Shelburne Lodge is a five-minute walk from the town centre of Kenmare. Tom and Maura, the owners, were very welcoming and provided a cup of tea and cake on arrival, served beside the log-fire in the sitting room. The building is old and has a fascinating history. The owners have successfully striven to maintain the ambience of a mansion from a previous century. It is set in two acres of pleasant grounds. Our bedroom was quite small and its age was reflected in the furniture and decoration. Similarly the bathroom was a little cramped. However, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable and the bed linen and towels were replaced each day. There were no facilities for making tea or coffee in the room but, on request, morning tea was brought to the room on a tray by Tom before breakfast was served downstairs. The breakfast was outstanding! There was a choice of unusual fruit compotes/porridge/muesli/or just honey and an amazing array of cooked food to follow - the choice included a full Irish breakfast, smoked salmon and eggs [cooked to preference], Dover sole, crab cakes and various egg dishes. All was cooked while we waited and served to the table. Fresh toast, butter, fruit juice, marmalade, honey, tea and coffee were available in abundance. Dinner is not available in the house but the owners also have two restaurants in the town centre where excellent food is served. If I had an initial criticism it was the price of the accomodation - 160 euros per night for two people sharing - but this was offset by the fabulous breakfast.
- Also Known As:
- Shelburne Hotel Kenmare