Fodor's Expert Review Cahernane House Hotel

Muckross Rd., Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

Dating from 1877, this imposing gray-stone house, once the residence of the earls of Pembroke, sits at the end of a long private avenue through a tunnel of trees—a refuge from the touristy buzz of Killarney town. A crackling log fire awaits in the stunning drawing room, which, like all the reception rooms, has highly polished mahogany furniture, wall paneling, grand velvets, and time-burnished paintings. It's worth paying extra for a room in the original house—they have a genuine sense of history, with fine Victorian furniture. Newer rooms have private garden access and peaceful parkland views. Classic French cuisine is served in the Herbert Room (closed Sunday night), with a bistro menu in the Cellar Bar daily from 1-9:30 pm.

PROS

  • Great old-world atmosphere
  • Very luxe
  • Fantastic views

CONS

  • Standard rooms are disappointingly plain
  • Lots of weddings
  • Rooms in new wing lack character of those in main house

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 064-663–1895
Website: cahernane.com

HOTEL DETAILS

48 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. and Feb., Free Breakfast

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