Kerry/ Eco-Lodge B&B

House - Private room · Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Áine, In Kenmare Bay

3 Crisp Bright Dbl Ens Rooms + Eco House +
Organic/Veg/Gluten F Breakfasts
Explore 2 Peninsulas & Bay + Killarney Nat. Park Mts & Lakes

5kms Kenmare Bay/Town w/ Sea food + LiveTrad.Music + Airport 40mins

Rural Peace + Natural Home B&B

Your host, Áine, In Kenmare Bay
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3 Crisp Bright Dbl Ens Rooms + Eco House +
Organic/Veg/Gluten F Breakfasts
Explore 2 Peninsulas & Bay + Killarney Nat. Park Mts & Lakes

5kms Kenmare Bay/Town w/ Sea food + LiveTrad.Music + Airport 40mins

Rural Peace + Natural Home B&B

The Space

Kenmare/Kerry Eco Lodge holds 6 people max and it is usual for guests to have it exclusively to yourselves. Enjoy the deep rural peace or hit the town for music & superb gourmet dining.
3 rooms, 2 of which are en suite + 1/ bathroom -
Breakfast of local artisan cheeses and breads & salmon, plus delights of fresh fruits and meusli, etc etc.. + Vegetarian + Gluten Free.

Situate in a Peaceful Wooded River Valley by Bay of Kenmare & The spectacular Killarney National Park +
Views to Ireland's Highest Mountains + hills all around.The ares is a vast outdoors of unspoiled sea, lakes and mountains.

- ask me to take you downriver to the magical swimming pool
- ask me where you can hike up and over a waterfall or the wonderful trail walk all the way to Killarney in 2hours - viewing scenery that poet Shelly friend of Byron compared to Lake Como in Italy..
You wonder why visitors go anywhere else! ....the area is a microcosm of the best of what Ireland has to offer.

Interior: New House with Character.
Crisp Clean presentation
Modern Oak floored rooms & vertical windows.
Natural furnishings
Natural Cleaning products used + wooden floors always washed.
Substantial breakfast of natural/local/health foods
(Owner has a nutirition + massage + reflexology dimplomas + works as visiting therapist in a local five star spa).

The house is an Ecological Hemp Build the only one of its kind offering accommodation in S. Ireland.


Located/3.05 miles outside Kenmare Bay & Kenmare - Irelands prettiest small heritage town (and many accolades for being the cleanest).

On the Wild Atlantic Way:-
One of Ireland’s great strengths as a tourist attraction is what it does not have — a lot of people. Ireland is one of the most underpopulated countries in Europe. There are swathes of the western seaboard which are are largely uninhabited. This area is the most unspoiled.

New-Old' style Modern with character
In wooded river valley. 3 Double Rooms.

- - -do check availability as the Airbnb calendar is inaccurate - - -

Eco house made of HEMP
on Wild Atlantic Way
Sleeps 6
(website hidden)

Low key place. Guests not business. Peaceful

Rooms - 3 Doubles. Large. Calm Modern
2 En suites + 1 main bath/shower rm.
Oak wood natural floors n' windows
Views of surrounding hills n' river.
Lots of Parking n' walking space

Location: (website hidden)
10 min/3.5ml from sea & town.(lots on these below)

Rates:
B&B or long or short term stays:
B& B @ E.35 p.p. sharing/E. 40 single occupancy
OR
Per Week Room Rate from E.80 - 180 pp per Wk (subject to conditions)

Other photos & info:
See (website hidden)./kerry/kenmare for more b&b reviews +(website hidden)

Expect
Peaceful, pleasant, relaxing place tucked away from traffic. Surrounded by the most scenic and unspoiled beauty.
Nice ambient underfloor heating 24/7 from geothermal ground source heating when needed.
Expect to find it hard to find me on first journey - so please ask me to meet you. (from town 10mins. 3.5mls a mile upriver on the beautiful sheen river, full of rapids and falls)

Town:
Kenmare - stylish, gourmet, elegant, intimate heritage town of
eclectic shops where music starts at six in the evening. Live traditional music + some dance + live bands/rock late evening.

