Splendid Caragh Lake hideaway in lushest County Kerry
The wooded grounds of this lakeside Kerry hideaway are exquisite. The house stands proud above Caragh Lake, sheltered by huge pines beyond which the lakeshore glitters.
The superlative lakeside setting. • Edwardian country house elegance. • Peace and seclusion.
Hit the Spot
On the lush wooded shores of Caragh Lake, in the scenic Ring of Kerry.
Fabulous wooded grounds leading down to Caragh Lake, where you can take out a rowing boat. There's a terrace and lawn for teas and pre-dinner drinks, and an inviting lounge.
Good to know
Guests come to Ard na Sidhe to escape. – so you may not find an in-room TV or wi-fi.
ClosedClosed October – early May
ParkingThere is free guest parking.
AirportKerry – 15 miles
TrainKillarney station – 14 miles
PetsGuide dogs only
LocationCaragh Lake, Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland
18 rooms and suites
Some rooms have four posters, and the best have grand lake views.
Room 2 is the real plum – loads of space and the best views of the lake.
Eat & Drink
Two adjoining intimate dining rooms are candlelit at night. Tables are dressed in crisp linens and crystal, and menus feature a mix of Irish and international dishes. Mains range from Atlantic-caught fish to Irish beef, and the Irish cheeses to follow could well divert your eyes from the more-ish mousse of pear with Bailey's cream sauce. Other favourites include duck with blackcurrant sauce, avocado and shrimp salad and scrummy Black Forest gateau. Cosy up later around the lounge's peat fire for a post-dinner chaser.
Buffet breakfast is served until 10am
Available morning and evening.
See & Do
Explore lovely Caragh Lake on foot or in the hotel's rowing boat, then maybe set off for the Gap of Dunloe – an eight-mile mountain pass – followed by a trip through the three lakes of Killarney. Follow the pretty path up to the Torc waterfall, tumbling 18m into Muckross Lake, where Muckross House sits at the heart of the Killarney national park. Or make a day of it touring the scenic Ring of Kerry. If you're feeling sporty, there's swimming and tennis at Ard na Sidhe's two Killarney sister hotels, and golf nearby.
Book a pampering ESPA treatment at the Hotel Europe, near Killarney.