Effortlessly elegant, the historic Great Southern Killarney is a lavish heritage property featuring relaxing guest rooms, inviting lounges, exquisite cuisine and a first-rate gym and spa. It is unmatched within the Killarney region.
A long, sweeping driveway leads to Cahernane House Hotel, a striking Victorian country manor swathed with creeping vines. The estate abuts Killarney National Park and offers views of a vast expanse of green set against a backdrop of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland's highest mountains.
Inside, the hotel oozes period charm with an impressively grand entrance, high ceilings, antique furniture and traditional taxidermy. Guest rooms are decorated in similar style with subtle florals, beautiful woodwork and elegant curtains. Formal dining is available in the Herbert Restaurant or you can choose more casual fare in the atmospheric wine cellar beneath the hotel.
The hotel is a ten minute walk from the heart of Killarney, or just a five minute drive.
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Rooms are divided between the main house and the newer Garden Wing but all are individually decorated in period style and have just as much charm and character as the rest of the hotel. Each one has individual touches that makes it unique, but throughout, the past is recalled while contemporary comfort is still provided. Expect Victorian floral patterns, antique furnishings and period-style artwork. Rooms offer outstanding views of the surrounding countryside and those in the Garden Wing have private patios or balconies. Many of the rooms feature claw baths, a Jacuzzi or separate showers.
The hotel’s enviable location affords it both unparalleled views of the surrounding national park and close proximity to the heart of Killarney. With its own gardens extending out into Killarney National Park, it's easy to explore the expansive countryside, while the activity of the town can be reached in five minutes by car.
Food and drink
The manor's original wine cellar below the hotel has been converted into the atmospheric Cellar Bar and is a delightful place to sample the large selection of whiskey, craft gin and local beers on offer. With its weathered walls, stone slab floors and vaulted ceilings, it is also a delightful place to dine and serves snacks, light meals and casual dinners. A more formal menu of seasonal local fare is served in the Herbert Restaurant, which acknowledges the stylish and elegant history of the family for which it is named.
Facilities and activities
Cahernane House Hotel has fishing rights on the River Flesk, which has excellent salmon and trout fishing and flows directly behind the property. The hotel will be glad to arrange for you to go out fishing on the river in a private boat and also offers trips with a private ghillie (fishing guide) on the Killarney lakes.
A unique property with a sense of historic grandeur, we love the elegant, period-styled guestrooms, vaulted wine cellar and the fantastic views across the gardens to the mountains.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The charming Killarney Park Hotel is well known for its warm hospitality, delicious cuisine and stylish lounges. Situated in the heart of the town, the hotel offers stunning vistas of the Killarney mountains.
A convivial atmosphere, genuine welcome and classically elegant decor make the Killarney Royal a wonderful base for exploring the nearby national park. Staff go out of their way to ensure guests are comfortable, guest rooms are stylish and the food indulgent.
The Muckross Park Hotel & Spa puts a modern twist on traditional elegance. Featuring an award-winning spa, multiple restaurants and sprawling grounds laced with hiking and cycling trails, this hotel offers a variety of relaxation options for guests.
A historic property updated to luxurious modern standards, Randles Hotel balances high-class elegance with the comfort and welcome of staying in a country home.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Discover the stunning lakeland scenery of Killarney National Park on this leisurely looped tour up the magnificent Gap of Dunloe, an ancient glacial valley, by horse and carriage then across the inky Killarney lakes in an open boat.
Paddle across the inky depths of Lough Leane in a kayak to discover the mysterious ruins of Innisfallen Island, an incredibly romantic spot in the heart of the Killarney lakes where Irish heroes were educated and a herd of deer roam freely.
Discover the secrets behind the making of Irish whiskey on this enjoyable experience that introduces key ingredients and the difference they make to a whiskey's taste and tone. You'll get a tutored tasting as well as pairings with wonderful farmhouse cheeses.
Discover the scenery of the Ring of Kerry on this immersive full-day tour that brings you to some of Ireland's most scenic spots. Take in views of rugged cliffs, ancient monastic sites, stone forts and the legendary Killarney National Park.