Overview of Area:
The natural setting of this pretty town is breathtaking. A broad river spills into the long narrow bay of Kenmare. The town has a pier, mountains vistas, rivers, woodlands and a wildlife park on a long, sea inlet.
^Kenmare is a concentration of quality services and offerings in a bowel of mountains by the sea in the middle of a vast area of unspoiled, pristine landscape
^Kenmare is a place for the discerning tourist
^perfect for exploring the mountainous peninsulas of SW Kerry and most of West Cork.
Most of all: -
^Kenmare is a place to just BE

Town
Kenmare is 3mls away. Expect stylish heritage town/ eclectic shops/gourmet cuisine/lots of traditional and other music in small bars. You will need a bike/car/walk to town. Lift pick-ups can be arranged.

More on Kenmare Eco Lodge:
My place offers chill-out privacy or interaction with host/conversation/meals/etc whichever you like. I work/ed in the arts and have the usual cultural interests. I can direct you to heritage, sports, walking routes, shopping, yoga and natural health places or to the locally-made ice-cream shop.

Extras - Holistic Treatment Room - the services of a five star therapist.
Massage/Reflexology/Cranio Sacral.. (therapist to the local 5-Star hotel for the last 7 years)
Guests may book sessions. Rates E25-50.

Read more?
This is a GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE AREA piece I have written for Kenmare Chamber/Tourism

Kenmare Bay/Inbhear Scéine (Ir.) is a 50mile long, narrow sea inlet sheltered between Iveragh peninsula with Ireland’s highest mountain range and the wild, bare uplands of Beara to the south. The bay is very accessible along its length with many harbours, inlets and creeks. It is 18km at its mouth, narrowing gradually as it bisects and separates scenic mature woodlands. There are a number of islands on the bay the most extensive being Dinish and Dunkerron islands close to Kenmare town.
Kenmare is now home to the largest raptor in Europe, the white-tailed sea eagle which has nesting sites on the bay. The bay also has a large colony of seals. It is a popular destination for sea angling, sea cruises and sail training and sea sports. The bay is significant for its micro-climate, which encourages an ecological biodiversity of lush vegetation and natural habitats. The area is outstanding for the richness of historical and archaeological which remain intact. Several hundred archaeological sites lie close to the shoreline and stone circles, standing stones and other monuments abound. In the old mythological tales written in the 12th century by Irish monks, Kenmare Bay is cited as the supposed landing of the last invasion of Ireland by Milesians and the Irish name for the bay, Inbhear Scéine, is linked to these tales.
Kenmare’s most iconic symbol is its double-arched Art Deco bridge, which spans Kenmare Bay at its narrowest point. The bridge is a focal point for the spectacular sunsets, which light up the western skies and the waters of the bay.
At the innermost corner of the bay is Kenmare, a pretty, heritage town with the intimacy and feel of a village. It offers seafood and fine dining, traditional music and quality accommodation all in a surprisingly compact triangle of historic buildings. Within a day’s drive of the town, the furthest reaches of both peninsulas can be accessed, making Kenmare town an ideal and popular all season destination.
For further details about Kenmare Bay and Kenmare Town, see the following sections: XXXXXX
© Anne Barrett, Kenmare Bay Project, 2014

Guest Access

Kitchen tea making.
Me for guide advice - geared to your interests
use of kitchen (from time to time) by request

Interaction with Guests

Space and peace are plentyful here. If you wish me to help plan your trip or just converse/hear about your experiences/or for tips on what to see and do.......I am interested in the things you have come for, nature, walks, gourmet food..... I work in a lot of community development projects heritage/tourism and enhancement....my working background is in literarture/theatre/film.

There is a guest sitting room or you may want to interact. I am interested in what people have to say on many subjects, arts, archetecture, travel, food, drama, visual art, eco .....Sport or fishing? - not great - I can put you in touch with good contacts.

