Ard Na Sidhe Country House
Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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.
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
To start planning your vacation to Ard Na Sidhe Country House
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 travelers, 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 for a romantic assignation.
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.
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.
Children are welcome at Ard na Sidhe with suitable accommodation for families located in the Garden House.
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.
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.
Location & Directions
Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Ard Na Sidhe is located on the Ring of Kerry overlooking Caragh Lake outside the village of Killorglin in County Kerry.
When to go
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.