Staying in an Irish manor house in Ireland is an absolute must if you’re exploring the Irish countryside. One of the quintessential Irish experiences, they can be found speckled throughout the countryside and offer little pockets of homey luxury.
After exploring Dublin, we rented a car and made our way south to the medieval city of Kilkenny before heading further down to the port city of Cork and finally west to County Kerry to explore the fabled Ring of Kerry. We chose to base ourselves in Killarney, Ireland where we discovered Cahernane House.
What a find! I can’t begin to describe how truly beautiful this place is. It had been raining all day when we finally turned onto the glowing-green tree tunnel of a driveway that led to the manor house. Covered in ivy, the grand old manor looked luxurious from the start.
Inside a roaring fire blazed in the stately entry hall’s ornamental fireplace. With a wood paneled ceiling and crisscrossing decorative wooden staircases, the room was decked out in antiques and presided over by a stuffed deer head that looked a little mischievous.
Decked out in classy period furniture, the common rooms of this hotel are splendid, and so well appointed as to rival the interiors of most Irish castles. You can hang out in the library, which is lined with jumbo gold framed portraits, a grandfather clock, decorative chess sets and a stuffed peacock, plus books in several languages.
The adjoining drawing room looks out onto green rolling hills dotted with cows. Painted yellow and filled with cool odds and ends like a stuffed pheasant, ceramic dogs on the mantle, a harp and a grand piano, this room is equally spectacular and super cozy with its central fireplace. The rooms are even lit by actual burning candles, along with crystal chandeliers.
As if all this ambiance isn’t enough, the rooms are large and roomy and there are modern touches throughout the manor, like a glass walled add-on lounge with sleek white furniture and endless pasture views.
I could feel the relaxation sinking in with each passing minute. And to top things off the manor serves afternoon tea (pretty much whenever and wherever on the property you want it) that is among the best I’ve ever had, comprised of a generous selection of finger sandwiches made on the spot, along with tea, cookies and scones of course.
Since Ireland is famous for their dairy (Cork has its own Butter Museum!) the cheese platter is another must, stacked with more than generous helpings of delicious full-bodied flavorful cheeses from the region and fruit and chutney to go along with it all. A truly cozy and classic place to stay, this was our favorite hotel in Ireland.
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