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.
- great old-world atmosphere
- very luxe
- fantastic views
- standard rooms are disappointingly plain
- lots of weddings
- rooms in new wing lack character of those in main house
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.