Last week I had the pleasure of having afternoon tea in the Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney. I love this hotel on the Mucross Road just outside Killarney and I have stayed there on a number of occasions. I adore old manor houses and for me Cahernane House Hotel ticks all of the boxes. It has history, character, modern conveniences, tranquility, excellent food and great service. It really is Killarney’s best kept secret! I often pop in there if I am driving past for a coffee in the Drawing Room or for a pot of tea in the stunning gardens.
Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, this boutique four-star hotel is located just ten minutes’ walk from Killarney town centre. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a tunnel of greenery which unfurls to reveal the beauty of this imposing manor house, constructed in 1877 and formerly home to the Herbert Family. Cahernane House Hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. The only sounds you may hear are the cows bellowing, the lambs bleating or the birds singing.
The Cahernane offers 40 spacious guest rooms; 12 of which are located in the original house. These rooms boast many of the original features including wooden ceiling beams, cornicing and fireplaces. Each room is decorated in a unique style, relevant to the original period. There are 28 spacious deluxe rooms available in the garden wing of the hotel many of which feature French doors onto either a ground floor patio or a first-floor balcony, commanding stunning views over the local landscape.The Cahernane recently had a massive investment of €6.5 million and this really shows in the hotel. While it is in keeping with the old character of the building, it has incorporated modern conveniences and sheer luxury and indulgences throughout.
There are two dining options in the hotel. The formal dining experience is in the Herbert Restaurant. Dinner is served six evenings a week in The Herbert Restaurant. It is closed on Sundays. It was recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes in recognition of culinary excellence. The Herbert Restaurant uses the finest locally sourced seasonal produce. The Herbert Restaurant opens from 6:30pm to 9pm six days a week.
Located in the basement of the hotel, The Cellar Bar occupies the original wine cellar of the house. Cosy and inviting, and difficult to leave; it has an extensive selection of beers, spirits and wines for you to enjoy. It is inviting and one feels like curling up by the fire with a good book or recount the tales of your day’s exploring while enjoying your favourite tipple. It has a selection of light bites, main courses and pastries served daily from 1 pm until 9:30 pm. It is a more casual dining experience.
I opted for the Afternoon Tea served in the Drawing Room. Cahernane House Hotel offers the perfect blend of exclusivity, romance and character within its surroundings for the perfect Afternoon Tea gathering. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the charming yet elegant Drawing Room between 1 pm and 5 pm. It includes a three-tiered platter of delicious bites for you to enjoy with your beverage. Each tier offers something different; savoury treats to begin your tea, followed by delicious homemade scones and finally some sweet treats on top. Choose between Bewley’s tea, an array of herbal teas and coffee options. Afternoon Tea for one starts at just €22.50. Afternoon Tea for one including Prosecco starts at just €29.50. To make a reservation for Afternoon Tea please call 064 663 1895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I really enjoyed it because the portion sizes were just right for me and it felt like an Afternoon Tea with a modern twist. My favourite item on the menu was the homemade lemon curd, it was to die for! The setting was stunning and because I was the only person there at the time, I felt like the lady of the manor!
I was in no rush to leave afterwards, so I headed out into the beautiful gardens for a walk. I love the chair swing and I can see why brides would choose this hotel as their wedding venue. The gardens are spacious with stunning views over the Killarney countryside. It is so relaxing and peaceful there. I have on other occasion had tea and scones served to me in the gardens, which is a major treat.
I highly recommend this hotel. I have gotten to know the staff over the years and I always get a very friendly welcome when I arrive there. It has lots of history, which I love, with every modern convenience and it is loaded with old world charm and artifacts. It reminds me of Downtown Abbey and it has a wonderful atmosphere. It is my favourite four star hotel, friendly yet professional, and I cannot wait to go back there again very soon.
See you soon,