SOUTHERN CO. KERRY
KENMARE COUNTRY COTTAGES
Rural cottages a few minutes drive from Kenmare, lively touring center of southern Kerry.
THE LODGINGS & THEIR SETTING: Located on hillsides above both the north and the south shores of Kenmare Bay and west and southwest of Kenmare town in southern County Kerry, Home At First‘s Kenmare Country Cottages may seem remote. They are, however, no more than 6-minutes drive from Kenmare, the principal town of scenic southwestern Ireland where the country’s highest mountains meet the sea at the Rings of Kerry and Beara. There are three independent cottages in the collection. While each is unique, all have similar furniture in a style that is at once modern and traditional with heavy wood and overstuffed upholstery: substantial and comfortable. Expect all the modern conveniences in the kitchen and living room. Importantly for isolated-site lodgings, all three cottages have laundry rooms with washer/dryers. All three cottages have enclosed, landscaped yards with furnished patios that can be used for al fresco dining and/or barbecuing. Details of each of the three cottages follow:
• Kenmare Heights Cottage is in a rural setting less than ½ mile from bustling Kenmare. The cottage is along a minor road on the heights above the north shore of Kenmare Bay, looking south over the bay and across to the rugged Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula.
Kenmare Heights Cottages is a 2-story, 2-bedroom, 2½-bath, whitewashed house ideal for small families (up to 5 persons) or two couples. On the ground floor, the spacious, open-plan living room and dining area features leather-accented sofas, a color TV, stereo, with a solid fuel stove in the fireplace, and a dining table suite. The kitchen also has a dining table and chairs, and is well-equipped with a fridge, electric range, and microwave. The kitchen opens onto a spacious, patio. Also just off the kitchen are a powder room (WC) and laundry room with washer/dryer.
The two bedrooms and bathrooms occupy the second floor. The master bedroom has a double bed & a single bed, plus a bathroom with Jacuzzi tub & shower. A second bedroom has a double bed plus bathroom with shower. Rooms have electric storage heaters. Private, off-street parking is adjacent to the cottage.
• Kerry View Cottage is a 2-story, 5-bedroom, 5-bath, rural house ideal for families or groups of up to 11 persons. Three bedrooms have private baths en suite. The master bedroom’s bath features a whirlpool tub and a shower. Two bedrooms share a large bath. The master bedroom and two other bedrooms have double beds. Twin beds equip a fourth bedroom. The fifth bedroom has a double bed and a single bed. Four bedrooms are on the upper floor. The master bedroom has a furnished balcony & a grand view.
The ground floor has one bedroom in addition to the well-equipped kitchen with dining nook, an elegant entrance hall with wood burning stove, and formal dining room with multiple tables and French doors to a furnished patio. The expansive living room has plush, upholstered chairs, sofa and love seat, enclosed fireplace, and large color TV, and opens onto the patio and gardens with sweeping views. A laundry room with a full-sized washer & dryer opens off the kitchen. Rooms have efficient electric storage heaters. Private parking for several cars is immediately in front of the cottage.
Kerry View Cottage is private and gated among manicured lawns and gardens in an idyllic rural setting just two miles from the colorful regional center of Kenmare. Four of its five bedrooms, the living room, and the entrance hall feature views north across Kenmare Bay to Ireland’s highest mountains, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, topping the Ring of Kerry.
• Kenmare Bay Cottage is is a 2-story, 4-bedroom, 4-bath cottage ideal for families or groups of up to 9 persons. Each bedroom has its own private bath. Two bedrooms — including the master — have double beds. Two bedrooms have twin beds. Three bedrooms are on the upper floor; one bedroom is on the ground floor. Also on the ground floor are the well-equipped kitchen, large living room/dining room with fireplace and large color TV, and a sunny conservatory that opens onto a outdoor terrace with a barbecue grill. There is a utility room with a washer & dryer.
All bedrooms, the living room, and the conservatory have views north across Kenmare Bay to Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains. Rooms have efficient electric storage heaters. Private parking for several cars is immediately in front of the cottage.
Kenmare Bay Cottage is set in an idyllic rural setting just two miles from the colorful regional center of Kenmare in southernmost County Kerry in Ireland’s southwestern corner. The upland perch of the cottage is private and gated on an acre of manicured lawns and gardens.
KENMARE, founded in 1670, is not old by Irish standards. Even so, its surrounding region has prehistoric monuments, and considerable Celtic & Viking history. The town occupies a scenic and strategic setting at mouth of the Roughty River where it empties into Kenmare Bay. The bay — an arm of the Atlantic Ocean — is wedged like a fjord between the mountainous Beara and Iveragh peninsulas. Kenmare (population of about 2,000) is a colorful, neat town with many shops, restaurants (latest count: 30+), and pubs. Kenmare’s Wednesday market fills its busy central square, where the town’s tourist information office is also located.
TOURING: Kenmare’s setting between two extraordinary peninsulas is ideal as a touring base for exploration of southwestern Ireland: western County Cork and southern County Kerry. Two major peninsular touring routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, converge at Kenmare. Within day-trip distance of Kenmare are the large towns of Killarney, Bantry, and the city of Cork, plus many authentic Irish villages as well as lively market towns with pubs featuring traditional Irish music. Reachable attractions include Killarney National Park, the Rings of Beara, Kerry, and Dingle, the Caha Mountains and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountains), Ross Castle, and world-famed Blarney Castle. Airports: Cork 2 hrs E; Shannon 3½ hrs NE; Dublin 6 hrs NE.
ACTIVITIES: In addition to touring, guests enjoy water sports (fishing, boating, swimming) along the coast, golf at nearby courses (Kenmare G.C. & Ring of Kerry G.C) or at world class courses a little further afield: Waterville, Killarney, even Tralee, Ballybunion, and Old Head of Kinsale. Close to Kenmare there’s walking, hiking, and climbing in the Caha Mountains and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, pony trekking, visiting craft shops, and joining in the traditional Irish music nights at local pubs.
Whether you stay close to home or day-trip far & wide, Kenmare is a friendly, happy, welcoming town to return to, to dine in, to stroll around, and to base your Ireland Independence adventures.