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“Don't Miss this charming gem of Ireland's past history and charm”

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Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage
Ranked #13 of 60 Kenmare B&B and Inns
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Falls Church, Va.
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8 reviews
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“Don't Miss this charming gem of Ireland's past history and charm”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

This thatched cottage is all you could want it to be - but has a second level and all the amenities of modern comfort. The location is ideal as it is a beautiful seaside drive along the Ring of Kerry from Killarney and offers much to see of this gorgeous area. The cottage itself was built by the owner who is a mason and is full of charm and fun "finds" to make you smile!
The B&B's location is just outside the main town in a quiet, secluded area for a restful nights sleep. The town of Kenmare has great shopping, restaurants and boat trips nearby to visit an island of puffins called Skellig Michael and of course the harbour tour of the seal colony called Seafari...both worth taking the time to enjoy. Carmel, your hostess, is full of ideas about the area and very helpful with the bookings when necessary. Her breakfast is scrumptious and promises you will not be hunger until afternoon at the earliest! Don't miss taking a picture with Mason their sheepdog and see his tricks as well-he is a lovely big dog and just another plus of a visit to this B&B and I recommend highly and return to each time I am in the area.

Shannon MacMurtrie

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Englewood, Colorado
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage is a delightful B & B. It is full of character and charm that would make you think it is a much older building.
We had trouble finding it because the gps coordinates take you into downtown Kenmare and Ireland is not noted for its road signage.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

What a magical place! This beautiful thatched cottage was buit by the owner who also built the furniture. We enjoyed exploring the grounds with the flowers tucked in the rock walls, the hens that suppiled fresh eggs for breakfast, and the miniature cottage, dolmen and oratory modeled after the real ones. Breakfast was great in a glassed-in room. I would highly recommend this B and B if you are staying in Kenmare (which is a short drive away).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Kingston, NY
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

This place is special. Carmel & Mason are truly wonderful hosts :) Carmel served a wonderful breakfast and the rooms were comfortable & charming. Absolutely loved my stay. Great location as well.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

As another reviewer said: "It is what it is". This a very charming thatched roof cottage handbuilt by the owner. Furnishings within the cottage were also all handbuilt. We were greeted by the handsome, and well behaved, Old English Sheepdog Mason. He was an absolute delight! We were offered tea/coffee and snacks on our arrival which were welcome on a chilly day. We stayed two nights and breakfasts both mornings were very hearty and filling--in fact we received extra food we didn't request or want each morning. Carmel really needs to write down orders as we felt bad about leaving food each day we did not want! Our main concern during our stay was the cold!! Windows are single pane, the front door is left open most of the time and, as in many B&Bs the heat only works certain hours. We simply could not get warm! Even when the heat was on, it wasn't very effective in warming the rooms. The beds were ok, but the bedding wasn't sufficient to offset the cold! As mentioned by others, there was mold in the shower, and overall the cleanliness level could use improvement. An additional concern was that the man of the house never made any effort to greet us or talk to us. We saw him come and go and walk around working in his yard but he certainly wasn't what we would call a people person! We probably wouldn't stay here again (unless it was REALLY warm) but it is a charming cottage in a nice rural location.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the thatched cottage for our 25th anniversary in April, and we were not disappointed. From the moment we were greeted by Mason the sheepdog, we knew we picked the right place in Kenmare. We were warmly greeted and our anniversary was remembered! The room was very comfortable and we enjoyed the rural surroundings - although it is in the country, it is a short 3 minute drive into Kenmare. We also got a great recommendation for dinner at Packie's in town. The next morning, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast, with a choice of a number of menu items. All in all, very enjoyable, and we would love to go back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This is such a special B&B. The Breens are lovely people who obviously take such pride in their home, which Mr. Breen built. The gardens are fabulous, too. The home is very clean and the rooms are cozy. It's truly a lovely, rustic, thatch cottage.

We were greeted with open arms and asked for our choice of coffee and tea. Mr. Breen went out of his way to make sure my dad had a comfortable place to sit outside. The family dog, Mason, is incredibly well behaved. He's so well trained that he won't walk into the bedrooms or dining rooms. He greets you at the front door. Breakfast was great.

Note: The Breens hang up their towels on a clothes line to dry. I think a few other reviewers thought towels were dirty. They weren't. They just aren't fluffy after air drying.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage
Address: Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
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Ranked #13 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Kenmare
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Hotel Class:3 star — Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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