As you enter the private drive to Carrig Country House Inn it is like a botanical garden. Waterfalls, hydrangea, lilies, azaelas, foxglove and rhododendrons. The house is an authentic old Irish country home and has been kept in that style. What that means for you is 1) Peace and quiet, it is right on the shore of Lake Carrig. Yes, there is wifi in the parlor, but not TV in the rooms thank goodness 2) Antiques everywhere, you'll even find a wardrobe in your bedroom (for all you Chronicles of Naria fans, this could be the a professors house. 3) The bathrooms have pedestal sinks and lovely old tubs and beautiful wood floors 4) The beds are simply fantastic, the wallpaper throughout the Inn is reproduction period (think Morris) . 5) The grounds have intricate pathways through gardens going right down to the waters edge, there is even a croquet lawn and a lake front patio lawn with tables and chairs as well as a boat pier. 6) the chef is first rate (and I have had my own cooking show in TV and lived in NYC, I am a certified food snob). The food is locally sourced when possible and inspired. When was the last time you had cardamom in carrots or lemon-lime infused cream sauce on veal? The desserts are heavenly. I stayed here once 6 years ago and when it was time to go anywhere in the world to unwind I came to the Carrig Country House Inn. If you appreciate fine dining, period antiques and furnishings, extraordinary views, and personal attention from the Inn Keepers and staff this is your new home away from home. If you want a hotel where all,the rooms look the same, go to a no-charm Hilton. LOL. I will be blogging about the Carrig Country House Inn at www.ThridAge.com. Out of five stars I give this Inn 10 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carrig Country House & Restaurant is a 4 Star Country House Hotel & Restaurant. We are situated on the shores of Caragh Lake, 1 mile off the famous Ring of Kerry route. This Victorian Manor sits on acres of mature gardens and boasts over 978 different species of plants, and has its own private jetty on the lake. The Lakeside Restaurant which is renowned for it's wonderful food and ambiance has won many culinary awards and critical acclaim, non resident diners are also welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carrig Country House & Restaurant Ireland/Caragh Lake