About this listing
Double Rm in ecologically built home in a peaceful, secluded river valley surrounded by hills
5 klms from Kenmare & Kenmare Bay
Breakfast included + options
* Kenmare's only eco-accommodation provider.
* Beara & Killarney National Park exploration without the mass tourism -
The Eco Lodge is the perfect location for this + plus best trip advice from a seasoned explorer.
This is the downstairs room. Double Rm with Wet Room + large functional glass desk. Access doors to Library/guest sitting room and door to exterior south.
Enjoy an unspoiled and stunning rural setting in an ecologically built house next to Ireland's prettiest small heritage town.
The Lodge is exclusive to 6-7 guests max so I like to give primary choice to those who would most appreciate and value what this place offers.I like to welcome artistic, creative and talkative people who are interested in the natural, ecological matters and enjoying the beautiful, gentle nature of the area or engaging with the local culture, food and music etc., and those who like authentic wholesome fare*.
Breakfast is of wholesome organic foods with an optional choice of artisan local produce as extra.
Reviews on TRIP ADVISOR + 16+ REVIEWS on my other 2 listed rooms:- KENMARE ECO LODGE & KERRY ECO LODGE to get a flavour of how others have enjoyed the place*, the host* and the setting*.
*Healthy breakfasts -
Wholesome Breakfast included or,
Luxury Wholesome Breakfast with
authentic, organic locally sourced produce optional extra. +Vegetarian/Gluten free.
**Host - writer/tutor/independent traveller/nutrition therapist
***wooded river valley/hill views and great peace
******** (unless there is a farmer travelling the laneway in a JCB!...and....I cannot fix the rain no more than I can take all the credit for the perfect weather of 2014. Those who came in April know it was magic. June was perfect but few of you were around! July & August were also sunny and dry. So many wanted to book that I had to decline. Plan it better for 2015...ensure your place in the bed is reserved @ Kenmare/Kerry/Hemp House Eco Lodge
Library. Guest Sitting Room. 3 acres there is a path by the river. Next door farm for walks. tea making in the kitchen, two patios
The host is available for directions and conversations in the morning and next day to hear how you got on....you will be doing what I like doing myself: enjoying the landscape, the food, the music and the beauty....
*supporting the local economy of artisan bakers, cheesmakers, growers, farmers and suppliers...local organic produce is the mainstay of the wholesome breakfasts/wholesome luxury breakfasts.
*Guest sitting room/library room adjoining this (downstairs) bedroom.
*Normal B&B rules apply - tea making in guest sitting room.
Interaction with Guests
Plenty of advice of places and activities within short or long distance radius - Beara and Iveragh and W.Cork etc.
See (website hidden), seasafari, dromquinna, discover beara and other local websites.
The location/immediate neighbourhood, so peaceful, the river and woods and hills.... we do not look out on any other houses ....it is all landscape except for one beautiful stone house set beyond the river.....the house is down a laneway and just 10 minutes drive to town of Kenmare/Neidin with gourmet restaurants, great shops and from the Kenmare bay and Reenagross Wildlife Park, a headland jutting into the bay.
Car or bike are best for getting around.
Great destination for walking all day.....pristine landscape...walk in bare mountains...through woodlands....down into lakes...take a boat to other lakes past small islands with arbutus trees which Percy Bisse Selly has compared to Lake Como in Italy or sit and watch it from the verandah of Brandon cottage in the Black Valley....you will be alone or with very few others.....walking the KERRY WAY....green landscape and blue skies make for memories to last forever.......the thing about here is that the landscape keeps changing from bare mountains to steep lush valleys then opens again to lakes and views of the highest mountains in Ireland all bunched up together looking stunning.
List Top 5 Things To See & Do in Kenmare Area
All part of the Wild Atlantic Way
1.___Kenmare town itself – Kenmare is always bustling with activity and a great place for eating and shopping.
A destination with award winning standards in dining and accommodation and has everything that the visitor can want including
shelter of the beautiful wooded bay and scenic views all around it with tiny coves and harbours, a bistro and glamping on the bay, pubs looking onto the bay, cafes, pubs, camping, riding, golfing, sea cruising, kayaking, bay eco seal and sea eagle watching tours.
Watch the sun go down on Kenmare Bay - Spectacular sunsets over the bay and western skies from the iconic bridge south of the town and from nearby pier.
