Sheen Falls Lodge, a 5 star hotel in Kenmare, County Kerry has, since opening in 1991, received many prestigious awards and accolades. With its luxury accommodations, reserves of ageing port, rare books and sumptuous cuisine, the Lodge retains the warm, welcoming atmosphere of a country Manor House. The Estate boasts a plethora of outdoor activities – from salmon fishing to hill walking. Once the summer residence of the Marquis of Lansdowne, in its day the Sheen Falls Lodge hotel in Kerry welcomed the gentry in their pursuit of deer hunting and salmon fishing. Thankfully today the deer roam the estate and surrounding woodlands freely, and visitors from all over the world can now enjoy the luxury accommodations of the Lodge, and the stunning beauty of its environs.
Guestrooms at Sheen Falls Lodge are all spacious and well appointed, with beautiful views overlooking the Sheen waterfalls or Kenmare Bay. The large proportions of guestrooms, at just under 500 square feet (46 square metres), allows one to ease into the experience of staying at this Kerry Luxury Hotel. The colours of each room with their soft, subtle hues of creams and peaches, ensure a warm and welcoming air to your stay.
All Guestrooms Features:
La Cascade is the elegant, classical dining room at Sheen Falls Lodge recently awarded Two Rosettes from the AA with a distinctive style of its own. The high ceilings and vast windows overlooking the Sheen waterfalls ensure that the panorama can be enjoyed by all. In the early morning, as breakfast is served, the warm cream and beige tones of the room are softly lit up by the sunshine which floods in. Then as the evening light changes and dusk approaches, the waiting staff move quietly and calmly through the room, lighting the individual candles at each table, preparing the room for the event of dinner. The flowers in the silver bud vases are all checked, the silver and crystal finally polished before the doors open and evening service commences.
The Sun Lounge:
The oldest part of the Kerry hotel, which was originally a 17th century fishing lodge, houses the Sun Lounge and Cocktail Bar.
The Sun Lounge is so named because the morning sun pours into this room filling it with light and ensuring that it becomes the natural area for people to gather to read the newspapers and enjoy morning coffee.
The Sheen Waterfalls can be viewed from all of the windows and as the day progresses, our famous three tier afternoon tea service commences. In the evening, the resident pianist, Jim Kiely, tinkles the ivories both before and after dinner service, another memory by which to recall your stay with us.
Oscar’s Bar & Bistro:
The informal yet stunning setting of Oscar’s is a treat to be discovered. With the spectacular views of the waterfalls and surrounding woodlands, the bar and bistro is the perfect setting in which to unwind as you look out onto the enchantingly lit waterfalls. The bar has a nautical theme with old sea fishing memorabilia furnishing the room giving one a sense of the importance of this livelihood to the local area in the past and in the present. The terrace outside of Oscar’s is the closest point of this Kerry luxury hotel to the waterfalls and it is a perfect spot to relax whilst gazing upstream at the symmetrical bridge built in 1777.
The Wine Cellar:
Sheen Falls Lodge is home to the largest public wine cellar in Ireland, a fact of which we are unashamedly proud. The Cellar contains over 10,000 bottles of wine, with up to 950 labels from 17 countries at any one time. The location of the cellar ensures that as one descends the staircase to the cooler air, there is a feeling of entering a very special part of the hotel. The innumerable bottles are stacked high in a series of brick alcoves and in the evening, the lights are turned down and candles are lit lending a very authentic feel as guests wander through selecting wines for their meal. The Cellar is available for wine tastings and tours and we are delighted to have an opportunity to show our guests this unique feature of Sheen Falls Lodge.
On the Map: Kenmare is located in scenic County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Killarney (to the north) & Glengarriff (to the south).
Kenmare, with its pastel coloured houses, is along with Killarney, a usual starting point for the Ring of Kerry round trip. The small charming town, founded by a handful of Englishmen in 1670, has every tourist convenience imaginable, including 2 of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, both of which have been awarded much coveted Michelin stars: The Park Hotel and Sheen Falls Lodge. Kenmare boasts a remarkable number of excellent restaurants and quality pubs for a town of its size, and has garnered a fantastic reputation as a gourmet destination in recent years. Owing to its enviable location adjacent to Kenmare Bay and the River Finnehy, all set against the backdrop of the Kerry Mountains, Kenmare’s picturesque aspect is hard to match.