The Neighborhood

Location:
Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare Bay (where it reaches the farthest inland), sometimes called the Kenmare River, where the Roughty River (''An Ruachtach'') flows into the sea, and at the junction of the Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula The traditional Irish name of the bay was ''Inbhear Scéine'' from the Celtic languages and recorded in the 11th Century narrative ''Lebor Gabála Érenn'' as the arrival point of the mythological Irish ancestor Partholón. It is also located near the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Mangerton Mountain and Caha Mountains all popular hillwalking destinations. Nearby towns and villages are Killarney, Bantry, Glengarriff, Tuosist, Ardgroom, Templenoe and Sneem.

further on the Kenmare/Kenmare Bay on The Wild Atlantic Way:
Gateway to the most spectacularly unspoiled Beara and Iveragh peninsulas.The long, narrow bay of Kenmare has woodlands on either side and mountainous uplands all around. It has a rich micro-climate creating lush growth and a variety of natural habitats. Kenmare is a sheltered haven, which makes it place apart from the wild, rugged and liberating open seas.
Kenmare town is an architecturally elegant small heritage town, nestling at the inner corner of Kenmare Bay. It is the place to chill, eat and enjoy the view. Expect fine cuisine with an emphasis on local seafoods, expect live traditional music, eclectic small shops and cafes.
Kenmare has two five star hotels and quality accommodation across the range. The town square is flanked by 19th century town houses and has a Victorian style central recreation area. There is a large, wooded wildlife park on marshy inlet south of the town.
The small and serene pier below the town looks across to Kenmare’s most iconic feature, a double arched art-deco bridge, which spans the bay. Take an eco cruise from the pier or from 4klm further along the WAW route and soak up the tranquility of the bay.
Plan a long, relaxing break. Kenmare is a place where you can just BE.

more of the same if you enjoy reading.....this is a piece I wrote for local tourism:

KENMARE BAY

Kenmare Bay/Inbhear Scéine (Ir.) is a 50mile long, narrow sea inlet sheltered between Iveragh peninsula with Ireland’s highest mountain range and the wild, bare uplands of Beara to the south. The bay is very accessible along its length with many harbours, inlets and creeks. It is 18km at its mouth, narrowing gradually as it bisects and separates scenic mature woodlands. There are a number of islands on the bay the most extensive being Dinish and Dunkerron islands close to Kenmare town.
Kenmare is now home to the largest raptor in Europe, the white-tailed sea eagle which has nesting sites on the bay. The bay also has a large colony of seals. It is a popular destination for sea angling, sea cruises and sail training and sea sports. The bay is significant for its micro-climate, which encourages an ecological biodiversity of lush vegetation and natural habitats. The area is outstanding for the richness of historical and archaeological which remain intact. Several hundred archaeological sites lie close to the shoreline and stone circles, standing stones and other monuments abound. In the old mythological tales written in the 12th century by Irish monks, Kenmare Bay is cited as the supposed landing of the last invasion of Ireland by Milesians and the Irish name for the bay, Inbhear Scéine, is linked to these tales.
Kenmare’s most iconic symbol is its double-arched Art Deco bridge, which spans Kenmare Bay at its narrowest point. The bridge is a focal point for the spectacular sunsets, which light up the western skies and the waters of the bay.
At the innermost corner of the bay is Kenmare, a pretty, heritage town with the intimacy and feel of a village. It offers seafood and fine dining, traditional music and quality accommodation all in a surprisingly compact triangle of historic buildings. Within a day’s drive of the town, the furthest reaches of both peninsulas can be accessed, making Kenmare town an ideal and popular all season destination.
For further details about Kenmare Bay and Kenmare Town, see the following sections: XXXXXX
© Anne Barrett, Kenmare Bay Project, 2014

Getting around

Need for a car or bike. Busses to Killarney and onward train and busses. But getting around in the two peninsulas you need to book a mini bus tour or have a car or enjoy hundred miles long cycles.
Getting to the house - Do travel the easy route N22 from cork or Killarney (your GPs tends to put you on N71 which is the national park road, best see that as a walk and sightseeing trip later) Do come by the easy route N22 and turnoff onto R569. My turnoff on the R569 is two miles before Kenmare. If you miss it you can reach it from town by driving south on N71 over Kenmare Bay bridge. Do please ask me to meet you on last stretch from Kenmare or from Sheen Falls Hotel or on road from south or North N71. I can pick up for expenses from airport etc. I have loads of parking space. Big yard, next house is hardly in view. Surrounded by nature....a bike would do....I am down a dirt laneway and it gives the impression of being very secluded.