Watch this you tube video for the spirit of here
market day in Kenmare and the best of rumba from a west cork band combined
dine in any number of great restaurants in beautiful Kenmare town...stroll the whole town in 5 minutes...dip in and out of the pubs and music venues all over until you have found the one for you....come home to the deep peaceful valley....get up and eat the breakfast of meusli, freshly made fruit salad, smoked salmon and artisan cheeses + the substantial and arguably the healthiest breakfast you are likely to have on your trip.
Now what would you like for Day 2. Walk from here to Killarney through the national park? Swim in the pool down river? Visit the beaches out further on either peninsula?..Shop for a beautifully crafted silver or gold ring? Hang out in street cafes, eat seafood and listen to lots of music?.........
Kenmare Eco Lodge is on the edge of the Beara Peninsula, a hidden gem of a tourist destination. Read on below and you will understand why. Kenmare is also on the edge of Killarney National Park and access from Kenmare is within 3klms walk /drive to waymarked sign and you are in bare mountainous national park uplands and can walk all day, to Black Valley or to Killarney lakes and avoid the mass tourism.
2.____Walk into the Killarney National Park via
Old Kenmare Road – scenic mountain gap/ hill walking trail from north east of Kenmare town to Killarney National Park looking down on national park lakes and spur walks to Black Valley & Torc mountain and very scenic waterfall__________________________________________________
Go to Josie's Restaurant overlooking a glacial lake/Glanmore Lake for coffee, good lunch or dinner (good quality seafood and Kerry lamb, local cheeses etc.) and watch the sun turn the lake, woods and rocks pink. Good area for plenty of scenic walks and views. Knockatee Mountain area very special - between the coastal road and the mountain road from Tousist to Lauragh on Beara. Dereen Gardens and Kilmacillogue Pier at the foothills all worth a visit. On the way Glenichaquin Waterfall Amenity Park is midway between Lauragh and Kenmare with Clonee lakes, Uragh stone circle and The Lake House bar and restaurant on the route, R571.
If you are touring the Ring of Beara, you will travel along The Healy Pass and can take advantage of the breathtaking scenery from the top. You will also travel through Castletownbere which is a large fishing port, not a big tourist town by good fresh seafood served in restaurants and a very nice historic pub, McCarthy's Bar.
If you are interested in walking, the Beara Way is a must while in the area. Glanmore Lake has walks and Knockatee area, plus the whole of Caha mountains. I will tell you how to reach these and also you may ask when you get there in local restaurants, gallery and pubs for further directions
Food and drink stops on R571
approx 5klms from KenmareThe Sailors Bar, Killaha and 11klm The Lake House in Clonee and 18km O'Sullivan's Bar, Kilmackillogue, Josie's Restaurant & Cafe Lauagh off R571 by the lake.
There are also a number of galleries displaying the fine art works of local artists all around the Beara peninsula. All are compiled together in a brochure which I can give you called 'Our Day Out' compliled by the must see gallery Mill Cove who have a shop on Main Street, Kenmare and also in a beautiful setting by Castletownbere.
Bhuddish Centre for meditation and good coffee and food cafe: This lies a few kilometers to the west of Castletownbere and in a spectacular setting. The cafe gives you a good chance to snoop around. Meditation are in the afternoons ....check them out under Dzogchen Beara.
Drive back via Adrigole and Glengarriff...many things there....The blue pool harbour in the centre of the village is my favourite spot...like a Daphne duMaurier pirate cove, there is a great childrens playground, walks from the cove to the big open harbour where there are great views of the islands and bay, bamboo park walks, good coffee and cakes...boats go to Garnish Island in ten minutes, see seals on the way, other islands, gorgeous coves and then this Italian style planted island, coming back home there is Glengarriff Wildlife Park, there is a glacial lake at top of the mountains - Barley Lake, good steep walk up there. Glengarriff is only twenty minutes to Kenmare Eco Lodge, other stops on the way recommended are Lorge Choclatier, at the old post office in Bonane village, also Bonane Heritage Park. The village is but a church and the old Post Office which is a great stop as it is now a Chocolate shop - Lorge Chocolatier where Benoit Lorge serves hot chocolate and plenty of take away treats.
for every month of the year - Spring traditional music festival, boat race weekend May, Food Fair in mid summer, Lace Festival – which one the most innovative event of the national gathering fest last year…Irish mountaineering conference, Historic conference linking to Gangs of New York emigration experience..right through to the Choral Festival in novement and the month long series of events from mid dec to mid jan.
