Our second stay at Sea Shore Farm confirmed everything we remembered. The location is perfect, the rooms are spacious and immaculate, and the hospitality is unexcelled.
Mary Patricia and Owen have run their purpose-built B&B for a number of years. Sea Shore Farm is a kilometre from town. It’s an easy drive, and better still a 20-minute walk along a lovely country lane, with flowered hedgerows and green fields of sheep between you and the Kenmare River (not a “river” but an inlet of the ocean) with the rolling hills of the Beara Peninsula just across the water. The view from the house, across the field and copse of trees to the river and then to Beara, is a splendid one to wake up to. The house is far enough from the bustle of Kenmare to give a quiet night, but close enough to be convenient. My roomy bath had a tub and skylight.
The library contains scores of books about the island and its people. You could spend a day in the library or on the patio just reading and watching the cows and rabbits, and if you are lucky a fox. Don’t forget to picnic one evening at the river, weather permitting.
The breakfast consists of a nice array of “starters” — cereals, many fruits, yogurt, cheeses, juices, breads, etc., and coffee or tea — followed by a cooked-to-order meal of quality and lovely presentation.
The servers and/or maitre d at the restaurants in Kenmare — Packie’s, Mulcahey’s, and “35" were our favorites — all ask where you are staying, which is followed more often than not by a friendly note about Mary Patricia and Owen.
We spent 14 nights in Ireland, including a 4-star hotel and an inn rated by the London Times one of the ten finest retreats in the world. None beat Sea Shore Farm, and the rates are very reasonable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award winning Sea Shore Farm provides guesthouse accommodation to a very high standard in a spacious and magnificent setting at the head of the Ring of Kerry peninsula with commanding Views overlooking Kenmare Bay with the Caha Mountains of the Beara Peninsula forming the backdrop to this unique location. Sea Shore Farm is a Grade A 3 Star [Hotel Quality] guesthouse as well as being AA 4 star with the special personal touch that only a small family run guesthouse can deliver. The guesthouse is surrounded by a working farm with lands that extend to the shore of the bay - a delight for nature lovers, botanists, birdwatchers, etc. Yet Seashore Farm Guesthouse is just one mile from the centre of Kenmare Town. One can walk the mile via the quiet Tubbrid local side road [L7556] in ten to fifteen minutes. For those wishing to do the journey by car one can drive to the very convenient free town car park at the end of this road and freely stroll through the town centre without parking worries. We are also situated just 400 metres from the main Ring of Kerry N70 road. Seashore Farm Guesthouse is uniquely peaceful, private and spacious with views stretching out over the Kenmare Bay and Caha Mountains in the background. All bedrooms enjoy the idyllic setting over the bay as does the Guest Lounge, Guest Dining Room and Patio Area with extensive gardens. The farmlands stretch to the shores of Kenmare Bay affording unspoilt walks with plentiful birdlife and wildlife in natural habitat. All Bedrooms are spacious and enjoy the idyllic setting overlooking the Kenmare Bay. Each Room has either a King Size Bed or Twin Beds [2 single beds]. All have En-Suite Spacious Bathrooms with Power Showers and some also have Jacuzzi baths as well. Rooms have tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers and are well furnished for relaxation. There is an extensive library of fine books, local and national travel literature and maps for guests to use and enjoy. There is extensive, secure private parking for Guest Use. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea Shore Farm Hotel Kenmare