Park Hotel Kenmare

Shelburne Rd., Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

One of Ireland's premier country-house hotels, this 1897 stone château has spectacular views of the Caha Mountains and its 11-acre parkland, where every tree seems manicured, features magnificent terraced lawns sweeping down to the bay. A welcoming fire is always burning in the lobby, and the lounge crammed with genuine antiques still manages to be charmingly family-friendly. Nonguests can sample the ambience by taking Victorian afternoon tea—a great idea for a rainy day. Rooms are tastefully furnished with Victorian antiques, and suites have four-poster beds. You can watch classic movies nightly in the 12-seat theater, enjoy dinner—perhaps sample the tasting menu—in the elegant dining room, and indulge in meditation walks and other goodies offered by the deluxe spa.

PROS

  • amazingly friendly staff
  • great spa
  • impressive grounds

CONS

  • a bit like living in a museum
  • basic room rates are quite steep

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 064-664–1200

HOTEL DETAILS

34 rooms, 9 suites
Rate Includes: Closed late Oct.–Dec. 23 and Jan. 3–early Mar. Breakfast

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