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Dunkerron House - Kenmare


Dunkerron is a mid 19th century Victorian manor house which has been extensively renovated, modernised and refurbished in 2013. This luxurious holiday home is situated on a 70 acre estate on the shores of Kenmare Bay and located less than 2 miles (3km) from cosmopolitan Kenmare town.

Full of light and soft atmospheric colours, great care has been taken to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The entire property is furnished in a classic but understated style in keeping with the character of the house. Original Irish art throughout augments the peaceful atmosphere of the house. The house oozes comfort, character and style with a generous living room, vestibule, conservatory, formal dining room (with formal table which seats up to 16), play room each providing wonderful living areas. The house is served by a large fully equipped kitchen which is combined with an adjoining informal dining area. Log fires in the living room, vestibule and dining room provide a wonderful atmosphere while the living room, vestibule, conservatory, dining room, play room and sheltered south facing sun porch all enjoy stunning views over the estate’s 15th century castle ruin, Dunkerron Castle, in the foreground and the Caha mountain range in the distance.

On the first floor, the house boasts 7 large double/twin bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. All bedrooms enjoy views over the Dunkerron estate while all bathrooms have power showers with 5 of the 7 bathrooms have baths too.

The house itself overlooks the ruins of Dunkerron castle, a mid 15th century stronghold of the O’Sullivan More clan. Outside the property also includes a traditional styled walled garden, which is currently being renovated, as well as traditional farm outbuildings. The property enjoys its own access onto Kenmare Bay which bounds the estate. Residents can stroll through beautiful woodland footpaths through the estate. The estate also has its own recently constructed deck area which provides a large relaxing area overlooking the Bay and Caha mountains.

The property offers a perfect venue for reunions or family gatherings, as a luxurious base for a family adventure in the south west of Ireland or simply as a luxury holiday home. The house has proven very popular with families arranging weddings at the nearby Dromquinna Manor, offering an ideal venue to nuptials wishing to provide a casual post wedding get together for friends or a pre wedding family dinner.

While the house is normally rented on a self catered basis, we understand that sometimes one wants extra options available to you to complete your holiday experience. Accordingly, by arrangement, we can offer you and your group additional services including a daily or occasional cleaning service and/or housing keeping.

Through our association with the prestigious Limetree restaurant in nearby Kenmare, we are also in a position to offer catering options for those interested, whether it be breakfast and/or evening meals (either daily or on request).

Area description


Kenmare lies approximately 30 minutes drive from a host of sandy beaches and it has a very pretty harbour from where you can swim, fish or take a trip on the "Seafari Cruise" to view the wildlife in the area.

Bike Hire
Located in the centre of Kenmare is Finnegan's Bike Hire and Toy Shop Tel: 00353 64 6641083

Star Sailing & Adventure Centre
This new purpose-built Activity Centre and Bar/Restaurant is fast becoming an essential part of a family holiday in Kenmare. The centre itself is situated on the shores of Kenmare Bay and surrounded by the Caha Mountains just a five minute drive from Kenmare Town Centre. The activities on offer include kayaking, sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, hillwalking, team games and a Wildlife Safari Cruise on Kenmare Bay. Also available are the children’s playground, American pedal boats, water trampoline and slide, archery range, soccer pitch with changing facilities and the family walking trail. Star Sailing and Adventure Centre, Dauros, Kenmare, Co. Kerry 064 66 41222.

The Bonane Heritage Park provides visitors with an 1600 metre walk on gravel paths through 5000 years of history while enjoying some breathtaking scenery. Bonane Heritage Park is situated 10Km from Kenmare on the N71 and is open to visitors all year round.

Kenmare boasts two super golf courses. The Ring of Kerry Golf Course is located two miles outside of the town and offers spectacular views of Kenmare Bay from the course itself and also its newly renovated Club House. Dream Ireland guests may avail of special discounted green fees.

Kenmare Golf Club is located in Kenmare Town and follows the shores of Kenmare Bay Estuary.

There are lots of great fishing spots to choose from around Kenmare including Clonee Lake, Kenmare Bay and the Black Valley. Permits can be obtained locally.

