Fantastic... Where do I even start. This place makes you feel like royalty, but in such an inviting and natural way as if it was actually your own mansionlike home, where you belong. After two nights here I felt completely entitled to this kind of luxury, and will in the future be even harder to please. The staff were excellent. We arrived after driving around Kerry for the day, probably looking a little worse for wear. In some places it would take less than that to make the staff treat you like something the cat dragged in, but not here! The staff were exceptionally correct and helpful, offered valet service, and the woman who showed us to our room managed to tell us without sounding snooty that formal wear was required in the restaurant, and that they also had an informal lounge where they served dinner. When we got to our room I literally jumped up and down. (After the member of staff had left...)
It was the biggest hotelroom I have ever stayed in. I saw someones comment about the decor being dated, and maybe a little, but it was still lovely. Huge bed, with the nicest pillows I have ever slept on. Nice clean gleaming bathroom with lovely Molton Brown products.
And we had a view of the falls from our window.
The hotel had just opened after being closed for winter, and there were only a few guests. This added to the luxurious atmosphere, and I did truly feel like a queen in my own castle.
We didn't try the formal restaurant, the food seemed unnecessarily elaborate, but not very modern. So we had a gorgeous meal in the lounge, the goatscheese starter was splendid, and we had fantastic wine thanks to the absolutely brilliant sommelier.
The next morning continued in the same style with a glorious breakfast, where the fresh strawberries and flaked almonds to put on the cereal really did top it off. We decided that one night just wasn't enough in this paradise, so we booked in for another night. This meant we got to enjoy the cosy and relaxed bar and the inviting library. It makes you feel like you are in a film, but at the same time you feel so at home that you just want to curl up in the sofa with a book and a cocktail. (At least that is the alter ego I became in this place.) We also spent some time in the spa, with jaccuzzi, pool, sauna and steamroom. Great, but at this stage we expected nothing less. The next morning I tried the salmon bagel for breakfast- delicious. The grounds around the hotel are lovely, and Kenmare itself charming.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lovingly Restored Country Lodge dating from 1765, overlooking Kenmare Bay & Sheen River Falls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheen Falls Kenmare
- Sheen Falls Hotel Kenmare