Other Things to Note

If you want to forget the car when you are here there are a lot of walks on the doorstep...heritage park down the road Bonane Heritage Park......hills...roads with grass growing up the centre...more sheep than cars kind of thing....see the Waterfalls upriver and down....walk down to the five star hotel for a cocktail....climb the mountains on the waymarked routes....take many of the loop walks in the lower hills, visit Lorge chocolatier's roadside shop in an old Post Office for a hot chocolate...take a dip in the infinity pool at the other five star hotel....ride a horse...swing a golf club....stroll through the lovely looking wildlife park (woods, rhododendron bower and birdwatch) jutting into the bay which is in the town near the pier. Visit the serene pier + take an ECO CRUISE ON SEA SAFARI (marine savvy captain)...see the sea eagles and seals up close and personal...bring a rain hat!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Extra people: $49 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $281 /week
Monthly Price: $491 /month
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • Unser Aufenthalt bei Anne in Kenmare übertraf alle unsere Erwartungen! Das Haus ist herrlich gelegen, wunderbar gebaut und eingerichtet, die Zimmer sind gemütlich und haben viele Fenster in die herrliche Landschaft und das Frühstück war erstklassig. Es gab ausschließlich gesunde frische Naturprodukte.
    Anne ist eine sehr angenehme Gastgeberin, die mit guten Ausflugs-Tipps nicht gespart hat, auf alle Fragen Antworten hatte, sich aber auch zurückzog und sich und uns den nötigen Raum gab. Ein ganz besonderes B&B!!!
    Our stay at Anne's in Kenmare exceeded all our expectations! The house is beautifully located, beautifully designed and decorated, the rooms are cozy and have lots of windows and the breakfast was first class. There were only healthy fresh products.
    Anne is a very pleasant host who gave us many good scenic tips. To all our questions she had answers. But she also withdrew and gave us and herself the necessary space and privacy. A very special B & B!

    June 2014
  • We enjoyed our lovely, quiet, and relaxing stay with Aine. She was flexible with our late arrival and helped with directions to find the house. The room is very comfortable and nicely set up with an en-suite bathroom. It's very clean and nicely designed. Aine was lovely to chat with and so helpful. I had a cold during our stay and she gave me some Echinacea drops to speed up my immune system! Her breakfast is reason enough to stay here, so delicious and nutritious! Fresh squeezed juices were a nice treat. Definitely recommend!

    June 2014
  • Beautiful surroundings and nice rooms

    May 2014
    Áine, In Kenmare Bay
    Response from Áine, In Kenmare Bay:

    HI Yolands, sorry to hear that. I always keep it spotless and did a big clean out before I left. Unfortunately I had gone ten days before you came and men...I am afraid do not have such standards....sorry that my tenant did not keep to my standards that was a slight worry I had and I should have stressed this to him. Very sorry now that I did not. But I took the risk of doing it this way and I guess that is the price.....I hope you make up for things by availing more of the time to use the kitchen without having me around...and yes, when I came back the fridge is full of too much scattered stuff.....I did stress clean tea towels and hand towels and I hope he had that.....I really intended a woman friend to come and check in but unfortunately that arrangement fell through.....will take you for a drink to make up for it if you are ever around again.....I mean that so just remind me. Now, let me go and give John that lesson in fridge maintenance and management. Thanks for telling me. All the best. Aine

    May 2014
  • We really enjoyed the days spent at Aine's home. Everything was simple, Aine provided clear directions to find her home, she really has a good contact with people making them confortable. The house is so beautiful, full of large windows, well decorated, huge ! Aine knows her area very well and gave us many pieces of advice on nice spots to go, restaurants, markets to discover which we did with pleasure. Breakfast is exceptional, very good healthy food and original. We'll no doubt come back to Kenmare thanks to her !

    May 2014
  • If you want to find calm and serenity and feel like home, this is the right place, only 10 minutes from beautifuf city of Kenmare.
    The house is very lightfull and comfortable.
    We enjoyed the delicious Irish breakfast with local products.
    Aine gave us a lot of wise infos on what to do and see around and where to eat.
    This allowed us to see some oustanding scenery and to get to some places that we would have missed otherwise.
    We would strongly recommend to go to Aine's place if you stop in the Kenmare area.

    April 2014
  • The four of us took 2 of Aine's rooms over Easter 2014. Aine's house is beautiful and in a great, quiet location. The rooms are well put together and spacious. The upstairs bedroom, in particular, has great views.