Hill Walking
The Kerry Way and Beara Way walking routes are ideal for those with an interest in trekking or you could even join the annual summer hike to Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntouhil. The foothills of the famous MacGillycuddy Reeks are right on Kenmare's doorstep.

Kenmare and its vicinity offers some incredible dive spots and wrecks. You may even be lucky enough to come across a dolphin or two. Try-dives are available for beginners and advanced dives for the more experienced at Kenmare Bay diving.

Pony Trekking
Pony Trekking is the ideal way to explore the hidden treasures of Kenmare and its hinterland. Professional lessons are also available for beginners.

Other activities in the area include quad biking, pet farms, craft workshops and bicycle hire.


Kenmare is known as the jewel in the Ring of Kerry and no wonder with its location between two of the most beautiful touring routes in Europe - the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. These make for very enjoyable day trips from Kenmare.

Kenmare is a designated Heritage Town of Ireland and the town offers a huge selection of places of historical interest to visit. Even strolling around the town is itself a pleasure with Kenmare having received awards from Entente Floral and the award for the Tidiest Town in Ireland in the year 2000. Kenmare was recently awarded the accolade of Ireland's best kept town on the whole island of Ireland and deservedly so!

There is a Playground in Kenmare, this is a 5 minute walk from the Town Centre.

Killarney is a 40 minute drive and Cork City is just over an hour's drive.


The town of Kenmare, noted for having the cleanest air in Europe, is a mecca for some of the finest restaurants in Ireland. You really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out, from bar food to seafood and a range of other types of excellent restaurants to experience. The nightlife in Kenmare suits all ages and the hospitality with which you will be greeted is second to none. There is a great selection of pubs and late night bars to choose from with many featuring live music from traditional Irish to rock and modern styles.


Sneem Road, Co. Kerry
Nearest airport Kerry Airport
Cork Airport
50 km
100 km
Nearest train station Killarney 45 km
Nearest bus station Killarney 45 km
Nearest ferry port Cork 100 km
Nearest beach Derrynane Beach 20 km
Nearest restaurant Kenmare 2 km


From Rosslare Harbour
Rosslare Harbour - New Ross - Waterford - Youghal - Cork - Macroom - Kenmare
All directions from Kenmare Town – take Sneem Road, house located approx. 3 miles out on left.
Total Distance approx 283km (182 miles)

From Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport - Limerick - Newcastle West - Abbeyfeale - Castleisland - Farranfore - Killarney - Kenmare
All directions from Kenmare Town – take Sneem Road, house located approx. 3 miles out on left.
Total Distance approx 167km (104 miles)

From Dublin
Dublin - Newbridge - Kildare - Monasterevin - Portlaoise - Roscrea - Nenagh - Limerick - Newcastle West - Abbeyfeale - Castleisland - Killarney - Kenmare
All directions from Kenmare Town – take Sneem Road, houses located approx. 3 miles out on left.
Total Distance approx 342km (213 miles)
From Cork
Cork - Macroom - Killarney - Kenmare


  • Bedroom(s): 7 ( Sleeps 14 )
    5 Double, 5 Double with en-suite, 2 Twin, 2 Twin with en-suite, 1 Cot
  • Bathroom(s): 6
    5 Baths, 2 Showers
  • General facilities: Balcony / Deck, Electric Gates, Electricity, Fireplace, Garden, Garden View, Gated Entrance, Parking, Private Location, Private Terrace, Wifi
  • Indoor facilities: All Bedrooms En Suite, Dishwasher, Drier, DVD Player, Freezer, Iron and Board, Luxury Finishes, Microwave, TV
  • Outdoor facilities: Deck/Decking, Parking, Patio, Private Terrace, Restaurants nearby, Sun Loungers
  • Services: Babysitting, Linen provided, Personal Chef Extra, Towels provided
  • Access: Car is essential,Off-road parking, Stairs


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    • Type: Villa
    • Sleeps: 14
    • Bedroom(s): 7
    • Bathroom(s): 6
    • Board: Self Catering
    • Long term rentals: Yes
    • Pets: No
    • Children: Yes, great for kids
    • Wheelchair: No
    • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable
    • Holiday type: Family, Honeymoon, Rustic