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, with a bistro menu in the Cellar Bar or conservatory.

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

Hotel
HistoricalViews
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 064-663–1895

HOTEL DETAILS

38 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

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