    Aine was a wonderful host. She prepared healthy and delicious breakfasts using local, organic produce.

    We would certainly recommend Aine's house and hope to be back ourselves.

    April 2014
    Áine, In Kenmare Bay
    Response from Áine, In Kenmare Bay:

    Thank you Max. Pleasure & and you are welcome again.

    April 2014
  • We greatly appreciated that Anne accommodated our family of 5 so graciously and had a comfortable sitting room where we could gather. We relaxed in her home and really enjoyed our stay and the healthy breakfasts. If you are looking for an experience off the beaten path, Anne was helpful with maps and suggestions for hikes, walks, the Kenmare market and more. We thoroughly enjoyed staying there!

    April 2014
  • My stay in Áine's house was really lovely. Áine is so kind and friendly! On my arrival she met me at a certain place with her car to guide me to her house, which was really great as I was so exhausted from the journey. She also recommended me many great places to visit in the area and told me how to get there. That way I was able to see the best of the region in the two days I stayed there. I would have loved to stay longer as my doggie and I really felt welcome in Áine's house. The room was big, bright and cozy, ensuite with a great shower. My dog was allowed to look around the house and even got some treats, which was fantastic! The breakfast was so delicious, too, with fresh fruit and tasty local products. We had two great days! Thank you so much Áine!

    April 2014
    Áine, In Kenmare Bay
    Response from Áine, In Kenmare Bay:

    thanks for the lovely review Stephanie....see you sometime again....we had lovely sunshine today......safe home for you and the fluffy one.a

    April 2014
  • Aine was a fantastic host.perfect blend of chat and interest for us on our trip.she didnt crowd us and offered so much in terms of hospitality and advice for places to discover on our trip.We felt at home and cimfortable within minutes of arriving. Our room was lovely and spacious and we fell in love with the beauty of the landscape. Breakfast was simply stunning, with Aine providing gluten free fare for each morning.we will be coming back in the summer and would highly recommend this (email hidden)y gripe was its distance from kenmare, about 20mins by car, which was a bit far we felt.

    December 2013
  • Aine has a lovely home, it is really close to Kenmare which is, a lovely spot to spend a couple of days in. Her home is located near some great hiking & lovely scenery.

    Her breakfasts were the most healthy that we had in all of our stays in Ireland. She makes everything from scratch, including fresh juice from fruit.

    She will truly make you feel at home...

    August 2013
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See reviews/one hundred per cent satisfaction ratings. 2 Double Rooms B&B or longer stays in an ecological house made of hemp from Euros70x2. Home of professional writer for screen and stage with the usual cultural interests including music/traditional music and an interest in landscape, design, architecture, nature and green issues and rural development - I volunteer in creative development work with two local groups as secretary for local tidy towns and Kenmare bay project. The lodge is an ecologically built house made of hemp. The rooms offer privacy from each other. 2 en suite - one a wet room with rainshower + 1 double with large bath/shower room. Stylish and natural materials throughout with a lot of character yet unpretentious, peaceful country house. It is filled with light to the south, the breakfast area looks towards the wooded valley and mountains. It is geothermally heated - the only hemp house B&B stay in Ireland ( only other HEMP visitor stay I know of is a self catering in North Ir.). 3.05 MILES from Kenmare town,bay and beauty all around on a par with the lake district in england - see the official Kenmare website ((website hidden)) - plenty of great stuff for days exploration within 20 mile radius I promise. Born in the West Ireland, lived London, NY and Dublin. I have international diplomas in Nutrition, Reflexology & Massage and offer HOLISTIC TREATMENTS in-house. Independent traveller. Professional screenwriter and playwright. I work as an online screenwriting tutor (via Creative Writing Ink). Interests: nature's beauty/ the arts / having a quality lifestyle. Kenmare has quality in spades, I chose to live here for the stillness and beauty of the bay. Trees, mountains & the sheltering micro-climate of the long narrow bay set it as a place apart. Gateway to the most spectacularly unspoilt Beara and Iveragh peninsulas. Photos on (website hidden)/Kenmare Eco Lodge page - see the fabulous kitchen, large windows and views of the river valley. Photos of monthly mediterranean cooking demonstration nights show the kitchen at its most vibrant.
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