Ard Na Sidhe Country House

Ring of Kerry, Cork, Kerry and the South, Ireland

At a Glance

  • Glorious location overlooking Caragh Lake on the Ring of Kerry

  • Quiet and intimate - the perfect romantic escape

  • Stylish decor and a sophisticated ambience

  • Magical gardens to explore

  • Delicious locally sourced cuisine

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

Special experiences can be found on the lake. One such in particular involves kayaking in the moonlight. A romantic evening to be sure.

If you want to visit incredible Skellig Michael, a stay at Ard Na Sidhe will save nearly an hour's travel compared to staying in Kenmare or Killarney.

Relax in the drawing room in the evenings and be enchanted by the daily harpist.

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Description

In a spellbinding location overlooking Caragh Lake on the Ring of Kerry, Ard Na Sidhe is a wonderfully serene historic country house hotel that simply oozes good taste. As a relaxing base for exploring Southwest Ireland, Ard Na Sidhe cannot be bettered.

Hidden away amongst a riot of sub-tropical vegetation above the bewitching waters of Caragh Lake near the small town of Killorglin in County Kerry, Ard Na Sidhe is a beautiful small manor hotel that offers, a palpable sense of harmony and tranquility along with the most authentic of Irish welcomes. For discerning travellers, Ard Na Sidhe is pure magic.

Once the Edwardian country retreat of renowned Anglo-Irish gardener and travel writer Lady Edith Gordon, Ard Na Sidhe has retained its quirky Arts and Crafts style, and rooms are filled with antiques, mullioned windows and an unutterable sense of peace – so much so in fact that many guests stay put simply to enjoy the gorgeous lake and gardens, ringed evocatively by the mountains of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

There are 18 uniquely decorated rooms at Ard Na Sidhe, ten in the main house and eight in the more contemporary-styled Garden House. Rooms in the main house are more atmospheric (five have lake views), but all are wonderfully restful and fitted out with luxury amenities. Don’t, however, expect a TV in your room – Ard Na Sidhe is a place to tune out the modern world.

An intimate dining room offers sustaining Irish breakfasts and more elegant candle-lit fare in the evenings that draws on superb local provender such as wild Atlantic seafood, Kerry lamb and summer fruits. After dinner enjoy a brandy from the honesty bar and relax convivially by the open fire.

The gardens, full of secret glades, rare trees and hidden paths, are divine, sweeping down to the edge of the lake. If you wish you can play a game of croquet on the lawn, dream away the afternoon with tea on the terrace as you take in the blissful views or stroll down to the shoreline and take out a rowing boat to Robert’s Island.

If you can pull yourself away from the lotus land that is Ard Na Sidhe, you’ll find some of Ireland’s most magical places nearby. Its location means that reaching both the fabled island of Skellig Michael and the Dingle Peninsula is much easier than if you were to stay in Kenmare or Killarney, and staff will happily advise on and arrange your time here if you wish, and even provide a picnic basket for you to enjoy while exploring a stone circle or on a wild beach pounded by Atlantic breakers.

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Accommodation

There are 18 en-suite rooms at Ard na Sidhe, a country house that encourages tranquillity and total relaxation without the distraction of television or radio. With the sound of the lake lapping the shore and such elegant surroundings, staying here really is an escape. Ten bedrooms are located in the main house, eight are within the Garden House and rooms are split into two main categories, superior and standard. All rooms offer deep mattresses, well-appointed antique furnishings, modern en-suites and luxury amenities. In the Garden House, two superior rooms offer the flexibility necessary for families with two small children.

Main House Standard Room

The Main House bedrooms at Ard na Sidhe are elegantly furnished with soft tones, showing the influence of the Arts & Crafts movement, and are perfectly designed to complement the historic building.

Rooms are large, have lots of windows, boast deep mattresses and modern en suite bathrooms.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Ard na Sidhe with suitable accommodation for families located in the Garden House.

Facilities

The dining room at Ard na Sidhe offers an intimate venue for breakfast and dinner, crisp linens and quality tableware are the backdrop for regional and international dishes. The open fire in the lounge is the perfect place to relax with a drink after dinner and the terrace ideal for Afternoon Tea. Those wishing to explore further can be provided with a picnic basket from the kitchen for an alfresco afternoon treat. The hidden pathways of the 32 acres of impressive garden is the perfect place to get lost, play croquet or simply enjoy with a good book.