Local town walks….The heritage trail through the town which has the largest stone circle in the SW Irl. Reenagross, the town’s wildlife park of mature trees and 3klm loop walks on a marshy headland with salt marshes and tidal flats suitable for bird and bat watching.__________________________________________________
The SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE- KENMARE BAY is surrounded on by hill ranges and the highest mountains in Ireland. Several deep, long valleys of outstanding natural beauty are on Kenmare town’s doorstep.
Sample options for Day 1: Travel 11klms to all this: Pier & swim + Stone Circle + 3 lakes + Farm with waterfall + way marked hill hike routes. Climb over a Waterfall, picnic at the top + view the whole of Kenmare Bay + Iveragh/Ring of Kerry mountains. Lunch at nearby good food pub. Travel another 5klms to historic gardens by the (email hidden)sit quiet harbour pub for mussles and guinness...drive 5klm to glacial lake..coffee in restaurant overlooking this lake...drive up corkscrew road nearby for views ...come back for dinner when the mountains around the lake have turned pink in the sunset....or drive on through the Beara peninsula and come out at Glengarriff...enjoy a pint outside the south facing pubs and meet everyone...come home (20minutes away) stop by an award winning chocolateir's business in an old post office by the side of the road, buy presents or order a hot (email hidden)e home, change,
3.____Gleninchaquin Valley – A stone circle and ancient oak woods. 3 lakes and sea views with farm at the top with amazing parkland trees in front of scenic waterfall. Lake house restaurant and music pub and traditional dancing at the roadsite at the bottom of the valley v__________________________________________________
4.___Lauragh Valley – Kilmacillogue small fishing boat harbour with pub, music and seafood, Knockatee mountain and surrounding walks and drives with view of entire area of bay and fjords. Derreen Gardens planted in the mid 1800 with rare specimen trees, the glacial lake of Glanmore, popular dining at Josies rest and café looking onto the lake and scenic rugged mountain zigzag drive, the healy pass, castlekeelty stone circle and several valley and hill walks. Further along towards Ardgroom is a stone in the shape of a woman’s face considered the Cailleach Beara elemental Goddess in poetry and in ancient mythology. ____________________________________________________
5._Bonane Valley. The Sheen river rapids and salmon spawing. The Rich antiquity - with over 300 sites alone in this valley. Stone Circles, Bullan Stones, Standing Stones, and a sensitively developed Heritage Park in the middle. Spectacular uplands for XXX miles long valley, and Priest Leap the rugged mountain ridge challenging driving and cycling route which crosses the county boundary_____________________________________________________
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
These are some things to do with children or teenagers, in this quote from one of my previous guests, Sheridan.
"Aine had suggested lots of things for us to do in Kerry prior to the trip via email- Ray's Sea Safari is superb! She was also very helpful suggesting good places to eat in Kenmare the local town. Kenmare is a good base for Kerry - lots of vibrant pubs and eating places. Boy's favourite thing on our trip was coasteering with Mor Active in Caherciveen."
There are diving options at Killmacillogue on Beara and on the south side of Beara also in Kenmare see Star Sailing school/club for many watersport and other sport options.
Riding stables try Dromquinna as it is on the very scenic bay and just 4klms or less from town.
You could be here too weeks and still not have explored the half of what is available within a fifty mile radius.
Car or bike needed. Great walking area - the whole of two peninsulas hill walks.
At the B&B there is a very big area for parking and a three acre grounds with riverside walk. You can also walk down the laneway and down to the farm gate where the view is of the highest mountains in Ireland - the whole range is on good view from here but visible from your rooms also
Eco friendly. dog friendly. smoking outside.
There is a guest sitting room - the red library room of the photos with plush red velvet sofa and plush red Persian rug.
Please LOCK all Glass doors as you go and ensure they are secure from winds when open.
Kitchen has tea making facilities and a tray so you can take tea/herbal teas/coffee to your room or guest sitting room or patio.
Use of other facilities strictly by request and mainly for those staying for a multiple of nights.
