Fodor's Expert Review Carrig Country House
Caragh Lake, off Ring of Kerry, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice
A rambling two-story Victorian house covered in flowering creepers and set on 4 acres of lush gardens along the secluded shore of Caragh Lake, this comes pretty close to most people's dream rural retreat. The atmosphere is more grand country house than hotel, with turf fires in the main salons to encourage guests to linger. Guest rooms are lavishly decorated with period antiques ranging from cozy-cottage style to ornate Victorian. In addition to enjoying views over the gardens, the lake, and surrounding mountains, you can also hear the lake water lapping the shore from most rooms. Boating and fishing are available. Chef Patricia Teahan presents a tempting menu that features a tasting plate of local oysters and mussels as well as the famously tasty and succulent mountain-herb-fed Kerry lamb.
- lovely secluded location
- real country-house atmosphere
- excellent restaurant
- tricky to find first time
- only croquet and fishing on-site
- no air-conditioning
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–early Mar., Restaurant open daily May–Sept.; closed Sun.–Tues. Oct.–Apr.