Fodor's Expert Review Sheen Falls Lodge Kerry Hotel

Off N71, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

The magnificence of this bright-yellow, slate-roof stone manor is matched only by its setting on 300 secluded acres of lawns, gardens, and forest between Kenmare Bay and the falls of the River Sheen. The public salons are painted in warm, terra-cotta tones, and the mahogany-panel library has more than 1,000 books, mainly about Ireland. Guest rooms—all modern-traditional, in bright yellows and tranquil beiges—have bay or river views. Fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and clay pigeon (skeet) shooting are available on the grounds, and would-be falconers can take a hawk walk. The Cascade Restaurant is renowned for fine dining. There are also six luxurious cottages and villas on the grounds.

PROS

  • rooms have bay or river views
  • good sport amenities on-site
  • Skellig Island trips (boat or helicopter) by arrangement

CONS

  • modern interiors lack traditional character
  • 2 km (1 mile) from the village
  • spa gets busy: book in advance

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Casual
Countryside
Casual Chic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 064-664–1600

HOTEL DETAILS

66 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. 3–Feb. 6

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