Activities

There is much to explore around Ard na Sidhe Country House, go deep sea angling in Kenmare or Dingle Bays, climb Ireland's highest peak or visit the Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head. There are maps and guides on hand and staff will gladly give you local tips and send you off to explore with your own picnic.

Reviews

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Sierra Obermark (Staff)

Ard Na Sidhe Country House Hotel is even more charming in person than the photos give away. Located in County Kerrry, Ard Na Sidhe is perfectly located as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, while still being a stone's thow away from some of Ireland's main attractions, that is, if you ever want to leave the beautiful 32 acre grounds. The gardens lead down to the edge of Caragh Lake. It is easy to spend hours wandering around and taking in all the rare imported plants alongside the ones most commonly found in Ireland. Its no wonder that the hotel is so aptly named, meaning "Hill of the Faries". The small staff is there for your every need and whim, nothing is too much trouble, and they will be happy to serve you drinks while lounging in front of the fireplace listening to the harpist.

Experiences

  • Blarney Castle

    Famed for its Blarney Stone, which by kissing will bestow the gift of eloquence, Blarney Castle was built over six hundred years ago by Cormac McCarthy, one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. But don't forget to explore the castle and gardens too.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometre stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • Heywood Lutyens Gardens

    Set among 50 acres of formal gardens and exquisitely romantic landscaped lakes and woodland just outside Dublin, Heywood is one of Ireland’s great gardens. Any garden lover staying in Dublin should make a special point of visiting Heywood.

  • Horse and carriage ride in Killarney National Park

    Sit back and relax in a traditional Jaunting Car- a two-wheeled carriage pulled by a single horse.

  • Kayaking in Killarney National Park

    Enjoy a magical Kayak trip as you explore one of the many beautiful lakes of Killarney National Park.

  • Magical Skellig Michael

    Skellig Michael, a towering sea crag rising from the wild Atlantic Ocean around eight miles off the coast of Kerry, is a mind-blowing destination whose stark spirituality and skirling seabird colonies will live in your mind long after you have returned.

  • Sea Kayaking

    Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure as you enjoy the beautiful Irish coastline , navigating sheltered waters to hidden coves. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as puffins or seals whilst listening to the calming lap of the ocean.

  • The Beara Peninsula

    Located mostly in County Cork, the Beara Peninsula is the third major 'ring' in Ireland's southwest after Kerry and Dingle. Here you can escape the hordes and find in its tiny coastal communities captivating views and Ireland at its peaceful best.

  • The English Market

    With its mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from overseas, along with some great banter at its mainly family-run stalls, the English Market in Cork will charm anyone with an interest in food.

  • The Ring of Kerry

    Snaking more than 120 scenically captivating miles in a circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry, The Ring of Kerry takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes, lakes and mountains and charming seaside villages.

  • The Rock of Cashel

    Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.

  • Traditonal Irish Dining Experience

    Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish hospitality and ‘craic’ as you’re welcomed into the home of a local family for dinner.

Holiday Ideas

  • Grand Tour of Ireland

    Belfast, Antrim Coast, Donegal, Ashford Castle, Clare, Kerry, Cork & Dublin

    from £7400 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • A comprehensive luxury private journey round the whole of Ireland
    • Discover the extraordinary beauty of Giant's Causeway, Connemara and Kerry
    • Offers the chance to enjoy Ireland authentically and off the beaten track in Donegal and Sligo
  • Grand Tour of the British Isles

    London, Cotswolds, Kerry, Clare, Dublin, Gleneagles & Edinburgh

    from £8500 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights

    • Take in the absolute highlights of the British Isles
    • You will be accompanied by a private driver-guide for the entire duration
    • Pampering experience staying at some of the most characterful and stylish hotels

Location & directions

Ring of Kerry, Cork, Kerry and the South, Ireland

Ard Na Sidhe is located on the Ring of Kerry overlooking Caragh Lake outside the village of Killorglin in County Kerry.

How to get there

The nearest airports are Kerry Airport (1 hour by road) and Shannon International Airport (2.5 hours by road).

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