Did the airbnb people take down the bit where I said no more than ten people to a bed?
This B&B was a disappointment and not what I had expected from the description. The guest area of the house is in shocking disrepair with broken door knobs, latches tied with dishtowels to keep doors from jamming, light switches that short out when turned on, loose headboards, etc. The bathroom does not afford privacy as the windows have no curtains, and the opaque film stuck on the glass has an uncovered see-through strip on all sides an inch in diameter. This is made worse by the fact that the shower has no curtain and is not separated from the rest of the bathroom, the showerhead sprouting from the ceiling across from the toilet. The room was dusty with cobwebs stretched under the desk and hanging in clumps from the wires. The outside view was obstructed by an old shed with broken wooden chairs and pails of paint. The patio door opens out to a bench with rotting planks and rusting patio furniture.
The photographs of the description of Hemp House & Eco Lodge are quite misleading, and I am surprised by the other reviews. Perhaps there are better rooms – mine was quite bad, and I have photos of what I have described. The surrounding area is indeed beautiful (it’s Kenmare!), and the non-guest areas which the host, Aine, uses for herself such as the kitchen, living room and dining room are in great shape. Unfortunately, Aine is edgy and unreceptive to any negative comments about the B&B, referring to one set of guests as being “sniffy” (must have been the dust, I say), and on several occasions saying “this is an eco-lodge”.
My recommendation: if dirt and dilapidation is your idea of on eco-lodge, then this is the place for you. If not, pick another one. This one is neither comfortable nor pleasant.
Amar cancelled some days and wanted his money back! The previous occasion where I had kept deposit only the agency said it was 'very generous of me'. So I thought it more the norm to not take the hit for a guest's change of mind. Amar left this place with a smile on his face, not really the act of one reflected in the comments above.
Amar's negative response above is nothing but VINDICTIVENESS WRIT LARGE.
Quite honestly anybody who found such problems with a place would have packed up and left instantly or would at least have complained in the proper fashion DIRECTLY to me. Amar had no complaints while here and as I said in my review sat and talked about himself and his book for hours. We had quite a decent conversation ourselves the first night about writing and the literary life in general.
Amar is related to Hanif Kureishi who is famour for writing 'My Beautiful Launderette' and other scripts. Amar is now publishing himself and showed us one of his books.
Talking of things literary. 'Sniffy' is not a word that would be common to my vernacular so I have been definitely wronged in the matter of calling a guest 'sniffy'. Discussing other guests in the negative is also not something I would do in a humurous way/for the sake of a humorous storytelling and, quite the contrary to what Amar thinks my receptiveness to comments from guest is always taken on board. I am constantly re-investing. Amar did not walk the grounds at all as far as I remember. Neither did he make any complaint or suggestion for improvement at all regarding the issues of sought to raise hereabove. As I said, Amar left this place with a smile on his face, not really the act of one reflected in the comments above.
I gave Amar a kind review and the only thing I would add is that from the tone of Amar's emails even before he arrived he appeared to be solipsistic.
The one thing I must say is the house is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN...it is a new house, seven years old, OAK flooring which is frequently washed. Amars room floor and bathroom floor were all washed before he arrived..cleanliness is and never has been an issue here.....Amars response is vindictiveness writ large.
Privacy is afforted by the LOCATION Amar, there are no neighbours or anybody to look in the window at you. This is an Eco house with lots of lovely bird nests and birds do have a tendency to defecate on exterior seating (and if you sit there sometimes on guest's heads!) like the one outside your bedroom's glass door. But seriously there are three outdoor seating areas and the one outside Amar's door is not really where any guest would choose to sit, (too windy and view of shed) This is a country working house Amar not a hotel, shed is in practical use. (Shed is built in the wrong place - it is going to be moved and made into an Eco Cabin - Rustic Contemporary style watch this space)
P.S. Amar, The Walk-in Shower Room - we happen to call them walk-in shower rooms, maybe you don't have that in Canada but we certainly do; curtainless, great for wheelchair access, great for splashing around. We actually regard them as a bit of a luxury, in our little country.
Privacy - the next house is five minutes walk away - cows don't really poke their heads in any of the windows, they are fenced off in their fields.
