Ard na Sidhe Country House

Killorglin, Co. Kerry

Protected by acres of greenery, this new-old mansion by Caragh Lake comes with repro furniture, smiling staff and a fairy fort


18 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

Great gardens are a hallmark of western Ireland and Ard Na Sidhe (‘fairy hill’) has a garden to rival most. Beside the lake are 40 acres of tranquil woodland, neat lawns and tiered beds. Paths lead to the water and you can row across to Robert’s Island for absolute stillness.

The house, a sporting lodge built in 1913 by the Gordons (as in gin) looks much older than it is – its mullioned windows are from 1713, swiped from an Edinburgh mansion. You can breakfast on the terrace and take afternoon tea in the garden or stay cosy by the two fires in the huge sitting room, where there’s a grand piano which you may play. Five of the bedrooms have stunning lake views.

Caragh Lake is on one side of you and the forest, teeming with wildlife, on the other. Set off on one of many walking paths, fish, paddle boat or forage. Killorglin is a ten-minute drive for shops and restaurants, and larger Killarney is 35 minutes.

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We think you'll love

  • The fascinating history of the house
  • The beautiful gardens, laid out by Lady Gordon, renowned for her skill in garden design
  • Taking the paddleboat out on the lake for fishing
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You should know

  • You need to book early
  • There’s no lift up to the rooms in the main house
  • You have to get in the car for restaurants and pubs


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 12pm
Mid-October - mid-April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner, 4 courses, €55. Wine from €30. Afternoon tea from €28. Restaurants 15-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €220
Singles €200. Extra bed/sofabed available €60 per person per night.
18 Twin/doubles
From €220



I left the modern world behind to follow moss-lined, narrow lanes to Ard na Sidhe, the Hill of the Fairies. Initial thoughts that a stay here might be stuffy were quickly quashed by the disarmingly friendly staff. Historical anecdotes and interesting facts poured forth, and we climbed the estate's mystical Fairy Fort before I left. A beautifully laid out Caragh Lake-shore retreat.

Kerry, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Explore 32 acres of enchanting gardens with pathways and hidden spaces, glimpsing the lake now and then through ancient trees and shrubs. Play croquet on the lawn, take afternoon tea outside or in. Historic Kerry Bog Village is ten minutes by car. Hop onto the scenic Ring of Kerry route or drive the spine of the Iveragh Peninsula through the spectacular Ballaghisheen Pass. Shops, restaurants and bars are a ten-minute drive in Killorglin.

Local points of interest from Debbie Brosnan

  • Beautiful Rossbeigh Beach only 10-15 minutes drive from house
  • Scenic Coastal Drive Ring of Kerry only 5-10 minutes from hotel
  • Killarney National Park only 25-30 minutes drive from hotel
  • Dingle Peninsula with stunning views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful day trip
  • McGillyCuddy Reeks - highest mountains of Ireland - only a short drive from hotel and perfect for hiking
  • Caragh Lake and its stunning surroundings are on our doorstep


Debbie Brosnan

Manager Debbie is a Londoner but has been in Ireland for 30 years and adores taking care of the historic country house, whose visitor book spans decades. Everyone here is passionate about the fascinating place and its grounds and will immediately put you at ease with smiles and stories.