Killarney is one of the most beautiful and popular areas in Ireland because of the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park. The city is also booming with fantastic local restaurants and bars, so we suggest travelers stay at least one night to enjoy Killarney. There are quite a few boutique hotels in Killarney to choose from, but the one we highly recommend is Cahernane House Hotel. Cahernane House Hotel is a lovely four-star boutique hotel in Killarney, Ireland that boasts history, has luxury accommodations and goes beyond hospitality expectations.
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History of the Cahernane Estate
In 1656, Henry Arthur and Edward Herbert were gifted estates in the Killarney county. Edward was gifted the famous Muckross Estate while Henry Arthur was gifted the smaller estates of Cullen and Cahernane. During the time of ownership, Henry Arthur demolished the Queen Anne style estate to rebuild it for a Victorian style estate. Today, the Cahernane House remains in its Victorian style.
For five generations, the Herbert families ran the three estates until 1914. It was during this time when Henry Arthur Herbert decided to lease the property to be used as a hotel in order to pay off debts. Over the last century the property changed hands many times over until 2016 when it finally rested in the capable hands of the International Hotel Management Company PREM Group. Now it one of the best boutique hotels in Killarney, Ireland.
Above and Beyond Hospitality
Cahernane House Hotel’s incredible hospitality is what makes this boutique hotel in Killarney, Ireland the best. Not only were we greeted with a warm Irish welcome, but we also had a beautiful letter and delicious desserts from the staff waiting in our room.
The generosity continued as our bell man, Roger, went above and beyond to make our trip perfect. We did not have any more euros for a taxi ride, so he offered to take us into the city. Not only did he save us money, but also the hassle of figuring out a way to get into the city. We could not have asked for better hospitality from the team at Caharnane House Hotel.
This luxurious 4 star boutique hotel in Killarney has only 40 spacious guest rooms and 28 amazing deluxe rooms. Twelve of the guest rooms are located in the original house, whereas the remaining rooms are located in the garden wing. Within the 40 spacious guests rooms are different room categories. In the manor house there are superior rooms, signature rooms and a Herbert Suite. In addition to the deluxe rooms, the garden wing also has superior rooms, junior suites and a Muckross Suite. Each room throughout the original house and garden wing are decorated with the intent of capturing the essence of the country manor traditions.
We were gracious to be placed in a spacious and luxurious Muckross Suite. Our room was decorated in a modern style with small touches of antique furniture to reflect the history and original time period of the manor house. Though we were not in a castle, the color patterns of soft silver and gold made us feel like royalty. Take a look into our beautiful suite.
Our Muckross Suite had a large living room equipped with a flat screen tv, couch, a nook for suitcases, cherry wood furniture and a beautiful antique cheveret desk. The room was very open because of the floor to ceiling windows throughout the suite. We even had our own private balcony with views of the sunset behind the Tomies and Glena Mountains.
Our bedroom was also spacious. It had a gorgeous ottoman, a luscious bed comforter and the softest pillows. This was our favorite bed of our entire Ireland trip – so comfortable! The bedroom also included a round table and an adorable coffee cart that we could enjoy in the morning.
The ensuite bathroom was cozier than our bedroom and living area. It had everything we needed – a single sink, toilet, shower and a relaxing full bathtub. We were also provided with complimentary Elemis amenities and bath robes to enjoy during our stay.
There are two dining options offered at Cahernane House Hotel – Herbert Restaurant and Cellar Bar. Herbert Restaurant is perfect for guests looking for a fine dining experience, whereas the Cellar Bar is for anyone looking for a more casual atmosphere.
The Herbert Restaurant has recently been awarded 2 AA Rosettes (an acclaimed UK and Ireland recognition of culinary excellence). The restaurant is led by Chef Eric Kavanagh who only uses the finest locally sourced seasonal produce. Guests are offered either a tasting menu or an a la carte menu every night from 6:30pm to 9pm.
The exquisite dishes executed at Herbert Restaurant are complimented with its luxurious interior design of the dining room. Beautiful silver curtains drape the windows that offer stunning views of the Tomies and Purple Mountains. There were also stunning crystal chandeliers hanging from the celling. Every detail brings a special touch to provide guests with a special dining experience.
Breakfast at Herbert Restaurant
Breakfast is included in the daily rate and is served between 8am and 10:30am every morning. Cahernane House Hotel offers guests a full Irish breakfast with a buffet-style cold selection of fresh fruit, charcuterie, cheese, yogurt, cereal and fruit juices. In addition, there is also a menu to order hot dishes of oatmeal porridge, omelette, traditional Irish breakfast, buttermilk pancakes and more.
The Cellar Bar is located in the original wine cellar of the manor’s basement. It has a warm and inviting atmosphere with leather seats along the wood and brick walls. Guests can enjoy a selection of some light fare, main courses and desserts. Some dishes include, monkfish, lamb burger, traditional Irish cottage pie and more. Of course, the Cellar Bar offers a wide range of beers, spirits and wines for guests. In addition to the liquid gold of Ireland (Guinness), Cellar Bar also has locally produced beers from the Killarney Brewing Company on draft. The bar is open daily from 1pm – 6pm, but can stay open late for guests.
We love the location of Cahernane House Hotel. It is located on the edge of Killarney National Park and has a very country-esque feel. The privacy on the estate is relaxing and allows you to escape all the hustle and bustle of the city center. Though this boutique hotel in Killarney is in the countryside, it is not far from Killarney’s top destinations. Everything is a short drive away, or you can enjoy the complimentary bikes offered from Cahernane House Hotel.
- Ten minute drive to Killarney’s city center
- Ten minute drive to Torc Waterfall at Killarney National Park
- Eight minute drive to Muckross House
- Fourteen minute drive to Muckross Abbey
- Eight minute drive to Ross Castle
We cannot recommend this wonderful boutique hotel in Killarney enough. Not only did Cahernane House Hotel provide us with luxury accommodations, but they also had impeccable hospitality. The privacy and countryside atmosphere of the estate was the cherry on top of this amazing experience.
Cahernane House Hotel
Muckross Rd, Cahernane, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
+353 64 663 1895
Christina + Adam
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