Stay in the centre of historic Kinsale and create your very own Irish pub experience. O'Herlihys was established in 1864 and has been in the same family since, this generation wishes to meld the traditional features with contemporary comfort.
The space is ultimately unique! The old public house established in 1864 is where you can dine or dance, the bar is still there (minus the beer taps!), this maintains the authentic ambiance of the Irish pub. Contemporary and retro items collide with the traditional features and the house is fully equipped with all modern conveniences, (a stones throw from the local supermarket too!)
Guests have 3 bedrooms, kitchen, dining space and bar(!). The house also has a comfortable parlour in which guests can relax and watch television or listen to music.
Interaction with Guests
I look forward to meeting and introducing guests to the sights, sounds and tastes of Kinsale, then promptly leaving them to their own devices until we say our goodbyes!
Kinsale is a historic and fiercely picturesque town with a reputation for good food and outdoor pursuits, from golf to sailing to permaculture. The Glen, where O'Herlihys is situated was once a waterway, indeed an old lighthouse was once behind where the house now stands on the 'back Glen'.
You are on the 'flat of the town' (as locals like to say). This means despite the beautiful hilliness and undulating narrow streets of Kinsale you are not out of breath getting back to your bed!
Other Things to Note
The townhouse can sleep 9 at a maximum though ideally no more than 7 adults, smaller beings take less space so children and families are encouraged.
At the times of the year when 3 night minimum bookings are fewer O'Herlihys will operate as a guesthouse doing bed and breakfast. Rates for this may vary. Do contact to find out!
Strictly no smoking (smoking area in the yard of the house).
No additional guests can be facilitated for.
We had a wonderful stay in Sarah's house. It is in a great position and provided us with perfect accommodation for three couples. While the top bedroom is not ensuite, it is a fantastic room with two doubles and the occupants still had their own bathroom, they just had a bit further to go than the rest of us. The whole house suited us perfectly. Made to feel very welcome by Sarah and the considerate thoughts and special touches (like birthday decorations) were the icing on the cake. Would definitely recommend this house.
I came to stay with a large group of friends for a weekend away. Sarah was a tremendous host - she gave us a lot of good advice about things locally. (Including a delicious thai takeaway, Malay Kitchen). She was also very quick to respond, and flexible with our requests. The house itself is full of character but also very comfortable. We loved the parlour upstairs, which was very cosy. Having the bar downstairs complete with authentic bell was a lot fun. All the facilities (wifi, towels, etc.) as as described. The house is extremely central and close to the water. There is no noise on the street, making for a peaceful sleep.
The kitchen is well equipped if you want to cook in, with every manner of pot/pan, glass and dish.
Kinsale is a great a town and Sarah's place made it even better. Thank you Sarah! Everyone loved it.
Amazing place, right in the heart of town, comfortable and huge. Had a great stay and would recommend it to anyone. Great communication from host and everything went according to plan.
The welcome we received began even before we arrived. Sarah was generous and prompt with restaurant and fishing recommendations.
On our arrival, Sarah's lovely mother greeted us and told stories abut the generations of her family that had lived above the pub.
The pub is now a house full of charm. The original bar and bell to 'call time' are still there as is the parlour, complete with Arts & Crafts wallpaper.
The house is right in the centre of town with a supermarket 100 metres away.
Kinsale is a gem, both by day and night. Even in November.
Sarah, along with the rest of her family, is a very lovely and welcoming host and made sure we were well looked after. The house/pub is beautifully presented while still full of it's original character. The property itself is a great size for a family - there's absolutely loads of room to spread out and we really enjoyed having our own bar - the kids loved it more than I was expecting! O Herlihy's is really centrally located and with easy walking distance of all the amenities of Kinsale. If we make it back to Kinsale we'd definitely stay here, if Sarah would have us again.
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I booked O'Herlihys for 3 colleagues and they loved it. I popped in to take a look and given a lovely breakfast in the bar area whilst watching people walk past, it was very entertaining. Fabulous place, very unusual and quirky with loads of space. Amazing that it's been in Sarah's family for 5 generations. With 3 large dbl/twin bedrooms (2 en suite), separate bathroom, a homely lounge with Sky TV & wifi. All the shops are on the door step. I couldn't recommend O'Herlihy's Townhouse enough. Thanks Sarah, you are super fab and hope you will have us again next year.
I am the fifth generation of the O'Herlihy family, its still a family affair with my input being the hosting and interiors. I'm an artist working mostly in painting and installation. I am also an independent art educator facilitating in galleries, universities and schools and was recently a teacher of English in Berlin with the education company Berlitz.