeding a baby lamb or playing with a sheepdog puppy.

Horse riding  – Spend a morning on a beautiful hose riding along the beautiful coastline of Kenmare Bay,  through woodlands up into the mountains with breath-taking views.

The Wild Atlantic Way food trail    Meet cheese makers, foragers, and brewers, and for lunch visit  a famed smokery for fish stories and a full board of whatever wild fish they have in store. Expect smoked pollack, hake or haddock, albacore tuna, mackerel, monkfish and most uniquely, Wild Atlantic Salmon, and maybe some of “home use” fare such as smoked ray wing or Wild Atlantic Salmon Bottarga. Everything is enjoyed with Irish brown soda bread and farmhouse butter and a hot cup of Barry’s tea

Be a farmer     Meet the herdsman at the milking parlour and have a quick tour of the sheds.  After feeding the sheep and lambs, collect the cows and bring them to the parlour for milking.  Milk the cows and drink the freshest milk you’re ever going to get.  After returning the cows to the field you’ll get a litre of fresh milk to take home with you for breakfast.

Kenmare is about a 4 hour drive from Dublin and Rosslare,  2½ hours  from Shannon and 90 minutes from Cork.     There are trains to Cork and Dublin from Killarney, 40 minutes away.    For private planes Kerry Airport ( 1 hour) has customs, immigration and refueling facilities and a 2000 m asphalt runway.  We can arrange car hire, and have some excellent local driver guides to take you exploring.

Why Kenmare?  A little more sophisticated and a lot quieter than its more famous neighbour, Killarney,  Kenmare is a foodies delight.  5 local restaurants had a Michelin Plate in the 2020 guide.    In our opinion there are another 12 that deserve recognition.  The town is eminently walkable, and has,  apart from  some rather good craft shops,  a wine merchant, an antique shop, a couple of book shops, an ice cream parlour with delicious home made ice cream,  a music shop, a couple of art galleries and a dozen pubs.

And our favorite activity there?   To take a boat down Kenmare Bay to a scrumptious dinner at The Boathouse Bistro, as the sun sinks into the Atlantic.

House Description

Off the marble floored hall is a guest bathroom and the library – a delightful bright, oak-floored room with views over the bay and with an imposing open fireplace.

The Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen form a large open plan space.

The octagonal living room, with a cream marble fireplace, sparkling Waterford Crystal chandelier and double doors leading to the outdoor terrace,  has comfortable seating overlooking the Mountains and Kenmare Bay, the impressive views framed in the three large windows.  The 50 sq. m.  terrace has an eight seater teak outdoor dining table with a couch and seats all with fabulous views over Muxnaw mountain and the Kenmare Bay.

The dining room has a unique locally crafted circular mahogany table with cream leather seating for eight guests.

No expense was spared creating the kitchen,  a superbly designed room with beautifully crafted floor and wall mounted units, drawers with the soft closing system all topped off with a granite work surface and separate island with seating for four people. There is a fitted RangeMaster gas cooker, an integrated dishwasher and two integrated fridge freezers, one of which has an ice making machine built in. There is also a large slide out pantry with extensive shelving.

In the utility room you will find a washing machine clothes dryer and a microwave.

Behind the kitchen is the television room with relaxed seating, a 42” Sony LCD TV. Recordable DVD player and SKY channels.  The room also has large glass double doors which lead out to the outdoor patio with views of the Beara Mountains.

The South facing master bedroom has two large slide and sash windows with views of the bay and surrounding mountains.  There is a walk-in wardrobe and fully tiled ensuite bathroom with multi head shower, large bath, wash hand basin ad WC. The bedroom has a mahogany sleigh bed  and a 32” TV

Guest Bedroom One – overlooking the MacGillicuddy Reeks has a fully tiled ensuite bathroom with Power shower, wash hand basin and WC. A smaller bedroom, it      has an antique double bed, comfortable chair and wardrobe.

Guest Bedroom Two – the largest of the guest bedrooms this room has two single walnut sleigh beds with matching lockers and wardrobes and a fully tiled ensuite bathroom with large power shower, wash hand basin and WC.

Guest Bedroom Three – a well proportioned double bedroom. The bathroom is fully tiled with a walk in power shower, wash hand basin and WC.