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Ard na Sidhe Country House
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Just returned from a long weekend at Ard Na Sidhe to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday. The hotel is lovely and the staff are exceptional. This really is a hidden gem and I can't recommend it more highly. The room we stayed in was huge and had lovely views across the lawns to the lake. The staff laid on a barbecue for our large party on the Friday night and dinner for 55 on the Saturday night. A handful of us stayed on for Sunday night and enjoyed a quiet dinner in the restaurant. Afternoon tea on the terrace on Sunday afternoon was also delicious. One thing to remember to take is your insect repellent. We were eaten alive in the evenings. However, this was a small price to pay for staying in such a lovely place.

Room Tip: Room 3 in the main house, overlooking the lawns and lake, is lovely.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alison S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I went for afternoon tea with a friend and talked about it so much when I got home my husband was easily convinced to book a weekend there. The staff are fabulous - we were made so welcome and no request was any trouble. Highlights were taking the boat out onto Caragh Lake and appreciating a chilled beer on the patio afterward, sitting in the library with a 1st edition signed copy of Lady Gordon's autobiography and reading the chapter on the building of the house, dozing off in our four poster bed in gorgeous crisp linen and meeting wonderful fellow guests. Wonderful, wonderful stay - a real gem of a hide-away in Kerry!

Room Tip: Room 8 was lovely!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ETwomey
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

My teenage daughter and I spent 2 nights at Ard na Sidhe in June. It was a wonderful experience.

We used the Ard na Sidhe as our base for 2 days of driving around the Ring of Kerry.

The Ard na Sidhe is a hybrid lodging; part country house and part boutique inn. You get the sense of history and the feeling of staying in an aristocratic residence but with all of the modern amenities and luxuries. The details - fabrics and furnishings - and materials are all really beautiful. The place is immaculate and the gardens and setting are stunning (and very photogenic).

We loved exploring the grounds with narrow, winding stone paths and an enclosed garden with moss covered walls.

Here are the details of our stay:

HOW WE GOT THERE
We flew to Kerry and rented a car. It took us about 30 minutes to make the drive (first time on left side of road). We relied on the directions of the rental car agency and Google maps. If you can get to Caragh Lake, there are well-posted signs for the hotel. The approaching road is narrow and has thick foliage.

OUR ROOM
We booked a room in the main house with partial views of the lake (one step down from the highest room rate). We were in room number 1.

The room had dark polished hardwood floors and a Persian rug. The curtains (lined and interlined) were made with the William Morris "Compton" print pattern and walls were covered in a William Morris "Thistle" print. I was thrilled with both!

The queen bed was a 4 poster. The mattress, linens, and pillows were all supremely comfortable. We slept really well in this room not only because it was absolutely quiet but also because the heavy curtains kept out all the light.

The room had dual aspect windows. Our bedroom window looked out over the front drive, trees, and a bit of the lake. The bathroom window looked directly at the lake.

BATHROOM
The blue and white ceramic tiled floor is heated! There is a free standing tub but even better is the light green subway tiled rainfall shower. Between the great water pressure and the lovely view from the window...it was heaven. The Ard na Sidhe should get a best bathroom award!

FOOD
Dinner is not served on Monday night so we missed eating an evening meal (we were directed to the Carrig Country House). However, breakfast is included in the room rate. It is served in a lovely - and rather fancy - breakfast room. There is a full menu of hot selections. We enjoyed the yogurt with muesli and bread assortment.

SERVICE
Email correspondence prior to arrival was a bit spotty. However, upon entering the front door, we were greeted with great friendliness. Everyone who works at this hotel made us feel welcome.

DETAILS
Coffee/tea making pot in room. Iron. Safe. Hairdryer. Free wifi. Fresh flowers. Turn down service with chocolate.

HOUSEKEEPING
One word: immaculate. Everything in this hotel is spotless.

IN SUMMARY
This hotel is beautifully restored with attention to details. The peaceful grounds and surrounding landscape are striking. You may not get the personal connection (or well worn furnishings) that you would staying at some of the country houses like Ballyvolane, Bantry House, and others listed in Hidden Ireland or Irelands Blue Book, but you will get a freshly decorated and aesthetically pleasing room with top notch amenities.

Room Tip: Main house. Book room with view.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We choose Ard na Sidhe to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary with some of our family as we had spent part of our honeymoon there in 2003 having had our wedding reception at sister hotel - Dunloe Castle in nearby Killarney!

We were made to feel as "welcome as the flowers in May" at Ard na Sidhe where the gracious staff compliment the beauty of the hotel and the surrounding area.

From the moment of arrival we were treated like very special guests. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment and can highly recommend!

Room Tip: The newly decorated rooms in the garden house (ground floor) are very comfortable
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Stuittgart
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We came here during a family holiday for afternoon tea. It's very difficult to find but is a beautiful journey there!! When we reached the hotel I was amazed at the views and utter charm of the place. The hotel was reasonably quiet and we had brought 4 children with us. The staff were attentive, friendly and it felt that nothing was too much trouble. Afternoon tea was delicious, they supplied the children with hot chocolate rather than tea or coffee which was,again, a lovely touch. Was sad to leave and wanted spend the night there really!!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Pip B
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