Does Killarney have the very best focus of motels in Eire? With greater than two dozen for a inhabitants of round 15,000, by my calculations, it definitely can’t be far off.
hile names like The Nice Southern, Gleneagle and Killarney Park are well-known, Cahernane Home payments itself as “Killarney’s best-kept secret”. In-built 1877, that is the city’s solely manor house-style lodge, and it has been upgrading in recent times — redoing rooms, eating places and including a beautiful suite of Coach Home stays due to a €7.8m spend by house owners, the Prem Group.
Already a member of Eire’s Blue-Guide, it’s additionally joined the handful of Irish properties within the Small Luxurious Accommodations of the World assortment… so received’t keep secret for lengthy.
Arrival & location
It is a candy method. Set 2km outdoors Killarney, Cahernane is a part of the lodge strip lining the N71, however accessed by way of a tree-lined avenue that’s simply lengthy sufficient to muffle the visitors outdoors, but brief sufficient to permit walks into city (taking about 20 minutes). I see a crimson squirrel on one stroll into the 6.4-acre property; a bopping blue tit on one other.
The home sits on the sting of Killarney Nationwide Park (although you’ll be able to’t see the lakes), and shortly transports you again in time. The reception house is lit by chandeliers, backed by a hand-carved oak staircase, and a stag’s head is ready over the Queen Anne hearth. Antiques embody a Davenport desk inlaid with landmarks like Ross Citadel and Muckross Abbey. It was made domestically in 1880 — ask employees to point out you its puzzle field of drawers and pigeonholes.
Verify-in is heat and obliging. Baggage are introduced from the automotive and, after we can’t resolve the place to eat, we’re given bar and restaurant menus to learn within the room. 8/10
Service & fashion
Earlier than its revamp, Cahernane “actually had been run down”, normal supervisor Emer Corridan tells me. In the present day, you’ll discover a muted, opulent really feel to madeover bedrooms, two shiny and ethereal atrium areas, redecorated drawing rooms and a head-turning transformation of the previous Coach Home by Julie Goggin (who has additionally helped elevated Prem motels like Tulfarris and The Hoban in Kilkenny).
That mentioned, its web site images offers a barely extra premium really feel than we discover within the flesh. Some areas, just like the intimate library, are completely atmospheric; others I feel would profit from completely different preparations of furnishings and a greater use of house. A piano feels squeezed into the nook in a single drawing room, for instance, whereas a carry to the bed room hall opens onto somewhat nook we discover cramped by a sofa and huge armchairs.
Workers are a pleasure; I get a glowing sense of Killarney’s subsequent technology coming by way of right here. One younger porter we meet has the hospitality present, chatting as simply with our 12-year-old son as older American guests. Our server within the Cellar Bar is one other pure who is aware of her menus inside out (from portion sizes to coeliac choices). That’s a praise to administration, too. 7/10
Twelve of 48 rooms are in the primary home, providing interval options like sash home windows and stuccowork alongside the rainshowers and Nespresso machines. Others, within the Nineteen Sixties backyard wing, evoke the flora of Killarney with out being too apparent — in botanical wallpapers or woollen throws, for instance (these on the bottom ground have little terraces). Ours was a collection, a deluxe stick with engineered wooden flooring, standalone bathtub and a curving, inlaid walnut piece used as TV stand. A pretend rose felt odd, although. Even the smallest sprigs of freshness say far more.
Coach Home rooms are tremendous. Set round a tidy backyard, their parquet flooring, ample loos and pops of color — a richly crimson studded headboard caught my eye — are a success, and the glass-enclosed staircase flanking one aspect of the cut-stone constructing is a lovely function. When you don’t thoughts being outdoors the lodge, I’d zero in on these. 7.5/10
Meals & drink
The Herbert Room is Cahernane’s fine-dining providing, a sublime house with heavy drapes, chandeliers, property views and two AA Rosettes to its identify. Head chef Cormac Vesey has just lately changed Eric Kavanagh, so will probably be attention-grabbing to see how the five-course menu (€65pp) evolves. Count on native goodies like Kerry lamb and seafood to star.
After looking these menus in our room, we selected the extra informal Cellar Bar, a small, barrel-vaulted house within the outdated wine cellar. Highlights are a juicy Killarney Blonde battered cod (€19.50), Dingle crab and salmon truffles (€16), and a comforting lentil and chickpea dahl (€17.50). A dark-chocolate opera cake with orange curd and raspberry sorbet will get a dessert thumbs up, and it’s encouraging to see a lot Irish substances and craft drinks on menus.
Breakfast is again within the Herbert Room, the place employees convey continental objects (there is no such thing as a buffet), tea and occasional in silver pots, recent juices, and a basket of toast and pastries. Sizzling objects embody the complete Irish, buttermilk pancakes and ‘Eggs Cahernane’ — with wild mushroom, pancetta, sourdough, chorizo and chive butter at a €4 complement.
The underside line
Cahernane is on a cool journey of enlargement and refinement. Extra rooms, prolonged kitchens and a potential orangery are on the playing cards, Corridan tells me, which ought to additional spotlight this four-star amongst Killarney’s motels. how related properties like Ballina’s Mount Falcon and Galway’s Glenlo Abbey are pushing ahead creatively, there’s no cause it ought to cease there, both.
Keep on quieter nights like Sunday or Monday, or use a Blue Guide voucher, and the lodge affords a late check-out. Guide direct and also you’ll get a €10 low cost and glass of Prosecco, too.
B&B begins from €109pp. A two-night Halloween package deal together with dinner and storytelling with Eddie Lenihan begins from €250pp (Oct 31 to Nov 1; it’s appropriate for adults and youngsters). Pól was a visitor of the lodge. 064 663-1895; cahernane.com