We enjoyed our stay at the Eco Lodge B&B. The home is lovely and situated in the country, but still very accessible to Kenmare for any sightseeing or hiking. We did not get to spend as much time with our host as we'd have liked, but she was available for any questions and had lots of suggestions of things to do in the area. Áine made a very nice breakfast for us while we were there of fresh, healthy, and delicious fruit, fresh bread, grains, and yogurt. Coming from the US, where heavy breakfasts can be the standard, this was refreshing and very enjoyable. Áine had a number of pamphlets available describing tourist destinations around the area which she made available to us for our stay. She had a lot of ideas about what we should do, and seemed disappointed when we did not follow all of her advice, but I think that was just because she wanted us to see and experience the very best of her part of the country. She provides directions which I strongly endorse using to get to her home - we did not the first time, using Google instead, and had a very harrowing journey on some tiny roads. Her route is much easier though it can be challenging the first time to recognize all of the landmarks, as streets in Kenmare aren't always labeled/very clearly. It took us a little bit to get a hang of the use of landmarks for directions, but she was very helpful in that too - clarifying directions for us as needed. The room we stayed in was very charming, offering us peace and quiet of the country.
Unfortunately, I find myself having to write a negative review if my stay with Anne Barrett,
I am an older woman, working as a clinical social worker. i came to Ireland for 3 months,
I booked a stay with Anne Barrett for one month. After 2 weeks I felt forced to leave.
Anne has an attractive house with a beautiful walk to the river and she can be a charming hostess. However, in my understanding, since I was staying for a month and received a discount for this, Anne didn't consider me or treat me as a regular guest.
Without going into the hurtful details, Anne continually treated me in a critical and very disrespectful way, until I felt so unsafe in her house that i needed to leave.
Anne wouldn't give me a refund for the 2 weeks I wouldn't be staying with her, so I turned to Airbnb. I thank them for resolving the issue and finding a way to refund me most of the money thru their services.
As Airbnb records will attest, I had arranged a refund for Marcia within hours of her decision to leave -
Marcia had no quibble with a refund of a third of her total stay fee.
This woman arrived with expectations far beyond the room only rate of the lowly sum of Euros18. She completely ignored my emails about observances regarding other guests on a bed and breakfast rate.
Boundaries were continually crossed and re-iteration of observances became challenging. As Marcia had no car (and I would be happy to offer excursions for guests once the right generosity of spirit prevails) but in Marcia's case and in order to get her away from her habit of soliciting other guests at the breakfast table for rides to town, I introduced her to a neighbour whom I suggested might like become her driver. This worked well for Marcia although her exaggerations and untruths - such as that I would not give her a refund - had the effect of maligning me and causing people to take sides.
Marcia Kriesel is a U.S. lady based in Israel and speaks of herself as a peace keeper.
The description was spot on. Aine's place is lovely and well appointed. It's a spacious home out in the Irish countryside, peaceful, and relaxing! Her dog is terrific and Aine is a sweetheart!
Aine is a fantastic host. We stayed in her house for 2 days. Her house and the location is really awesome and she is a really nice irish lady. She prepared an amazing breakfast for us and she gave us some good tips for our travel. Thanks a lot Aine, we enjoyed our stay a lot.
A very nice and clean house in the nature, not far away from the nice town kenmare. Aine gave us a lots of informations for visiting and eating in and arround kenmare. Our room was great and the breakfast delicious! We enjoyed it very much!
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About the Host, Áine, In Kenmare Bay
I run this ecological B&B made out of hemp* Sleeps x 6. Rooms around E75 per night..It is nice to welcome guests with an appreciation of ecological principles, a love of nature and natural surroundings. If you like conversation, sitting in the library room, exploring mountain trails and ancient monuments then going into town for fine dining experiences and live music you will find plenty to do here for several days on end. If you are more concerned about bed sizes and details of that nature then please pass by and leave room for those of a more easy going disposition who may instead be more focused on the original art in the dining room, the books in the guest sitting room or the soothing sounds of the river or playing ball with the dog.
I have read the history of the area and some topography and I am a regular hiker, explorer of the area close to hand and the two peninsulas and can offer tips on the megalithic sites and hidden gems of the landscape here as well as advise on best authentic food, music, eating and shopping experiences.
I am familiar with most parts of Ireland and can offer advice on your onward journey from here.