Bonane House

Bonane, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Big, inviting family home near pretty heritage town of Kenmare. In a valley on the Beara Peninsula with woodland garden and mountain views


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Built in 1897 just after the adjacent church, this former presbytery has an interesting history including youth hostel, tea room and B&B. Lucy and Paul renovated from top to toe and it’s a now a holiday house to suit all – with or without the brood.They live here part of the year, so it feels like a much-loved family home. They’re widely travelled and dab hands at twigging what people love in a holiday pad. They pop over from Kenmare to let you in and leave you a hamper full of local produce: milk, bread, eggs, granola, cheeses, sausages, choc from over the road. Young ones are brilliantly thought of too: baskets of toys and games, art trolley, bunk beds – and their own sitting room, so you can have a quieter time in yours; both have TVs with Netflix. Two sets of stairs take you up to bedrooms front and back – plenty of comfort and three bathrooms.Cook in the sociable kitchen, snooze by wood-burners on chilly nights, grill local produce on the barbecue, sit out in the leafy garden. You can set off along the path into the woods and hills above to get your appetite up. If you want to eat out with the children, Mulchachys in Kenmare (10 minute-drive) is an easy-going place with good food; The Mews is more grown-up.

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We think you'll love

  • The peaceful, woodland setting
  • That everything has been thought of - from generous hamper and art materials to sitting rooms for young and old
  • The sociable kitchen/dining room
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Home truths

  • You need a car to get around
  • The woodland is boggy in parts
  • You can't bring your dog


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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 4pm Saturday
Check out
By 10am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 5 nights. 7 nights in high season.
3 November - 6 April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £210
Weekly price
from £1470
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £2106 beds4 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

You’re in the Sheen Valley at the foot of the Caha Mountains. There’s a small cluster of houses in the hamlet and Catholic church next door (one mass, on Sunday). Chocolatier across the road is a surprise – make sure you visit. Kenmare is a 10-minute drive. Lucy and Paul like to tailor your visit, so let them know beforehand, if you want: age of kids, what everyone wants to do. There are walks from the door, beaches, mountain hikes, wild swimming. Paddle boarding, kayaking, riding are all within half an hour. Derrynane House is a good day out: ancestral home of Daniel O'Connor.

Local points of interest from Lucy Wilkes

  • On​ the​ breathtaking Ring of Beara, ​5 miles from the heritage town of Kenmare​, discover a tranquil home with abundant bird song, wildlife, 4 acres of wood & garden, plus clear, dark, starry nights make it an amazing place to unwind, switch off & relax
  • Explore beautiful Kenmare; visit the Pier with it’s amazing view across the bay, stroll in the local nature reserve, enjoy award-winning food in lively cafes, restaurants & pubs, discover independent shops & galleries plus all the amenities of a small town
  • Get away from it all but still have a wealth of activities close by. Enjoy hikes, cycles, golf, horse riding or sail, kayak & paddle board in the bay. Try something new; seaweed foraging, wild swimming, falconry, pottery or become a chocolatier for a day
  • Big hitting tourist attractions - Killarney Park & Lakes, Gap of Dunloe, Ring of Kerry, Derrynanne, beaches of Dingle & Skellig Ring, Gougane Barra, Garnish Island, Kinsale & the West Cork coast, The English Market in Cork City are all easily accessible
  • There are hidden gems too, Gleninchaquin waterfalls, secret coves or local beaches of Coornagillagh and Kilmacalogue a small harbor with local seafood, subtropical Dereen Garden, cycling & walking routes with sea & mountain vistas or drive the Priests Leap
  • Photo opportunities are almost endless and at best where mountain meets the sea with no better place then the stunning scenery of the Ring of Beara. Drive the Healey Pass, rising 300m altitude for spectacular views, the scenery does the work for you!


Lucy Wilkes

Lucy is a Londoner; Paul's family is from Kenmare. They’ve lived in London, spent a year in Spain, and then moved to Ireland in 2015; Paul works for a London recruitment/visual effects company. They both love the area.